Today’s Headlines

  • The Cuomo Infrastructure Agenda Is All About Optics (Politico)
  • Another Penn Station Breakdown: “It’s Every Day Now” (NBC, NY1, Post); More: MTR
  • How Long Can Cuomo Ignore His Broken Subway System? (Voice); Rally Today: NY1
  • Repairs Will Shut the N Train Between Astoria and LIC for Eight Weekends (AMNY)
  • Eric Adams Wants to Know How Much Transit Disruptions Are Costing the City (DNA)
  • Gersh Kuntzman Lays Into NYPD for Responding to Cyclist Deaths By Ticketing Cyclists (News)
  • Mark-Viverito Calls for Joe Ponte’s Resignation (NYT, Politico)
  • Council Passes Bill Extending Commercial Cyclist Regulations to Gig Workers (News)
  • Mark Levine Wants People Who Can Afford Teslas to Have Free Parking (Rag)
  • State Opens Application Process for Robocar Testing (News); News Ready to Be Rid of Cabbies
  • Advance Tiring of Periodic NYPD Traffic Enforcement

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Vooch

    Daily News article is priceless:

    “….But to find out which users of our roadways are the worst, I reached out to Paul Steely White, head of the cycling- and pedestrian-advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives — though, truth be told, I used a different word than “jerks.”

    “I wouldn’t say, ‘Which group is the biggest d—–bags’ because it’s all about relative d-baggery, or, better yet, the d-bag quotient,” White said….”

  • HamTech87

    On NJTransit woes, here’s a great article talking about the overcrowding and delays — from 1998!
    My family almost looked for a home in NJ based upon Midtown Direct to NY Penn Station; so relieved now that we ended up in MetroNorth turf.
    http://www.nytimes.com/1998/11/22/nyregion/growing-pains-midtown-direct-line-victim-its-own-success-leaves-riders-grumbling.html

  • Larry Littlefield

    From the highest tax burden, and the highest debt load, in the country, money for mass transit is to come from where?

    Moreover, if funds were available, the MTA would be competing for construction workers with the housing boom, inflating costs.

    And even if contractors slow down and their excess costs could be reduced, repairs wouldn’t make things better. They would make things worse, for years, as at Penn Station this summer.

    To turn things around, Governor Cuomo would have to impose significant costs. Not to gain benefits today. Not to gain benefits tomorrow. But to prevent things from getting worse tomorrow.

    His careerist predecessors responded to the same incentives to create the system we have today. His generation did that to everything, not just mass transit.

    “Cuomo’s typical response is to refer to the size of his recent five-year MTA capital plan. Tuesday was no different. ‘Our commitment to the subways includes the largest Capital Plan in history – with more than $14 billion for New York City Transit alone – and nearly $4.5 billion this year in operating support,’ said Weinstein.”

    Most of that operating support is for past debts and pensions. Most of that capital plan is funded by additional debt. And the unions are up in Albany angling for pension increases each and every day.

    As for Eric Adams, he was a state legislature. Which means he voted for the deals and cost deferrals that led to this situation. Over and over. It helped him get where he is.

  • Fool

    All these news articles about the dire straights of MTA funding.

    Not a single mention of how the Governor completely avoided negotiating for work rules reform or design build.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    East River Bike Path broken again just north of South Street Seaport. They had it detoured behind orange channelizer cones for a day and then gave up and are forcing everyone to ride on South Street ¯_(?)_/¯

  • Jeff

    As a Postmates delivery guy… I guess NYPD has even more leverage to arbitrarily harass me now?

    Is there any particular reason that we as cycling advocates stand by idly while the city introduces these laws which basically serve no other purpose other than to harass and humiliate working cyclists? Would we be so quiet if people riding for transportation or recreation had to wear a humiliating orange vest?

  • Joe R.

