Today’s Headlines

  • Rep. DeFazio: Obama Advisor Larry Summers Behind Shrinking Transit Stimulus (Think Progress)
  • Mothers of Preschoolers Killed in Chinatown Van Crash Demand Justice (News)
  • Memorial for Young Victims Grows on East Broadway (NYT)
  • One Week After Handling Record Ridership, DC Metro Faces Steep Service Cuts (DC Examiner)
  • NYC’s Parking Placard Crackdown, One Year On (Gotham Gazette)
  • Local Pols Still Have Plenty of Reserved On-Street Spaces (News)
  • Cabbies Debate Merits of Taxi-Sharing (NYT)
  • MTA Looking at Cashless Tolls for All of Its Crossings (NY1)
  • Portland’s Bike-Friendly Mayor Will Stay On After Sex-and-Lies Revelations (NYT)
  • More States May Adopt Idaho’s ‘Rolling Stop’ Bicycle Law (WashCycle via Streetsblog.net)
  • Senator Gillibrand said yesterday that she, Paterson, Schumer and Clinton all “really want high-speed rail,” according to the Observer.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Moving down the food chain, car parts makers want a bailout.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/59952e6e-eb1d-11dd-bb6e-0000779fd2ac.html

    And California towns are bailing out car dealers.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123292845938013899.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    Nothing like having the government allocate capital to ossify past patterns. Meanwhile, Microsoft layoffs are reducing the demand for bicycles in Seattle.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=a5MJCOXYUYfA&refer=home

  • anon

    Pedestrian safety segment coming on Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC.org

  • Cashless tolls should’ve been an area of focus YEARS ago.

  • Jeffrey Hymen

    Here’s the link to the Gotham Gazette article:
    http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/fea/20090126/202/2809

  • Boris

    Last week I visited San Jose and Dallas for the first time. They are far more car-oriented than any city I’ve seen in the Northeast, and they have excellent, enormous highway systems. (And probably in part thanks to my money, too- per capita they clearly get more highway money than New York).

    In other words, they don’t need any transportation stimulus, because they are doing fine. So I don’t think it’s the size of the stimulus that matters, but where it goes. Using old formulas is just as bad as using old car-centric thinking. To bring the quality of transportation in New York up to Dallas’s level, proportionally to the number of users, will probably require the entire amount of transportation stimulus offered to the entire nation.

  • Rhywun

    RE: Local Pols Still Have Plenty of Reserved On-Street Spaces

    It’s no wonder that these folks lording it over us are so out-of-touch.

  • Rhywun

    RE: Cabbies Debate Merits of Taxi-Sharing

    This wouldn’t be an issue if we had a one-seat ride to the airport like, oh, almost every other city with rail. If Cleveland can do it, so can we!

  • Larry Littlefield

    Looks like another big test is coming for DOT.

    According to the current forecast, it’s going to snow Tuesday night, followed by a shift to freezing rain. And then it’s going to freeze. Just like in December.

    If they don’t get out there and plow the slush on the bridge bicycle/pedestrian paths before it freezes, the result is going to rock hard dangerous ice that they will be unable to clear for days.

    Perhaps this can be looked into in real time. It looks now I’ll take the subway Wedneday. I hope to be able to bike to work Thursday/Friday. It’s up to DOT.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Today’s Headlines

|
Brodsky Says MTA Has Cash to Delay Fare Hike (News) Rep. Fossella Vows to Fight Verrazano Toll Increase (News) Hemmerdinger the ‘Right Man’ for MTA Post (Second Ave Sagas) Mayor Announces Plan to Cut City Building Emissions (Newsday, Brooklyn Eagle) Second Taxi Strike Deemed a Flop (Post, AMNY) School, Community Board Want Light at Intersection […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Little Movement on Pricing Bill This Weekend (NYT, News, NY1, Post, AMNY, Sun) How Pricing Bill Might Change (Crain’s) Some City Vehicles Would Pay Congestion Fee (Sun) The Post Profiles Car Commuters Against Pricing; Calls Bill ‘Unworkably Complex‘ Pricing Foes Put on One Last Rally (NY1) Nassau Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is Pro-Pricing (Great Neck Record) […]

Today’s Headlines

|
GM, Chrysler Ask for Another Handout, This One for $14 Billion (NYT) Obama Signs Stimulus Bill Into Law (NYT) Why the Prez Made High Speed Rail a Stimulus Priority (Politico) Transpo Sec LaHood on How Stim Money Will Be Spent (Transportation for America) More Responses to David Brooks (Joe Urban, Discovering Urbanism) Lentol at Mock […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Chain Stores, Gas Stations Reaping Benefits From City Tax Break (NYT, News) West Coast Cities Are Less Carbon-Intensive Than Others in U.S. (NYT) Bloomberg Criticizes Corn Ethanol Subsidies, Gas Tax Holiday (Sun) New York-DC High-Speed Train Proposal Gets a Boost (Sun, NY1) New Yorkers Well-Positioned to Handle Rising Gas Prices (Post) MTA Defends Giving Board […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Who Will Pay for the Gulf Disaster? Not Consumers of Gasoline (WaPo) Two Decades After Valdez, Feds and Drillers Completely Unprepared for Next Big Spill (NYT) State Lawmakers Pass 11th Budget Extender (NYT) Phase One of Second Ave Subway on Schedule; Phase Two Funding Nowhere in Sight (Crain’s) SAS Construction Puts the Kibosh on Sidewalk […]

Today’s Headlines

|
In Senate Debate Over "Cash for Clunkers," McCain’s Talking Sense, Schumer’s Not (News, CBS2) Hit and Run Drivers Kill Two Pedestrians in Separate Incidents (NYT) Livery Driver Plows Into Queens Street Fair, Injuring 13 (News, Post) DOT Commish Gives a 12-Minute Interview to CBS2‘s Marcia Kramer What One Bronx Woman Wants for Her Play Street: […]