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 Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz and State Senators Marisol Alcantara and Daniel Squadron — Dinowitz, Alcantara and Squadron joined New York City’s Bus Turnaround Coalition to ask Governor Cuomo — in a letter signed by 67 state elected officials — to direct the MTA to commit to all-door boarding and transit signal priority to improve bus service.

Connecticut Department of Transportation — ConnDOT  will design and implement targeted pedestrian safety improvements at intersections in the southwestern part of the state, many of which will be on Route 1, the state’s most deadly road for walking.

New York City Department of Transportation — Wider sidewalks are being installed on crowded Main Street in Flushing, Queens, and will be coming soon to Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

California — Caltrain will receive $647 million from the Federal Transit Administration “to modernize and electrify the 154-year-old commuter railroad that links San Francisco and San Jose.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Transport Chief Thomas Chan — Troubled by a “website that showed enforcement agents not doing their job,” the mayor and Chief Chan announced a plan to create a new NYPD unit which will “crack down on the misuse of parking placards.”

Losers

NJ Assembly Member Declan O’Scanlon  Assemblyman O’Scanlon, a dedicated motorist advocate, called legislation intended to protect children in school zones a “speed trap proliferation bill.”

Uptown subway riders — Fifteen percent of MTA elevator outages in the first four months of 2017 took place at just three uptown Manhattan stations.

President Trump — Trump’s budget seeks to scrap TIGER, slash $928 from New Starts, and eliminate $630 million for Amtrak, because as we all know, “fixing roads, building bridges, and running trains, it seems, is worthwhile only when someone can profit.”

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