Donald Trump's first budget will reportedly follow a blueprint for extreme spending cuts laid out by the Heritage Foundation. That could spell disaster for cities, since Heritage recommends eliminating federal support for transit.
While New Yorkers deal with slower buses and a subway system stretched to its limits, Andrew Cuomo is raring to spend $2 billion adding lanes to the Van Wyck. He says it will improve air quality, but that runs counter to everything we know about how highways work.
The suburban commuters the East End Bridge was built for don't seem to appreciate it that much. Traffic cameras show the costly new bridge nearly empty at rush hour.
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Since it was built in the 1950s, the elevated highway has stifled downtown and separated it from Syracuse University. Removing it could be a transformative city-building project, but Cuomo is waffling.
A supermajority on the City Council says Mayor de Blasio should funding in his 2018 budget to expand the bike-share system to more neighborhoods.