Melissa’s NY Daily News got the notice of more than a few transportation advocates:
Welcome to the inaugural “Winners and Losers,” your guide to the week’s heroic and villainous actions in tri-state transportation and smart growth.
This week’s winners (who did things we like):
Senator Chuck Schumer— New York’s stalwart Senator is leading the fight to restore the federal transit tax benefit, which lapsed at the end of 2011. Currently, public transit commuters can spend up to $125 per month in pretax income on their commute, while drivers can spend up to $240 in pretax income on parking at their job. Chuck Schumer sees the insanity of such an arrangement.
The Genting Group— the Wall Street Journal reported that the private backers of Governor Cuomo’s proposed convention center would “work with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to fund uninterrupted subway service between Midtown Manhattan and the proposed convention center.” The jury’s still out on the plan itself, but we can get behind developers that think seriously about transit access (are you taking notes, Triple Five?)
Melissa Mark-Viverito— the NYC councilwoman wrote a editorial for the New York Daily News in support of an East Harlem bike lane. We’re all fans.
Not everyone won Tri-State’s praise. Check out the losers here: Winners and Losers.