Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Mayor Elect de Blasio named Anthony Shorris First Deputy Mayor today. | Photo: Kristen Meriwether/Twitter

Mayor-Elect de Blasio named Anthony Shorris (left) First Deputy Mayor today. | Photo: Kristen Meriwether/Twitter

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

Winners

New York City — One of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s first appointments has some strong transit credentials: Tony Shorris, who will be de Blasio’s First Deputy Mayor, is former director of NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and former Executive Director of Port Authority of NY & NJ.

NJ Transit — The agency accepted Metro-North Hudson Line tickets on its Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines while service was suspended earlier this week due to the Metro-North derailment.

Children walking to school — The rate of walking to school increased significantly in the last five years, from 12.4 percent in 2007 to to 15.7 percent in 2012.

New Haven, CT — The Elm City is moving forward with a wayfinding system that City officials hope will encourage people to walk more.

Losers

Port Authority of NY & NJ — The Port Authority’s Bayonne Bridge shuttle is no longer running — even though ridership has been increasing — so pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross the Bayonne Bridge are out of luck.

NYPD — The New York City Police Department was noticeably absent from this morning’s Transportation Committee hearing on transparency in hit-and-run collisions.

Former New York Assemblymember Richard Brodsky — Brodsky has expressed opposition to a plan to put tolls on East River bridges — which is intended to balance the toll burden across all of New York City’s river crossings — because he believes it’s “fundamentally regressive,” as if the current system is not.

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