Today’s Headlines

  • Journal News: “It Is As If Robert Moses Was Being Channeled” Without Transit on Tappan Zee
  • East River Ferry Service Popular, But High Subsidies Stand in Way of Expansion (NYT)
  • Bay Ridge Merchants Happy to See Meter Prices Rise If It Makes Parking Easier (Bklyn Paper)
  • Kimmelman: Occupy Wall Street Shows Power of Public Space (NYT)
  • The News Wants Entire Taxi Fleet Handicapped-Accessible, Bloomberg Does Not (NewsPost)
  • City Promotes, But Does Not Require, Bike Helmets as Bike-Share Approaches (NYT)
  • Aging MTA Buses Mean More Frequent Breakdowns (News)
  • NYPD Data Show Distracted Driving Top Cause of August Crashes (News)
  • With Transit Scrapped From Tappan Zee, State Scrubs Website of Old Documentation (Cap’n Transit)
  • Could Leaving Old Tappan Zee Up As Bike/Ped Bridge Save on Demolition Costs? (NYT)
  • Amtrak Blocking Completion of Bronx River Greenway, But Serrano Pushes for Resolution (News)
  • Pete Donahue Says Joe Lhota “Right Fit” For MTA, Can’t Explain Why (News)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill
  • “Occupy Wall Street Shows Power of Public Space”  

    It does. It also leaves me concerned that the city will respond by reducing the amount of it we have.

  • Streetsblog Fan

    A few thoughts:

    – Michael Kimmelman is a vast improvement as NYT architecture critic. Whereas Nicolai Ourrrousssoourourffff was focused primarily on starchitecture’s impact on the skyline Kimmelman has focused his gaze on the street level, on public space, on urban design. It’s like night and day. Kimmelman actually cares about cities rather than focusing solely on monumental architectural statements by old white men with giant egos. Props to the NYT for making this much-needed change.

    – This Tappan Zee story is huge. I love the bike stuff as much as the next guy but this should be the major battle that all the progressive transportation and planning advocates are fighting right now. We should be beating the crap out of Cuomo on this with all resources and great strategic focus.

    – See, Pete Donahue is an objective “journalist,” he’s not a biased “advocate” like you Streetsblog editor/reporters. Right? Right? Wrong. The difference is Streetsblog is honest about its bias. Streetsblog will tell readers honestly and openly why it likes or dislikes a Joe Lhota. NYC’s political reporters, however, are not honest and open about their biases and opinions, so readers are left confused, uninformed, manipulated and spun. Thanks for nothing, Pete!

    – Props to Bay Ridge merchants and the livable streets advocates who have spent the last few years educating New Yorkers about the benefits of Shoup-style parking policy. 

  • Anonymous

    We should ALL be on the phone to Cuomo’s office, and our state senators and assembly members, complaining about the Tappan Zee without transit decision.  I’ve already made my calls.

  • I don’t really get the piece on Lhota at all. It doesn’t make a single compelling argument for him as MTA head.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Occupy Wall Street Shows Power of Public Space”  “It does. It also leaves me concerned that the city will respond by reducing the amount of it we have.”

    Question, what IS the public space where the city would prefer that people gather for political protest?  After all, the right to do so is enshrined in the Constitution.

    Two logical locations — City Hall Park and Foley Square — were configured in ways that discourage gatherings, no doubt on purposes.  Perhaps that big anchor should be removed from the latter. 

  • A Parking Guy

    This merchant in Bay Ridge is totally right. The DOT should get rid of the typically unenforced one hour limits and use right priced metering to create turnover. 

    “To get a two-hour meter or to extend the limits, the benefit is more important than the price,” said Loccisano.

  • Some kind of official “NYC Bikes” or “NYC <3's Cycling" promotional helmet program would be a great way to promote cycling and safety (and visibility).

  • Bolwerk

    I’m rather surprised the demolition of the old Tappan Zee wouldn’t be profitable, with steel prices where they are.

    Although, if they want to keep it around, transit would be another sensible use for it.

  • Jeremy

    I’m not entirely clear on what the Rockland end of TZ rail transit would look like, and what the benefit might be.  They seemed to be focusing on putting it down next to the Thruway and connecting to Metro North in Tarrytown.

    Not sure why they couldn’t just expand the NJ Transit line that already comes through Suffern.  I think it’s a seat change in Secaucus, but not a terrible trip.

    If the purpose of the TZ rail was just to take people from Tarrytown to the park-and-ride at the Palisades mall, that seems like a little bit of a waste, particularly if an express bus can do the same trick for a ton less money.

  • safety teacher

    @billygray:disqus   NYC DOT has a free helmet fitting program that has given away 50K helmets so far and counting.  The plan is to make another 20K or so available next year in conjunction with Bike Share.

  • Anonymous

    @6b6a3fe730de2006198ee2f388021f7b:disqus There were a variety of mass transit options discussed at the forum I attended about 2 years ago in Dobbs Ferry, including commuter trains, light rail, and bus rapid transit.  The coverage options ranged as far west as Suffern and as far east as Port Chester.  It seems that the various alternatives have been deleted from the state’s website on the project so I’m just going on memory.

    Mass Transit on this east-west corridor could do a lot to reduce reliance on cars, help us develop along smart-growth lines, and create connections among the various train lines.