A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
New York City Councilmember Vincent Gentile and New York State Senator Daniel Squadron — Councilmember Gentile and Senator Squadron called on the MTA to audit the R line in order to identify solutions for the train’s unreliable service.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) — Senator Schumer urged the Federal Transit Administration to include $300 million worth of improvements for the overcrowded L train in the agency’s FY 2017 budget recommendation.
Shore Line East riders — Shore Line East will have new M-8 electric rail cars by 2018, improving on-time performance and providing more comfortable commutes.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — In his State of the State address this week, Governor Christie again failed to mention the dwindling Transportation Trust Fund, which is set to expire in July. Meanwhile, NJ Transit rail performance sunk to the lowest level in four years in 2015 while riders were hit with 9 percent fare increase.
Connecticut — General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt cited “quality of life for employees [and] connections with the world” when he announced the company will move its headquarters from suburban Fairfield to Boston.
New York City parking scofflaws — Commercial delivery companies dodging parking tickets ultimately cost the city $10 million each year, and foreign diplomats owe more than $16 million in parking violations accumulated over the past several years.