Today’s Headlines

  • Without Transit Riders, Peds and Cyclists, Manhattan Would Be One Big Parking Lot (News)
  • More on AARP Pedestrian Safety Surveys: NY1, Post
  • Albany Approves Third Budget Extension; Dems Mull New Car Fee (WNYC)
  • City Pols Need Convincing of the Value of Automated Bus Lane Enforcement (MTR)
  • MTA to Incredulous Daily News: Bx12 Fare-Beating No Worse Than Other Lines
  • Verrazano Toll Plaza Teardown Begins; Prendergast Realigns Subway Managers (City Room, NY1)
  • Rail Service Could Return to Staten Island’s North Shore (Advance, Post)
  • Patrick Pogan Trial, Day 1: Defense Undercut by Viral Video (NYT, Post 1, 2, News)
  • Ride the City Now Available for iPhone (Gothamist)
  • Had to Happen: Tribeca Shop Sees a Niche in Fashion-Conscious Cycling (NYT)
  • Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan: Good Sportsmanship Starts With Legal Parking (Shutdown Corner)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “If New Yorkers drove as often as the rest of America, the five boroughs would be one big traffic jam.”

    Actually, there would probably be plenty of room on the deteriorating roads. Because Manhattan would end up downsized to what its road system can support — about 400,000 people driving in to work, tops. The highest paid industry would leave. The tax base would collapse. And the rest of the state would end up resembling Mississippi.

    And you know what, it could happen. But that isn’t a problem, as long as the ex state legislators and their cronies keep getting their pension checks in Florida.

  • Bolwerk

    Here’s a fugly headline from Sheepshead Bites that made its way into the New York Times City Room blog (fair and balanced! today):
    Barrison: No More Bike Lanes, Plan For More Cars!

    From the looks of it, bad as Marcia Kramer is, other major media outlets are similarly disconnected with life on the streets. Particular attention needs to be paid to winning small business interest groups over to transit-, pedestrian-, and bike-friendly development.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Do any of you know who Barrison is? A perpetual NIMBY whose avocation has been to object to anything happening in Sheepshead Bay, because if its possible impact on parking. In the news for 25 years saying the same thing over and over.

    For him this is a revelation. He also doesn’t want anything to happen in Manhattan, so he can easily drive and park there.

  • “Recently, a reporter staked out three BX12 SBS stops in the Bronx and counted the number of riders who boarded without first purchasing a ticket.”

    Thats amazing. How did he count the people with passes or transfers?

  • Even if you have a pass or transfer, you still need a ticket. But Jaccarino missed the real story.

  • Without knowing how many people ride the bus at those stops in total, there’s no way of knowing what the fare evasion rate is.

  • Bolwerk

    If enforcement is reasonable, a certain level of fare evasion is good. Fines mean more revenue than a fare, after all.

  • Fines may not necessarily bring in more revenue. Processing them may involve a very large amount of overhead, potentially much more than getting everyone to carry valid unlimited cards.

  • Bolwerk

    If they’re smart, the bureaucracy can be streamlined enough to make processing efficient and the fines ought to be high enough to make evasion undesirable. However, fines make no sense if they don’t cover the costs of enforcement plus lost revenue – which means you want some violations.