Today’s Headlines

  • Brooklynites Are Sick of Almost Getting Killed on Cortelyou Rd. (Ditmas Blog)
  • You Read the Plan, Now Watch Fidler Explain the Thinking Behind It (Politicker)
  • Brodsky Calls Fidler’s Tax & Tunnel Transpo Plan "Workable, Bold" (Sun)
  • The Villain of Traffic: The Driver-Only Car (NYT)
  • Bloomberg Will Speak on Climate at Mayor’s Conference (Sun)
  • A Penn Station Worthy of New York (NYT Editorial)
  • Is Owen Wilson’s Helmetless Biking the Sign of a "Death Wish?" (Gawker)
  • Time for Some Jane Jacobs Revisionism? (City Room, AYR)
  • MTA Infuriates City Hall on TWU Dues Payments (NYT)
  • Pt. Authority Takes Over Stewart Airport (Post)
  • Seattle Hits Kyoto Targets Despite Rising Car Use (Planetizen)
  • Taxi Medallion Goes for $384,999 in Auction (NYT)
  • JF

    “As opposed as I am to congestion pricing as an idea, the fact that the mayor proposed it was a good thing because it really forced us to focus on some real serious problems in our city,” said Fidler.

    Ah. Then he must really be regretting his attempt to prevent the Mayor from proposing it.

  • Larry Littlefield

    One of the worst things about traffic in this city, and one of the most inequitable, is having massive tolls on some bridges and no tolls on others — inducing massive traffic to go out of its way through some neighborhoods.

    Opponents seem determined to do nothing about this.

    Since the city is collecting no money on the East River Bridges, it loses no money by reducing the number of traffic lanes on them. And if that backs up traffic on the Brooklyn/Queens side, lanes could be reduced further out in the boroughs until the traffic back up is moved all the way back in Fidler and Weiner’s neighborhood. How about it?

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    Metafilter linked to these Virgin Trains ads. I can’t imagine Amtrak or Metro-North running anything like this:

    http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/tvads/default.aspx

    This one is quite possibly Not Safe for Work (depending on where you work):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GlQ6aTipbM

    More here:
    http://www.virgintrains.co.uk/gogreener/default.aspx?srcgreen=hpromo

  • JF

    One of the worst things about traffic in this city, and one of the most inequitable, is having massive tolls on some bridges and no tolls on others — inducing massive traffic to go out of its way through some neighborhoods.

    Opponents seem determined to do nothing about this.

    They are, and they spin it as an injustice to make people pay:

    http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18474877&BRD=2731&PAG=461&dept_id=574903&rfi=6

    State Sen. John Sabini believes that Queens drivers would be further disadvantaged because riders on the Queensboro Bridge, between Queens and the Central Business District, would pay full congestion pricing fees.