Today’s Headlines

  • City Council’s Shot Across Bloomberg’s Bow: Parking Enforcement Not Acceptable (Post)
  • Shelly Silver Won’t Even Pass Tougher Penalties for Driving Drunk With Kids (Observer, Post, News)
  • Bus Driver Gets Slap on the Wrist From NYPD for Killing Seth Kahn (News)
  • Canal Street Sidewalk Crash That Injured 10 Blamed on Brake Failure (Post)
  • Meet Developers Who Get It: You Don’t Need Parking in Transit-Rich Neighborhoods (Streetsblog SF)
  • Karrie Jacobs: Re-Use the Interstate System for Rail and Electricity Transmission (NYT)
  • State DOT: We Won’t Expand Deegan If It’s Not Wanted (Mott Haven Herald)
  • Contender for TWU Leadership Sounds "Ready to Rumble" (News)
  • Tour Bus Traffic on the Rise in Older NYC Nabes (AMNY)
  • Next Tuesday at BAM: "Biking Rules" PSAs on the Big Screen (Bklyn Paper, Gothamist)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Munimeter parking enforcement is not complicated – if the car doesn’t have a receipt, the enforcement agent just needs to look over to the munimeter and see if anyone is there or not.

    Giving every motorist an easy excuse will only frustrate traffic enforcement agents (TEA) that already get disrespected by the public who feel perfectly in their rights to sh*t all over TEAs. This will only embolden motorists more.

    But parking is only the tip of the iceberg. We need a lot more moving violation enforcement!

  • Larry Littlefield

    So, how much more federal money will there be for transportation?

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125799009185344567.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories

    “The White House is in the early stages of considering what bigger moves it might make for next year’s budget. The Office of Management and Budget has asked all cabinet agencies, except defense and veterans affairs, to prepare two budget proposals for fiscal 2011, which begins Oct 1, 2010. One would freeze spending at current levels. The other would cut spending by 5%. OMB is also reviewing a host of tax changes.”

    I assume that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for seniors, as entitlements, also will not be cut, though they aren’t mentioned. Interest on the debt could explode any minute if foreign savers flee the dollars.

    Everything else is pocket change. I’d bet on the five percent cut, with more to come. And bear in mind that federal money has been the only currently paid tax dollars in the MTA capital plan since the early 1990s. The rest has been borrowed.

  • Ian Turner

    There are actually a lot of developers who get it, though they’re plainly still in the minority. See for example these guys:

    http://www.cjuf.com/
    http://www.macfarlanepartners.com

  • Larry Littlefield

    Has anyone been paying attention to the price of simple bicycles used for commuting? My impression is that they are way up, in part because lower cost models are not available.

    That could be an issue going into next year, if the number of people looking to ride outstrips the supply. The falling dollar won’t help if China is forced to cut loose.

    The closest I can come up with at BLS is “sports vehicles including bicycles,” which doesn’t show much of an increase, but that doesn’t match what I saw.

    12-Month Percent Change
    Series Id: CUSR0000SERC01
    Seasonally Adjusted
    Area: U.S. city average
    Item: Sports vehicles including bicycles
    Base Period: 1982-84=100
    Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    1999 1.5 2.7 3.9 3.1 3.1 3.3 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.0 1.9 0.5
    2000 1.3 1.6 1.8 2.4 2.7 2.1 1.4 0.5 0.6 1.5 1.5 3.1
    2001 3.1 1.9 1.3 0.7 1.1 1.2 1.2 2.1 2.0 1.5 1.4 0.4
    2002 -0.5 -0.5 -0.6 0.0 -0.2 -1.7 -1.4 -1.2 -1.4 -0.4 -0.6 -0.8
    2003 -0.2 -0.2 -0.5 -0.6 -1.4 0.2 -0.5 -0.8 -1.4 -3.9 -2.7 -2.3
    2004 -2.0 -0.2 0.3 0.6 1.3 2.1 0.4 -0.9 0.5 0.7 0.9 1.3
    2005 1.7 -0.3 -0.5 -0.7 -0.8 -0.7 2.4 4.0 3.6 5.5 4.0 3.8
    2006 2.7 3.4 3.9 4.4 4.3 3.3 4.3 4.5 3.1 3.1 3.3 2.9
    2007 2.9 2.2 1.9 0.4 0.3 0.1 -2.2 -2.2 -0.8 -1.6 -0.5 -0.4
    2008 -0.2 0.6 0.0 0.5 1.7 1.4 1.9 1.2 1.3 2.2 1.4 1.0
    2009 -0.1 0.1 1.3 1.8 0.9 1.7 0.2 0.7 0.6

  • At this point, it would be much easier for Streetsblog to limit itself to covering positive developments emanating from the State Legislature, since the default position in Albany appears to be a) do nothing, or b) if something absolutely must be done, do the wrong thing. What a disgrace.

    As for the City Council and it’s idiotic parking-violation grace period, perhaps they’ve been inspired by their brethren in Albany.