Today’s Headlines

  • Will Cuomo Address Transportation Funding in Today’s State of the State? (Politico)
  • Times: Cuomo Isn’t Thinking Big on Penn Station (1, 2)
  • “This Is Not an Accident”: Judge Sends Sociopath Who Killed Jean Chambers to Jail (News, Post)
  • Truck Driver Kills Richard Oates, 32, on Lower East Side; NYPD: Victim’s Fault (DNA, AMNY)
  • Insurance Companies Have a Ton of Data About Driving Behavior That Causes Crashes (WSJ)
  • Schumer Wants Federal Grant to Increase L Train Capacity (Politico)
  • De Blasio Nearing Deal to Reduce Horse Carriages and Keep Them Inside Central Park (News)
  • DOT Installs Curb Ramps, Fresh Paint on Queens Boulevard Service Road Near MacDonald Park (DNA)
  • Locals and Electeds Want to Know Why the Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge Is Still Closed (Bklyn Paper)
  • Police Arrest Driver for FDR Hit-and-Run Death of Anthony Pham (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • BBnet3000

    Aren’t the existing stables really close to Central Park? So long as they aren’t doing carriage rides outside of the park it seems like a waste of park space to build stables within the park rather than just putting horse lanes to and from the stables. See the circle at the southwest corner of Prospect Park for what I mean by horse lanes (though of course people park cars in them).

    Yet another example of how making the streets friendlier for people and animals isn’t on the table.

  • joe shabadoo

    Gotta say the NYPD’s assessment seems correct on the death of the skateboarder hanging onto the side of a truck. But I guess if you always blame the victim you’re bound to be correct eventually.

  • Mark Walker

    So Cuomo has caved to the owners of Madison Square Garden and revived the Moynihan Station plan in lieu of a total rethink of Penn Station. While this transportation blunder doesn’t rank as high as Christie’s sabotage of ARC, it’s close. And the Christie/Cuomo blunders are a double whammy for NJ Transit riders.

  • BBnet3000

    The bellyaching over MSG and the original Penn Station is symptomatic of our inability to assess what is really wrong with Penn (some of which was wrong with the original).

    Penn needs a single unified concourse utilizing all below-grade space, and wider more efficient platforms and stairs. Penn does not need a $10 billion glass ceiling to attempt to reproduce the original design. MSG is not preventing the former.

  • bolwerk

    We can live without the wider platforms. The best thing for Penn Station would be more frequent, preferably through, service. With more tunnels.

  • BBnet3000

    Yes though track and platform changes flow naturally from some of that work, especially trying to get tunnel-to-platform speed above 5mph.

  • kevd

    as nasty as penn is, if I could simply read a sign and go wait on a platform for 5 minutes for my train to arrive, get on and leave – without the train sitting in the station for 15 minutes – I’d be perfectly happy with it.
    I’m not there for “dining options” I’m not there for natural light, I’m there to catch a train and GTFO.

  • AMH

    His actions were foolish, but they illustrate why all trucks should have wheel guards. It’s just too easy for someone to end up under the wheels.

  • SSkate

    Joe’s reaction was mine also.

    I don’t know how often this happens, but I can recall an inline skater dieing the same way in the late 1990s. Teenager in the Bronx was skating home with some friends and decided to “skitch” an MTA bus. City streets being what they are, at some point he fell and ended up under the rear wheels of the bus.

  • sbauman

    It’s difficult to see how the 14th Street Subway Line improvements urged by Senator Schumer are required to reduce crowding. Crowding is worst, when they are operating fewer than 20 tph, according to NYMTC’s 2013 and 2014 Hub Bound Reports.

    Crowding on most lines is usually worst during the 8-9am inbound hour. Inbound per car passenger loadings were 134 and 116 during the 8-9 and 9-10 am hours in 2013. They were operating 19 and 15 trains during those hours. The maximum operating capacity for these cars is 145 passengers.

    Outbound crowding was worse between 6 and 7 pm with 143 passengers per car recorded on only 15 trains.

    Did the MTA analyze these figures and adjust the schedules in 2014? The 2014 Hub Bound Report recorded 137 and 141 inbound passengers per car in the 8-9 and 9-10am periods on 20 and 14 trains. The outbound peak between 6 and 7pm recorded 150 passengers per car on 15 trains. They did not make any schedule changes and crowding got worse when they were operating fewer than 20 trains per hour.

    What about the current schedule? 20 inbound trains are scheduled between 8 and 9am; 15 inbound trains are scheduled between 9 and 10am; 15 outbound trains are scheduled between 6 and 7pm.