Today’s Headlines

  • Fair Fares Deal Reportedly Imminent (PoliticoNYT, NY1, AMNYPost); Related: NY1
  • Paul White and Scott Stringer: Albany Speed Cam Restrictions “Shameful” and “Deliberate” (News)
  • Times Dings State Senate for Renaming a Bridge While Camera Bill Languishes
  • Senate Passes Golden Bill to Expand MetroCard Transfers (KCP)
  • Gateway Managers: We’ll Start Building and Hope for the Best! (WNYC)
  • Dollar Vans, Legal and Not, Are a Lifeline in City’s Transit Deserts (NYT)
  • Advos Urge Licensing Undocumented Immigrants to Protect Them From Trump (WNYC)
  • Packed School Bus Overturns on NJ Turnpike Near Goethals Bridge (NY1)
  • Off-Duty Cop Charged for Pulling a Knife on Another Driver in Queens (News)
  • That Should Do It (@NYC_DOT)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • kevd

    Golden’s bill seems like a good one that would make transit fares more fair.
    The most likely beneficiaries being those who have a bus>subway>bus commute.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The MTA should refuse to implement “fair fares” until the city and state pay the full cost of the existing discounts for seniors, the handicapped, and restore full funding for school transit passes.

    This strikes me as another unfunded mandate.

    They’ll pull the funds in the next recession to balance the budget, and then demand that the MTA keep the discounts, finding the money from — somewhere. Like maintenance and service. And then blast the MTA for cutting service, while quietly accepting diminished maintenance as long as the MTA keeps quiet about the cause.

  • AstoriaBlowin

    You wouldn’t really need speed camera if you redesign the streets around schools to discourage speeding and to better serve pedestrians, neckdowns, bump outs, raised crosswalks, etc. All of this the city could do without any input from Albany, but chooses not too.

  • Och

    Bicyclists should be walking their god damn bikes across the Brooklyn Bridge, not riding them. If bicyclists have the same rights to the road as cars, then pedestrians have the right to be in the bicycle lane. I deliberately walk in the bicycle lanes and do not yield to bicyclists.

  • Scroller

    Re: Brooklyn Bridge. Went over if for the first time in a while yesterday and DOT or NYPD has placed a cement colored boulder about 18 inches high, at the bottom of the cattle shoot on the Brooklyn side. Not only is it obstructing almost all of the pedestrian side – forcing them into the bike side of course- it is so low and such a similar color as the pavement it’s near impossible to see. It’s a tragic accident waiting to happen. I wish I took a picture. What gives?

  • Jeff

    Does the Golden bill make out-of-system subway-to-subway transfers a universal thing, not just at random stations?

  • Jeff

    Damn right. This is the same reason I choose to walk down the middle of interstate highways. Because, apparently, the fact that bikes are treated like cars under our traffic code means that pedestrians are treated like bikes, therefore by the transitive property, pedestrians are treated like cars, and walking down an interstate highway isn’t so different than walking down a bike lane.

    I think. Right? Have I got this right?

    Oh, and needless to say, I do not yield to motorists when I deliberately walk in the middle of interstate highways.

  • Reader

    You sound like just the kind of person who should live in a big, crowded city where trying to share limited space is one of the keys to getting along with others.

  • Komanoff

    Former Gov. David Paterson makes a strong pitch to enact congestion pricing, in a Daily News op-ed today:

  • Knut Torkelson

    DOT is getting very into deceiving, neutral colored death traps recently. We should be calling and commenting about this and the PP ones regularly to get some action.

  • Knut Torkelson

    Ohhh you’re a troll. Cool!

  • AMH

    Cool, so since pedestrians=bicyclists=motorists, what you’re saying is that tourists should be walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in the traffic lanes where they’ll have plenty of space?

  • AMH

    All of the above please! The city needs to ignore the NIMBYs and redesign every street already. While they’re figuring out how to do that, cameras will help right away.

  • JarekFA

    Yawn — I cross the BK Bridge on bike over 500 times a year including in the middle of summer time. It’s crowded but totally doable if you’re patient.

    But I realize you’re an unreasonable troll. Also, really stupid too, since people walking their bikes take up much more space than people riding at slow speeds. Was this you?

  • “The illegal[ van]s are siphoning off the passengers before they can walk a block west to our stop,” said Hector Ricketts, the president of the Commuter Van Association of New York.

    Ho ho! Get a load of this guy! What nerve, considering that his whole “industry” is siphoning off passengers who would otherwise ride the legitimate bus lines, thereby suppressing ridership numbers that would serve as the basis the expansion of service and the creation of new lines.

    What’s more, these dollar vans are engaged in a massive ripoff of the public sector by diverting who-knows-how-much money into the pockets of sleazy fly-by-night hucksters. And their ramshackle vehicles, driven by unlicenced maniacs, impose a cost on all other road users.

    We need to get rid of this menace.

