Today’s Headlines

  • Bed-Stuy Community Board Is Not Thrilled About Plans to Improve Safety, Bus Service (DNA)
  • DCP Official on Parking Requirements: Staten Island “Needs Some Level of Car Use” (Advance)
  • Police Arrest Hit-and-Run Driver Who Critically Injured Teenage Bronx Cyclist (News, Gothamist)
  • It’s Pothole-Filling Season (WNYC)
  • AMNY Looks at Streetscape and Greenway Projects That Will Make NYC More Livable
  • Observer Writer Gets a Drunk Uber Driver; Where Is TLC?
  • Vornado Looks at Public Plazas, Other Improvements Near Penn Station (WSJ)
  • City Planning Commission OKs Vanderbilt Avenue Tower, Plaza Next to Grand Central (CityLand)
  • NYT “Room for Debate” Looks at Private Investment in Transportation Infrastructure
  • Now You Can More Easily Tweet Complaints About NYPD Driving and Parking (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Bobberooni

    There need to be better standards for Uber, Lyft, etc. I suggest the following:

    1. Classify them for once and for all as livery cabs, just like the black cars. Subject them to the same rules and regulations.

    2. Require the same background checks as livery cabs. If that is not enough, then require better background checks for all livery drivers.

    3. Require that the cars have alcohol interlock devices installed on them. For private cars, such devices are sometimes installed in lieu of loss of license in drunk driving cases. But for the sake of public safety, there’s no reason they can’t be installed on all cars used for-hire.

    4. Require some kind of periodic inspection of cars used for-hire.

    5. Establish a centralized database of drivers with past poor behavior, and make all livery cab companies work with it. That way, drunk Uber drivers can’t shift to Lyft, etc.

  • com63

    Re: drunk Uber – I’ve heard similar stories from other cities where Uber really is covering its eyes to avoid hearing about dangerous behavior. Examples include the actual driver not matching the driver listed in the app or the cars not matching. Uber doesn’t really have a mechanism to report things like this. It should be a feature right in the app to report things like this.

  • Andres Dee

    The Uber driver came out of the same party as the passenger? I thought Uber’s NYC drivers were licensed pros, working with TLC licenses and bases, not people casually out to make a few extra bucks with their cars. So, I see 3 alternative scenarios with this story:
    1. What an amazing co-incidence
    2. Some of NYC’s Uber drivers are, in fact, “amateurs”, not all livery & black
    3. The story is “embellished”

  • com63

    So you are saying that a “Pro” driver couldn’t attend a party on the UWS? From what I have heard, it is not too hard to become a licensed TLC driver.
    Your #1 is the right answer. An amazing coincidence.

  • roguebagel

    Oh my god: “I know that you have your study, but your study really cannot compare to the study I have by using that intersection every day,” said board member C. Doris Pinn.

    … “You need to take that back and study it a little further.”

  • Reader

    “To me it feels like you’re pushing this down the community’s throat.”

    If there was a community board drinking game, this would be on it.

  • Tyler

    1.) The rules that the TLC have created over the decades due to special interest group lobbying are anachronistic and… well… weird.
    2.) It’s the latter… and good luck getting that changed. We can’t even require our yellow cab drivers to have a working knowledge of the city, never mind non-yellow cabs.
    3.) 100% agree. All for-hire cars should have this along with speed and incident monitoring/recording devices that have no restrictions for legal discovery.
    4.) All cars have periodic inspection if they are legally registered in NYS.
    5.) Seems reasonable.

  • Andres Dee

    The Uber driver went to a party (I’m sure professional drivers go to parties on the UWS) and then turned on the app and said, “heck, let me see if I can squeeze in a fare”. Doesn’t sound like how a pro works.