Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

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

Winners

NYC Council Member Mark Levine and the New York City Department of Transportation — Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced that the DOT will launch a pilot program this spring which will set aside 300 on-street parking spaces for car share services, something Council Member Mark Levine proposed in 2015.

NJ Assembly Members Annette Chaparro, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Angela V. McKnight and Raj Mukherji — The quartet of Hudson County Democrats has introduced a bill which would require drivers to answer questions about how to safely operate a vehicle in the presence of pedestrians and bicyclists in the written portion of the state driving test.

U.S. Department of Transportation  — USDOT released a “Transportation Toolkit” this week meant to help citizens better understand the transportation planning process and how to influence decision-makers.

MTA Board — In addition to sex crime statistics, commissioners asked NYPD Assistant Transit Bureau Chief Vincent Coogan to include statistics on hate crimes in future reports to the board.

Losers

George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal commuters — The George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal renovation project is almost two years behind schedule and the authority’s developer has been less than forthcoming with the community.

Connecticut pedestrians — Nutmeg State drivers are hitting pedestrians with their cars so often lately that even hospitals are taking notice.

Marlboro Township, NJ — At 44.9 minutes, workers in the Monmouth County suburb have the longest average commutes in New Jersey, according to data from the U.S. Census.

Donald J. Trump — The president-elect tapped Rick Perry — yes, that Rick Perry — to succeed Dr. Ernest Moniz as Secretary of Energy.

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