Today’s Headlines

  • Senate Fails to Move Climate/Energy Bill; From the Ashes, a Carbon Tax? (NYT, Carbon Tax Center)
  • Fare Hike Vote Coming Next Week; If Only MTA Board Could Toll East River Bridges (NY1)
  • TSTC to State DOT: Stop Ignoring Full Benefits of Sheridan Teardown (MTR)
  • CNU Study Shows How Restoring the Street Grid Beats Keeping NOLA’s Claiborne Expressway
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills 4-Year-Old Girl in Newark (WCBS)
  • First Phase of Moynihan Station Construction Will Start in October (Post)
  • West Street So Dangerous Grown-Ups Need Help Crossing (DNAInfo)
  • Dan Halloran Has Got an Excellent Foil for His Push to Make Double-Parking Legal (Queens Chron)
  • Get a Bird’s Eye View of Times Square’s Temporary New Surface (Gothamist)
  • Real-Time Traffic Info Tops DOT’s Wishlist for Transpo Apps (Civic Hacker)
  • A Guide to Circum-Bicycling Manhattan (NYC Transported)
  • Salsa Lessons in the Street: Excellent Use of Reclaimed Meat Market Plaza (NYT)
  • Hooray for Moynihan Station! The current Penn Station is so god-awful that I cringe every time I use it (which is often).

  • Salsa lessons in the street–putting the meat back into the market.

  • It’s going to take a lot more than crossing guards to make West Street a manageable, let alone pleasant, experience to cross it. Why do we need eight traffic-lane roads like West and Delancey in Manhattan at all? And at the very least, can’t we take some of those lanes for dedicated bicycling and surface transit?

  • I wish a carbon tax would rise from the ashes, but unfortunately, it is even harder politically than a cap and trade.

    There will almost certainly be two years of inaction after Democrats lose seats in the midterm election. Then if Democrats win a good majority in the next presidential election, there will be an attempt to revive cap and trade.

  • Hooray for Moynihan Station! New York has so much money going around it can easily afford public architecture monuments!

  • No one should have to put up with Penn Station in NY. Not even jersey commuters.

  • Here’s another vote for Moynihan Station. The most heavily used railroad station in the U.S. deserves better. The only thing I’d like more would be a brick-by-brick reconstruction of the original Penn Station accompanied by show trials and executions of the people responsible for the current one.

  • If the original Penn Station had never existed, would anybody be thinking about spending nearly two billion dollars to replace what we have now?

  • The current “phase one” is fine; it will add two new entrances and expand the west concourse, and it’s only $267 million. It’s the rest of the proposal that’s a problem. If they could get someone to tear down Madison Square Garden and build a new station building in its place that would be good, but that idea’s not going anywhere in this economy.

  • By the standards of Gare de Lyon (or Port Authority), Penn Station is heavenly. And yet, Paris spends its billions on expanding the Metro and the RER.