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 State Thruway Authority — After the new “Mario Cuomo Bridge” opens, NYSTA will dismantle the Tappan Zee Bridge and re-use its parts to fix other bridges across New York.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio — After driver Deborah Pecoraro was fined only $250 for killing pedestrian Mary Cerqua in a Staten Island crosswalk, Mayor de Blasio called for stronger penalties for drivers who violate the City’s Right of Way law.

Bristol, UK cyclist Jenni Morton-Humphreys — After Morton-Humphreys’ bike was stolen, she stole it back by pretending to be interested in buying it from the thief.

Losers

New York City transit users — Governor Cuomo is determined to spend $216 to $350 million on choreographed light shows for New York City bridges, even though there’s a really obvious place he should be investing that money instead.

Connecticut — The Nutmeg State’s Special Transportation Fund is hurtling toward insolvency and its debt load — now in a class with only Illinois and New Jersey — has made paying for transportation projects a challenge.

Atlanta — Without the required authorization from the City Council, the City of Atlanta removed a two-way cycle track and replaced it with — wait for it — parking.

USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao  The United States Department of Transportation has quietly terminated the investigation into Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s cancellation of the Red Line project, the funding for which he diverted to roads.

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