A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Washington Heights residents — After seven years of planning, the City has finally broken ground on the Plaza de Las Americas, a big win for local vendors and businesses as well as for pedestrians, who will enjoy increased traffic safety once the project is complete.
Queens residents — In addition to the great news of permanent Q103 weekend service, the City DOT unveiled its design for a ‘super’ bus route along Woodhaven Boulevard, where buses would run in their own lane separated from local traffic with a concrete median.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Cities of Opportunities Task Force, de Blasio called on fellow mayors across the country to raise the call for greater federal investment in mass transit and infrastructure, saying “the failure to invest in transportation, the failure to invest in infrastructure is holding us back.” Does this mean there will be an increase in city funding to the MTA’s capital plan to match the call for increased federal funding?
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal & acting Federal Railway Administrator Sarah Feinberg — The Northeast Corridor high speed rail study that has been irking Connecticut officials for weeks has been declared “dead on arrival,” with the Connecticut Senator vowing to fight the bill until the study includes a stop in Connecticut.
Connecticut commuters and residents — In an effort to woo residents of the Land of Steady Habits, there are several promotional offers for passengers who try CTfastrak, launching this Saturday, March 28, including local business discounts and nine full days of free rides for all passengers statewide.
MTA riders — This week has been a real doozy for the agency. Sunday marked the fifth fare hike in eight years, followed by widespread press coverage of the MTA’s declining service standards, yet another delay of the long-awaited 7 train extension and a new report speculating that the MTA’s budget gap may be larger than we thought.
NYPD — A Vision Zero initiative to track city-owned vehicle crash data is already proving to be helpful in identifying trends that could be used to prevent future collisions, yet the NYPD is not contributing data about its own agency and won’t say why.