Today’s Headlines

  • Crash Kills 2 Off-Duty Cops, Hurts 4 Others; 3rd Officer Hit by Motorcycle (NYT, News 1, 2, Post 1, 2)
  • Drunk Driver Kills 2 Passengers at JFK (Post)
  • "Elle’s Law" Could Bring Jail Time for Drivers Who Injure While Committing Moving Violation (News)
  • Tunneling Machine Gets to Work Below Second Avenue (SAS, NY1)
  • Bloomberg Supports Walder Plan to Shut Trains for Track Repair (Post)
  • Does Fox 5 Reporter Charles Leaf Know Subway Lines Require Maintenance in Order to Function?
  • Brooklyn, Manhattan’s East Side to Bear Brunt of MTA Bus Cuts (Post
  • TLC Looks to Pull 633 Cabbie Licenses for Fare Fraud (City Room)
  • Rest Easy, New Yorkers: Albany Hard at Work on Saggy Pants Scourge (NY1
  • Oil Continues to Gush Into Gulf of Mexico, But BP Doesn’t Want to Know How Much (NYT)
  • End of the Line for the Princeton Dinky? (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • streetsblog readers… which would have a bigger impact, Ellie’s Law or the Haley & Diego Law Squadron and Cavanagh had tried to put forth? Does anyone have updates on either? Pedestrians and cyclists are getting mowed down every day with little or no consequences.

  • “Does Fox 5 Reporter Charles Leaf Know Subway Lines Require Maintenance in Order to Function?” Not his problem I guess…

    I think shutting down subway lines or individual stops for a few weeks at a time while boosting bus service is a better and more honest approach. Killing just weekend service over months or years makes people think they need a car for going anywhere on the weekends. It also devalues the unlimited metrocard which only pays off with good weekend service.

  • Glenn, your argument is intriguing. I think though that if you shut down rail service, riders will switch to private auto and taxi as well as bus. Better bus service would require taking away street space used for automobiles. This will spur the inevitable complaints along these lines: “They took away my subway service, so I had to drive, and now I got a ticket for double-parking. Where is the justice?”

  • Ian Turner

    Glenn, you only need to ride the subway 1.6 times per day to make the unlimited ride metrocard pay for itself, which is easily achieved through round trip weekday commuting alone.

  • Bolwerk

    Weekend use definitely is icing on the cake. I often pull off 3-4 swipes on Saturday and Sunday, on top of the round trips or even 3-swipe trips I pull off weekdays.

  • In Connecticut, doctor busted for walking. Start at fifth graf. Three cops ganged up on him and called him — horrors — an activist! Then they ticketed him for “unsafe use of the roadway by a pedestrian,” despite the fact that he wore reflective clothing and followed all safety rules to the letter.

  • The cost per fare for a pay-per-ride card with the 15% bonus is $1.96. That requires 46 rides to make the unlimited worthwhile. There are 20-22 weekdays in a 30-day period. So, no, either weekend riding or non-commuting weekday trips are needed.

  • As I see it, straight weekday commuting usage does not justify buying the monthly card anymore. In any given 30 days, there are at least 4 weekends, for a total of 8 non-working days, (not including sick, vacation or holidays or the random work from home day or business trip day). If you first use a 30-day unlimited it on a Saturday (which I would NEVER do), there are actually 10 weekend days automatically. Each day on pay-as-you-go is $4.50 – 10% or $4.10/day. That’s $90.20 for only 22 uses versus $89 for the monthly card. It’s definitely NOT worth buying the monthly card if all you do is the 22 weekday commuting trips (like if you live in the suburbs). If you are sick or work from home just 1 day, it’s not worth it.

    The weekends and other trips later on weekday nights are what make metrocards worth it to buy. And those are exactly where service is being cut right now to save on the budget or to do service work.

    Let me also just say that everywhere else in the world I have lived that has a monthly transit plan, it’s usually the equivalent of 50-75% of the monthly weekday commuting cost alone.

  • J. Mork – I see $2.05 get deducted everytime I use by pay per use metrocard so I have 44 rides as the breakeven point.

    So if I stay around my neighborhood on most weekends, bike commute or work from home a few days a month, it just doesn’t add up to make it worth it. Sure, I’ll have the odd 3-4 ride days, but those are more than offset by the chance of more than 8-10 no-ride days over a given 30 days.

  • The breakeven is, without question, 46 rides.

    45 rides on a pay-per-ride card cost $88.04. 46 rides on a pay-per-ride card cost $90.00.

  • Sorry – I don’t know where I saw saw $2.05 maybe that’s what’s left on my card right now! Mike and JMork or right – it’s still a 15% “bonus” so $1.96 makes the case even stronger for the need for weekend / late night usage to make the unlimited pay-off

  • LOLcat

    If the MTA is really having such trouble why not get rid of unlimited AND reduce the fare back to 2.00 a pop. Unpopular, I know. We did without unlimiteds for many years before though…

    Also,

    I have been saying “elles law” or a variant of it should be around for a loonnnggg time. If you are in an accident, and it can be proven that you committed a moving violation, your license should be IMMEDIATELY revoked. Before you can even get it back you should need to take a REAL driving class. And no, I dont mean some 5 hour BS video

  • Larry Littlefield

    This is interesting. St. Louis is tearing down a honkey tube.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2010/05/17/story4.html?b=1274068800^3354961&s=industry&i=commercial_real_estate

    “It has been called an eyesore, an impediment to revitalization and just downright ugly. The multistory skybridge that has linked the former St. Louis Centre Mall and the Dillard’s building will soon be called something else: gone.”

    “The skybridge is a free-standing structure with several columns supporting its weight on the north and south side of Washington Avenue. It was built in 1985 as part of the $95 million St. Louis Centre mall that connected shoppers to the Dillard’s department store building at 601 Washington. But the structure has not been used since Dillard’s closed in 2001. The mall closed in 2006.”

    Also, Planning magazine had a big discussion of retail street planning it its latest issue, including an article on pedestrian/transit malls — 70s growth, then removal, and now a second look. It’s password protected however.

  • Ian Turner

    Fair enough, I forgot about the single ride discount.

  • brent

    As someone who commutes by bike, I won’t comment on the budgeting. Howver, I do think its better to just do all of the repairs at once because I find weekend/ evening service changes REALLY confusing. Ever been on the platform at 3 am waiting for some local train that aint coming because you didnt notice the little sign?

  • JJJJJ

    Larry you forgot to highlight this wodnerful gem in the article

    ” Demolition of the four-story skybridge across Washington Avenue will begin next week. It’s part of a larger redevelopment project spearheaded by Environmental Operations’ CEO Stacy Hastie: the $31 million conversion of the adjoining St. Louis Centre mall into a 750-car garage with street-level retail space that started this month.”

    Environmental? Downtown redevelopment? 750 parking spots? Something is fof here.