Today’s Headlines

  • Congestion Pricing May Make a Comeback (NY1, WNYC)
  • Newsday: Dysfunction in Albany, Not Accountability
  • The Promise of Pay-as-You-Drive Insurance (Freakonomics)
  • Record Oil Prices Signal Uncertainty About Supply (NYT)
  • Paul Krugman on Resource Scarcity (NYT)
  • Say Goodbye to Cheap Airfare (AMNY)
  • Traffic Strangles Transit-Poor Sao Paulo (IHT via Planetizen)
  • Brooklyn Minister Killed By Drunk Driver (News)
  • Disabled Straphangers Have Limited Access to Subway System (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Fresh Direct Expands Brooklyn Service (Bklyn Eagle)
  • How to Get a ‘No Honking’ Sign Installed (NYT)
  • Competitive primaries

    Congestion Pricing has put albany dysfunction in the spotlight. I hope this will inspire some candidates to step up to the plate to challenge this. How many people have with “reform” on their campaign literature and then just keep playing the same game.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (How many people have with “reform” on their campaign literature and then just keep playing the same game.)

    I believe “reform” is now a historical reference to something before my time.

    It turns out the reform was a small shift of funds from the civil service sector, which had gotten a good deal for itself while providing poor value in return, to the non-profit sector, which subsqequently degraded and followed suit.

    Once the supporters of each faction had their share of the gravy train, the “machine” and “reform” factions merged — as did the “Republicans” and “Democrats.”

    Left on the outside without reprentation are those who actually use public services (as opposed to those available only to those wealthy enough to afford them, and those available only to those with “placards”), taxpayers without special tax deals, and the future (now almost the present) when all the debts and retiree benefits will have to be paid for. Younger generations and the working poor are, in particular, screwed.

    If anyone wants to say the unsayable and represent the unrepresented, they will have to come up with words other than “reform” and “progressive” to describe themselves, as those words are already taken by those who do the opposite.

  • Does anyone know if these tolls would require approval from the State? It seems that the city is willing to charge drivers more, and that congestion pricing was just stopped by the state.

    “Shaw told the Daily News the [congestion pricing] plan will likely come back in the form of tolls on East River bridges and across 60th Street.”

  • Mark Walker (formerly Mark)

    Whether or not the city can toll the bridges, it can certainly toll the streets in front of the bridges. Bwahahahaha!

  • Larry Littlefield

    I believe the city could charge whatever it wants, and even implement CP, but the state has to approve any fines for failing to pay.

    So implementing any toll or congestion charge without the authorization to punish scofflaws would in effect make the charge moot for placard holders, vehicles with out of state plates, and others used to not complying with the rules.

    The above may not be true for streets and crossings that are part of the state/national route system and funded as such.

  • Mark Walker (formerly Mark)

    Thanks, Larry. Next question: Are the ring roads surrounding Manhattan under state or national jurisdiction? The Henry Hudson, Harlem River Drive, FDR, etc. Even if cars entering Manhattan don’t drive on these roads, they at least have to cross them. Can they be charged for that?

  • Larry Littlefield

    (Are the ring roads surrounding Manhattan under state or national jurisdiction?)

    Everything under national jurisdiction is also under state jursidiction.

    Looking at http://www.nycroads.com

    West Street/Henry Hudson is State Route 9A.

    The Queensboro is part of State Route 25.

    The FDR is a state highway, as is the Harlem River Drive.

    The Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges are not state routes.

  • Mark Walker (formerly Mark)

    Thanks for indulging me, Larry.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    He did indulge you Mark, he left off the lecture regarding pension funding.

  • ddartley

    The “no honking” sign in my neighborhood works wonders, and the cops regularly hand out $350 summmonses to the rare motorists who break the rule.

    (It’s still April, for what that’s worth.)

  • Spud Spudly

    No honking signs might work to discourage people from honking, but for the record the entire city is already a no honking zone (if you can believe it). It’s illegal to honk anywhere in NYC unless it’s intended to avoid imminent danger.

  • ddartley

    Just to clarify, I was being totally insencere; if “no honking” signs have any effect at all, it’s surely only in those areas where there are a lot of them, like the “succession of wagging fingers” the article describes.

    Generally, those signs are barely visible and completely ineffectual. And I highly doubt those $350 summonses are ever issued.

    The honking outside my apartment is actually constant. Unfortunately the two streets I face are not quite right for the “Honku” solution; they’re too to big for “Honkus” to be seen by drivers. And the way my windows open don’t allow for good egg-throwing shots.