Today’s Headlines

  • Primary Night Winners: Rangel, Velazquez, Meng, Jeffries (NY1)
  • The Times Finally, But Credulously, Covers Tappan Zee’s Missing Transit and Financing (NYT)
  • Toby Ann Stavisky Wants Lots of Parking at Flushing Soccer Stadium. What Could Go Wrong? (WSJ)
  • Collision Between Gas Tanker, Delivery Truck and Stopped MTA Bus Injures 31 in Harlem (DNA)
  • Bruce McCall Still Hates All Street Users Who Are Not Him (NYT)
  • N And R Trains Get Experimental Countdown Clock (Capital)
  • City Planning Official Caught Using Fake Placard, Fined $6,500 and Loses Job (NYT)
  • New DOT Safety Ad: Pay Attention, Including to Errant Basketballs (Transpo Nation)
  • Should New York Build True HSR Between NYC and Albany? (Remapping Debate)
  • Private Bus Offers Pricey But Direct Link From Williamsburg to Rockaways (Capital)
  • On-Street Bike Rack Will Preserve Visibility at Cobble Hill Intersection (DNAinfo)
  • Felix Salmon Weighs In on John Liu, Bike-Share Safety, And Helmet Laws (Reuters)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • kevd

    Oh why did I click on that NYTimes McCall link?
    I should have known better.Possibly the least funny thing I’ve ever read in my entire life.

  • Bolwerk

    $40B for “true” HSR? This is refapping debate site is horrendous. Some fairly petty track and signal upgrades could probably get us at least 125mph service for most of the route, which might mean 100mph average speeds. That probably assumes using trainsets that are illegal in the U.S. because of their light weight, of course.

  • Anonymous

    The McCall thing:  the Times’s choice to run it pisses me off more than the dumb piece itself.  By running it, the Times shows that they agree with McCall that “traffic” means nothing but private motorists.  And that, my friend, is one destructive crap thing to believe and promote.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “It’s becoming something of a trend these days: good report, bad press release. The latest example comes from John Liu, the New York City comptroller, who is warning about New York’s bikeshare program. “LIU: BIKE SHARE PROGRAM PEDALS PAST SAFETY MEASURES” says the release (geddit?) — and certainly that’s the message received by the New York Times.”

    You should have seen Liu’s pension reports.  Just compare the press release “no problems pensions cost almost nothing!” with the tables in the back of the full report, which show a significant negative impact on city services from pension deals from 1995 to 2008 until 2050 or so.  That’s right, in 2050 NYC pensions would still cost far more than was asserted in bold letters in Liu’s press release — and that is based on optimistic assumptions.

    Lie loudly while quietly covering your rear. This guy, like the pension actuarys, property apprairses, bond raters, accountants and executive pay consultants of the past 20 year, really bothers me. Given the job of being “truth tellers” the sell out to advance their careers.

    But I think the Times is on to Liu’s game as well.  Framing him as an enemy of bicyclists doesn’t help him.  He’ll end up like Anthony Weiner, who claimed that turning down congestion pricing would be followed by a tidal wave of federal money for mass transit, and that the powers that be only wanted CP to prevent NY from getting the federal money.  Instead, we got more fiscal devastation for transit.  Same thing for Liu if bike share succeeds.

  • fj

    Latest Darwin Award:  Massive transport vehicles are great designs

    Collision Between Gas Tanker, Delivery Truck and Stopped MTA Bus Injures 31 in Harlem (DNA)

    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120626/central-harlem/31-injured-harlem-bus-crash/

  • Bolwerk

    The mission of the NYT these days is to promote conservatism as an antidote to the kneejerk crypto-fascism of Rupert Murdoch (or, locally, the NYDN as well). So, of course McCall isn’t funny – humor requires undermining authority, something conservatives are incapable of, either because of cowardice or acquiescence. That’s why conservative “humor” almost always comes across as whiny or cruel.

  • Bolwerk

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus: to think, a couple of years ago the city was talking about managed depopulation. Our one hope at beating some of these issues is to have a significantly larger working population that can carry the burden of some of those obligations.

  • Ian Turner

    In India, all the high-speed trains only go to Delhi. Why? Not because there is no demand for routes between other cities, but because those are not the routes of interest to national politicians.

    HSR between NYC and Albanay feels like the same thing to me.

