Today’s Headlines

  • Council Approves Willets Point Plan, Including Massive Parking Lot (Times LedgerDNACapNY)
  • Hallets Point Project Also Approved, With City Study of Ferry Service to Transit-Starved Site (Crain’s)
  • Council Unanimously Approves Half-Hour Intervals for SI Ferry (NewsAdvance2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • In Debate With Lhota (de Blasio Was Absent), Carrión Says East River Tolls Bring “Fairness” (NY1)
  • Lhota Says He Would Up City’s MTA Tab; de Blasio: Budget Too Fragile (CapNY, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Proscecutors Say Off-Duty NYPD Officer Was “Active Participant” in Motor Bike Assault (News)
  • Gypsy Cab Driver Arrested for Running Over Officer’s Foot, Dragging Him 75 Feet at JFK (News)
  • Off-Duty NYPD Officer Arrested for Drunk Driving After Hit-and-Run on Parkway in Queens (News)
  • How Fast Do You Have to Be Going to Flip a Car on Delancey? NYPD Won’t Investigate (Gothamist)
  • TWU Local 100 Delays Buses In Retaliation for Crackdown on Rule-Breaking Drivers (News)
  • Cab Driver Prefers Watching TV Over Watching His Speed, Puts Portable Set on His Dash (MTR)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Commuter

    The whole taxi situation at JFK Airport is just completely Third World. It’s a complete embarrassment to New York City. Actually, a lot of Third World cities have far better transportation infrastructure in and out of their airports. The AirTrain is pathetic too. It was broken last time I took it and I ended up on a shuttle bus and missed my flight. Port Authority can’t seem to figure out how to convey the simplest information to its customers. It could care less.

  • Bolwerk

    Transportation, at least passenger transportation, is a secondary mission of the Port Authority and MTA. The primary mission is to divvy up revenue in the form of salaries and pensions.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed–everything about the transportation around JFK is bad, and yet I think it’s one of those “Hey, this is New York–don’t like it, you can go back to Ohio” things that everyone considers not just inevitable and unfixable but part of city’s lovable grouchiness. It’s not. It’s just stupid.

  • Anonymous

    Willets Point: parking isn’t a subject I know about, but I felt like throwing this out there: I’m aware that some people (like “us”) try to influence developers and the relevant government bodies not to over-supply parking. But what about pressuring/incentivizing/educating owners/managers of already existing sites to reduce their parking supply and support smarter use of land (e.g. pedestrian access, etc.) surrounding their properties after those properties are already built and up and running? Do livable streets/smart land use organizations/influencers currently spend any energy/resources on teaching/pressuring owners of *already existing* properties to reduce their parking (and benefit from doing so, and help their surrounding areas (which also benefits them))?

  • Bolwerk

    Slow-downs tell you all you need to know about how much contempt the TWU has for passengers, many of whom are part of a massive actual working class that by and large doesn’t get a union to protect it from authoritarian bullies. That ignoring lights and chatting on your cell is seen as “petty rule violations” indicates a similar disregard for other street users.

    I hope they get the snot fined out of them.

  • Anonymous

    Yah, but how can you fix it? It’s not like there’s a rail line that goes straight from JFK to Midtown.

  • Bolwerk

    It would probably be easy enough to build one to one of the JFK terminals. AirTrain was a symptom of agencies not wanting to work together.

  • Anonymous

    That’s true. Jamaica LIRR isn’t that far away. But why can’t we have something like the Heathrow/Paddington Express. That shit is awesome. You’re at Heathrow in 28 minutes. They’re every 15 mins. It’s like $20.

    I usually use a car service.

  • Bolwerk

    Having JFK fed by the worst means necessary costs a lot and keeps a lot of bus drivers and taxi drivers employed.

    Rail hate is expensive.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t agree with you more. What we need is an MTA (and Port Authority, NYPD and Child Protective Services) that will run entirely without resorting to the self-serving employees who demand wages and benefits. Now that would be a modern, world class, system. I think Bolwerk and the Manhattan Institute are perfectly positioned to lead us into that future. You have my vote.

  • Bolwerk

    I don’t care if you disagree with me, but I’ll ask you to kindly not misrepresent me. It should be obvious to anyone that I said no such thing.

    Unless “Niccolo Machiavelli” is just a Turing troll bot testing Machiavellian right-wing propaganda tactics on unsuspecting blog commenters. In that case, fix a few ideological bugs, s/Manhattan Institute/Joseph Stalin, and carry on.

  • Anonymous

    RE: JFK Livery Driver.

    So let me get this straight. A livery driver runs over an officer’s foot while on the roadway, and drags him 75 feet, gets thrown in jail with $50,000 bail. A cab driver destroys Sian Green’s leg on the sidewalk and is back driving his cab.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always wondered whether it would save me time to take the AirTrain to Jamaica, and get a cab there. (I’m not going to Manhattan.) It certainly would not be cheaper.

  • Anonymous

    So, let me get this right, its OK for you to snarl cynicisms like “The primary mission is to divvy up revenue in the form of salaries and pensions.” But cynical counterpoints are somehow “right-wing propaganda tactics” and a misrepresentation? I apologize.

  • Bolwerk

    Don’t pretend to be making a counterpoint. You made up a strawman position that had nothing to do with what I said, in fact is antithetical to what I think, and tried to tar me by association. That’s pretty low even by Manhattan Institute standards. It’s more GOPAC work.

    Maybe what I said was a little hyperbolic, but it is more or less true. The PA was founded to deal with freight, was expanded by fiat over the years to satisfy various political/corporate/union stakeholders, and never particularly was good at dealing with surface transport.