Today’s Headlines

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    “When a real disaster happens, such as when a train went out of service on the Williamsburg Bridge on Monday morning, passengers have to walk dozens of blocks to another line or take the B-39 bus over the bridge — though that bus line is slated to be eliminated by the MTA due to alleged budget shortfalls.”

    Alleged? That’s the solution: spend the hiden $billions the MTA has been hoarding since Alan Hevesi was not yet in jail.

    I’ve said it before, the MTA should be adding service, not cutting service.

    The way to add service is to start from zero.

    Use of all available cash, declare bankruptcy, and shut down for a while, perhaps a couple of months. Use the dedicated tax subsidies and toll money the way Albany intended — for debt service, retiree health care and pensions.

    Then, IF the placard holding politicians allow, gradually add service, starting with lines that could cover their costs. The collapse of the city, metro area and state economy and the partial recovery of the transit system could meet in the middle, as younger people and new businesses seek out other places where they will be victimized less.

  • Boris

    I wonder where WNYC got the $17/hr figure for garage parking in Greenwich Village. This neighborhood has some of the lowest off-street parking rates in Manhattan below 59th St; $10-12 for multiple hours. Of course, the rates are low and street parking relatively easy to find because so few people drive here.

  • Doesn’t Robert Moses have any living relatives who can be sued to provide the necessary funds to deck over the BQE?

    But in reality, one thing I’ve never understood is that in the rare case that an expressway comes close to urban areas in Europe, there is just about always soundproof glass the mitigate the effects. Plant some kind of ivy in front of that, and there ya go! The beast has been tamed!

    So why don’t we do that over here? Is it so that we get a constant reminder of just how awesome automobiles are, and how subservient we are to them, roaring in our ears constantly? Is it because motorists want an unimpeded view of the urban area they are helping to destroy? What gives?

  • The best way to fix the BQE “ditch” in Cobble Hill is to tear down the BQE. Expressways do not belong in major urban areas anywhere.

  • J:Lai

    The SAS piece on mobile apps using MTA data also mentions the lack of wireless service in the subways. People seem to frame the debate in terms of productivity vs. annoyance, where productivity comes from the ability to send email or work on-line while on a subway train. Annoyance means having to listen to one side of cell phone conversations on the train.

    This seems to miss one of the biggest advantages that would accrue to underground wireless service. It would then be possible for a third party to provide an application communicating the position and estimated time until arrival of the next train. This could be rolled to all lines right away, potentially at no cost to the mta, and would be a major benefit to commuters.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Sure Urbanis, talk about “not going to happen”.

    I would be more positive about pushing for over-decking it as part of the entire Gowanus tunneling semi-fantasy. All this could easily be paid for with a little tolling but “its an interstate” and it doesn’t fit into the present iteration of what a crisis is, since we have lived with it for sixty years.