Your weekly guide to heroic and villainous actions in tri-state transportation and development.
New York State Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi and New York League of Conservation Voters President Marcia Bystryn—Assemblyman Hevesi and Bystryn penned an op-ed in the New York Daily News outlining the dire consequences transit riders would face if the recent ruling striking down the MTA-supporting payroll mobility tax is upheld (full disclosure: Bystryn is a Tri-State board member). The MTA has appealed the decision.
ConnDOT—With a public hearing on the Stamford Transportation Center transit-oriented development project scheduled for tomorrow, the agency should be applauded for pursuing the sustainable transportation initiative. If done right, the project could lead to better land use and commuter access at one of the New Haven Line’s busiest hubs.
New York City pedestrians and drivers—The city is pulling in 33% less revenue from its red light camera program, which means that the safety technology is working.
2014 Super Bowl attendees—Although officials at a “Meadowlands Mobility” event said that “mass transit should be the primary way fans get to the [2014 Super Bowl],” which will be held at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, nobody has publicly identified the funding stream that would pay for enhanced transit service to the underserved area.
Forest City Ratner—Atlantic Yards Watch has revealed that the neighborhood near Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has been plagued by regulation-flouting trucks in the area on construction business, a condition that has reportedly grown even as project developer Forest City Ratner assumed control of an arena loading dock earlier this month. “With apparently no enforcement taking place,” AYW writes, “the consequence is a wide range of adverse impacts on the community: trucks idling for long periods; use of unauthorized truck routes; and blocking of bus lanes, bike lanes, no standing zones and travel lanes. Travel and the quality of life on Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenue is particularly affected.”