Today’s Headlines

  • Jay Walder Divulges Enthusiasm for Exclusive Bus Lanes to Senate; Kruger Approves? (NYT, NY1)
  • Nicole Gelinas: Walder Dodged Key Questions (Post)
  • 24 States Competing for Federal HSR Funds (WSJ)
  • Survey: At $5/Gallon, 70% of Americans Would Try to Kick Car Commute Habit (Infrastructurist)
  • The New Yorker‘s Passive Take on Times Square Plazas: "State-Sponsored Tranquillization"
  • Can Conscientious Passengers Rein in Texting Drivers? (NYT)
  • In Two Weeks, Some Subway Agents Are on the Way Out (Post)
  • MTA Studying Extension of Metro-North Service to Penn Station (NY1)
  • Pricetag on Fulton Transit Hub Escalates Again (Post)
  • Streetfight: Messengers vs. Bike Thief (Gothamist)

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Ricardo

    Walder would be a fool to take on transit labor costs in a confirmation hearing. The Post’s Gelinas knows that. She also knows that Walder works for a very weak governor and a legislature controlled by labor. Walder is in a small political box. He needs the TWU if he has any hope of improving bus service and funding the capital plan.

  • TKO

    A legislature controlled by labor. Oh if only we had such a thing.

  • Glenn

    It’s back to school day and you know what that means…crushing 7am neighborhood traffic as parents drive their kids (5-10 blocks)to school in the best weather possible. shrug…shake head…throw hands in the air…

    I did appreciate the crossing guards were out in full force again…

  • The NYT decided not to accept my comment on the texting+driving article where I urged drivers to unbuckle their own seatbelts before using their phones.

  • J. Mork

    Does anyone have any insight into the 35th Council District primary?

    I see that one candidate, Medhanie Estiphanos, lists congestion pricing as an important issue on his voter’s guide responses (http://www.nyccfb.info/public/voter-guide/primary_2009/cd_profile/CD35_Estiphanos_1350.aspx).

    Does anyone have any thoughts, pro or con, on his other issues?

  • J. Mork
  • Cutting Station Agents: Unless the MTA has an ambitious plan for clearly labelling every station entrance with detailed information as to which entrance is staffed 24/7, get ready to climb lots of stairs with a stroller or bike before finding your way to an operable service entrance.

    “He added that “riders using wheelchairs, strollers or carrying large or bulky items should use the full-time station entrances,” and that people can contact an on-duty agent by using intercoms in the system.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    “A legislature controlled by labor. Oh if only we had such a thing.”

    Right. It’s a legislature controlled by the retired and soon-to-retire, with some influence for the rich, and government contractors and employees who don’t work.

    Actual labor that produces doesn’t fare so well. Although they did raise the minimum wage. But they don’t enforce it, and “independent contractors” don’t get it.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Unless the MTA has an ambitious plan for clearly labelling every station entrance with detailed information as to which entrance is staffed 24/7, get ready to climb lots of stairs with a stroller or bike before finding your way to an operable service entrance.”

    The stations were designed with globes to show the 24/7 entrances. Is the color scheme no longer in force? Look for the lighted green globe.

  • P

    BO:

    Just swipe your card, enter the turnstile, and open the emergency gate to fetch your bicycle or child. No biggie…

  • Ian Turner

    Larry,

    Unstaffed entrances with a ticket machine and vertical turnstiles also have green globes, as they are accessible 24 hours.

  • Omri

    Only 70%? My wild-assed guess is that at $5 a gallon, 70% of Americans would have to make changes in how they get around because that would be more than enough to require them to buy gas on credit, which in the real world one can only do for so long.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Larry, Unstaffed entrances with a ticket machine and vertical turnstiles also have green globes, as they are accessible 24 hours.”

    Maybe it’s time to change that, for the benefit of people with strollers.
    Putting back the yellow, for no agent but with a Metrocard entry, may be one of the few things the MTA can afford.

  • Rob

    MetroNorth Hudson line service to the Upper West Side and Penn Station? That would be amazing.