Today’s Headlines

  • Hannah

    Is the “West Side Highway” really the proper name, or is it just what everyone calls the highway-like road where people keep getting killed? None of my maps label it as the “West Side Highway,” and street signs give names like 11th Ave.

    If people didn’t think of it as a highway, maybe they wouldn’t drive on it like it’s a highway.

  • Replacing payroll taxes with a pollution tax is a great idea. It’s basically a way to create more jobs while encouraging cleaning technologies at the same time.

  • J:Lai

    Is anyone else troubled by the proposed transit service cuts? We’ve known it was coming, but it still bothers me a lot. I think it really points out the priorities, and they are still heavily skewed toward personal vehicle use.

    Biking is a great way to get around, but it suffers from being difficult for certain segments of the population, impractical in many types of weather conditions, and impractical for certain types of trips. The subways and busses contribute on a much larger scale to transportation than biking probably ever will.

    Part of the blame lies with the MTA for mis-management and inefficiency, but the big picture is that the state and municipal governments are not willing to fund public transit to the degree required if it is to continue to absorb more trips that would otherwise be made with private vehicles. Things like congestion and pollution taxes should be providing revenue for increased service from transit.

    I think it is unfortunate that service cuts will be made to a system that is already operating at over-capacity. The results will be predictable.

  • podsednik

    Glenn — I agree on the pollution tax. Plus it would reward New Yorkers, who, on average, use a lot less energy than a typical American.

  •  J:Lai – The MTA already withdrew the cuts requested for 2007. NY1 has the coverage