Today’s Headlines

  • Private Trash Hauler Crushes Woman to Death in West Village (News, Post, AMNY, DNANY1)
  • New York Must Get Subway Construction Costs Under Control or Get Left Behind (RPA)
  • Cuomo in Talks With Amtrak About Penn Station Work (Politico)
  • Patchwork Subway Fixes May Not Be Evident for Years (Post)
  • Entrance at Brand New Second Avenue Subway Station Closed Due to Broken Escalators (DNA)
  • The GWB Bus Station Is Open, But Not Finished (DNA)
  • Teachers at LES School Thrilled to “Have Their Personal Garage Back,” Says Principal (Post)
  • Tri-State: Time to Refresh the Bike Lanes on St. Nicholas Avenue and Central Park West
  • Graphic Video Shows NYPD Officer Strike Brooklyn Cyclist (GothamistPost)
  • Voice: Paul Massey Is a Mayoral Candidate Without a Transit Platform
  • Hiram Monserrate Will Give New Yorkers Yet Another Chance (Politico)

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  • crazytrainmatt

    Even today, Columbus/CPW, Morningside and St. Nicholas form a natural bike corridor heading to upper Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester, including connections the GWB and the greenways on both rivers. Unfortunately when they repaved and restriped St Nicholas a few years back they stuck to the large parking lanes rather than putting in a cyclepath. CPW is a huge missed opportunity because, while going uptown is easy on the park drive and Columbus are just one over, the parallel uptown routes are much further. Applying the basic template used ages ago for Prospect Park, this could easily be the spine of a central, mostly park-affronting protected greenway from 59th to Inwood.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Costs for some are benefits for others. Some of those others are retired construction workers and executives now living in Florida, with a great deal because of underfunded multi employer pension funds. They are looking to the MTA budget to dump in $billions to pay for the deferred past cost of public AND PRIVATE construction.

    Then there is the political and planning process lobby. The one Mayor Bill DeBlasio pandered to in the Bloomberg Administration. The one Governor Cuomo is willing to steamroll and ignore to bring construction costs down and get things done. BUT ONLY FOR ROAD PROJECTS.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The Prospect Park West opponents claimed they were dumping bike infrastructure on Brooklyn but would never do that on Central Park West.

    Why not? Why not make that street one-way?

  • Hypocrisy Now!

    RPA story on construction costs has a video of a panel. Hard to watch panelist Seth Pinsky, who built monstrous underused garages and a mall in the South Bronx while at EDC, talk about how government officials need to make “hard choices”.

  • Fool

    It’s code for they need to go against labor. Since transit advocates are not allowed to actually say it.

  • Hypocrisy Now!

    That could be part of it, but I look at say our regional rail agencies (LIRR, MetroNorth, NJ Transit). Why aren’t they all running the same track wiring (not versed in all the engineering) so we can have thru-running, bulk purchasing, etc.? Pinsky should have taken on the parking-entitled supporters of the zoning code in the Bronx, and said, enormous parking lots don’t make sense here.

  • Ken Dodd

    “Private Trash Hauler Crushes Woman to Death in West Village” — here we go, the usual story will play out – truck driver will have been making a turn and didn’t yield, a lot of BS about “blind spots” will be thrown back and forth, cops and the DA will be working overtime to ensure that nobody is charged, and if the guy loses his license then I’m sure there’ll be one of those cozy DMV hearings in a windowless room in which some cold eyed judge who would rather be in Florida decrees that nobody did anything wrong, based on the absence of evidence that the NYPD was supposed to forward but forgot, and he’ll get his license back. Just a few speculations.

  • Fool

    Labor fiefdoms.

    Why doesn’t LIRR run to Grand Central Terminal instead of new station. It was a gift to both construction labor and operations labor.

    Why are MTA Bus Co. and New York City Transit Bus different and duplicate operations?

    Labor.

  • Kevin Love

    You forgot about the ticket blitz against innocent cyclists.

  • AMH

    Keep CPW two-way, but put a protected bikeway next to the park.

  • AMH

    I think you’re right about the bus companies, but converting an entire railroad to a different electric-supply system is prohibitive. It’s much easier to purchase equipment that will run on multiple systems. As for why THAT hasn’t been done, yes–the railroads are still their own fiefdoms.

  • AMH

    Converting an entire railroad to a different electric-supply system is prohibitive, but the railroads should have been merged, purchasing equipment compatible with both systems to facilitate getting LIRR into Grand Central. I believe the need for the deep cavern was created with the construction of the deep 63 St Tube back in 1989, which would not allow a connection with the shallow Park Avenue Tunnel. That was a mistake.

  • AMH

    This kind of high-cab truck has no place on city streets and should be banned.

  • AMH

    Bike to Work rally for safe streets at City Hall this morning!

  • Vooch

    CPW has nil motor traffic it would be a far more efficient use of roadway to reallocate 2 motor lanes for PBLs tuning in both directions.

    throughout and capacity would be signifantly improved.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Time to stop referring to political monopoly organizations funded by taxes people have no choice but to pay as “labor.”

    “Labor” has to negotiate its pay and benefits with “management” and “owners” who have to balance their demands with “customers” and “investors” who have the power to take their business elsewhere if they believe they are not treated fairly.

    The issue here is “oligarchy.”

  • Kevin Love

    Since many of the union jobs are literally inherited, I believe a better word is “aristocracy.”

  • AMH

    Say more?

  • bolwerk

    Seth Pinsky is to transit advocacy as Rudy Giuliani is to civil libertarianism.

  • bolwerk

    It’s probably not that expensive, in the scheme of things, to just forgo replacing the power infrastructure and instead just use multi-mode equipment. To some extent, it is even already done.

    I’d guess the only time you must replace the power distribution system is when switching to HSR.

  • AnoNYC

    Citi Bike to Expand to Staten Island and The Bronx Under New Proposal

    https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170517/st-george/citi-bike-motivate-james-oddo

  • Eric McClure

    Let the investigation run its course, but if the driver was fully obeying the law, he’ll be the rare private carter indeed.

  • Kevin Love

    Here’s an article about inherited jobs at the Longshoreman’s union. Note the six-figure incomes:

    http://nypost.com/2012/03/05/cushy-low-show-jobs-for-mafia-kin-and-friends-pay-400k-a-year/

  • AnoNYC

    De Blasio’s congestion plan won’t improve gridlock, official says

    http://www.amny.com/transit/de-blasio-s-congestion-plan-won-t-improve-gridlock-official-says-1.13643000

  • Fool

    Exactly, labor is the barrier and not technology.

  • bolwerk

    Labor may be demanding dumb work rules, but they aren’t the ones buying equipment.

  • Fool

    Yes but they have the influence on equipment. Look at single person operation and the Time square automated shuttle fire.

    Everytime the MTA Bus a new piece of equipment they have to ask themselves, will the existing labor pool be able to operate it so we have to create new positions while leaving legacy labor with nothing to do.

  • AMH

    Wow, fascinating.

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