Today’s Headlines

  • One or Two Things Go Wrong, and the MTA Budget Will Be in Shambles (MTR)
  • Mayor Menino at Boston Bike-Share Launch: “The Car Is No Longer King” (Herald)
  • More Coverage of Yesterday’s Q Poll and Bike Counts: Bklyn Paper, Post, DNAinfo, City Room
  • That’s It? Turn Signal and Ped Countdowns Contemplated for Deadly Harlem Intersection (DNAinfo)
  • Jamaica Parents Pursue Civil Action Against Drunk Driver Who Killed Their Daughter (Queens Chron)
  • Westchester Exec Calls for Building New Tappan Zee Bridge Sans Transit (MTR)
  • Alex Marshall: Lessons for the MTA From the Next Transit System Jay Walder Will Run (News)
  • MTA Gets 700 Texts a Day Asking for Real-Time Info on the B63 (Transpo Nation)
  • Real-Time Bus Info Coming to All of Staten Island Before the Year Is Out (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • The Wrong Way to Put a Price on Parking (West Side Spirit)
  • Celeb Chef Marcus Samuelsson Invites You to Go Out for Dinner and a Bike Ride (Gothamist)

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  • MRB

    Not the right place, but check this link: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015747765_dui28m.html

    The short story is, the driver was drunk (.29, almost 4x the legal limit), speeding (likely road rage incident), and hits and instantly kills the driver of another vehicle, and gets out and pounds his chest like a Gorilla.  While “criminality was suspected”, the driver in question is facing a MAXIMUM of 3.5 years in jail, effectively the same maximum that Raquel Nelson is/was facing.

    Anyways, I frequently slag on Streetsblog for being to cruel/vindictive towards drivers in their writing, but between the Nelson case and this one, I think some outrage is totally appropriate.

  • Bostonian in New York

    Good for Mayor Menino.  If Bloomberg even uttered the phrase, “The Car Is No Longer King,” he’d be impeached and replaced by Mayor Jimmy Vacca.

  • vnm

    City Hall’s “Winners & Losers” column has Janette Sadik-Khan as a winner and Marty Markowitz as a loser.

    http://www.cityhallnews.com/2011/07/winners-losers-july-29-edition/

  • Streetsman

    I think the parking pricing scheme in the Spirit could be great if it was successful. Because there’s no way the city (and voters/taxpayers) would allow a private interest to continue profiting from the ridiculousness that is on-street parking in New York. If most people were willing to pay $5 just to find an open spot, then that would clearly demonstrate they would pay that much or more to a meter if it meant there were always open spots. This could force the city to start doing something meaningful in terms of parking pricing by revealing just how much potential revenue that drivers are fully willing to pay is being lost by the City.

  • Eric McClure

    Gotta love the Post. Since their “everyone hates bike lanes” campaign has fallen on deaf ears, they’ve now embraced the “nobody uses them” mantra.

    As if free-flowing bike traffic is a bad thing.  Would anyone be complaining if cars weren’t clogging the BQE or LIE?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “What if the MTA had chosen to develop the land around the Hudson Yards in Manhattan instead of effectively selling it off to a developer? Or take Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn: Why should the private sector reap most of the benefits from track and station improvements?”

    If the MTA was still in change, the fare would be raised extra to subsidize failed developments and political kickbacks.

    Marshall fails to take note of a few things.  In NYC transit workers earn much more, if pension costs are included, than riders.  That limits the ability of the NYC system to pay for its workers with fares alone.  With a $3.00 fare that might be different.

    The Hong Kong subway system is also very small.  It serves the equivalent of Manattan with far fewer track miles, stations and cars than the NYC system has.  When you take a train out  to the edges of the subway system, you’ll see fewer and fewer people on the train.  Those stations, trains and track do not have to be paid for in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong is also developing, which means the Hong Kong system can profit from the development of vast new areas going from farmland to high rise.  That is the equivalent of subways spreading out to Brooklyn and Queens in the 1920s.  New York City no longer has vast undeveloped areas.

    London is a far more realistic comparison.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/07/29/2011-07-29_thrown_a_curve_losing_30m_in_annual_fees_shows_city_whiffed_bigtime_on_new_ballp.html
    Here’s a good one. I know you’ve written about how the new Yankee Stadium removed a nice park for a parking garage.  Apparently they also removed $15MM in annual revenue for the NYC Parks Dept.  Go Yankees!

  • Daphna

    Jennifer Fermino leads with a byline which is a lie: “NYers like bike lanes – but don’t use ’em: and continues with with false reporting: “no one is using them [the bike lanes]” in her first sentence and uses the statement “only 29 percent of those [Quinnipiac University] respondents felt the lanes were ‘widely used’ ” to justify the false reporting.  But lower in the article she reports statistics that exactly counter her headline, byline and first couple lines.  She reports that bike commuting increased by 14% from last year and that 62% more people bike into Manhattan than in 2008.

    She reports, by borough, the number of residents supporting bike lanes, which is worth repeating:
    Manhattan 63%
    Bronx 63%
    Brooklyn 60%
    Queens 55%
    Staten Island 38% 

  • Daphna

    Jennifer Fermino leads with a byline which is a lie: “NYers like bike lanes – but don’t use ’em: and continues with with false reporting: “no one is using them [the bike lanes]” in her first sentence and uses the statement “only 29 percent of those [Quinnipiac University] respondents felt the lanes were ‘widely used’ ” to justify the false reporting.  But lower in the article she reports statistics that exactly counter her headline, byline and first couple lines.  She reports that bike commuting increased by 14% from last year and that 62% more people bike into Manhattan than in 2008.

    She reports, by borough, the number of residents supporting bike lanes, which is worth repeating:
    Manhattan 63%
    Bronx 63%
    Brooklyn 60%
    Queens 55%
    Staten Island 38% 

  • Bolwerk

    Nah. The NYPost would bitch and moan a lot though. 

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