Wednesday Winners (and Losers)

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

Winners

Rep. Tony Guerrera, Sen. Carlo Leone and CT Transportation Committee Democrats — On a party-line vote, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee approved legislation which would establish variable-rate congestion tolls.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg — At a Vision Zero press event this week, de Blasio and Trottenberg said they will lead an effort in Albany to expand the city’s speed enforcement camera program.

New Jersey Senators Bob Gordon and Loretta Weinberg — Gordon and Weinberg joined advocates and representatives from the Port Authority to protect funding for cross-Hudson transit projects which could be cancelled if the New Starts program is zeroed out.

Washington D.C. City Councilmembers Charles Allen, Mary Cheh, and Brianne Nadeau — The trio of District lawmakers have introduced a bill which would essentially pay commuters to not drive to work.

Losers

President Trump — The president’s budget blueprint would slash the popular TIGER program (even though it has support from USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao) and the New Starts program (which could spell trouble for phase two of the Second Avenue Subway, Woodhaven BRT and the Gateway rail tunnel), while also putting millions for Vision Zero street redesign projects at risk.

NY Senator Simcha Felder and Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz — Felder and Cymbrowitz have introduced legislation which would exempt Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway — one of Brooklyn’s most deadly roads for pedestrians — from the city-wide 25 mph speed limit.

Queens Community Board 4 — Queens CB 4 once again delayed voting on a plan which would add protected bike lanes to 111th Street in Corona.

Jimmy — Denver’s regional transit agency has a new mascot, and he’s a total jerk.

1 Comment on "Wednesday Winners (and Losers)"

  1. Mr. Transit | March 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm |

    The bill in the DC City Council doesn’t really pay people not to drive to work. It simply establishes an equity principle for transportation benefits. If an employer provides free parking for her or his employees then the employer must also provide the equivalent transit fare value or biking program investment.

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