Today’s Headlines

  • NJ Still Waiting on an ARC Decision From Christie (Transpo Nation)
  • The Eighth Ave Bike Lane Got Extended 11 Blocks, and Now the Sky Is Falling (DNAInfo)
  • It’s Been a Long Time Since the State DOT Announced New Bike-Ped Funding (MTR)
  • Yassky: TLC’s Commuter Van Program a Flop (Brooklyn Paper)
  • What Should the MTA Do to Help Merchants in 2nd Ave Construction Zone? (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Denis Hamill Lays Into MTA’s “Ivory Tower Bean Counters” for Cutting Access-a-Ride Costs (News)
  • MTA Has to Shore Up Dozens of Structurally Unsound Buildings Along SAS Route (Post)
  • Cap’n Transit Weighs in on Dukakis Center’s TOD Report
  • To the Frustration of Would-Be Parkers, the UES Is Full of Unofficial Pick-up/Drop-off Zones (NYT)
  • Off-Street Parking Reformers in Boston Are Leaps and Bounds Ahead of NYC Planners (Globe)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J. Mork

    The TLC backed out before they started, didn’t they? I think Yassky is talking about other commuter vans.

    I am not shocked that they failed. No reliable schedule and not free for unlimited MetroCard holders.

  • I’m not shocked either, Mork, but that’s not why. The main reason was that the routes in question were abandoned because they have heavy competition from either other transit routes or private cars. The next biggest reason is that the people who had the ability to run anchor service (the van operators) didn’t have the incentive, and the people with the incentive (the TLC) didn’t have the ability.

    Essentially, nobody was prepared to run the service at a significant loss for the months that it takes to build up sufficient ridership.

  • Chris

    Wow, the vitriol in the comments of that DNAinfo article is amazing. I just don’t get these business owners who are complaining of lost business now that illegal double parking has been eliminated. Sucks that your business is down but I really have no sympathy if it is down because illegal double parking was eliminated.

    This city needs less cars and less traffic. It’s just too insane otherwise, and the air quality and noise is terrible.

  • Glenn

    It was the rare CB8M meeting where some large building owner/operator wouldn’t come and request that no parking be placed in front of their building. It was a standing policy of the board at the time to not “privatize public space” and take away parking from the neighborhood. There were so many things wrong with that perspective that I didn’t know where to begin…

  • digamma

    Last week, he said, he watched one driver accidentally run up onto one of the new cement pedestrian islands being installed by the DOT, badly damaging his car.
    “When you’re driving, you can’t see them,” he said.

    That person should not be driving a car. Not in New York City, and not anywhere else.

  • Bolwerk

    @Chris: I’m not sure I’d take it so seriously either. It appears that work is ongoing there, so perhaps it’s foot traffic that is down, not car traffic.

  • vnm

    Lesson from the “TLC van plan debacle”: transportation is expensive. When one is talking about public transportation, all the costs are borne by one entity, which is then prone to being singled out for criticism of its financial stewardship. When one is talking about cars, the costs are spread all around between the car owner and society.

    Let’s look at some of the costs that go into transportation in two systems.

    Public Transportation:
    Purchase of vehicle = paid by public agency
    Maintenance of vehicle = paid by public agency
    Fuel for vehicle = paid by public agency
    Insurance for vehicle = paid by public agency
    Compensation for vehicle operator = paid by public agency
    Maintenance of right-of-way = paid by public agency
    Policing/security for right-of-way/facilities = paid by public agency
    Maintenance of stations = paid by public agency
    Mid-day storage of vehicle = paid by public agency
    Overnight storage of vehicle = paid by public agency
    Construction of maintenance facility = paid by public agency
    Maintenance of maintenance facility = paid by public agency

    Cars:
    Purchase of vehicle = individual households
    Maintenance of vehicle = individual households contracting with dealerships
    Fuel for vehicle = households contracting with oil companies
    Insurance for vehicle = households contracting with insurers
    Compensation for vehicle operator = drivers devote uncompensated time
    Maintenance of right-of-way = paid by public agency
    Policing/security for right-of-way/facilities = paid by public agency
    Maintenance of stations = n/a
    Mid-day storage of vehicle = households contracting with garages (urban) or cost is borne by building owners (suburban)
    Overnight storage of vehicle = households contract with garages (urban) or consume public space free of charge (urban) or consume household space (suburban)
    Construction of maintenance facility = paid by dealerships
    Maintenance of maintenance facility = paid by dealerships

    Bottom line: That $2.00 for the TLC’s vans or the $2.25 for a MetroCard swipe has to cover a host of costs, some highly visible and some less visible, that for cars are borne by motorists and society.

  • NYC_Walker_Biker_Rider

    I wasn’t going to post this, but think it’s relevant to the article on the 8th ave bike lane. I took this picture of a police van parked in the protected bicycle lane on Saturday night:
    http://www.turboimagehost.com/p/4684943/IMG_0108.JPG.html

    One officer was with the van and three others were in the Dunkin Donuts. I guess they couldn’t find parking! When I politely told the officer that it was dangerous for him to obstruct the bike lane he responded, “why the f*** are you even talking to me?”

    That being said, there is a real backlash against bicyclists going on right now. Even though the police often don’t “get” bicycling, I would welcome some enforcement of bike rules. I’m getting very tired of all the salmons this city is spawning. Without some enforcement, all bicyclists will continue to be perceived as outlaws.

  • JamesR

    Boston has been way ahead of NYC on parking policy for some time – they’ve had a residential parking permit system for years. I realize it’s a wholly different city than NYC – smaller, less chaotic, and more manageable – but if they can implement progressive parking policy despite a frankly inferior transit system and a fragmented governing structure where city areas that should be neighborhoods (like Somerville) have their own local government – why can’t NYC? IMO if we don’t get parking reform while JSK is still Commissioner we probably won’t get it at all for the foreseeable future.

    And is it just me, or were the responses to the Globe piece of parking reform on Boston way more highbrow and thoughtful than anything you’d see in the comments section for any NYC paper except the Times? It’s always nice to see comments that actually build upon the piece instead of just flinging feces everywhere as happens in the Post and Daily News.

  • @postcarbon transport Surest path hybrid human-electric recumb vehicles < 100 pounds on-and-off guideways using maglev & linear induction motors

  • Kind of like Brooklyn anti PPWs and elsewhere

    copenhagenize Mikael
    The crime of women cycling in Iran: http://bit.ly/9w0bvR

  • Don’t worry JamesR, the Globe has as many idiots that comment as any other major media website. Just use the word bike in an article and they come out flying.

  • alttransport AltTransport

    Did you know that Mark Twain proposed a bike sharing program for Portland, OR in 1895 http://bit.ly/bvXHtZ

  • Of course climate change has minimal part in transportation advocacy

    climatehawks Climate Hawk
    Did the #climatehawks take out Whitman? http://wapo.st/dj9sxL #climate