Today’s Headlines

  • Consultant Says Cuomo’s Cashless Tolling Rollout May Have Hurt Revenue (WSJ)
  • DOI Commissioner Mark Peters Talks With Errol Louis About Placard Arrests (NY1)
  • Citi Bike Docks Coming to Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and PLG This Week (DNA)
  • Judge Rules TLC Can’t Seize Vehicles From Drivers for Illegal Street Hails (Post)
  • NYPD: Unlicensed Dump Truck Driver Who Hit Grand Street Cyclist Was Off-Route (DNA)
  • Scant Info on Collision That Injured Two Pedestrians in Prospect Heights Yesterday (Bklyner, PIX)
  • Suit: Man Assaulted by MTA Employee After Bus Driver Nearly Runs Him Over (DNA)
  • Bx6 Riders Are Loving Unobstructed Median Lanes; NY1’s Jose Martinez: What About Drivers?
  • How to Run a Transit System (TransitCenter); How Not To (Bloomberg)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Vooch

    Citibike ridership hits consistent 70,000 daily trips in Sept. Latent demand is enormous.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d96e66111a2e909ac8704af518611336fdfbe264afa28c97c6d3c410e0017f70.jpg

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Traffic through July fell 0.6% and revenue grew just 0.6%.”

    The article is behind a paywall. Did the installation itself push drivers to alternate routes, or has toll evasion increased? That’s a big difference.

    In theory cashless tolling might induce more people to use the facilities tolled by increasing throughput. Perhaps more people will travel between Upstate and NYC on the Tappan Zee through Westchester, for example — though Cuomo hardly advertised that as a goal.

    The key here is toll evasion which, like place of residence insurance fraud and driving without insurance or a licenses, is rampant and condoned by the state legislature.

  • c2check

    I have on multiple occasions recently considered taking a Citibike then looking at the bike infra been like…. uh nvm. If DOT got on top of it and actually built out a decent, interconnected bikeway network (fully built-out 5th and 6th Aves with crosstown PBLs too!!) Manhattan ridership could easily soar.

    In Brooklyn, I will again complain about no citibike expansion in Bushwick in advance of the L and M shutdowns. That sure would be nice. With better bike lanes I think lots of folks could bike for cross-boro trips where the subway doesn’t provide good access, that are currently slow as molasses on a bus.

  • c2check

    Driver on Bx6 SBS lanes: “It’s affecting drivers. It’s affecting us!” one said
    LOL sorry bro

  • JarekFA

    If we had an actual protected bike lane network that felt safe for 8-80 then usage would be through the roof. Do you know how I know this? Because cars are expensive, parking is the worst and most people’s daily trips are 3 miles or less. The amount of people giving up their cars would be really high too. Don’t you feel degraded as a human being by playing the Alternate Side Parking game? Who are these privileged people who have the time to sit in their car for 90 mins reading a book twice a week awaiting the street sweeper.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Who are these privileged people who have the time to sit in their car for 90 mins reading a book twice a week awaiting the street sweeper.”

    New York Times columnists.

  • JarekFA

    Don’t forget the New Yorker. I know you remember this gem. Cassidy’s probably our neighbor. What a man of the people.
    https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/battle-of-the-bike-lanes

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/56dada78849ba0a2bd30e8acd2ad1b3c5a6515400185df39daf781d889bb565a.png

  • c2check

    Seriously!
    And the subway just doesn’t go where you need it to go all the time, and buses are usually real slow.

    Not to mention data from other cities shows big increases in biking (and safety) when bike infra goes in
    https://nacto.org/2016/07/20/high-quality-bike-facilities-increase-ridership-make-biking-safer/

  • bolwerk

    If cashless tolling hurt revenue, could it be said that might have been the purpose of how cashless tolling was implemented? Cuomo seems big on the “starve the beast” mentality.

  • bolwerk

    Nah. The New York Post ones live in Jersey, the New York Times ones live in Westchester, and the New York Daily News ones live in Long Island.

