Today’s Headlines

  • New Livery Cabs Will Have Same Fare as Yellow Taxis (NYT)
  • Are Express Trains to Queens Convention Center Possible? (WNYC)
  • Casey Neistat Makes PSA: Don’t Text While Walking (NYT)
  • With “Huge Cry for Mass Transit” on Tappan Zee, Journal News Looks to Details of Bus Plan
  • Declaring Tappan Zee Transit Impossible, Rockland Business Assoc. Attacks “Obstructionists” (LoHud)
  • Another Bronx Prosecutor Arrested for Drunk Driving (Post)
  • Pete Donohue to MTA and TWU: Please Reach an Agreement (News)
  • At Home With TWU President John Samuelsen (News)
  • NYT Architecture Critic Takes on Parking Lots, Calls for End to NYC Parking Minimums
  • New La Guardia Terminal Planned, With Optimistic Room For Rail Connection (WSJ)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    Union leaders like to tell themselves that their members haven’t scored at the expense of the broader public, because a turnaround that will life private sector wages and the investment returns of public sector pension funds is around the cormer.

    The MTA ought to be aware that Wall Street pay and profits may very well come under siege, reducing tax revenues, and that its dedicated taxes may be pillaged.

    In this environment, why the hell would anyone want to lock in a deal for three years?  Don’t the various negotiators get paid every year?

  • Streetsman

    Not that there’d ever be money for it, but the path for a rail link to LGA seems pretty obvious – have the 7 train split off a line just before the Willet’s Point stop, making a curve towards the airport over the CitiField parking lots, and then running direct with no stops to LGA elevated over the median of the Grand Central Parkway. If necessary to minimize costs and visual impact, and to have PA run it, it could be a single-track monorail shuttle from the airport to the Willet’s Point 7 train stop with a little terminal and transfer concourse built over the CitiField parking lot closest to the MTA stop. Build the track over the Grand Central as high or low and as slender as possible to minimize disruption to water views of adjacent properties. Much less track length and expense than the AirTrain to JFK

  • HamTech87

    re: Parking Lot piece: While I appreciated Kimmelman’s call for ending parking minimums in NYC, I imagine suburban developers were pinching themselves reading his words on the beauty and possibilities of parking lots.  

    Suburban developers, ever trying to subvert dense development in suburbia, love building these gigantic, multi-acre parking lots which are never close to filled except maybe 1 day per year.  The sheer size of these lots makes walking, biking, or transit-riding in the suburbs impossible, promoting unhealthy and polluting car-based lifestyles.

  • ddartley

    An article from Friday about the subway shows NYPD priorities compared to, say, killer drivers: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/nyregion/minor-offense-on-ny-subway-can-bring-ticket-or-handcuffs.html?_r=1

  • Nice idea, Streetsman. There’s also a LIRR stop a couple blocks south of the 7 station.  That would be more comfortable with luggage (as long as we’re dreaming).

  • Joe R.

    @2e41801649b679a89dc1b0fcd1e68cec:disqus I suspect by the time money for a rail link to LGA materialized the airport would be long gone. With fuel prices only going up, air travel will eventually become a province of the wealthy. As such, two out of the three NY metro area airports could be closed (and the remaining one downsized). LGA would definitely be first to close. That’s valuable waterfront property they could do a lot more with, plus it was never a great location for an airport to start with. I’m not sure after that if it would make more sense to close Newark or Kennedy. I think Newark makes the most sense to keep open since it has the most convenient connections to the city.

  • Danny G

    @2e41801649b679a89dc1b0fcd1e68cec:disqus ,

    I grew up where the A train splits between Lefferts and Rockaway. Though it made sense to everyday commuters, for a place that you travel to only now and then (read: an airport), the split is confusing at best. I’d like to see the buses that already go there upgraded to SBS, then to BRT. Though I agree very much with @2555783a6f62598b6aadd2d882a4830f:disqus that the days of LaGuardia are numbered.

  • HamTech87

    RE: LGA.  I wonder what share the shuttles to Boston and Washington have of total air traffic at LGA?  They have their own sections of more spacious terminals (Marine Air and USAirways).  

    If Amtrak could expand Acela, the shuttles could become irrelevant and those gates be allocated for other flights.

  • Bolwerk

    Well, if that second layer of New York City municipal government (that’s the state, for those outside NYC or the obtuse) deigns to chip in the extra billion$ or eight to create a superexpress at least vaguely paralleling Queens Blvd, using the Rockaway Line as a subway ROW would make sense.  It could even bypass the NIMBYs if they’re so adamantly against an alternative to sitting in traffic. Since such a service wouldn’t need too many TPH, another spur could even service LaGuardia, which wouldn’t need too many TPH either.

    Either way, such expansion probably calls for new routes to midtown that aren’t interlined with the existing BMT and IND services.

  • Streetsman

    Good discussion all around – I think one thing we can all agree on is that if an airport is worth having, it’s worth having good, direct mass transit that can get you there, especially in the city with the largest subway system in the western hemisphere. It’s just stupid that in 2012 you still can’t take a subway to the airport

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