Today’s Headlines

  • Watered Down Climate Bill Clears House Committee (NYT)
  • NY1 Poll: New Yorkers Don’t Trust MTA, And They Don’t Blame Albany
  • More Than a Hundred Malls Are Headed Toward Oblivion (WSJ)
  • New Metro-North Station Opens at Yankee Stadium (City Room)
  • Next-Gen Metrocard Could Debut By 2011 (News, Post)
  • Bklyn Paper: RPP Won’t Solve Downtown Brooklyn Parking Woes
  • Bigger Sidewalks, Planted Medians Springing Up on Jackson Avenue (Outer B)
  • Residents Lobby for, Receive Conversion to One-Way Streets in Kew Gardens Hills (News)
  • Advocates to NY, NJ Pols: Don’t Divert Transpo Money to WTC Development (MTR
  • DOT Relocates Commuter Bus Parking to Chelsea, Not Tribeca (Chelsea Now)
  • After Ped Deaths, Savannah Cops Go After Jaywalkers (Sustainable Savannah via Streetsblog.net)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “New Yorkers Don’t Trust MTA, And They Don’t Blame Albany.”

    Yup, and Hitler blamed the Jews. The politicians still do the same things.

    It isn’t just the MTA. This country is going bankrupt on the sweetest deal in history for today’s senior citizens, but I guarantee you those born after 1958 or so will face poverty, health care related bankruptcy, and the inability to purchase health services in old age.

    So who will people blame then, when the past costs cannot be deferred to the future anymore? The Social Security Administration? The poor, immigrants, minorities and those living in older central cities (or did we use that one up in the early 1990s)?

    “Well, it seems to me a couple of years there was a surplus of money. Now suddenly there’s trillions of dollars of debt that they’re in, and I just don’t trust what they think or say.”

    Funny how people believed the surplus — used to justify less tax support, fare discounts, and pension enhancements, and not the debt.

    In 2011:

    “Well, it seems to me a couple of years there was a surplus of money in the pension fund for the teachers to retire early. Now suddenly there’s trillions of dollars of in unfunded retirement benefits, and the quality of the NYC schools is collapsing, and I just don’t trust what they think or say. Those retired teachers are our dear seniors, and my state legislor is on the people’s side fighting against the government.”

    In 2020:

    “Well, it seems to me a couple of years there was a Social Security surplus, and plenty of money for a prescription drug plan for seniors. Now suddenly there’s trillions of dollars of debt that the federal government is in, and I just don’t trust what they think or say. My Congressman is on my side fighting against the government.”

    GENERATION GREED. INSTITUTIONAL COLLAPSE. Younger people, they are lying to themselves and targeting you, but everyone seems fine with it.

  • I wonder if, when they say they don’t trust the MTA, they really mean the TWU (or at least a subset of the problem). A lot of people I talk to start ranting about the MTA, but always include a sub-rant about how the TWU fleecing the system.

    I see it as a 3 way battle – state, mta, twu…with plenty of blame to go around

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I see it as a 3 way battle – state, mta, twu…with plenty of blame to go around.”

    The battle is between the TWU, riders, taxpayers, contractors, and FUTURE riders, workers and taxpayers. What is the MTA anyway — it is the state.

  • It’s about damn time the MTA started to think about moving to RFID-based smart cards rather than magnetic-stripe cards; they’re already years behind the curve on that one.

  • Those who are cynical about Waxman-Markey should read the entry about its passage in the climateprogress blog. The headline gets it just right:

    “political realists rejoice, climate science realists demand more

    “Waxman-Markey is the only game in town. If it fails, I see no chance whatsoever of stabilizing anywhere near 350 to 450 ppm since serious U.S. action would certainly be off the table for years, the effort to jumpstart the clean energy economy in this country would stall, the international negotiating process would fall apart, and any chance of a deal with China would be dead. Warming of 5°C or more by century’s end would be all but inevitable, with 850 to 1000+ ppm. If Waxman-Markey becomes law, then I see a genuine 10% to 20% chance of averting catastrophe — not high, but not zero.”

    http://climateprogress.org/2009/05/21/waxman-markey-approved-house-energy-and-commerce-committe/

    Note also that Waxman-Markey calls for a regular review of ghg reductions every four years – which means that there will be a chance to strengthen its provisions every four years, as the review shows that it is going in the right direction, but not fast enough.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Watch the state legislature pass a bill at 4 am to ban smart cards.

    Reason? They could be used for fare control on the commuter railroads as well as in NYC, costing the jobs of poltically connected conductors.

    The MTA would be blamed for the absence of the smart cards.

  • J-Uptown

    Anyone know which agency is in charge of the Jackson Avenue construction? I checked DOT, EDC, and DCC to no avail.