Today’s Headlines

  • Schumer Pushing for $5 Billion More for Transit in Senate Stim Bill (NYT)
  • Drunk Driver Kills Two in Middle Village (News, NYT, Post)
  • Driver Jumps Curb in Bed-Stuy, Injures Two Kids (News, News)
  • Dinowitz Ridicules MTA as Constituents Face Loss of Bx34 (NYT)
  • Vélib, World’s Largest Bike-Share System, Expands to Paris Suburbs (Bike-Share Blog)
  • Car Makers Use Taxpayer Money to Fund Fight Against Emissions Standards (New Yorker via Grist)
  • Traffic Congestion Takes a Toll on Married Women (Ryan Avent)
  • What U.S. DOT Programs Should Be Cut? (National Journal via Streetsblog.net)
  • New Flooring Could Make Subway Stations Cleaner, Cheaper to Maintain (News)
  • Straphangers Take in an Evening of Underground Theater (NYT)
  • About the Middle Village hit-and-run, Brendan Ogle’s comments to NY1 struck me:

    There’s a word to describe a widow, there’s a word to describe an orphan or a widower, but there’s no word to describe a parent that lost a child. I don’t know how to process it.

    His son Robert got drunk at a party and tried to do the right thing: he walked home. Robert’s friend Alex Paul tried to do the right thing and help his buddy get home safe. They were both killed by a psychopath, but he was helped by an anti-pedestrian intersection design.

  • “The M.T.A. is very numbers- orientated,” said Gene Russianoff, a lawyer with the Straphangers Campaign, which advocates for improvements in transit. “You get a sense of how little a feel for the neighborhoods they serve. For them it’s an abstract line along the map, whereas for residents, it’s their supermarket, their church, the school or the park.”

    At what point will we have to conclude that the Straphangers Campaign has jumped the shark? By portraying the MTA management – who are bound by law to have a balanced budget – as unfeeling, Russianoff allows Jeff Dinowitz to appear as the Sensitive Champion of the People.

    This – and similar actions with Marty Markowitz – is either part of some masterful strategy by NYPIRG that is so subtle I fail to grasp it, or else it’s a myopic view of “transit advocacy” that refuses to hold politicians responsible for their actions, and envisions a transit system that will apparently run forever without anybody ever having to pay for it.

  • Mike

    Well said, Cap.

  • Rhywun

    RE: Dinowitz Ridicules MTA as Constituents Face Loss of Bx34

    The Bx34 averaged 4,972 riders on weekdays in 2007, whereas the rest of the city’s buses averaged 12,469 on weekdays that year.

    I’m stunned that 5,000 riders is not enough to sustain a bus line. In SF they’re still holding on the lines with less that 1,000 daily riders, although they want to replace buses with vans on these lines. One wonders why the MTA can’t think outside the box and consider something similar.

  • Larry Littlefield

    http://www.politickerny.com/1760/subway-stimulus-thompsons-anti-toll-petition

    “City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson has started an online petition against the East River Bridge tolls. [Twitt]”

    I’m not sure what Twitt is. A comment on the Comptroller?

  • Rhywun

    I think they mean “tweet”.

    This gives me a idea to start an online petition for, oh, free parking everywhere at all times. And free ponies, too.

  • anon

    Well, there goes the one Democrat I thought I could vote for.

    Hello, Mayor Bloomberg.

  • rex

    Somebody just sent me a link about and article in the NYT about a carfree 42nd Street from shore to shore for light rail.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/vision-of-42nd-street-as-a-car-free-light-rail-corridor/?apage=1

    Just thought it would be of interest

  • ddartley

    Another thing about the Middle Village dual-homicide:

    Again, astoundingly, IDLING is implicated in two more deaths, so soon after the disaster in Chinatown. In this case, the car was stolen by the driver while it was left running, unattended.

    Please ask your Council Members to support Garodnick’s anti-idling bill Int 881. It specifically addresses enforcement, rather than just banning something, so it seems like it could be a more effective anti-idling tool than the other recently passed (but also very welcome) bills.