A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
New York State Assembly — The Assembly wants to limit state aid to the Tappan Zee Bridge project until the state gives up the details of its financial plan, and has proposed increasing funding for statewide transit systems.
Bridgeport, Glastonbury, Hartford, Simsbury, South Windsor and Stamford, CT — Six Connecticut municipalities have signed on to the USDOT Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets, more than New York and New Jersey combined.
Linden, NJ — The City Police Department has received a $200,000 grant from the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program for safety improvements near School #1, including the addition of bike racks and sidewalks.
New York City Councilmembers Donovan Richards and Helen Rosenthal — The transportation sector is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases in New York—a threat to both the environment and residents’ health—and the councilmembers want YOUR help in the fight against violators of the City’s anti-idling law.
Tri-state area motorists – Drivers passing under any of New York State’s 2,078 structurally-deficient bridges, beware. A chunk of concrete from an Interstate 95 overpass in Westchester County fell through the windshield of a car passing below, seriously injuring a Stamford woman.
N/Q/R, J/M/Z, A/C/E, B/D/F/M and G train riders — Despite a $209 million line item in the MTA’s budget for countdown clocks, the clocks are dependent on a multi billion-dollar signal upgrade project which could take years to complete.
Harlem and Upper West Side pedestrians and bicyclists — Local residents, activists and electeds say their community boards are stalling progress on traffic calming projects.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — What’s more disappointing than the governor’s position that there’s no Transportation Trust Fund crisis? That he is now planning to replenish the TTF with—you guessed it—more debt.