Today’s Headlines

  • LI Bus Privatization Deal Slashes Funding, Allows Huge Service Cuts (Transpo NationMTR)
  • MTA to Try Overnight or Week-Long Repair Blitzes on Subways, Shutting Down Service (News)
  • Staten Island Legislators Demand 81% Toll Cut on Bridges, No Cross-Subsidies (Advance)
  • Driver Kills Italian Jazz Vocalist Daniela D’Ercole on UWS; NYPD: “No Criminality” (NBC)
  • Jack Vanleuvan Dies From Cop Car Crash Injuries (Post)
  • Insurer Claims No Responsibility for Delivery Cyclist Hitting Pedestrian (Post)
  • Jarrett Murphy Explains Who the Victims of Ticket Fixing Are (City Limits)
  • Who’s Afraid of 34th Street Loading Zones? The Daily News Editorial Board
  • Joe Lhota’s First Official Act: Ask DAs to Stop Transit Worker Assaults (News)
  • New Mid-Block Crosswalk Approved for 57th Street (DNAinfo)
  • Less Street Cleaning, More World Peace? (NYT)

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  • moocow

    Why can’t the woman hit by the delivery guy sue the restaurant?
    I wish cops would do their job and bust these guys, they are a danger to everyone in the city.

  • Ian Turner

    I’m actually glad to hear about the 9-day closure planned for the F train. I’d much rather take a 1-2 week closure than the endless weekend shutdowns that e.g. the 7 train endures during the winter. People who live on that line can take a vacation or stay in a hotel or with friends during the shutdown.

  • Workers’ compensation insurance for working bicyclists is very expensive, as is liability insurance for working bicyclists. Restaurants get around this by repurposing their staff hired to work as dishwashers or busboys into delivery personnel. The employees don’t mind because the tips are better in delivery.

  • Spanky Molinaro

    Staten Island Legislators Demand Free Ice Cream Sundaes, With Sprinkles (Advance)

  • Larry Littlefield

    The question, with regard to ticket fixing, is whether the fixes were limited to parking tickets or whether they included moving violations.

    If the latter, there is a certain population in certain catagories that knows it can drive recklessly with impunity.  Presumably if the kill someone by, say, running a light, they will be held to be the victim because the ticket will be fixed.

  • wkgreen

    @twowheel:disqus 
    I agree. Most of the delivery guys are just poor schmoes trying to eke out a meager living. If it could be made possible to hold the restaurants that they work for liable it might curb this. And you always hear about NYPD ticketing people for stupid stuff like inching out of the bike lane, but when it comes to really dangerous behavior, like riding on crowded sidewalks or zipping up one way steets in the dark without lights, the cops are nowhere to be found.

  • Lanza Armstrong

    “We don’t have a rail system,” [Lanza] said. “Why should we support it?
    Staten Islanders should not be subsidizing anything else, especially
    things that are so far removed.” 

    Staten Island is like the Alaska of New York City.  Its politicians are unhappy subsidizing things their constituents don’t use, but they’re more than happy to receive government subsidies from the rest of the city.  As a taxpayer and Brooklyn resident, why should I subsidize Staten Island’s roads, trash collection, police, schools, parks, and other things that are so far removed from where I live?

  • > Staten Island Legislators Demand 81% Toll Cut on Bridges, No Cross-Subsidies (Advance)

    That’s fine with me, I look forward to a corresponding 81% cut in road repairs and expansion on Staten Island. 

  • dporpentine

    Two people die within days of each other after being hit by an NYPD employee in an NYPD vehicle.

    Cue outrage from . . . absolutely nobody.

  • Bill de Blah Blah Blasio

    If they’d hit a carriage horse, I would’ve been all over it.

  • Eric McClure

    Re: Alternate-side parking, are filthy streets really the way we should be celebrating religious diversity?  How about we only exempt followers of the religion in question from moving their cars, while everyone else has to move?

  • Larry Littlefield

    With regard to the article of about the pregnant woman put in a coma after being struck by a bicycle deliveryperson, I’d just like to repeat my hope that data on accidents and injuries will be detailed.

    Separate data should be provided for commercial cyclists, those riding for exercise or training, and those riding for transportation.  I believe fear of and hostility toward the former two groups is behind, or at least manipulated by, opponents of bike lanes for the third group.

    And separate data should be provided for trucks and vans, vs. private motor vehicles.  Just reading where is posted here, it seems that commercial vehicles are involved in a disproportionate share of the collisions that injure cyclists.

  • Spanky Molinaro

    Eric McClure: I like where you’re going with that! And to identify car owners’ religions, each motorist will have to wear a special armband. We will also insist that motorists tattoo their license plate numbers on their forearms.

  • Anonymous

    My religion forbids me from moving my car except for meaningful trips, and that excludes moving it across the street for street cleaning.

    (I’m kidding, I don’t have a car!)

  • Anonymous

    @c661ddb94bcffdc2c6124e349eafdc77:disqus Who was the second person (the first being Jack Vanleuvan) killed in recent days by a NYPD driver?

