Today’s Headlines

  • State of the City Preview: Mayor Wants to Legalize Hailing Livery Cabs in Outer Boroughs (Daily Politics)
  • … But Upper Manhattan Shut Out of Bloomberg’s Proposal (DNAinfo)
  • Surprising No One, Livery Cab Drivers Support Plan, Yellow Cab Drivers Furious (CBS 2)
  • Daily News Deems East Side SBS a Success
  • Schumer and Christie Duke It Out Over Senator’s ARC Speech (Transpo Nation 123)
  • Business Lobby Proposes Public-Private Partnership for ARC (Crain’s)
  • Bike Licensing Has at Least One Supporter on Park Slope Community Board (Bklyn Paper)
  • Ydanis Rodriguez Wants GPS to Aid His Alternate Side Parking Reform (NY1)
  • Waste Management Firm Fights City Plan to Ship Trash and Cut Truck Traffic (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • With a meter, a credit card reader, a GPS, and a uniform color, it’s like establishing a separate fleet of yellow (chartreuse?) taxis for the outer boroughs. Is there the will to enforce this measure, however?

  • Larry Littlefield

    The outer boroughs already have car services. But the cars are not allowed to cruise for fares — they require phone calls. Where outside Manhattan would passengers be dense enough to make cruising for fares profitable?

    On bus routes as bus service collapses due to the debt foisted on the MTA, various pension enhancements (notably in 2000), and the diversion of so-called dedicated revenues.

  • BicyclesOnly

    At present, liveries troll intensively on the Upper East and West Sides and quite a bit in midtown during the morning and rush. It’s very easy for cyclists to notice this because a car trolling for fares acts very unlike a vehicle traveling from point A to B, and presents unique hazards and annoyances (even aside from those rooted in the lax and aggressive driving habits of your typical livery driver). I’m assuming part of the reason for the outer boro hailing plan is to give these liveries a carrot–they need not go to Manhattan to be able to cruise for fares. But without the stick of greater enforcement against them poachinmg in Manhattan, it’s not going to change anything.

  • MRN

    There’s a simpler way to enforce street cleaning regs – do photo enforcement using cameras mounted on the street cleaners, and send tickets via the mail. This means that you can only get an street cleaning penalty when the streetcleaner comes to clean the street. This makes sense because the only purpose of the regulation is to clear the curb for said cleaning; and it’s an elegant enforcement solution.

    Not to alarm the libertarians, but you could, in the meantime, collect all type of information via those cameras besides violations.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “There’s a simpler way to enforce street cleaning regs – do photo enforcement using cameras mounted on the street cleaners, and send tickets via the mail. This means that you can only get an street cleaning penalty when the streetcleaner comes to clean the street.”

    That’s brilliant.

    Of course, someone could see the cleaner coming and move out of the way before it gets there to take a photo. Then again, what’s wrong with that?

  • MRN

    @Larry – I’m not sure why making a street hail illegal is a problem. If densities don’t support trawling for fares, then livery cars simply won’t do it, and the “problem” never appears. If there is density to support street hails… then why shouldn’t a [licensed] black be able to do it?

  • Larry Littlefield

    I didn’t say making street hails outside Manhattan legal for more cars was a problem. In fact it may be the opposite — another option as we face an institutional collapse.

    I’m just describing how it would likely work. I wouldn’t expect to be able to step out of one’s house on a low density residential street and hail a car. They would only cruise along bus routes, perhaps only in combined bus routes/commercial areas.

    Lots of places don’t restrict the number of taxis at all, and let the market do it. The justification for doing so in New York was to limit the use of scarce Manhattan street space. Perhaps the taxi industry would be less opposed if the new policy was combined with a crackdown on illegal street hails in Manhattan.

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  • Larry Littlefield

    Evidently, the City Council just passed a law limiting the amount of time a dog may be held in one place on a leash.

    http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/searchlight/20110119/203/3453#

    Somehow existing laws against animal cruelty are not enough.

    I think this puts the whole anti-bike crusade in perspective.

    It seems the political class, presiding over an institutional collapse, is desperately seeking to create supporters from people who care about something other than the quality of public services and what they pay for them through symbolic gestures. Expect two decades of BS and serious issue avoidance.

  • MRN

    Quality lawmaking has been irrelevant since the advent of Cable News Networks and Reagan-Era Celebration of Simple Ignorance.

    I was watching face the nation one day and the host was taking some republican to task over vaguely homophobic remarks. The democratic strategist on the panel said something like “So-and-so’s views are well outside the mainstream…” and I immediately thought, ‘Who the F— cares if the views are in or out of the mainstream? Why aren’t we caring about that the views are right or wrong, not what the average “middle class” voter thinks!?’ When even the democratic party is deluded in to this line of thinking, we know the Reagen Revolution is still alive and well and killing us all.

    You are right, the political class at this point exists only to sustain itself.