Today’s Headlines

  • NYPD Officers in Cruiser Strike and Kill Man at Queensbridge Houses (Post)
  • School Buses Are Back, Along With School Bus Crashes (News, DNA)
  • Convenience Is the Number One Reason Straphangers Cite for Riding the MTA (Post)
  • Suburban Electeds Use Minor MTA Budget Critique to Rail Against Payroll Tax (CapNY)
  • New MetroCards Can Store Both Unlimited Rides and Pay-Per-Ride Fares (Gothamist)
  • Financial District East River Greenway Segments Set for Spring Opening (DNA)
  • New Plaza Opens on East 25th Street at Baruch College (DNA)
  • State Hires Tappan Zee Bridge Project Director (LoHud, Daily Voice)
  • Advice for Elderly Drivers Looking to Get a New Set of Wheels (Gazette)
  • State DOT Engineer Gets the Boot After Talking to Reporter (Gothamist)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    Sorry DiNapoli, you are now on record for being “against the over-funded mismangaged MTA that doesn’t need money from taxes.”  Like the Straphangers, who are against the overfunded MTA that doesn’t need money from fare increases.  And the panderers aren’t going to let you take it back.  If he had anything useful to suggest, he would have suggested it privately, and only went public if fixes weren’t made. But being against the MTA has been a winner, and in the end the agency will be completely defeated.   And those who defeated it will be collecting tax-free pensions in Florida.

    Anyway, I opened up this article on no fault auto insurance, thinking it was from New York, but it was from Crain’s Detroit.  It shows the positive economic impact of motor vehicles.

    http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130220/NEWS/130229996/brooks-patterson-slams-effort-to-change-states-no-fault-insurance-law

    “Patterson, in his letter, said changing the system would be ‘extremely harmful to our economy, the hospital system in the state of Michigan and the injured survivors left with catastrophic injuries.’ He said about 10,000 jobs in Oakland County are directly or indirectly tied to treating people with catastrophic auto injuries.”

  • Anonymous

    Why isn’t there a single mention of maybe not driving a multi ton vehicle if you have decreased vision in that Gazette article?

  • Anonymous

    Could that Post article on that terrible NYPD killing use the word “accident” more often? I really doubt it.

  • Anonymous

    Re: East River Greenway,

    Nice that they’re finally fixing it up near FiDi.  It’s been a clusterf-ck for so long and for no good reason.

    Hey tourists, here’s our beautiful waterfront and a nice bike path you can take to see it yourself.  Oh, what’s that you say?  You don’t like being ejected into a single lane where your cramped with peds and then ejected into a wrong way side street, next to a highway, with poorly marked signs? 

    I mean, seriously, s–t like that makes us like so amateurish.  So yah, it’s nice that we’re finally making progress on that part of the greenway. 

    What I’d like to know, is when they’re going to close the gap in the Hudson River Greenway through Battery Park City:  http://goo.gl/maps/dwUWQ

    This is such a pain in the arse.  It’s a 5 block detour requiring you to share narrow space with peds, travel through several security barriers set up for cars, and also has some tight turns involving close calls with turning cars and trucks (especially at Vesey street where south bound cars/trucks zoom when turning right on Vesey).   It’s really unsafe.  In the summer time, they have concerts on the pier, which require you to get off your bike and navigate through the crowds. 

  • Joe R.

    @JarekAF:disqus While we’re at it, what about the last segment of the Belt Parkway Greenway near Plum Beach which was washed out by Sandy (actually part of it was washed out a few years ago by Irene and never fixed)? In fact, there could be other improvements as well if we want to make this facility “world class”. Widen the paths over the bridges to be the same as everywhere else (one bike lane in each direction plus a pedestrian lane), and replace the signaled crossing over Flatbush Avenue with a bridge. I’ve only been on the Belt Parkway Greenway for two round trips, but these are the most glaring deficiencies to what is otherwise not a bad route. Filling the the huge gap between Emmons Avenue and Bay Pwky would be nice also, but for now just getting the existing route up to par would be nice while also doing likewise for the two Manhattan Greenways.

  • Joe R.

    @JarekAF:disqus While we’re at it, what about the last segment of the Belt Parkway Greenway near Plum Beach which was washed out by Sandy (actually part of it was washed out a few years ago by Irene and never fixed)? In fact, there could be other improvements as well if we want to make this facility “world class”. Widen the paths over the bridges to be the same as everywhere else (one bike lane in each direction plus a pedestrian lane), and replace the signaled crossing over Flatbush Avenue with a bridge. I’ve only been on the Belt Parkway Greenway for two round trips, but these are the most glaring deficiencies to what is otherwise not a bad route. Filling the the huge gap between Emmons Avenue and Bay Pwky would be nice also, but for now just getting the existing route up to par would be nice while also doing likewise for the two Manhattan Greenways.