Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo Thinks It’s Funny to Raid the MTA Budget for His Seat-of-the-Pants Transportation Projects (Voice)
  • L Train Shut for Hours Yesterday After Tunnel Filled With Smoke (Gothamist 1, 2DNANewsPostAMNY)
  • More on Thursday’s Disappointing Hearing on Bus Service: GothamistAMNY, NewsPost
  • Daily News Editorial Board Calls on the MTA to Address Bus Ridership Decline
  • Samuelsen Calls for MTA Worker Pay Raise (News)
  • Crashed NJ Transit Train Was Traveling at Two Times the Speed Limit (NYT)
  • Is AAA New York More Bullish on Protected Bike Lanes Than DOT? (Bloomberg)
  • Uber Impeded NYPD Investigation of Driver Who Assaulted and Dragged Passenger (NewsPost)
  • Attorney Who Blames Victim for Alleged DWI Hit-and-Run Death Will Get Your Blood Boiling (Advance)
  • DOT Spends $100K a Year Removing Lock Litter From Brooklyn Bridge (Post)
  • City Breaks Ground on Link Between Bronx River Parks (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • com63

    Re: Brooklyn bridge – I see a synergy here. Cops sitting on bridge 24/7 with nothing to do. People illegally putting locks on the bridge with high removal costs to the city. Let’s bring these things together and fix a problem.

  • qrt145

    Brilliant idea!

    What goes in the $100K figure for the cost of removing the locks? I would expect that a single person working a few hours a week should be able to remove them. (We are talking about maybe 30 locks a day.)

  • Fool

    A single city employee = 100k!

  • qrt145

    Yes, but my point is that this is not (or should not be!) a full-time job.

  • com63

    Also, I don’t know if it is the case here, but in Paris, there are vendors selling locks on the bridge. Tourists don’t usually bring their own lock from home, they buy it on the spot and attach to the bridge. If NYPD just started hassling those vendors, the problem would go away.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    The vendors should be removed regardless since they block the pedestrian lane and force people to walk in the bike lane. There’s simply no room for them on the bridge.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Probably the case especially including health plan, retirement etc.

  • Elizabeth F

    Great news on the Bronx River… currently the lack of continuous path is a serious problem for using it to get anywhere. But I wonder… how do they plan to take the path through the Bronx Zoo? The river there runs right through the middle of the zoo…

  • Joe R.

    I don’t see how this could be a full-time job either. If we’re talking about 30 locks a day, and maybe assuming it takes 2 minutes to remove each lock (included in that is time to walk from one lock to the next), you should be able to have someone come by once a week for one day to remove the locks.

    Of course, I’m sure this isn’t how NYC does it. They probably have one person to hold the lock cutter, another to hold the pail, one more to actually cut the locks, and maybe one to stand around doing nothing. A that point you’re more or less at the equivalent of a full-time job.

    NYC should just hire an independent contractor for this. Pay them maybe $1 per lock and let them figure out the logistics. You can even let them keep the locks after NYC counts them to sell to a scrap dealer.

  • crazytrainmatt

    The path is already continuous from the Zoo up to Wakefield. It runs to the east, following the bronx river parkway past the zoo and botanical garden. It is pretty good except for:
    * There is a serious but short gap in West farms that lets you out next to the bus depot and all the cross-bronx traffic.
    * The gate at 180th street is often closed well before sunset, leading to a long and windy detour through Van Nest around the 5 train tracks and yard.
    * Crossing Pelham Parkway is a total mess and for a while parks had obstructed the path with 15′ chain link fences. You need to aggressively take the lane through a major intersection here.
    * The crossing at Southern/Allerton is smaller but drivers are very aggressive.

    Once the part from Randall’s island to 163rd is fixed, this will be a great route to much of the Bronx and Westchester and far more direct than the greenways in upper Manhattan.

  • Elizabeth F

    After Wakefield, there’s a 4 mile gap to Bronxville. But no matter, why would anyone want to go north of Wakefield? What struck me in the report is the plan to build a path the ENTIRE LENGTH of the Bronx River, not just to the NYC border.

  • Emilio

    New York’s wonderful public employee unions and the pandering politicians who but their votes to them would never let the contract for removal go to a non-union contractor.