Today’s Headlines

  • Linda Rosenthal Wants Public Hearings on UWS B/C Station Rehabs (Rag)
  • MTA to Install Stairs, But No Elevator, at Broadway Junction J/Z Station (BK Paper)
  • L Shutdown Ferry Connection Will Have Free Bus Transfers (BK Paper)
  • MTA to Close Henry Hudson Bike-Ped Path for at Least a Year, for “Safety” (Press)
  • Komanoff: Don’t Blame Street Seating for Problems Caused by Tribeca Placard Abusers (DX)
  • Fear and Loathing in Riverdale: CB 8 Sides With NIMBYs Against Netherland Ave. Sidewalk (Press)
  • GM’s Robocar Company Is Setting Up Shop in Lower Manhattan (TC)
  • Driver Kills Passenger in High-Speed Harlem Crash (News)
  • Jets Linebacker Dylan Donahue Is a Real Prize (Post)
  • People You Share the Streets With (Advance, Post)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    People the MTA does business with.

    “Years ago, New York’s construction industry was plagued by the mob,” Rod Leith, a longtime investigator and a former assistant inspector general at the School Construction Authority, told the Times. “Today, a handful of private contractors have made it a way of business to cheat, bribe and corrupt a whole sector known as the interiors industry.”

  • Joe R.

    It’s still plagued by the mob, only this time it’s a legal version of the mob–namely a consortium of private contractors, labor unions, and influential business people.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The Donald disagrees. And the federal government is offering to pay 20 percent of the cost of projects that cost three times what they should.

  • bolwerk

    Absurd project specifications seem to drive a lot of high costs, and that doesn’t really change with international bidding.

    Expecting PABT to keep doing what it’s doing is itself an absurd expectation. The sane way to handle that volume of traffic is rapid transit. Do that, and whatever bus traffic remains to PABT can be served by a smaller facility. But New Jersey doesn’t want to formulate a rapid transit strategy at all, and presumably New York doesn’t want to cooperate even minimally.

  • bolwerk

    Broadway Junction might be one of the most glaring ADA failures on the system at this point. You’d think they’d want to fix that anyway, and they have a handy crisis they could use as an excuse to do it.

  • HamTech87

    Putting a Jersey barrier Protected Bike Lane on the bridge is a political decision, not an engineering one. The southbound HH highway leading up to the bridge has only 2 lanes, and the bridge had more lanes to accommodate cueing for the toll plaza. The recent removal of the toll gates means there is no justification for 3 lanes plus a shoulder on the southbound (lower) level of the bridge. And ample safety and convenience reasons to do a 2-way PBL.

  • sbauman

    There’s a fairly simple solution that would obviate the need for transferring at Bway-Jct. Operate some trans from Rockaway Parkway onto the Broadway Brooklyn El and run them through to Manhattan. The tracks are there.

    The number of trains they plan to operate on the Canarsie Line is 8 tph, down from a max of 20 tph. The constraint is the turnaround at Bedford Ave. By running some through trains between Rockaway Pkwy and Manhattan via the Bway-Bklyn El, at least that section would not suffer massive over-crowding.

    The tracks are there and operational. It’s never been part of the MTA’s plans.

  • bolwerk

    I thought of that, and there are two ways to do it:

    1) through the Chrystie Street Connection (parallel to the M)

    2) to Broad Street (parallel to the J)

    The ideal option would be #1, but it also seems like the potentially disruptive option – possibly impacting the number M and F Trains that could be accommodated. As far as getting uptown is concerned, #2 almost seems as bad as just sticking it out on the L Train to transfer at Myrtle or Broadway Junction.

    It’d be nice if the MTA would at least explore it, and explain it to people, but I’d doubt it’s that feasible.

  • redbike

    2-day-old reply to this, so prolly no one will catch this.

    I had occasion to drive this route (Henry Hudson Pkwy southbound) today (1 Mar 2018). Signs for motorists announce the Henry Hudson Bridge will be restricted to 2 southbound lanes. Today, barriers were in place doing just that: no access to the eastern lane until south of the toll gantry. The breakdown lane between the western travel lane and the Jersey barriers (and the pedpath) remains.

    I agree with you about MTA’s view of people on bicycles (pedestrians too). I’m clueless about the scope of the planned work on the HH Bridge or whether there’s wiggle room to accommodate a pedpath during the work. Yes, we’re agreed: there should be. But I don’t know what’s actually going on.

  • neroden

    OK, who wants to sue the MTA over the ADA violation at Broadway Junction?

    It is FLATLY ILLEGAL to construct entirely new staircases for a subway station without constructing an elevator. There are NO exceptions. Time to sue.

  • neroden

    Who wants to sue? Best be someone with mobility impairments who either gets on or off or changes trains at Broadway Junction. I’d happily support the lawsuit with charitable donations because this is just outrageous lawbreaking by the MTA.

    They are absolutely required to add elevators if they put in entirely new staircases.