Tuesday’s Headlines: Protesting Whoopi Edition

families for safe streets logoA group of Families for Safe Streets members will be picketing outside the ABC studios on W. 66th Street where “The View” is broadcast today at 8 a.m. The members — all of whom have lost loved ones to road violence — were motivated after co-host Whoopi Goldberg berated Mayor de Blasio on the show last week with inaccurate comments about bike lanes and road safety.

The group will hand out flyers reminding Goldberg fans that “traffic violence is a preventable public health crisis.”

Over the weekend, Goldberg issued a tepid apology for her misinformation, but the group said it was too little, too late. Goldberg should tread lightly — Families for Safe Streets is the same group that took down State Senator Marty Golden.

For now, here’s the news:

  • The MTA board will vote on a fare hike on Thursday, but the Daily News reminds us that Gov. Cuomo is opposed to a fare hike — and we all remember what happened when Cuomo didn’t like something the MTA board wanted to do. Without a fare hike, the MTA will be facing a $244-million budget hole this year.
  • Meanwhile, the MTA board will bring in an independent consultant to review the Cuomo-backed L-train fix. (NYDN)
  • War on Cars, the podcast hosted by motor minimizers Sarah Goodyear, Doug Gordon and Aaron Naparstek, is back with a new episode. This week, the transit-loving trio uses Whoopi Goldberg’s mind-blowingly wrong comments about bike lanes last week into a deep look at why even liberal people have a blind spot about the problems wrought by automobiles. Looking at you, Mayor de Blasio.
  • Trains will be running faster underground as the MTA raises some speed limits. (NY Post)
  • It was a bad year for suburban commuters, too, as Paul Berger in the Wall Street Journal reports.
  • WNBC News had the photo of the day: A tractor-trailer truck causing mayhem on W. 23rd Street in Manhattan. The Post covered it, too, but the picture wasn’t as good.
  • And, finally, it’s official: There are 23 candidates for Public Advocate. (NY Times)
  • Larry Littlefield

    NJ Transit, Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road—which together carry about 375,000 commuters into the city each weekday—struggled last year for reasons ranging from the installation of a safety system to extensive repair and upgrade work.”

    Beats the hell out of struggling due to past failures to do repair and upgrade work, to shift money to debt service and retirement benefits.

  • qrt145

    Looks like people with “Gold” in their names tend to get in trouble with Families for Safe Streets. I wonder if Duff Goldman is next…

  • Vooch

    the original war on cars – a you tube channel.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCKf-xHM6KSw67qvgkqAcnQ

    most sincere form of flattery is to be copied –

  • Eric McClure

    Update – the Public Advocate field is now 22, as Ify Ike’s election lawyer failed to file a necessary document: https://www.ify4nyc.com/pressr/2019/1/21/ify-ike-campaign-major-announcement

  • Joe R.

    You probably have more people running than will be voting. That’s why “special elections” are so undemocratic. Everything should be voted on election day.

  • Joe R.
  • Larry Littlefield

    What’s the real message here? This is what happens when there is an open seat. Term limits mean democracy.

    For state legislature or the House of Representatives, I’ll settle for two real candidates on Election Day. Neither of which is a Republican, since the way that party has evolved few where I live are now willing to vote for one.

    But they don’t want us to have elections. We are not an actual democracy at the state level, and that explains a lot.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/term-limits-new-york-citys-double-blind-test-of-democracy/

  • Larry Littlefield

    The history misses two points.

    Back in the 1960s and 1970s people kept pulling the cords and putting the brakes in emergency. This caused passengers to fly across the cars, causing injuries and lawsuits. So the brakes were made weaker. This led to the Willie B crash — the brakes didn’t stop a train that ran a red in time. This led to the speed limits.

    So for years trains crawled along because of the actions of a-hole teens 50 years ago.

  • Joe R.

    Yeah, and I was on a few of those trains where a$$wipe teenagers decided it would be “cool” to pull the emergency brake. I was even guilty of doing that myself once, when I was about 4 years old, on one of the old AB Standard subway cars while looking out the front window on the Carnarsie Line. There was a pedestal thing with handles which got me curious, so I kept touching it and must have triggered the emergency brakes. In truth, I never understood the reason for having them in the first place. If there’s a real emergency, it always makes sense to stop at the next station, not in between stations where help may take tens of minutes or more to arrive.

    While the weak brakes were the reason for the system-wide slowdown, the MTA could have implemented partial fixes soon after, such as respacing signals and/or having speed limits only where close signal spacing was a problem. The disabling of field shunting was probably the dumbest thing as it impacted both the top speed and acceleration rates, making all trips slower, even on lines where the signals weren’t problematic. At least we’re finally fixing some of the problem, even if it’s about two decades overedue. Now we should restore field shunting on the older equipment, and reprogram the traction computers on the newer equipment (yes, the NTTs were “detuned” as well).

    Particularly interesting on that list is the Queens Boulevard line. I’ve been asking myself for years why the expresses slam on the brakes not long after going through Elmhurst Avenue. Sure, there’s a curve, but it’s not sharp at all. It looks like they’re bumping the limit up to 45 mph. They’re also going from 35 mph to 50 mph along the rest of the run. About time if you ask me. They’ll have to reprogram the traction computers on the R160s to take advantage of the higher limits since these trains don’t get much past 40 mph as they are now (and they take forever to get there).

  • Joe R.

    Just my opinion, but I think we should just do away with political parties, and by extension primaries. Let everyone who meets the requirements run on election day, even if that means 25 choices for each office. Whoever gets the most votes wins. We should be voting for the person, not the party.

  • AnoNYC

    MTA to build new Metro-North stations linking Bronx to Penn Station

    https://ny.curbed.com/2019/1/22/18193340/bronx-new-york-mta-metro-north-new-stations

    Subway cars with new, open-gangway design to arrive in 2020

    https://www.amny.com/transit/new-subway-cars-1.26287915

  • sbauman

    The speed limit changes are counter productive, if they are not incorporated into the operating schedules. They have not as of yet.

    The schedules already have plenty of slack so that most trains arrive at their terminal way ahead of their scheduled arrivals. The result is that they must wait for an empty track within the station because departing trains won’t depart early (except on the L which partially explains its better terminal on time performance).

  • Joe R.

    Well, obviously they eventually need to adjust the schedules to reflect the speed limit changes. That especially includes scheduled departure times during the run. Higher speeds are pointless if a train arrives at an intermediate station only to sit there a few minutes because the schedule doesn’t reflect the new running time.