Today’s Headlines

  • Bratton Won’t Stay Beyond Next Year (NYT)
  • L-Pocalypse 2019! (2nd Ave Sagas, News, DNAAMNY, PostBklyn Paper)
  • It Doesn’t Look Like the 2nd Ave Subway Will Launch This Year (DNA)
  • Crain’s: John Degnan Needs a Better Plan to Replace Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • DDC Won’t Finish Astor Place Reconstruction Until the Fall (DNA)
  • Metro North Rolls Out Mobile Ticketing on the Harlem Line (DNA)
  • 4 Ways to Improve Bus Service Besides Dedicated Transit Lanes (MTR)
  • Only 1.8% of NYC Freight Moves By Rail, Hence the Truck Traffic Pounding Our Streets (Crain’s)
  • There Are Bioswale NIMBYs in Flushing and of Course Tony Avella Is Fighting for Them (TL)
  • Cap’n Transit: Street Fairs Shouldn’t Disrupt the Bike Network

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  • Komanoff

    If you haven’t already, please add Henry Grabar’s Slate post to your list of articles about the L Train shutdown (and how to not just survive it but use it to advantage):
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/07/25/the_l_train_shutdown_will_be_a_nightmare_but_also_a_blessing_in_the_long.html.
    It’s very good:

    “[The shutdown can] have a net positive effect
    on New York City as a whole. Why is this? Because it will force an all-out reconsideration of the
    way that New York City uses its most transparently mismanaged asset: its
    streets.”

    “There are two truths to street politics in New York. First, taking space
    away from cars is difficult. Second, it’s good, and New Yorkers tend to
    be happy about it once it’s done.”

    The piece is more than aphorisms, though. Solid analysis, too.

  • van_vlissingen

    Flushing has seen a lot of green space paved over in last 20 years in a wave of over development. (I’m not talking condo towers – rather homeowners paving over lawns to add parking and patios). This has exacerbated an incredibly bad stormwater run-off problem.
    DEP probably should have at least had a Q&A to answer homeowner concerns like – who maintains this, will this ruin the sidewalk I just repaired, or will this affect parking. However, DEP is doing this under a Federal Clean Water Act consent decree… so good luck with stopping it.
    It is interesting that DOT goes to the community boards to get approval of every street change but DEP doesn’t even bother to inform the community boards of changes to their streets.

  • AMH

    The whole thing illustrates the problem with the way sidewalk space is handled. Property owners do not own it, but they are expected to maintain it, while the city can tear it up at will. The city should at least maintain vegetation so that property owners are not incentivised to oppose it. That said, residents don’t get to stop a public works project because they don’t like it.

  • van_vlissingen

    100% agreed.

  • Larry Littlefield

    One issue with the rail tunnel is advocates oversell it. There would be no difference in the number of trucks on the streets at all, because trucks would still be used for final deliveries.

    That the tunnel could do is take trucks off the GW Bridge, Verrazano Bridge, and expressways such as the BQE. By delivering trailers and containers to one location, say Long Island City, from which they would travel by truck to the east of Hudson area of metro NY.

    When this proposal actually got as far as saying what would actually happen, support for the rail tunnel collapsed. It might still be worth doing, but it isn’t an answer to NIMBY prayers, that’s for sure. More like citing waste transfer stations, but many, many times the size.

  • notsurprised

    Can StreetsblogNYC do any coverage on NYPD setting up cyclist ticket stings during “Operation Safe Passage”?

  • new yorker

    There is huge benefit to taking trucks off the mentioned bridges, tunnels and the BQE. At a minimum trucks serving Long Island and New England can bypass the urban core.

  • Where did you see one?

  • Reader

    https://twitter.com/jehiah/status/757953201865883649

    There were also reports of ticket traps on Jay St in Brooklyn and Chrystie/Hester in Manhattan.

  • notsurprised

    2nd and 18th, 13th Precinct. Some news on #bikenyc and #bicyclesafepassage about 84th precinct setting up a trap near the manhattan bridge as well. Guess I’m wondering if the mayor’s office is pushing for this as part of bicyclesafepassage or if individual precincts just do this on their own. Feels like the entire summer has been one long bike crackdown while “bicycle safe passage” hasn’t resulted in much other than a few press releases

  • AMH

    I had not read of the possibility of using Gateway for freight until now. How would that work–would freight trains pass through Penn Station? I thought it was not done now because of “security concerns”, so I’m curious how that would change.

