Today’s Headlines

  • Opening on Broadway This Spring: 7 Blocks of Pedestrian Paradise (NYT, News, Post)
  • Silver Proposes Scaled-Down East and Harlem River Bridge Tolls (NYT, News, Post)
  • State Senate Dems Throw Fit About Bridge Tolls (News)
  • News Tells NYC Reps to Get Their Priorities Straight and Fund Transit
  • GM Nosedive Continues Unabated (NYT)
  • Comptroller Audit Finds DOT Behind Schedule on Sidewalk Repairs (News)
  • Third Ave Whole Foods and All Its Parking Take Step Closer to Construction (Bklyn Paper)
  • Port Authority Director Chris Ward Fields Questions From City Room Readers
  • Who’s Competing for High-Speed Rail Grants? (Transport Politic via Streetsblog.net)
  • Infrastructurist Interviews Julia Christensen, Artist and National Expert on Big Box Reuse
  • J. Mork

    Is that jerk Bloomberg trying to get me to vote for him (again) or what?

  • J. Mork

    Silver and his $2 toll proposal — does he know that subway fare is paid in each direction?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Kruger called tolling ‘a non-starter’ and ‘an attack on our outer boroughs.’ Tolling would have grossed about $1 billion, with $600 million used for expanding bus service in under-served areas, giving drivers an alternative to motoring.”

    Fine — do the reverse. Eliminate the subway to the Rockaways beyond Howard Beach, and bus service in the “beyond the subway” area Kruger represents and other “middle class” areas, while cutting commuter rail service, saving $400 million.

    Why, then, should people in those areas pay the MTA taxes? Those taxes aren’t going to transportation. They are going where the entire state legislature has already decided they will go in a way that does not allow them (or their successors) to change their minds — debt service, pensions and retiree health care. Where do the beneficiaries of all that money live?

  • Larry Littlefield

    AND, bring back the two-fare zone.

  • fdr

    Might as well bring back the Staten Island Ferry fare too so everyone can be unhappy.

  • have the Broadway closing drawings been released yet? The Times article says that the plan is to widen seventh ave in times square to accommodate the extra traffic. Could there be a worse idea? The only reason there would be extra traffic is if they accommodate it. Jane Jacobs figured this out five decades ago.

  • Rhywun

    “There is already a fair amount of dissatisfaction with the changes on Broadway, where large amounts of space have been expropriated,” Liu said.

    I’ve been trying to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, but that comment is really just clueless and irresponsible. People already have to walk in the street in those areas because the sidewalks (which were expropriated from people decades ago) don’t have enough damn room. Open your eyes, John, and pay attention to your constituents who aren’t loudmouthed motorists.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The MTA board today is expected to award a $179 million contract to rebuild the Culver Viaduct, a crumbling concrete and steel structure above local streets and the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens…In a much-needed glimmer of good news for the MTA, the contract to be approved by the board is $62.5 million less than originally estimated. That’s because more contractors are looking for work, increasing competition and lowering the price.”

    Duh. They’ve borrowed billions for massive over-runs, and not the capital budget will be gutted and the system will enter a downward spiral. How can anyone say this is an accident?

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/02/24/2009-02-24_f_train_to_frustration_f_g_subway_riders.html

  • Re. “Opening on Broadway This Spring: 7 Blocks of Pedestrian Paradise”:

    I’m impressed by the fact that the Post didn’t immediately pan the idea, though they did manage to find a cab driver who (naturally) objected. The Times article was practically gushing, though, and was sure to point out that Times Square businesses supported the idea.

    I… I don’t even have the energy to get angry about the bridge tolls right now.

  • Rhywun

    RE: Third Ave Whole Foods and All Its Parking Take Step Closer to Construction

    Funny, where I live in Bay Ridge which is grossly underserved by grocery stores, the chief complaint about the one or two that survive is there isn’t enough parking. And its not like we’re some rich suburb: over 50% of us don’t own a car. Nor do we have any large lots that are suitable for parking. But as usual the auto crowd is more effective at attracting attention to their demands.

    Whole Foods obviously wants to attract motorists from all over the region. Otherwise they would have chosen a better location. So yes if I lived around there I would expect the traffic to skyrocket. I have to wonder at this recent suburban-style big box trend in that part of Brooklyn. Manhattan is full of big box stores that prove it can be done in an urban setting. Why does Brooklyn settle for so much less?