Today’s Headlines

  • Tri-State: The Port Authority Capital Plan Isn’t Grounded in Reality
  • Cuomo’s Roster of Wasteful Pet Projects May Include Downtown Syracuse Traffic Tunnel (Politico)
  • Four BPs Call on City to Subsidize Transit Fares for NYers With Low Incomes (News)
  • GWB Bus Terminal Developers Will Face the Public in February (Patch)
  • Broken Rail Delays Thousands of LIRR Commuters (Post, AMNY)
  • Driver Critically Injures 65-Year-Old Man on Main Street in Flushing (News)
  • NYPD Says Officers Ignored Order to Cease Brooklyn Chase That Injured Bystander (News)
  • People Are Complaining About NYS DOT Changes to Ocean Parkway (Bklyn Paper)
  • Jeffrey Dinowitz Critiques DOT From Behind the Windshield (Press)
  • 2AS: Gothamist Talks With Straphangers, Voice Rides With Kabak, News Invites de Blasio

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  • com63

    Nobody should be surprised that Cuomo is more interested in choosing big projects rather than effective projects. He doesn’t care about how useful the projects are. He just wants to show he created infrastructure jobs so he can run for president in 2020 and point to his track record. If he worked hard with the MTA to make the buses and subways run a few minutes faster on average, it would be harder to hold up as an example than if he builds a new bridge. This is why we get wifi on buses rather than faster boarding.

  • bolwerk

    Is it that hard? “With some simple transportation improvements, I increased
    productivity in New York City by $4.3 billion/year. Trump paid to watch a golden shower” is short enough for a
    soundbite.

    Still too long? Take out “With some simple transportation improvements.”

    Back o’ the envelope: save, say, 6 million daily workers’ rides an average of 2 minutes. That’s 200000 hours. Taking a per capita GDP per hour of $80 (somewhere near USA average), you can call that $16,000,000 million reduction in lost productivity every day. With 270 working days a year, that comes to $4,320,000,000.

    At worst, it’s an exaggeration, but it can’t be that far from the truth. Especially if you combine it with a reduction in road traffic inefficiency, it could even be a lot more.