Today’s Headlines

  • MTA Payroll Mobility Tax Upheld by Appeals Court (Newsday, 2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • Veto-Proof Majorities in Council Back NYPD Oversight Bills (NYTNews)
  • City Council Land Use Committee Backs 10-Year Permit for MSG (NewsCrain’s)
  • Weiner, Quinn, Thompson in Three-Way Dead Heat, Finds Latest Poll (CapNYNY1)
  • More Coverage of City’s Sheridan Expressway Recommendations (Crain’sBronx Times)
  • S.I. SBS Camera Tickets Begin Soon (Advance); Malliotakis Calls It “Atrocious And Invasive” (Twitter)
  • Ariel Russo’s Grandmother Released From Hospital (News, Post 1, 2)
  • Driver, Allegedly Texting, Runs Into Cyclist Waiting at Red Light in Bed Stuy, Then Flees (Gothamist)
  • Liu: City Goes Easy on Companies With Thousands of Dollars in Unpaid Parking Tickets (News)
  • G Train Service Outages for Sandy Repairs Start Next Month (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Daphna

    Regarding John Lui and unpaid parking tickets by commercial vehicles: the real problem is that commercial vehicles often do not have a chance to get a legal curbside spot. The city needs to give these companies a place to park legally while they conduct their business. With outdated curbside regulations, free or underpriced curbside space, and a huge amount of curb spots taken by parking real and fake placard users and abusers, companies often have no alternative other than double parking or other illegal parking.

    These vehicles need to be given a legal alternative so they are not forced to park illegally in order to conduct their business. John Lui is worried about the wrong thing. Getting these companies to pay their outstanding tickets just perpetrates a broken system. A real leader should be advocating for better curbside regulations that would give commercial vehicles a place to be.

  • Really Unimpressed

    Yeah, John Liu will say anything to anybody in a desperation to get elected

  • Daphna

    Regarding the payroll tax for the MTA in Nassau being upheld: has Nassau paid all along while they were suing? If not, do they have the money put aside to pay?

    The average subway ride is subsidized by $1.11. The average Metro North ride is subsidized by $4.26. The average Long Island Railroad ride is subsidized by $7.34. http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/transportation-nation/2012/aug/23/mta-suburban-passengers-get-7-per-ride-subway-riders-a-buck/

    LIRR fare increase was only 9.3% in March of 2013 whereas subway riders had an 11% increase. The increase for the commuter railroads should have been higher, not lower, than the NYC Transit increase since they already receive such higher subsidies.

    Even in spite of getting more out of the MTA system than they pay in to it, Nassau County, Long Island did not want to pay the payroll tax that’s levied in their areas that are served by the MTA. I am glad for the current appellate court ruling. Is this the end? Or will Nassau appeal to a higher court?

    However, this tax is unpopular and it would be great to have congestion pricing instead for MTA revenue.

  • Bolwerk

    Almost all of these guys have automobile fetishes to the point that it clouds their ability to reason. So much so that I find it a bit hard to believe that they really want to improve buses &nadsh; which is itself a policy that is well short of the light rail and “heavy” rapid transit rail we really need in much of the city.

    As to curbside parking, this another case where the car masturbaters are literally undermining the utility of their object of desire. When freight trucks doing the last mile to the retailer can’t park without paying a fine, it’s ultimately a cost that is just passed onto consumers, many of them (in New York) non-drivers. The same is true for all the time wasted sitting in traffic behind the people Liu and Weiner think are paragons of the upstanding middle class – a driver is still drawing wages during that time, and making fewer deliveries in the process.

  • moocow

    I am a non-car owning Park Slope resident, but I still pay for parking tickets or for a guy just to sit in a van when ever a vendor or contractor works at my building. there are thousands of cars here that don’t move but for the Alt side days. I am paying for the conviennienceof my neighbors free car storage. I def agree commercial parking zones, that don’t have cop’s private cars in them, are a necessity.

  • Daphna

    Four of the last six days Citi bike riders took more than 30,000 trips per day. The other two days the number of trips by bikeshare members was still high: 24,253 and 27,717. These high numbers of daily rides are being sustained even while the system has only 4,200 bikes. This represents 7.2 trips per bike on the 30,000+ trip days. Since Manhattan’s bikeshare usage is substantially higher than Brooklyn’s, this means that bikeshare in Manhattan is sustaining well over 7 trips per bike. This is very high compared to other bikeshare systems. It shows how popular Citibike is. It also shows that despite the software problems and the re-balancing inadequacies, NYC bikeshare is still doing pretty well. There are 49,422 annual members reported which also shows the popularity of bikeshare. It seems there was a lot of pent up demand for getting around NYC by bike, and as soon as bikeshare came to town, people embraced it.

  • Daphna

    Commercial loading zones, free of parking placard cars or government worker cars, are needed. Commercial vehicles need an alternative to illegal parking that comes with a ticket. Lui should be pursuing this idea rather than complaining about those commercial vehicles not paying their tickets in a timely manner. As moocow and Bolwerk point out, those tickets get passed on as higher prices to those New Yorkers who consume the services or product of the company whose vehicle is ticketed.

    It is clear from the volume of commercial vehicles double parked regularly along certain streets that those streets need to be metered or need to have loading zones created. I wonder when politicians will start supporting these goals?