Today’s Headlines

  • Josh Barro: Instead of Billions for Trains Slower Than Buses, How About Improving Bus Service? (NYT)
  • Will Carl Heastie Be Better on Toll Reform Than Sheldon Silver? (Crain’s)
  • Capital Previews Today’s City Council Hearing on Bus Rapid Transit
  • Seeking More Freight to JFK, City Allows Even Longer Trucks on NYC Highways (Capital)
  • Anatomy of a Bogus NYPD Bike Ticket (Brooklyn Spoke)
  • If This Driver Wasn’t Drunk, He Probably Wouldn’t Need Diplomatic Immunity to Get Away (Post)
  • Post Picks Up Albany Inaction on MTA Capital Plan in Coverage of de Blasio’s Budget
  • Vincent Gentile in the Running with David Greenfield for Superfluous Parking Bills (News)
  • Chilling Testimony From Livery Driver of Satmar Couple Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver (NYT, Post)
  • Want to Get a Community Board’s Attention? Give Drivers Fake Parking Tickets (DNA)
  • Some NYC Car Owners Are About to Drive for the First Time in More Than Two Weeks (WNBC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • vnm

    That Brooklyn Spoke article is a good read.

  • Tyler

    So, people see parking tickets and complain to the COmmunity Board that the NYPD was “on a rampage.” And the Community Board chair thinks it’s his/her place to determine when/if parking tickets are issued?!

    (This, of course, is setting aside the ridiculous part that this board chair didn’t even stop to find out what the tickets were… “I saw a lot of cars with tickets today” is clearly enough.)

    Sorry, I’m stating the obvious here. But man o man…

  • Clarke

    Knew something was different this morning after being woken up by people chiseling ice off of the cars they’ve left abandoned for weeks. What a lovely public amenity!

  • HamTech87

    The key to better bus service is exclusive lanes, as the ridership data in NYC shows (SBS up, non-SBS down). Barro seriously glosses over this issue, ignoring the vehemence of motorists conducting “empty lanes attacks.”

    http://capntransit.blogspot.com/2011/10/tappan-zee-bridge-and-empty-lanes.html

  • Eric McClure

    As for “car owners are about to drive,” um, no. Despite ASP being in effect today, I saw a number of cars on a “Tuesday” side still encased in two weeks’ worth of snow and ice, and without tickets. But remember, it’s cyclists who are entitled.

  • Bolwerk

    He’s another neoliberal “think”tank hack. The New York Times loves those people because they’re capable enough of sounding informed, while generally leaving really retrograde positions on social issues alone. Bonus points: the paper can look “moderate” too, since it includes people who pal around with one of the most immoderate political parties in the western world.

    His real message is probably that he doesn’t use transit, or at least doesn’t think it’s very important, and doesn’t care if investment in transit stays low. He doesn’t even consider the design issues that affect airport travelers. He thinks buses and trains do the same things, and doesn’t understand transport economics beyond looking at some vehicle acquisition costs.

    (Not that Cuomo’s plan is a good idea. It’s not.)

  • sbauman

    “The key to better bus service is exclusive lanes”

    The purpose of exclusive lanes is to permit buses to travel closer to the speed limit than traffic conditions permit. When traffic is already moving close to the 25 mph speed limit, exclusive lanes do not provide any benefit.

    “as the ridership data in NYC shows (SBS up, non-SBS down).”

    The jury should still be out because the MTA’s most recent data is from 2013 and only 3 SBS routes were started before 2013. It’s a mixed bag for those 3 routes. Moreover, the MTA does not publish separate figures for SBS and regular services along the same route.

    The Bx12 SBS started in 2008, the M15 SBS in 2010. and the M34/34A SBS in 2011. For the 5 year period of 2008 to 2013, these 3 routes saw an average annual increase of 0.15% vs. an average annual decline of 0.67% for the Bronx and Manhattan local bus routes. Neither figure is particularly dramatic.

  • Michael Klatsky

    Lots of talk on the NYT page about buses vs trains.

    It seems that the only place that I know where buses vs train have been competing as a true commuting option is in North Jersey where Express buses to PABT compete with Trains to Hoboken and NY Penn Station. Buses have won due to the eXclusive Bus Lane (XBL) but otherwise would be far behind. Exclusive lanes are a game-changer.

  • Bolwerk

    Haven’t looked over time, but the “BRT” reports to NTD for NYC are on average about 24 to 28 cents lower per-passenger-mile than the non-BRT transit bus mode.