In 2015, a temporary sidewalk expansion relieved crowding on a block of 32nd Street with heavy foot traffic between Penn Station and Herald Square, but the project was scrapped after a trial run. Now advocates are pushing to bring it back, and they recently won the support of Manhattan Community Board 5.
Last week Inside Edition went national with the story of NYPD personnel who use illegal license plate covers to evade toll readers and traffic enforcement cameras. Reporter Lisa Guerrero found scores of vehicles in Lower Manhattan that had some type of cover to obscure the plate, and all of them also bore law enforcement placards.
Next Tuesday, February 14, Harlem voters will choose a City Council member to replace Inez Dickens in what's expected to be a very low turnout election. To get a sense of where the candidates stand on streets and transit issues that council members can influence the most, earlier this week we sent three questions to all the campaigns.
New York City bus service is the slowest in the nation and riders are abandoning the bus in droves, even as the city's population steadily increases. To win people back over to the bus, the advocates at the Bus Turnaround Coalition have pinpointed 10 routes where DOT can make service faster and more reliable.
NYC currently has the slowest bus service in the U.S., and ridership has declined 16 percent since 2002. DOT is looking to turn those trends around, speed up buses, improve walking access to transit, and plan service to meet future demand. While the city's buses and subways are run by the MTA, DOT can make a big difference for surface transit through its management of streets, sidewalks, and traffic signals.