Today’s Headlines

  • City Cuts Number of Parking Permits by a Third (News, AP, Post, NYT)
  • MTA Faces $3B Shortfall in Current Capital Plan (AMNY)
  • NY Gas Tax Holiday Going Nowhere (Daily Politics, NBC)
  • NYT Calls Out Gas Tax Pandering
  • McCain Dodged Alt-Energy Votes (VF Daily)
  • 125th Street Rezoning OKed by City Council (NYT, Post)
  • State Senate Approves Red Light Cameras for Nassau (News)
  • Volvo Sets Goal of Zero Deaths Inside Its Cars (NYT)
  • MTA to Mail Out Customer Surveys (Post)
  • Chelsea Resident Rants About 9th Ave Bike Lane (Curbed)
  • Transit Expert Nominated to Head ConnDOT (MTR)
  • green eggs and ham

    for those who say there are not enough bicyclists using the lanes, two words: 7 blocks. that’s how long it is. ridership will increase when the lane is extended. would the greenway attract its current throngs of bikers if it were only 7 blocks long? No. give it a chance to work. if you want to make a green omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

  • politiciancars

    Here’s one about the types of cars congressmen drive at our expense:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/01/nyregion/01cars.html?hp

  • Hilary

    That said, why don’t we have a 7-block bicycle parade there?

  • Josh

    While I think Volvo’s heart is in the right place (keeping your customers safe is certainly a laudable goal), I’m concerned that a car like they’re describing would give drivers a false sense of security and encourage aggressive driving in the same way that large SUVs do.

  • gecko

    Intelligent Volvo vehicles designed for zero pedestrian deaths would most likely be less than 100 pounds and hybrid human-electric among other things.

    Artificial intelligent steering or “virtual rails” is nice but real rails are a lot easier and can be tiered at different vertical levels.

    Powered rails would also minimize storage requirements.

  • Nemo

    Putting a dent in Toyota’s green brand:

    http://prwatch.org/node/7260

  • Spud Spudly

    As the Times article acknowledges, Volvo’s “zero deaths” campaign is marketing and P.R. claptrap. It’s great that they’re devoting so much time and resources to improving the safety of their cars, but face it, the perception of safety is why their cars sell in the first place. Engineers and other program people who are responsible for producing real-live measurable results hate those kinds of impossible absolutist unrealistic “goals.”