  • AMH

    Great to see #copsinbikelanes keeping us safe.

  • walknseason

    I feel that Streetsblog – and other more “establishment” transit orgs like NACTO, Trans Alt, etc – are reluctant to criticize the mayor and the NYPD really bluntly, for various reasons. One they are a bit more mainstream and dont want to rock the boat, and also i believe that membership (esp places like Transalt) is more conservative and doesnt see that much wrong with Broken Windows.

  • Kevin Love

    Gotta victimize the usual victims.

  • BrandonWC

    I saw an 84 RMP parked facing south on the east side of Jay St just north of Tillary around 8:50 am. It certainly looked like they were waiting for Manhattan Bridge bound cyclists to jump the light.

  • bolwerk

    Bratton won’t stay? That probably means shithead Bill de Blasio will appoint Joe Arpaio.

  • bolwerk

    It’s not just the number of trucks that matters, it’s how much traffic they contend with. There would be a tremendous difference if many of those trucks coming across the GWB no longer have to and instead originate in Queens and Long Island, and then diffuse across the street grid.

  • bolwerk

    It’s not very practical now as Penn actually sees such heavy passenger traffic. I suppose there isn’t four tracks’ worth of traffic at any point of the day besides the rush hours though, so maybe it could work.

    Cuomo is a buffoon. If he was going to capitulate to paying for Christie’s blunder with ARC, he should have also wrung Jersey paying for the cross-harbor freight tunnel out of the deal. At least then it’d be a wash for us.

  • Nathan Rosenquist

    TransAlt member here, Broken Windows is a racist, failed sham, the mayor and his DOT’s lack of spine is getting cyclists and pedestrians killed daily, and rocking the boat is the only way that things will ever get done. TransAlt the organization has governmental connections it probably has to be diplomatic to preserve, but TransAlt the membership is anything but conservative.

  • new yorker

    Not Gateway, this is a different proposal.

    There’s a proposed project to build a freight train tunnel across the harbor from New Jersey to Brooklyn connecting to a freight line that starts in Bay Ridge.

  • new yorker

    Cross Harbor Tunnel wouldn’t go through Penn Station. It would run direct NJ to Brooklyn.

  • joe shabadoo

    hey Larry, you have a fan among the Economists commentors: http://www.economist.com/node/21702623/comments#comments

  • AMH

    You’re talking about the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel, a century-old proposal that the PANYNJ was created to build. The article talks about the possibility of piggybacking freight capability onto the Gateway project, which is new to me.

  • AMH

    The article mentions a possibility of adding freight capability onto the Gateway project, since the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel is no closer to being built.

  • bolwerk

    What AMH said.

    Also, the cross-harbor tunnel project seems to have much better access to freight railroad routes and would allow a lot more capacity. So I don’t know that I think freight through Gateway is a good idea.

    But it’s probably at least technically feasible.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Nah, that’s my own handle there.

    Windsor Terrace. Was working as a regional economist when I started using it.

  • BBnet3000

    I worry that they’re trying to maintain a kind of “access advocacy” by avoiding direct criticism in many cases, but I do not think it’s because they’re sympathetic to Broken Windows.

  • BBnet3000

    Wow, in the best designed section of bike lane in the city too (despite the ridiculous 6 unnecessary lines inside of the boundary to make it look narrower).

  • walknseason

    Fair enough, I appreciate the comment – I was being a little hyperbolic. I was a TA (and times up, holler!) member back in the day and I left them when I percieved a focus on family rides, helmets and all around feel-goodery rather than serious political activism.

    The fight for transportation alternatives to cars is highly political and highly militarized and the organizations that speak for us MUST start realizing that. Having 5-boro tours are nice and all, but for the daily commuters, the black kids harassed by new york’s Shittiest for riding on the sidewalk, that kind of ride stuff doesn’t matter. We need political action (and not just StreetsPAC, which dropped the ball tremendously last election).

    My point aobut TA members being “conservative” is I think they’re often very centrist/soft liberals who don’t get harassed by cops (they’re white, or pass) and they don’t really see a problem with increased policing.

  • AMH

    Just saw this column that sums up the problem (present in many towns and cities) quite well.

    http://www.citylab.com/politics/2016/07/where-the-sidewalk-funding-ends/493250/

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