Today’s Headlines

  • Jeff Klein Expected to Sponsor Speed Camera Expansion Bill (News)
  • Joe Ponte Will Reportedly Resign (NYT); De Blasio Still Doesn’t See a Problem (News, Politico)
  • Amtrak Offers Scant Details on Pending Penn Station Work (NYTNews, DNAPost)
  • Moorman Proposes Joint Penn Control (Politico); Cuomo, Christie Want Private Firm (WNYC, Politico)
  • Cuomo Spox Dismisses Protest Over Terrible Subway Conditions as “Performance Art” (News)
  • De Blasio Questions Need for Cuomo’s LaGuardia AirTrain (AMNY)
  • Port Authority’s GWB Bus Station Renovation Two Years Behind Schedule, and Counting (NY1)
  • Ben Kallos Says New Buses Will Solve Bunching on East Side Routes (DNA)
  • Cab Driver Dies in Manhattan Crash (Post); 15 Hurt in Crash Involving Bus and DSNY Truck (AMNY, Post)
  • Must-Read Urban Omnibus Interview With Mujeres en Movimiento Organizer Verónica Ramírez
  • Scandal Watch: Are IDC Members Getting Paid to Caucus With Republicans? (NYT)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    The State of New York, the State of New Jersey, Amtrak. Who would I trust to operate important rail infrastructure? A private company? How many of those are operating large scale rail service in the U.S.? Maybe they could hire a national train operator from another country, but otherwise I don’t see it.

    In any event, if you want to see a couple of spreadsheets and a bunch of charts with National Transit Database data on transit finance, along with the first of two posts about it, it is here.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/metro-ny-transit-costs-data-from-the-2015-national-transit-database/

  • Kevin Love

    From the linked News article about increasing the allowed number of speed cameras in NYC to 750:

    “Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-Brooklyn), who has been running the committee in Gantt’s absence, supports more speed cameras.

    Perry said that while ‘750 looks like a big number,’ he argued ‘it can be useful to make streets safer, which ultimately is what we want to have.'”

    Kevin’s comment:

    Huh? The population of New York City is a big number. The number of people that have been threatened and intimidated by out-of-control criminal car drivers is a big number. The number of people who have been killed and injured by car drivers is a big number.

    In comparison with those numbers, 750 is not a big number.

  • Kevin Love

    Every time I read about train service grinding to a halt because four snowflakes fell on the tracks, I believe that they should hire Via Rail.

  • bolwerk

    A national train operator from another country is worth considering, but they have a strong risk of just having abhorrent American operating and labor practices foisted on them, which in turn probably negates the benefit of hiring them (or anyone else). A private American company carries the same risk, with the added caveats (1) that they probably wouldn’t know anything about how railroads operate (2) American corporate culture is thoroughly corrupt and incompetent.

  • bolwerk

    Enforcement isn’t supposed to be color-blind. We’re just supposed to pretend police are.

  • Kevin Love

    I don’t understand. I believe that enforcement is supposed to be color-blind. Why do you say it isn’t?

  • bolwerk

    I was being facetious. Of course it is, and automated cameras are. That is precisely why authority figures hate it. It captures people besides the people who are supposed to be over-policed.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “But they have a strong risk of just having abhorrent American operating and labor practices foisted on them, which in turn probably negates the benefit of hiring them (or anyone else).”

    Which is exactly what happened to the MBTA when it hired French firm Kelios to run its commuter rail network.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/05/keolis/aZ3Ihc8J301mhF7hfRDM7H/story.html

  • Vooch

    The DNA article on the M15 ( 1st & 2nd ave ) is illuminating.

    No where is mentioned the chaos caused by private cars, nor is it ever mentioned that there are inexpensive roadway improvements that increase Bus throughout.

    Their answer to poor local bus service is buy 80 new buses. Because they do not want to address the elephant in the room – inefficient private car use clogging our streets and killing our elderly

    sad !

  • Kevin Love

    Sorry! I did not realize what you meant. I like to think that camera law enforcement is different than NYPD law enforcement in three ways.

    1. A camera does not care about our racial or ethnic origins.
    2. A camera is never in a doughnut shop when it should be on duty.
    3. A camera never overlooks the wrongdoing of another camera.

  • bolwerk

    Heh. That pretty much nails it much better than I did.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    Can’t the Democratic Party kick out the NY State Senators who vote republican? Let them run as republicans.

  • bolwerk

    I bet the GOP wouldn’t tolerate that.

  • AMH

    The last time a private company was in charge of Penn Station, it created the current situation by destroying the station.

  • Vooch

    50 years of gov’t ownership and you are trying to blame a private rail operator that was regulated into bankruptcy ??

  • Vooch

    It might be sensible to look into full privatization

    because the current arrangement isn’t working

  • bolwerk

    I have yet to see you identify a single benefit of the privatization you keep touting.

  • Vooch

    a private company would pay property taxes and incomes taxes, plus would be able to act ( slightly ) faster because ( slightly ) less politics.

    Also a lot less corruption.

    Finally, we have firmly established over the last 90 years; everything the gov’t gets involved with results in higher prices & lower quality. Everything

  • AMH

    Any info on the 2-car crash at Madison Av and E 129 St last night? It looked like maybe someone had run a red light, but I can’t find anything. NYPD were all over the place, having a great time bossing around drivers and pedestrians, driving the wrong way, etc.

  • redbike

    Adding to Friday’s midtown traffic:

    https://twitter.com/APEastRegion/status/863074256317550596

  • bolwerk

    Property taxes are a cost of doing business, which would have to be covered (by being either subsidized or passed onto customers) before there could be profits. Profits of course are necessary before there could be income taxes.

    I don’t know how you figure less corruption or this claim about government always resulting in higher prices and lower quality, but then the American government has seen little competition with private industry anyway.

  • AMH

    I’m not saying that wasn’t part of the problem, but it may not be the solution.

  • Kevin Love

    Yes, in approximately everywhere else in the entire world political parties have some form of party discipline. Otherwise, what’s the point of having a party in the first place?

  • Jesse

    Creating SNL footage to mock the Trump administration is a far more valuable use of street space than the vast majority of cars in midtown during rush hour.

  • Jesse

    Re #3 – also the people who donate to the Cameras’ Benevolent Association.

  • Guest

    Or was so bent on destructive competition that the government ended up pouring public investments overwhelmingly on other modes instead?

  • Kevin Love

    That’s a great one. I’ll make it #4:

    4. There are no cards or stickers issued for donations to the Cameras’ Benevolent Association.

  • Vooch

    redbike

    city streets are for people, not hulking death machines

    Melissa is leading the way to reducing congestion. It’s cars that create congestion, not people

    if more people walked in the street, eventually hulking death machines would go away.

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