Today’s Headlines

  • Congress Gives Oil Execs a Tongue Lashing Over Fuel Prices (NYT)
  • $4/Gal Gas Weakens Ford and American Auto Industry (NYT)
  • Rep. James Oberstar Tweaks Federal Transit Funding Formula (GGW)
  • Bloomberg: Growth in Ridership May Be More Than Transit System Can Handle (AMNY)
  • Double-Decker Buses Coming Back to Fifth Avenue (AMNY, Post, NYT)
  • G Train Riders Ask for Better Service (NYT)
  • MTA Board Approves Hudson Yards Deal (News, NYT)
  • Nassau Exec Suozzi Vows to Crack Down on DWI (News)
  • Why Sidewalk Water Fountains Would Work in NYC (NYT)
  • Brooklyn Bridge, 125 Years Old, May Become More Transit-Oriented (News, NY1)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “The Brooklyn Bridge walkway is getting so popular that we may have to begin to think, How do we accommodate all the pedestrians? Should we put the roads on a diet? Should we introduce some kind of transit service? Probably not a bus service, but maybe it will be a light rail service going across the bridge.”

    Rail is heavy. First thing’s first — make room for pedestrains by giving the bicycles traffic lanes.

  • Mark Walker

    About item one, Congress grilling the oil industry, James Howard Kunstler wrote on his site: “This exercise demonstrated that the US Senate members remain utterly clueless about the global oil predicament, a.k.a. Peak Oil. They also apparently have no idea how the worldwide oil trade operates. In fact, 90 percent of the oil traded around the world (including the more than two-thirds of all America’s supply which is imported) is produced not by the old ‘majors,’ but by the newer nationalized oil companies such as Saudi Aramco, Mexico’s Pemex, Brazil’s Petrobras, and so on. Anyway, world oil prices are set in an auction process on the spot and futures markets, not by the producers. Congress could slap punative windfall profits taxes on the old US ‘majors’ (Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, et al), but that would only put in place a huge disincentive for this country to produce the oil it has left, and the net effect of less US oil being produced would be higher oil prices world-wide (including here).”

    I don’t entirely agree. Members of Congress have access to a study commissioned by Dick Cheney at the start of the Bush adm. which clearly and accurately outlines the mounting energy crisis. If they act clueless in public, it’s only because posturing over gas prices is more politically expedient than telling the public the awful truth about what is happening, and about to happen, to us.

    So the real story isn’t Congress is clueless. The real story is Congress is lying. How ironic that the oil executives, after decades of concealing peak oil, are now the truth tellers.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (So the real story isn’t Congress is clueless. The real story is Congress is lying.)

    Note the battle over who is to blame for cutting the quality of education in the New York City public schools.

    Note that no one mentions the fact that, as a result of an agreement between Bloomberg and the UFT passed by the legislature and signed by Spitzer, every teacher age 55 will get to retire immediately rather than waiting to age 62. Can the city afford to pay their benefits, increase its pension contribution, and also replace them. No.

    But everyone is issuing press releases about everything else.

    The state legislature and Congress are the state legislature and Congress, and Republicans and Democrats are what they are, on other issues, too.

  • This image shows how adding trollies could make the bridge more efficient. It’s from an old post at startsandfits:

    http://www.startsandfits.com/2005/09/retrofitting-bridges-for-inefficiency.html

  • The image didn’t show up, so here is a link to it.

    http://www.startsandfits.com/images/brooklyn_bridge_chart.jpg

  • Josh

    I like the fact that Bloomberg is reminding us that he had an idea about how to generate money to improve mass transit and Albany nixed it, and how it’s now their responsibility to figure it out. We can repeat it here all we want, but Bloomberg is the one in a position to get heard by mass media, who can then (maybe) shame Albany into action.

  • jmc

    Double decker buses would be cool! Maybe they’d help attract new riders to the bus system. They certainly would have great views.

  • Mark Walker

    Gas prices are lagging crude oil prices — with refiners and distributors taking the hit. The Wall St. Journal says:

    “Judging from the futures markets, shock at the gas pump is bound to get worse. Maybe much worse.

    “Since the beginning of the year, benchmark oil and gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange both have increased by more than a third, but the average retail price of gasoline in the U.S. has risen by 22%. That bodes ill for consumers.

    “So far, oil refiners and petroleum-product distributors have absorbed much of the increase, but their ability to continue to swallow losses and operate at thin margins is limited.”

    http://biz.yahoo.com/wallstreet/080522/sb121150174129716005_id.html?.v=1

  • J. Mork

    Here’s a nice Brooklyn Bridge movie from 1899:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8798908208640370347

    (Shot by some guy named Edison.)

  • gecko

    MTA double-decker buses would be neat and could even put a damper on the tourist ones, help reduce congestion, and save tourists some money better spent on other local businesses.