A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg — The Senator solidified her role as champion for New Jersey bus riders by calling for equal investment in and improved conditions at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at today’s Port Authority budget hearing. She is also holding a second commuter feedback meeting this Thursday.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka — The mayor has joined other leaders in calling for the continuation of the state’s red light camera program.
New York State Senator Jeff Klein — The Senator wants to see part of the state’s windfall bank settlement money used to create a new program called Empire Public Works, dedicated to upgrading the state’s infrastructure, rather than seeing the funds go to a one-shot project.
Village of Mamaroneck, NY — After completing a zoning study and public engagement process partially funded by Tri-State’s Transit-Centered Development Grant Program, the Village has approved a transit-oriented development rezoning that promotes green building codes, green infrastructure, and green roofs in the TOD district.
PATH riders — Weekend service connecting Exchange Place and the World Trade Center is finally set to resume next week.
Mark Fenton — The public health, planning and transportation expert and Tufts University adjunct professor engaged New Haven residents in a walking tour and planning workshop for the Route 34 development corridor.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo — The mayor is banning cars in central Paris neighborhoods.
Long Island legislators — “After relentless pressure from constituents at churches and delis and in phone calls to their homes,” Nassau and Suffolk Counties are putting politics ahead of safety by backtracking on their solid support for speed cameras.
New York State Thruway Authority — Despite having spent the last year asserting that there would be no systemwide toll increases, the agency has quietly released its proposed budget for the fiscal year that strongly suggests otherwise.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority — The MTA has released a series of PSAs that suggest that pedestrians and cyclists are more at fault for collisions with MTA buses than the drivers, failing to acknowledge that all drivers have a heavier burden when using our streets because they operate a potential weapon.
David Samson — The former Port Authority chairman is going out of his way to make the case for reform at the bi-state agency by filing a complaint to block the state’s ethics commission from investigating his work as chairman.