Today’s Headlines

  • Will New Jersey’s Next Governor Give a Fig About Transit? (Gotham Gazette)
  • If Cuomo Doesn’t Fix the Subways, His Poll Numbers Could Go the Way of Christie’s (Crain’s)
  • Amtrak Boss Wick Moorman Stepping Down, Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson Taking Over (Politico)
  • Brad Hoylman Wants More Heat on MTA/DOT to Speed Up Slow, Unreliable Bus Service (AMNY)
  • 5 Years and $369 Million Later, MTA Has Completed Sandy Repairs at New South Ferry Station (Post)
  • Rider Who Went Through F Train Hell Calls for Overhaul of MTA’s Emergency Protocols (News)
  • Driver Killed, Passenger Critically Injured in Crash on Skillman Ave and Queens Blvd (DNA, TL)
  • DA: Wrong-Way Driver Who Critically Injured Cyclist in Midtown Was “Thoroughly Intoxicated” (News)
  • 83rd Precinct Goes on an Anti-Bike Victim-Blaming Tear (DNA)
  • Students at the Lou Gehrig School Have a Message for Motorists: “Slow Down” (BxTimes)
  • Daily News Agitates for Weekday Service to Jones Beach for Car-Free New Yorkers

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  • Larry Littlefield

    This sounds like there might be a competent, experienced head of Amtrak with a track record of success in another industry.

    That is NOT what I would have expected. After all, New York, New Jersey, the Port Authority.

  • bolwerk

    Well, I’d be willing to wait and see, but I’d not be so optimistic. Improbable profits can point to deferred maintenance. For that matter, a track record of success in *another industry* is a very poor indicator of success in an industry you probably don’t know much about.

    But the other thing is you can have as competent leadership as anyone and still have your organization screwed when it doesn’t get the resources it needs. I don’t see Trump and the GOP being very supportive of Amtrak.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The airline industry is the one most like rail transit. There really isn’t a better choice out there.

  • Fool

    Delta actually is the last US airline with in-house maintenance shop. Regardless of how shitty (legroom) even their premium economy flying experience is. The do, intentionally, have the oldest fleet in the country though.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Still in house? Maybe I’ll have to give them a second look. When I have to fly, I usually choose American, because they were the last to go bankrupt.

    That industry went from the most overpaid government-backed oligopoly (some of us are old enough to remember it) to an underpaid industry. To the point where I worry about safety.

    Like the subway, this is something that is going to explode all at once.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The point of the [new ticketing] program is to enforce good behavior by cracking down on anyone abusing their privilege,” says mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein. “Anyone” has to include cops: For all they do to keep this city safe, the police can’t be above the law. And the IAB’s mission is to hold officers to account — not to illegally threaten civilians.”

    My God, the Post complaining that something the police do isn’t exactly fair to the rest of us? What’s next? The NY Times complaining about all those retroactive pension deals for NYC teachers? The Wall Street Journal editorial page suggesting the explosion of executive pay that got rolling in the mid-1990s (and the big cutback in dividends) wasn’t fair to investors?

    Perhaps someone is getting the sense that the members of Generation Greed who pillaged this country, state, city, society are going to die eventually, and those who pandered to them might die off with them.

  • qrt145

    This is already a couple of weeks old, but I don’t remember seeing it mentioned on Streetsblog so I thought I would bring it up in case it was missed:

    NYC, Citibike Settle With Brain-Injured Cyclist in Run-Up to Trial. http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202786933319/NYC-Citibike-Settle-With-BrainInjured-Cyclist-in-RunUp-to-Trial

    (It’s behind a paywall, but if you google the title and click on the link from the search results page, you should be able to see the content.)

  • bolwerk

    I dunno. I’m not sure I buy the railroad industry is particularly inept to begin with. The rules are bad. That’s a different problem. Bring in someone from another industry and they may not even know those rules.

  • AMH

    Interesting.

  • AMH

    What, if anything, has been done about overworked and underpaid pilots? That’s an issue I haven’t heard about in awhile.

  • Fool

    Yes. A lot of planes will actually fly to Mexico for their maintenance.

  • AMH

    Wow, no kidding?!