Today’s Headlines

  • The Times Wonders If Americans Can Go Car-Free
  • Senate Transpo Chair Martin Dilan Says He’ll Block Marc Shaw From MTA Top Job (Post)
  • Collecting New Taxi Surcharge a Logistical Nightmare (NY1)
  • NYCEDC Wants to Encourage Electric Car Adoption (Post)
  • NY Appeals Court Rules That Cops Can’t Use GPS to Track Cars Without a Warrant (NYT)
  • Cyclists Bring Case Against NYPD Parade Rules to Court (Post)
  • The Bell Cord Returns to NYC Buses (NYT)
  • New Sidewalk Coming to Barnett Ave in Sunnyside (News)
  • Bike Commuting’s Image Problem (M-Bike via
  • Stim Cash for Water Infrastructure Funds Maryland Sprawl (Switchboard)
  • "Safe Streets" Bill Dies in California State Legislature (Streetsblog LA)
  • RE: The Bell Cord Returns to NYC Buses

    That’s awesome. A little nostalgia, and more practical & cheaper too. A no-brainer.

  • The radio show Marketplace has a series called “The Next American Dream,” so far with two segments on transportation. This morning they aired a piece on what we might learn (and vice versa) from the budding car culture in India.

    The series is here: and the car segments are about midway down the page, under the heading “Opportunity and Mobility”

  • India may be poor overall, but its cities are already choked with American-style cars, just like China’s and other developing countries’. Somehow I don’t that “staying poor” is a solution to the car mess that many Americans are going to be satisfied with.

  • RE: The Times Wonders If Americans Can Go Car-Free

    “There are only six American downtown districts that are dense enough to support mass transit, which you need if you’re going to be carless: New York City (Midtown and Downtown), Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco. That’s it.”

    I’ve long thought Witold was nutters, but this is just absurd. I’ve lived without a car quite easily in several cities lacking “mass transit”. His assumption that only “mass transit” (by which I assume he means “subways”) is the only capable replacement for an automobile is strange, to say the least.

  • J. Mork

    Not to mention that Brooklyn is more densely populated than any of the places mentioned besides Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.