Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

WINNERS

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams — Adams is pushing the Freedom Ticket as a way to ease the pain for Brooklyn commuters during a potential L train shutdown.

New York City Councilmembers Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal — Last week, Councilmember Levine urged Manhattan Community Board 7 to support a redesign for Amsterdam Avenue that includes a protected bike lane and shortened crossing distances. Councilmember Rosenthal spoke in favor of the redesign at the CB 7 meeting last night, at which the plan was approved.

New York City Councilmember Costa Constantinides — Councilmember Constantinides proposed lowering the speed limit to 20 mph on several streets to create a slow zone north of Astoria Park, citing the 72 traffic injuries and one death that occurred in that area within the last year.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney — Mayor Kenney announced that he will add a Complete Streets Commissioner to his administration.

Harlem bus riders — Thousands of uptown transit riders will now have smoother commutes thanks to bus lane enforcement cameras on 125th Street which will ticket drivers using or blocking the dedicated bus lane.

Tolland, CT — Tolland Town Council voted unanimously in favor of the eastward extension of CTfastrak, which would serve Tolland between Hartford and the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs.

Millburn, NJ — The township unveiled its Complete Streets Initiative, which calls for wider sidewalks, shorter crossings, reverse angle parking and a road diet in downtown Millburn– and it includes a thorough funding plan.

LOSERS

New Jersey Assemblyman Scott Rumana — Assemblyman Rumana suggested further budget cuts and fare hikes for NJ Transit to solve the agency’s funding shortfall.

New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace — Assemblyman Eustace introduced a bill to cut tolls for New Jersey drivers if the state raises its gas tax (for the first time in 28 years).

New York City Councilmember David GreenfieldCouncilmember Greenfield introduced a bill to suspend parking meters citywide on Black Friday.

Delaware Office of Highway Safety — Pedestrian fatalities in Delaware have risen steadily since 2013, but the agency’s statewide pedestrian safety initiative will target pedestrians who walk at night without carrying flashlights.

Embassy of the United States, London — U.S. diplomats in London owe more than £10 million ($15 million USD) in unpaid congestion charge fees–by far the most of any of the city’s foreign embassies.

3 Comments on "Wednesday Winners (& Losers)"

  1. Rob Durchola | February 4, 2016 at 7:33 pm |

    Re: Millburn

    Yes, Millburn should be complimented for its Complete Streets Initiative; but it should fire the consultants and start all over again because the plan will cause through traffic to use residential neighborhoods, does not say anything about the bus stops in the town center (locations or treatments), and does not address serious pedestrian issues near the railroad station, including the walk between the railroad platforms and the parking garage (among other issues).

  2. Embassy of the United States, London – Congestion Charges Backpay: Consider it a write-off in lieu of Lend Lease.

  3. I don’t understand why they did not include a pedestrian bridge over Lackawanna Pl, when they built that parking garage. The crosswalk next to the railroad bridge is nerve-wracking. I’m careful to listen for approaching cars, since we are unlikely to see each other until too late.
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/40.7258114,-74.3037576/40.7255604,-74.3052248/@40.7258541,-74.3050253,140m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e2

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