Today’s Headlines

  • Advocates Totally Unimpressed By What the Mayoral Contenders Are Saying About Transit (Next City)
  • Why Are the Candidates So Scared of Congestion Pricing? (CapNY)
  • Satmar Hasidim Flood the Streets in Anguish Over Hit-and-Run Killing of Young Couple (ViN)
  • NYPD Finally Cites Vehicle Speed as a Factor in Fatal Crash (NYT)
  • …And the Daily News Editorial Board Finally Gets Worked Up About a Killer Driver
  • Family of Ryo Oyamada, Killed By Cops Speeding to 911 Call, Plans to Sue City for Answers (DNA)
  • MTA Getting Serious About Express F Service in Brooklyn (Bklyn Paper)
  • Former Bronx Assistant DA Ready to Get Back to Work After Jury Clears Him of Drunk Driving (Post)
  • Fresh Direct Allies Play the Jobs Card in Push to Bring Distribution Center to South Bronx (News)
  • This Weekend, the Times Made a Ringing Endorsement of Automated Speed Cameras

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Guest

    Mayor Bloomberg wants New York City to be a world class city, but our traffic justice is a world class disgrace.  The NYPD’s refusal to protect pedestrians and cyclists keeps becoming international incidents (Mathieu Lefevre, Ryo Oyamada, etc.). 

    At least the foreign victims have some leverage to push back on the NYPD’s deliberate negligence…  Meanwhile, Bloomberg leaves the rest of us to fend for ourselves.

  • Glenn

    Has any candidate said they would even take the subway to work?

  • Larry Littlefield

    While the state legislature continues to obstruct automated enforcement, someone seems to have already approved automated monitoring by insurance companies.

    http://www.allstateebrochure.com/drivewise/drivewise.pdf

    As a safe driver who has taught his kids to be safe drivers, I want it, and I hope that our old car can accomodate it.

    The car is mostly upstate with them now, so they can continue to practice to become safe enough to rent a car from time to time when we no longer have one and we need one.  Not only would this provide an incentive, they also promised driving reports.  Feedback.  People could be instructed to drive safer, and I could see how they are doing.

    Perhaps if they put these things in rental cars/Zipcars, I won’t be charged as much for those either.  Hopefully we see the beginning of the end of privitize the joy of aggressive driving (and the marketing thereof), socialize the cost of the wrecks.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Has any candidate said they would even take the subway to work?”Did any of them get around by other than a private auto BEFORE becomming candidates? That is a more relevant question, as they could cite security concerns once they are elected.None of those running for Mayor are rich by Manhattan standards.  If they are willing to pay to have a car to drive there, that indicates their attitude.

  • Anonymous

    That CapNY article has an interesting idea from Kathy Wilde, at least if I’m interpreting Wilde correctly.  Put the boundaries for congestion pricing inland from the free bridges.  Outer boro drivers can cross over and connect to the FDR drive for free.  But if they cross say 2nd Avenue, then they pay the congestion pricing toll.  

    The future mayor and city council claims victory in keeping the bridges free.  The rest of us get revenue for transit.  Silly as it sounds, some revenue is better than none.  

  • Ian Turner

    @HamTech87:disqus : Bloomberg’s original congestion pricing plan allowed for a free transfer to the FDR.

  • Serious question, are women not allowed to attend Satmar  funeral services?

  • Andrew

    I think congestion pricing would have even broader support if communities around the city had been allowed to opt in. Even if it were ultimately only adopted in Manhattan, the other boroughs would have been explicitly included in the process.

  • Larry Littlefield

     “Silly as it sounds, some revenue is better than none. ”
    She made it sound silly.  But the point is that a 11 am on a weekday, the FDR is mostly empty.  Having everyone heading north-south take the BQE instead to avoid the toll would be harmful, as this is an important truck route.

    The same goal could be achieved by crediting the toll back to non-truck EZ-Pass users who exit the area within a given period of time, and were thus just passing through, during non-rush hours.  If they get stuck in traffic they would still get billed, because they added to it.

  • Andrew

    I absolutely do not think that traffic cutting across Lower Manhattan from the Manhattan/Williamsburg Bridge to the Holland Tunnel, or across Midtown Manhattan from the Queensboro Bridge/Midtown Tunnel to the Lincoln Tunnel, should be exempted from a Manhattan CBD congestion charge.

    I don’t mind exempting traffic that flows directly into the FDR or the West Side Highway without using regular city streets. I have mixed feelings about exempting traffic that has to use city streets to get from a bridge or tunnel to the nearest highway connection. But traffic that cuts across town should certainly not be exempted.

  • Joe R.

    @Andrew_J_C:disqus I agree. What also begs the question here is why we never built a tunnel to connect the Midtown and Lincoln Tunnels so as to keep through traffic completely off Manhattan streets. And I think the idea of exempting traffic on highways from congestion charges could be extended further. For example, any traffic which stays on the LIE, goes through the Midtown and then Lincoln tunnels to NJ isn’t charged. You are however charged if you exit the LIE anywhere within city limits, or go onto Manhattan streets after passing through the Midtown or Lincoln tunnels, at any time during normal business hours. The idea is obviously to discourage people from LI or NJ from driving anywhere into the city during the busiest times. One side effect of the congestion charge as originally thought out would be huge numbers of suburban auto commuters driving to neighborhoods near the bridges, parking, and then taking the subway in. This would actually have made things worse in Queens and Brooklyn. Better to just keep these suburban auto commuters from driving anywhere into the city at all. It’s not like most of them don’t have other options.

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