Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

WINNERS

New York City Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez — At an transit oversight hearing, Councilmember Rodriguez pressed the MTA and the NYC Department of Transportation on plans to improve city bus service.

The Bronx River Alliance groundbreaking ceremony. | Photo: Ethan Strell

The Bronx River Alliance groundbreaking ceremony. | Photo: Ethan Strell

NYC Parks Department and the Bronx River Alliance — Last week, city, state and federal officials joined civic partners and residents to celebrate the ground breaking of a project to bridge a gap in the Bronx River Greenway between Starlight and Concrete Plant Parks and to restore shorelines along the Bronx River.

M79 riders — The M79 route–previously ranked the slowest bus route–will be getting Select Bus Service next spring.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson — DA Thompson passed away due to cancer this past Sunday, leaving behind a legacy of fighting for safer and more just streets.

LOSERS

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie — Moody’s called the Transportation Trust Fund deal  “credit negative,” just another sign that the governor’s insistence on cutting taxes will do more harm than good.

NYPD 19th Precinct — Drivers have killed seven people walking on the Upper East Side this year, but the 19th Precinct has been focused on ticketing bicyclists.

New York Assemblymember Dan O’Donnell — Assemblymember O’Donnell is opposing Citi Bike’s expansion in his Upper West Side district because of concerns over losing parking for cars.

Pedestrians — Mercedes said their self-driving vehicles will prioritize the safety of car occupants, not pedestrians.

Connecticut drivers — Crashes on Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway that caused lane closures and delays early this week and late last week are enough to make you wonder why anyone bothers driving anymore.

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