Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo and Lawmakers Punt on MTA Capital Plan in State Budget (MTR)
  • TWU Directs Bus Drivers to Protest Right of Way Law by Driving Safely (WSJ [Paywall])
  • Man Walking in Auburndale Fatally Struck by One or More Hit-and-Run Drivers (News)
  • Business Owner Complains About Illegal Police Parking; NYPD: “Cops Aren’t Everybody Else” (Voice)
  • 50th Precinct Captain on Uptick in Crashes: “Sometimes, That’s Just the Way It Goes” (R’dale Press)
  • Anonymous Sources Defend Cab Driver Who Killed Kadeem Brown and Tierre Clark (Post, News)
  • Times Ledger Covers DOT Plan to Redesign Queens Boulevard
  • De Blasio Announces More Frequent Staten Island Ferry Trips (NYT)
  • Casino Bus Driver Hits Woman While Turning Onto Broadway in Inwood; No Charges (DNA)
  • Criminality Suspected in East Village Building Explosion (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • com63

    Is it really possible to notice a bus slowdown? Buses are slow enough already. If they go slower to be safer, I don’t think anyone will really notice.
    The TWU should be complaining that NYPD is disproportionately targeting bus drivers and should be arresting more private motorists.

  • Google “Irked by Law, Union Urges Bus Drivers to Take Safety to an Extreme”, without the quotes, and you should be able to read entire article on the TWU safety drive/slowdown threat once before paywall blocks you.

    Yesterday I tweeted a line from @BrooklynSpoke to all members of the NYC Council Transportation Committee asking them “If TWU is encouraging members to drive safely because they don’t want them to get arrested, what happens if they get their ROW exemption?” It’s a da**ed good question.

    And here’s the answer. If they get their exemption, we’re liable to see a repeat of what happened last year…last year eight out of nine pedestrians killed by MTA drivers in 2014 were in crosswalks when struck. A successful bid to weaken this law would do nothing less than ask for more of the same.

    There is a bill in the state Assembly that would prohibit police from handcuffing MTA drivers who violate the ROW law. The transit workers union is hard at work lobbying city and state to weaken this law any way they can, and if we poor peasants don’t get on the ball, we’re liable to lose the ROW protection we fought so hard to get. If politicians hear from enough people, we can negate the lobbying the TWU is doing and we’ll be much safer crossing in crosswalks.

  • com63

    I’m okay with the no handcuffing for misdemeanors. It seems unnecessary. Just give them a desk appearance ticket and then charge them with a misdemeanor.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I’m okay with the no handcuffing for misdemeanors.”

    For bus drivers only, union members only, union members and top executives only, or the serfs too?

  • qrt145

    If only illegal driving were treated as seriously as illegal plumbing…

  • Guest

    So when the police finally decide to do something about illegal parking by NYPD affiliates, they hand out warning notes? Please, pretty please, stop breaking the law. We may, sometime, actually mean it. (Wink, wink.)
    You’re kidding, right?! Try writing a summons!
    People with any real or claimed affiliation with the NYPD must be held to at least the same minimum standard as the rest of the general populace (if not a higher standard…).

  • I think if you ask a police officer, they’d tell you it’s just better to cuff people who are being arrested because it causes no harm or damage and it is essential for the officer to have a strong measure of control of the suspect.

  • JudenChino

    I know, right. Call them on their “bluff.” It’s not like anyone could notice re: any of the cross town routes. And if they’re going super duper slow through crowded intersections then . . . I think that’s a good?

  • com63

    I’m saying that they shouldn’t arrest them or take them to a police station. They should give them a desk appearance ticket for an appearance in court where they will be charged with a misdemeanor.

  • Jason

    Really wish we could work through a different way of discussing the bus drivers…

    Of course bus drivers need to be held accountable for their actions and safety is paramount, but shouldn’t a strong argument for livable streets be?

    “Driving a bus in this city is much too stressful and aggravating. Buses should all be given priority space in a congested city that should not be accommodating to private automobile use. It’s absurd navigating and handling a bus is as impossible as it is in city that only exists because of mass transit. Lets take the critical steps needed to make the work of bus drivers easier and less stressful to so we can avoid any more tragedies in our streets.”

    Piling on bus drivers doesn’t seem like the most constructive strategy here. Again, there has to be accountability, but ultimately the bus drivers are not the villains here. It’s the ridiculous transportation policy that puts private auto use in our city on the same footing as mass transit.

    As a livable streets advocate, I really think aiding and supporting the essential work of mass transit employees is a critical step towards creating a clean, safe, lively and socially just city.