A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Staten Island Borough President James Oddo — BP Oddo proposed a plan to add a dedicated one-way bus lane and bike lanes to Richmond Terrace.
New York City Council — In its budget proposal for FY 2017, City Council called for a $300 million increase to Vision Zero funding.
New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD — Both departments endorsed a bill proposed by Public Advocate Letitia James that would extend a pedestrian’s right of way in a crosswalk.
South Bronx residents — After 17 years of advocacy, the proposal to transform a 1.5-mile section of the Sheridan Expressway into a boulevard received a $97 million boost in the final New York State budget for FY 2016-2017.
Stamford, CT — Stamford is one of just nine U.S. cities that will receive technical assistance from the Federal Transit Administration to support a multibillion-dollar transit-oriented development project along the city’s waterfront.
Associated Press — The new Associated Press style guide recommends the use of “crash, collision or other terms” instead of “accident”–which suggests a lack of accountability–when “negligence is claimed or proven.”
Long Island pedestrians — This year’s Most Dangerous Roads for Walking analysis found that many of the region’s most deadly roads for pedestrians are in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
New Jersey Transit — Despite facing a $57 million budget deficit, the agency is moving forward with an expansion project to “dairy-country” that will cost $474,000 per commuter.
NYC subway riders — Twelve different lines were delayed during rush hour Tuesday night, resulting in long commutes some F train riders who were stuck underground for over an hour (and a TSTC employee who took a bus instead). Also, a recent audit by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that subway wait times worsened on 16 lines, and those times were longer than those published in the MTA’s “wait assessment.”