Today’s Headlines

  • City Advances Plan to Privatize Parking Meter Operations, Not Enforcement or Rate-Setting (WSJ)
  • Drunk Driver Kills Sunnyside Pedestrian Early Sunday Morning, Charged With Homicide (DNAinfo)
  • Driver Kills Cyclist on Roosevelt Avenue Near Citi Field, “No Criminality Suspected” (Gothamist)
  • In Staten Island Pedestrian Death, Victim’s Family Blames Mets and Bar For Letting Driver Drink (Post)
  • NYPD Detective Accused of Vehicular Homicide Retires Before Trial, Will Receive Pension (News)
  • Staten Island Parents Sue City for Kicking Child Off School Bus Before He Was Hit by Car (Advance)
  • Driver Hits Three-Year-Old Boy in Sunset Park (DNAinfo)
  • Denise Richardson’s Top Transit Priorities: Signal Improvements, Full Second Ave. Subway (AMNY)
  • Bike-Share Exec Alison Cohen Sits Down for Q&A With Crain’s
  • Upper East Side Uses Liquor Licenses as Lever Against Delivery Cyclist Behavior (DNAinfo)
  • NJ Transit Could Allow More Bike Access on Commuter Trains (AP)
  • Bloomberg Explains Bike-Share Isn’t For All-Day Rides (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “New York City officials said they aren’t looking for an upfront balloon payment and wouldn’t strike a deal that relinquished control over the setting of parking-meter rates—a key source of friction in Chicago.”

    They’ll leave that for the next Mayor, to promise the unions they’ll use a one shot infusion of money to temporarily pay for a permanent increase in wages and pensions, in exchange for support in the election.  To be followed by service cuts.

    I’m sure Liu and DeBlasio would be up for it, and probably the rest.

  • Anonymous

    If you read the AMNY headline like this:
    “Denise Richards’ Top Transit Priorities: Signal Improvements, Full Second Ave. Subway”You are setting yourself up for disappointment.

  • Albert

    I’m sure it’s not just me who was stunned reading the Post quoting Our Mayor calling bike share, “a transportation alternative.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Denise Richards’ Top Transit Priorities: Signal Improvements, Full Second Ave. Subway”You are setting yourself up for disappointment.”

    Right.  She represent producers who want to provide less for more.  As opposed to wealthy taxpayers and businesses who don’t believe public services are really needed, and do not want to pay for them.

    They’ll try to appeal to the serfs, but should not be trusted.  If phase I happened faster and cost less, we’d be on to phase II.  But having had a hand in bankrupting the MTA, her members are looking at having their sales go off a cliff.  Just like the unions having their membership go down with services after all those retroactive pension enhancements they won.  There is very little enlightented, long-term self interest in the U.S. right now anymore.

  • carma

    id be happy just to see phase 1 finished on SAS.

    fughedabout phase 2 & 3 & 4 of SAS.  lets just get 1 thing done first

  • Anonymous

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus That is an excellent point.  But I think you missed my awful joke and mistook it for real commentary.
    Denise Richardson’s – Denise Richards’

  • Larry Littlefield

    OK, so now that I know who Denise Richards is, I get the joke.  Not an ET/TMZ kind of guy.

  • Anonymous

    I saw some coverage of the parking meter privatization on NY1 news this morning, and they called the outsourcing of rate-setting in Chicago a “misstep” (or some similar word).  I found this vexing, since it seemed to me that allowing a private business concern to set market rates for parking (with no political consequence to elected officials, for better or worse) was the best part of that arrangement.

    (The fact that Chicago received a far-too-low lump-sum payment up front, based on a far-too-low estimate of the value of the ongoing revenue stream, was certainly the worst.)

  • oh no — NYC set to rip off taxpayers by privatizing parking meter ops. 

  • I’m very happy to see NJ TRANSIT reverse its policy on bicycle access. 

    It would have been nice however if they invited me to the table when the discussions took place considering I was the one that broke the story, first testified about at the NJ TRANSIT Board meetings and put the petition together that sent 310+ emails to Commissioner Simpson’s office.

    Still!  The are looking to do much more than just restore bicycle access at low-level platform stations like HOBOKEN.  NJ TRANSIT is now looking to install vertical bike racks in the trains that will free up much more space on trains.  It’s like a they actually read my report!

    http://wwbpa.org/ReviewNJTRANSIT_BicycleAccessPolicies.pdf

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