Today’s Headlines

  • Marist Poll: Weiner Leads All Candidates But Quinn in Mayor’s Race (Post)
  • S.I. Mayoral Forum: Liu Promises Transit, Thompson’s MTA Funding Plan Would Lower Tolls (NYT)
  • Citi Bike Sells First 5,000 Memberships Within 30 Hours (Crain’sGothamist)
  • News Editorial, Despite Evidence, Claims Bike-Share “Will Only Heighten… The Dangers” On Streets
  • Queens Woman Charged With Murder for Killing Kaman Drumman, 26, With Her Car (DNAGothamist)
  • Driver Charged With DWI, Reckless Driving After Two-Car Midtown Crash Into Scaffolding (Post, DNA)
  • 2nd Ave Sagas: Subway Maps With Income by Station Show Why Zoned Fares Are Bad Fit for NYC
  • New Riders Turn Out for Free Class on Confident City Cycling (Bklyn Paper)
  • MTA Board Member: Imaginary Electric Eels Threaten 7 Train Extension Proposal (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Ian Turner

    The News opinion piece is carefully hedged. Its semantic content really just boils down to, “we will know what the future holds when the future arrives”.

  • Voter

    I doubt any of the mayoral candidates have volunteer lists that are 5,000 names long. Citi Bike for mayor!

  • Danny G

    Any word on the Jay Street bike connection to the Manhattan Bridge? There was a meeting last night.

  • Anonymous

    Volunteers who pay to volunteer. 🙂

  • moocow

    The change DoT wants to put in isn’t the end all be all, it has bridge bound bikers crossing the off ramp and traveling in a bike lane on the curb side of the lane. It was approved unanimously. Its a change, and the three bike program reps from DoT heard and understand that is a horrid street to transverse.
    Whenever I go to these meetings, it strikes me that we can paint and rearrange cars and the like, or, we could have the Police department do the enforcement we already pay them to do. It’s this elephant in the room, that everyone seems to understand, but no one rails against it.

  • Danny G

    Thanks for the follow up.

  • Anonymous

    Why link to a vile rag like the Post for anything that can be linked to through other sites? It’s not even a poll done by the Post, but by NBC and Marist. Given the Post’s constant anti-bike and anti-transit agenda, I would think Streetsblog’s editors would want to give them as little ad revenue as possible.

    Here’s are two links to the Weiner poll that doesn’t put money in Murdoch’s pocket:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/17/weiner-mayoral-poll-shows-second-christine-quinn_n_3099789.html

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2013/04/8529100/new-poll-puts-non-candidate-anthony-weiner-second-place

  • Anonymous

    The argument against zoned fares is silly.

    Inequality and transit fares are orthogonal issues. If you’re concerned about income inequality, there are better ways to return that money to the poor than having a one-zone fare. For instance, an income credit or rebate for riding the subway. Any negative impact on poor straphangers can be corrected for.

    Poor people are also more affected by cigarette taxes. Is the right answer to not tax cigarettes, or to improve universal health coverage for the poor with the cigarette tax money (as well as general tax funds)?

    The truth is, there are lots of riders the MTA is leaving on the table by not having reduced fares for shorter rides. In Hong Kong I might make a short 20-block trip within Kowloon for 50 cents, while in NYC I might decide to walk it instead of paying $2.50.

  • Joe R.

    Zoned fares might be fine in NYC if the maximum possible fare was $2.50 as it is now. I agree it might make sense to charge $0.50 or $1 for a fairly short trip. I don’t think however we should ever contemplate a return to two fare zones. Those were a double whammy for two reasons. One, you’re already penalized not being near a subway station and instead having to take a slow bus to the subway. Two, you’re paying twice as much. Back when we had two fare zones in my neighborhood, it was a strong disincentive to a lot of students to work summer jobs if those jobs were in Manhattan because carfare would be a rather large proportion of your wage. Even now, consider a return to two fare zones for a minimum wage worker. A minimum wage worker makes $290 a week before taxes. That’s roughly $230 a week after taxes (assuming a single person with no children). A double fare zone means $50 a week, or nearly 22% of take-home pay, is going just for carfare.

    On the other hand, zoned fares might actually benefit the poor depending upon how they’re structured. As for income inequality, I agree it would be nice if there were some type of credit or deduction for carfare, at least for people under a certain income threshold ($40,000?).

    Anther thing the MTA should do which would be a no-brainer is to institute lower off-peak fares (or perhaps higher rush hour fares). That could get enough new people riding the system during the times when the incremental cost of additional passengers is small. It might also encourage employers to spread out work hours to reduce peak demand. Sizing the system for peak demand results in excess costs for track, rolling stock, and personnel. In this age of Internet connectivity 9-to-5 should be mostly a relic of the past but employers have yet to catch up with the times.

  • Anonymous

    Walking is good for you! 🙂 Plus, if more people walk for short distance trips, it reduces crowding for those who must take the subway for longer rides.