Today’s Headlines

  • Q Poll: Liu Up Slightly on Yassky in Comptroller Run-off; Public Advocate a Dead Heat (Post)
  • Transit Saved Tri-State Region 1.7 Billion Gallons of Gas Last Year (MTR)
  • Census: Portland’s Bike Commute Mode Share Jumped 50% in 2008 (Bike Portland)
  • Thompson Report Faults NYC Transit for Lagging on Station Repairs (AMNY, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • TWU Protests at MTA HQ, Blames Bloomberg for Appeal of Arbitration Decision (News)
  • Ratner Sells Nets to Russian Mogul to Make Down Payment on Nets Arena (Post, Bklyn Paper, WNYC)
  • Upper East Side SUV Driver Hits 6-Year-Old on a Scooter, Victim Survives, No Charges Filed (Post)
  • Motocross Noise Takes a Toll in Harlem (Zinc Plate Press)
  • Farmers Market Forced Out By Gateway Center Mall Finally Has a New Spot in Hunts Point (News)
  • Boogiedowner to David Byrne: Forget Brooklyn, Bring That Bike to the Bronx

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Glenn

    I have to say the TWU has a legitimate beef against the MTA this time – arbitration is supposed to be binding, not appeal if you don’t like it.

  • New York State’s unemployment rate, after seasonal adjustment, increased from 8.6 percent in July to 9.0 percent in August 2009. In August 2008, the state’s rate was 5.7 percent, says NY State. No wonder New Yorkers are driving less; that’s 374,700 people year-over-year who no longer have a job to drive to. Not much to celebrate IMHO.

  • Shemp

    The driving and transit numbers are for 2008, during which the economy didn’t tank until the end of the 3rd quarter. Summer 2009 joblessness doesn’t bear on this data and your (Jonathan’s) thesis obviously can’t account for the transit numbers in any case.

  • Shemp, transit is a lower-cost replacement for driving.

  • Glenn

    Also I just saw a poll that Bloomberg is up 16 points on Bloomberg. Thompson runs EVEN with Bloomberg among DEMOCRATS and beats him soundly with independents and Repubs.

  • Shemp

    Sure, but the cause in 08 was gas prices and possibly, congestion, not recession.

  • Shemp

    Glenn, your post here is badly garbled at best. This is what Quinnipiac reported this morning:

    “Mayor Bloomberg leads 75 – 12 percent among Republicans and 61 – 25 percent among independent voters, while Democrats split 46 – 46 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.”