Today’s Headlines

  • October Set New Records for Subway Ridership (AMNY, News); Kabak: What Now?
  • SI Borough Board Votes Against Affordable Housing; Oddo: Density Not Welcome Here (Politico)
  • Crashes Increase 13 Percent as 24th Precinct Focuses on Ticketing Cyclists (DNA)
  • Cyclist Injured After Psychopath Strings Rope Across Prospect Park Bike Lane (Gothamist)
  • Family of Meg Charlop: NYC Needs Traffic Cams and Prosecutions for Deadly Recklessness (Eagle)
  • Port Authority Will Help Rupert Murdoch Make Rent (NYT, Bloomberg)
  • How Does Trolling Safety Advocates Online Help Ken Thompson’s Office Advance Vision Zero?
  • DOT to Install Mid-Block Crosswalk on Clinton Street Between Grand and East Broadway (DNA)
  • Cuomo Awards State Economic Development Grant Money to Staten Island Mall (Crain’s)
  • How Jay Walder and Co. Turned Citi Bike Around (Fast Company)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • com63

    I like that “trolling” conversation on Twitter. I wish the police and DA’s offices were more open about their logic for why they do not pursue investigations or file charges. The public is demanding to know more and more.

  • Boris

    “The last New York City transportation agency that Walder worked at, the MTA, exists partly because the private companies that operated the first public transportation systems failed to make mass transit sustainable business. ‘The fare in 1904 was 5¢,’ Walder says when I mention this. ‘And the fare in 1948 was 5¢, too [that year, the city raised subway fares for the first time to 10¢.”

    Surely, Jay Walder knows that the reason the private companies failed is not because they didn’t want to raise the fare, but because they were prevented from doing so by the left-wing governments of the time. Saying the IRT “failed” at business is like saying GM failed at building a system of toll roads, or, for that matter, that Motivate is failing at being profitable. The failure lies with government for encouraging or discouraging ways for people to get around, and setting limits on where they can live and work. Private companies have only so much leverage and lobbying power.

  • HamTech87

    That Cuomo award to the SI mall doesn’t look as bad as it sounds. $$ to build a hotel as part of the development of the area around the ferry terminal. If done right, incorporating the bus depot, etc., it could be good. But I’m sure it will be larded with parking.

  • AMH

    This is a week old, but the SI Advance ran an editorial in favor of Move NY. http://www.silive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/12/a_tale_of_two_boroughs_toll-wi.html

  • ahwr

    Not surprising. Polls have shown strong support for Move NY in Staten Island for a long time.

  • BBnet3000

    Most people thinking clearly in the outer boroughs, even those who drive quite regularly, ought to support it. It reduces the tolls on the monopoly bridges (the ones with no transit alternative), and encourages better behavior on the bridges that have an alternative. It will also reduce congestion for those who choose to drive into Manhattan anyway.

  • AnoNYC
  • BBnet3000

    Seriously, I’d love to hear such “trolling” from every public agency actually explaining what the diddily do is going on inside. We might have a clue about why “wide parking lanes” came to be the standard street treatment rather than bike lanes, even (especially?) on corridors that are begging for bike lanes.

  • Maggie

    Late to the table with this, but I can’t believe Port Authority voted to use tolled dollars to subsidize Rupert Murdoch’s office rents.

    I just can’t believe it. WTF public purpose does this serve.

    Assuming the security protocols at WTC allow it, Port Authority should sell the real estate right now. It’s hard to imagine a better time to sell.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “They were prevented from doing so by the left-wing governments of the time.”

    Ahem, the private parties to the dual contracts insisted on a fixed fare out of fear of political pressure to reduce the fare. There were contracts. The City of New York and provided the IRT and BMT with the money to build the subway as part of the deal.

    What no one counted on was the inflation caused by WWI. That meant the 5 cents wasn’t worth the same 5 cents anymore. Whether the city should have allowed the private companies to reneg on their share of the deal is a question worth debating. But there was a contract, and requiring counter-parties to perform is not “left wing.”