Today’s Headlines

  • Why Have Cuomo and State Legislators Not Appointed NYC Representatives to the MTA Board? (WNYC)
  • Planning Commish OKs East NY Rezoning (Politico); MMV Announces Plan for East Harlem (Crain’s)
  • DOT Won’t Fix One of the Most Perilous Intersections in Brooklyn Because CB 8 Said “No” (DNA)
  • Observer: DOT Deference to Community Boards on Transit and Safety Is Harmful and Absurd
  • 90th Precinct Continues to Disrespect Kent Ave Bike Lane, This Time With a Light Tower (Gothamist)
  • Very Cool: Brooklyn Navy Yard to Launch Free, Frequent Shuttle Connecting to Subway Lines (Curbed)
  • Free Parking Crusader Vincent Gentile Wants to Suspend Meters on Dozens of Holidays (News)
  • It’s OK for Uber Drivers to Maim or Kill You, as Long as They Don’t Overcharge You (Post)
  • See the Advance Twist Criticism of Motorist Space-Hogs Into Argument Against Vision Zero
  • TransitCenter Has Some Ideas on Why U.S. Transit Agencies Are Not Innovating
  • Driver Who Won the Daytona 500 Says NYC Traffic Is More Harrowing Than NASCAR Racing (WSJ)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Alexander Vucelic

    ‘…Under existing rules, meters are only suspended for six major legal holidays. The number of off days would grow to about 40 if the bill passes. Meters are also suspended on Sundays.

    Gentile said there’s widespread confusion from drivers who don’t realize they have to pay the meters on holidays.

    “Inevitably we get a stream of constituents complaining and asking why would the meters still be in effect on a holiday,” he said. “I just want to make it consistent and I don’t want it to be, as it is now, a gotcha system.”

    The city brings in around $200 million a year in parking meter revenue, a number that would drop with additional suspensions. The Department of Transportation said they’d review the bill….’

    1) solution to confused drivers; simply charge for street parking 365 days a year.

    2) $200 million ? Should be at least 10 times that or $2 billion

  • Zero Vision

    “Community Board 8’s transportation committee…voted down a second portion of the plan that would restrict a left hand turn from Utica Avenue onto St. Johns Place, the third most dangerous crossing for pedestrians in Brooklyn, according to five years of crash and injury data, DOT said.”

    The third most dangerous crossing for pedestrians in the entire borough! And nothing will be done about it for who knows how long.

    We need a new DOT commissioner. And we need a mayor who stands by his words that community boards don’t get to decide.

  • BrandonWC

    I’m pretty well primed to disagree with anything the Advance has to say but in this instance I can’t find much about the editorial that I disagree with.

    “That part of Richmond Terrace is well-suited for bicycle lanes and
    everyone, motorists and city agencies alike, should obey the
    restrictions.
    The city’s failure to police the lanes and allow habitual scofflaws
    to use them as their own personal parking spots makes a mockery (again)
    of the whole “Vision Zero” initiative.
    Perhaps because so many city and other government employees work in
    St. George, however, there always seems to be a different set of rules
    in force there.
    In this case, the city’s failure to enforce the law on the books only
    deepens the public’s cynicism about the competence and fairness of the
    agencies that are supposed to do so.”

  • Yeah, they may be cynically exploiting this issue to pile on to a policy they hate, but they’re not wrong!

  • Brad Aaron

    Agreed.

  • joe shabadoo

    ““Inevitably we get a stream of constituents complaining and asking why would the meters still be in effect on a holiday,”

    Because everyone is off, lots of people go out shopping. You have to pay so you don’t monopolize the spot all day. Remember to share. Should have learned that in kindergarten.

  • rao

    It is a “gotcha” system right now. But the ones who are getting “got” are the majority of us city residents who don’t drive yet pay taxes to maintain public streets that motorists clog up.

  • Flakker

    They have, in the original article and this editorial, studiously avoided mentioning that cops are the perpetrators, more than anyone else.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    a good argument to increase meter pricing during holidays and weekends 🙂

  • AMH

    They’re right that the city’s tenderfooted treatment of motorists makes a mockery of Vision Zero, and that doesn’t mean VZ is a bad thing.

  • reasonableexplanation

    It’s pretty interesting how different various neighborhood are in regards to parking on holidays. Some become crowded, congested, double parking meccas (good candidates for higher/smart meter rates), some like Park Slope, actually completely empty out. It’s really amazing to see almost 1/3 of the (usually packed, unmetered side street) spots free on some bigger holidays (MLK, labor, memorial, etc).

    I guess many people in the slope just keep their cars to go for drives on holidays or long weekends, as normally, day or night, those unmetered spots are packed quite tight. Maybe these folks could benefit from more zipcar type stuff. (as I understand it, the small handful of zipcars in the neighborhood are usually fully booked in advance for weekends).

  • Alexander Vucelic

    country houses

    UWS and UES same phenonmenon

  • reasonableexplanation

    Maybe. A lot of young folks in those neighborhoods too: maybe they’re just going home to visit family.

    Btw, those same neighborhoods are usually the ones where, after a snowstorm, many cars stay uncleaned basically until the next alternate side day. Compared with a good chunk of the outer boros, where almost every car is clean within 24hrs or less.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    a good argument for no overnight street Parking in Manhattan 🙂

  • reasonableexplanation

    Most of those neighborhoods actually have plenty of parking at night: since metered commercial streets become free overnight, but start being not-free between 7-8am, they work perfectly for those that live there, but drive to work outside of the city (I did that for a few years myself). Many commercial streets are no more than 1/2 full most nights.

    I really think advocating more for the midtown model of no daytime parking is better than the no overnight parking model.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    first charge a Market clearing price for Parking 🙂