Today’s Headlines

  • Unreliable Transit + Cheap Ride-Hail Trips = More Gridlock (NYT)
  • Cuomo’s Nuclear Bailout Will Cost the MTA $11 Million Annually (News)
  • De Blasio Doesn’t Want to Deal With Police Reform During Election Season (Post)
  • Turning Bus Driver Injures Woman Crossing Houston Street (News, DNA)
  • Drunk Driver on Trial for 2014 Trail of Destruction That Killed Bus Driver William Pena (Post)
  • Meet the Murray Hill NIMBYs Who Are OK With People Maybe Dying of Smoke Inhalation on the Lex (DNA)
  • Rockaway Car Owners Get High-Speed Tolls; Rockaway Bus Riders Wait for High-Speed Fares (QChron)
  • Coming Soon to Jackson Ave in LIC: A New Place to Rest Your Feet (DNA)
  • Millions Watch Christoph Niemann’s Brilliant Visualization of Biking on Hectic NYC Streets (Post)
  • Damned Bike Lanes (Post)

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  • AMH

    What was a tractor trailer doing on the FDR? The Post doesn’t even ask.

  • reasonableexplanation

    Most likely the driver wasn’t from around here, and made a mistake/didn’t know about the commercial vehicle restrictions on the FDR.

  • HamTech87

    In that Times article about declining transit ridership, not one mention of the guy in charge of the MTA — Governor Cuomo. No wonder people think De Blasio runs the subways.

  • Kwyjibo

    It’s such a common mistake that you can find semi drivers barreling down most any street in NYC.

    There should be signs or a city truck route map or something.

  • Once when I was riding my bike in the Bronx, I just barely missed seeing the top of a truck sheared off by the elevated subway tracks on Boston Road. I got there seconds after it happened; I wish I had seen it.

    Here is a shot taken as I was going south on Southern Boulevard, just before that street crosses the diagonal Boston Road. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac0fee082c0f4e1677bbcfdebbcac24f0d91133d4b19c9b42bb003dea4622c38.jpg We are looking east; the truck is facing northeast (as Boston Road goes NE to SW).

    The driver was probably coming up Boston Road, and was taken by surprise by the tracks that move onto that street as it crosses Southern Boulevard.

  • AMH

    Incredible–I was amazed to learn how often this happens (all the time) since trucking companies either don’t bother checking clearances on a route in advance, or they’re using incorrect/outdated info.

  • reasonableexplanation

    There are signs, they’re just… small and easily missed in some places if you don’t know to look for them. There already is a truck route map for nyc, but again, if you know to look for it you probably know about the restrictions already.

  • Joe R.

    Something like this might work better than tiny signs:

    http://voltra-solutions.com/heightsens_en.html

  • reasonableexplanation

    There’s a much simpler and cheaper solution already in use on some, but not most parkway on ramps: a horizontal bar with chains hanging off it at the max clearance height. If you hit the chains the loud noise tells you know you won’t clear the bridge later.