Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

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

Winners

New York City DOT and Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer — Pedestrian safety improvements have been installed on Northern Boulevard, one of Queens’ most dangerous corridors for walking.

Austin, Texas — Texas’ capital city has a plan to fight congestion by building more bike lanes.

New York City Council — The City Council passed a bill which will set aside 300 on-street parking spaces for car-sharing services.

New York State DOT — Van Rensselaer Boulevard in Albany County is going on a road diet.

Losers

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney — Roads and bridges will get a $400 million shot in the arm, thanks to an appropriation from Senate President Sweeney. New Jersey Transit, however, won’t see a dime.

Uber — Between a sexual harassment controversy, the use of shady technology, a CEO caught on video yelling at a driver, a loss of about 200,000 customers, and a new report which says transportation network companies like Uber contribute significantly to congestion, 2017 hasn’t been a great year so far for the e-hail giant.

New Jersey DOTWithout a permit, the New Jersey Department of Transportation demolished a Revolutionary War landmark in Bellmawr to make way for a new highway interchange.

Fort Lee, NJ — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey won’t reimburse the City of Fort Lee, New Jersey for $334,000 in legal expenses related to the Bridgegate scandal.

 


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