Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo’s Big Subway Reveal: Countdown Clocks, Wi-Fi, Contactless Fares (Politico, WNYCNY1)
  • Ben Kabak: That’s It?
  • The Governor Has an Expensive Transportation Wishlist (NYT) And No Way to Pay For It (NYSlant)
  • Can the Port Authority Afford Its Share of Cuomo’s Penn Station Overhaul? (WSJ)
  • Drivers Hit and Kill Man in Brownsville, One Flees Scene (Post)
  • Advocates to City Council: Don’t Jump the Gun on Uber Regs (Crain’s)
  • Kvetchers Blame Queens Blvd Congestion on Bike Lane That Barely Claimed Any Space From Cars (DNA)
  • Meanwhile, Queens Boulevard Redesign Recognized as a National Example (NY1)
  • UES Residents Raise Red Flag About Intersection of 79th and York (DNA)
  • The Case for Broadway as a Linear Park (News)
  • 50 Years Ago, a Transit Strike Rocked NYC and “Rush Hour Started at 4 AM” (AMNY)

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  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    I was waiting until someone blamed the Qns Bl bike lanes on the congestion, even though their claims are fruitless. As per a quote from DNA Info:

    “During the day, anytime from like 3 to, I would say 7:30, 8 o’clock at night, you’re not going to get through,” she said.

    I believe that’s called rush hour. And Queens Bl was always like that before the DOT even did anything. The number of lanes remained the same, less the safety zone which is now the bike lane. The congestion lies in the 4 travel lanes squeezing underneath the tressle of the LIRR, which is the max. You can refer to the graphics in the DOT PowerPoint presentation below. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show the previous configuration, but I believe the most significant changes, other than the bike lane installation, was:
    1. Stop Signs instead of Yields
    2. No BQE access from westbound Qns Bl Service Rd
    3. New signal at BQE westbound from westbound Qns Bl Service Rd
    4. Uninterrupted slip lane from Main to Service on eastbound Qns Bl in front of the firehouse.

    Otherwise, everything else remained relatively the same. Seems like pointless finger-pointing with not much logic supporting it.

    http://www.nycdotfeedbackportals.nyc/sites/default/files/Queens%20Blvd%20Operational%20Project%201%20CB2%20Full%20Board%206-4-15.pdf

  • mattkime

    its disappointingly predictable.

  • I’m just going to leave this right here…. http://www.twulocal100.org/story/pedestrian-menace

  • Thanks for sharing, Counselor Kabak! Knowing what I know now, I will definitely never leave home on foot again.

  • com63

    Not directly transit related, but since so many issues run though Cuomo it is relevant: http://nypost.com/2016/01/03/cuomo-is-desperate-to-take-down-de-blasio-in-2017/

    I just wish this was an Onion article rather than an actual description of dysfunctional state politics.

  • BBnet3000

    I like how the chart they included contradicts the point they’re trying to make. Do they think their own members are that stupid?

  • Well it “contradicts it”…in that, their point is “pedestrians are a menace”, it doesn’t in that they’re arguing that only half of accidents are attributable at all to pedestrians. Ironically, there’s a stronger argument that “drivers are a menace”, using the exact data.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    the NY daily news just published a opinion piece calling for Broadway to be entirely pedestrianized. The tide is turning and we are winning.

    there is plenty to nit pick with the specific proposal, but we need to recognize when the erstwhile pedestrian hating NY daily news publishes a op-Ed calling for the elimination of parking & cars along all of Broadway we need to applaud.

  • AnoNYC

    I’ve got to make a Twitter. This link would make an excellent retweet at De Blasio, Trottenberg, DOT, etc.

    “The role of pedestrians certainly hasn’t been given equal weight to other aspects of the problem. If anything, the city report at times manipulates figures to keep the focus on drivers.”

    How are drivers being unfairly discriminated against? The data just points out the facts of the analysis.

  • AnoNYC

    NYC desperately needs more pedestrianized space.

    Broadway is a great place to establish some.

  • Joe R.

    The picture was hilarious though. A park running right across a street with a traffic light? If we made Broadway a linear park then that should mean we don’t allow motor vehicle cross traffic, only pedestrians and cyclists. A park broken up every 250 feet by cross streets really wouldn’t be much of a park.

    While on the subject this is a great idea but I’d really like to see the idea of eliminating private automobiles altogether from Manhattan start to gain traction. This was talked about before I was born. I think the time may be right to start taking steps to make it a reality by, say, 2020.

  • joe shabadoo

    is that the same Pete Donohue who covers transportation for the Daily News?

  • Covered, past tense. He left the Daily News to become the PR voice of the TWU. But yes, same person.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    my nit pick Is the proposal should be;

    Union Square to Central Park

  • I wonder if the TWU asked Stephen Miller to interview for the position.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    believe its much easier to sell a ‘park’ than a ‘pedestrian zone’