Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

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


New Yorkers — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (finally) reached an agreement on how to fund the MTA’s five-year capital program.

Hoboken, NJ — The city launched the first phase of its long-awaited bike share program.

Maryland Department of Transportation — The agency will be the first state transportation department to fund pop-up protected bike lanes.

Transformation Department — Speaking of pop-up protected bike lanes, this anonymous group of safe streets advocates created one along Manhattan’s Chrystie Street using 25 traffic cones and a dozen sunflowers.

Fayetteville, Arkansas — Fayetteville eliminated minimum parking requirements for commercial properties citywide, making it the first U.S. city to do so.


The remains of Penn Station's Plaza33.

The remains of Penn Station’s Plaza33.

Midtown pedestrians — The three-month trial run for Penn Station’s Plaza33 ended this week.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy — Seemingly oblivious to the concept of induced demand, the governor claimed that widening Interstates 95 and 84 will boost the state’s economy by easing congestion.

Long Island drivers — This week, several Long Island drivers engaged in seriously dangerous driving, including leaving the scene after striking a pedestrian, crashing into a family’s living room, driving while intoxicated with a 3-year-old passenger, and endangering young children and bystanders.

Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi — Following the Volkswagen emissions scandal, several other car companies’ diesel models are now known to emit significantly more emissions during realistic driving tests than in the lab.