Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo Embeds Port Authority Power Grab in His Budget Package (Politico)
  • Fare Hike Advice From the Daily News: Keep the Single-Ride Price as Low as Possible
  • Mark Your Calendars: MTA Holding Four Workshops to Plan Service During L Train Outage (AMNY)
  • Driver Nearly Kills 10-Year-Old Boy in East New York; Cops Blame Victim (Post)
  • Road-Raging Porsche Driver Hits 14-Year-Old Boy on Greenpoint Sidewalk (News, Post)
  • Brooklyn CB 2 Votes for Bike Lanes Linking DeKalb and Schermerhorn (Bklyn Paper)
  • Advocates Collect 4,500 Signatures to Build LIRR Third Track ASAP (TL)
  • A New Staten Island Railway Station and Its 150-Car Parking Lot Opened This Weekend (DNA)
  • Here’s Where NYC Streets Are in Good or Bad Shape — See Any Patterns? (DNA)
  • NYPD Had to Put Crowd Control Officers on Bikes to Keep Up With Massive Trump Protests (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    It seems to me that a Cuomo power grab might be better than the past few decades of history, including:

    1) An unaccountable board using profits for highway transportation.

    2) An expansion into “economic development,” with pork projects on each side of the river than had nothing to do with transportation.

    3) Profits made in NY used to keep NJ tolls and PATH fares far lower than MBTA tolls and subway fares, even as the Airtrain is a fraction of what was promised and JFK and LaGuardia rot. And, after Giuliani and Pataki make a stink about this, the current era…

    4) Chaos and political sleazebags at the top.

    Frankly, it is a miracle given how broke and poorly led it is that the staff of the Port Authority is managing to do what it is doing, with the new Goethals going up and the Bayonne Bridge being raised to ensure access to the port. Where the money is going to come to pay the bonds from I don’t know.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    The existing connection from Schermerhorn to Lafayette flips sides and leaves a lot of people cycling stuck on the wrong side of the street, with 2 lanes of heavy traffic between them and the bike lane. Not a comfortable design.

  • HamTech87

    As for patterns of streets in bad shape, I’m having trouble seeing a pattern.

  • HamTech87

    This link from Streetsblog USA, describing the Cuomo-proposed Empire State Trail from Manhattan to Canada. Anyone know the route in the Bronx and Westchester?
    https://www.fastcoexist.com/3067283/this-750-mile-trail-could-create-a-bike-path-across-new-york-state

  • bolwerk

    It was set up so wrongly in the first place. Right off the bat surplus PA revenue should have by law been divvied up ?/?/? between the city and two states, and that’s probably too much to the states. And that revenue probably shouldn’t be very much anyway, as if there is a huge surplus the PA is either (1) not investing in the facilities adequately or (2) charging fees that are much too high to use the facilities and/or (3) they’re just hoarding money.

    It probably makes sense for them to be project leads on interstate projects, but it makes precious little sense for them to be operating transit even if they are paying for it. They suck at it and seem to hate it. Even passenger air travel is a dubious undertaking for them.

  • Joe R.

    Same here. There seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which streets are in worse shape. Some “poor” areas have good streets, while other relatively affluent areas like Kew Gardens don’t. That said, the rating system itself leaves a lot to be desired. Many streets rated good are still unacceptable for cyclists or pedestrians.

  • AMH

    Haven’t seen this covered–NYPD harassment is extended up 2nd Av:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josmar-trujillo/subway-performers-now-hav_b_14258902.html

    Regarding the protest, the NYPD were the most polite and well-behaved in recent memory. Maybe it had something to do with the presence of bicycles.

    “If you see a guy on a bike, it’s a lot less hostile to a crowd than a guy with a helmet and a nightstick.’’ No shit.

    “The officers were on high-performance Fuji Mountain Bikes, which can jump curbs and roll down stairs if needed.”

    Just feel the need to point out that any civilian trying this would be swiftly arrested.

  • bolwerk

    My take would be higher car dependency, higher traffic, and poorer socioeconomic status of residents seem to be at least somewhat correlated to poorer streets. This means some high-density commercial places do badly, and some high-density residential places do well. Note the improvement in Gramercy, compared to more commercial areas north and south of Gramercy.

    Or, to put it more succinctly, seems to me places where people (not necessarily the residents of those places) drive a lot have problems.

    But I’m tempted to credit some grains of salt to the ratings system too. It’s almost not a joke that you could just make the whole city one color. If Crayola ever decides to make that color a crayon, that color could be named “bad.”

  • walks bikes drives

    I think part of it is because streets are repaved in each neighborhood each year, but the city sticks pretty tightly to its annual schedule, such as a non-arterial cross street in Manhattan is paved every ten years.

    But the city does a horrible job of paving. My street was just repaved in November. The surface is so uneven that there are potholes in the street already that are not related to construction, but are from poor initial paving.

  • Joe R.

    I think the poor paving is purely intentional. When we pay contractors by the pothole to fix broken streets instead of a fixed sum annually to keep a street in good repair, then natural end result is an incentive to do low quality work. High quality work would cost them more but the city wouldn’t pay them more. And it would mean lost income down the road fixing potholes.

    The situation won’t get better until we do as I’ve suggested many times. Start paying contractors x dollars per year to keep a street in good condition. They start getting paid once the street is bought up to standards. They don’t get paid for any days it doesn’t continue to meet those standards. End result will likely be the contractor will spend heavily to build the street to the highest standards, including putting utilities in a covered trench or a tunnel, so they never need to spend another dime on that street for at least 50 years.

  • walks bikes drives

    I thought the same thing. But apparently, that is not the case. I talked to the guys doing the work. The city pays a contractor to mill the street, but DOT uses its own people to pave the street. It is DOT employees who operate the paver and the rollers, etc. And it is also DOT crews who fill most potholes. At least the ones reported to 311. Contractors only pave streets in the areas where they excavate the streets. At least in Manhattan.

  • com63

    Stairs are impressive, but I don’t think you need a high tech bike to hop a curb.

  • van_vlissingen

    From the slide he had up (some images here: https://www.6sqft.com/cuomo-announces-750-mile-empire-state-trail-a-continuous-trail-connecting-nyc-to-canada/ ) it looks as though you’d be taking the completed Putnam Trail from Bx to Brewster and then to Hopewell Junction, across the Hudson and then I have no idea… details are sketchy, would love to know more. Wish it included a Long Island Segment too (using the Brooklyn Queens Greenway perhaps)

  • AMH

    I agree that paving is done quite poorly here, but I think the instant potholes have more to do with foundational problems related to the street constantly being ripped up. That can’t be resolved until the street is rebuilt, with a new foundation.

  • walks bikes drives

    These aren’t instant pot holes, thesee are mostly gouges in the asphalt made by the machinery.

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