Today’s Headlines

  • TA Report: Haphazard NYPD Enforcement Is Hindering Vision Zero Progress (WSJ)
  • Straphangers Should Expect to See Another Fare Hike in 2017 (NewsAMNY, NY1)
  • Prendergast Wants Canarsie Tube Repairs to Wrap Ahead of Schedule (Post)
  • Cuomo’s Pointless LaGuardia AirTrain Is Happening (Times Ledger)
  • Team BQX Says Expired 421-a Tax Abatement Won’t Affect Project Financing (Times Ledger)
  • MTA Sues City Over Harlem Fire That Damaged Metro-North Tracks (WSJ)
  • DIY Guide Has “Survival” Tips for 7 Train Commuters (DNA)
  • New Speed Humps and Stop Signs Get Thumbs Up From Paul Vallone and Queens CB 7 (QNS)
  • NYPD School Cop Watches Motorist Brother Beat Senior to Brink of Death, Lies About It (News)
  • Federal Suit Looks to Force Cuomo’s Hand on Uber Drivers’ Employment Status (Politico)

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  • Geck

    Study finds turning off red light cameras increase crashes and fatalities.
    https://apnews.com/9e3ab7ff07474daaa94a4ad03fc5f1e4

  • Vooch

    why Are there heavily armed paramilitaries in Every school ?

  • qrt145

    There aren’t. School cops don’t carry firearms.

  • Since when has something being dangerous, fatal, etc. ever given politicians pause for pushing legislation.

    Really though, this is no news for anyone, facts haven’t changed people’s positions on RLCs.

  • This LGA airtrain debacle is insane. “It would, hopefully, reduce traffic on the already congested roads and expressways.” Hopefully being the key word here, because as far as I know there’s been no alternatives analysis or impact study of this ridiculous and unintuitive proposal. So much for planning.

  • Kevin Love

    Right next to the study showing that leaving doors unlocked increases burglaries?

  • bolwerk

    It won’t. It can’t. No need to study that. Road demand doesn’t work that way, and transit never “relieves” roads.

    I’m not actually that skeptical that the AirTrain can attract a fair number of riders, but it’s going about it the least convenient way.

  • AMH

    There has been an avalanche of news about the L train, but this analysis of travel alternatives should be of interest to any data geeks out there: https://carto.com/blog/looking-at-the-l/

  • AMH

    It might relieve some of the traffic congestion at the airport, but if people just drive to the AirTrain instead of to the airport it will only shift traffic around on the GCP and local roads. To the extent that it attracts transit riders, it will be for reasons of ease and comfort and definitely not travel time.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Given large buses with 65 passengers this would still take 1154 bus trips per day, or a bus every minute and a half or so. That’s pretending there are only completely full buses or rush hours. To handle this capacity they’d have to build a new bridge.”

    Huh? Stand on the overpass of a busy highway, and watch how many vehicles go by in a minute and a half. You’ll find it’s a long time, and you could imagine bus, bus, bus, bus, bus, bus, bus.

    The problem would be the streets, and the stops.

  • AMH

    Yeah, I thought that was an odd statement. A dedicated lane could easily handle that.

  • JudenChino

    If I’m on the 7, why wouldn’t I take the Q70?

  • ohnonononono

    Maybe they’ll get rid of the Q70, the same way they got rid of the bus from Howard Beach to JFK when the AirTrain was built.

    Jury’s out on whether the JFK AirTrain improved travel times vs. the bus it replaced, given the AirTrain has the same horrible headways outside of peak. But hey, you have the pleasure of paying $5 for the courtesy, while the Real Americans can use it to ride between terminals and parking lots for free.

  • JudenChino

    Def not getting rid of it. In fact, they’re going to promote the Q70 more. http://www.amny.com/transit/mta-laguardia-link-the-rebranded-q70-focus-of-marketing-campaign-1.11981494

  • bolwerk

    Even if that were to happen, it’s rather meaningless. The airport has adequate space for the traffic it sees as is. It’s the feeder highways that suffer from congestion, and aren’t helped by shifting some airport traffic to rail.

    (That doesn’t mean rail to the airport is bad. But arguing for it based on what it does for car drivers is specious, whether it is politically expedient or not.)

  • bolwerk

    They won’t. It serves too many people, including many people who work at the airport. It serves a completely different part of Queens. It doesn’t make sense to get rid of it.

    I agree there are legitimate complaints about JFK AirTrain, including some that seem to be getting repeated now with LaGuardia, but that JFK bus sucked supremely.

  • ohnonononono

    You’re probably right that they won’t cut it altogether, but I’m skeptical that enthusiasm for promoting the Q70 will continue after the LGA AirTrain is built. Just look at JFK and EWR: there’s no signage making it obvious that you can take local buses into the city, and they’re relegated to afterthoughts for employees and knowledgeable/cheapskate locals only. Why would the Port Authority want to undercut their own expensive AirTrains to point you to a cheaper alternative?

    The Q10 gets decent ridership, heavily airport employees, to JFK. Yet it was cut back from serving all terminals to only serving terminal 5 (along with Q3/10, B15), convenience be damned. I wouldn’t expect that the PA would necessarily want to work with the MTA to promote the Q70 after they spend considerable money to build the LGA AirTrain. Maybe it would also get cut back to a single airport stop as well.

  • AMH

    I’m hoping it would at least shift away enough traffic to speed up bus access, but that is better done with exclusive bus lanes.

  • bolwerk

    Yeah, I’d guess exclusive bus lanes are the only option if you want to do that.

  • bolwerk

    Oh, I thought you meant that “Train to the Plane” feeder bus. That was what AirTrain directly replaced, albeit years later.

    Would’ve been nicer if the AirTrain was entirely airside. That is, its users could check in at a single point and diffuse as necessary around the airport, largely baggage-free. The subway to the key terminal would then have sufficed for rail access, and the local bus would not have been even arguably redundant.

    That is the REAL mistake that is being repeated with LGA too.

  • Vooch

    LOL – now who’s being naive ?

  • qrt145

    What evidence do you have that school cops in NYC are heavily armed? I haven’t seen them armed, and department policy is not to arm them. Are you claiming that they carry their own personal, concealed weapons?

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