Today’s Headlines

  • Tom Friedman: Time for Proponents of Climate Science to Stop Playing Defense (NYT)
  • Federal Judge Upholds NYPD Parade Rules Restricting Group Bike Rides (Gothamist, City Room)
  • More on Moynihan Station — When Will Shovels Go in the Ground? (WNYC, City Room, NY1, News)
  • The $100 MetroCard: Without Congestion Pricing, We’re About to Cross the Threshold (SAS)
  • Study: Freeway Pollution Hardens Arteries, Contributes to Heart Disease and Stroke (LAT)
  • Christie Sticking It to NJ Transit Riders While Backing Costly Highway Expansions (MTR)
  • FTA Foresees More Delays for WTC Transit Hub (Post)
  • New NYCT Express Bus Mirrors Affect Drivers’ Vision for the Worse (AMNY)
  • Feds Withdraw Funding for Rail Connection to Oakland Airport (NYT)
  • Permanent Park(ing) Day: SF Converts Curbside Spots to Sidewalk Extensions (Streetsblog SF)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    REBNY pushing for the second station on the Flushing Line to be added back.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/nyregion/17seven.html?ref=nyregion

    And ignoring the fact that tail tracks on the line have also been cut for budgetary reasons, which will permanently constrain the maximum number of trains per hour on the entire line.

    (The reason the Flushing Line can take more trains than the Canarsie line today is because it has tail tracks, which allow trains to move into the final stop at speed rather than crawling, since there isn’t a crash wall right at the end of the station).

  • “Feds Withdraw Funding for Rail Connection to Oakland Airport” is a kinda skewed title once u read the article. Mixed in with the other condescending headlines, it sounds like there’s opposition for no reason… but within the article’s text it seems that not studying impact upon poor neighborhoods is just as bad as not funding mass transit. I’m sure Streetsblog SF has more coverage but I can’t say I’m in favor of new transit line wrecking havoc on a community without input of the area it’s cutting through. In my head I’m picturing a Gowanus Expressway type structure with a rail line that’s cutting through neighborhoods. Admittedly though, its just what I pictured. Hopefully I’m wrong and its a worthy, and I’m sure much needed, expansion of BART.

  • Brooklyn

    Manhattan Bridge was icy for most of its length this morning — had to walk about two thirds of it.

    I’m going to take the subway home tonight. Has 311 worked in the past to remedy the condition?

  • #3 Brooklyn, “Manhattan Bridge was icy . . .”

    Remember hearing about the Copenhagen policy of clearing bike lanes first which does have merit.

    Probably a result of economizing in difficult financial times although, much more cost-effective transport and transit policies would encourage a lot more people to get around on bicycles and other vehicles similar in scale.

    Also remember hearing that bicycle ridership in Copenhagen is about 80% of that in Summer.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Pacific Street and the Tillary Street bike lane had ice an inch thick. I plan to take the Brooklyn Bridge home, as the ice there was thin, the temps are going above freezing and they were spreading salt as I rode in.

  • Jarrett M

    Paco,

    Many transit advocates in the bay area saw the OAC as a symbol of waste since the several mile long line would cost over $500 million to build and would be slower than several much cheaper BRT options. In addition, the one way fare on the rejected line would be $6 whereas the fares on the BRT connectors would be cheaper. In the end, the debate was framed around the lack of an intermediate stop to serve the nearby community. Advocates argued that the BRT options could easily add an intermediate stop while BARTs now rejected proposal defered it to an unspecified date.

  • Very bad conditions during this morning’s commute. Thick black ice all over the Upper West Side. Buses unable to climb modest grades without burning much rubber. Motorists flooring the accelerator to escape snowed-in parking spaces they couldn’t be bothered to excavate, oblivious to the consequences if they were suddenly to get traction and shoot out into traffic. Virtually no respect for bike lanes or bicyclists.

  • J. Mork

    Parade rules: how can the police tell the difference between 50 bicyclists on an organized ride and 50 bicyclists who are all just riding on the same road on the way to different destinations?

    How can I donate money for the appeal of this frustrating court decision?

  • W-B Bridge was a sheet of ice too. I’m gonna give it a try back home this afternoon — here’s hoping that it’s cleared and salted in the spirit of cost-effective transport and transit policies to encourage a lot more people to get around on bicycles…..

  • Doug

    Isn’t the solution just to organize multiple rides of 49 people or less?

  • Edward

    I was skeptical about w-b bridge this morning and took the train, last night it was completely slushy and I could foresee it being completely f-ed up this morning. Though I did check ‘NYC Bridge Report’ on Twitter they don’t seem to be updating anymore that often. Anyone have word on that? I would really like to see it in action – I’d use it for one.
    It seems like when they do get started on that particular bridge rush hour’s just about over anyway, what’s the deal with this?

  • flp

    regarding twitter updates on road and bridge conditions for cyclists, i think the main trouble is the turn around time between learning of the conditions and being able to tweet it. most of these folks are not paid weather reporters standing by the appropriate locales to report minute changes in road/path conditions especially all the bridges of which there are plenty.

    you all can help though by shooting a tweet to the various twitter accounts that provide these updates: e.g. @nycbridgereport, @ERiverGreenway, @W_SideGwyReport. i am pretty sure they all would be more than happy to retweet. if you do not tweet, start tweeting or find out how to contact those guys to provide your info.

  • NPR had a great piece this morning on the backlash against speed cameras in Arizona.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123501023

  • The ruling about Critical Mass is quite shocking.

    But then again, I typically commute to work by myself, or just ride with a few friends. So if they make it illegal for fifty or more strangers to operate the same type of vehicle within close proximity of one another, it’s no skin off of my back.

    Have fun getting to work, motorists!

  • Edward

    Thanks for those twitter accounts. The thing is that when you’re already battling uphill on ice who wants to stop and tweet it. . . someone hopefully.

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