Today’s Headlines

  • $1.3 Billion Bailout Keeps Thruway From Adding More Debt or Tolls (TU, Capital, LoHud, Bloomberg)
  • De Blasio’s NYCHA Plan Includes New Development, Higher Parking Fees (WSJ, NYT)
  • Driver Leaving Gas Station Injures 3-Year-Old on Sidewalk; No Charges (Post)
  • Port Authority Police Officers Crash Into SUV and Lightpole in Gramercy (WNBC)
  • De Blasio Administration Wants City Council to Rewrite Law Banning Motorized Pedicabs (Post)
  • MTA Shortens Station Announcements, Adds Staff to Crowded Platforms (WNYC, DNA)
  • Nicole Garcia Named DOT’s New Queens Borough Commissioner (TL)
  • Far West Side Residential Development Pushes Car Dealerships From 11th Avenue (Observer)
  • 10-Story Apartment Building to Replace Gas Station on Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy (YIMBY)
  • MTA Uses 8-Bit Aesthetic to Explain Train Delays (Gothamist, Curbed, Brokelyn)

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  • mrmcd

    Master of the universe types are shocked, SHOCKED, to discover that Amazon makes deliveries using the subway because Manhattan traffic is so terrible.

    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0337ab2c-fb34-11e4-9fe6-00144feab7de.html

    Original FT article is paywalled without the google trick, but there’s other coverage linking it:

    http://consumerist.com/2015/05/18/amazon-is-using-nycs-subway-system-for-prime-now-deliveries/

    http://gizmodo.com/amazon-is-using-the-subway-for-deliveries-just-like-the-1705298098

  • Reader

    “It’s critical this law have teeth so we can protect the public from the dangers of motorized pedicabs,” said Julie Menin, department commissioner.

    Given the dangers of taxicabs – multiple people killed and inured in the last week alone! – when will the Department of Consumer Affairs and the City Council ban these dangerous motorized cabs?

  • qrt145

    For a second there I thought they had named Nicole Gelinas DOT borough commissioner! 🙂

  • Bolwerk

    ~850,000 motorists a day are at least $1.3 billion more important than 7 or 8 times as many daily NYC subway and bus riders.

  • ohnonononono

    This kind of stuff makes me livid that the USPS used to have a massive system of underground pneumatic tubes running from downtown Brooklyn and the bottom of Manhattan to the Bronx to move mail in NYC (and a handful of other cities) until it was dismantled in the 1950s because Eisenhower appointed a postmaster general from Michigan who owned a GM dealership. (They were getting way too narrow for modern mail anyway but shutting them down instead of improving them was obviously political and shortsighted…)

  • Joe R.

    A similar system would also work great for garbage collection. Regarding improving them, it’s a pity they weren’t redesigned to handle modern size packages. Think how much less traffic there would be if all those USPS, Fedex, and UPS trucks were off the roads. For that matter, you could use the same type of system to handle deliveries to businesses. Nowadays especially with computers, routing would be a breeze compared to the crude methods used in the 1950s.

    Sadly, sometimes politics wins out over the best solution.

  • AnoNYC

    No surprise here with NYCHA infill development. It’s already been happening citywide. It’s good because parking lots are usually the number one target. Several other benefits in addition.

  • Larry Littlefield

    When Cuomo I loaded a bunch of debt on the Thruway Authority, he did it by having the state “sell” certain roads to the Authority.

    How the hell does Cuomo II give the Authority $1.3 billion without buying those roads back?

    A multi-generational fraud.

  • Bolwerk

    I heard about that system, insofar as ohnonononono talks about it, but I’m not sure about the fate of its plant. Any remnants of it still exist?

    Nonetheless, quirky non-standard transportation doesn’t usually work out in the long run unless it has some distinct advantage over the standard stuff nowadays consisting of standard gauge rail, modern trams/LRVs, and buses. Look at what happened to the conceptually very cool Chicago Tunnel Company. Or even the conceptually uncool Newark Airport Airtrain monorail. Even BRT has a better shot at viability than this stuff because at least BRT can use standard parts/vehicles, standard ROWs/construction practices, and standard operating practices.