Today’s Headlines

  • Brodsky Claims Moving Half a Million Students Costs the MTA Next to Nothing. Wrong. (GG, SAS)
  • De Blasio Directs Straphanger Ire Toward Albany (NY1)
  • DOT Tables Plan for One-Way Conversions in Flushing, as Arrival of Traffic Magnet Looms (Your Nabe)
  • State DOT Has Four Options for a New Kosciuszko Bridge, and They All Add Three Lanes (City Room)
  • With Fare Hike Already on the Horizon, Christie Budget Devours NJ Transit Funding (WNYC, CBS2)
  • TIGER Grants Rejected Funding for East Side Bus Enhancements (WNYC)
  • Amtrak Agrees to Move Operations to Moynihan Station (GlobeSt)
  • Shocker: Cabbies Displeased With Distracted Driving Regs (News)
  • A New Frontier for Space Hogging (New York Shitty)
  • Car-Free Commuting: See How Big American Cities Stack Up (Infrastructurist)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Brodsky takes one of transits great advantages: That it scales very well with the marginal cost of another passenger next to nothing…and then he uses it as a way to defund it of a primary revenue source that he largely seems to be in favor of: user fees. This guy is a real piece of work!

  • Larry Littlefield
  • Brodsky is flat out wrong. Even with the economies you get from transit, it costs a lot to move half a million students. Post coming soon…

  • Mike

    Really disappointed by the Flushing news. Sidewalk crowding there is at epidemic proportions, especially on Main Street near the LIRR bridge. This was the one beacon of hope for solving that problem. Why is this not happening?

  • Mike

    re student fares: It seems obvious to me that the main way this proposal raises money is that the students will be buying (and swiping) metrocards. Nothing to do with maintenance, which has a very low marginal cost with more passengers. Even the “correction” article on SAS totally misses the point here.

  • Larry Littlefield

    It doesn’t matter what the MTA’s marginal costs are anymore. Most of the costs are fixed — you see it in the data on costs by bus route. Debts, pensions, retiree health care, no matter what.

    You can say the students shouldn’t pay for that, but then who should?

    Review and post my frozen comment to see where this is going elsewhere in the country, everyone seems to be suddenly aware.

  • J. Mork

    Re: Flushing

    The solution to too much motorized traffic is not to make it move faster. That will only encourage more motors and make it harder to get around using the predominant mode, walking.

    Hopefully this is why the DOT changed their mind.

  • Re: Flushing
    Why not restrict private vehicles from Main St during business hours making it a 3 lane thoroughfare between Sanford and Northern? (one lane each direction and one passing lane for buses) The remaining space (Main St is currently 6 lanes) can be given over to pedestrians. The space can be then beautified and that will encourage further walking commerce and shopping. Downtown Flushing is a fairly walkable area and there’s really no reason to turn Main St into a One way which will only encourage through traffic and furthermore make the bus inconvenient to Main St shoppers who will have to walk uphill to Union St to catch their southbound buses.
    Right now, generally speaking, cars don’t stop on this section of Main Street anyways, so all you will be doing is redirecting the through traffic onto Union St and College Pt Blvd.
    If they did this however, they would need to figure out how to reroute traffic at the Intersection of Kissena, 41st and Main. (The LIRR bridge area someone mentioned).

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