Attacker On Loose; Bus Driver Uneasy

by Markeshia Ricks | Nov 22, 2016 8:16 am | Comments (11)

Markeshia Ricks Photo CT TransitElection Day may have been rough for a lot of people, but few had it as bad as CT Transit driver Tamika Walker-Fernandez — after a violent passenger refused to get off her bus.

Walker-Fernandez had driven a bus for eight years without incident. But when the passenger boarded her D bus on Dixwell Avenue between Lake Place and Bristol Street, she experienced terror.

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Signal Changes Coming — Eventually

by Markeshia Ricks | Nov 14, 2016 12:02 pm | Comments (9)

Markeshia Ricks Photo Stand at the corner of Church and Chapel Street and you’ll see pedestrians trying to catch buses that stage at various transfer points on the Green, often crossing against the light so that they don’t get left behind. You’ll see frustrated drivers trying to make a left turn from Chapel onto Church before the light turns red. And you’ll see a general pressure from drivers in other directions to not miss the light.

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Decades Later, RR Safety Arms Coming

by Allan Appel | Oct 19, 2016 3:34 pm | Comments (1)

Allan Appel Photo Giovanni Zinn was in fifth grade back in 1995 when the state initiated an upgrade of the Grand Avenue railroad level crossing—a plan to replace the flashing lights with a serious set of safety arms that will drop and physically prevent you from crossing the tracks when a train nears and crosses.

Twenty-one years later, the arms still haven’t arrived, but may soon. Zinn, who grew up to become New Haven’s city engineer, is overseeing that process.

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