Today’s Headlines

  • Squadron and Chin Call For Safety Fix at Essex and Delancey (DNAinfo)
  • Yankee Stadium Garage Default Will Be First on NYC Tax-Exempt Bond Since 1970s (News)
  • Central Park “Zero Tolerance” Bike Crackdown Is Over, Says Precinct Commander (DNAinfo)
  • Maspeth Merchants Oppose One-Way Street Conversions in Truck Bypass Plan (News)
  • WPIX Reporter Opposes Car-Free Park Because She’s Stuck in Transverse Traffic While Reporting Story
  • While Many Bridges Stay Free, MTA Bridge Tolls Have Risen 5 Times Faster Than Inflation (The Torch)
  • Sticking Point in Condé Nast WTC Lease Talks: Getting Easy Access for VIPs’ Black Cars (NYT)
  • CNN Interviews Head of Alta Bicycle Share, One of Two NYC Bike-Share Finalists
  • MTA Holds Auditions For Buskers To Play Underground (WNYC)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Jay

     “Pedestrians would have free run” of Central Park.
    Oh, the HORROR!

  • Mike

    Looks like WPIX is going after WCBS for those lucrative troglodyte ad dollars.

    (The text below the WPIX video is highly edited; you have to watch the video for the full level of ridiculousness.)

  • Anonymous

    The source for “While Many Bridges Stay Free, MTA Bridge Tolls Have Risen 5 Times Faster Than Inflation,” the usually reliable Nicole Gelinas, has run off the rails this time.

    She calculated a 26-fold rise in tolls on MTA “major bridge and tunnel” (Throgs, Whitestone, Triboro, Queens-Midtown) by comparing the toll in 1971 (25 cents) to 2011 ($6.50). But the 25 cent toll was in effect at least as far back as 1948 (I don’t have earlier data), and using the cash toll for today is misleading since most tolls are paid with E-ZPass, at $4.80.

    From a quarter to $4.80 is a 19-fold increase, and the CPI rose a little over 9-fold from 1948 to 2010-2011. So while Gelinas writes that “bridge and tunnel tolls have exceeded inflation by 4.7 times,” it looks to me that tolls have risen at only around twice the overall inflation rate.

    1948 is when the transit fare went from a nickel to a dime. Today, factoring in the various MTA discounts from the nominal $2.25 transit fare, the average cost per ride is $1.56. That’s 31 times as great as the 1948 nickel fare, and 15-16 times as great as the 1948 dime fare. Any complaint over too-steeply rising MTA bridge and tunnel tolls therefore applies equally if not more to subways and buses.

     

  • Anonymous

    The source for “While Many Bridges Stay Free, MTA Bridge Tolls Have Risen 5 Times Faster Than Inflation,” the usually reliable Nicole Gelinas, has run off the rails this time.

    She calculated a 26-fold rise in tolls on MTA “major bridge and tunnel” (Throgs, Whitestone, Triboro, Queens-Midtown) by comparing the toll in 1971 (25 cents) to 2011 ($6.50). But the 25 cent toll was in effect at least as far back as 1948 (I don’t have earlier data), and using the cash toll for today is misleading since most tolls are paid with E-ZPass, at $4.80.

    From a quarter to $4.80 is a 19-fold increase, and the CPI rose a little over 9-fold from 1948 to 2010-2011. So while Gelinas writes that “bridge and tunnel tolls have exceeded inflation by 4.7 times,” it looks to me that tolls have risen at only around twice the overall inflation rate.

    1948 is when the transit fare went from a nickel to a dime. Today, factoring in the various MTA discounts from the nominal $2.25 transit fare, the average cost per ride is $1.56. That’s 31 times as great as the 1948 nickel fare, and 15-16 times as great as the 1948 dime fare. Any complaint over too-steeply rising MTA bridge and tunnel tolls therefore applies equally if not more to subways and buses.

     

  • Dark Age Ahead

    WPIX “reporter” Stephanie Tsoflias’s introduction to the piece is one for the ages. Sitting in the driver’s seat of her car she puts on her best authoritative news lady voice and insists…

    “If you drive anywhere in New York you know your commute is mostly clogged with pedestrian plazas, bike lanes and now Central Park might be shut down to all drivers…”

    Stephanie Tsoflias’s reporting is so amateurish she makes Marcia Kramer look like Edward R. Murrow and Tony Aiello look like Walter Cronkite.

    Follow Stephanie on Twitter if you’d like to keep up with her sure-to-be-rapid ascent through the ranks of the NYC’s local TV news industry…

    http://twitter.com/#!/lifeofareporter

  • Dark Age Ahead

    WPIX “reporter” Stephanie Tsoflias’s introduction to the piece is one for the ages. Sitting in the driver’s seat of her car she puts on her best authoritative news lady voice and insists…

    “If you drive anywhere in New York you know your commute is mostly clogged with pedestrian plazas, bike lanes and now Central Park might be shut down to all drivers…”

    Stephanie Tsoflias’s reporting is so amateurish she makes Marcia Kramer look like Edward R. Murrow and Tony Aiello look like Walter Cronkite.

    Follow Stephanie on Twitter if you’d like to keep up with her sure-to-be-rapid ascent through the ranks of the NYC’s local TV news industry…

    http://twitter.com/#!/lifeofareporter

  • Anonymous

    “If you drive anywhere in New York you know your commute is mostly clogged with pedestrian plazas, bike lanes and now Central Park might be shut down to all drivers…”

    Just look around. It’s actually clogged with too many motor vehicles.

  • Shemp

    WPIX 11 has positioned itself for years as the Long Island channel, so the coverage angle is no surprise.   

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