Today’s Headlines

  • DOT Pushes Timetable for Phase Three of Queens Boulevard Redesign Beyond 2017 (DNA)
  • Cuomo’s Trying to Turn the Port Authority “Into an Extension of the Governor’s Office” (Politico)
  • Stratospheric Construction Costs Stymieing Second Avenue Subway Phase Two (AMNY)
  • Straphangers: Fare Hike Threat and Cuomo’s Capital Plan Trickery Are 2016’s Worst Transit Moments (NY1)
  • Gov Still Hyping Cashless Tolls Transit Riders Will Pay For (Gothamist); Post Knocks 2AS Credit-Grubbing
  • Cuomo Says He’s Dispatching State Troopers to NYC to Stop Terrorists and Toll Cheats (Post)
  • Garodnick Wants de Blasio to Tweak Traffic Pattern Near Trump Tower (News)
  • High-Speed Merrick Boulevard Collision Involving MTA Bus Hospitalizes Three (News)
  • Uber Working Hard to Ensure Driving a Cab Remains a Low-Wage, Stressful Occupation (Politico)
  • The State Attorney General Should Investigate All NYPD Car Chases That End in Death (NYT)
  • People Flock to New York During the Holidays Because New York Is a Walking City (NYT)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    While it isn’t necessarily fair that NYC pays for the state police, police that generally only provide protection outside NYC, is this really where they are needed? It would be great if Upstate cities had the reduction in crime NYC has.

    Someone will need to stop the toll cheats, however, and the state police can run them down Upstate too. But you need to let them rack up enough violations to constitute a felony for it to be worth the time. And will they really enforce against those in official capacities?

  • Kevin Love

    From the AMNY link about why Second Avenue is so expensive to build:

    “The MTA points to the fact that its system operates around the clock, making construction challenging. There’s also the complexity of the subway network, which features nearly 200 more stations than the London Underground and 160 more than the Paris Metro.”

    1. For building a new line, what difference does it make how often existing lines run? The new line is not running until it is finished. This is an excuse that makes no sense.

    2. For building a new line, what difference does it make how many stations are on the existing lines. There could be a million existing stations; how can this possibly affect the construction of a new line?

    In short, the MTA’s excuses make no sense whatsoever.

  • van_vlissingen

    I think Gov office might be responding to numerous complaints about placard abuse from scofflaw cops. Recently, he dispatched state troopers to ticket cops driving in the HOV lane on the SIE. Could imagine they could go after cops passing through the toll gantries sporting plate covers on their cars.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    They pulled out the wrong MTA excuses bingo board when the AMNY reporter called. That’s really the only explanation.

    The correct board for new-build capital construction includes the well-used boxes “this is an old city”, “this is a dense city”, and “we have unions”, all of which apply to places where construction is cheaper by a factor of 3-10.

  • Larry Littlefield

    No, I can’t imagine it.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Right. That’s what we hear about building the existing system, so I actually thought we’d get a good deal on the SAS. Nope.

    As for the cost of building the hole it will run in, the promise was that TBMs would reduce that. However the cost of stations deep underground made the whole thing more expensive than cut and cover — and more time consuming.

  • Jesse

    It really kills me how this time of year when sidewalks get crowded, they start putting up barricades to pen people in. It wouldn’t be difficult to accommodate some of the pedestrian congestion just by placing the barricades one car lane out and using that street space for walking. Of course that would violate DOT’s and NYPD’s highest priority: movement of cars.

  • kevd

    One excuse they COULD possibly use is the size of stations.
    NYC subway station are much larger than Paris Metro Stations because our trains are generally much longer.
    Though, I’m not sure that is still true with the new Paris line 14…..

    It isn’t true with London’s cross rail (the most expensive urban rail construction project NOT in nyc) – as cross rail is all commuter rail stations.

  • HamTech87

    This last photo in the Times article showing the “Pedestrian Traffic Management” person with the avenue wall-to-wall cars was so telling. How can the Times reporter not ask a question about allocation of street space?

  • Jesse

    I often walk outside of the barricades because there’s more room and I actually have a chance of crossing mid-block that way too. Of course it’s not safe and it’s illegal but I consider it an act of civil disobedience.

    I have fantasized about going out some time really early in the morning like 4 am and taking a line of those barricades and lining them straight across 5th or 6th avenue. Obviously we’re now in criminal territory and something that petulant would certainly hurt the cause more than help it. Still though, it’s a nice fantasy.

  • Kevin Love

    I can imagine it, but only if state and NYC police have some sort of feud going so that the state troopers are deliberately going after scofflaw NYC police with plate covers. Just like NYPD went after the Hell’s Angels for daring to exercise their constitutional right to remain silent.