Today’s Headlines

  • In Historic Shift, U.S. Rail Network Is Expanding (WSJ via Planetizen)
  • Gerritsen Beach Greenstreet DOA (Gowanus Lounge)
  • West Side Heliport May Move From Park to River (NYT)
  • LMDC to MTA: Build Fulton Transit Center As Promised (AMNY)
  • MTA Could Get Windfall From Sale of GM Building (News)
  • ‘Intelligent’ Surveillance Software for Subways Doesn’t Work (NY1, Metro)
  • Quinn Gets Tips on Ferry Plan From Waterfront Alliance (Brooklyn Eagle)
  • Wisconsin College Gives Bikes to Students Who Don’t Have Cars (Grist)
  • Lance Armstrong Opens Shop, Wants to Promote Bike Commuting (Austin 360)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “They will benefit and it will be an unanticipated benefit…Such a transaction, a so-called “distress sale,” is a further sign of an economy in trouble.”

    That’s really the only hope for the budget — transfer taxes on foreclosures, bankruptcies and distress sales. It’s the only way the MTA’s real estate transfer tax revenue will fall from $1.6 billion to something close to $1.2 billion as planned, and not $400 million or less. I can tell you that fourth quarter investment sales were down more than 25 percent in NYC.

  • Move Heliport: I certainly hope they do. One generally must squint to the point of closing one’s eyes when passing by during a chopper take-off or landing, so copious are the ambient particles. It doesn’t belong in a “park.”

  • Jonathan

    Subsidize ferries to make them competitive with other forms of mass transit

    Sure, why not? Create hi-speed ferry lines from expensive waterfront neighborhoods like Bay Ridge, Midland Beach, and Whitestone to downtown, then pour in public money so the well-off people using them are only paying what they would on the subways and buses. I hear a dissonant note sounding amidst the orchestra of fiscal equity.

  • Yonkers has been trying to get customers for the new york water taxi service. their plan has been to build parking to make the waterfront area attractive to car owners/.commuters in westchester There is one development whose DGEIS comments are due feb 25 that call for 7000 parking spaces on the waterfront in 57 levels above ground at glenwood train station. water taxi would make sense at this development, since the current daily commuter base of 1200 for these three stations would probably got to over 5000. i cant see how metro north could accommodate that crush at rush hour plus an additional 30 percent overall with congestion pricing. it will be a couple years before the water taxi is economically viable in yonkers though

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An anonymously-sourced New York Post story yesterday might leave readers with the impression that new bike racks on the front of Staten Island buses will lead to late trips and a liability nightmare for the MTA. The MTA, however, says it’s still studying the racks — a tried-and-true amenity in every other big American city […]

Today’s Headlines

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Lhota: We’ll Seek New Revenue But MTA Debt Bomb Not Really a Problem (NY1, NYT, WSJ) Get the Best MTA Budget Breakdown at 2nd Ave Sagas Faction on MTA Board Wants to Set Aside Sliver of Budget to Restore Some Service (News) Two Biz Owners Scare CB 11 Into Rescinding Vote for Protected Bike Lanes […]

Today’s Headlines

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Cycling Up 143 Percent in New York City Since 2000 (Post) Chrysler, GM to Close Thousands of Dealerships (NYT) Brian Lehrer Interviews Outgoing MTA Chief Lee Sander (WNYC) Long Fight Over MTA Funding Left NYC Transit With a Bus Driver Shortage (AMNY) Burning Over MTA Payroll Tax, State Sen. Andrew Lanza Wants SI to Secede […]

Today’s Headlines

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Albany’s Transit "Rescue" Didn’t Solve MTA Financial Woes (2nd Ave Sagas) Ravitch: "2010 Is Going to Be a Rough Year" for MTA (Post) Highway Lobby Threatens to Sabotage Transpo Bill If Transit Gets Bigger Share (CQ Politics via TOW) GM Execs Still Have a Rosy Outlook About Future Sales (NYT) Livery Cab Driver Severs Brooklyn […]

Correcting Thursday’s MTA Bike Seizure Correction

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Quick, easy, inexpensive on-street bike parking in Montreal. Why not Williamsburg, Brooklyn? On Wednesday we posted Aaron Curran’s video of MTA workers seizing bicycles parked against the Bedford Avenue subway station stair railing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On Thursday we posted a clarification noting that the subway station stair railing at Bedford Ave. and N.7th St. […]

Today’s Headlines

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One or Two Things Go Wrong, and the MTA Budget Will Be in Shambles (MTR) Mayor Menino at Boston Bike-Share Launch: “The Car Is No Longer King” (Herald) More Coverage of Yesterday’s Q Poll and Bike Counts: Bklyn Paper, Post, DNAinfo, City Room That’s It? Turn Signal and Ped Countdowns Contemplated for Deadly Harlem Intersection […]