Today’s Headlines

  • Deal Reached on Stimulus; House-Senate Negotiations Imminent (NYT, HuffPo, News)
  • Where the House and Senate Stim Bills Differ on Transit (Transport Politic via
  • Senate Gives Handout to Auto Industry While Shortchanging Transit (Globe)
  • Blumenauer: Republicans Attack Bike Infrastructure at Their Own Peril (HuffPo)
  • Recovery Plan Should Favor Transit and Mixed-Use Development (Clawback)
  • Komanoff: Congestion Pricing, Free Buses Could Augment Ravitch Plan (Gotham Gazette)
  • Zoning Change Would Foster a More Welcoming Waterfront (News)
  • Family Struck By Cars Twice in East Flatbush (News)
  • DWI Cop Kills Woman and Badly Injures Man in Battery Park City (Post)
  • Man on a Mission to Cover the Globe With Car Charging Stations (NYT)
  • Council Member Wants to Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages With Electric Model Ts (Post)
  • Here are Google Street Views for the East Flatbush and Battery Park City intersections in the news today.

    What could be done to make them safer? My first idea is sidewalk extensions in East Flatbush. Second, does West Street really need to be eight lanes at this – or any – point? Why does the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel ramp go from two lanes in each direction to six Brooklyn-bound and nine Manhattan-bound?

  • The Battery Park death: Manhattan BP Scott Stringer was at my Tenants Association meeting yesterday and I learned about it from him. The woman who was killed, Marilyn Feng, had been an intern at his office. He said to expect to hear a lot more about pedestrian safety from him. I hope so.

    Here’s a very nice tidbit about the death:

    The News also covers the original story here:

    and here:

  • The fact that that Battery Park driver was a DWI cop? Wow. I want to be able to respect the police but they make it awfully difficult sometimes.

  • Rhywun

    RE: Senate Gives Handout to Auto Industry While Shortchanging Transit

    Supposedly the non-unionized companies are doing fine, so in effect this subsidy is really just propping up the auto unions’ retirement packages.

  • Peter Flint

    RE: Battery Park pedestrian death…

    Again another tragedy just proving that the only way to get charged with killing a pedestrian with a car is to be driving drunk.

    Still no charges in the deaths of the Chinatown preschoolers…

  • Does any road with sidewalks need to be 8 or lanes?

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Well Rhywun, you’ll have to ask the workers at the non-union companies that. I’m sure that given that they have no independent voice of their own they will agree with whatever their bosses and you decide they should agree to. Ask them what is their retirement plan? Is there some big mistake the UAW and the other unions have made by trying, come Hell or high water, to give their members a retirement life? What is your retirement deal? 401K, 201K, 101 K, 51K, 1K, what is your deal anyway? Or are you going to worry about it when you are 58?


Today’s Headlines

Bus Rapid Transit Can Save the World: TransMilenio Gets Full Multi-Media Feature in the Times Senate Dems Give Embarrassing Turncoat Pedro Espada a Raise (NYT, News, Post) LaHood to States: Spend Transpo Stim Cash in Economically Depressed Areas (WSJ) Our National Transit Nightmare Continues: Fare Hikes in Boston as Drivers Pony Up Zilch (Globe) MTA […]

Today’s Headlines

There’s a $700 Million Hole in Senate Dems’ MTA Funding Plan (NYT) Smith Heads to DC to Meet With Obama and Biden, Puts MTA Action on Hold (Politicker, News) NYers Demand Action From State Senate to Save Transit (News) Bklyn Paper: No Rescue for Transit Without ‘Top-to-Bottom’ MTA Reform White House Expands Automaker Bailout With […]

Today’s Headlines

Paterson Calls Republican Senators in Renewed Push for Ravitch Plan (News) Can Bloomberg Win Senate GOP Support for MTA Rescue? (NYT) Latest MTA Plan from Senate Dems: Fund Transit With Soda Tax (Post) Fare Hike Four Ringleader Carl Kruger: Don’t Call Me a Villain (NY1) Driver Jumps Curb, Kills Pedestrian on Cross Bay Blvd (News) […]

Today’s Headlines

Big Three Bailout Clears House; Senate May Resist (NYT, Politico) Ravitch Makes His Case to Assembly Members; Brodsky Moderates MTA Critique (NY1, News) Brooklyn Pols Back Hasidic Opposition to Kent Ave Bike Lane (Bklyn Paper) Psycho Car Owner Stabs Teen for Putting Bookbag on His Beemer (News, Post) Obama Settles on Picks for Energy and […]

Today’s Headlines

State Senate Votes 53-8 to Expel Hiram Monserrate (NYT, GG, News, Post) Bronx Council Member Larry Seabrook Charged With Money Laundering (NYT, Post) David Weprin Packing for Albany After Assembly Special Election (NY1) Quinn on Screwy Transit Tax Plan: "Outrageous, Outrageous, Outrageous, Outrageous" (TDP) Struggling Manhattan Costco Comes Up Short on Promise to Employ Locals […]

Today’s Headlines

Bloomberg Taxi Plan, Including MTA Surcharge, Passes Senate (NYT, Crain’s) Where You See a Safer Street, the New York Times Sees a “Blunt Tool” (NYT 1, 2) Driver With Suspended License Hits and Kills Mother of Four in Queens (Post) NYPD Issues More Tickets for Tinted Windows Than Speeding (Transpo Nation) Post: MTA Spends Too Many […]