Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo Post-Sandy Commission Recommends Rail Network Expansions, Subway Gates (NYTNews)
  • More Coverage of Flatiron Cyclist Death (NYT, Post 1, 2NY1, Gothamist, DNA)
  • Driver Kills Unidentified Bronx Pedestrian, 55; Witness Cites Speed; NYPD: “No Criminality” (PostNews)
  • Christie Defends NJ Transit Decision Not to Empty Kearny Rail Yard Before Sandy (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • School Bus Strike Could Change Commutes for 152,000 Students This Week (NYTNews)
  • Commute-by-Transit and Car-Free Rates for T&I Committee Members’ Districts (Cap’n Transit)
  • Punishment for Vito Lopez Includes a Bad Parking Spot in Albany (News)
  • The Post <3 Joe Lhota (12)
  • Would the “Low Line” Be Worth More as a Park or a Transit Depot? (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • An Argument for Protected Bike Lanes, in One Picture (Dmitry Gudkov)

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  • jrab

    I heard on WCBS radio this morning that the Department of Education was planning to reimburse parents $0.55 per mile for driving their kids to school in case of a school bus strike. I understand that that’s the rate for IRS expensing of personal vehicle use for business, but perhaps the chancellor and his staff could slice the rate in half and ask parents to carpool with one other student, instead of driving individually.

    Do we really need all those parents’ cars on the streets?

  • Eric McClure

    @85211970d034887d032f8c319f70adbb:disqus , I suppose they didn’t say how much DoE will reimburse parents who bike their kids to school, did they?

  • krstrois

    I wish the Times would call that section something other than “Accidents and Safety.” That makes these traffic deaths sound innocuous when, as we here know, they are grisly, brutal and unrelenting. What little the authorities do to stop them has essentially been forced by lawsuits, even though “accident” reduction is well-researched and actual safety measures are broadly applied in more civilized places. Stop bullshitting me, NYT, is what I am saying. 

  • Anonymous

    @cc36704b289cbef0ac72a06121c6c6d8:disqus Write to CityRoom editor Andy Newman, . He’s a good listener and has been moving, albeit gradually, to replace “accident” with “crash” or “collision.” Tell him, gently but firmly, that “Accidents and Safety” is ready for overhaul.

  • krstrois

    @Komanoff:disqus I will do that (sans my last sentence of course). Thank you. 

  • Anonymous

    @cc36704b289cbef0ac72a06121c6c6d8:disqus Wonderful! FYI, my contacts with Andy date from 1999 when he covered the release of my “Killed By Automobile” report for Right Of Way fully and fairly. I hope you’ll emphasize that “accidents” conveys a strong subtext of “beyond human agency or intervention,” whereas “crash” or “collision” is essentially neutral, factual and without connotation. Thanks.

  • Joe R.

    Call me optimistic, but I think a school bus strike might actually cause a good number of children to realize they can easily get to school either on foot, by bike, or by using the city’s excellent public transit network. I’m sure some parents will opt to drive their children, but I highly doubt this will be all that prevalent. For starters, more than half the households in the city don’t have cars. Second, many of those that do won’t risk losing their parking spot to drive their kids to school. Or perhaps the parents will be at work when the kids need to be picked up or dropped off at school.

    If the strike goes on for long enough, I think many will realize they can get along just fine without the school buses. That would be the best possible outcome-far fewer school buses on the streets. For all of his policies supporting sustainability and safer streets, the large increase in school buses under Bloomberg is puzzling to say the least. It’s not like the city doesn’t already have a great public transit network. Also, most neighborhoods have at least an elementary school and middle school within easy walking distance. That’s how it was when I was young-nearly everyone went to their local schools, at least until high school. Most of those who opted for a high school too far to walk to used public transit to get there. Exactly what happened here for there to be so many school buses now?

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