Your weekly guide to heroic and villainous actions in tri-state transportation and development.
NJ Transit’s River Line—Despite continuing service reductions due to damage from Hurricane Irene, ridership on the Camden-Trenton light rail line has risen significantly from this time last year.
Connecticut State Senators Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain), Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington), and other busway-supporting senators—During a Thursday debate about the Hartford-New Britain Busway, Senator Gerratana argued that the transit project would lead to significant economic development, using this Mobilizing the Region post as evidence. Senator Maynard likewise corrected false assertions designed to torpedo the vital initiative.
The City of New Haven—New Haven has applied for a $400,000 grant that would allow the city to set up a 10-station bike share. It has also applied for grants that would pay for traffic calming studies and signal replacement.
Governor Andrew Cuomo—Although the federal government has backed the Cuomo administration’s fast-tracking of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, New York State won’t be receiving a $2 billion TIFIA loan from Washington. Including bus rapid transit in the project from the beginning would have given New York State a much stronger loan application.
Nassau County—Earlier this week, Nassau’s Transit Advisory Committee, which is tasked with overseeing the county’s privatized bus system, had a meeting to elect officers and hear a presentation from NICE Bus CEO Mike Setzer, but the underpublicized event took riders and advocates by surprise.