Today’s Headlines

  • Developers and Friends Deaf to Rational Arguments Against the BQX (Voice, Bklyn Paper)
  • Justin Davidson Hit a Nerve With Critique of de Blasio’s Transportation Record (NY Mag)
  • MTA Agents Will Roam Platforms to Update Riders on Subway Meltdowns (AMNYNY1)
  • Electeds Call on MTA to Bring Back the B71 (KCP)
  • MTA’s Newest Subway Elevators Are Already Breaking Down (NY1)
  • Congressional Power Brokers Jockey to Anoint Next Council Speaker (Crain’s)
  • NY1 Checks Out Bike New York’s Adult Cycling Class
  • What It Was Like to Be on the School Bus Destroyed in Greenway Attack (NYT)
  • DOC Chief Thought It Was OK to Use City Car to Go Shopping (PoliticoPost)
  • Finally, a Public Debate About Cuomo’s Tappan Zee (News; Post 1, 2)

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  • bolwerk

    You have to accept that there is, at some point, a tradeoff between that psychic benefit (if it exists) and the tangible benefit of having reliable transit.

    If there is some identifiable reason a discrete station needs a warm body guarding it 24/7, I have no objection.

  • bolwerk

    You already have presumably thousands of unstaffed bus stops. Somehow people survive.

  • AMH

    I can’t see them leaving the booth much anyway under this new program. There would be a lot of disgruntled people waiting at the unattended booth.

  • ohnonononono

    To be fair, WMATA in DC has their elevator maintenance issues as well.

  • DisqusNYC

    I love your use of the word cluster near Myrtle and Wyckoff.
    I’ve done that a lot too.

    If you’ve come here looking for some good criticism, you’re
    in the right place.

    Follow through to:

  • Andrew

    I think that a train station should be a place where you can always (or almost always) count on finding a train.

    If there’s a need for someone to be on duty at the station to make the train service happen, then there should be someone on duty. If not, then not – spend the money instead on something valuable, like more frequent train service or more extensive maintenance or more frequent cleaning or lower fares (to give just four examples – there are plenty of others).

    It’s been years since I’ve received anything of value from a station agent in the subway. I do all of my MetroCard transactions at the machines. On the rare occasion that I’ve bothered to ask a station agent for details about an obvious service disruption, I’ve gotten blank stares at best and rudeness at worst.

  • DisqusNYC

    Today, I was crossing Myrtle Avenue at the plaza heading toward the ticket booth when a bus with the right-of-way came rapidly down Myrtle. A man wearing a hoodie was in the street. I yelled watch out. He replied, thank you.

    A hoodie limits both vision and hearing.
    Even though you have the right-of-way, there is no need to speed near the plaza.

    A woman wearing a coat with a hood slowly walked through oncoming traffic at Cypress Avenue. I yelled watch out. This time I got no thank you.

    Last week, at Seneca Avenue a bicyclist was in the street when traffic had the right-of-way. I yelled watch out. He replied, thank you, my brakes don’t work.

    These are three examples of unintentional jaywalking and jaybicycling.

    Are there any app developers reading this?

    The pedestrians need a Seeing iDawg app that uses both cameras of a smartphone at the same time to see if it safe to cross the street.

    In earlier posts, I emphasized the importance of understanding and classifying pedestrian actions. More study and monitoring are obviously justified.

    Take the hoods off at street corners!

  • DisqusNYC

    I heard it in the grapevine

    Not much longer will you be mine

    If you keep wearing that hoodie while you are driving!