A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Connecticut, New Jersey & New York — The tri-state region received several TIGER grants to fund transportation projects, including $16 million to replace the Portal Bridge, $10 million to fill a gap in the Bronx River Greenway, $10 million to develop bus rapid transit on the new Tappan Zee and $10 million to build a new rail station on the east side of Bridgeport.
NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer — Councilman Van Bramer endorsed tolling on the East River bridges as a way to cut traffic congestion and fund transit investments.
NYC transit riders — Next year, an additional 450,000 workers in New York City will become eligible for a transit tax break, which will save straphangers more than $400 annually. The MTA will also install countdown clocks along 36 stations on the B, D and N lines starting next year.
Connecticut Department of Transportation — Connecticut is once again choosing experienced people from elsewhere in the region: the agency appointed former NJ Transit official Richard Andreski to lead the state’s bureau of public transportation.
Panasonic North America — Since the company began offering transit commuter benefits and charging market rates for parking after moving its office to downtown Newark, employee transit ridership has risen from 4 percent to 57 percent. Meanwhile, solo car commuting has dropped from 88 to 36 percent.
Arkansas Department of Highways and Transportation — The agency is pushing for the widening of Interstate 30, which runs through downtown Little Rock and would require the removal of a streetcar line.
United States House of Representatives — The House passed a transportation bill that limits project transparency, undermines the environmental review process and fails to index bicycle and pedestrian project funding to inflation.