Today’s Headlines

  • Markowitz on PPW Bike Lane: “Nobody Asked For This!” Really? (Bklyn Paper)
  • MTA Tweaks East Side SBS: Adds Extra Buses, Lets Riders Board Local With SBS Receipt (News)
  • Commuters, Workers, and Electeds Rally To Save ARC Tunnel (Transpo NationMTR)
  • Bay Ridge’s CB 10 Overrules Transpo Committee, Supports Two New Bike Lanes (Bklyn Paper)
  • Take It From Gridlock Sam: Separated Bike Lanes Have Made Everyone Safer (The Local)
  • Henry St. Update: Millman Distances Self From “Compromise” But Bike Lane Blocking Goes On (Ink Lake)
  • Can MTA Come Up With Better Designs for Second Ave Subway Ventilation Buildings? (SAS)
  • Play Street Proposed for Park Slope Dead End, But Teachers and Parents Prefer Parking (Bklyn Paper)
  • Get Ready For More Transit Raids: DiNapoli Says State Budget Busted (Post)
  • JSK, Redesigned Petrosino Square Make Village Voice’s Best of NYC Issue

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    I believe Marty was probably misquoted.

    He probably said “Nobodies asked for this.”

    Nobodies with no big bucks and no placards, outside the executive and poltical classes. The transit riding serfs who will be left without a transit system, and many or may not be able to ride bicycles insteads.

  • Mike

    Not only was there a petition for it in 2009, but Community Board 6 requested this project as early as June 2007!
    Minutes: http://www.brooklyncb6.org/_attachments/CBM20070613%2Edoc

  • Letting SBS ticket holders onto local buses is a wonderfully smart fix and I just hope it’s permanent.

  • Chris G

    Letting us board M15 locals with an SBS receipt eliminates the biggest problem with the service. This is a hugely good thing.

  • Larry Littlefield

    On PPW, you now have 14 feet for bicycles and 35 feet for motor vehicles (including the parking lanes). How much for sidewalks?

    Zero percent for mass transit.

    On its 8th Avenue twin, you have at least the 35 feet for motor vehicles, plus the sidewalks. While bikes are allowed there, they would be crazy to ride there if PPW is available northbound.

    So between the two streets, what percentage is allocated to bicycles? My guess is the total rights of way add up to 160 to 170 feet. So you are talking about less than ten percent.

  • Peter Engel

    Marty’s been busy with Atlantic Yards. Don’t bother him with such piddly little details.

    See you all tomorrow.

  • Larry: There are actually 11 feet for bikes, if you include the buffer — 8 if you don’t.

  • Glenn

    I made a sort of flip comments yesterday that breaking the MTA up into its components seemed to be the only logical conclusion to the current rounds rhetoric. Does anyone have a good reason to keep the MTA together as a regional transit authority? I see very few downsides.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Does anyone have a good reason to keep the MTA together as a regional transit authority? I see very few downsides.”

    Would the suburbs get to keep all the dedicated tax revenues and the TBTA toll surplus? The city was screwed on the way in and would probably get screwed on the way out.

    And the state would surely pass the 20/50 pension for the TWU if the city’s Mayor would get the blame for the collapse of the city’s transit system.

    Otherwise, there are some upsides if there is some kind of bankruptcy procedure.

    The commuter railroads, particularly the LIRR, could get out of those ridiculous contract provisions. Who knows, maybe the Port Authority could take them over along with NJT, and run it as one network.

    And NYC Mayors and city councils have been far less fiscally irresponsible that the state, which might benefit NYCT.

    By the way, the City of New York owns the subways (which it paid to build), not the MTA (aside from all those lines the MTA has built). And New York City Transit workers still receive New York City pensions, even though the state has been operating the system for more than 40 years. The city probably also owns many of the bus garages.

  • I’m trying to find out information about the Republican candidate running against Millman. He doesn’t seem to have a web site (what?) and I can’t really find anything about his positions on the issues, but I did find this:

    At the rally, among the group of concerned residents was John A. Jasilli, an attorney from Park Slope who does not own a car – and many times walks or uses public transportation through our areas.

    http://brownstonerepublicanclub.com/