Today’s Headlines

  • Congestion Mitigation Commission Will Probably Recommend Pricing (NYT, AP)
  • Bush Admin Cut Pro-Transit Section From National Report (NCI, via Planetizen)
  • Fashion Designer Stripped of Corrections Dept. Parking Placard (Post)
  • Daily News Previews Next Week’s Neighborhood Parking Workshops in Queens
  • MTA: Bus Lines Attracting Riders With Better, More Reliable Service (NY1)
  • NY1 Takes a Look at Ted Kheel’s ‘Extreme Congestion Pricing’
  • Bay Ridge Activist Campaigns for Transit, Against Pricing (Brooklyn Eagle)
  • Undercover Taxi Officers Ride Their Beat (AM)
  • Battle Lines Drawn in 125th Street Rezoning (AM, City Room)
  • Proposed L.I.-Westchester Tunnel Could Be Dead in the Water (Newsday)
  • Carlton Avenue Bridge & Bike Lane Closes for Atlantic Yards (AYR)
  • Jonathan

    Don’t forget to vote in the NY1 online poll on “What’s the best option for the city: The Kheel plan, CP, or status quo.”

  • Eric

    Gotta love this one from the Post’s Kimora Lee Simmons parking-placard-abuse story:

    Simmons doesn’t appear to be in legal jeopardy despite breaking the rules to score prime parking spots, authorities said.

    “The placard seems, in this case, to be the responsibility of the officer, and DOC [Department of Correction] has already retrieved it from the officer,” Morello said.

    Maybe someone is confusing this with Bloomberg’s efforts to make gun dealers responsible for gun crimes. Do we need to remind the City that we also prosecute the shooters, too.

    The City ought to recall every placard, and issue new ones that look nothing like the old ones. And then create a CCRB equivalent to do the enforcement, so we don’t have to worry about the “we don’t ticket our own” nonsense. Maybe we can even turn it into a reality TV show, with all the royalties going to transit improvements.

  • Here’s a chilling little multimedia report and a case in point for drawing analogies between cyclists’ rights and civil rights:

    http://www.abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=4186220&page=1

  • mork

    I saw George Haikalis last night on NY1’s “The Call” he did a great job, but stumbled a bit on a question from a woman who “had” to drive in from Brooklyn for doctor’s appointments.

    I wonder if a good answer to that would be to use some portion of the Kheel surplus to create a more reliable paratransit system. This could ultimately be a big win for low income folks who are having to carry the expense of a car in order to keep up their doctors visits.

  • Hilary

    People who raise the medical necessity of driving into Manhattan should be reminded that those costs are tax deductible medical expenses. If they itemize and have substantial medical expenses, this can be a substantial discount. I don’t mean to be hard-hearted, but it seems that it would be more efficient to address hardship cases as tax deductions or credits, and keeping pricing simple and uncorruptable.

  • fdr

    Your medical expenses have to be enormous compared to your income before any tax deductions kick in.

  • The people who cite the medical necessity of a car seem to forget the huge initial costs of maintaining a car in the first place. The reason they feel they can’t afford to use a taxi or car service to the doctor or hospital is because they have spent too much money on buying the car, insurance, registration and gas (not to mention the repairs and tickets). If you go car-less and use taxis and car services (or even rental cars) when needed, you can afford to travel locally in NYC by car 100+ times a year and still spend less than it costs to maintain your own car. I doubt these people have more than 100+ medical trips that require a car each year.

  • Jonathan

    You can itemize and deduct for medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of adjusted gross income. The average monthly Social Security benefit is about $1,000. Let’s double that to reflect savings and pension, then the 7.5% floor is $1,800 in medical expenses annually. Two $60 cab rides monthly makes $1,440 annually, plus the cost of drugs and procedures; it shouldn’t be hard for elderly people on fixed incomes to get some deductions back.

  • Josh

    Eric wrote:
    “The City ought to recall every placard, and issue new ones that look nothing like the old ones. And then create a CCRB equivalent to do the enforcement, so we don’t have to worry about the “we don’t ticket our own” nonsense.”

    Since the placard abuse issue has come to the front of people’s minds, I’ve been keeping a closer eye on how police cars behave. Seems like just about every day I notice one blowing through a red light, and not with lights and sirens on to indicate an emergency, but just apparently because the driver decided “screw it, I don’t feel like waiting.” One time I almost got hit while crossing Tillary Street (with a walk signal) by one of them.

  • Hilary

    Re the medical necessity argument, CP should be framed as a public health imperative, just as the smoking ban was. What happened to all those asthma PSAs?

  • Ann

    Not to mention speeding emergency response vehicles.

  • barcar

    humorous article about bar cars on metro north. some choice quotes re: suburbs vs city, too – from the suburban perspective.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/realestate/24comm.html

  • galvo

    i have noticed a huge reduction of taxi drivers talking on hands free cellphones this weekend