Today’s Headlines

  • Nicole Gelinas: Is Mayor de Blasio Committed to Ending Traffic Deaths, or Not? (Post)
  • Port Authority Looking to Sell 1 World Trade Center (Crain’s)
  • Does NYC Need Another Transportation Planning Body? Anthony Foxx Thinks So (Voice)
  • Construction of the Chrystie Street Bikeway Has Begun (Boogie)
  • What de Blasio Could Learn From the Toronto Streetcar: It Needs Dedicated Lanes to Work (NYT)
  • MTA to Test New R170 Subway Cars, Arriving This Week at 207th Street Rail Yard (AMNY)
  • MTA Board Member, TWU Have Some Ideas on Who Should Build Subway Cars (News)
  • Man Arrested for DWI Crash Suspected of Killing Woman at J’Ouvert Festival (Post, News)
  • The Perils of Storing Your Luxury Car on a NYC Street (DNA)
  • New York Judgeships Are Patronage Appointments (WNYC)
  • Chris Christie: TSTC Lists Stalled NJ Transpo Projects; Get Ready for Bridgegate: The Trial (NYT)

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  • iSkyscraper

    As a Toronto ex-pat, who just returned from a visit up north, I’m pleased to see the NYT pushing the Toronto-NYC connection lately. Toronto’s subway was modeled on the IRT, and then over the years as New York fell apart and Toronto soared it became the model for fixing New York. As the TTC suffered political and funding defeats in the 90s and 00s and New York renovated and reinvested under Bloomberg the roles reversed, and now as modern streetcars and articulated subways come to New York we find again a Toronto-NYC connection.

    Good for the Times to point out that Toronto has lessons good and bad to share — no doubt the repeated failure to carve out dedicated ROW is something not to be missed, nor the political damage done by the severely intellectually impaired Rob Ford and his uneducated supporters (a type to be found in every city). It will be an interesting conversation as the Brooklyn streetcar story unfolds.

    But seriously, Giambrone? He’s an idiot. They should have hired Steve Munro or someone with technical sense.

  • AMH

    Another great editorial from Nicole Gelinas.

  • notsurprised

    Isn’t the NY Post part of the problem? Frequently absolves drivers, victim blames in articles

  • AMH

    I didn’t realize any new subway cars were coming already. I’ll miss the R32s so I’m glad they’re not going away immediately.

    Streetcars absolutely need a dedicated ROW–the new line in DC illustrates this perfectly, where it runs about 10mph next to parked cars on H St and 30mph in its center lanes on Benning Rd. Showing people the benefit of good design is essential. I love this quote from Gridlock Sam: “I’ve worked in this city for 45 years, and frankly, if God came down and proposed the Garden of Eden, people would protest that.”

  • AMH

    Their reporting is absolute rubbish, so it’s ironic that they publish such great commentary.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Yes but Ms. Gelinas isn’t the editor nor the regular beat reporters who publish those stories.

  • Kevin Love

    Although Nicole Gelinas is head and shoulders above the usual tabloid ignorance, I don’t think that this particular commentary is so good. She suggests abandoning the goal of Vision Zero.

    I’ve got a problem with the concept that “killing people is OK.”

  • Kevin Love

    I agree. Giambrone was a political appointee to the TTC. To be fair to the man, I think the “sex scandal” accusation was a bit overblown. Last time I checked, in order to have an “affair” it is first necessary to be married.

  • AMH

    I don’t think she’s saying that at all. She says that the mayor is going backward on Vision Zero, and he needs to change that. I agree.

  • AnoNYC

    Still missing the jersey barrier along the 1st Ave bike path between E 124th-125th St.

  • Kevin Love

    This is what she wrote:

    “But it was de Blasio who said he’d end traffic deaths by 2024. He can’t do that even with the progress he made in 2014 and 2015, followed by the depressingly flat numbers coming in this year.

    So let’s set a more realistic goal for the mayor: Cut traffic deaths in half, to 123 annually.”

    Kevin’s comment:
    She is advocating abandoning Vision Zero in favor of Vision 123. I’ve got a problem with the idea that killing 123 people is OK.

  • bolwerk

    When did we become such unforgiving prigs anyway? Stop ‘n frisk hundreds of thousands of innocent people and you get reelected. Perfectly okay to support a foreign policy that involves making brown kids into collateral damage, or any number of other somehow forgettable atrocities, for drone strikes.

    But send a cock selfie or sleep outside the confines of a monogamous relationship? Hellfire and damnation! I never liked Anthony Weiner, even when he was seen as a hip progressive breath of fresh air, but he’s not a worse human being than most of his former colleagues and he’s better than many.

  • bolwerk

    I never got the name Vision Zero anyway. She’s not for removing cars from city streets. Nor is de Blasio. Nor are more people who support “Vision Zero.”

    There is no valid, intellectually defensible way to say we can have cars sharing streets with pedestrians and have zero traffic fatalities. The same goes for buses and trams too. Share space and someone will screw up. Hell, even once in a blue moon, a cyclist will hit the wrong pedestrian and kill him/her.

  • AnoNYC

    On that:

    Bratton Calls ‘Broken Windows’ Policing Report Work of ‘Amateurs’

  • bolwerk


    You know what is amateurish? The fucking Moynihan Report. Bratton thinks it’s good science. He’s an idiot and people suffer because of his delusions. Really the word to describe this kind of thinking is the one Colbert made up around a decade ago: “truthiness.” These people rely on gut feeling, not facts or analysis.

