Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo Admin Gives Up Push to Use Clean Water Funds on TZB Construction (NYT, Capital, TU, LoHud)
  • Cuomo Port Appointee Interested in Tolls (Capital), Unified Fares (WCBS), Moving Buses to NJ (Crain’s)
  • Cab Driver Jumps Curb, Smashes Midtown Bus Shelter, Injuring One (DNA, WCBS, Gothamist)
  • State Senator Andrew Lanza Considers Run for Staten Island District Attorney (Advance)
  • De Blasio and Oklahoma City Mayor Push for Federal Transpo Bill in NYT Op-Ed
  • Amtrak Service to Philly Suspended After Train Derails, Killing at Least 6 (NYT, WCAUAmtrak)
  • Observer to Christie, Cuomo: “It’s Time to Break Out the Shovels” on Trans-Hudson Rail
  • MTA Increasing Staten Island Railroad Schedule to Coordinate With New Ferry Service (Advance)
  • Some Drivers Can’t Read Big Red “No Parking” Signs and the Daily News Is On It (via Weekly Nabe)
  • Bklyn Navy Yard to Get a Whole Lot of New Parking — Plus a Grocery Store (NYT)
  • Free Coffee and Breakfast Until 10 a.m. for Bike Commuters (Gothamist)

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  • Bolwerk

    I don’t get that “Unified fares” article. Is that really one fare, or just one fare medium? It looks like he’s talking about sharing fare media, which is nice but not exactly transformational. One fare to use all commuter rail, subway, and at least light rail/buses just across the Hudson would be great though.

  • J

    DC has been systematically redeveloping this type of supermarket + parking lot as supermarket + housing. Sadly, NYC seems to be going in the opposite direction, at east in this instance. I don’t get it. Is land so cheap there that it makes financial sense to build a massive surface lot? Do most people drive everywhere? Is there not a housing crisis?

  • BBnet3000

    Streetsblog quiz: Where do you wait to make a left on a bicycle here?

    1) In the the marked but totally unprotected turn box on the right being used for passing by drivers (risking being rear-ended, especially as we are facing into the sun)

    2) Behind the cars legally waiting behind another car waiting to turn left

    They tore out the bike lane going in the opposite direction here, its now a block of sharrows on a high traffic, multi-lane street.

  • BBnet3000

    So many cities build grocery stores like this now. The DC and San Francisco SUBURBS I’m familiar with do this, not just the center city. At the very least they put a lot of the parking underneath in a garage. Brooklyn is falling behind Minneapolis and Denver by building either skyscrapers or suburban crap like this, while rents continue to skyrocket.

    To top it off Whole Foods Gowanus has mostly those awful bike racks designed to lock the front wheel only.

  • ohnonononono

    The Navy Yard is zoned for “manufacturing” which means that a developer couldn’t build residential without a zoning change.

    But more importantly the Navy Yard is controlled by a city agency who put out bids for this project. This isn’t land being sold on the open market. They picked a grocery store for a social purpose, not the most profitable use.

    If it were allowed under zoning and in private hands, yeah, this site would probably be developed into a bunch of condos, possibly with a grocery store on the ground level.

    Most people in the neighborhood don’t have cars, but the bigwigs making these decisions do.

  • BrandonWC

    Where is this?

  • BBnet3000

    Caton Ave looking west just before the corner of Dahill Road in Brooklyn.

  • Simon Phearson

    I’ve never ridden that intersection. It looks… perplexing.

    Streetviewing it, I think I would take two different approaches there, depending on the circumstances. If westbound traffic has the green, I’d leave the lane and try to turn left with the cars. If they’re stopped or about to be stopped, I’d probably stay in the lane, coast (or squeeze, from the looks of it) through and wait for the bike light in the box. (It looks like the bike light gives a green at around the same time northbound cars are getting it?)

    I don’t think I’d stay in the lane and stop to cross with the bike light while westbound traffic has the green. You get the rear-end risk that way, but you’re also losing time.

  • vnm

    Same here.

  • BBnet3000

    Yes, the bike light gives you the green to go onto Dahill at the same time as cars making a left across your path onto Fort Hamilton Parkway. I have indeed come close to getting clipped here by a failing-to-yield driver.

  • Simon Phearson

    Yeah, I was wondering whether they would have timed the lights to create that conflict, or if they would have phased them so the bikes get the green while left-turners are stopped, and vice versa. Sounds like they went the no-thought route.

    There are a lot of things drivers do that tick me off, but the way they take advantage of my vulnerability on a bike (or on foot) – to, for instance, assert precedence despite my having the full-on ROW – really gets to me. Yesterday a truck driver plowed through a stop sign – no stop, no yield – and just waved at me as he went on through like I had just done him some favor by not walking in front of his multi-ton vehicle. Drivers do that to me, too, on a bike.

  • Joe R.

    If the light was green I’d just turn left the same way cars do. If it was red I’d filter forward to the crosswalk, ride across the crosswalk, make a hard right to the crosswalk on the adjacent street. After that I would turn left either when a gap appeared in cross traffic, or when the light for cross traffic turned red, whichever comes first. Probably not the “official” way bikes are supposed to turn left, but based on what I’ve seen in this city the official way for bikes is usually both slower and more dangerous than what an experienced cyclist will do.

  • Bobberooni

    It’s good that PA officials are considering all options before plunking down $8b for a new PABT. However, I won’t be surprised if they conclude that the new PABT really is the best alternative. Why?

    Because if you build a bus terminal in NJ, you still have to get those people into Manhattan, which is expensive. You can’t just dump them on the existing PATH or commuter rail, both of which are full, so you will probably have to build more tunnels. New tunnel or not, you will also have to build a new high-capacity station in NJ (approximately equivalent in passengers served to GCT or Penn Station). Then you will have to build new or upgrade the stations on the NY side where those people will be coming out. Those two new rail stations will NOT be cheap, even if they are not built to the lavish tune of $4b for the new WTC PATH.

    Contrast this to the plan for a new PABT. First of all, no new trans-Hudson capacity is needed. Just take another XBL lane from cars in the Lincoln Tunnel and you have all the capacity you need. Second, no new stations needed in NJ. Finally, on the NY side, many of the people getting out of PABT walk to their destination. So you don’t need to provide rail capacity for them at all.

  • J

    Well, the Navy Yard city agency is decades behind the times, building this suburban crap in the middle of the city.

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