Today’s Headlines

  • Times: It Makes No Sense at All to Kill ARC Tunnel
  • Is Chris Christie a “Fiscal Hawk” or Just an Old-Fashioned Motorhead? (MTR)
  • Tish James Is Pushing for Residential Parking Permits Near Atlantic Yards (Bklyn Paper)
  • Lackluster Ridership on First Day of B71 Commuter Van Service (Bklyn Paper)
  • George Bliss’s “Upright Bicycle Ride” Celebrates NYC’s New Bike Infrastructure (Downtown Express)
  • “The Idea Now Is to Look Like a Pedestrian on Wheels” (NYT)
  • Grist Sits Down With Earl Blumenauer to Talk Livable Communities
  • Motorist Who Went Berserk on Traffic Agent Charged With 2nd Degree Assault (News, Post)
  • 68th Precinct Cracking Down on Sidewalk-Parking Motorcyclists (Bklyn Paper)
  • AlliedBarton Takes Over Church St. Ped Safety Management From Sam Schwartz (Downtown Express)
  • Weird: Federal Rule Will Compel NYC to Change All Street Signs (News, Post)
  • Even Weirder Climate/Transpo Humor From Daily News Editorialists
  • What Are the Top Ten Reasons Dave Pokes Fun at Ped Plazas? (WSJ, NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “To continue the project, Washington has promised $3 billion. The Port Authority is coming up with another $3 billion, about half of which is money normally dedicated to New York State, and New Jersey is supposed to commit at least $2.7 billion in stimulus and turnpike funds.”

    As far as I’m concerned, ALL the so-called mega-projects (the term is an embarassment by historical standards) are needed, along with MetroNorth to Penn (which shouldn’t cost much at all) and the completion of the Second Avenue Subway as far as 125th Street (to allow an alternative to the Lex for Bronx riders while that line’s signals are rebuilt.

    And anything that doesn’t get built in the next few years won’t be built at all, thanks to the soaring cost of an aging population.

    But if Christie doesn’t want ARC, I’d be happy to have $1 billion each from the Port Authority and Feds used for his short term budget problems if the other $2 billion is used to complete these improvements on the NY side. All that means is that a higher share of those working in Manhattan would reside in New York State.

  • Doug G.

    Love that article in the Times about fashionable women and their bikes. Nice to see the paper run such a positive piece that normalizes bikes. Interesting that not a single picture featured a rider with a helmet, and helmets themselves were reduced to a fashion statement!

  • @Doug G. One helmet with the Times article, a Yakkay helmet, priced at $175.

  • Doug G.

    You are right! As everyone knows, it’s important to look as stylish as possible when your head hits the pavement. The first question you want after “Are you okay?” is “How much did you pay for that helmet?”

  • Larry Littlefield

    You know I might have taken the subway today if I wasn’t now paying for indoor bike parking.

    The fact that my bike would remain dry, and I could leave it there overnight and take the subway home if conditions got really bad, meant I felt free to ride in when a gap opened up in the radar this morning. And I’m glad I have it in case the storm causes transit troubles.

    So I got my money’s worth today.

  • “# Weird: Federal Rule Will Compel NYC to Change All Street Signs (News, Post)”

    Both articles are complete crap. They go for the outrage angle by trying to make the reader think a brand new law requires the city to spend 27 million right now to change the font.

    But if you read on, you’ll note the directive was passed in 2003, and the city has until 2018 to comply. And since signs are replaced every 15 years as the reflective surface changes……….theres no actual new cost, the sings would be replaced anyway.

    So why the outrage?

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