Today’s Headlines

  • Fractured Transpo Agencies United on Toll and Fare Increases (Newsday, NYT)
  • MTA Not Expecting a Run on Pre-Hike MetroCards (NYT)
  • Commuters Pine for Riverdale Ferry (NYT)
  • Teachers Union Balks at Placard Cuts; City May Capitulate (Sun
  • South Bronx Still Waiting on Promised Yankee Stadium Benefits (NYT)
  • As Government Spending Lags, Private Dollars Shape US Cities (NYT)
  • Plan Would Replace Gowanus Expressway With a Park (News)
  • Reduce Emissions? No Can Do. Driverless Cars? You Betcha! (NYT
  • Man Arrested for Sabotaging Bike Trail (News
  • Streetsblog: The 28th Most Exciting Thing in Brooklyn (Bklyn Paper
  • “Teachers Union Balks”: from what do you infer that “City May Capitulate”? And, oh yes Randi, the problem is that the teachers don’t have enough permits.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — in locations outside the congestion pricing zone in Manhattan, there should be reserved on-street parking for public employees.

    But only for one-third of them, or less.

    And that one third should be required to dial into a dynamic carpooling system before each trip to and from work, and bring one or two fellow public employees with them. A computer would match the trips individually.

    The public employees would pay $3.00 per ride, or 50 percent more than the base price of a transit trip for a point-to-point ride. Of that, $2.50 would be transferred to the driver, and $50 cents to run the dynamic carpool system.

    With a big enough system to guarantee rides, those not receiving the parking permit could get by with one fewer car despite their decentralized worksites, saving not only gas and tolls but also the cost of the vehicle and insurance. Drivers would get some income for trips they would have made anyway, in exchange for going a bit out of their way.

    Eventually, the system could be expanded to members of other organizations with dispersed worksites that make for long transit trips — the utilities, the airlines, the hospitals and construction unions for example. Some time afterward it could expanded to the public at large.

    The good news: teachers, cops and other public employees could either save or a significant amount of money. The bad news for them: it would be good for everyone else too, and turn a special political privilege into something actually earned.

  • Brad Aaron

    “A City Hall official said it is possible the policy reconsideration Ms. Weingarten requested will happen. A working group spearheading the reduction will consider agencies’ requests for more permits, if they make them, the official said.”

  • Thanks, Brad, I missed it.

  • Jonathan

    “Consideration” is certainly the political phrase to use, better than “rejected outright.” I have this fantasy image of the working group in consideration of agencies’ requests for more permits; it looks something like this.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Initially, the UFT leadership was receptive to PlaNYC, until they met with the members and local leaders (chapter chairs). The top leaders knew that the City needs $ to fund the MTA and another tax to do it meant that there would me more left over for the PBA, UFT, DC37 etc. When the entitled members heard about it, most of who live in either the former two fare zones (and own cars) or the suburbs, they hit the ceiling and UFT has not helped Congestion Pricing further. That the members hold the passes gives the Mayor and Christine Quinn a lever on the UFT. The UFT has substantial clout with the recalcitrant City Councilmembers who need to buy into CP if it is to happen, also they have lots of juice with the Assembly and Senate.

    This is how deals get done. If the UFT members hanging on like grim death to their passes is the only thing needed to pass this legislation then I say let them keep the fucking passes, print more even. The problem will be when every other yahoo steps up and takes their bite out of CP, there may not be anything left.