Today’s Headlines

  • Jesse Jackson, Charlie Rangel Lead Rally for More Federal Transit Funding (NY1)
  • Hey WFP — How About an Online Petition to Albany About Bus Cams? (News, NY1)
  • Downtown Brooklyn BID Sets Sights on Parking Lot-to-Playground Conversion (News)
  • This Year’s Int’l Auto Show All About Green Patina, "Apps," and as Usual, Shininess (NY1)
  • Bronx Doctors Sue to Head Off Stim-Funded Parking Structure at St. Barnabas (NYT)
  • Bloomie Budget Cuts Community Board Funding By a Third (News)
  • Cops Barely Use Their Free MetroCards (AMNY)
  • NYPD Axe-Grinding Against Bikes Pays Off for City Again (City Room)
  • SF Film Society Gives Props to Clarence and the Streetfilms Crew (SF360)
  • LaHood Recalls Dangerous Arterial Roadways (PPS)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Re cops not using MetroCards:

    Now that I finally have someone at MTA to pitch the idea to, I will add that item to my case that free MTA entrance to all NYPD should actually be improved.

    As I’ve said before, when (if?) the MTA really does roll out smart-tag entry to transit, then police shields should be modified to BE smart tags. And then, sure, scrap the free MetroCard program.

    The MTA guy I spoke with at the SBS open house last week said, “if a cop lived on East 86th Street and Lex, and worked at Union Square, he would drive to work. And park on the sidewalk.”

    I don’t think my brilliant idea will eliminate that by any stretch, but if it gets ONE cop to leave the car at home one day in one year, it’ll be better than the status quo.