Today’s Headlines

  • Ride-Hail Giant Lyft Acquires Motivate and All of Its Bike-Share Systems (BloombergNews, Post)
  • Cultivate Your Andy Byford Fandom With This Charming New Yorker Profile
  • De Blasio Hasn’t Professed His Enthusiasm for Bus Lanes and Transit Signal Priority to Byford Yet (News)
  • Something’s Rotten in the City Council Push to Undermine Waste Carting Reforms (Crain’s)
  • TLC Proposes Wage Floor for App-Based Drivers, Gets Undercut By City Hall (News, PoliticoNYT, Post)
  • New MTA Trip-Planning App Now in Public Beta (News, AMNYGothamist)
  • There’s Room to Improve MTA Bus Service for Disabled Riders (CL)
  • Postal Service Yanks Placards From Ninth Street Post Office in Park Slope (Bklyn Paper)
  • 7,000 People Have Signed a Petition Supporting Regular Driving Tests for Seniors (QNS)
  • Let’s Not Design Streets for Bar Owners Who Want More Parking (QChron)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    What we need for seniors isn’t regular driving tests (which would be expensive) but technology to take control of the car and prevent collisions — and report near collisions whenever they occur.

    That would be a continual driving test.

    It would also reduce deaths and injuries to/caused by new drivers on the way up in driving ability, not just seniors on the way down. Little in all the years of parenting was as difficult as teaching our kids to drive and as nerveracking as their first few years of driving by themselves.

  • AnoNYC

    DOT picks dockless bike share operators for outer boroughs

  • AnoNYC

    Governor Cuomo Announces Transformational Projects for the South Bronx’s Civic Center Neighborhood as Part of $10 Million Award

    Here are a few more relevant to the Streetsblog crowd:

    “Convert the 149th Street Bridge into a Public Plaza: Create an expanded, programmable sidewalk plaza on the 149th Street Bridge that will connect the Lower Concourse to the Hub, and provide space for vendors, art, and other activities. ($2,592,000)”

    “Beautify Streetscapes at the Hub and 149th Street: Invest in a series of streetscape improvements on Third Avenue, Melrose Avenue, and 149th Street to foster a stronger local identity, improve safety, and encourage private investment. ($1,040,000)”

    “Improve Community Gardens at Melrose Common: Improve three community gardens in Melrose Commons with solar power, enhanced lighting, wi-fi access, and rainwater harvesting to strengthen the area’s open space network, community resilience, and sustainability. ($630,000)”

    “Activate the New Roberto Clemente Plaza with Outdoor Cafes: Install two outdoor cafes in the soon-to-be-completed public space at the Roberto Clemente Plaza to provide additional dining options for local workers and shoppers. One of the cafes will serve as an incubator for local food entrepreneurs. ($520,000)”

    “Refresh the Bronx Walk of Fame with Updated Signs and Branding: Refresh the Bronx Walk of Fame by redesigning, replacing, and regrouping signs along the Grand Concourse between 149th Street and 167th Street, and creating a digital directory to draw visitors. ($250,000)”

    “Create a More Welcoming Gateway at the 161st Street Station: Create a modern, attractive gateway to the Bronx outside the East 161st Street – Yankee Stadium subway station by enhancing existing concrete medians with improved plantings. This project will complement other investments in the area. ($227,000)”

    Some good initiatives here to improve walkability.

  • Daphna

    Regarding the $17.22/hr minimum wage proposed for drivers of Uber, Lyft, Via and June floated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (by TLC chairwoman Meera Joshi). Eric Phillips, spokesman for Bill de Blasio, while saying that they are reviewing the path to take, said “Help for yellow drivers is a big focus of ours right now.” That statement shows the main problem: the focus is not really on improving conditions for drivers who work for taxi apps, (and is not actually on improving yellow taxi driver conditions either), but rather is on preserving the value of yellow taxi medallions for those who own them. The hidden agenda is to find a way to limit taxi apps so that yellow taxi medallion owners will have more demand for their product. Drivers would rather have their own vehicle and drive for a taxi app. This results in fewer drivers who want to rent out yellow taxis; the owners have to rent them for less and the value of medallions when re-sold continues to decline sharply.

    A minimum wage only for app drivers, with no such wage for yellow taxi drivers, and at a wage significantly above the already-high $13/hr city minimum wage, is another attempt to limit the expansion of taxi apps — just as in the past there was a failed proposal to cap TLC licenses with the goal of limiting taxi app growth. This is a sneaky way to try to suppress taxi apps while pretending that the goal is better wages for the drivers.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “That statement shows the main problem: the focus is not really on improving conditions for drivers who work for taxi apps, (and is not actually on improving yellow taxi driver conditions either), but rather is on preserving the value of yellow taxi medallions for those who own them.”

    And who donate money politically. Right on.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Nothing wrong with it, except the “illions” problem. Sounds like a lot, but these days it isn’t. It’s $6 for each person in the Bronx.

    I don’t dislike Governor Cuomo as much as many who comment on Streetsblog. (For one thing, he seems to have hired lots of my neighbors for better or worse.)

    But in an election year, it often seems like a competition to see which phony can tick me off more. Now that Cuomo is spending money, putting out commercials and press releases, he’s making a run at Nixon.