Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

New York City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. | Photo: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. | Photo: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 - Regional Administrator Judith Enck’s office was the only government office brave enough to stand up to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to raid Environmental Facilities Corporation water and sewer funding for the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction project.

R Train riders - The Montague Street Tunnel storm recovery project has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

New York City Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. - Queens commuters are applauding the stellar service provided by the new Q114 route, and the Councilman has plans to further expand service in the borough.

Metro-North Railroad - The agency launched a pilot program for bike racks on Connecticut’s New Haven line trains, and also received an award from the 2014 BuildSmart NY Awards for its Grand Central terminal energy conservation projects.

New Jersey Transit –While only a partial solution to addressing capacity concerns, the agency will be replacing all current train cars with double decker designs and all buses with a fleet of longer designs with more seats.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

New York City Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez | Photo: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez | Photo: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer – The senator has secured a $25 million grant to enable the NYC DOT to implement 13 projects to improve roadway safety as well as access to schools and transit.

New York City Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez and Jimmy Van Bramer – Rodriguez and Van Bramer have introduced new legislation to increase penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash where another person is injured.

Stamford, CT Mayor David Martin – After three pedestrian deaths this year, the mayor has launched the Stamford Street Smart initiative.

NJ Transit riders – If approved as the first deputy director in 12 years, Neil S. Yellin, a well-respected transportation professional who has been a champion for riders during his tenures as Senior Vice President of the LIRR and President for MTA’s Long Island Bus, could help round out a solid leadership team at the agency.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — Secretary Foxx announced today that the Department of Transportation is “putting together the most comprehensive, forward-leaning initiative USDOT has ever put forward on bike/ped issues.”

New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery – After three years with Tri-State, beloved senior staff analyst Renata Silberblatt will now aid in the state’s storm recovery efforts as a policy analyst.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

New York City Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Mark Levine | Photo: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

Margaret Chin and Mark Levine – After several traffic crashes involving pedestrians in recent weeks, New York City Councilmembers Chin and Levine are calling on the New York City Department of Transportation to implement safety improvements in their districts.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop – Mayor Fulop’s Administration is working to “help tame the streets of the state’s second-largest city” by initiating a trial run of a car-free zone along Newark Avenue.

Berlin, Meriden, New Britain and Stratford, CT – The four communities were collectively awarded $6.6 million in state grants and loans to clean up brownfield sites for transit-oriented development projects.

Companies embracing bike share – Companies ranging from American Express to General Motors are incorporating bike share programs into their workplaces to encourage employees “to get out and be active during the workday.”

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

New York City Councilmembers Reynoso, Cornegy and Menchaca | Photos: council.nyc.gov

New York City Councilmembers Reynoso, Cornegy and Menchaca | Photos: council.nyc.gov

WINNERS

Antonio Reynoso, Robert Cornegy and Carlos Menchaca - The New York City Councilmembers are part of an unofficial “bike caucus” pushing for “bike forums” with constituents and more bike infrastructure across the city.

Frederick Amoafo - The cab driver was honored as the safest taxi driver in the city as part of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission’s first-ever Honor Roll. His own son was hit by a vehicle two years ago, which has brought the issue of pedestrian safety home to Mr. Amoafo.

Richard Meurer - The developer of New Jersey’s new solar-powered transit village combined alternative energy with transportation alternatives.

CT Transit riders - Real-time bus data will be available on the agency’s website in the near future, and by next spring, on riders’ smart phones.
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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle | Photo: Bergen Dispatch

New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle | Photo: Bergen Dispatch

WINNERS

Mayor Ralph Ekstrand – The Farmingdale mayor insists that the village will be Long Island’s next downtown destination, citing music events and the transit-oriented development project near the LIRR station that will include 154 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

City Representative David Kooris – In response to Tri-State’s Older Pedestrians at Risk analysis, the newly-elected City of Stamford representative intends to “propose an ordinance next month to require city engineers to include pedestrian-friendly design components” into road projects as a way to improve safety for older citizens.

Bill Lindmeier - Tunnel Vision, a newly-launched app created by Mr. Lindmeier, augments any subway map with interactive data about that subway station and the surrounding neighborhood.

Sunnyside, Queens - After the number of businesses awarded a “bike-friendly” label by Transportation Alternatives topped 70, the advocacy group declared the entire neighborhood to be a bike-friendly business district.

