Today’s Headlines

  • Tunneling for First Phase of Second Avenue Subway to Be Completed Today (WSJ)
  • Reuters Picks Up DiNapoli’s MTA Debt Bomb Warning; And: Kabak Weighs In
  • Thanks Albany: TWU Says Dirty Subways Have Ushered in Rat Renaissance (News)
  • What Do You Know — Turns Out Most New Yorkers Don’t Drive to Work (WNYC)
  • Alta Gives Financial District a Bike-Share Preview (DNAinfo)
  • Why Isn’t This DNAinfo Story Headlined “Hell’s Kitchen Welcomes New Bike Lanes, Safer Streets”?
  • It Took Two Post Reporters to Write This Half-Assed Hit Piece on Community-Backed East Harlem Lanes
  • East-Siders Ready to Move Forward With UN Greenway Link (DNAinfo)
  • Fights Over Parking Spots: Not Like You See on “Seinfeld” (News)
  • NY1 Highlights the Markowitz Plan for Fourth Avenue
  • Car-Free Streets, Greenways and Gardens: New Yorkers Re-Imagine Their City (Atlantic)

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  • Brick

    “It’s sort of a transportation dessert and there…”Dessert? really post? I’m no English major but judging by the lack of a [sic] its reporter error.

  • “TWU Says Dirty Subways Have Ushered in Rat Renaissance”

    The irony in this is so overwhelming. I’ll have a SAS post on it later today. But here’s a question: Whose work rules have limited the MTA for expanding its in-house cleaning program?

  • “TWU Says Dirty Subways Have Ushered in Rat Renaissance”

    The irony in this is so overwhelming. I’ll have a SAS post on it later today. But here’s a question: Whose work rules have limited the MTA for expanding its in-house cleaning program?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Streetsblog needs to be a little more evenhanded on the MTA debt issue, and put up a post on the following.  New York State did exactly what it did to the MTA to its “Transportation Trust Fund” for roads and bridges, which now goes mostly to past debts and not road and bridge maintenance.

    And New Jersey did the same thing.

    After all, infrastructure maintenance benefits the future, which those in charge have shown they don’t care about.  In fact, as you look out across the economy into the corporate boardroom and people’s personal finances, most of those not in charge don’t seem to care either.

  • Subway Rider

    Exactly, Benjamin Kabak.

    The TWU has got to be the most clueless public union in New York State.

    They think that attacking, undermining and directing populist and politician anger toward the MTA is a great strategy for them. Yet, all this strategy has done over the last 15 years is undermine the public’s confidence in the MTA and make it easier for Albany politicians to steal funding and resources from TWU employees! The result of TWU strategy is that TWU workers get laid off, their salaries are frozen and cut, their work conditions deteriorate.

    But even more significant: The TWU doesn’t seem to get that making the public hate the MTA is bad for TWU workers. As far as the public is concerned, TWU employees are the face of the MTA. It’s the TWU workers who are sitting there napping in bullet-proof glass boxes while garbage collects in piles around them. The public doesn’t get angry at Jay Walder and the MTA board for that. The public looks at that TWU worker sitting in his box doing nothing and thinks: Hmm? Really? Is that a good use of MTA resources? Why is that man sitting in a glass box while machines dispense MetroCards and no one picks up the rubbish or puts up proper signage in this station?

  • Seriously, this website needs to stop giving free publicity to both the Post and the Daily News by linking to their articles here.  The increased traffic only encourages them to post more of these stupid stories.  I’ve boycotted both of these despicable low-brow rags for years now.

  • vnm

    What Subway Rider said. Teachers unions spend their energy not on demonizing the DOE, but on obtaining more resources for education. And they get results: more and better paying jobs for teachers. The TWU, on the other hand, focuses on demonizing the MTA, which reduces public support for anything that would generate funding from public transportation and TWU workers. And, when specific proposals like congestion pricing or bridge tolls come forward that would put money into the hands of TWU members, they stay quiet. It doesn’t make any sense.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Teachers unions spend their energy not on demonizing the DOE, but on obtaining more resources for education. And they get results: more and better paying jobs for teachers.”

    Actually they got a 25/55 pension, changed from 30/62, followed by a reduction in the number of teachers, lower take home pay and benefits for new teachers, and a wage freeze.  With all the additional money from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity Lawsuit going to the retired, not those working in the schools.  And as soon as they got that, they started demonizing the DOE.

    But you are right, they did get results, the results they wanted.  Their job now is to pretend it isn’t the results they wanted.

    Meanwhile, the TWU went on strike, but didn’t get 20/50.  Leaving the MTA to be re-destroyed by debts rather than pensions.

  • Morris Zapp

    @ John Kirk Like it or not the News and the Post are read by hundreds of thousands. Pretending they don’t exist won’t make them go away, but it would let them go unchallenged.

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