Friday’s Headlines: Let’s Go to the Videotape Edition

Mayor de Blasio finally had a media avail yesterday, so naturally I peppered him with street safety questions. Problem is, Hizzoner claimed he had seen neither the infamous video of Marty Golden complaining about DOT road improvements, nor the horrific video of Citi Bike rider Dan Hanegby being killed by a bus driver. So I didn’t get much news to report.

The rest of the local press corps was a bit subdued yesterday, too. Here’s the best of the bunch:

  • The DOT revealed that repairs are finally underway on the Fort Washington Bridge in Upper Manhattan.
  • Governor Andrew #StatusCuomo did his alpha male thing to get President Trump to fund the Gateway tunnel project. (amNY, WSJ)
  • Sorry, but this long Gothamist analysis of the Staten Island-Brooklyn Congressional race between Democrat Max Rose and Republican incumbent Dan Donovan lacked heft. Just because the candidates do retail campaigning doesn’t mean reporters need to.
  • On the plus side of the journalism ledger, Gothamist’s Jen Carlson reports that the MTA really doesn’t have a plan for fixing the elevators at the Clark Street station.
  • The Second City is teaching the Capital of the World how to maintain a subway system. (NY Times)
  • And, finally, here’s a newspaper in California quoting a story I wrote for the paper 30 years ago. Still holds up! (Monterey County Weekly)
  • ortcutt

    It’s worth pointing out that the Chicago’s entire subway system carries fewer weekday riders than the MTA 7 Line (767,730 for the entire “L” vs. 817,793 for the 7 train). The reason why New York doesn’t shut down lines to do repairs is that it generally can’t. There is no bus alternative that can carry over 800,000 people. We’re seeing this fact with the partial shutdown of the L line.

  • Joe R.

    The best solution is not letting things get so bad that you need to fully or partially shut down a line for repairs. Putting aside the ridership numbers, on some lines it is indeed possible to shut down portions of a line for repair because we have something Chicago doesn’t, namely express and local tracks. If you shut down one track at a time, you can still have two tracks going in the peak direction, hence little or no capacity loss. We should have adopted that solution for the L train also. Build a third tunnel, then shut down one tunnel at a time for repairs. No capacity loss. When the project was finished you would also have a third tunnel available for increased capacity.