Today’s Headlines

  • Revised DOT L Train Plan: 17-Hour 14th St Busway, Bike Lanes on 12th/13th (News, NY1, Post)
  • Keep Mocking Cuomo’s Backward AirTrain to LaGuardia on Twitter Everybody (NYT, AMNY)
  • Tri-State: Disperse Uber Traffic With Congestion Pricing, Not a Cap (AMNY)
  • 88-Year-Old Driver Runs Over and Kills Madeline Shershen, 17, in Queens Crosswalk (NBC, Post)
  • More Coverage of NYPD’s Refusal to Charge Driver Who Killed Luz Gonzalez (Bklyn Paper, News)
  • Turning Driver Critically Injured Cyclist on Victory Boulevard Friday (Advance)
  • Motorcyclist Killed in Right-Angle Crash in Hollis (QNS)
  • Cranks Come Out to Stop Pedestrian Bridge Between Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge Park (Eagle)
  • Yvette Clarke “Avoids Public Transit Whenever Possible” (Politico)
  • Former DEP Exec Used Agency Investigator as Her Personal Chauffeur for 13 Years (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Badly-placed bollards going in PERMANENTLY on the Hudson River Greenway, work starting TONIGHT:
    Besides NYS DOT, it looks like SIMCO Engineering may be involved in this work.
    What can we do?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15a9092016dabbd57e5bdf41f0b343cde65cd136e47e66aa31dceda160a0453d.jpg

  • AnoNYC

    Where is it being placed? it’s difficult to tell by that picture.

  • AnoNYC

    Question for anyone:

    The Clark St Tube (2/3) was closed for 56 weekends, was this considered a total renovation on the scale of what will occur for the L train? Or is the L train much a bigger project as it sounds to be?

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    This is an existing bollard at the center of the path in front of the World Financial Center. The bollards are going probably everywhere there are barriers now between the Battery and Riverside Park, and will be narrowly spaced like the ones at the Goldman Sachs building (200 West St)
    We can expect to see this every few hundred feet for most of the Greenway: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/023f6a4e0195e230f36a5eb7c4dedc35ee226c47087f00d3cd1cd368b3425708.png

  • eastphilliamsburg

    Yes, the L tunnel was damaged more, so the project is more involved than the 2/3.

    For the L, the duct bank is being replaced, which will be a really messy dusty process where it won’t be possible to run trains through the tunnel.

    That’s why no nights/weekends only option was presented from the outset, just the choice of 1 tube closed for 3 years, or both tubes closed for a year and a half.

  • 12 blocks from a station

    How will they clear snow, or get their little maintenance /garbage carts through the narrow space. Is the middle space for people who want to play chicken and pass slower traffic?

  • BrandonWC

    Also congressional primaries are today.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Since the plan is secret there’s no way to know!

  • ddartley

    You know, because of Doug G.’s frequent ironic use of “let’s keep arguing about parking spaces” when introing a story about the unfolding climate catastrophe, I end up almost feeling unsure about whether Ben’s being sincere in the line about Cuomo’s CrazyTrain.

  • Larry Littlefield

    You can laugh at Cuomo’s LaGuardia Airtrain now, but he’ll get the last laugh when the buses with free transfers disappear from the airport to make you ride it.

    And the cost for the backward Airtrain is $5.50 for those transferring from the subway, $2.00 for those transferring from the LIRR, and free from those with a voucher from a parking facility.

    And then they cut headways on the backward Airtrain when ridership is low, and fail to meet those headways because of maintenance problems give than it will need its own maintenance facility.

    And, after lots of campaign contributions to a Mayoral election, the TLC jacks up the taxi charge to the airport.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “For the L, the duct bank is being replaced, which will be a really messy dusty process where it won’t be possible to run trains through the tunnel.”

    Doesn’t that just mean the Clark Street duct bank will have to be replaced in the near future as part of a signal project?

  • AMH

    Where are the details about size and spacing?

  • Geck

    Is there any reliable information out there about the configuration of the 12th and 13th Street one-way bike lanes in the updated 14th Street transit-way plans? Will they be parking protected?

