Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy at a ribbon cutting for the Grove Street bike lane in April. Healy recently announced a plan to install 54.7 more miles of bike routes. | Photo: nj.com

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in Tri-State transportation news.

Winners

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy – Governor Malloy announced the creation of an inter-agency working group to address transit-oriented development around new rail and CTfastrak busway stations. Revenue from successful TOD projects is one of the many options (along with tolls and raising the gas tax) being considered to help fund needed improvements in the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Long Island transit riders – Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is back up and running on a normal rush hour schedule. But it’s not just train riders, but bus riders too, that are winners this week. Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) riders will be getting a real-time arrival tracking system in 2014.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy – Mayor Healy announced a plan to install 54.7 miles of bike routes in Jersey City. The city is also rolling out a Bike Rack Sponsorship Program and is in the early stages of an inter-city bike share program with Hoboken and Hudson County.

Losers

The MTA –  The authority is abandoning countdown clocks at bus shelters, opting instead for less costly web and smartphone applications to tell passengers when the next bus is due. Those without smart phones and who are less tech savvy, such as seniors who overwhelmingly rely on buses, are missing out.

New Jersey pedestrians – Pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles this month in Elizabeth, Jefferson and Willingboro, and another was injured in Green Brook. Two pedestrians were injured in separate incidents only an hour apart from one another near the intersection of Route 28 and I-287 in Bound Brook. Not surprisingly, the Elizabeth, Willingboro and Green Brook crashes all took place on roads that are listed in TSTC’s 2012 report, The Region’s Most Dangerous Roads for Walking.

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1 comment to Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

  • Max Power

    About a block north of city hall (where that picture was taken), the Grove street abruptly ends. There’s no indication, they just stopped striping it about 20′ from the intersection with Christoper Columbus Boulevard. Any cyclist who rides north there will suddenly find himself crushed between parked cars and right-turning traffic (Grove forms left-turn and right-turn lanes since you cannot proceed further north there).
    The manufactured conflict there is bad enough that I see plenty of cyclists on the sidewalk there, but non on that block of the bike lane.
    Let’s hope the rest of the JC bike lanes show more thought.

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