Today’s Headlines

  • Republicans From Syracuse Burbs and Long Island Jockey to Replace Skelos as Senate Leader (Capital)
  • Toll Reform Supporter Mark Weprin Leaves City Council to Serve as Cuomo Legislative Liaison (News)
  • Driver Kills Elderly Woman Crossing Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn (News, Post)
  • Turning Cab Driver Kills Amelia Sterental, 76, in Upper East Side Crosswalk (Post 1, 2)
  • The Number of NYC’s Police Athletic League Play Streets Has Plummeted by Two-Thirds (NYT)
  • It Takes Longer Than You Might Think to Turn a Wide Sidewalk Into a Public Plaza (DNA)
  • Gelinas: De Blasio Should Pitch in More for MTA Capital Program (Post)
  • Alex Marshall Makes the Case for Subsidizing Citi Bike to Keep Prices Low (News)
  • Move NY Pitches Uber on Toll Reform (Crain’s)
  • The Most Googled Questions About the NYC Subway (AMNY)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jesse

    Citibike is the only transportation system in New York (the United States? the world?) that isn’t subsidized by taxpayers. They even lease parking spaces from the city.

  • WalkingNPR

    And the UES cab driver isn’t expected to be charged….why exactly? I hope it’s because the pedestrian did not have the ROW (though based on the description of him “making a fast turn” she did) and not simply because he stayed on the scene, “weeping.”

  • Drivin’ Here!

    If the cabbie didn’t leave the scene and promised not to do it again, I don’t think the police should charge him with a misdemeanor.

  • WalkingNPR

    Okay, but I need to know the status of whether he pinky swore or if it was just a verbal promise.

  • c2check

    Depending on where exactly Citibank makes the money it gave to sponsor Citi Bike, at least not directly, of course 😉

  • Advertising isn’t a subsidy, its a service. But this is an important point not to forget, taxes are not the only way driving is subsidized, every time you take transit, walk, or bike to a mall with free parking, and then buy something, some amount of what you just spent pays for space for parking for people to drive there. Of course, the same also applies for biking to these places. Given that I guess most Citi-bike users park bikes in the stations that citibike leases, this might be more true than initially thought.

  • Jesse

    I don’t understand what you’re saying. You mean that because some of Citibank’s income might be due to taxpayer subsidies, and then Citibank pays that over to Citibike then that’s taxpayers subsidizing Citibike?

    If that’s the case then any time a public employee spends their salary on anything that’s a taxpayer subsidy.

  • c2check

    This was partly in jest, but just saying that even with transit systems that come close to breaking even, the money of course comes from somewhere, often from streams with less public oversight.

  • ohnonononono

    More impressively: Philly’s new bike share system includes taxpayer subsidy AND is more expensive than CitiBike! (They don’t even offer a yearly plan but if you commute all year it’s $15 x 12 = $180…)

  • ohnonononono

    And based on some Googling, Miami’s Citibike is even more expensive at $180/yr for half hour rides and $300 for 60 min rides.

    His claim that CitiBike NYC is the most expensive in the world would seem to be total bunk if this is what I can find in 2 minutes.

  • com63

    They should allow people to purchase citibike memberships with their Transitcheck or similar pre-tax dollars. It is a valid form of public transit.