    That said, I am 100% pro-Broken Windows. It should be applied to the police force without further delay. Once minor violations of constitutional rights have repercussions, police will be less willing to commit major violations of constitutional rights. Crime will fall. It’s un-prosecuted crime, but that’s not reason to overlook it.

  • Joe R.

    Exactly. Unless we want to go through the expense of completely grade separating disparate modes, or the politically impossible task of completely removing motor vehicles, about the best we can hope for is a reduction of 1/2 to 2/3rds the number of fatalities. That’s about what has been achieved in parts of Europe where all reasonable measures were undertaken to reduce fatalities.

    It’s possible autonomous vehicles can get us very close to zero, but it remains to be seen how quickly we can roll this technology out (and ban human driving).

  • Kevin Love

    In which case, I call Mr. Bratton “illiterate.”

    The Inspector General is a full-time, paid professional. It took about 4 seconds to fact-check Mr. Bratton’s “amateur” assertion.

    Which leads me to conclude that Mr. Bratton does not know the meaning of this word.

  • Kevin Love

    You mean Assault charges will be laid when 5 NYPD officers beat bloody an 80-year-old Chinese man because he “disrespected” them by not responding to their shouted English commands?

  • iSkyscraper

    He was a city council member assigned to the TTC Board, not entirely unlike being an MTA Board member or assigned to the Council Transportation Committee.

    It’s like Toronto hiring Ydanis Rodriguez to run the subway or install bike lanes. Odd.

  • bolwerk

    They hired Giambrone largely to be an advocate-in-chief anyway, a rather non-technical position. It might not be a bad thing, because the guy seems like a capable salesman and he needs to convince people to accept sometimes unpopular featuers (e.g., traffic separation).

    If this were a technocratic decision, they’d replace a bus route that needs the extra capacity. One train of LRVs can do the work of two or three articulated buses, and retraining some bus drivers to be LRV drivers shouldn’t be too hard even with our Byzantine labor rules. I’m not even against taking some risks to proactively encourage economic development, but why start by doing that? Properly replacing a bus route with middle five figure ridership with LRVs is something you almost have to deliberately screw up to get wrong.

  • bolwerk

    If broken windows advocates were remotely intellectual honest, that is exactly what they’d demand. It is the logical conclusion of their assertions, and it might even have a positive outcome.

    Remember Danny Panataleo? He subjected some guys to a presumably racially motivated illegal public strip search that included groping their genitals. Had he been fired for that, Eric Garner would probably still be alive.

  • iSkyscraper

    I’m not sure ex-wunderkind city councillors are great advocates, especially ones who resigned in disgrace. Hire a Bombardier sales executive maybe, or even ex-Toronto mayor David Miller (who is tooling around New York somewhere) but I think NYC will find Adam is not effective in the role he has been tasked with.

  • Flakker

    oh man that luxury car article is gold, everybody needs to read it

  • Kevin Love

    I don’t know about “broken windows advocates,” but that is exactly what I demand. Putting on a uniform does not mean that the wearer can arbitrarily use extreme violence whenever he feels like it.

    Is an 80-year-old unarmed Chinese man posing such a serious threat to the public that would justify five NYPD officers beating him bloody? If not, assault charges should be laid against the NYPD officers.

    And let us not forget petty corruption such as placard abuse. Let’s have a “broken windows” policy there.

  • AMH

    Ok, but I didn’t see that as her advocating the abandonment of VZ — just saying that even Vision 123 would be better than what he’s doing right now.

  • Miles Bader

    Note that the new NYC subway cars are not “articulated”… that term refers to a design where there’s a common shared bogey between cars (e.g. the TGV).

  • bolwerk

    I dunno. Trying to sell people on what the establishment wants? That is something disgraced pols are often quite good at!

  • iSkyscraper

    Wow, are we really going to nerd out out transit terms today? Game on!

    Articulated refers to the flexible joint, not necessarily a shared truck or bogie. “Articulated subway” and “Open gangway subway” are used interchangeably in the media. Don’t make me cite articles.

  • Daniel

    I saw an interview with the inventor of the term Vision Zero and I think he explained it pretty well. Unfortunately, I can’t find the film on The basic idea is to never shrug off a death or serious injury with some excuse as to why it happened, “Eh, it was raining.” But instead investigate each one and figure out what measures could have best prevented the tragedy and then implement the most promising interventions whether that means re-engineering the road or the vehicle or something else. Vision Zero hasn’t resulted in zero deaths anywhere, but it did reduce child deaths to zero in Norway last year. If we could reproduce what countries implementing Vision Zero have done we’d prevent about 1.3 million casualties and 26 thousand deaths each year on America’s roads.

  • notsurprised

    Ban cars

  • bolwerk

    Well, I could understand that, but they aren’t even doing that really. They’re doing some daft enforcement actions. Many of them target cyclists, who just aren’t doling out death and rape on wheels.

  • Andrew

    The mass media gets a lot of things wrong. (This is plainly obvious to any expert in a field, any field, who reads an article in his field of expertise in the mass media.)

    Miles is correct.

  • iSkyscraper

    I agree that is the correct older definition, but language changes over time. Citations in the “mass media” is not a conspiracy theory, it’s a reflection of how we talk. Look, I’m an engineer and it drives me nuts that technical words get malappropriated (like, say, “engineer”) but I don’t try to argue against the entirety of society once they do. You want to write computer programs and call yourself an engineer? Fine, go ahead.

    Perhaps this is the best source for your viewpoint – first an article using “articulation” to clearly mean “open gangway” and nothing about bogeys:

    …and then six years later a similar article, only this time (see note at the bottom) they clarified the articulation etymology.