Today’s Headlines

  • 76th Precinct Didn’t Have a Radar Gun For at Least a Month (DNAinfo)
  • Gustavo Rivera Keeps Up Support For Webster Avenue SBS (News)
  • On Weekends, East River Ferry Needs a Bigger Boat (NYT)
  • EDC Strikes Deal to Connect South Bronx Greenway and Randall’s Island (DNAinfo)
  • Expert Panel, Downtown Residents Call For Tolling East River Bridges (Villager)
  • Metro-North Chief Talks TOD, Parking, and Capital Funding (WCBJ)
  • Hunts Point Pedestrian Confronts Dangerous Cab Drivers, Is Viciously Attacked (Post)
  • Bloomberg Endorses Taxi Fare Hike (DNAinfo)
  • Hicksville Station Improvements Mean More Service After East Side Access (Hicksville News)
  • News: East Side Access Cost Overruns and Delays Are “Disturbing”
  • More on Barclays Center Transportation Plan from Atlantic Yards Report

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “That’s what they all said as the estimated cost rose from $2.4 billion in 1994 to $4.3 billion in 1999 to $5.3 billion in 2003 to $6.3 billion in 2004 to $7.3 billion in 2009 and now to as much as $8.3 billion.”

    If they had build the damn thing from from 1994 to 1999 it might very well have cost $2.4 billion to $3 billion or so.

  • The News is just being dense about East Side Access. What’s new about the issues at Harold Interlocking? How about the fact that the construction has been repeatedly interrupted or delayed by uncooperative partners and agences? But the Daily News doesn’t even think to look into that. They just want to beat on the MTA some more. It resonates with their readers, even if it’s all bullshit! 

    Note to local newspapers: your job isn’t to pander to your ignorant audience. As long as you keep getting caught doing that, there’s going to be a movement to shut you down and promote better journalism from other outlets.

  • Bias anyone?

    The News writes that Webster Ave. SBS will “steal business from the livery cab drivers who ply the busy strip.”

    Not to be unsympathetic to the cab drivers, but could you imagine the News writing something about lower gas prices, and saying it would “steal profits from the oil companies?”

    How about writing how much it will save transit riders in fares — SBS vs. cab fare?

  • Annoying that the 76th precinct didn’t have a speed gun, but nice to see that once they did… they used it. Eight speeding tickets in one day is more than most precincts write in a month. 

  • Larry Littlefield

    Upstate lawmakers want a “three strikes” law to revoke the licenses of dangerous drivers.

    http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Legislators-zero-in-on-dangerous-drivers-3584433.php

    “Tedisco and his Republican colleagues Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin of Schaghticoke and Sen. Hugh Farley of Niskayuna to support Charlotte’s Law, which would permanently terminate the license of anyone convicted of a combination of three of more serious driving offenses: DUI or DWI; “Actions causing an accident where there is serious personal injury to another and the person is at fault”; and vehicular manslaughter.”

    “Anyone caught behind the wheel after a lifetime termination would be subject to a felony conviction and a sentence of up to four years.”

  • Ben Kintisch

    Paco – great point. How do you think we figure out if our local precinct has written any speeding tickets at all – and if they actually have a radar gun? Speeding near where my family lives is out of hand, really quite frightening.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Good point, Bias anyone? Consider writing a Letter to the Editor on the Daily News site. In this day and age with the inter-web, it’s super fast to write an LTE and post it, giving your positive spin to a story that is otherwise unfortunately biased. It might not prevent future poor coverage of transit and livable streets coverage, but it’s always worthwhile to get an alternative viewpoint out there, even if in the Daily News/New York Post web site world it is a minority viewpoint. Actually, that’s probably the most important place for those contrarian viewpoints to be raised!

  • Ben Kintisch

    Re: DNA article about Randalls Island connector….
    This is great! When the good folks of the South Bronx have a quick, short bike ride to Randalls Island, they will have instant access to one of the greatest sports and recreation areas in all of the five boros! Right now, they are stuck having to take a slow bus or driving there. Biking will be faster and of course, healthier.

  • jc
  • fj

    Great story from Scientific American and here’s another.

    Got plans?

    Apocalypse Soon:  Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return?

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=apocalypse-soon-has-civilization-passed-the-environmental-point-of-no-return

    May 23, 2012

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