A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in tri-state transportation news.
New York City Bike Share — Despite setbacks caused by Hurricane Sandy and technology glitches, Citibike stations are beginning to appear on streets and sidewalks in Manhattan and Brooklyn in preparation for next month’s highly anticipated launch.
Rutherford Green Team — This New Jersey environmental organization is pushing the Rutherford borough council to take heed of NJDOT’s Complete Streets policy and make the notoriously wide Orient Way more accommodating for pedestrians and cyclists.
NJ Governor Chris Christie — Governor Christie’s 2010 cancellation of Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) continues to haunt New Jersey Transit and Garden State taxpayers, who bear the burden of $29.8 million in leftover costs, but get no increased trans-Hudson transit capacity.
NY State Senator Bill Perkins — Perkins is asking the New York City Department of Transportation to “slow down” the implementation of 125th Street Select Bus Service in his district, even though NYCDOT has conducted a robust public participation process, he has taken a walking tour with NYCDOT of the corridor, and 80 percent of households in his district do not own a vehicle and demand better transit service.
NY State Senator Malcolm Smith and NYC Councilmember Dan Halloran — The Democratic New York State Senator and Republican New York City Councilmember, who were recently charged for bribery, sought to take funds from the State’s multi-modal transportation program to buy Smith a spot on New York City’s Republican mayoral ballot.