Today’s Headlines

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Led to a Building Boom. Can Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar Do the Same? (NYT)
  • Politico Dives Deep Into Cuomo’s Subsidies for the New Staten Island Outlet Mall/Ferris Wheel
  • After Uber Cut Fares, Trips Surged in Every Borough (Post)
  • Train Riders Got a Feel for What Grand Central Will Look Like After the Apocalypse (DNA, Post, News)
  • DOT to Add 5 Pedestrian Islands on Northern Blvd, Convert a Block of 77th Street to One-Way Traffic (TL)
  • Don’t Expect the New Federal Transportation Bill to Pay for Trans-Hudson Rail (Crain’s)
  • Ruben Diaz, Jr. Wants to Deck Over Bronx Rail Yards for Development (BxTimes)
  • More About Eric Adams’ Proposal to Cut the Number of City Cars in Downtown Brooklyn (DNA)
  • WSJ Previews Next Month’s Opening of the WTC PATH Station (Paywall)

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  • bolwerk

    So, you’re against all transit? :-

  • It’s wrong to apply market ideology to a transport line. Transport is a public service; there should be no expectation that it pay for itself. Of course one tries to contain costs because resources are not infinite. But, in the end, a public service costs money to operate. It returns a benefit to the community simply by fuctioning.

    Transport, like trash collection and firefighting, is one of the services that a civilised people provides for itself through the mechanism of the state. What we should be questioning is why we allow fares for a transport line at all. In a sane world, mass transit should be paid for entirely out of taxes with no fee at point of use, just as trash collection and firefighting are.

    Stop championing the applplicaton of market othodoxy where it has no legitimate place. This is the kind of errant thinking that hamstrings Amtrak and prevents it from being a truly great national railroad.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    this must be sarcasm isn’t it ?

  • Absolutely not. If mass transit as a public service, which should be obvious, seems like an alien concept, then this is a depressing indication of how far wrong we as a society have gone.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    So you going to give me the cash for my plane flight to Paris ?

    after all transport is a public service 🙂

  • Kevin Love

    That is one of the projects that I had in mind when I wrote “particular projects.” In many cases when project promoters say that there project is special and exception to normal cost constraints, this is pure BS. But Second Avenue really is an exception, and far more expensive than usual construction.

    BTW, Citylab is saying the $4.45 billion is buying us two miles. See:

    http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/07/nyc-cant-afford-to-build-the-second-avenue-subway-and-it-cant-afford-not-to/374538/

  • Joe R.

    It may be a “particular project”, but I have little doubt the cost would be used by contractors as a benchmark for any subway project in the city. They’ll say, look, it cost us over $2 billion per mile. Want to extend the E/F another 6 or 7 miles to city limits? Fine, give us $15 billion. I seriously hope in the near future we’ll have major efforts for cost containment, but given how many pigs feed at the trough of overpriced infrastructure projects in NYC I’m not terribly optimistic.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    park for FREE ?

    nooooooooooo ????????

  • Alexander Vucelic

    against all involuntary subsidies Extracted at gunpoint

  • reasonableexplanation

    I know I know free on street parking and all that, but this is actually a great way to take tons of cars off the street for those who only need to use them occasionally, without affecting their mobility.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    subsidizing driving will never reduce driving

  • ahwr

    In other cities car2go doesn’t park free in metered spots. They pay the city a flat rate. Similar to the way fedex, ups etc…get their parking fines reduced significantly in NYC. Car2go users pay every time they use the car. And the marginal cost to them of driving is greater than the marginal cost to a person who uses their own car. Reserving spots for shared cars and bundling the cost of parking into the cost of the car for end user simplicity would encourage people to not own a car, and use rentals for the occasional need. It’s not inconceivable that it wouldn’t reduce driving overall.

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