Today’s Headlines

  • Chris Christie Presses NJ Senate to Raise the Gas Tax (Politico)
  • Signs of Progress in the Effort to Reform NYC’s Commercial Trash Carting Industry (Crain’s – Paywall)
  • How Does Narrowing Flatbush Ave By the Manny-B Affect Traffic? Let’s Find Out (Bklyn Paper)
  • Brooklyn’s Tallest Building Will Come With a New Entrance to Dekalb Ave Subway Station (Bklyn Paper)
  • Sauchu Chen, Hit By Driver on Staten Island Saturday, Dies From Injuries (Advance)
  • Driver Killed in Two-Car Crash on Cross Island Parkway (News)
  • Amazing That More People Don’t Lose Their Lives on NYC Streets (Post)
  • Fines Kick in Tomorrow for NYC Businesses That Don’t Offer Transit Tax Benefit (News)
  • The Advance Monitors Compliance on the Staten Island Expressway’s HOV Lane
  • Times Square Plazas, Now With More Teal (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • AnoNYC

    Police: Social Media Led To Driver Who Raced Down LIE At 100 MPH

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/06/21/long-island-expressway-reckless-driving/

  • com63

    Good. Hopefully they can identify the people who filmed it too. They were just as reckless.

  • Vooch

    close One motor lane of Flatbush for 3 years ?

    “….The developer does not need to run the lane closure by the community board, however — that one is just up to the city….”

  • reasonableexplanation

    Re the NJ gas tax: looks like the NJ senate won’t vote on it.

    However, the plan was to raise it by 23 cents, which wipes out most of the advantage that NJ gas typically has over NY (about 25 cents). If NJ wants to keep making a healthy profit off of people gas tax shopping, does this mean finally allowing people to pump their own gas might be on the table?

  • AMH

    I hope not–requiring professionals to pump fuel is one thing NJ does right. It’s my opinion that untrained consumers should not be allowed to handle flammable material, but has anyone looked at the kind of training NJ requires, and how safety, spills, etc. compare with other states?

  • reasonableexplanation

    I disagree with your assessment that any kind of professional training should be required. Pumping gas is something that’s very simple, and done regularly by almost the entire population of 48 out of 50 states. What makes you think that the people of NJ (and Oregon) are less capable than everyone else?

  • AMH

    It has nothing to do with NJ or OR. I don’t think untrained consumers should be handling such a dangerous substance, period.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/video-shows-car-turning-fireball-gas-station-injuring/story?id=39911438

  • Joe R.

    It’s a dangerous substance, period, which really has no business being used in road vehicles at all. If not for the fact we were already using gasoline, I highly doubt it would be allowed if someone were to propose using it today for the first time. We should phase out liquid fuels in ground transportation over the next decade. They’re a relic of the 20th century.

  • qrt145

    I’m curious about the data too, but my gut feeling is that of all the hazards and harms caused by motor vehicles, self-service fuel pumps don’t even make it into the top ten…

  • reasonableexplanation

    I don’t think this is a problem that extends past freak incidents such as this.

    There’s no training necessary for pumping gas; no smoking, cap off, nozzle in, trigger on, wait for the click, remove nozzle, cap on, done.

    This does not need to be done by a trained professional.

  • Vooch

    trained professionals ? you ever been to a NJ gas station ? LOL