Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser | Photos: Newsday, Press of Atlantic City

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Somers Point Mayor Jack Glasser | Photos: Newsday, Press of Atlantic City

WINNERS

Metro Hartford, CT residents — CTfastrak, central Connecticut’s new bus rapid transit system, began taking passengers on Saturday and is so far a hit with riders.

Long Beach, NY As part of the Long Beach Safety Initiative, the City is lowering the speed limit to 25 mph and retiming traffic signals.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone In his State of the County speech, Bellone called for greater investment in transit infrastructure, including the Ronkonkoma Double Track project and bus service linking LIRR branches, as a means of boosting economic development and attracting younger residents.

New York City Department of Transportation — NYC DOT’s $100 million safety improvement plan for Queens Boulevard — which includes protected bike lanes and more pedestrian space — is working its way through the community board process.

Somers Point, NJ Mayor Jack Glasser — The City has received a grant for a bikeway extension and bike infrastructure to connect existing bike lanes in South Jersey.

Citi Bike riders — Motivate CEO Jay Walder announced that in addition to software and bike improvements, New York City’s bike share system is also expanding.

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Successful Traffic Safety Camera Programs Tie Revenue to Traffic Safety Funds

New Jersey’s red light camera pilot program has officially come to a close as cameras went dark at midnight this past Tuesday after a long battle in Trenton. Supporters of the program cited myriad motorist, pedestrian and cyclist safety benefits, while those opposed insisted it was nothing more than a cash cow for municipalities. Nonetheless, efforts are underway […]

Newark’s Bike Safety Efforts

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This Wednesday: Newark Safe Routes to School Stakeholder Meeting

Approximately 40 percent of households in Newark, NJ do not own a vehicle, contributing to the city’s high rate of students who walk to school. Through the federal Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure grant program, and under the guidance of Meadowlink, local community groups are partnering with select schools in Newark to create safer, more […]

Newark Advancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Image: Street Smart / bestreetsmartnj.org

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) kicked off its Street Smart pedestrian safety program earlier this month in Hackettstown, Jersey City, Long Beach Island, Newark and Woodbridge. This new public education, awareness, and behavioral change campaign “comes at a significant time as New Jersey is ranked 14th in the nation in pedestrian […]

TSTC Teams Up with Youth Leaders to Complete Newark’s Streets

GNC students | Photo: Janna Chernetz

Newark Youth Leadership Project students participated in a walk audit and Complete Streets workshop with TSTC. | Photo: Janna Chernetz

ramps crosswalk lanes | Photo: Janna Chernetz

Students noted that bike lanes and textured crosswalks have only been installed in a few locations. | Photo: Janna Chernetz

As MTR reported last year, Newark adopted a Complete Streets resolution in September 2013, but there’s no word yet on how the City plans to implement the policy. To jump-start the effort to make Newark’s streets safer and more accessible for all users, TSTC teamed up with 40 high school student interns and their mentors from the Greater Newark Conservancy’s (GNC) Newark Youth Leadership Project, a year-round program that provides local high school and college students with job training experience, leadership development and exposure to career and higher education opportunities in the environmental and horticultural fields.

Last week, TSTC led its sixth annual Complete Streets workshop and walking audit on the streets surrounding GNC. During the first half of the workshop, students learned about the principles of Complete Streets as well as similar efforts taking place in throughout New Jersey. Following the classroom portion of the day, students conducted walking audits in various parts of Newark, and were encouraged to take on the point of view as a pedestrian, cyclist, senior citizen, someone with a physical disability, a young child or a parent/babysitter with young children.

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Revitalization of Newark’s Military Park Must Improve Pedestrian Accessibility on Nearby Streets

Sidewalks along Park Place are treacherous to navigate, becoming so narrow to a degree that they practically disappear. | Photo: Janna Chernetz

Ideally, crosswalks in an urban center should be the more visible international style (also known as a “zebra” or “ladder” crosswalk) and should include accessible curb ramps. | Photo: Janna […]

New Jersey’s Most Populous City Adopts Complete Streets Policy

A bike lane in Newark | Photo: Newark Department of Engineering

[An eagle-eyed reader has pointed out that Vineland is technically the largest city in New Jersey; Newark is actually the most populous. Thanks for the spot!]

Yesterday, Newark announced that it had adopted a complete streets policy, making the roads of New […]

Future Leaders Take on Task of “Reworking Newark”

Student interns at the Greater Newark Conservancy take a break from surveying the city for this photograph.

“We know what Newark looks like standing still, and we know that change is needed. With all the diversity in the city, it’s important that we try to work together. Let’s get it together—let’s move Newark.”

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NJ’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Paying Off

Transit and freight rail can be powerful tools for development. Seeking to maximize those tools, NJ in 2008 established the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit, which provides tax credits for businesses that use freight rail and those that develop housing, plan large expansions, or relocate within a half-mile of transit hubs in nine cities.

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