Today’s Headlines

  • Albany’s Process for Allocating Road Funds Is a Farce (Politico)
  • Unlicensed Motorist Drives Onto Fort Greene Sidewalk, Killing Victoria Nicodemus, 30 (News, Post)
  • Federal Transpo Bill Lets Amtrak Reinvest NEC Profits in NEC Service (WNYC)
  • Even AAA Is on Christie’s Case for Siphoning Port Authority Revenue to Pay for NJ Roads (Post)
  • David Weprin and Tony Avella Got Their Band of Transportation Know-Nothings Back Together (Post)
  • Meet the Coalition to Keep Woodhaven Boulevard a Dangerous Mess With Crappy Transit (QChron 1, 2)
  • Here’s the Draft Plan for 30 Citi Bike Stations in East Harlem (DNA)
  • Upper East Siders Want Ferry Service to Queens (DNA)
  • What It Takes to Get a Speed Hump on Your Street (BxTimes)
  • No Matter Which Taxi Hailing App You Use, Manhattan Traffic Stinks (AMNY)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • “Upper East Siders Want Ferry Service to Queens”

    I feel like this one requires a [Citation Needed]. I realize the CB is pushing this argument, but what ridership are we talking about? Double-digits per day? Maybe even very low triple digits? This isn’t solving any problem.

  • bolwerk

    QChron article: “The crowd, all of whom except one — who only raised his hand to show he was in support of it — were opposed to the project, made their feelings known”

    I always wonder in these cases if the people who would actually support a surface transit improvement just can’t make it because, well, they’ve been on a bus a lot of the day and are tired. Maybe sometimes they’re even sitting on a bus during the meeting while drivers vote against their interests.

    QPTC’s crusade might actually destroy a chance for an expanded NYC subway network and ruin surface transit service accessibility locally. Congratulations to QPTC: you’re no better than the QueensWay people, fuckers.

  • c2check

    Would be great if we could learn to use modern technology (i.e. internet) better to get community input instead of making people slog to physical meetings. In general I’ve been somewhat surprised at the lack of showing at the community meetings I’ve been to, especially considering NYC’s huge population. Even 100 people showing up for this meeting doesn’t seem that large given the size of the area. (And those set to lose something always seem much more likely to show up in instances like this)

    The people who rely most on the bus—and would benefit the most—likely have little time to make it out due to irregular or long work schedules, child care, etc. Even I have a tough time making it to such meetings and I don’t have these particular issues myself.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    only one pedestrian killed this weekend on sidewalk – wonder if Bratton will chalk this as a vision zero success

  • BBnet3000

    This is why people who tend to make it to these meetings are quite often retired.

  • Guest

    He’s too busy worrying about REAL crime, like e-bikes and cyclists riding through t-intersections, to waste his time on minor indiscretions by drivers.

  • Mackle

    It’s expanding transportation options. You could make the same arguments against a Citibike expansion or SBS. “Naw, no one’s gonna use that.”

  • bolwerk

    Don’t I know it. I travel frequently and often unexpectedly, so I can’t reliably make anything like this even if I happen to hear about it beforehand. I often only find out after it has happened.

    It doubt it helps that if you are the only sensible person who shows up, you still get a huge wall of support against you. One guy in the right raised his hand.

  • djx
  • Exactly, once you make time out of your busy schedule to attend the meeting you are in a nightmare world where other participants are rude and obnoxious and glad to waste time.

    Refreshments? Nope. Certificate of appreciation? Nope. Babysitting? Nope.

  • bolwerk

    No you can’t. SBS routes are created from existing bus routes. We know how many people use existing bus routes, and the evidence has generally favored more people using them once SBS is introduced. Even if that doesn’t happen, at least people get a better ride.

    A few dozen daily riders on a bike lane is fine (generally there are probably more anyway, especially in the summer). Bike lanes have negligible operating costs. Your typical ferry costs much more per rider than a bus to operate.

    The analogy to ferries in our transit system is the money-burning express bus.

  • bolwerk

    Hell, I’d favor a small tax credit if it would get some people out to these things.

  • AnoNYC

    QChron has been really bias in its opposition to Woodhaven Blvd SBS without facts for a long time now. I hope that they are not too influential in stopping or reducing this transportation improvement.

    The city needs to push past these pessimists and make our mass transportation network more efficient. SBS is step in that process, our buses are slow. It’s upsetting how the select few that influence these boards are slowing down needed progress which negatively affects the lives of New Yorkers citywide.

    SBS implementation has been a fight in so many areas. This despite the fact that most people do not have regular access to a private automobile.

  • AnoNYC

    Would like to see many Citi Bike docks in close proximity to East 125th St and Lexington Ave. Critical location for transportation connections, I foresee heavy usage there.

  • AnoNYC

    Additionally, how do you start the process to request a speed hump on your street? Mine is a speedway. Drivers sometimes reach 40 MPH on this short side street because for some reason when it was developed in the 90s, the street was widened (formally a vacant lot). It is residential with a school on one corner.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    protected bike lanes in CBD have Peak demand of 500 – 600 riders per hour 🙂

  • Mackle

    Of course you can. How many people out in Woodhaven believe in SBS? Just because you don’t want or see value in a form of transportation doesn’t mean that it can’t succeed.

    Is it the most efficient use of money? That’s debatable, but it’s no worse than saying “at least people get a better ride.” and it’s a better use of funding than the billions that have been tossed under the East River for East Side rail access.

    The Second Ave will be ready for the Second Coming, The ferries can actually connect areas now and offer a better platform for biking with Citibike or a BYOBike option.

  • bolwerk

    What does “believe in” mean? We can actually quantify the benefits of Woodhaven SBS and know who benefits and how. Some people may not care about attaining those benefits, some may even deny them, but reasonable people can generally agree on them.

    When we invest in SBS, even if it’s not a net money-saver, we know we buy a better ride for tens of thousands of users. With ferries, we consistently hardly induce any users at all. ESA may be badly executed, but at least it’s reasonably projected to have very high ridership.

  • BBnet3000

    Yep. I’ve been to these things and wasted my time trying to argue with or listen to obstinate octogenarians, and it was a waste of fucking time.

    The thing about people who are trying to stop something is that all they have to do is show up and stonewall and they win. There’s literally no victory condition for people who want to change the status quo except for the occasional TA-packed room for a project like the Amsterdam Ave protected lane.

    This is in a city where polled support for bike infra and bus improvements is very strong. These so-called “public input” sessions make a joke out of democracy.

  • Emmily_Litella

    Damn dude, we’re with you but chill.

  • Kevin Love

    Don’t forget the horrific prospect of seeing a woman’s breast in Times Square. Cracking down on that criminality is much more important than the mere lives of us peasants.