Today’s Headlines

  • Thanks to Shell-Game Budgeting, Depth of State Fiscal Morass Impossible to Pinpoint (City Room)
  • Assembly More Amenable to Supporting Gambling Than Transit (News)
  • West Side 7 Extension Costs Heading Over Budget; Brodsky: Fuhgeddaboudit (News)
  • Elderly Woman Hit by City Bus Driver at 57th and First Avenue (NY1)
  • Bronx Man Walking His Bike Killed by Curb-Jumping SUV Driver (Bx News)
  • New Bike Lanes Coming for Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Approaches (B’stoner, Post)
  • Merchants Succeed in Cutting Williamsburg Walks to One Weekend; Bklyn Paper Readers Not Happy
  • CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer Predictably Hysterical Over Ped Plazas; See NY1 for Reality-Based Report
  • Public Meetings for High Bridge Restoration Planned Later This Month (Manhattan Times)
  • London’s First Big Road Project in 100 Years Will Be Off-Limits to Private Cars (LES)
  • Latest in Daily News Series Hints at Pricing Solution for Queens Parking "Crunch"

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Construction costs are ‘trending above’ the $2.1 billion price tag set years before tunneling began, says a report from McKissack + Delcan, an engineering firm retained by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.”

    This just kills me. Kills me.

    Why does it take so much to replace the signal system? Because the work must be done on an operating railroad, they say, with construction set up, started, stopped and cleared every few hours. But this is a new line with no operations.

    Why would it cost $600 million to build a DeKalb to Rutgers Tunnel connection, for more through service during the next Manhattan Bridge outage? Because it would be a small project, and the initial staging costs would eat up a lot of the budget. But this is a big project.

    Why did costs soar in during the past decade? Because there was so much construction going on the industry was stretched thin, and unions, contractors and sellers of materials grabbed higher and higher rates. But we are now in the biggest construction industry recession since the 1930s, with about 500,000 housing starts per year while the previous lows were about twice that level.

    I thought we would do better on this with a Democratic administration, because under Democrats public employee unions rip you off whereas under Republicans private sector government contractors rip you off. But in New York, all ripoffs are bipartisan.

    Bastards.

  • Love the idea of London’s planned no-cars boulevard in King’s Cross. Even with taxis, buses, and bikes. Hope to stroll down it someday.

  • Boris

    I encourage everyone to write to the Daily News about the parking crunch, especially if you live in Queens. They ask for it, they should get it. And they are really interested, because they are looking for news to sell. They might not put anything you say in the article, but I feel there is more hope for a writer or editor getting a clue than a politician.