Today’s Headlines

  • Capital NY Looks at the Tenure of Janette Sadik-Khan and How Her Legacy May Fare Under de Blasio
  • Some Police Officials Moan in the Post About Having to Be Accountable for Reducing Traffic Violence
  • 78th Precinct’s Crackdown on Dangerous Drivers Gets Positive Press in Park Slope StoopBklyn Paper
  • Kang Chun Wong, 84-Year-Old Bloodied by NYPD After Jaywalking, Files $5 Million Lawsuit (News)
  • Meanwhile, DC Begins Ticketing Failure to Yield (and More) Using Automated Cameras (WaPo)
  • DOT Adds Signage, Crossing Time at Sites of UWS Deaths; Will Unveil Plans Thursday (Spectator)
  • Gertrude Schnabel, 84, Had Leg Amputated After Bus Driver Hit Her on Queens Blvd This Month (DNA)
  • Driver Smashes Into SI Hardware Store; Driver Taken to Hospital with Minor Injuries (Advance)
  • Gothamist and Brownstoner Look at Recent Efforts to Advance Vision Zero
  • Elected Officials Call for More Money to Fund Buses in Northeast Queens (WCBS, Patch)
  • Untangling the Messy Tangle of Turf Battles That Divides NY’s Regional Rail Systems (CapNY)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Jeff

    I love how the Post always finds some interviewee to describe the topic at hand as “a nightmare”. It’s kind of cute. A few parking spots removed for a bus stop? Nightmare! Lanes narrowed a bit for a pedestrian refuge island? Nightmare! These people must have really stressful lives.

  • Bklyn

    Please go stop-and-frisk some cars now, NYPD. Make yourselves useful.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    Or really pleasant dreams free from traditional nightmares.

  • stairbob

    The nightmare is that the cops still think this is about jaywalking.

  • Guest

    Silly me! I thought getting hit by a car in the crosswalk was a nightmare.

  • Jeff

    No, that’s called an honor.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    “Traffic fatalities have replaced homicides, or is running neck and neck, as the top priority,”

    The cop said this derisively, but if true then this is great news.

  • JoshNY

    I would also say it’s a nightmare that they call it “shifting focus from crime to traffic safety,” in denial of the fact that traffic crime IS CRIME.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    I am not a cop but I don’t understand how you can’t both stand at an intersection looking for people failing to yield and also preventing drug dealers from collocating on that corner. Seems like a false choice.

  • Times Puff Piece

    What is up with the “journalist” Joe Berger puff pieces to the TZ Bridge in the NY Times? Will he write anything that isn’t glowing about this boondoggle? Should I be happy that a huge crane is being transported by ship to Nyack through the Panama Canal? What about all the cars that will endanger my family and friends once this bridge is built? What about the extra taxes I’ll be charged? What about the pollution?

    Berger obviously doesn’t understand the negatives of this bridge, or can ignore them b/c his Larchmont residence is far from the externalities this bridge will bring.

    Bet his articles about this bridge would have been quite different: http://www.nycroads.com/crossings/oysterbay-rye/

  • Andrew

    “Both Schnabel and the bus had the right of way, according to Davoli.”

    Gertrude Schnabel, I suggest you fire your lawyer.

  • JamesR

    Agree with everything you said, but as far pollution and endangering of your family and friends: that’s a problem that will likely solve itself. You have to take the long term view and recognize that this bridge will be there for at least another 60-100 years, and by that time, there will be 1) less driving 2) electrification of the vehicle fleet 3) automation of the vehicle fleet. i.e. the Tappan Zee Bridge of 2060 will probably be filled with self-driving electric cars and buses.

  • Bolwerk

    If you’re right, that’s true whether or not the bridge is replaced. The new bridge is a ghastly waste of money that scarcely creates any positive outcomes.

  • JamesR

    Unless you’re willing to take a chance on a Minnesota I-35 scenario, failing to replace the bridge is not an option. I was dismayed as anyone about the removal of mass transit on the new bridge design, as I had attended some of the early TZB study group meetings back when this was still in the DEIS phase, pre-Cuomo.

  • Bolwerk

    My understanding of the present TZB is it’s safe, but maintenance is expensive. It just so happens to not be as expensive as this particular replacement.

    In any case, if this were just about safety and/or maintainability, they could replace the bridge at a scale where it isn’t so expensive. As you seem to say, the future probably doesn’t call for the volume we have, and they’re building for higher volume.

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