Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.

New York City Councilmembers Reynoso, Cornegy and Menchaca | Photos: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilmembers Reynoso, Cornegy and Menchaca | Photos: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

Antonio Reynoso, Robert Cornegy and Carlos Menchaca – The New York City Councilmembers are part of an unofficial “bike caucus” pushing for “bike forums” with constituents and more bike infrastructure across the city.

Frederick Amoafo – The cab driver was honored as the safest taxi driver in the city as part of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission’s first-ever Honor Roll. His own son was hit by a vehicle two years ago, which has brought the issue of pedestrian safety home to Mr. Amoafo.

Richard Meurer – The developer of New Jersey’s new solar-powered transit village combined alternative energy with transportation alternatives.

CT Transit riders – Real-time bus data will be available on the agency’s website in the near future, and by next spring, on riders’ smart phones.

LOSERS

Bronx elected officials – The opening of the new Mall at Bay Plaza has made it clear that the elected officials who have been touting the benefits of the new development put no thought into the inevitable traffic dilemma it would cause for the already crowded Co-Op City community.

Ed Mangano – The Nassau County Executive declared amnesty on roughly 40,000 school zone speeding tickets  over 30,000 of which were presumably valid – refunding more than $2.4 million in fines because drivers complained that they did not know summer school was in session.

Terri Lynn Land – Just one month after the long-awaited, federally-supported M-1 light rail project broke ground in Detroit, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate has proposed cutting the federal gas tax by 78 percent, which her campaign says would “let states divert money from mass transit… projects that don’t make sense.”

 

1 Comment on "Wednesday Winners (& Losers)"

  1. Rob Durchola | August 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm |

    Re: Annandale Transit Village –

    When is a “transit village” not really a transit village? Answer: When there is limited non-peak public transit on weekdays and no public transit on weekends! When there is no local bus service to nearby shopping and job opportunities!! When the development is in an outer ring area, not in a city or close-in suburb!!!

    It seems to me the developer got credit for doing some good things (solar); but the reflections from the solar panels blinded almost everyone. Put simply, there can’t be a transit village without useful all-day transit options.

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