Today’s Headlines

  • On-Duty Secret Service Agent, Trying to Beat the Light, Kills Bed-Stuy Pedestrian Maria Tripp (News)
  • Sidewalk Extensions, Ped Plazas Coming to Financial District’s Whitehall and State Streets (DNAinfo)
  • First Phase of Queens Greenway, From LIC to Astoria, to Open This Fall (News)
  • Cuomo Won’t Tell New Yorkers How He Hopes to Pay for Tappan Zee (Transpo Nation)
  • Transpo Nation Previews Lower Manhattan’s 43 Bike-Share Stations
  • DOT Responds to Death of 5-Year-Old Timothy Keith With Hicks Street Speed Sign (DNAinfo)
  • Sam Schwartz Pitches His Congestion Pricing Plan in the Daily News
  • LIRR to Study Reopening Station in Booming Elmhurst (WSJ)
  • Phil Goldfeder Keeps Up His Push for Restored Rockaway Branch LIRR Service (DNAinfo)
  • City Plans New Ferry Service Between Upper East Side and Randall’s Island (DNAinfo)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill
  • J

    Re: The Queens Waterfront Greenway. 

    While I’m happy to see that a greenway is being constructed, it provides a rather roundabout and disjointed connection from Astoria to LIC. Why not just make Vernon boulevard a protected bike lane, ala Kent Avenue or sections of Flushing & Columbia St? The space is certainly already set aside for it via the buffered lanes, and there are relatively few places where cars would cross the bike lane. This would link together the new greenways within the parks, while also creating a more direct transportation route for those who don’t want to detour through the parks.  

  • Anonymous

    I wonder whether the radar/speed sign could be connected to an electronically activated equivalent of this: http://www.chiefsupply.com/4369-Phoenix-Intl-Magnum-Spike-Strip-Tire-deflation-Device.aspx

  • JK

    Great op/ed by Sam Schwartz. He has the best road pricing plan to date and it’s great to see it get a lot of attention. The more he can simplify the plan, the better. Nice also to see that he appears to have jettisoned the dopey, impractical bike tolls and frivolous, never to be built, bike bridges.

  • NYPD watch

    Pedestrian killed by driver of private sanitation truck in Hell’s Kitchen. No criminality suspected.

    http://gothamist.com/2012/05/04/pedestrian_killed_by_private_sanita.php

  • Eric McClure

    Pay prostitutes for legal sex in Colombia: criminality suspected.

    Run over a mom crossing the street in Brooklyn: no criminality suspected.

  • moocow

    JK, thanks for mentioning those two points, I wasn’t going to bother to read it because I thought they were still planned.
    Now I will.

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    Eric – Nice point. And, per usual, you can see the disgusting blame the victim vitriol in the comments section of the Daily News. As in “people need to watch where they are going…” And lots of concern about blowing the cover of an undercover agent….and very little concern for the loss of life. Sad state of affairs.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Nice also to see that he appears to have jettisoned the dopey, impractical bike tolls and frivolous, never to be built, bike bridges.”

    Has he?  All the better.

  • Albert

    “…he appears to have jettisoned the dopey, impractical bike tolls and frivolous, never to be built, bike bridges.”

    This Schwartz op/ed doesn’t read like an all-encompassing outline of his plan, rather, he just seems to be focusing here on the car/truck toll aspects, and not bothering to mention other aspects.  Much as I do wish he’d drop the regressive bike tolling idea.

  • Dave

    Sam has a few things wrong:
    – Eliminating the tax benefit for Manhattan garages will only put more cars on the street looking for parking.  Introduce permit parking so that local free parking is reserved for locals will keep more cars out of Manhattan.  Even if you don’t charge for it (and you should) permits are used worldwide to great effect.  Why not here?
    – Toll every bridge instead of an imaginary line at 60th St.  Bridges do not maintain themselves and if you set the toll at the price of a subway fare you can argue that driving should not be cheaper than taking transit.
    – Revisit two-way tolling at all crossings, especially the VNB.  The only way to truly eliminate toll-shopping.

  • fj

    This is a great post from the Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute even though they still seem to be somewhat fixated on cars . . .

    And, cars are not terribly friendly in cities; they just take up too much space and monopolize about 80% of the public space in places like NYC, and prefer RMI’s term electric vehicle much better since cars are way too powerful, big, heavy, expensive and so dangerous that they kill lots of people; and will have huge energy, environmental, and financial costs during the transition build out.

    We’re at crunch time and . . .

    Would really get excited seeing orgs like Lovins’ RMI start designing for net zero mobility — easily powered by human power — like for the 1/2 billion Chinese cyclists and even New Yorkers.

    And, yes electric mobility also describes the critical path to mobility solutions quite well, quite futuristic, maybe even like Tron.

    Just start thinking human scale and things will get a lot easier.

    The City Is The Crucible For The Electric Vehicle Market

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/05/05/478309/the-city-is-the-crucible-for-the-electric-vehicle-market/

    @RockyMtnInst @climatprogress