Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg | Photo: nyc.gov

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

WINNERS

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto – With the state’s Transportation Trust Fund “run dry, starved of revenue for close to 20 years”, Assembly Speaker Prieto has joined Tri-State and other advocates in calling for a “modernization” of the state’s gas tax, which is currently the second lowest in the country.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone – As the benefits of sustainable, transit-oriented development are becoming more widely acknowledged on Long Island and with success stories such as the rebirth of previously downtrodden downtown Patchogue Village, it’s no surprise that County Executive Bellone would double the amount of funding available for downtown revitalization projects from $250,000 in 2013 to $500,000 for 2014.

New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg – Commissioner Trottenberg made a strong leap from rhetoric into action last week as she announced Atlantic Avenue is to became the first arterial slow zone in New York – “We’re going to be demonstrating our commitment today to Vision Zero and declaring once again the de Blasio administration wants to reduce fatalities across New York City.” Though the speed limit reduction is slight, officials say that New York City police officers will also zero in on traffic violations in the area, and there is still hope for speed cameras to be added to the project.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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Stamford Mayor David Martin | Photo: Lindsay Perry/Stamford Advocate

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

Winners

New York City pedestrians and bicyclists  The Vision Zero movement is gaining momentum, with pedestrian and bike safety measures underway in BrooklynQueensupper Manhattan and lower Manhattan. On top of that, Congressman Joe Crowley, who represents parts of Queens and the Bronx, announced his Pedestrian Fatalities Reduction Act bill last week, and after impressive turnouts at town hall meetings, NYC DOT has announced upcoming Vision Zero workshops across the five boroughs.

Berlin, Connecticut  Governor Malloy announced last week that the central Connecticut town, which will have a stop on the future New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line, will receive a $500,000 grant to help develop ”a more accessible, more walkable hub for transit, commerce and culture in downtown Berlin.”

Stamford, CT Mayor David Martin  In his State of the City address on Tuesday, Mayor Martin said he plans to advocate for improvements to Metro-North which he says “is more important to the city of Stamford and [its] economic prosperity than any other single issue.”

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

NYC Councilmember Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

NYC Councilmember Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

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

Winners

New Jersey Department of Transportation  NJDOT unveiled an updated reconstruction plan for Route 35 in Ocean County, which will include bike lanes along the majority of the project area.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer  Senator Schumer announced that he will push to include a monthly $20 tax benefit for commuters who use Citi Bike (and other bike share programs) in a Senate tax bill, which is set to be debated this week.

NYC Councilmember Mark Levine  Councilmember Levine introduced a bill that would help make crossings safer for blind pedestrians by doubling the number of audible crossing signals that the City is required to install each year.

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Advocates Applaud Updates to NJ Route 35 Reconstruction Plan

Statement of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia on the updated Route 35 Reconstruction Plan, unveiled on Tuesday. 

For immediate release – April 1, 2014

Contact: Janna Chernetz, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, 908-208-0083 Cyndi Steiner, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, 973-886-4142 John Boyle, Bicycle Coalition [...]

Riders Lose: New York State Legislature Fails to Stop Raid on Public Transportation

Statement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, Pratt Center for Community Development, Reinvent Albany, Riders Alliance and Tri-State Transportation Campaign on the New York State Legislature’s failure to stop Governor Cuomo’s raid of dedicated transit funds: 

For immediate release – March 29, [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

Connecticut House Speaker Brendan Sharkey | Photo: Lindsay Perry

Winners

New York State Senators Phil Boyle and Kenneth LaValle — Senators Boyle and LaValle wrote a letter to State Senator Joseph Robach, who is Chairman of the [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak | Photo: njleg.state.nj.us

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

Winners

New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak — Senator Lesniak proposed a gas tax increase – “long considered the third rail of New Jersey politics” — of five cents each [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

New York Assemblymember Edward Hennessey called for more pedestrian and bicycle funding and tougher penalties on hit-and-run drivers Saturday. | Photo: Ed Betz/Newsday

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

Winners

New York Assemblymember Edward Hennessey — Assemblymember Hennessey called for $20 million in additional state funding [...]

Tell Albany: Don’t Steal Money from Transit Riders!

We need your help! We want to make sure that legislative leaders in Albany will protect funding for transit.

Will you add your plea to that of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and other advocates by sending the following e-action? Advocacy works when many people express their opinions to our elected officials—and we need your voice [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

New York Assemblymembers Nily Rozic, Dick Gottfried, Jim Brennan and Michael DenDekker rallied with transit advocates last Sunday.  | Photo: Dan Rivoli/AM New York

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

Winners

New York Assemblymembers Jim Brennan, Michael DenDekker, Dick Gottfried and [...]