    Regarding the Brooklyn Bridge: the true solution is to repurpose a car lane for bicycles. But the solution under current conditions is (as in so many other situations) enforcement. If there are going to be cops up there anyway, don’t have them sitting in their scooters playing with their phones. Have them walking the bridge back and forth on the dividing line, keeping pedestrians on their side.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Contra Paterson NYCHA has MORE money problems than the MTA, and the MTA has some management problems too — management problems mandated by Albany.

    You think deferred capital replacement is bad on the subway, you should see NYCHA. And to adjust for rising pension costs and falling federal support (despite a federal mandate to serve the poorest and most troubled), New York City has used its Section 8 vouchers to prop up NYCHA by using Section 8 subsidies for public housing.

    When Section 8 started, it was used to subsidized rents in PRIVATE housing — subsidized, lower cost housing over and above public housing. So the amount of total subsidized housing has been going down, quietly, quietly, quietly. Kind of like deferred maintenance at the MTA.

  • kevd

    many cities have a 2hour transit fare.
    Ride everywhere, on as many modes for the normal fare.
    Since connections within the subway are less than ideal, this would make a lot of sense and save millions in potential construction costs.

  • AMH

    Not sure where to post this, but even as red light cameras are stalled in Albany a colleague just got a $190 ticket while Citibiking on the Hudson River Greenway in Battery Park City. He stopped to wait for cross traffic but failed to notice NYPD hiding behind a tree across the street, waiting to ticket anyone who didn’t wait the full light cycle. So be careful if you’re riding home that way.

    New York City, where we pretend to encourage cycling while making it hell to do so!

  • Larry Littlefield

    The police only ticket cyclists when ordered to do so. And then they come up with tickets any way they can.

  • Kwyjibo

    Another cop putting his life on the line for ungrateful liberal scum.

  • kevd

    was there a twitter account for posting NYPD bike ticket blitz locations?
    would be good to know this time of year…..

  • Eli

    I’m surprised by the traffic lights on this trail. Many of these are for parking lots that probably get a dozen or two vehicles a day and appear to be designed to be ignored.

    If I ever get a ticket, I will donate 2X my ticket to TransAlt with a middle finger to the NYPD.

  • Joe R.

    Exactly. If they’re going to have traffic lights for parking lots, then put in sensors so they only go red when a vehicle is actually crossing. Having red lights cycle is pointless when most of the time nothing is crossing.

  • Eli

    Yes! When half the traffic lights are arguably illegitimate and designed to be unenforceable, I’m curious whether that jeopardizes their legal claim to enforce the other lights.

    (Of course, I know nothing about NYC or state traffic laws.)

  • Joe R.

    I’ve written a number of posts on exactly that. Basically, my position is that it’s incumbent for the state to enforce safety in such a way that it creates as little delay to all users as possible. That means you only have traffic signals running on cycles in places where there is significant traffic such that there are few or no natural gaps. A good example might be midtown during peak hours. Off-peak, and in places where there is less traffic all day, you have the traffic signals work on demand. The main road defaults to green unless something needs to cross. You would use sensors to detect that (and yes, we can even have pedestrian sensors nowadays). If the sensors detect something, the light goes red, but only for as long as it takes for the street to be crossed.

    If the state fails to do this, then I strongly feel there can be a legal basis for proceeding on red if nothing is coming. This argument is further strengthened by the fact the purpose of traffic signals is to prevent collisions, but by definition this means they should only go red when a collision is a possibility. If they’re red when nothing is crossing, there is no collision to prevent, and hence stopping on red serves no safety purpose whatsoever.

    NYC grossly overuses traffic lights to start with. However, this could be mitigated if they were designed never to go red if nothing is crossing. My line of thinking mimics how railway signals work. Unless there is the possibility of a collision because the block ahead is occupied, railway signals never go red (the only exception might be if a dispatcher is holding a train in a station but in that case the train is stopped already, and hence isn’t being forced to make a pointless stop).

  • AMH

    It occurred to me that this may be retaliation for the cyclist hitting the child on Riverside Drive. Anytime a cyclist is involved in a collision, as the victim or otherwise, cyclists are targeted.

  • Mike

    Dollar vans may be lifelines, but they are often operated by people who act with an exceptional level of reckless disregard for the lives of cyclists.

  • kevd

    if only laws against reckless driving were enforced.
    as a daily Flatbush Ave. cyclist I can say that some are far worse than most, and while all take a lot of getting used to – I prefer riding with near dollar vans to riding with yellow cabs or ubers. Yellow cabs are still insanely reckless and uber drivers are staring at their phones.

  • Mike

    I also ride Flatbush. Dollar vans will routinely pull towards the curb to pick up passengers without checking to see if a cyclist is between them and the curb. This happens pretty much every block, without the warning that a real bus stop might give a cyclist. That said, the worst are the Access-a-Ride drivers, who seem to be actively trying to create more customers.

  • kevd

    There are plenty of reckless dollar van drivers, no doubt.
    I just find them a bit less dangerous than other vehicles picking up passengers.
    I don’t have statistics, just a general impression of my own subjective experience.

    Agreed 100% about Access-a-ride.
    Hey! That’s exactly what I say about them -That they’re TRYING to increase their customer base.

  • They terrorise other street users and endanger their own passengers, while robbing from the public coffers.