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus Was  the pregnant woman “put in a coma after being struck by a bicycle deliveryperson”? Her injuries were grievous, but the article in the Post didn’t say coma (unless I missed it).

  • Bolwerk

    Staten Island to region: “me me me me me me me me me me”

  • dporpentine

    @Komanoff:disqus Theauther Love: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/11/07/crucial-details-missing-in-nypd-account-of-crash-that-killed-theauther-love/
    Love died November 4, Vanleuvan on November 2.

  • Anonymous

    I think Larry may have mixed it up with the recent report of a woman put into a coma after being hit by a bike in Prospect Park.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I think Larry may have mixed it up with the recent report of a woman put into a coma after being hit by a bike in Prospect Park.”

    Right, looking at it this case was a mere fractured skull.  Assuming any application of brakes when a cyclists perceives a collision is imminent, my guess is that a bicycle has to be moving pretty fast to put someone in a coma or cause a fractured skull, unless really bad luck is involved (ie. a direct head hit on a curbstone).

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see subway closures coordinated with temporary installation of bike-share stations – that would help at least some people in the affected areas.

  • Anonymous

    @c661ddb94bcffdc2c6124e349eafdc77:disqus Thanks for filling the gap in my memory. Each new outrage makes it harder to remember the last (applies to both traffic violence and NYPD malfeasance).

  • Anonymous

    Regarding the new MTA work schedules, I don’t understand why the MTA either doesn’t know, or doesn’t communicate to anyone else, the number of riders expected to be affected by different types of closure.

    They should have the data on average number of riders using each station at any given time of day or day of the week.  The goal should be to minimize the number of riders affected by any planned service outage, while avoiding any catastrophic impact on the rest of the system, such as increasing the load on the alternate lines above peak capacity.

    If there can be fewer actual hours of suspended service by doing work on consecutive nights, that is good.  If weekday night ridership is higher than weekend ridership, this offsets the benefit.  It shouldn’t be too hard to optimize a repair schedule given these constraints.

  • Ian Turner

    @J_12:disqus: I think it’s actually somewhat more complex than that. It’s not just about impact to riders, although it’s true that sometimes longer maintenance windows can result in less overall downtime. It’s also about costs, because shorter windows mean more overtime, especially if short or split shifts are involved. Sometimes maintenance can be done without stopping trains at all, though compared to a shutdown this approach is more expensive, takes longer, can delays trains, and is less safe for workers. Finally, there are a lot of interacting network effects: You can’t shut down the N/Q and the 7 at the same time, at least not the bits between 42nd St. and Queensboro Plaza.

    The idea of minimizing the number of affected riders is simple and appealing, but actually executing on that, let alone doing so while considering the myriad other factors, can be very difficult. And whether one is affected by a change is not a simple yes or no: People are less accepting of changes that affect their commute to work, more accepting of changes where alternatives are available or where changes are well-communicated, and so on.

    Right now I think the MTA does a pretty good job of balancing all these different considerations, especially given the bare resources which it has for the purpose, but the relative importance of different factors can change over time. Right now, I would guess that minimizing costs (relative to, say, convenience) is more important than it might have been 10 years ago.

  • Daphna

    To Larry Littlefield:  the ticket fixing is for moving violations, not parking tickets.  The tickets that are getting dismissed as a “courtesy” for the friends and family of the NYPD and for politicians are for dangerous illegal acts like speeding, running red lights, failing to yield, etc.  The fact the most of the tickets being fixed were for moving violations was mentioned early on when the press coverage of the story began.  Unfortunately, this has not continued to be mentioned by the press.

  • Daphna

    No mention was made of what happened to the delivery rider who collided with the pregnant woman giving her a skull fracture (which could have been a very minor injury – we do not know).  Possibly he was hurt much far worse than her.  Possibly she was violating the rules of the road just as he was.  He is reported as contra-flow riding, but perhaps she was mid-block crossing or crossing against the light.  In pedestrian/bicyclist collisions, the bicyclist is typically hurt much worse than the pedestrian.  There are exceptions to this, but the bicyclist is more vulnerable and is generally hurt worse.  I am saying this because streetsblog readers seek all the facts before jumping to a conclusion about the fault in a collision between a motor vehicle and a cyclist.  Streetsblog readers try very hard to reconstruct what could have happened from the facts they find out.  Streetsblog readers should apply that same thoroughness when evaluating a cyclist/pedestrian collision and be aware of the media’s slant towards vilifying the cyclist.

  • Joe R.

    The MTA should have done years ago what it’s planning to do now-namely completely shut down lines for repair.  The obsession that every line must be in service 24/7 will drag out repairs which could be done in 1 week to months, even years.  Much of that repair time is spent simply cleaning away the mess each day so service can be restarted. It makes no sense.  Every other system has periods of downtime during which there is no service.  Besides, the system is so redundant, especially in Manhattan, that one line shut down is merely an inconvenience which might force you to walk a few extra blocks.  In the outer boroughs this isn’t as true, but even here there are often other options like bus service.

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