Today’s Headlines

  • MTA Secures $113M in Federal Funds for New Buses, Dispatch Center Upgrades (News)
  • Transportation Alternatives Finds Midtown the City’s Most Dangerous Place to Walk (Crain’s, Post)
  • New Bill Would Close Leandra’s Law Breathalyzer Loophole With Ankle Bracelets (Daily Politics)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills 40-Year-Old Pedestrian in Rochdale (NY1)
  • Bloomberg Launches Program to Coordinate Road Work Projects Through City Web Site (NYT)
  • Metro-North, Amtrak Report Ridership Surge; Amtrak Numbers at All-Time High (MTR)
  • NJ Transit Riders Want Lincoln Tunnel PM Express Bus; Port Authority Says It Would Delay Traffic (APP)
  • Advocates Make the Case for Bringing Transit Manufacturing Jobs Back to NYC (NYT)
  • Jamaica Parking Developer Says Garages Should Be Exempt From City Taxes (News)
  • Outlaw Bike Culture Celebrated by the Daily News, So Long as the Bike Has a Motor

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Letter to the Daily News:

    Dear Mr. Richardson:

    Do children live in the neighborhood where the motorized bikers do their hotdogging on public streets?  If so, it is only a matter of time until these lawbreakers critically injure a child.  A tiny person darting out from the curb is a lot harder to see than the cars these guys brag they can best.  Their behavior is dangerous and illegal, and you should not be creating the impression that they are local heros.

  • E. Ulrich

    If all drivers were required to be licensed, carry insurance, and have some identifying tag or plate on their cars, then the tragedy in Rochdale never would have happened.

  • Anonymous

    RE: Jamaica, Queens parking.  The quotes from the local chamber of commerce folks seem to be taken at face-value by the reporter.  Have any studies been done to directly connect the parking with customers?  What about all the other public investments in the area — new subway stations, York College rebuild — what is their impact?

  • Tsuyoshi

    That Transportation Alternatives study is misleading. You can’t say Midtown is the most dangerous just because it has the most accidents, when it also has the most pedestrians and the most cars. Are the safest places really, like they claim,  the auto-oriented ones with the fewest pedestrians, like Riverdale or the South Shore of Staten Island? The “most dangerous” should be where you have the greatest chance of being in an accident. It might be Midtown (although I doubt it), but they didn’t really calculate it.

    And I really have a hard time believing this when my own neighborhood, Hamilton Heights, is supposed to be the fifth safest. This does not agree with the Streetsblog post about Transportation Alternatives’ CrashStat data on last Wednesday, which stated that “125th Street, 135th Street and Broadway are particularly dangerous for children and teenagers”.

  • Shemp

    Tsuyoshi, you also can’t take data from Mayor Giuliani’s first term and put it out there as if it’s meaningful to conditions in the city today.  Averaging 15 years of data and declaring “most dangerous” is simply moronic, especially given rapidly declining crash trends during that period.  And the moronic news media is completely willing to be led…

  • Ed Dwyer

    Shemp is right. Transalt’s approach of taking 15 years of crash numbers and adding them together is plainly disingenuous. By Transalt’s reckoning an intersection that has been reengineered and had zero crashes in the last three years could still be near the top of the “Most Dangerous” list because of a bad history. Transalt doesn’t need to play games like this for a headline. Plenty of pedestrians are still getting run over, as Transalt’s very fine Crashstat website shows.