Today’s Headlines

  • Hit-And-Run Driver Kills Staten Island Cyclist Near Wagner College (AdvanceNews)
  • Luis Rosado, Great-Grandfather, Killed By Hit-And-Run Livery Cab Driver in Harlem (News, Post)
  • Dawn Affoumani, 45, Killed By Hit-and-Run Driver While Crossing Bronx Street (Post)
  • Bronx Helpers Get Daily News Attention for Their Slow Zone Bid
  • Parents Request Speed Bumps, Mirrors to Help Them Cross Hicks Street (Bklyn Paper)
  • Queens Reps: Rockaway Branch Should Be Rail, Not Park (News)
  • Tappan Zee Bus Improvements Need Not Wait For Full BRT (Record)
  • Cuomo Would Double Tappan Zee Traffic Capacity, Has No Funding Plan (WSJ)
  • MTA Labor Coalition: With Transit, Tappan Zee Would Create More Jobs (LoHud)
  • Moynihan Station Plans Scaled Back in Response to Potential Cost Overruns (WSJ)
  • Paterson: Nothing in Port Authority Audit Was a Secret (Transpo Nation)
  • Schumer and Israel: New York Depends on Transit, Deserves Same Tax Benefits (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J

    Um… Double the capacity? I thought the new Tappan Zee bridge was supposed to have 8 lanes, while the current bridge has 7 lanes. Can someone explain how that will “double the capacity”?

  • Anonymous

    Re: Tax Benifits; I think it is naive to look at the current war Congress is waging against public transportation as strictly economic or ideological.  Republicans, nationally have a huge power investment in the Culture Wars and antipathy toward urban areas, the East Coast in general, and NYC and Washington DC specifically.  Newt’s recent comments about elitists riding subways sounds crazy to anyone who’s ridden a subway, but it makes perfect sense to voters in rural areas who are tired of East Coast Elitists (who naturally ride subways) always defining the popular culture, controlling the MSM, trying to control guns, gay marrying, and generally giving the impression they are better than everyone else. The Agenda 21 conspiracy theory fits perfectly into this narrative that the disparate threads of modern thinking on transportation and development are actually part of a sinister East Coast/European/Democratic plot against salt-of-the-earth rural Americans.  “Massachusets Liberal” is a much more damning epithet than just “Liberal.”  Attention Northeastern Republicans: your cohorts, if they even believe you exist, don’t care about you.  Unfortunately, this means reason and logic will not work to defend transit because the actual power dynamics of the electoral system are the problem.  Long run, the Invisible Hand of the Market will inevitably push people into denser communities, but it would be nice if we could anticipate and plan for that rather than scratch and claw against it with highway and petroleum subsidies.

  • Let’s just wipe away all the commuter tax credits. 

    Living far from work should not be subsidized, period. 

  • Anonymous

    @J: The planned replacement bridge will be 96′ wide southbound, 87′ wide northbound. See diagram at http://bit.ly/y5uB8j. The total is 183 feet. The current bridge is 90 feet wide, according to someone answering at ChaCha (http://www.chacha.com/question/how-wide-is-tappan-zee-bridge, link is weird, you may have to page down and hunt around). I guess the headline should have said double width rather than double traffic capacity, but you get the point.

  • King of shocking to see three seaprate hit-and-runs at the top of today’s news

  • Anonymous

    So basically we’re going to borrow a shitload of money to build a poorly-planned bridge that we don’t really need, so Cuomo can boost his resume.

    I want Paterson back.

  • carma

    part of the reason why i revoted for schumer last time around was he did fight for the tax benefits for transit back in 09.  now that its off the table.  its more reason to get rid of the entire congress.

  • I miss Carl Paladino. 

  • Larry Littlefield

    “So basically we’re going to borrow a shitload of money to build a poorly-planned bridge that we don’t really need, so Cuomo can boost his resume.”

    I wouldn’t say that we can just allow the bridge to close, and it is falling down.  The decision not to dedicate a lane on a bridge that wide to buses in confusing, however.

  • carma

    @google-c6398336480a4370fd1d7ac9268efb0e:disqus 
    Crazy Carl.  His politics will drive you.  “Insaaaaane”

  • Alternatively I wish my daddy had been the governor of NY.  I could build whatever kind of bridge I wanted to.

  • Andrew

    @openid-39600:disqus I have no problem with that. How do you propose eliminating the subsidies that go to drivers who live far from work?

  • @Andrew The specific subsidy that gets mentioned vis a vis the transit deduction is the parking deduction. Kill that. 

  • J

    @Komanoff:disqus The WSJ article says “double the capacity” also. We should be clear on terminology, cause doubling the width but adding one extra lane is very different from double capacity. I am, however, quite worried that the extra space will quickly be used for extra lanes, especially the “emergency vehicle lane” slated for BRT.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I am, however, quite worried that the extra space will quickly be used for extra lanes, especially the “emergency vehicle lane” slated for BRT.”
    I agree. Why not just make it a bus lane from the get go?

    The only think I could think of is this — to get private investors on the bridge with a $30 toll, you have to eliminate competition from buses.

    The free market solution — toll each vehicle based on the amount of road space they take up, and limit capacity to that which could be provided profitably. It would be three lanes with one for buses, one for $millionaires, and one for trucks.

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