Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.

WINNERS

Stamford Planning Board — The city’s Planning Board approved zoning changes to allow for transit-oriented development near multiple bus stops and the Glenbrook and Springdale Metro-North Stations.

Students in Mercer and Ocean Counties— The Greater Mercer County Transportation Management Association launched an app to connect nearby families interested in organizing groups of students to walk or bike to school.

New Haven Urban Design League President Anstress Farwell — Farwell was critical of New Haven’s tendency “to gear development to the needs of car drivers” in a radio discussion with Economic Development Administrator Matthew Nemerson.

Port Authority commuters — The Port Authority Bus Terminal gate changes took effect yesterday as part of a $90 million initiative to improve on-time performance for riders.

Staten Island bicyclists — MTA S53 and S93 buses which run between Staten Island and Brooklyn on the bike- and pedestrian-unfriendly Verrazano Narrows Bridge are now equipped with bike racks.

Downtown Hartford residents — The car-sharing service Zipcar will debut its first downtown Hartford location near Union Station this fall.

Los Angeles, CA — LA City Council approved a bike-sharing program pilot to launch in 2016 that will fully integrate with the city’s existing public transit system. The bike-share announcement follows the approval of the city’s Vision Zero initiative and Mobility Plan 2035, which calls for hundreds of miles of bike lanes, bus-only lanes and pedestrian safety features.

LOSERS

Long Island Rail Road ridersDelays like last week’s could become the new normal for LIRR commuters unless adequate funding for maintenance and improvements is secured.

Queens subway riders — Half of New York City’s worst subway stations are in Queens, according to a Citizens Budget Commission report, which also noted that subway repairs are on-pace to be completed in 2067.

Manhattan Community Board 12 Land Use Committee — Members of CB12’s Land Use Committee unanimously opposed plans for a new residential building, located atop a subway station, because of insufficient parking space–despite the fact that only 25 percent of area households own cars.

The planet — Yesterday was the hottest September 8th on record in New York City, in parts of New Jersey and across southern New England.

1 Comment on "Wednesday Winners (& Losers)"

  1. As a former member of Manhattan CB8, I can tell you that parking space for tall buildings was and is a huge issue, since past city policy has ensured that there is nowhere near enough parking space in Manhattan, which causes drivers to endlessly circle around looking for a space, thus greatly making traffic far worse. Having enough space in a building like this can greatly relieve the pressure and congestion on the streets, especially considering that cars in such buildings normally stay parked and are not used for in Manhattan commuting, but rather for traveling out of the city. I don’t know the issue here, but I’m guessing that they were right, and that your put-down is inappropriate.

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