Today’s Headlines

  • Two Pedestrians Killed, Four Injured by Drivers in Brooklyn This Weekend (NYT, News, Post)
  • News: Cops With a History of Drunk Driving Are Welcome at NYPD
  • DWI Case Against Adam Clayton Powell IV Unresolved After Two Years (NYT)
  • Daily News Lays It on the Line: Albany Hypocrites Responsible for MTA Mess
  • At Long Last, Are Transit Countdown Clocks for Real? (NYT)
  • MTA to Restore Fare Collection Along Staten Island Railway (Advance, SAS)
  • NJ Transit Rates Could Jump 25 Percent; Gas Tax Unchanged for 22 Years and Counting (MTR)
  • Northeast Corridor Is Ripe for Model HSR, So Why Is Washington Ignoring It? (NYT)
  • Park Slope Businesses Blame "Stupid" Park Smart for Slow Traffic (NY1)
  • Riverdale Merchants Quash Plan to Flood Johnson Avenue With Potential Customers (R’dale Press)
  • Queens Center Mall Accused of Meter-Tampering to Lure Customers to Garage (News)
  • Watch this time lapse of Flatbush & Atlantic. Note that the pedestrian crossing is never void of cars, the presence of traffic cop notwithstanding:

  • vnm

    Daily News calls out state politicians who kill congestion pricing and de-fund student MetroCards … and then bash the MTA.

  • DavidCEisen

    In what way is the Daily News bashing the MTA?

  • DavidCEisen: I think you’re misinterpreting the sentence:

    Daily News calls out (state politicians who kill congestion pricing and de-fund student MetroCards … and then bash the MTA.)


    Daily News (calls out state politicians who kill congestion pricing and de-fund student MetroCards) … (and then bash the MTA.)

    As in they are calling out these politicians who BOTH kill congestion, de-fund student MetroCards, AND bash the MTA. It’s not saying that the Daily News is doing both of these things: Calling out politicians, and bashing the MTA.

  • Thanks vnm. Missed that one.

  • That NY1 story on ParkSMART is so wrong it would be funny if it wasn’t so important to properly price curbside parking.

    There’s the guy who’s upset by higher rates, then complains that it’s bad for running errands because he can’t find parking? Huh?

    Then there’s the shot of empty tables at El Pollo (which is a favorite place of hours — great Peruvian chicken at low prices), implying that the meter rates are costing them customers. I have never, ever, seen more than three tables occupied at any one time, dating to well before the rates were raised.

    Lastly, the reporter’s claim that the MuniMeters don’t take credit cards is just wrong. Did she even bother to look at one of them? Completely irresponsible reporting.

    Restaurant owners should actually be pushing for the extension of meter hours, since after 7 pm, a number of spots get tied up by overnight parkers. A two-hour limit from 6 pm to 10 pm would actually be to their great benefit. Under current conditions, it’s nearly impossible to find a spot on Fifth Avenue after 7 pm.

  • Eric — I thought the same thing. Just a story about people bashing ParkSmart without explaining how it is supposed to work or the ideas behind it.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Ravitch: let’s borrow more to pay for operating costs, as long as there is a deal to provide diminished public services for younger generations permanently.

    Just one time.

    “In 1991, the state created a MAC-like mechanism to mop up its own recurring red ink by issuing $4.3 billion in long-term debt to replace the annual “spring borrowing.” When the fiscal crisis of 2002-03 hit, the state once again borrowed to pay operating expenses — this time more than $4 billion in bonds backed by future revenues from the national tobacco settlement. The same year, the Legislature voted to authorize a whole new class of long-term bonds — backed by a pledge of statewide sales-tax receipts — to refinance New York’s remaining MAC debt. All this deficit borrowing, plus a little more, now accounts for roughly $10 billion of the $60 billion in outstanding state-funded debt.”

    We can at least vote against the bond issue, right?

    “To avoid having to get voter approval for adding to the state’s already staggering $60.4 billion debt load, Ravitch’s plan would look to issue the bonds through a public authority.”

  • Re #6, that should be “favorite place of ours,” not “hours.”

  • I do owe a rather large apology to the reporter — there is apparently a programming glitch with the Muni Meters in Park Slope, preventing the use of credit cards (why they should be different from Muni Meters in other locations is a bit baffling, and just one more sad commentary on the inefficiency of city government). The glitch is being corrected.

    As far as I know, though, the meters do accept parking cards, which can be purchased in many locations along the avenues.


Today’s Headlines

Cuomo Never Met in Person With Walder, Hasn’t Paid Any Attention to MTA (NYT) Two USDOT Officials, Karen Rae and Polly Trottenberg, Mentioned for MTA Job (Crain’s) NYT: Cuomo Must Pick Transit Professional, City, State and Drivers All Must Chip in for Capital Plan Post: Labor Negotiations Should Be Top Priority For Next MTA Chief […]

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Paterson Pushes for Transit Armageddon: No Funding for MTA Capital Plan (NYT, News, NY1) Two Senate Dem Holdouts Accept Paterson’s Deal (News) Two Others Not on Board (News) Shelly: "We Should Wait a Few Years" to Fund Big Transit Projects (Post) Next for Kent Ave: One-Way Flow With Protected Bike Path? (Bklyn Paper, Gothamist) DOT’s […]

Today’s Headlines

Four-Year-Old Ebrahim Kebe Killed by Bronx Minivan Driver While Playing by His Home (Post, DNA) Times Quotes One Motorist, Two Cabbies and a Chauffeur, Each Opposing Speed Cameras More Coverage of the Council Hearing on Outer Borough Transit (DNA, AMNY) Bronx Is Largest Reverse-Commute Market in U.S., and Growing (Transpo Nation) How the NYPD’s Obsession With […]

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Most Dem Mayoral Contenders Don’t Foresee Upping City’s Contribution to MTA (NYT) Driver Kills Martha Atwater, 48, on Brooklyn Heights Sidewalk (DNA, News, Gothamist, Post 1, 2, 3) Driver Kills Woman on Kips Bay Sidewalk After Two-Car Crash; “No Criminality” (DNA, Post, News, NY1) Man in Critical Condition After Tractor-Trailer Driver Hits Him While Crossing […]

Today’s Headlines

Republicans Won’t Back MTA Rescue Without Road and Bridge Funding (NYT, Newsday) Study: Particulate Pollution Shortens Life in Urban Areas (BBC) Most Straphangers in Ruben Diaz, Sr.’s District Are Just Fine With Bridge Tolls (WNYC) How Transit Doomsday Brinkmanship Played Out in Chicago (Politicker) Price of Oil Is on the Rise, and the Feds Still […]

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Opponents Spin Grant as Blow to Pricing; Silver Lays Groundwork for Future Obstructionism (NYT, City Room, Post, Daily News, Sun, Metro) Once Again, It’s Up to the Politicians (NYT) Beijing Cars Ordered Off Streets for Air Quality Test (China Daily) Did Markowitz Torpedo Prospect Park Car Restrictions? (Daily News) Downtown Brooklyn Park to Include 694-Space […]