Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

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


New York City — New data from the NYC Department of Transportation show that more people are traveling by bike.

These 1 Train riders — Straphangers used hand sanitizer and tissues to remove anti-Semitic scrawling from the inside of a 1 train in Manhattan last weekend.

Bridgeport commuters — With the installation of “real-time electronic signage, extended canopies, better lighting and a resurfaced platform,” the commute just got a little bit better for the 3,000 people who board Metro-North in downtown Bridgeport each day.

The Rockaways — The MTA announced that the Q52 limited bus route will be extended farther east in the Rockaways, “offering thousands of additional customers a one-seat ride and a more seamless connection to northern and central Queens.”

New Britain, CT — The New Britain Common Council’s zoning subcommittee endorsed a plan to update the local zoning ordinance to create four new transit-oriented development districts near CTfastrak bus rapid transit stations.


Port Authority — The bi-state agency issued a request for proposals for the preposterous $1.5 billion AirTrain between LaGuardia and Willets Point this week.

These 1 Train riders — February has not been friendly to people who rely on the 1 Train at 168th Street in Washington Heights.

Connecticut State Bond Commission — The commission approved $1 million to finance a study on widening Interstate 95 between New Haven and Greenwich. This allocation comes in addition to the $1 million they already approved last July.

President Donald J. Trump — The Republican administration approved the final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

New York State Legislature — Both the Senate and Assembly voted to block New York City’s 5-cent disposable bag fee, which would have gone into effect on February 15.

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