Today’s Headlines

  • NYC Primary Turnout Lowest in Modern History — 11 Percent (NYT)
  • Vance: "There Are Going to Be New Directions" at Manhattan DA’s Office (News)
  • MTA Board Approves Walder Compensation Over Bloomberg’s Objection (City Room)
  • Nassau Exec Proposes Slashing LI Bus Budget By 25 Percent (MTR)
  • Design Observer: Get Your Hands on a Copy of the NYC Street Design Manual (via Planetizen)
  • Amtrak to Bend Over Backwards for Gun-Carrying Passengers, Thanks to Senate Vote (DC Examiner)
  • Recent Yale Grad Biking to Work in Cleveland Killed By Hit-and-Run Trucker (New Haven Safe Streets)
  • Transit Riders Threw Away $40M in Unused MetroCards Last Year (AMNY)
  • Who Hops in Their Car to Grab a Sandwich in Midtown? (On Transport)
  • How Do You Bring Opera to the People? Stage It in the Street (Brooklyn Eagle)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mel

    ridiculous compensation for management
    ridiculous compensation for labor

    horrible service

    why would anyone want to fund the MTA – this is exactly why congestion pricing and bridge tolls, etc fail – no one wants to give an extra penny to this horrendous organization. so they have to steal it via taxes and fare hikes

  • george

    want increased voter turnout? allow open primaries.
    many independents like myself would love to vote in the primary – which essentially decides the election

  • I only voted because of one particular candidate… who lost.
    I could’ve easily justified not voting.

  • mel: “why would anyone want to fund the MTA?”

    To keep the subways and buses running (operating budget). Also to expand the system and keep the existing bits from falling apart (capital budget).

    But given the lack of serious thought or intent in your post, I doubt you ever expected a rational response.

  • > want increased voter turnout? allow open primaries.

    Then parties would be less powerful, and the Democrats and Republicans won’t be having any of that.

    Ask yourself, of every decision: Who benefits?

  • If the Amtrak gun prohibition originated in our national post-9/11 hysteria I’m a little more sympathetic to those demanding its repeal. There are few things instituted in that time that should not be repealed, and I hope to see this Mississipi gunslinger Wicker right out front in dismantling far more significant extensions of the security state apparatus like what remains of the “patriot” act, and the stupidly passed (in 2008!) retroactive wiretapping law.

    The smart thing is for Amtrak to get over the politics of this intrusion and comply without adding “new and expensive layers of security”. Amtrak can do whatever they were doing before terrorists flew airplanes into buildings, which had nothing to do with railroads. The company needs to leverage the built-in safety and convenience advantages of rail and work on fixing they problems they actually have, like scheduling useful routes beyond the northeast corridor.

  • mel

    ok, Mark

    just keep giving them money, no questions asked
    brilliant

    can i ask you to run my family budget please? you seem really talented

  • jon

    i dont have any problem with guns packed in locked containers so long as it doesnt require huge costs to amtrak. as the article mentioned bikes arent accommodated either because of the cost to add bike racks. i know pets arent allowed too. you used to be able to bring dogs aboard the train in your sleeper but amtrak didnt have the money to modify the train for then new regulations…

    Why Amtrak bans (most) dogs on trains

  • Erin

    In reference to the NYC Street Design Manual:

    It’s shiny and fancy and contains a lot of photos of innovative street design techniques in other cities and countries. The ideas contained within are also mostly non-standard (not standard NYCDOT/NYCDDC engineering design), and therefore are unlikely to be implemented widely throughout the city. Producing a nice book is a lot cheaper than actually implementing the practices contained within. This way, the city can say, “Look at our design concepts! Aren’t we forward thinking?!” But in reality, when forward thinking engineering drawings are proposed at meetings with the city, the same concepts touted in the Street Design Manual are shot down in a second.

    Yes, some communities have been graced with humane street design. Pay attention, however, to the less affluent communities. Look at the recently modified “The Hub” in the Bronx, and compare the final result with the proposed design elements in the Street Design Manual. In theory, the city offers designers a gorgeous toolbox of techniques and materials… but in practice it accepts mostly asphalt and painted striping.

  • Ian Turner

    Mel,

    Even if the MTA is wasteful and inefficient, that doesn’t change the fact that subway service is essential to the regional economy. Starving the MTA won’t end dangerous labor practices, it will just kill the local economy and quality of life overall.

  • Guns on Trains. Now, I would have never thought of that. Leave it to our beloved modern Republican Party to come up with Guns on Trains.

    It doesn’t bother me that much, but it really does enter the realm of self-parody: “Transit policy? Booo-ring! Can’t we make this bill about the gays? Or–ooh I’ve got it! You know what this bill needs? More guns.”

  • Perspective

    erin (#9) – the manual seems mostly oriented to construction projects, not “asphalt and painted striping” projects. construction projects take a lot more time and money. i would give it a little more time to see what impact it has, if any. to expect a new document to enact dramatic changes in the city’s built environment in a few months seems a little ambitious.