Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, who worked with the community to bring complete streets to the city, announced last week that he will retire. | Photo: New Haven Independent

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, who worked with community groups to bring complete streets to the city, announced last week that he will retire. | Photo: New Haven Independent

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

Winners

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano — New Haven’s longest-serving mayor announced last week that he will retire. DeStefano supported key transportation projects like a train station on State Street and he’s been a champion of much-needed complete streets.

Buffalo transit riders — Thanks to a federal grant, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) will upgrade its #5 bus route with BRT-style amenities like traffic signal prioritization, heated shelters and electronic arrival time signage.

Manhattan Community Board 7 – Community Board 7 endorsed the extension of the Columbus Avenue bike lane last night after a 26-11 vote (with one abstention) paving the way for safer streets for all and could lead to increased business for the stores that line the avenue.

Losers

NJ Governor Chris Christie Christie has been dismissive of the role climate change has played in his state’s post-Sandy turmoil. 

CT State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez — Gonzalez wants to increase speed limits on Connecticut highways, citing “statistics she has found [that] show the number of accidents decrease with the higher speed limit.” Maybe that works in more sparsely-populated states in the west, but it doesn’t seem applicable to the nation’s fourth-densest state.

Suffolk County Transit  The agency plans to raise fares for disabled riders who use Suffolk County Accessible Transit (SCAT) paratransit buses by $1 per ride to $4 — a 33 percent fare increase.

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