A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy — Governor Malloy unveiled today a truly multi-modal long-term transportation plan which includes, among other things, an eastern extension of CTfastrak, upgrades to the Metro-North Waterbury Branch and a program to improve pedestrian and bicycle improvements in urban areas.
New York City Department of Transportation — The City DOT has begun the release of its borough-specific Vision Zero action plans, so far releasing plans for Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. The plans detail specific “priority” corridors and intersections identified through research and public workshops over the last year.
New York City Councilmember Mark Weprin — After having opposed previous congestion pricing proposals, Weprin is now one of MoveNY’s biggest proponents and one of few elected officials publicly endorsing the plan.
Senators Chuck Schumer (NY) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) — The senators’ new legislation, the Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act of 2015, would dramatically increase funding for the Federal Highway Administration’s rail safety programs.
The Village of Munsey Park, NY — Village officials stand by the effectiveness of traffic enforcement cameras, and are considering the possibility of installing them as part of a four-point traffic safety plan to curb the village’s speeding epidemic.
New York City Councilmembers Daneek Miller and Donovan Richards — The Queens councilmembers have introduced legislation which would exempt all drivers of “every motor vehicle having a seating capacity of more than fifteen adults” from New York City’s recently-enacted Right of Way law—a worrisome move considering Richards’ strong support for expanding bus service in his borough.
Anti-transit GOP lawmakers — At a House Transportation Committee hearing, several GOP lawmakers suggested that eliminating federal transit funding (rather than raising the gas tax) could solve the Highway Trust Fund funding debacle.
Staten Island — Island residents and commuters are getting the short end of the transportation stick lately, as they are a low planning priority for the MTA, “monster” potholes are stalling SIE traffic and stranding drivers and the Mayor de Blasio’s proposed ferry plan didn’t give the Island much love.
New Jersey’s economy — While the state remains stuck on how to solve the Transportation Trust Fund crisis, progress on the Camden-Glassboro light rail project and the Hudson-Bergen light rail expansion is at a standstill.