Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Congressman (and bicycling champion) Tom Petri (R-WI) was recently named chair of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. | Image: America Bikes

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

Winners

New Jersey light rail commuters — Want to know when the next NJ Transit light rail train arrives? Now there’s an app for that.

Congressman Tom Petri — The pro-bike Republican from Wisconsin was recently named chair of the US House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. This is good news for Petri, and for advocates of active transportation across America, too.

Windsor, Connecticut — With commuter rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield on the horizon, the central Connecticut town is moving forward with plans to reinvent its central business district following two public planning workshops.

Losers

MTA bus riders — The flashing blue lights that help passengers identify Select Bus Service (SBS) buses are going away, another lost amenity for MTA transit users.

New Jersey Assembly Members O’Scanlon, Huttle and Wisniewski – Even though dangerous driver behavior is down at intersections where red light cameras have been installed for two years, these NJ assembly members want to dilute the cameras’ effectiveness and safety gains.

New York State taxpayers – Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli promised a thorough review of the $3.14 billion contract between the NYS Thruway Authority and Tappan Zee Constructors, but he approved the contract  without a clear understanding of how the lack of a financing plan will affect taxpayers down the road.

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