Today’s Headlines

  • Remember the Past

    Brodsky’s egalitarian driver’s license plan would allow those with multiple cars to drive into Manhattan every day, while those with just one car can only drive to Manhattan every-other-day.

    I guess having two cars, like people in the suburbs do, makes you “middle class,” while having one car, like many Brooklyn and Queens residents, makes you “rich.”

  • Hilary

    Brodsky parried this criticism yesterday with a new feature of his proposal: DMV would be enlisted to ensure that the licenses of all cars registered to a household have the same last number. This solves one bias by creating another – against households with more than one driver, for example. He was also asked if the rationing would apply to commercial vehicles. The answer was yes, which got Gary LaBarbera (Labor council) scratching his head trying to imagine how that would play out for small businesses. I guess all of us would adapt – businesses, schools, dialysis centers – by shifting to alternate day schedules. It will certainly be easier to get tickets for Wedenesday matinees!

  • Jonathan

    The one good thing about pico y plata (or plate rationing) is that it would make another good reason to join a volunteer ambulance service; I’m sure that given the political power of certain volunteer ambulances, anyone with VAS plates will be exempt from the rationing.

  • Hilary

    The irony of the rationing plan is that its proponents presume that drivers can make some other arrangement for the off days (e.g., transit, car pooling, hitchhiking, walking, telecommuting, foregoing the theater or dialysis treatment, etc.) at the same time howling that people only drive because they HAVE NO OTHER OPTION. Which is it?

  • Ha! That’s a real good point, Hilary. Let’s see what they have to say about that one.

  • Larry Littlefield

    That is a very good argument indeed.

    One counter argument might be that the transit system is at capacity. But even the most crowded rail lines have capacity other than at peak hours. A massive amount.

    From a financial perspective, some combination of alternate hours and telecommuting is the best way to grow transportation.

  • mork

    Thank you Q.U. for finally asking the right question, and to the tabs for finally talking some sense.

    NY1 even found a motorist who’s into CP:

    This is my business. I’m gonna get paid back anyway,” added a professional driver. “It’s going to help keep traffic low. It works in London, so I guess it could work in New York as well.

    NY1 — you rock!

    I gotta think Brodsky is going with the rationing because he knows it is so idiotic that it could never possibly go into effect.

  • Josh

    Yeah, that license plate thing is one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard.