Issues: Alternative Transport

Downtown Digest: Crash highlights urgency of bus bill

Downtown Express

Volume 20, Number 44

March 16 - 22, 2011

Crash highlights urgency of bus bill A tour bus from Chinatown crashed on I-95 in the Bronx Saturday morning, killing 13 people and injuring a few dozen others.

The horrific accident prompted NY State Senator Daniel Squadron to press the Senate to move quickly in passing a bill he proposed in early February.

The proposed legislation would regulate intercity passenger buses through a permit system, which would include assigning pick-up and drop-off locations to bus drivers and provide for community input in regulating enforcement of the rules.

March 22, 2011
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The Capitol Pressroom

Senator Dilan will be appearing on today's Capitol Pressroom at 11:20.

Listen live

March 9, 2011
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Senator Liz Krueger on the "Bike Wars" of the East Side

Bike Wars

By Allen Houston

Simmering Bike Resentment

East Siders may have grown used to delivery guys on bicycles hopping sidewalks and dangerously whizzing in and out of pedestrians as they rush to drop off Chinese food or pizza. But they seem to have finally reached a breaking point. The debate over whether to restrict bicyclists may not only be about these riders and alleged misdemeanors; rather, it could be part of a growing hostility toward the increasingly bike-friendly city that New York is becoming...

Delivery Drivers Drive Anger, Pols Respond

February 3, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Transportation Meeting

Senate Committee on TransportationCharles J. Fuschillo, Jr.9:30am, Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 Room 124 CAP

January 19, 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
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All Aboard! Historic High Speed Rail Conference On Track In New York City

State Senate President Malcolm A. Smith along with other local, state and federal officials will participate in the historic High Speed Rail conference of leading international experts who will discuss ways to bring the speedy passenger train to America. Expected guests include U.S. Secretary of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, Deputy Administrator- Federal Railroad Administrator, Karen Rae, Governor David Paterson, Governor Elect Andrew Cuomo, Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell, US Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and US Congressman John Mica.

November 11, 2010
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NYS Senator Eric Adams Holds a Press Conference At The Scene of Bicyclist's Death to Announce Legislation to Change Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) to Mandate Bicycle Safety Awareness Training for All NYS Motorists

 

NYS Senator Eric Adams mourns the traffic death of a 23-year-old bicyclist and announces his introduction of a bill to modify VTL Section 502 to mandate inclusion of bicycle safety awareness training during the coursework required of every NYS motorist

 NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed when a motorist open a car door into traffic, knocking the rider into the path of a city bus. This is a tragic occurrence, and I extend my deepest sympathies to the family.

September 13, 2010
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Oppenheimer Smart Growth Bill Becomes Law

Governor signs bill to combat sprawl and promote environmentally sound development

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce that her bill, the State Smart Growth and Infrastructure Policy Act (S.5560B/A.8011B) was signed into law on August 30, 2010.  The new law establishes state smart growth infrastructure criteria and requires state agencies to review and consider these guidelines when allocating funds for public infrastructure projects.

September 7, 2010
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Senator Dilan-Sponsored Measure “Elle’s Law” Signed Into Law

Increases Penalties on Reckless Drivers Who Injure PedestriansLegislation closing a long-time legal gap that allowed for reckless drivers who injure pedestrians to escape prosecution was signed into law last week.Elle’s Law, sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Chair of Senate Transportation Committee, amends New York State’s Vehicle and Traffic Law to enact tougher penalties on motorists who blatantly disregard the vehicle and traffic code’s “rules of the road,”  and injure pedestrians as a result of dangerous and unlawful driving.

August 17, 2010
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Bicycle Safety Bill Sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins Signed into Law

Today, legislation (S7897) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced and passed in the Senate to protect bicyclists was signed into law. The new law requires motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State of New York had 42 bicycle-related traffic fatalities in 2008 alone. Requiring motorists to pass at "a safe distance," this legislation will serve to educate the public about the need for motor vehicles and bicyclists to share our roads safely.