New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle - In addition to being the sponsor for a Port Authority transparency bill, the assemblywoman is now working with other state and local electeds to find a long-term solution to protect bicyclists riding along route 9W.
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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy | Photo: Lindsay Perry of the Stamford Advocate

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy | Photo: Lindsay Perry of the Stamford Advocate

WINNERS

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy - The Connecticut senator is proposing new methods for funding rail infrastructure.

MTA and New York City Department of Transportation - The two agencies teamed up to improve way-finding in the city’s subways with the creation and installation of new unique maps detailing the area surrounding each subway station.

Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli -  The first county in the state to adopt a Complete Streets policy is now on the way to becoming the first county in the state to create a county-wide bike lane network.

New Haven Board of Alders - The Board unanimously accepted a $760,000 grant, which will allow the City to conduct a two-year study to investigate means of improving transit options for residents and visitors.

Keegan Stephan - Upon learning of a two-week bicycle safety crackdown by the NYPD, the respected bike advocate responded, in a brilliant piece of guerrilla advocacy, by catching not one, not two, but 32 vehicles - including NYPD-owned vehicles - blocking bike lanes on his way to work today.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

Lisa & Jacqueline Sheriff | Photo: Carmine Galasso, The Record Staff Photographer

Lisa & Jacqueline Sheriff | Photo: Carmine Galasso, The Record Staff Photographer

WINNERS

Branford, CT - Branford is adding a second platform to the town’s Shore Line East station to allow for more frequent trains.

Lisa & Jacqueline Sheriff of Waldwick, NJ - The mother-daughter team are hoping to increase traffic safety on local roadways not just by encouraging slower speeds, but by protecting traffic enforcement personnel as well.

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation – The Dodge Foundation is supporting “creative placemaking” efforts in communities throughout New Jersey, which not only helps these communities to grow and thrive by inspiring innovation and expression, but also by catalyzing economic growth in distressed neighborhoods.

Perth, Australia rail commuters - Dozens of riders worked together to tilt a commuter train in order to free a rider trapped between the platform and train.
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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

Englewood, NJ Mayor Frank Huttle III | Photo: City of Englewood

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

WINNERS

New Haven, CT — New Haven Transportation, Traffic & Parking Director Doug Hausladen and other local leaders are coming up with some low-cost traffic calming solutions.

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Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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

U.S. Representative Joe Crowley | Photo: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880

U.S. Representative Joe Crowley | Photo: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880

WINNERS

Jersey City, NJ Mayor Steve Fulop - Testifying before Congress this week, Mayor Fulop used the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail as an example of a successful transportation investment that has revitalized Jersey City.

U.S. Representative Joe Crowley - Congressman Crowley, who represents Queens and the Bronx, announced his national “Bike to Work Act,” which would allow commuters to pay for bike share memberships with pre-tax income.

U.S. Representative Jim Himes - The Representative from Connecticut called on Congress to find a long-term solution to the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Douglaston, Queens - City agencies have come together to reverse the deteriorating conditions in the neighborhood surrounding the Douglaston LIRR station, initiating the creation of a new pedestrian plaza. The activity has already attracted several new businesses to the area.

Perth Amboy, NJ - NJ Transit has allocated $9.6 million for the renovation of Perth Amboy station, which will be the cornerstone project of plans to create a transit village in the city.
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Thursday Winners (& Losers)

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

New York State Senator Bill Perkins | Photo: nysenate.gov

New York State Senator Bill Perkins Photo: nysenate.gov

WINNERS

New York State Senator and Public Authorities Control Board Member Bill Perkins – Senator Perkins penned a letter to Governor Cuomo regarding the Environmental Facilities Corporation loan that points to “an entire host of outstanding questions and legal concerns surrounding this project that have not been answered to the satisfaction of anyone.”

Amazon warehouse workers in Robbinsville, NJ – Amazon is now providing free shuttle service to employees at its Robbinsville warehouse - a promising example of a developer filling the funding gap in a state so strapped for transit funding.

NJ Transit riders - There is no fare increase in the agency’s approved budget for the fifth consecutive year.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer - In a new report, the Comptroller cites TSTC’s Complete Streets Liability Primer, which shows how Complete Streets can not only prevent injuries, but also protect governments from potential liabilities associated with traffic incidents.

Staten Island Mall owner General Growth Properties - General Growth Properties is filing a parking exemption request with the City so it can replace 281 “underutilized” parking spaces with expanded retail space.
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