Today’s Headlines

  • Drill, Barack, Drill? POTUS to Propose Offshore Oil Exploration in Bid for Climate Bill Support (NYT)
  • Shocker: Mall-ification Causing Traffic Havoc in Queens (News)
  • Marty Golden, Silent on Bridge Tolls, Drones on About MTA Service Cuts (Bklyn Eagle)
  • ROTFLMAO: MTA Rejects WFP Subway Ads Targeting Bloomberg (News)
  • Brian Ketcham: EDC Hasn’t Done Any Area-Wide Planning for Willets Point Mega-Project (News)
  • To Be Resilient, Cities Should Focus on Reducing Car Dependence (Switchboard)
  • Mark Your Calendars: Bike Snob to Star at TA Bike Culture Panel, May 6 (City Room)
  • Cost of NYPD’s Critical Mass Misconduct Piles Up (City Room)
  • Ben Kabak on the Unlimited Ride MetroCard Revolution
  • Can Congestion Pricing Make Commuting Better Than Sex? (Yglesias)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    What is causing traffic chaos is not the “mallification” of Queens, it is increased density. And with the title, you seem to be making the NIMBY argument against it. You might as well say concentrating all those office jobs in Manhattan caused traffic chaos, because some people drive there despite having alternatives.

    There has been a huge expansion of retail on one place, and that made jobs and services accessible to those arriving by transit. Some people travel by car, but before, as the article says, those same people would have driven to Nassau County. The city would lose tax revenues; the city workers had a long commute on suburban buses or were on welfare.

    If current trends are allowed to move forward, I can envison even more commercial activity there 20 years from now, perhaps built on parking lots that are only partially replaced by garages. This is the emergence of a new “downtown.” And it is an evolution that any such “new downtown” will have to pass through, first attracting drivers, then being attractive enough that people will go there without driving.

  • Marty Golden, Atlantic Yards superfan, STFU.

  • TKO

    Do I detect a touch of jealousy regarding the Bike Snob?

  • Omri

    I liked Bike Snob’s early work, before he sold out.

  • Shemp

    I love the WFP WTF ads. The MTA has gone through this a bunch of times, rejecting critical ads by transit groups and enviros. What always happens is that rejection earns the public campaign a lot of free press, then the MTA loses the 1st Amendment lawsuit (even more publicity for the campaign) and as part of the loss has to give the campaign group a bunch of free ad space. You’d think the MTA would learn but…(or in this case maybe they are smarter than I give them credit for).

  • The WTF ads would be great if they focused attention where it was really needed, like the State Legislature. Many of the anti-transit legislators (Monserrate, Smith, Parker, Klein, Hassell-Thompson) ran on the WFP line in 2008, so the WFP would basically have to admit that they screwed up … and not endorse them this year.

  • In another show of odd priorities, WFP is now running a campaign asking people to sign a petition to the MTA demanding that the MTA allow the WTF ads.

  • Content aside, the MTA is never, ever going to accept an ad that looks just like an official MTA poster. Duh.


Today’s Headlines

Happy Bike to Work Day: News, NY1, Eagle, Voice Impressive: Philadelphia to Double Bike Lane Miles; Amazing: Inquirer Assigns Cyclist to Story More on Hudson Greenway Link From NY1; Brooklyn Paper Covers Flushing Ave Bikeway Times Blames Broadway Ped Plazas for Slowed Bus Trips; Second Ave Sagas: Really? Cancer Map, Spearheaded by Richard Brodsky, Points […]

Today’s Headlines

More Pedestrians Killed on Hempstead Turnpike Than Any Other Road in the Region (MTR) Daily News to Albany: No More MTA Service Cuts; Curb Pension Costs (1, 2) Shocker: The Post Firmly in the “Drill, Baby, Drill” Camp So Many People Want to Weigh in on Tappan Zee, U.S. DOT Extends Comment Period (Transpo Nation) More Scenes of […]

Today’s Headlines

Carl Paladino Has This MTA-Bashing Thing Down Cold (News, SAS) Transit-Riding MTA Chief Promises No More Service Cuts (News) No More Parking Placards: Inside Edition Exposes Rampant Fraud on the Dashboard Cops Have Handed Out 378 Tickets to SBS-Blocking Motorists This Week (News) Is the MTA Blame Game Rubbing Off on Select Bus Service? (SAS) […]

Today’s Headlines

MTA Rescue at a Standstill; Paterson Exasperated With State Senate (News, City Room, Politicker) News Pens Another Editorial Hammering Senate Dems Nicole Gelinas: Albany Should Help MTA Cut Pension Costs (Post) First Manhattan Costco Coming to East River Plaza (TRE) LaHood: It’s Not Up to Feds to Fund Transit Service (East Valley Trib) Brookings: Stimulus […]

Today’s Headlines

Cabbie on Cell Phone Fails to Yield, Kills 8-Year-Old Boy in Crosswalk, No Charges Filed (Post, News) Construction Lobby: NYC Transpo Agencies Slow to Spend Out Stim Money (Post) Ben Kabak Gets the TWU’s Side of the MTA Labor Deal, Plus the Arbitration Decision (2nd Ave Sagas) Ear-Splitting Subway Emergency Exits: Do They Serve Any […]

Today’s Headlines

Stripped of $140M, MTA Intends to Make Cuts Instead of Raising Fares (City Room, NY1, WNYC) LI State Sen. to MTA: Don’t Expect Albany to Help Pay to Improve Transit (AMNY, News) Brooklyn Paper, in Its Roundabout Way, Condemns Removal of Bedford Ave Bike Lane Car Insurance Getting Cheaper for NYers, If They Register in […]