    I suspect the vest/helmet requirements for delivery workers are one reason e-bikes are so popular among the delivery crowd. I couldn’t even imagine pedaling around in July wearing either of those things. I fail to understand why cycling advocates haven’t fought these requirements vigorously. They serve no purpose whatsoever, other than, as you say, to give the NYPD yet another excuse to harass working cyclists. Requiring lights day or night would serve a greater visibility function than a stupid reflective vest which makes you look like a construction worker. While we’re at it, the under 14 bike helmet law needs to go as well. It’s more important to just get more people on bikes. That makes everyone safer than worrying whether or not they’re wearing helmets.

  • Kevin Love

    “It helped him get where he is.”

    The problem with crony corruption is that I seem to have the wrong set of friends. None have them have the capability of doing corrupt crony deals with me.

    Dang!

  • Joe R.

    Yep. If I knew just one person who could get me a rich consulting deal with the city I’d have retired long ago.

  • Joe R.

    I used to regularly take NJTransit in the early 1980s when I commuted to college in Princeton. Between the padded train schedules (i.e. the NYP to Princeton Junction local took an hour back then compared to 1:15 to 1:20 now) and the unreliable service (including the unreliable subway service to get to Penn Station) there’s no way that commute would be even remotely feasible now. It would probably be 2.5 hours each way best case, but often 3+ hours with delays. Back then my average door-to-door time from my house to the train station is Princeton was 2 hours. I made it in 1:50 quite a few times coming home when I hit the connections right. Still a long trip, but feasible given that I only needed to do it 7 months of the year.

    Last year I had to go to NJ for business. NJTransit ran well enough but it took me 2 hours to get home from Penn Station.

  • Kevin Love

    Any particular reason? Here are two:

    1. Race.
    2. Class.

  • Ken Dodd

    Also note that nobody would ever suggest that motorists wear helmets when driving, even though car crashes are one of the top causes of fatal head trauma.

  • Jeff

    I hate to say it, I’m a white guy, and I deliver on a hybrid bike (as in not a mountain bike and not an electric bike). I’m not going to follow any of these regulations and I feel fairly confident that I’m never going to be cited.

  • Vooch

    NJ Transit is so awful its actually entertaining.

    Its starts with the mind numbing ticket purchase system, continues with the hilarious ‘we can’t tell you which track your train is coming on, so standby’ continues with the utterly useless announcements while on the train and ends with finally arriving at one’s destination usually surrounded by a sea of parking.

    I’ve ridden commuter trains all over the 3rd world and NJTransit ranks near the bottom.

  • Joe R.

    And that’s really one of the sore points for me. Both driving and walking are statistically the cause of more head traumas per hour of exposure, but nobody ever mentions you should wear a helmet when doing either.

  • JudenChino

    Damn Joe R. From the projects of Eastern Queens to Princeton. Well done my man.

  • Joe R.

    Thanks! Actually, I started out in Woodside Houses in Astoria. We moved to a house in eastern Queens in the summer of 1978 when I was almost 16. I’m still living there today.

  • Kevin Love
  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Brilliant by Steely quoting him back so he had to run with his own bad language and leading question in the story.

  • ohnonononono

    To be fair, NJ Transit had mobile ticketing before MNR/LIRR, and the last minute track assignment at Penn applies to LIRR and Amtrak as well.

  • ohnonononono

    NJ real estate is already cheaper than comparable real estate on Long Island and in Westchester, with the worse transit already baked into the price. To an extent, this has always been true. You could argue that the NJ suburbs have always been hampered by worse access to Manhattan than the NY suburbs. People used to transfer from rail to ferries to cross the Hudson, and when they built Penn Station they didn’t really foresee so many New Jerseyans commuting into the city every day.

  • Vooch

    the last minute track assignments are the funniest story ever

  • ohnonononono

    My understanding is that Amtrak is in charge of track assignments, and they don’t tell NJT or LIRR what tracks they’re assigned until the last minute? Or at least that’s the story that LIRR and NJT have stuck by.

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