Today’s Headlines

  • Officials, PTA Protest Improvements Near Queens School (NYT, Streetsblog)
  • Queens CB Drafts Wish List in Anticipation of Congestion Pricing (Times Ledger)
  • For 70% of NJ Commuters, Pricing Benefits Would Exceed Costs (TSTC)
  • Upkeep for Public Spaces in Private Hands (City Room)
  • Brooklyn Tornado Victims to Get Federal Disaster Aid (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Taking the A Train, 75 Years Later (NYT, Second Ave Sagas)
  • 7 Line Extension Will Have Sliding Platform Doors (Gothamist)
  • From Within, MTA Gets Low Marks on Security (Daily News)
  • Amtrak Expects Fifth Record-Setting Year (AP via Carfree USA)
  • Long Island Boy Killed by Minivan; No Charges Filed (Newsday)
  • What’s the Deal With You Bikers? (Daily Heights via Gowanus Lounge)
  • Bikes Are Good for the City (NYT)
  • One Presidential Candidate Calling for Carbon Tax (Salon)
  • steve

    Long Island Boy Killed: another bicyclist killed and the sole word from police on how it happened that there will be “no charges” against motorist that hit him.

  • John Hunka

    There’s an article in the Brooklyn Rail today about bike sharing, too: http://www.brooklynrail.org/2007/9/local/a-future-on-two-wheels

  • Dave H.

    When will journalists stop referring to Amtrak as a “money-losing service”? No one calls Deutsche Bahn or SNCF a money-losing service (though they receive considerable subsidies). Why don’t they start calling the federal highway system ‘a money-losing service’?

  • bill

    Yeah it’s really ignorant to call Amtrak “money-losing” because it relies on subsidies, given that the entire private vehicle transportation system relies on even huger subsidies as well.

  • Niccolo Macchiavelli

    Well my personal favorite is the New York Post calling AMTRAK a money losing service. AMTRAK has a much higher operating ratio than the New York Post.

    But seriously folks, one big reason that AMTRAK is showing these good balance sheets is that the workers haven’t had a wage increase in eight years and are the lowest paid in the commuter rail industry. AMTRAK has very serious labor supply issues especially in the heavily travelled and efficient Northeast Corridor where AMTRAK “owns” the right of way it travels on.