Today’s Headlines

  • Meet the Men Working to Save NYC From Gridlock (NYT)
  • Cuomo Deal to “Unify” Senate Dems Puts Simcha Felder in the Catbird Seat (NYTPolitico)
  • Dwyer: City’s Transit System Prices Out New Yorkers While Enriching Developers (NYT)
  • Not a Single Bus Rider to Be Seen in NY1 Hit Piece on Woodhaven Boulevard SBS
  • De Blasio Orders Investigation of Ferry Defects (Post)
  • Greenway Attacker Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges (NYT)
  • DOT Plans to Clean Up Wonky Broadway Intersections Near City Hall Park (Trib)
  • Does Someone Have to Die Before DOT Entertains Pleas for Kingsbridge Heights Traffic-Calming? (Press)
  • Damn Bus Lanes (Advance)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Fool

    Ref: City’s Transit System Prices Out New Yorkers While Enriching Developers

    First of all these two stakeholders are not mutually exclusive. The old formula of transit construction worked extremely well, developers built the railroads to get to their developments. Everyone benefited. With transit monopolized by the state and bedroom creation limited by zoning…

    Secondly the article includes “That means the system captures non of the boom created by the new Second Avenue Subway line on the Upper East…”
    -That is not true at all, the MTA is the direct beneficiary of a Real Estate Transfer Tax and general fund subsidies.

  • Vooch

    indeed – let the BQX be a private unregulated concession for 99 years.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “That is not true at all, the MTA is the direct beneficiary of a Real Estate Transfer Tax and general fund subsidies.”

    The MTA benefitted more by promising the Second Avenue subway, having a real estate boon in eastern sections of the Upper East Side with massively more taxes paid, and then NOT building the subway, leaving all those tenants to pack onto the Lex.

    Unfortunately it could only turn that trick once. Note the towers only now rising near the Far West Side, forcing the bonds to be covered by other revenues. Developers weren’t going to believe in the Flushing Extension until it was almost built.

  • sbauman

    Ref: Pushing New Yorkers Beyond the End of the Line

    This is basically an income rather than a transportation problem. Mr. Turner, who travels from the Bronx to his night job at JFK, was forced to move to the Bronx due to insufficient income. The problem can be addressed far more efficiently by forcing employers to raise worker incomes or taxing the employers to give their employees a housing allowance from the tax proceeds.

    Forcing the transportation system to provide a quick journey for every residence-employment permutation is one of the least efficient means imaginable. According to the 2015 LEHD census data, there are approximately 22K NYC residents who work in JFK. Only, 5.2% live in the Bronx. 57.7% live in Queens and 30.6% live in Brooklyn. There’s a much greater return on investment for the public dollar in first providing decent public transit for 88.3% than 5.2%.

  • Larry Littlefield

    It more often works the other way — people with higher wages travel farther. Why work at a restaurant or store in Brooklyn if you are from the Bronx, or in the Bronx if you are from Brooklyn, when those types of jobs may be found everywhere?

    The exception is Manhattan and exclusive suburbs, where everyone is priced out. The solution is a higher minimum wage in those places than elsewhere, to offset the cost and distance of the trip — if the market doesn’t do this itself.

  • Flakker

    Re: ferries

    It’s been hard to get the story straight. Two days ago it was just three Horizon-built ferries, and the problem was misaligned keel cooler installation, implying that it was a construction rather than design error. Then the next day the Post asserted that they were all Metal Shark-built ferries. Now it’s being pointed out that the ferries never should have been aluminum to begin with- which seems like an amazingly big error to make and not talk about.
    So, reading between the lines, perhaps the keel coolers on some boats were misaligned, accelerating corrosion, but also the corrosion protection in general was inadequate, and ALSO aluminum, once corroded, is difficult to repair and so was a bad choice for salt water.
    All this is to say, I always thought the ferries were dumb and am displeased to be proven wrong in that they are an (expensive) success, but this latest turn is sort of bizarre, although in keeping with New York City’s unrivaled ability to choose incompetent shipbuilders to produce lemon ferries. The funny thing is, I actually thought that buying a fleet of near-identical ferries wasn’t a bad idea in that parts would be interchangable, but it seems like they might have bought a bunch of aluminum scrap.

  • Fool

    Well, then you just are going to have to run it cost efficiently…

  • Joe R.

    316 stainless steel, or even titanium, would have been better materials.

  • Flakker

    Generally ferries are built of carbon steel so I assume aluminum was a weight-saving measure. Updates at https://twitter.com/KirstanConley . Horizon-built ferries have been exonerated for this problem, all are Metal-Shark built