Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

Your weekly guide to heroic and villainous actions in tri-state transportation and development.


Hartford, Connecticut pedestrians and cyclists—After popular opposition arose in the face of a CTfastrak-related plan that would have closed Hartford’s Flower Street, a crucial conduit for pedestrians and cyclists, the Hartford Courant reports that the street must stay open to non-vehicular traffic, both during and after construction on the transit project.

Woodbury, New Jersey—A safety project in Woodbury has turned .8 miles of Broad Street into a two-lane road (with an additional turn lane) and added a “multi-use bike lane.” Before this week, the road had four lanes dedicated exclusively to automobiles.

New York City businesses—NYCDOT’s “Measuring the Street” report [pdf] shows that the city’s investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, along with Select Bus Service lines, are a boon to businesses located near the improvements.


New York State—Over two months after the announcement of a transit task force for the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project, New York State still hasn’t convened the committee, which is the first step towards addressing the inadequate transit options between Rockland and Westchester counties. We’ve just launched a count-up clock to keep track of how long it’s been since the announcement was made—check it out on our homepage.

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Bergen County Freeholder John D. Mitchell—County Executive Donovan and Freeholder Mitchell recently collaborated on an op-ed that ignores the huge financial burden that automobile congestion generated from the American Dream Meadowlands project would bring to northern New Jersey. Such claims ignore the huge financial burden brought by automobile congestion, which costs the average tri-state area auto commuter over $1,100 annually.

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