  • Bolwerk

    @7c177865bd107a919938355fe93de93a:disqus : where else do you go? Even ignoring Long Island and NYC, something like 80% of the population of NYS is within a fairly short drive of the Hudson River or Erie Canal.

  • Albert

    An interesting, even sad, aspect of McCall’s piece being *just not funny*:

    Putting aside for the moment how repulsive his observations truly were—one notices that each point was simply “old news.”  I’ve found McCall funny in the past, often when his insight illuminates something that seems to have “gotten by” everybody else.  But in this case, his observations offer nothing more than to rehash the tired, old, unoriginal, too-often-already-repeated-to-death, soon-to-be-history, discredited windshield perspective.

    Is everyone who “lives in Manhattan and drives everywhere” so dull?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Our one hope at beating some of these issues is to have a significantly larger working population that can carry the burden of some of those obligations.”

    That and the fact that this time, there are similar issues everywhere, so local services (including transit and schools) will be gutted across the nation. 

    However, NY is approaching the employment peak, but we are still in fiscal crisis.  Why?  Because the tax base depends on Wall Street pillaging the rest of the country, and that is unlikely to go on to the extent that it has in the past.

  • Anonymous

    I love the uproar over the mayor having a window A/C installed in his car to cool it off before he gets in.  As if thousands of people don’t idle their cars to accomplish the exact same thing, which is far worse for the environment but doesn’t get commented on because it doesn’t look silly.

  • Ian Turner

    @3a9cb377ae68ba7b489d30e5eb859747:disqus : My impression, not based on data, is that the prime markets for HSR from NYC would be to Boston or DC.

  • Anonymous

    Also, I live right near the corner in Cobble Hill where they’re considering a bike rack according to that DNAinfo article, and I can vouch for the fact that A) people do park in that no standing zone all the time, B) it kills visibility for people (motorists and cyclists alike) turning from Pacific Street onto Court Street, which is especially significant since drivers tend to zoom through the intersection of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue a block up, and C) as a further result, drivers who are waiting to turn have to sit in the crosswalk to see the cars coming down Court Street around cars that are illegally parked in the space being discussed, fouling things up for pedestrians as well.  So, here’s hoping that they get that bike rack installed posthaste.

  • Ward Cleaver

    Bruce McCall was born in 1935, folks. He is old enough that his first car could have been a brand spanking new 1951 Plymouth DeLuxe. He would have been a five-year-old at the 1939 World’s Fair, awestruck and at his absolutely most impressionable age, before the wonders of General Motors infamous Futurama exhibit. Think about it. Appreciate McCall’s op/art for what it is — the opinions of a cranky, 77-year-old man who “lives in Manhattan and drives everywhere.” ‘Nuff said.  

  • Bolwerk

     @7c177865bd107a919938355fe93de93a:disqus : fair enough, but that wouldn’t be an intrastate project.

  • Anonymous

    @8c440fee517fbc6dc0a758696244e435:disqus : I don’t have anything against cranky old men having cranky old opinions. What’s worrisome is that the editors of the NY Times choose to publish such opinions.

  • carma

    yes, cars cause the most accidents, but do you expect all peds/cyclists to be perfect?  thats why you need to PAY ATTENTION even if you not at fault.  its called due diligence.

    i hope baron davis rested up his injury before doing this ad.

  • Ward Cleaver

    @qrt145

    Look at it this way: The NYT is a blog, printed on paper, for cranky 77-year-olds. That’s their audience. The editors’ aren’t stupid. They’re just giving their audience what they want. 

  • Ben Kintisch

    Re: Felix Salmon editorial (cross-posted to the Reuters site)
    Thank you Felix for your smart editorial. This is not the first time when our media outlets ignored the most important substance of a many-page report and highlighted the most sensational, conflict-driven narrative. I agree that mandating helmet use is absolutely the wrong idea. All over the world, the cities with highest rates of cycling, and the lowest rates of injuries, have very low rates of helmet wearing. It is because the governments of these cities (i.e. Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Berlin, etc. etc.) have actively re-engineered city streets to make them safer for all users, particularly the most vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians). One thing that Copenhagen does is to send traffic engineers to study the scene of every traffic accident involving serious injury of death, to determine if an improved road design might reduce the likelihood of another accident occuring in that spot. In this way, hundreds of dangerous intersections have been systematically re-engineered for safe passage for cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Mr.Liu mentioned in his report that the city should improve the safety of dangerous intersections, so perhaps he might endorse NYC adopting this smart practice.

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