Today’s Headlines

  • Shared Bike-Ped Paths Through Central Park to Open as Soon as This Month (NYT)
  • Drunk Driver Hits Girlfriend in Midtown, Flees Scene, Then Overturns Car on Highway (News 12)
  • Weekend Subway Ridership at Historic Highs, Creating Conflict With Repairs (NYT)
  • Profile of Christie’s Port Authority Chair Highlights Shift to Road Projects (Star-Ledger)
  • Black Women Who Bike D.C. Band Together (WaPo)
  • Access-A-Ride, Vanpools and Private Cars Replace Cut Bus Routes For Some (WSJ)
  • Popularity of East River Ferry Among Young Families Surprises Operators (News)
  • Suburbs, Already Livid Over Payroll Tax, Turn on MTA Surcharges (Record)
  • Anti-Idling Law Remains Largely Unenforced, Even Near Schools (NY1)
  • Op-Ed: Replace Second Avenue Subway With Light Rail (News)
  • Port Authority to Study Expanding Runways at Airports (Crain’s)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • The nydailynews “light rail instead of SAS” editorial looks pretty clueless.  They seem to have bought into the “light rail is a magical thing that solves all problems with the power of hype!” meme.

    There is, after all, a reason “light rail” (aka trams) tends to used only in smaller less dense cities — i.e., cities completely unlike Manhattan…

  • Larry Littlefield

    “And replace them with what? Bonacic likes tolls on East River bridges and other lawmakers like congestion pricing — whatever doesn’t boost the disparity between what the suburbs pay to support the MTA and what they get back in transit services.”

    How big is that disparity, including the difference in costs covered?

    From older generations to suburban and upstate jurisdictions, those on the receiving end have not only insisted on being on the receiving end, they’ve also insisted on believing they are the ones losing out.  And they just get angry and refuse to listen when you point out otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, 2nd ave subway does seem to be an intractable project, so it seems like proposals for alternatives are in order, whether they’re light rail, brt, ski lifts, giving up entirely, or something else.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The right move is to built it to 125th Street and then give up.  The plan all along was to not build most of the Second Avenue Subway, built East Side Access at a multiple of the cost, and then have the suburbs complain they are getting ripped off.

  • UES’er

    Wait a sec.  The Daily News and its tabloid ilk rant and rave every time a six-foot wide bike lane is painted on a street, and even complain about how expensive thermoplastic is, but now the editors are suggesting light rail for Second Avenue?  Do they have any idea how many car drivers that would inconvenience?

  • carma

    agree, light rails work for many smaller sale large cities.  ny being everything massive needs dedicated below or above grade routes for subway.  you can time lights all you want, but the fact that gridlock appears even with timed lights for the light rail is not going to move your light rail very efficiently.

    unfortunately, the 2nd ave subway has been so overrun with costs, that the completion of 2016 Phase 1 is already a welcome sight.  even if it will be a “STUBWAY”

    i very much doubt that phase 2/3 will extend 2nd ave subway to hannover sq as planned, but at least phase 1 DOES alleviate some crowding on the 4/5/6 and allows 1st ave/ york ave residents a chance at a better commute.

    build on.  i cant wait to ride it when it opens.

  • Larry Littlefield


  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry–it didn’t get by the comment thread.

  • Anonymous

    Next they’re going to say that the NJ Rail Tunnels should be expanded . . . 

  • ddartley

    Re: idling:  To help Garodnick’s anti-idling bill pass, it should include a provision that drivers who are idling have to get a verbal warning from the TEA before the TEA can begin issuing the summons.  

    Here’s what I just wrote to him:Dear Council Member:I was happy to read in a recent NY1 story that you are still concerned about the problem of engine idling.Once, you and I chatted on the street about the status of your excellent anti-idling bill.  You said that some council members were unlikely to support anything that provides another way for the city to ticket motorists.  I have a suggestion that might help your bill overcome that obstacle, in case you are interested in reviving your bill (I hope you are).In the bill, include a provision that idling motorists must be warned verbally by the TEA before the TEA can begin issuing an idling summons.  Drivers of vehicles that are left unattended and idling would get no such courtesy, but that is fair because unattended idling is not only bad for the air but is also very dangerous, as the City tragically saw in 2009 when two preschoolers were killed in Chinatown by an unattended running vehicle.Requiring TEAs to warn drivers before beginning to issue an idling summons would surely reduce the number of summonses issued under your bill, and that would diminish anyone’s argument that the bill is a mere “revenue grab.”As a parent of two children who live in your district, I strongly urge you to consider reviving your anti-idling bill and seeing it through to passage.

  • ddartley

    Sorry for the awkward layout of the above comment; I can never get DISQUS to take my comments as typed.

  • I responded to the 2nd Ave. light rail piece on SAS at the end of last week, and a long discussion followed. (Here’s the post.) It seems like a very odd time to be running it, and it’s mostly a ridiculous idea for a variety of reasons, political and practical. 

    I’m with Larry: Build Phase 2 and call it a day if the money isn’t there.

  • Anonymous

    One of the main reasons people idle is that it’s your only insurance against getting a double parking ticket ($115 I think) if you have to stop to load/unload cargo or passengers.  If the city had some kind of reasonable way to address this it would be much more workable.

  • Driver

    People also idle because they want the heat or A/C running. 

  • moocow

    That’s funny Driver, because I run red lights to keep the air conditioning on while riding my bike.