Today’s Headlines

  • Senate Clears the Way for Stim Bill Vote Today (NYT)
  • NYT Endorses Bridge Tolls
  • Young Hit-and-Run Victim Recounts Crash That Left Her Brother in Intensive Care (News)
  • NYC Expects to Spend About $100 Million in Stim Cash on Surface Transpo (TRE)
  • Biden and LaHood Promote Stim Package at Maryland Train Station (Baltimore Sun)
  • News Covers Grand Concourse Public Space Improvements
  • Mother of DWI Killer Blames the Victims (News)
  • MTA Capital Program Sustains Jobs All Over New York State (MTR)
  • "Life Within Walking Distance" vs. "Drive Til You Qualify" (Rebuilding Place via Streetsblog.net)
  • Macy’s Valentine Display Bears Striking Resemblance to Ghost Bike (Gothamist)
  • Larry Littlefield

    In the “be careful what you wish for” department, it seems that DOT staff who might have gotten a hard time after the bridge freeze up in December have been a little too zealous.

    The Manhattan Bridge bike path is a salt pile from one end to the other, which can’t be good for the bridge, or the bikes, or the nearby MTA electrical equipment.

    I wonder if they have a sweeper that can sweep it up for re-use. It seems to be enough for three snowstorms.

  • J. Mork

    This whole city is a disgusting salty mess right now. When it comes to salt, overkill rules.

    Hopefully some rain tomorrow will get rid of it.

    (Where “get rid of” equals wash it into our tidal estuaries for the sucker fish to deal with.)

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  • Boris

    “Domestic airlines have lost a fifth of their passengers in the space of a year. And long-distance trains have gained almost a third.”

    Real market competition in a country so socialist, it makes Bush and Obama look identical? American “capitalists” would never let this happen here. Obviously, Spanish airlines need to take a cue from American car lobbyists.

  • Re. High-Speed Rail in Spain:

    I think this says it all: “Yet the train wins most of the environmental argument. Carbon emissions per passenger are one-sixth as big as for air travellers. High-speed lines also free up existing railways for cargo, keeping lorries off roads.”

    Re. Mother of DWI Killer Blames the Victims:

    Give proper credit to the news, who described her as “heartless” and “shameless.” “So my son went out and had a couple of drinks. He deserves to have a good time now and then.” Yes, I don’t think anyone would disagree with you; it’s the DRIVING after having those drinks that’s the problem. I can’t believe a cop’s mother could be so fucking dense.

    It’s good to see the NYT come out in favor of bridge tolls. The headline “If Drivers Win, Riders Lose” puts it well and concisely.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Just about every commuter pays a fee of some sort — except for drivers who use those bridges.”

    Actually, those who don’t have placards or company-provided parking also pay — to park, with substantial sales tax on it.

    “This is manifestly unfair to millions of others who take the bus, subway or railroad in this area to get to work.”

    It isn’t that fair to those who pay to park and use the tolled crossings, either. Nor is it fair to those who have to pay tolls to pass between the outer boroughs.

  • Just rode my bike home along the east river and found them paving the greenway under the williamsburg bridge. now i won’t have to use my mountain bike to ride that path 🙂 if only they could get the UN bypass route underway.

  • Dane

    The Manhattan Bridge bike path is a salt pile from one end to the other, which can’t be good for the bridge, or the bikes, or the nearby MTA electrical equipment.

    The salt wasn’t good for my eyes, ears and throat either. I rode over the bridge on Sunday and my throat was burning by the time I got to the bottom. It also made the surface of the bridge somewhat treacherous. I suppose a good rain is what’s needed to fix it. I don’t know how you get a power hose up there.

  • James

    I was on the Hudson River Greenway in Washington Heights over the weekend and between residual ice and salt, the path was super treacherous. Looks like NYC Parks hadn’t touched it yet. I have no idea how year-round bike commuters are able to pull it off in such conditions.

  • Rhywun

    I can’t believe a cop’s mother could be so fucking dense.

    I’m having no difficulty believing it at all.

    Actually, those who don’t have placards or company-provided parking also pay — to park, with substantial sales tax on it.

    Parking fees don’t cover the cost of maintaining those “free” East River bridges. Or all the other externalities drivers impose on the rest of us (bad air, noise, congestion, loss of productive land to parking, etc. etc.) Also, we all know that those bridges attract way more traffic–and therefore wear and tear–than would otherwise be the case if they were tolled.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Or all the other externalities drivers impose on the rest of us (bad air, noise, congestion, loss of productive land to parking, etc. etc.)”

    My point was, many if not most drivers do pay, so they are losers from the free bridges too. It’s really the placard holders — and the state legislature — against the world.