Today’s Headlines

  • Safety in Numbers: TA Finds Cyclist Injuries Down for Fifth Straight Year (WSJ)
  • Paterson Threatens to Shut Down State Government in Lieu of Budget Deal (NYT)
  • Albany AWOL on Funds for Station Agents (AMNY); New Signs Tell Riders Not to Expect Bus (SAS)
  • Bruce Schaller Says Road Pricing Campaigns Must Appeal to Motorist Selfishness (Planetizen)
  • Denny Farrell, Foe of Pricing and Bus Cams, Draws First Primary Challenge in 18 Years (SOP)
  • WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein Files a Nice Little Piece on Performance Parking (@ 3:00 Mark)
  • Hothead Monserrate Aide Caught With Fake Placard, Without License (City Room, News, Post)
  • Bronx Merchants Up in Arms Over Space-Hogging Parking Agents (News)
  • Maniac Drivers Terrorize Residents of Springfield Gardens, On and Off the Street (News)
  • No Place to Park Bikes at "Green" Downtown Brooklyn Condo Tower (Fifty Car Pileup)
  • No End in Sight to Gulf Oil Spill; Friedman Says Mother Nature Is Watching (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    RE Motor selfishness. One possiblity that “Gridlock Sam” has alluded to is to reduce the tolls on non-CBD crossings as part of the plan to toll all those entering Manhattan south of (say) 110th Street.

    One could argue that those driving between Staten Island and Brooklyn or the Bronx and Queens should not cross-subsidize the transit system to the same extent as those driving into Manhattan. This is the opposite of the Shelly Silver plan to make Brooklyn residents pay more to drive to Staten Island than to Manhattan.

    The problem, at this point, is that any such congestion pricing proposal would first be used to repeal the wage tax, and there is not enough money to go around. They’ve pretty much boxed us in. Perhaps what has to change is the fact that “a small minority of drivers” can block anything politically in Albany.

    We have a bunch of small minorities with very good deals, and an increasingly less well off majority.

  • Bolwerk

    I found this on Slate, tying Jane Jacobs’ views on street safety to the recent attempted terrorist attack (“Cheney’s Wrong, Jacobs Was Right, and Cameras Do Work: Three lessons from the Times Square bomb.”):

    In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, self-taught urban scholar and activist Jane Jacobs observed that sidewalks and their users are “active participants in the drama of civilization versus barbarism” (by “barbarism,” she meant crime) and that a continuously busy sidewalk is a safe sidewalk, because those who have business there—”the natural proprietors of the street”—provide “eyes upon the street.”

    Jacobs, who died in 2006, would not have been surprised to learn that it was two street vendors who first notified police of the suspicious Nissan Pathfinder parked on West 45th Street just off Broadway.


Today’s Headlines

Tropical NYC: Storm Knocks Down Trees, Knocks Out Transit (Gothamist) Transit System Crippled by Flooding (CityRoom) US DOT Delays Decision on Congestion Pricing Grants — Not Today (CityRoom) Comptroller’s Report: Avoid MTA Fare Hike With More Subsidies (CityRoom) MTA Could Avoid Fare Hike if State Stopped Short-Changing It (News) 44 Years After Original Sin, NY’ers […]

Today’s Headlines

New York Times: City Needs Congestion Pricing, Especially Below 60th Street The Best Way to Get Trucks Out of Bike Lanes? Parking Reform (Alpie) Water Taxi Suspends South Brooklyn Service (Post, Curbed) Ted Kheel Talks to Metro About Free Subways Five Intersections in Hipster Williamsburg Get New Stoplights (Metro) Subway Surveillance is Over Budget, Behind […]

Today’s Headlines

Weprin Says He Doubts Pricing Revenues Will Be Used for Transit (Post, News) Milan Introduces ‘Ecopass’ Congestion Charge (Globe and Mail)  CT Lawmakers Ponder Road Pricing, Lament Lack of Transit (Fairfield Minuteman) Corzine Shouldn’t Use Tolls to Pay Off NJ Debts (Post) Report Blasts Transit Service for Disabled (NYT) Water Taxi Singled Out as Wasteful […]

Today’s Headlines

Real Estate Tax, Pension Contributions And Albany Pile On To MTA’s Money Woes (NY1) Poll Shows GOP Could Retake State Senate (Post) Without Market for Office Space, Atlantic Yards Proposes a Plaza Instead (City Room) Tish James Revives Call for Residential Permit Parking Near Arena (Brooklyn Paper) Bloomberg Endorses Parking Ticket Quotas as Traffic Enforcement Metric (News) […]

Open Season on Parking Spots, and Parking Agents

Which excuse is this guy using? The Daily News today has the sickening story of an off-duty NYPD officer beating an NYPD traffic agent for ticketing his girlfriend’s illegally parked car in the Bronx. The capper: the agent was reportedly cuffed and taken to the precinct, while the cop he says assaulted him has not […]

Today’s Headlines

More Pricing Committee Coverage (Politicker, The Real Estate) Queens CB1 Puts Parking Deck Atop Pricing Wish List (Queens Gazette) Majority Would Escape Fare Increase, MTA Says (Post, AMNY) Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood Grouses Over New Bus Route (News) Markowitz Holds Off Reappointing Dolly Williams to Planning Commission (News) Newtown Creek Park Opens Saturday (NYT) Public Ready […]