Today’s Headlines

  • The Times and Bike Snob Examine Bike-Share NIMBYs
  • Citi Bike Passes 10,000 Members Two Weeks Before Opening Day (DNA)
  • DOT Re-Evaluates Some Bike-Share Stations (Team Tish, News)
  • WNYC and The Record Explore NJ Transit’s Refusal to Talk About Sandy Preparation Mismanagement
  • A Look at How the WTC PATH Became the World’s Most Expensive Train Station (Observer)
  • Hudson Square BID Opens Revived Freeman Plaza on Port Authority Land Near Holland Tunnel (DNA)
  • Journal News Tells Cuomo to Stop Dragging Feet on TZB Financing and Toll Task Force
  • Hey Guys, Did You Hear Anthony Weiner Is Running for Mayor? (Politico, Post)
  • Nassau County Man Still Driving Despite 201 License Suspensions (Newsday via HuffPo)
  • Bronx Leaders Push for New Stations With Penn Station Access (NY1)
  • A Peek Inside Massimo Vignelli’s 1970 Graphics Standards Manual for NYC Transit (2nd Avenue Sagas)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Daphna

    Regarding the news article about re-locating a Brooklyn docking station: the DOT moved a docking station from Remsen Street to Hicks Street with the explanation that Remsen was too narrow. However, Hicks appears similarly narrow so that excuse falls short. The real excuse for moving it is probably that politically connected not-in-my-backyard types complained and someone forced the DOT to cater to them. Remsen Street residents prefer to have bulky, dirty, visibility-blocking cars parked along their street and in front of their building entrances rather than bikes and docks that would have created more light and visibility along the curb. I hope those NIMBY people on Remsen regret their decision.

    I also think the DOT should have stayed strong and told all that the stations would stay put as planned until the system was up and running and that an evaluation would be done after a period of time. I suspect that most of the NIMBYism would have disappeared by then. People would be asking for bike docks instead of pushing them away.

  • Daphna

    Regarding Letitia James statement in Team TIsh: she mentions 4 docking stations needing adjustments. One is on Adelphi Street that conflicts with the tree pits – my solution to that is to put the rack on the street and replace parking instead of keeping it on the sidewalk! In my opinion more docking stations should have been on the street instead of sidewalks in general.

    I don’t understand Tish’s statement about the docking station on Clinton and Myrtle Avenues. She writes that one option the DOT is looking into is to eliminate a bike platform. What does this mean?? Eliminate a single dock? Eliminate a couple docks that are all connected on one platform? Or eliminate the whole docking station???? I hope eliminating the whole docking station is not being considered. Moving it across the street or a block away would be okay, but not eliminating it. Density of stations is needed!!

  • Daphna

    2 more articles:

    Suggestion to put Bus Rapid Transit combined with a pedestrian/bike trail on the inactive right of way of the LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch. http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/goodman-seek-best-of-both-worlds-with-the-queensway-1.5262175

    Profiles of 3 bike riders and bike riding advice: http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/spring-into-action-on-a-bike-1.5262144

  • Anonymous

    Clinton and Myrtle Avenues is a must have. I helped with a parking day installation there a year or two ago. It’s isolated from the train but also a bustling mini-commercial strip. Losing that station would be awful for local businesses.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22537627

    A man attempting to dribble a soccer ball from Seattle to Brazil for the World Cup next summer was killed by a truck driver in Oregon. Needless to say, for Streetsblog readers at least, the driver was not charged.

  • Jared R

    Per the Bronx Rail article: “The cluster of businesses, parks and other amenities around the stations form “walkable neighborhoods” with easy access to mass transit — highly desirable areas to live, which inflate the value of surrounding real estate, Williams added.”

    I bet comments like this in newspapers (over roughly the last 20 years) haven’t regularly occurred in the United States since the 1920s. What do you think? Isn’t it great?

  • Guest

    The little public space at the Holland Tunnel looks like a good improvement.

    I’m not sure it’s accurate to say they “revived Freeman Plaza” though. It was never lively. Ever.

    This looks like it’s just one more nice, small step from its long evolution from its former life as a toll plaza:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ICC7eb_sb1s/UH1PEEiysbI/AAAAAAAAT9w/RHnIypHIpa8/s1600/Traffic+Aerial+of+Holland+Entrance+1929+PANYNJ.JPG

  • Guest

    Sure, I heard this stuff for years in NJ… right until they that guy who killed one of the most needed transit projects in the country.

  • Jared R

    I know. . . though his state is urbanizing SO quickly at and around its train stations. It’s breathtaking. The idiot might have noticed, but he doesn’t take the train.