Today’s Headlines

  • Larry Littlefield

    FYI on bus tracking — this is the second vendor to fail.

    The problem is in Manhattan, where tall buildings block the signals. That is why the MTA insists on installation in Manhattan first — if it will work there, it will work anywhere. The MTA doesn’t want more than one system to maintain.

    The other boroughs are much less problematic, with possible the exception of a few corridors such as Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn.

    At this point, after two vendors were unable to deliver, it may be necessary to admit that real time tracking and information cannot be provided in Manhattan, and just install a tried-and-true off-the-shelf system in the other boroughs.

  • J. Mork

    Barack Obama: I think that… we have been slow to move in a better direction when it comes to energy usage. And the president, frankly, hasn’t had an energy policy.* And as a consequence we’ve been consuming energy as if it’s infinite. We now know that our demand is badly outstripping supply with China and India growing as rapidly as they are.

    CNBC’s John Harwood: So could the (high) oil prices help us?

    Barack Obama: I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money in their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more rapidly, particularly U.S. automakers…


  • Obama sort of seems to be dancing around the statement that higher gas prices might be a good thing, because it’s probably a hard truth to get a lot of people to swallow.

    Larry, what type of signals are we talking about for these bus tracking systems? Satellite? Garden variety radio? Something else?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Larry, what type of signals are we talking about for these bus tracking systems? Satellite? Garden variety radio? Something else?”

    I don’t know the details. My guess is they have tried different things.

    Remember, the signals have to go from a bus to a computer, then back to all the bus shelters on that particular route. And for NYCT “next bus” won’t cut it when you have multiple routes on a street, a problem with the customer information for the trains as well (which is why Washington’s simple system was not used).

  • Peter

    Democrats Gain Control of NY State Senate; Will Albany Reform Follow?

    Ah that is rich.

    Remember that there is only one party in politics and we’re not invited.