Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Kills Woman in Bensonhurst; NYPD, Daily News Blame Victim
  • Planning Commission Approves de Blasio Rezonings; City Council Next (DNA)
  • The Mayor’s New Transit Priority Is a $2.5B Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar (2ASNYT, Politico, News)
  • More SOTC Previews: Some Bus Upgrades (AMNY), Governors Island Development (Politico)
  • City to Devote More Resources to Clean-Up of Litter Bins, Sidewalks, Graffiti, Highway Ramps (WNBC)
  • What Happens When You Leave Snow and Ice Removal to Individuals (Post)
  • Developer Proposes Strip Mall for Site of Shuttered Inwood Supermarket (Observer)
  • Ellen Brody’s Family Says Rail Crossing Caused Her to Drive in Front of Metro-North Train (Post)
  • Cop Arrested for Injuring Child and Leaving the Scene While Off-Duty in Queens (NewsPost)
  • Bratton Links Subway Crime With “Overburdened” Trains (DNA)

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  • iSkyscraper

    The thousands of Toronto ex-pats residing in New York woke up pretty happy today. Bring on the streetcar!

  • BBnet3000

    Is the streetcar going to come with what appears to be a wide, green paved, half-height cycletrack depicted in the rendering of 3rd Avenue?

    Realistically I have no expectation of seeing bike infrastructure of this quality in New York any time soon but its fun to pretend.

  • Jonathan Forte

    Re: Daily News article.
    It says the woman was crossing the street against the light, but there is no attribution for that statement. Was it the driver who said that? Was it caught on CCTV, was it a passenger, was it a pedestrian there at the same time?
    If the woman was crossing “against the light” that does not in itself excuse the driver, but we don’t know who made the statement that the driver “had” the light.

    Please everyone, email the Daily News to at least ask for attribution for the crucial statement in the story.

  • Jeff

    Nah, it’s gonna come with dozens, if not hundreds, of “community meetings” in which motorists will be permitted to basically destroy the usefulness of the streetcar by insisting that free parking is more important than a dedicated ROW.

  • bolwerk

    Larry Littlefield made an interesting comment, reminder really, on SAS about how various parts of Queens have shot down rapid transit expansions because of NIMBYs.

    Maybe the mayor is at least banking NIMBYs in Brooklyn would be a little more open to a transit improvement. Williamsburg was never very car-centric, which is probably a big reason why it took off to begin with.

  • Jeff

    Williamsburg may not be very car-centric, but CB1 sure is.

  • bolwerk

    Heh, I haven’t paid attention in years. I was priced out of Williamsburg before it was cool. 🙁

    And nobody would’ve talked about improving transportation there when I was there.

  • AnoNYC

    -Nice to see the de Blasio rezonings make progress. Not perfect, but progressive.

    -Although it would be cool, even useful to have access to a waterfront streetcar along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront; I would never support it at this time. That money is much better spent filling mass transportation deserts or increasing capacity along existing overburdened lines. There’s a lot of neighborhoods with even more opportunity for redevelopment that could benefit from improved mass transportation.

    -Do any SBS buses currently have traffic signal synchronization? Are there any plans to bring elevated platforms to bus stops?

    -The Inwood redevelopment is horrid. This is not Long Island. How could any developer want to build parking in that location? A strip mall…

    -Well no sh!t Sherlock @Bratton.

  • AnoNYC

    Does anyone know if the pay-by-phone meter system will enable variable pricing?

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