Today’s Headlines

  • Juan Pacheco, Delivery Worker Doored by Driver in Harlem, Dies — No Charges (News)
  • De Blasio Budget Funds Barriers for Car-Free Zones, Nothing for Fair Fares (NYT, AMNY, Politico)
  • Related: Mayor Wants What Looks Like a System to Spot Bogus Placards (Post)
  • Disability Rights Advocates Disrupt Lhota Speaking Engagement (NY1)
  • Elevators Not Included in MTA’s W. 238th Street Elevated 1 Station Rehab (Press)
  • Gothamist Brings Readers Up to Speed on the L Shutdown; Voice Games A/C Spillover
  • Norwood Apartment Developer Touts Bike Parking (Bx Times)
  • TransAlt Calls for Bronx Street Improvements After Day of Traffic Carnage (AMNY)
  • Drunk-Driving Upstate Judge Who Wishes She Could Run People Over Loses Job (D&C 1, 2)
  • Your Contributions to Cuomo’s MTA at Work (Gothamist)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    Took the train, to avoid the rain, and found that all three Metrocard machines at my home stop and most of those at my work stop were out of order, unable to take cards, with some indications of vandalism.

    Who is doing it and why? Perhaps some organization that believes that riders have it too good and should be made worse off, relative to themselves?

    This may be the sort of thing that stopped happening at NYCT decades ago, though it continues on the LIRR.

  • Simon Phearson

    Came over the Pulaski this morning to find that the short barrier that had separated the north end of the lane from the on-ramp for drivers had been completely removed. Does anyone know why? I am hoping this is just a temporary step as equipment is being replaced. That barrier served to calm turning traffic – already you can see tire tracks of drivers taking the turn much wider than they used to be able to – and, perhaps more importantly, helped to direct drivers to stay in car lanes. (I actually watched a driver nearly drive directly into me this morning, as I stood waiting for the light to change.)

    LIC has seen a steady erosion of its cyclist- and pedestrian-protecting infrastructure, as though someone is on an active campaign to strip as much of it as possible by working behind the scenes. I really hope this isn’t another example.

  • Flavanation

    In other news – gas prices in NYC have hit $3 per gallon, highest since 2015. Gas prices are on an upward trajectory and will likely pass that 2015 peak of $3.06 in the coming weeks. Of course, gas prices were well up in the $3.75 from 2011-2014, and I don’t think we’ll be hitting that anytime soon. Probably an unpopular opinion, but I tend to cheer for higher gas prices, as that seems to be a very effective way of getting people out of their cars and using alternate forms of transportation. Hopefully our transit network will be able to handle this mode shift!

  • kevd

    “Probably an unpopular opinion, but I tend to cheer for higher gas prices”
    Not around here. I’d say
    Wouldn’t we need to increase the gas tax by about $1/gallon just to pay for all the costs of road infrastructure construction and upkeep? Not even including the externalities of carbon and particulate pollution, and health care costs for those injured and lost productivity from those killed?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Ford announced it would no longer make sedans for the U.S. market. SUVs and pick-ups only.

  • Joe R.

    I personally would love to see a $10/gallon gas tax to speed the transition to EVs. People generally won’t start changing their driving habits until gas stays above $4 per gallon. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do so long enough to effect permanent change. A high gas tax would do that. Moreover, you can adjust the tax up or down so the price of gas at the pump remains a constant ~$10/gallon regardless of fluctuations in oil prices. Sustained, high gas prices will get people to abandon gas cars en masse. Once that’s done, we can dismantle the infrastructure to manufacture and deliver gas so there’s no going back.

  • Joe R.

    I’ve read the actual figure to cover all the externalities you’ve mentioned is in the $3 to $5 per gallon range. Just the cost of the Iraq wars alone was in excess of $2 trillion.

    As I wrote above, I’m all for a variable gas tax which keeps the price at the pump a constant $10 per gallon. That would radically reduce unnecessary driving in the short term. In the medium term, it would get us to rapidly transition to an all electric transportation system, with the power generated by non-fossil fuel means.

  • Guest

    In my experience, it’s usually hustlers selling swipes.

  • urbanresidue

    Some quick, initial thoughts about the changes facing Norwood from the planned construction on Parkside Place:
    http://urbanresidue.blogspot.com/2018/04/popping-up-on-parkside-place.html

  • Larry Littlefield

    That is what one would expect — in Manhattan.

    But all three machines were out in Windsor Terrace too.

    I hope large scale vandalism isn’t coming back as part of the “progressive agenda.”

  • Guest

    I’ve mostly seen them do it in the “outer boroughs.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    I’ve never come across it on this scale.

  • Guest

    Ha! Reality strikes again. Too bad for the pedestrians that will be hit by the high-riding SUV drivers who “didn’t see them,” as I nearly was this morning while walking in a crosswalk with the light. And if you think that self-driving cars means that people will need fewer vehicles with less interior room, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. The only way people will buy less cars is if they are poorer.

  • Flavanation

    Makes sense, in many European countries that is close to what you would pay for gas.

  • kevd

    I saw one yesterday that was broken and wouldn’t take cash!
    I’m not sure either of our observations are a sign of anything.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Well, I’ve not had occasion to drive an SUV, and not one of those monsters either, a Subaru Forester. And I don’t like it.

    When we had a small manual transmission Plymouth Horizon and Saturn wagon, you sort of felt like you could just scoot, with complete control of the vehicle.

    Then we got the old Taurus for a couple of years. It was fine out of town, because you felt like you could just cruise.

    But when I drove my father in law’s SUV, I didn’t feel that same sense of control.

    Why do people want to drive trucks? It started as a way to evade fuel efficiency regulations, and then became a fashion, like ripped designer blue jeans or something. But it actually makes no sense.

  • AnoNYC

    The new development at that location will not take up the entirety of the slip. There is still opportunity for public space and the stair street connection you mention.