Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

WINNERS

Queens P.S. 343 students — First graders from Sunnyside’s P.S. 343 wrote letters to the NYC Department of Transportation urging for traffic safety improvements near their school.

New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski — Assemblyman Wisniewski supported an unconditional increase of New Jersey’s gas tax–the second lowest in the nation–to address the state’s transportation funding crisis.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — Governor Malloy and Governor Cuomo were among a group of 19 governors who penned a letter urging Congress to approve a long-term transportation funding bill.

Boston, MA — The number of Boston commuters who cycle to work has tripled in the past decade. More people are also commuting via foot or transit while fewer are driving.

LOSERS

E train riders — A broken-down subway train stranded 850 straphangers underground for two hours during rush hour this morning.

Long Island pedestrians — Drivers killed three pedestrians on Long Island last week, including a 19-year-old woman and a man in a wheelchair. According to a Tri-State analysis, Long Island pedestrian fatalities have risen 40 percent in the past eight years.

NJ Transit — NJ Transit rail riders scored the agency an average 5.6 out of 10 in a quarterly survey based on 42 areas of service, including fares, reliability, announcements and payment options.

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