Today’s Headlines

  • Cabbie on Cell Phone Fails to Yield, Kills 8-Year-Old Boy in Crosswalk, No Charges Filed (Post, News)
  • Construction Lobby: NYC Transpo Agencies Slow to Spend Out Stim Money (Post)
  • Ben Kabak Gets the TWU’s Side of the MTA Labor Deal, Plus the Arbitration Decision (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Ear-Splitting Subway Emergency Exits: Do They Serve Any Real Purpose? (WNYC)
  • 1,000 More Cars a Day Into Manhattan? SI Pols Want Autos Back on the Ferry (Post)
  • More on Paterson’s Response to Taconic Crash: It’s All About Protecting Child Passengers (City Room)
  • MTA Eliminates Express Bus Discount for Students (News)
  • SI Motorists Can’t Resist Temptation to Drive in the Bike Lane on Capodanno Blvd (SI Live)
  • Bloomberg: Segways Should Be Legal on NYC Streets (News)
  • Philly Cyclists Band Together to Support Proposed Center City Bike Lanes (BCGP via

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • On the emergency exits story, I’m surprised they didn’t mention a fourth type of rider–the person encumbered with a large package, suitcase, stroller, or bicycle that can’t fit through the turnstiles (particularly the iron maidens). At the 8th Ave/23rd St stop, there’s a bell you can ring to signal the attendant to open the gate; however, the booth has been empty the last several times I’ve been through that stop.

  • RE: MTA Eliminates Express Bus Discount for Students

    The express bus is a luxury service; it’s not like there’s no other option. The MTA is not obligated to provide a cheap ride to every hidden corner of the 5 boroughs.

  • oscarfrye

    Ben Kabak’s (and the TWU’s) logic is nonsense

  • This is beyond infuriating. An 8-year-old boy crossing with the light is mowed down by a cab driver who witnesses say was a) talking on his cellphone and b) speeding and c) attempting to flee, and the driver is NOT CHARGED because “investigators determined the driver BROKE NO LAWS.” WTF???!!!

    And all Bloomberg has to say is “I don’t know whether he was talking and I don’t know whether it would have prevented the accident?”

    The mayor who won’t let us eat transfats needs to implement a zero-tolerance policy against distracted driving. How many deaths are too many?

  • Ian Turner

    So, what happened to the “rule of two”?

  • Maureen McCormick:

    Prosecutors are bound to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the negligence meets the court’s definition of what is criminal because according to case law “negligent conduct arising from carelessness, inadvertence, lack of skill, competence or foresight — would not be a sufficient.”

    That doesn’t explain the phone thing, though; maybe he wasn’t making a call at the time of the crash?

  • Rhywun: “The MTA is not obligated to provide a cheap ride to every hidden corner of the 5 boroughs.”

    Others may disagree, but I think that’s exactly the MTA’s function as a public transit agency. Premium rides are the job of private enterprise.

  • Re #7: Amen

  • Why not remove the alarms and make the emergency exits into plain old exits?

    What is the benefit of requiring people to exit through the faregates? It just creates conflicts between people who are exiting and people who are entering.

    The alarms on the emergency exits are the transit equivalent of car alarms. They go off so frequently that everyone just ignores them. They are just a nuisance that it would be very easy to eliminate.

  • cr

    Why are Segways banned? Please tell me because they make you look incredibly ridiculous, and are pretty much useless in the face of a bicycle…

  • Ian Turner


    Please share with us your plan for how to keep the “plain old exits” exit-only?

  • I can’t speak for Charles, but I know how I’d do it: people. You may be able to reduce the number of people required through a proof-of-payment system, but the effectiveness of technological solutions like these high-wheel gates is limited. At some point you have to pay people.

  • philly_rider

    Philadelphia’s subway generally has gates that open — with no lock or alarm — which allow for wheelchairs, strollers, etc.

    I am always shocked at how difficult it is to use the NYC subway with a stroller.

  • MTA may fight panel’s hefty pay hikes for transit workers
    By Pete Donohue
    Saturday, August 15th 2009

    The MTA is considering challenging an arbitration panel’s decision to grant transit workers generous wage hikes, officials said Friday.
    A state judge can throw out a contract after concluding arbitrators didn’t properly apply the criteria mandated by the legislation, including an employer’s ability to pay wages and benefits.

    The pact grants transit workers staggered annual raises totaling 4%, 4% and 3.5% over the three-year contract.
    MTA officials said it would increase costs by $350 million.

    The major provisions in the contract crafted by the arbitrators mirror the terms supported last year by MTA CEO Elliot Sander and NYC Transit President Howard Roberts before direct talks with union boss Roger Toussaint ended and the two sides turned to arbitration to finalize a deal. Sander resigned in May.

    The MTA under acting CEO Helena Williams tried unsuccessfully to steer the panel away from the framework supported by Sander and Roberts, concluding it spelled a bad financial deal for the authority, even if it included removing conductors from some subway lines.

    A union spokesman said the MTA’s legal review is “another attempt by the MTA to mask its incompetence.”