A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in Tri-State transportation news.
Hackensack, New Jersey – Billy Joel doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Who needs a house out in Hackensack when you can have a brand new downtown apartment instead? Hackensack’s City Council unanimously approved a plan that would change zoning to allow higher-density mixed-use development on a section of State Street that is currently dominated by vacant buildings and gravel lots. The plan is a key component in the revitalization of downtown Hackensack and sits within walking distance of two NJ Transit stations.
Bristol, Connecticut – City Councilors in Bristol voted to preserve space for a future mixed-use path along the Pequabuck River behind a vacant school property. When the property is eventually sold, an easement will be included that gives the City a 25-foot right-of-way along the water’s edge.
New Jersey pedestrians – It’s been a rough start to 2013 for pedestrian safety in New Jersey. Drivers have killed people walking in the Townships of Randolph, Washington, and on Route 130 (one of New Jersey’s Most Dangerous Roads) in North Brunswick. And since January 1, three pedestrians were also injured in Gloucester Township.
Upper East Side NIMBYs – Some Upper East Side residents are speaking out — and even threatening to circulate a petition — against NYC Department of Transportation plans that could bring audible pedestrian crossing signals to a handful of busy intersections in the neighborhood.