Today’s Headlines

  • Motorist Fatally Strikes Jun Sum Yim, 77, in Flushing and Flees (News)
  • Former Staffer Says Jeff Klein Forcibly Kissed Her in 2015 (HuffPoNYT, Politico)
  • Weather Blamed for Consecutive Days of Subway Meltdowns (Post)
  • De Blasio’s Road Pricing Contortions Get Politico’s Attention
  • More on the Mayor’s Big Oil Dog and Pony Show: NYT, Voice, PoliticoNewsPost
  • Plan to Have Other Subway Lines Absorb L Riders Already Working Perfectly (NY1)
  • Phil Murphy Looks Ready to Clean House at NJ Transit (NBC)
  • New City Council Investigative Unit Might Probe Placard Abuse (NYT)
  • Paul White: Icy, Slushy Sidewalks Lay Bare NYC’s Screwy Safety Priorities (C&S)
  • Attn Medallion Owners: CBD Congestion Was Terrible Before Uber Existed (Crain’s)
  • Private Shuttle Bus Services Set Up Shop in Jersey (NYT)
  • Northern Boulevard: Bike-Hating NIMBYs Dial Up the Crazy (QNS)
  • Safe Streets Hero Caroline Samponaro Leaving TransAlt for Bike-Share Company Ofo (Crain’s)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Elizabeth F

    Private and semi-private bus lines are a long tradition in NJ. Private “Jitney” buses are the dominant transit option along Route 4, with ~5-minute frequency; and also in the Palisades towns south of the GW Bridge. NJ Transit made a conscious effort to NOT try to compete with them. The only difference with the current crop of private NJ buses is they can be located on an app.

  • Flavanation

    Regarding congestion at Court Square: I’m not so worried about the G train platforms. Once all the construction is done on the new staircases, things should be moving a lot smoother, particularly once the construction plywood walls are taken down.

    My real concern is the Manhattan-bound E/M platform. That platform regularly gets crush loaded with passengers in the AM. It’s only a matter of time until someone gets pushed onto the tracks there. There’s reason to believe that where the platform narrows in the middle, that the wall is some kind of “false wall” for storage space in there. I’ve seen that whenever one of those doors is open, that there is additional space in there. MTA ought to consider using this space to open up the platform there. Even today, that platform is a safety hazard, and it’s only going to get worse.

  • AMH

    There are so many junk rooms on platforms and in closed stairways throughout the system that should be returned to passenger use.

  • Andrew

    Most of the platform is really as narrow as it looks. Only a small bit, maybe half a car-length or so, was narrowed for that room.

    The problem is that too many riders stop moving as soon as they reach the platform (or, relatedly, as soon as they get onto the train). Step down – there are other people behind you!

  • Andrew

    Much of that “junk” is actually critical to providing subway service. If you want a room to vacate one space, you also need to identify a different space for it to move to.

  • AMH

    Some is, but much is not. Any storage room will collect junk until it is full. The recently closed-off part of Bleecker Street’s uptown platform is a perfect example–it was packed with debris (scrap metal, buckets, etc.) only weeks after being closed. That space wouldn’t be productive anyway, but in many other stations we have lost platform space, stairways and street entrances that would alleviate congestion, and we need them back!

  • Andrew

    Only a small portion of the repurposed passenger space in the system is set aside for storage. Far more, I expect, is used for critical signal equipment.

    The example you give is of a space that was turned over to other uses not because anybody needed it for another use but simply because it’s no longer usable platform.