  • AMH

    I hadn’t considered the possible loss of buses, but that’s what they did at JFK, isn’t it?

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen
  • JarekFA

    Doesn’t sound like it:

    For cyclists, the city is now scrapping its idea for a single, two-way bike lane on 13th Street. Instead, two separate, one-way bike lanes will run on 12th and 13th streets. The bike lanes will be separated from traffic with paint and bollards from car traffic, the DOT spokesman said.

    https://www.amny.com/transit/l-train-shutdown-buses-1.19426783

  • AMH

    I’m writing them now.

  • ddartley

    Yes it is. Have never gotten over my anger at that. It was unglamorous but it worked and it was simpler and cheaper (for riders, at least).

  • AMH

    “Separated from traffic with paint”? And “bollards” that will be run over and destroyed in a few days?

  • AMH

    Uh-oh, did I miss voting?

  • AMH

    I’m not sure what blocks the path more–bollards 48″ apart, or bollards 60″ apart with a golf cart between them.

  • BrandonWC

    Polls are open until 9:00 pm.

  • AMH

    Depends where you live–the AirTrain works great for me, but for a lot of neighborhoods around JFK the buses are more direct. Similarly, the M60 works great from uptown to LGA (although it desperately needs bus lanes inside the airport). If that option disappeared, the Willets Point route would be horrible.

  • AMH

    And I won’t be home before then, but there’s no one on the ballot in my district so I wasn’t blindsided after all!

  • AnoNYC

    NY-14, House of Representatives, is the big one today. Joe Crowley v. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    BRONX:
    – Morris Park
    – Parkchester
    – Pelham Bay
    – Throgs Neck
    – City Island

    QUEENS:
    – Astoria
    – College Point
    – East Elmhurst
    – Jackson Heights
    – Woodside

    Vote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

  • A logical reading, but I’m serious, keep tweeting.

  • kevd

    Like how the JFK airtrain is free from the Kiss & Fly at Lefferts.
    But $5.50 from the subway about 1/4 mile as the crow flies /1.7 miles by foot away!
    (the B15 also goes there too)

  • kevd

    once its a failure, they’ll do what they can to make us use it so its less of a failure.

  • kevd

    wow. just watched Yvette Clarke on a NY1 debate…..
    So obnoxious.
    I’ll vote Adem Bunkeddeko on that alone.

  • Joe R.

    What can we do?

    If they really botch it you can always fix it with one of these:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bosch-15-Amp-Corded-12-in-Cutoff-Machine-1364/202716964

  • AnoNYC

    Anyone catch this:

    https://nypost.com/2018/06/25/14th-street-to-turn-into-busway-during-l-train-shutdown/

    “The plan will allow drivers to make pickups and drop-offs on the street, officials said. Drivers will only be permitted to drive for one block — and it will be enforced by cameras, said Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.”

    Guaranteed disaster.

  • Joe R.

    Is it so hard for these people to be dropped off a block or two away and just walk? The sheer laziness of the car-using crowd never ceases to amaze me.

  • AnoNYC

    This exception makes the bus lanes useless. You’re gonna see cabs and personal drop offs happening throughout the route.

    If this is combined with exceptions for delivery, what will be the point of any of this?

  • Scroller

    Allowing drop-offs is almost worse than allowing non-stop through traffic because not every private car and cab will be guaranteed to make a stop blocking everyone behind them

  • Larry Littlefield

    Exactly. But LIRR riders get the Airtrain cheaper — still more than the free for drivers.

    I didn’t some up with the figures out of the blue.

    They also cut service on the JFK Airtrain — even though its driverless.

  • kevd

    “But LIRR riders get the Airtrain cheaper”
    Really?
    https://www.jfkairport.com/to-from-airport/air-train

    (not $5.50, but $5 – my bad)

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    “and it will be enforced by cameras” said Marty Golden.

  • kevd

    from my reading the LIRR discount does not appear to exist.

  • Eli

    Well, if they shared their, then all the terrorists would know what we’re planning.

    Or something like that?