Today’s Headlines

  • Why Is the American Public Transportation Association in Bed With the Road Lobby? (MTR)
  • Port Authority Laying Groundwork for Manhattan End of ARC Tunnel (NYT)
  • Proposed "Alternative Fuel" Station Could Be Sited Near Hunts Point (WSJ)
  • Marcia Kramer Acknowledges Driving as a Privilege, Channels the Fury of Millions
  • Water Taxi to Connect Brooklyn Bridge Park and Governors Island (Post, Eagle)
  • Brooklyn CB 1 Complains About CB 3 Garbage Truck Traffic (Bklyn Paper)
  • Second Ave Sagas Deconstructs the New Subway Map
  • AARP Takes Complete Streets Campaign Upstate (MTR)
  • Cuomo Keeping His Distance From Working Families Party (NYT, News)
  • Wonks Wonder If Urban Affairs Post Will Ever Be More Than Window Dressing (Architect’s News)
  • Larry Littlefield

    Local govnerments, not national governments, the leaders in alternative transportation and reducing fossil fuel dependence.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=a3DWlL2sx26I&pos=15

    And what they are doing, for the most part, is try to expand bicycling, since that doesn’t cost money and transit does.

    Here in the U.S., I continue to believe the best thing the federal government could do is get out of transporation altogether, or at least limit itself to funding maintenance, and do no further damage.

  • Boris

    The speed and lack of hysteria of the ARC project, compared to the Second Avenue Subway, is astounding. I wonder if the difference between the MTA and the PA is real or just a difference in media coverage.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The speed and lack of hysteria of the ARC project, compared to the Second Avenue Subway, is astounding. I wonder if the difference between the MTA and the PA is real or just a difference in media coverage.”

    You don’t see much complaint about East Side Access either. Maybe the media has a problem with investments that benefit those living inside city boundaries. Or maybe it is because the construction is far underground, with surface disruption primarily in commercial areas.

    Pre-construction, there was some opposition to both ARC and ESA from those in the know. If the SAS isn’t built, it will be because ESA was gold-plated with a whole new underground terminal rather than just using the existing Grand Central tracks more intensively. ARC received the opposite criticism — that more money should have been spent tying it into the existing infrastructure. Both options would have had more work near the surface.

  • Without Cuomo running on WFP line, they could lose their ballot line. Without their ballot line, they become a lot less relevant in NYC and NY State politics.

    What can they do? Can they just endorse him anyway?? That seems like a major concession. Or do they run a third party candidate against him as a sacrifice just to get a bare minimum needed to keep their ballot line?

    Tough choices…

  • Larry Littlefield

    “What can they do? Can they just endorse him anyway?”

    A candidate has to sign a “certificate of acceptance” to agree to accept a nomination for office.

    Usually this works to keep out candiates who actually want to run: an anti-AY campaigner collected enough petitions to get on the ballot as an independent candidate, but failed to submit a certificate of acceptance and was kicked off.

    But the intent of the law was exactly this — a party can’t just endorse who it wants. Otherwise, Cuomo could end up the candidate of the Facist or Communast Party.

    “Or do they run a third party candidate against him as a sacrifice just to get a bare minimum needed to keep their ballot line?”

    There are those who believe that if you are going to have a third party you ought to run your own candidates. Otherwise, they just become rackets for hire in the end.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    There is opposition to East Side Access but it is camouflaged as the NIMBY opposition to the LIRR main line third track project that people (Craig Johnson Democrat clinging to a fine thread of his NY Senate seat and a few Republican hangers on) have agreed to pretend is not relevant to running a useful East Side Access service.

  • Boris, Larry, it’s just media coverage. ARC is moronic beyond belief: they’re building a 175-foot deep cavern right underneath a usable train station, and foregoing all possibilities of connecting the two so that trains might have some operational flexibility. The alternative, connecting Penn with Grand Central, was actually projected to cost less money, due to less deep tunneling. ESA is also stupid for similar reasons, plus it costs $8 billion for about 1.5 miles of tunneling; the official excuse for building a deep cavern under the world’s most underused train terminal is that it’s bad to combine LIRR and Metro-North infrastructure.

    With ARC, there isn’t much public criticism, but the work got delayed over property acquisition concerns. There’s a lot of criticism, but it’s all done behind the scenes instead of in the media. You can’t really demagogue over tunnel depth, agency FUD, or shady property acquisition deals.