August 15, 2010
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Smart Growth Act could fix state's infrastructure

By: Peter B. Fleischer

New York's budget crisis is forcing government at all levels to re-evaluate how it allocates increasingly rare public dollars. As officials seek to identify and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending, they will find some of the waste is hiding in plain sight.

Travel to downtown Buffalo or to many of the state's older suburbs and you'll find decaying sidewalks, half-empty shopping centers, vacant lots and abandoned homes. Then travel a few more miles into what was until recently open countryside, and you'll find big new homes sprouting from former farm fields. Meanwhile, the population of many counties and the state continues to decline.

July 12, 2010
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WGRZ: Bicycle Safety Legislation Passes New York Legislature

Following the death of a 66-year-old bicyclist in Westchester County last November, the New York Senate and Assembly have passed legislation that would require vehicles to pass cyclists at a safe distance to prevent accidents.

Westchester Putnam Bike Walk Alliance member Merrill Cassell was biking on Route 119 at the Greenburgh/White Plains border Nov. 6 when he was sideswiped by a Bee-Line public bus and killed. The bus driver didn't receive a ticket.

July 7, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Cyclists

On Friday, June 25, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate passed legislation (S7897) requiring motorists to pass bicyclists proceeding in the same direction at a safe distance. Once the bill has passed in both houses it will be sent to the Governor for his signature. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins introduced the legislation after Merrill Cassell, an avid cyclist and safety advocate, was fatally struck by a vehicle last year, while cycling in Greenburgh, NY.

June 25, 2010
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Senator Dilan Helps to Secure Funding For New York’s Roads and Bridges, Student MetroCards

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) and Senate colleagues last night passed a budget agreement that funds a 2-year New York State Department of Transportation Capital Plan as well as provides more than $25 million to fund reduced-fare MetroCards for New York City students.

June 22, 2010
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Blueprint For A Smarter, Safer NY Infrastructure: Majority Legislative Package To Improve Quality Of Life For Communities Statewide, Enact Cost-Savings

As parts of its strategy to rebuild New York’s through cutting edge infrastructure and economic development, the Senate Democratic Majority developed and approved a blueprint (Complete Streets/Smart Growth) for safer roads and highways across the state, which will cut costs for municipalities and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. This 3-bill legislative package will help urban, rural and residential communities put into motion:

June 18, 2010
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SENATOR KRUEGER JOINS OTHER EAST SIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND RESIDENTS IN CELEBRATING THE RESTORATION OF THE EAST 50TH STREET SELECT BUS SERVICE STOP; CALLS UPON THE MTA TO RECONSIDER DRASTIC CROSSTOWN BUS CUTS

For Immediate Release | June 4, 2010

Jennifer Krinsky | jenniferkrinsky@gmail.com | 212-490-9535

 

(New York, NY) Today, at the urging of the elected officials

representing the Manhattan neighborhoods of Turtle Bay and East

Midtown, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New

York City Department of Transportation (DOT) have made a commitment to

re-instate the Select Bus Service (SBS) 49th/50th Street bus stop.

 

Select Bus Service, which will replace Limited Service on the M15 bus

June 8, 2010
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My Take on the Select Bus Service on the East Side

Today we on the East Side, who have been underserved by public transit, have something to celebrate: Select Bus Service along First and Second Avenues in Manhattan. This is a huge first step toward creating a real Bus Rapid Transit alternative to serve the communities far east of the Lexington Avenue subway line.

June 8, 2010
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Senator Dilan Urges Commuters to Cycle to Work During Annual Bike to Work Week

National Bike to Work Week kicked off Monday in New York, and Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is encouraging commuters across the state to ride their bicycles to work Friday, May 21.

May 19, 2010
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State-Funded Construction Projects Getting Back on Track

Today, the State Senate passed a measure sponsored by Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) that will assist New York construction crews in getting back to work on the state’s roads and bridges by authorizing the continued payment of all capital construction contracts.

May 5, 2010
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