Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg | Photo: johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu

New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg | Photo: johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu

WINNERS

New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg — The Senator solidified her role as champion for New Jersey bus riders by calling for equal investment in and improved conditions at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at today’s Port Authority budget hearing. She is also holding a second commuter feedback meeting this Thursday.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka — The mayor has joined other leaders in calling for the continuation of the state’s red light camera program.

New York State Senator Jeff Klein — The Senator wants to see part of the state’s windfall bank settlement money used to create a new program called Empire Public Works, dedicated to upgrading the state’s infrastructure, rather than seeing the funds go to a one-shot project.

Camden, NJ — The city recently approved six new major development projects, including Subaru’s new corporate headquarters, “leading to the creation, retention or relocation of some 2,000 jobs.”

Village of Mamaroneck, NY  After completing a zoning study and public engagement process partially funded by Tri-State’s Transit-Centered Development Grant Program, the Village has approved a transit-oriented development rezoning that promotes green building codes, green infrastructure, and green roofs in the TOD district.

PATH riders — Weekend service connecting Exchange Place and the World Trade Center is finally set to resume next week.

Mark Fenton — The public health, planning and transportation expert and Tufts University adjunct professor engaged New Haven residents in a walking tour and planning workshop for the Route 34 development corridor.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo — The mayor is banning cars in central Paris neighborhoods.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announcing the installation of Queens slow zones. | Photo: Twitter @JimmyVanBramer

NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announcing the installation of Queens slow zones. | Photo: Twitter

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

WINNERS

New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer – Sunnyside Gardens, Woodside and Sunnyside will be included in two new slow zones coming to Queens.

Linden, NJ – Linden’s City Council passed a unanimous resolution in support of “the renewal of the red light camera program in the interest of public safety” – a powerful statement in the face of increasingly vocal opposition.

Connecticut – ConnDOT adopted a departmental Complete Streets policy which “enables the alignment of transportation funds to encourage improvements for non-motorized users,” such as the road diet planned for East Hartford and the addition of bike racks to 50 train cars.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals – New Haven, CT’s Gateway Community College has received a $250,000 subsidy from the company to halve bus fares for college students over the next five years.

Retirees – Americans are outliving their ability to drive safely, and nonprofits are stepping in to connect housing choice and transportation options for the aging.

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Transportation Advocates Release Connecticut Candidate Bulletin, Call for Debate

Earlier this week, a broad coalition of nearly three dozen transportation advocates, including the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, gathered at New Haven’s Union Station to release their 2014 Candidate Bulletin Moving Transportation Forward in Connecticut. The Bulletin lists four actions that Connecticut’s elected officials, particularly the gubernatorial candidates, must take in order to develop a safe and reliable system […]

Promising Signs from New Haven’s New Mayor

(L to R) New Haven's new director of economic development Matthew Nemerson, new director of Traffic, Transportation and Parking Doug Hausladen, and Mayor Toni Harp.

(L to R) New Haven’s new economic development administrator Matthew Nemerson, new transportation director Doug Hausladen, and Mayor Toni Harp. | Photo: New Haven Independent

In the last week, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp has given promising answers to many of the questions that transportation advocates have been asking. Last week, the administration announced it would study transit improvements within New Haven, and earlier this week, Mayor Harp named a new city transportation director, Doug Hausladen, who has a strong record on traffic safety and complete streets.

Hausladen, who was elected a city alder in 2011, has a history of sustainable transportation activism. As a private citizen, Hausladen pushed for a state complete streets law and helped win pedestrian safety improvements at a downtown intersection. As an alder, he pushed for improvements to Route 34 and for legislation to allow municipalities to use cameras to enforce red-light running, which would improve safety in New Haven (73 pedestrians were killed or injured in the city in 2010 alone).

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Connecticut 2013: Looking Back on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

CT-GBE-2013There was plenty to be happy about in Connecticut last year, with progress on the CTfastrak bus rapid transit corridor, lots of new bike infrastructure and the election of livable streets champions in cities across The Nutmeg State.

But as there almost always is, there was room for improvement in 2013. Connecticut’s elected officials boosted transit fares, failed to vote on a key piece of safety legislation and continued to use limited highway dollars for capacity expansion instead of sorely-needed road and bridge maintenance.

The Good

Positive outlook for CTfastrak, now under construction — Construction is underway on Central Connecticut’s bus rapid transit system, and much of the negativity surrounding the project appears to have given way to excitement. And on top of that, the busway has proven to be a catalyst for transit oriented development.

Never-before seen in Connecticut bike infrastructure on the way — Under the leadership of Transportation, Traffic and Parking Director Jim Travers, the City of New Haven introduced the City’s first bike corral. New Haven will also be home to Connecticut’s first cycle track, which suggests a changing mindset at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. On top of that, (soon to be painted) green lanes will be installed in Hartford.

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Outside the Box Thinking Needed to Address New Haven Line Transit Crisis

Source: NYTimes.com Connecticut officials must think outside the box to address the current crisis facing New Haven Line commuters.

The transit crisis facing the New Haven Line is now in its sixth day, and ConnDOT and the MTA have been doing what they […]

Unprecedented Bicycle Infrastructure Project Planned for New Haven Suggests a Changing Mindset at ConnDOT

As part of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge (or “Q” Bridge) project, a protected cycle track and off-road path will be built on Water Street, across the Tomlinson Bridge, and onto Forbes Avenue. This is a concept drawing of Water Street.

An agreement between the City of New Haven and the Connecticut Department […]

Elm City Cycling Updates New Haven’s Bike Maps

The City of New Haven last issued a bike map nearly a decade ago, when average gas prices were less than $2.00 a gallon, and a little known State Senator named Barack Obama had just won a Senate seat to represent the State of Illinois.

In 2004:

New Haven’s outdated 2004 bike map. […]

New Haven Open to Additional Traffic Calming as Route 34 Project Advances

New Haven’s plans for Downtown Crossing have been criticized for replacing the highway with boulevards that will be too wide and dangerous to cross. The design of Phase 1 of the project includes roads with as many as 5 traffic lanes at intersections. Team members expressed a willingness to revisit this and other […]

Livable Streets Advance Thanks to CT Advocates, Municipalities

Source: Sacramento Press. New Haven advocates are trying to 'crowd-fund' a bike corral like this one.

Some good news for bicycle and livable community advocates has been coming out of Connecticut over the past few weeks:

Thanks to the efforts of the Fairfield Bike-Walk Coalition, the Town of Fairfield will be getting its […]