Today’s Headlines

  • Marty Golden and Jim Brennan Call Shenanigans on Emperor Cuomo’s MTA Funding Stunt (Politico)
  • Prendergast Talks L Train Options (DNA); Some Want MTA to Just Build a New Tunnel (Gothamist, 2AS)
  • De Blasio Nominated Ydanis Rodriguez to the MTA Board, But He May Not Be Able to Serve (News)
  • Parking for Parishioners’ Cars or Housing for the Less Fortunate — What Would Jesus Do? (DNA)
  • Eric Adams Thinks Downtown BK Needs Infrastructure Upgrades, More Commercial Space (Crain’s)
  • Study Says Crappy Train Commutes Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (DNA)
  • Rampaging Truck Driver Knocks Parked Minivan Into Building Near Hylan Boulevard (Advance)
  • Someone Is Fed Up With People Parking on Sidewalks in Gowanus (DNA)
  • New York City Drivers Have Been Killing Children and Getting Away With It for a Long Time (Observer)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Port Authority (Politico)

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  • Bobberooni

    Interesting story about long train commutes. I wonder how bicycle commutes stack up (I commute about an hour each way by e-bike). Some of the problems with long commutes, I would expect to remain — for example, sleep issues. In other areas, BIG open questions remain: for example, how are cortisol levels, etc. affected by high-stress vs. low-stress bike routes?

  • BBnet3000

    Wow, color me shocked that the 78th precinct actually tickets sidewalk parkers. Too bad they don’t touch bike lane parkers who render the bike lane on 5th Ave completely hazardous and unusable. This is also the precinct where the locals appears have such a low opinion of police response that they would do this: http://imgur.com/ajiuvqD

  • PPW rules!

    Gothamist has a good summary of yesterday’s PPW proceedings.

    http://gothamist.com/2016/02/26/someday_this_wars_gonna_end.php

    I’d say it’s good that Louise Hainline and Norman Steisel are being shamed by the press, but if they were capable of feeling shame we might not still be here, five years later.

  • Joe R.

    Regarding train interiors, I can tell you I like the R46s and R68s which have some sideways facing seats. I hate all the other trains where you’re forced to sit staring a people on the other side of the car. Maybe that design allows more room for standees, but it’s not great by any other account.

    That said, I personally find riding on any type of train far less stressful than riding a bus. Buses just suck. Ride quality is poor, you often get fumes in the cabin, there’s constant changes in speed. It’s just a low quality experience, even compared to bad rail.

  • AMH

    What exactly did the locals do? It looks like that SUV is blocking the crosswalk while having its tire changed at the tire shop. Auto places don’t make great neighbors.

  • BBnet3000

    The local businesses count as locals don’t they?

  • AMH

    I find that a long bike commute (on low-stress bike infrastructure) cancels out a number of commuting negatives. I get a good amount of exercise, so I don’t have to worry about that later, and I sleep well and focus well at work because of the exercise.

    However, biking on streets with a lot of traffic and obstacles is stressful enough to cancel out the benefits.

  • AMH

    I also like those cars because of the softer lighting and quieter speakers. The new cars are unpleasant with their hospital glare and deafening recordings.

  • Mike

    I can tell you anecdotally that I feel a ton better on days I bike commute compared with days I take the subway. Either way, it takes about an hour, but it doesn’t feel like a lost hour when I’m on my bike. Instead, it feels like a fun hour.

  • AMH

    Not sure I agree with the Observer’s conclusion:

    “No matter how privileged one might be, not the mayor, or anyone else today, will any longer excuse the arrogance of people like Edward Russell Thomas: cold blooded killers, inured to feeling for others and armed and dangerous, with cars.”

    And yet we continue to–if not excuse–make excuses for careless drivers and place the blame on their casualties. Carelessness is a form of arrogance and disregard for human life.

  • AMH

    I misunderstood your original post. I thought you were saying that some vigilantes jacked up the SUV to get it off the sidewalk!

  • djx

    If I have a seat on a train and the train isn’t super crowded, it’s not “lost” as I read well.

    Standing is totally lost time, even if I try to read.

  • bolwerk

    Of those other factors you mention, I’d rename the last one the environment and count both vehicles and stations. Of the three you mention I think environment is probably the only other predictor that could have a big effect on stress levels. Mode probably matters more over long distances, and that goes back to environment. A 30 minute bus ride is pretty tolerable, but obviously a long distance train is much faster and more comfortable than a long distance bus.

    At the commuter level, it seems pretty apt to say time spent is the biggest predictor of stress. But, regarding stress, everyone has their own constellation of factors. Some people are probably stressed out having to share a tight space with someone of another race or gender, for instance. Fatter people probably find it harder than thinner people.

    I can add something to the list that I think annoys people a lot: reliability. Expectations with transit are often met, but rarely exceeded. Unreliable transit means you’re late, and that probably adds to stress.

  • bolwerk

    Hmm, I wonder if that horrible lighting is intended to keep people from sleeping on the trains or something. It really is horrible, and it’s not like friendlier fluorescent and LED lighting isn’t common nowadays.

  • bolwerk

    I like biking if I’m afforded some deference by other traffic. I don’t even demand no cars. I just want cars not to be trying to kill me or honking at me for making a left turn.

    This is not a fear thing either. I can and have deliberately damaged vehicles that put my life in danger with my boot. Maybe if everyone did it, drivers would stop behaving like that. Either way, having to wage a private war for the privilege of peaceful cycling is an emotional drag.

  • WalkingNPR

    Absolutely–I get some of my best work done on the train. It’s great for slogging through a more boring paper or doing yet another revision to something I’ve written because I don’t have the option of getting distracted, browsing the internet, etc.

    Which is why DOT’s commuter benefits ad campaign was so egregiously stupid…there are great things about commuting by subway…yet this is what they choose to convince people to ride?!?

  • Joe R.

    Enough motor vehicles are driven by idiots such that I just prefer riding when there is just about no traffic, like maybe around 2 or 3 AM. Granted, cycling at that hour wouldn’t be terribly useful for running errands or commuting to most jobs. I long for NYC to build bike infrastructure designed so that I can have my 3 AM riding experience at any hour of the day. Or just reduce traffic levels by about 90%. Probably neither will ever happen but I can wish. For now though I can get more or less what I want during the wee hours of the night.

  • bolwerk

    I cycle in Maspeth. Maspeth is empty, except maybe truck traffic.

  • AnoNYC

    Zoning should restrict that type of business to manufacturing districts.

  • AMH

    Right, the old cars have fluorescent tubes and the lighting is much more pleasant.

  • AnoNYC

    You need to get yourself a phablet.

  • AnoNYC
  • Pat

    I see them writing tickets all the time on 5th ave. I bet it’s the most ticketed Ave. in the area.
    These tire shops are always doing ridiculous things like this. I hope they hit them everyday.

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