Today’s Headlines

  • Silver and City Hall Think Cuomo and Christie Will Reduce Port Authority Toll Hikes (News, Post)
  • …But The Times Reports That Cuomo Signed Off on the Plan
  • New Jersey Groups to Protest PATH Fare Hike (Jersey Journal)
  • Joanna Molloy: Toll Hikes Are Outrageous and Regressive (News)
  • Port Authority Says New Bayonne Bridge Will Have Room For Rail, But Where? When? (Star-Ledger)
  • IBO Faults MTA Funding System For Relying on Volatile Taxes (Crain’sKabak)
  • DOT: City’s Sidewalks Keep Getting More Crowded (Post)
  • Summer Streets Draws Big Crowds For First Weekend (CBS)
  • Driver Hits Bronx 18-Year-Old and Flees Scene, Leaving Him in Critical Condition (News)
  • DWI Cop: Be Glad I Didn’t Have My Gun on Me (Post)
  • NYS DOT’s Highest-Ranking Official Isn’t Joan McDonald (Buffalo News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    RE:  the volatility canard.  The income tax is volitile because if your income goes down, so does the tax.  How about a simple per person tax of $10K?  When you lose your job, you still have to pay it, and if you don’t have it, they throw you in jail.

    What they don’t want to say is when tax revenues go up, when the stock market goes up, everybody grabs grabs grabs and lies lies lies.  When anyone tries to put money aside, they scream two sets of books.  And when conditions return to normal, those who grabbed don’t give anything back.  They yell “it’s raining” and try to mortgage the future even more.

    The problem isn’t “volatility.”  It’s selfish, dishonest sleazebags entrenched in control of our institutions across the board.   Put the MTA in context.  Look at what is going on at the federal level, and in finance.  We have a sub-prime culture.

  • Ian Turner

    Glad to see that DOT is measuring sidewalk crowding.

  • Bolwerk

    Toll hikes can’t be regressive. They tax the rich and speed up traffic, lowering delivery costs the poor depend on. 

  • Albert

    No wonder sidewalks are “so crowded” when, for example, over half of the width of many of the sidewalks on 2nd Avenue between 82nd & 86th have been sacrificed for a parking lane during 2nd Avenue subway construction.  Two pedestrians can’t even pass each other without stepping into the street on parts of these blocks.  The pedestrians are the chosen people to sacrifice for construction’s sake, not drivers, and certainly not parkers.  I hope we get the sidewalk back after the above-ground work in the area on the 2nd Avenue subway is finished.  Why do I have my doubts that’ll happen?

  • Mark Walker

    The DWI cop had something more dangerous than a gun on him. He had a car.

  • ddartley

    Summer Streets was great.  Public thanks to Mark for the loan of his Bakfiets; it was a hit with the family and the crowd.

    My wife hadn’t been on a bike in several years–she said “it feels so nice to be riding.”

  • krstrois

    Look, even the gossip columnists at the News get a chance to attach their name to boilerplate! Congrats to Joanna Malloy. You’re a real working class hero from your perch in Tribeca! 

  • Anonymous

    What happened to the “reply” to comment function? Is it just my browser?

  • Anonymous

    What happened to the “reply” to comment function? Is it just my browser?

  • carma

    Larry, i hear you out on that.  the problem is everybody spends when times are good.  but they spend like drunken monkeys.  its good to spend, but its also good to invest properly.  and the worse is if you cut AND raise fares when its the worst of times like now.

    the subways and buses are the arteries that move the masses.  clogging the arteries with no trains is death to the system.  now, certainly we need to curb expenses, but we certainly cant do it by eliminating buses and cutting subway service and at the same time raise fares so that staying home is the more affordable option.  if anything, raise the fares, get it over with and increase service so the subways dont look so shitty.