    I fear this is a homegrown cancer. 🙁

  • kevd

    in fancy enough neighborhood they don’t have to sit in their cars!
    its a “local tradition” to just double park, do something else, then move the cars back when the sweeper goes by (certainly in Cobble Hill). If you live in a poorer, blacker or less well connected neighborhood you must sit in your car and idle, however.

  • reasonableexplanation

    I can’t see the article due to a paywall, but how can cashless tolling possibly hurt revenue? It doesn’t make any sense.

    Cashless tolling means there is less traffic on each crossing that has it. Induced demand tells you that that should increase volumes somewhat.

    By what mechanism would cashless tolling decrease revenue? The tolls aren’t any cheaper, and now you don’t have to pay toll collectors, or maintain the antiquated crossing arms, or constantly have an employee that manually activates the stop arm for someone who’s ezpass failed to register.

  • qrt145

    Maybe the difficulty of collecting from people who refuse to pay?

  • bolwerk

    I couldn’t either, but my best guess is bumblefuck implementation?

    What qrt said, or perhaps they didn’t shed the expected labor costs?

  • reasonableexplanation

    That is the case here… but like, is that really an issue? Cashless tolling has been in place all over the country for a while now…

    Every place outside of NYC has had EZpass toll booths without crossing arms for about a decade now, so when someone without and ezpass (or with a broken one) passes through them, they’d get a bill in the mail anyway. Is it possible the MTA was somehow able to screw up what everyone else has been doing for years? …oh wait.

  • Joe R.

    If there’s one constant in life, it’s never underestimate the ability of the MTA to screw up things everyone else has been doing for years, even decades. There’s a good reason one acronym for MTA is Money Thrown Away.

  • Knut Torkelson

    Wow I hadn’t thought of the Citibike expansion in light of the L shutdown- that would be amazing if they built that out. I live off the L but luckily have Citibike nearby and can use it to get to the G or JMZ easily. Would be killer for those past the Grand Av. L stop to have this option.

  • AMH

    Guess what–drivers have been affecting bus riders all along, so suck it up!

  • ahwr

    Is it possible the MTA was somehow able to screw up what everyone else has been doing for years?

    Not necessarily the MTA’s fault. Starting out they had some issues with collecting tolls on the Henry Hudson bridge, which got cashless tolling a few years ago. They needed NYS and Connecticut to work out a deal to let the MTA pursue collections against their drivers. But now they think it’s working out okay. I’d say wait a year or two before worrying that something is wrong.

    http://nypost.com/2014/03/09/few-honor-cashless-toll-program-at-henry-hudson-bridge/

    A year after the MTA began experimenting with the state’s first cashless tollbooths, installed on the Henry Hudson Bridge, more than 95,000 drivers have ignored repeated letters asking them to pay up, officials told The Post.

    https://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2015/01/06/duly-noted-mta-seeking-deal-to-recoup-tolls-from.html

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is working out a new agreement with the state of Connecticut about pursuing toll evaders at the Henry Hudson Bridge. Currently, New York requires a toll to be paid by people going through the E-ZPass lanes, and if the toll goes unpaid, then a bill is sent via the mail — but vehicles with Connecticut plates aren’t subject to debt collection efforts for those unpaid bills. About 20 percent of the unpaid tolls from Connecticut drivers remain unpaid

    http://archive.is/eejXG

    The Henry Hudson Bridge is generating more than 100% of billed revenue because of the high collection rate for violation fees, and early results at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel suggest a similar pattern there, MTA officials said.

  • Vooch

    the last mile challenge is easily solved using citibikes and private bikes. there is always enough space next to El stations to install bike racks & citibike racks.

    doing this on the G JMZ stations most likely to be used by the effected L train riders would cost pennies. I did a back of the envelope estimate and figured this would generate 10-20,000 workday bike trips

    That really takes the load off shuttle buses at nil cost

  • Vooch

    For a measely $50 million the city could double the PBL network from 100 miles to 200 miles. Imagine the increase in mobility for millions of new yorkers ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/305b259101ced8de04de24d5fc7e0f7b0aebd7cefb031800cc30f6a28c84a977.jpg

  • Vooch

    a favorite pastime of his – geez what a palooka