Today’s Headlines

  • Stringer Comes Out Against 34th Street Transitway (Or NY Post Makes It Seem That Way)
  • Jay Walder Hasn’t Spoken With State About Where to Find $10 Billion for Capital Plan (WSJ)
  • Walder: There’s No Substitute for Payroll Tax (Transpo Nation)
  • Cuomo’s $100M MTA Raid Could Mean Layoffs, Says Walder (News)
  • Supreme Court Kills NYC Plan To Penalize Non-Hybrid Taxis (NYT)
  • Port Authority Has Eight Firms Interested in Goethals Bridge Public-Private Partnership (SI Advance)
  • Christie Shouldn’t Use ARC Money for Roads, But Should Pare Down WTC PATH Station, Argues News
  • Michael DenDekker Did Not Do His Homework Before Proposing Bike Licensing Bill (Gothamist)
  • Post’s Michael Goodwin Thinks DOT Spends Only on Bikes in Attempt to Create “Third-World City”
  • Someone in Williamsburg Really Likes His Surface Parking Lots (NY Shitty)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “What we’ve said, and what I will continue to say, is we’re working on a plan right now to be able to deal with [the budget cut],” Walder said after testifying before a state budget hearing. “What I am taking off the table are service cuts and fare increases.”

    If you can have fewer workers without cutting anything, do it now. Because they clearly don’t have actual jobs.

    On the other hand, what counts as a service cut, and what workers might be laid off, and what are those workers doing now? Are we talking about deferred maintenance? Or not talking about it?

    WHY DOESN’T THE MSM EVER ASK THESE QUESTIONS?

  • Chris

    Larry, because they’re very nuanced issues and it is easier to bash bike lanes (easier for the masses to understand bike lanes vs. deferred maintenance, capital plans, bonding, bond servicing, etc etc). I’m not sure the staffers at the NYP/NYDY have the brains to understand it and to translate it into a way that the people can understand either.

  • Number of non-emergency vehicles I saw running red lights this morning: 3

  • Tsuyoshi

    What must have happened was that Cuomo asked Walder how much he was planning to be cutting from the MTA budget anyway, and then put that figure into the state budget.

  • digamma

    Those in-construction-since-2007 condo buildings in Williamsburg are a blight whether you’re a motorist, a cyclist, or a pedestrian. They close or narrow the sidewalks so pedestrians have to walk in the street. It’s worse in the winter, when they don’t shovel or salt.

  • john

    How to become third world:
    StL, MO – A State Senator known for his fight to ban red light cameras photographed driving through red light:
    http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-red-light-camera-ticket-22511,0,1479812.story

    Bike banned oriented St Charles, there are no red light cameras to catch drivers. However, in one four-hour period, police wrote out a whopping 80 citations:
    http://www.kmov.com/news/local/OFallon-Missouri-police-say-theyre-cracking-down-on-drivers-who-run-red-lights-116786223.html

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Michael Goodwin needs to get around a bit more. He needs to visit some First-World cities like Copenhagen, Paris and London to see how bikes fit in to the urban transportation scheme and the lesser role that private automobiles play.

    Then he needs to visit some “Third-World” cities like Mumbai, Karachi and Hanoi to see how much the traffic congestion reminds him of Midtown on a hot Friday afternoon in July.

  • In an alternative universe where NY Post writers had a clue how the rest of the world worked, another newspaper would fill the troglodyte niche.

  • Andrew

    From the Post:

    “Business owners said they’ve seen profits fall since the city recently dedicated one of two lanes on 34th Street as bus-only.”

    The bus lanes were installed in September 2008. Could there have been another event that happened around that time that might have caused profits to fall? Maybe a certain economic catastrophe centered on Wall Street?

  • MinNY

    “‘Business owners said they’ve seen profits fall since the city recently dedicated one of two lanes on 34th Street as bus-only.’

    “The bus lanes were installed in September 2008. Could there have been another event that happened around that time that might have caused profits to fall? Maybe a certain economic catastrophe centered on Wall Street?”

    Either that or all the spendy tourists are now hanging out in Times Square, buying plastic souvenirs, M&Ms, perfume and toys there instead of on 34th Street.

  • Scott Stringer: If this is “Mayoral campaign mode,” please return to “Manhattan Borough President mode.” I was a lot more likely to vote for you for Mayor then.

  • Bolwerk

    Damn you, Streetsblog, for linking me to NY Post and NY Daily News articles. I really swore off those papers years ago. Every time I try to read something about PA finances, transport grievances, MTA budget wrangling, capital project cost overruns, or whatever else, I always end up making the mistake of looking to the panel of links to what tabloid readers really care about!

  • Leonard Diamond

    Here is an interview video (from Fox) of Stringer about 34th street
    http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/good_day_ny/plan-to-create-pedestrian-mall-on-34th-st-20110224
    or
    http://tinyurl.com/4d8jrnm
    A little bit more nuanced than the wonderful Post article