Today’s Headlines

  • In Some Cities, Stimulus for Transit Service Comes Too Late (NYT)
  • Will the MTA Shift Any Stim Cash to Operations? (News)
  • Post Covers Next Round of BRT Roll-out
  • SI Pols to DOT: We Don’t Want a Median Busway on Hylan Boulevard (SI Live)
  • MTA Buys 90 Low-Floor, Three-Door Articulated Buses for BRT Service (MTR, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Gas Prices Have Gone Up 49 Days in a Row (AP)
  • Americans Sticking With Transit Despite Wave of Service Cuts and Fare Hikes (T4America)
  • Autos Cause 43% of Fatal Injuries to NYC Kids; Poor Families, People of Color Affected Most (News)
  • Bronx Beep: Don’t Cut Community Board Funding (News)
  • Boston Mayoral Challenger Campaigning on Transportation Reform Agenda (Yglesias)
  • Larry Littlefield

    As I’ve said, if they shift all federal funding to operations, and all MTA tax funding to operations, they’ll save money on transit in the long run.

    Because at about the time Generation Greed doesn’t need it anymore, it will no longer exist. And given it’s tendencies, anyone who would endorse anything to make things easier today and tougher tomorrow should look at the big picture and realize every decision has been like that for nearly 30 years.

  • So was anyone at the Staten Island workshop?

  • Boris

    I went to the workshop. I found it to be fairly informative, although that’s also where I became convinced that there is some merit to what the SI pols are saying. The existing Hylan Blvd median is very narrow and won’t fit the stations. Taking a full lane for the stations means leaving 3 lanes total for cars. That means one direction will have only one lane for car traffic- an unacceptable solution for most Staten Islanders. It’s possible to do one reversible lane, but that means it would be limited to peak-direction service.

    Another problem with Hylan Blvd is that it represents a triumph of suburban planning- large sections of it have nothing but parking lots, making it very unattractive and hard to navigate for the supposedly large crowds of new bus users. Hylan requires a complete zoning regulation overhaul- which is outside the powers of DOT.

    In general, there was little discussion of Hylan Blvd, and mostly we discussed new ideas. At my table there was a lot of interest at extending routes to NJ and deeper into Brooklyn.

    I also got some incredulous looks when I said that taking away car lanes reduces traffic.

  • Re your headline “Autos Cause 43% of Fatal Injuries to NYC Kids; Poor Families, People of Color Affected Most”:

    The implication is that kid traffic fatals are more prevalent among poor families and people of color. While that may well be the case, I don’t believe the Daily News article says that. Perhaps someone can read the Health Dept study and see if they indeed found that?

    For what it’s worth, in Killed By Automobile, we looked for but didn’t find evidence of more pedestrian fatals in poorer communities. Things may well have changed in the intervening decade.

  • Larry Littlefield

    If only they had converted SIR to a busway instead of spending $300 million-plus to overhaul it.

    I was told the reason is the former head of SIR had a dream of having the whole thing become an operating railroad again, complete with freight and passenger service to the rest of the U.S.

    For that $300 million the whole Island could have been covered in a BRT network, including the SIR, the former North Shore line, and the bed of the Willowbrook Expressway. The local bus system could have been reorganized around it — pick up passengers on the street, get on the busway, and go.

    What does the SIR fare cover now? It covers 16.4% of the cost, compared with 36% for NYCT buses. With articulated buses on a busway, I’d bet ridership would have jumped and cost recovery increased.

  • FYFI : City council candidate Margaret Chin and her stance on the Grand and Chyrstie Street bike lanes : http://tr.im/oOEq

  • Thank you for posting the newspiece on child fatalities. Staggering figures. Komanoff has a good point on clarifying these, but I think the implications are valid (if not about prevalence, then what they say about other social concerns and priorities).