A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Long Beach, NY — As part of the Long Beach Safety Initiative, the City is lowering the speed limit to 25 mph and retiming traffic signals.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone — In his State of the County speech, Bellone called for greater investment in transit infrastructure, including the Ronkonkoma Double Track project and bus service linking LIRR branches, as a means of boosting economic development and attracting younger residents.
New York City Department of Transportation — NYC DOT’s $100 million safety improvement plan for Queens Boulevard — which includes protected bike lanes and more pedestrian space — is working its way through the community board process.
Somers Point, NJ Mayor Jack Glasser — The City has received a grant for a bikeway extension and bike infrastructure to connect existing bike lanes in South Jersey.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — NJ Transit commuters pay the highest fares in the nation, and are facing yet another fare hike as the agency struggles to fill a budget gap, but Governor Christie is demanding loan repayment to shore up the Transportation Trust Fund for a little longer.
Newark pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists — Red light running at Newark intersections is up 116 percent in the three months since the state’s red light camera program expired.
Diplomats — New York City is owed more than $16 million in parking tickets issued to diplomatic vehicles.