Wednesday’s Headlines: Working for Turkey Edition

That's not a great rhyme, but you get the idea.

You might be tempted to not check Streetsblog every half-hour today like you always do, given that the great David Meyer is on a Bolt bus to his ancestral home for America’s great national feast. But remember: City officials love to drop big news when people aren’t paying attention — so click “refresh” early and often today, just in case.

For now, here’s the news:

  • The Times took a page (or two!) from Streetsblog and analyzed the Amazon deal from the transit perspective (spoiler alert: the subway ain’t great). Bonus feature: Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer rides the subway! (NY Times) City Lab also dove into the transit issue.
  • Gothamist‘s Ben Yakas had a fun feature on the guerilla artists who created the MTA Museum. “Untitled | Butt Pattern” is a work of under-appreciated genius.
  • Is it too much to ask that the Wu-Tang Clan get a damn street sign in Staten Island already? (Gothamist‘s Ben Yakas, again!)
  • amNY did the annual feature about how the MTA rolls out some ancient trains for the holidays. (Insert “how are we going to tell the difference from the normal trains” joke here.)
  • The Post is already freaking out about how bad the traffic will be for Thanksgiving. So is Curbed.
  • Has the DOT figured out how to fix that nasty intersection of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway? (Not unless they’re banning drivers.) (Bklyner)
  • The good news? Metro-North says a Hudson River Greenway is feasible. The bad news? It could cost $100 million. (Riverdale Press)
  • Friend of Streetsblog Danny Pearlstein of the Riders Alliance has an op-ed in City Limits declaring 2019 the “Year of the Bus Rider.”
  • And finally, the sixth episode of the War on Cars podcast is up, and the great Sarah Goodyear, Doug Gordon and Aaron Naparstek are as entertaining, smart and fun as ever. But did the car-battling trio let drivers off the hook tiny bit in their segment on the owner of a gigantic Cadillac? Check it out now and every week.
  • AnoNYC

    From the City Limits piece:

    In March, the state may adopt congestion pricing, which would boost traffic speeds by 20 percent in the core of Manhattan and 7 percent elsewhere, making buses faster.

    Is this some insider info or a realistic timeline for adaptation?

  • sbauman

    There’s also the hypothetical as to whether there will be any discernible increase in traffic speeds in the CBD, Manhattan Core or elswhere.

  • AnoNYC

    If the city can reduce the amount of vehicles coming in, hopefully more space will be dedicated to buses using bus only lanes. Maybe even some more “bus blvds.” like Fulton St Mall and the proposed 14th St in Manhattan. Maybe some physical separation as well.

  • Vooch

    $100 million for 3 miles of Greenway in the Bronx along the Hudson

    versus

    instead of $100 million for TWO HUNDRED MILES of protected bike lanes networking the entire Bronx

    what imporves the lives of more people ?

  • sbauman

    If the city can reduce the amount of vehicles coming into the core

    The number of vehicles entering Manhattan’s CBD has fallen from 815K in 2004 to 740K in 2016, according to NYMTC’s Hub Bound Travel Report. The number of vehicles in the CBD has declined significantly but congestion has gotten worse. Perhaps, it’s time to re-examine some of its assumptions.

  • AnoNYC

    The average speed has gone down but take into consideration the reduction in places you can drive and park over the years. You have less cars competing for much less space (including off street parking too).

    We have lane reductions on several streets for traffic calming purposes, pedestrianization, bikes and protected bus lanes. The number of cars might have dropped, but not as quickly as the space for cars.

    The city needs to keep reducing the number of cars coming in until you still have the streets moving with prioritization throughout for pedestrians, buses and bikes.