Today’s Headlines

  • 230 People Were Killed in Traffic in NYC Last Year — a New Low (NYT)
  • Few Drivers Who Injure or Kill Pedestrians and Cyclists Face Right of Way Charges (DNA)
  • The Port Authority Has No Idea What to Do About Its Aging Midtown Bus Terminal (Politico)
  • WSJ Surveys the State of the NYC Region’s Transportation Mega-Projects
  • Citi Bike Closed Out Its Big Turnaround Year With the 10 Millionth Ride of 2015 (Gothamist)
  • Riders Alliance Plan to Overhaul Q70 to LaGuardia Has Serious Momentum (NYT)
  • Do E-Hail Apps Explain NYC’s Drop in Drunk Driving Cases? (Post)
  • A Big Dose of Complacency About Traffic Deaths, Courtesy of the Daily News Opinion Page
  • The Times Profiles the One and Only Jimmy’s Bike Shop in Jackson Heights
  • You’ve Been Sharing the Road With This Guy Whose License Was Suspended 88 Times (Post)
  • Damned Bike Lanes (NBC)

More headlines — and national Streetsies — at Streetsblog USA

  • com63

    88 times! there has to be more to that story. They should sell his car and use the money to pay for a Vision Zero project.

  • bolwerk

    Nothing like some serious momentum to offer free goodies to the cheapest, and/or possibly dumbest, jetsetters imaginable to ring in the new year. That proposal still does jack to expand transit access.

    Journalism by anecdote is lazy, and this NYT article is unusually bad. It’s only January 3rd, but the NYT may have trouble topping the duh factor that piece:

    Ashley Ison, 31, a pharmacist visiting from Texas who waited in line for a taxi at La Guardia this week, said she would consider taking the bus if it saved money. “I’d probably do it; I’m not exactly sure how much this is going to cost,” she said, pointing toward the taxi.

    Well, great, and if you take transit, you will save money over a taxi. No matter what. Duh.

    Marianne Schubert, 66, a psychologist who lives in North Carolina, said that when she came to New York to visit her brother, she had always taken the bus to and from La Guardia.

    “I’ve saved a lot of money over the years by taking this bus,” she said.

    Never mentioned, of course, but unless Ashley and Marianne either have a destination along the Q70 or happen to have 2 bus transfers or a bus-subway-bus ride, the proposal saves them absolutely nothing.

    Or is the implication here supposed to be that these two ladies represent the entire population this proposal will help?

  • Andres Dee
  • reasonableexplanation

    As someone who takes the Q70 every now and then, what it really needs is a bit more capacity, perhaps by running articulated buses, rather then the regular one they run now. At the moment, even with the bus running every 10 mins, you have basically all of LGA trying to pack into it, with many travelers forced to wait for the next bus due to lack of space.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I’ve taken the bus and have the same issues.

    Dwell time is a problem, one that contactless will hopefully solve if a free transfer does not first.

    The main problem is unreliability. To solve that you need put-ins, extra buses the fill any gaps in service.

    The MTA doesn’t do much of that anymore. But the IRT once had extensive pocket track for put-in trains.

    The bottom line is that if you want people to rely on transit, you need to serve most of their destinations. Including the airport. And going to the airport, you need to remember that someone going there is going to catch a plane. The less reliable the service, the longer the trip in reality, because the more cushion has to be left.