Today’s Headlines

  • Four Dyker Heights Pedestrians Hospitalized in Two Separate Crashes Yesterday (News)
  • Drivers Smash Into Each Other at Broadway and 97th, Injuring Pedestrian (DNA)
  • Advantage for TWU in Contract Negotiations: MTA Can’t Threaten Thousands of Layoffs (NYT)
  • Now’s Your Chance to Weigh in on the Future of Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue (Patch)
  • Felix Salmon: 2,000 New Cabs Could Pop the Taxi Medallion Bubble
  • Christie and Cuomo Team Up to Keep Driving Cheap for Staten Islanders (Post)
  • MTA Rebuffs Council Member’s Offer to Fund Direct Shuttle Buses While 7 Service Is Out (Post)
  • Parking Obsessed City Council Tops MTR‘s List of Last Week’s Losers
  • Cap’n Transit: Make Navy Street a Real Street, Not a Stroad (and Give to Streetsblog)
  • One More Reason Marty Markowitz Should Stop Parking on Borough Hall Plaza (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J

    Can we have a column called Cuomo watch? Seriously, he continues to disinvest in transit while at the same time doing as much as possible to make driving as easy as possible.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “We need to have more money in this contract than the state has thus far allotted.”

    As I showed in the data I put up recently on Room Eight, the extent to which NY’s state and local tax burden is above the U.S. average was at an all time high in FY 2009.  Since then, they passed the payroll tax for transit and the $millionarie’s tax.

    “They essentially signed contracts that make their lives worse,” Professor Freeman said.

    It is estimated that in the last years of the housing bubble, the typical American family was spending 20 percent more than it earned.  We’ve had a consumer economy floated on debt, as most workers have had their pay cut.  Meanwhile, TWU workers had a contract at double the rate of inflation, and hugely costly retroactive pension enhancements passed in 2000 but paid for now.

    “I don’t think we’re going to see the same thing with the T.W.U. because the M.T.A. can’t threaten to lay off thousands of members. They’re a much more directly required force.”

    Actually, slashing services is exactly the compromise between those who say “we can’t be taxed anymore or we’ll leave” and the unions that want to provide less to others in exchange for more.  That is what has happened, and will happen, as in the 1970s.

  • Voter

    Everyday that a pedestrian is killed or injured by a driver is a day that the Transportation Committee, especially Vacca, Greenfield, and Quinn, is a loser. This weekend there were at least five examples of why their obsession with parking isn’t just misguided, but immoral.

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  • Joe R.

    Interesting video of what happens to a bike chained up for 365 days:

    http://www.examiner.com/headlines-in-new-york/watch-a-bicycle-disappear-before-your-eyes-video-1

    The bike was largely untouched for the first 240 days which is surprising to me. Then again, this bike is pretty much a POS. A nicer bike would probably be gone within hours, even minutes.

  • Mark Walker

    The crash at Broadway and 97th occurred in virtually the same spot as another one a few years back. In that one, a car jumped the curb and smashed a baby stroller against the wall of the building. I can’t recall the details but I believe there was at least one death. This time scaffolding slowed the vehicle. That’s probably why there was just one injury and no deaths. This is a textbook example of why sidewalks need bollards with real car-stopping power — to do what the scaffolding did in this instance, except more effectively.

  • Joe R.

    Agreed on the bollards, Mark. Since we are seemingly unable to get people to drive safely, we need to put in passive systems which protect the general public from the inevitable “driver lost control” incident.

  • Anonymous

    @m_walker:disqus — The fatal crash you’re referring to occurred 16 years ago today, Mark. This is from The Times (“Veering Car Kills Girl and Injures Sitter on Upper West Side,” Jan. 24, 1996, http://nyti.ms/xMtydq)

    “A 19-month-old girl was killed and her baby sitter seriously injured
    on the Upper West Side yesterday when an out-of-control car turned a
    leisurely stroll into a journey of horror, dragging them across the
    sidewalk and slamming them into the plate-glass window of a health food
    store. The police filed no charges against the driver, saying that
    he had passed drug and alcohol tests and had a clean driving record. He
    was identified as Larry Reddick, 60, of West 95th Street.”

    This was at or near 96th and Broadway. More awful details in the Times story.

    This incident was one of several particularly horrific traffic crimes that led to the formation of Right Of Way (the “Killed By Automobile” project) in November 1996.

  • Bolwerk

    Are you guys interpreting the “Advantage for TWU in Contract Negotiations: MTA Can’t Threaten Thousands of Layoffs” article the way I am? 

    “They essentially signed contracts that make their lives worse,”
    Professor Freeman said. “I don’t think we’re going to see the same thing
    with the T.W.U. because the M.T.A. can’t threaten to lay off thousands
    of members. They’re a much more directly required force.

    Freeman might simply be assuming the workforce is made up entirely of essential personnel, which is simply not the case by any stretch of the imagination.  Indeed, that is a much bigger problem than how much anybody at the TWU is being paid, and nobody is touching it.

  • carma

    Joe,  i agree.  thats why im afraid to park my bike in “certain” areas.  my bike may only be worth $400, but its still $400 i would need to replace.