Today’s Headlines

  • Paterson: Deal on MTA Rescue Plan Must Be Cut Within a Week (News, NY1, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • News Calls on State Leaders to Enact Ravitch Recs
  • Obama Calls for Carbon Cap, Fuel-Efficient Cars in Address to Congress (Grist)
  • TSTC’s Perspective on the Ravitch Payroll Tax (MTR)
  • Autopia Publishes a Plea to End Auto Dependence
  • How Should Stim Funding for High-Speed Rail Be Spent? (NPR)
  • LaHood Hints at Greater Federal Support for Urban Transit Systems (TOW)
  • Paterson Announces State’s First Stim Projects — All Upstate (Gothamist)
  • Markowitz Wants to Repair Coney Island Boardwalk With Stim Funds (News)
  • New York Has Three New City Council Members; Michael Ricatto Not Among Them (News)
  • Arizona to Consider Idaho-Style ‘Rolling Stop’ for Cyclists (Tucson Bike Lawyer via Streetsblog.net)
  • brent

    MTA deal (News)- This says it all, “Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called the cuts and fare hikes “unacceptable,” but had no specifics on how the revenue to prevent them would be provided.” Transit riders are screwed- get a bike quick!

  • The Times’s “Green Inc.” blog has this interesting item saying that the economy has reduced car congestion in a lot of cities:

    http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/slow-economy-means-faster-traffic/?hp

  • rex

    On the Grist article, regardless of the carbon tax, and lip service to renewable energy, I felt ill when Obama dropped the the line: “And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”

  • “And I believe the nation that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it.”

    Maybe we can’t walk away from it, but I have succeeded in bicycling away from it for my entire adult life.

  • Rhywun

    Americans will “walk away from the automobile” kicking and screaming when oil supplies begin to drop dramatically and people begin to understand that the electric or hydrogen “grid” won’t scale to anything near what it would need to. At that point “the people” will rage, and demand to know why we didn’t “do anything” about it before crisis hit.

    On the other hand, if by “walk away from it” Obama means “refrain from giving handouts to car companies and/or buyers in order to stave off inevitable disaster and push the problem into the future where I don’t have to deal with it”, I’m all for it. Sadly, I believe he means the exact opposite.