Friday’s Headlines: Is There a Big Game on Sunday Edition

Just in time for Sunday’s Super Bowl matchup of the Patriots and the Rams, the New York Post delivered an epic analysis of why everyone hates, or should hate, Tom Brady. That said, it is likely that everyone except New England fans will hate him even more after the game.

In any event, enjoy the game — or the commercials.

Meanwhile, here’s the news:

  • One day after Lyft and Juno sued to block the city’s taxi minimum wage, Uber revealed that it will start charging more to cover the added labor costs. (NY Post) Good, drivers should earn a fair wage and people who want the luxury of a chauffeured automobile ride should pay for it. And maybe the subway and buses won’t keep hemorrhaging riders.
  • The Daily News and amNY covered the TransitCenter’s call for more subway accessibility (Streetsblog did, too).
  • A judge has cleared the way for New York to start collecting a congestion tax on taxis, which will anger experts like Charles Komanoff, who argues that the fee is foolish unless it is paired with congestion tolls on other drivers, too. (NY Post) The Times version of the story buried the lede. The WSJ did not.
  • What do you call a dozen destroyed cars at Newark Airport? A start. (NY Post) The Times had video.
  • And, finally, Gridlock Sam gives his weekly reminder to not drive, which should be a daily reminder. (NYDN)
  • Urbanely

    “people who want the luxury of a chauffeured automobile ride should pay for it. And maybe the subway and buses won’t keep hemorrhaging riders.”

    Can we acknowledge that there are other reasons that people choose cars instead of buses and trains? I have never used Uber and I haven’t been in a cab in NYC in about 5 years, but I get why people do. I was on the 6 train this week and a fight broke out right next to me at the 59th/Lex stop when people tried to push their way on after a prior train was taken out of service. It was ugly, and a terrible way to start a day, and that’s why people take ride share/cabs. That, and there’s no aggressive panhandling or someone obnoxiously playing music without headphones in a cab.

    My coworker takes the express bus to work everyday and has a pleasant ride. It totally changes her day, compared to when she has to be on a packed train for 45 minutes.

    User experience matters, but it is completely lost on the MTA because they are so busy dealing with basic infrastructure issues. If many train lines are already at capacity (actual capacity for mental health, not “we can squeeze more in if they hold on by their fingernails”), forcing even more people to use the train is a non-starter.

  • Knut Torkelson

    You ask to acknowledge the other reasons beside the luxury of a chauffeured automobile ride, then go on to describe…wanting the luxury chauffeured automobile ride?

    And no, most train lines are not “at capacity”, especially with falling ridership in the last 3 years, and especially outside of rush hour.

    Yes, sometimes there are panhandlers, and sometimes people play music. This is part of living in NYC, not specifically MTA problems. Being exposed to the homeless or people playing music is part of living in a huge metropolis, especially one with high wealth inequality. It’s not a valid reason for public policy to favor you getting privately chauffeured around at the expense of everyone else.

  • Urbanely

    You missed the point. I am saying that we never ask WHY people choose the chauffeured ride. All the things I mentioned are just some reasons that people make that choice. If we stay focused on “cars=bad”, and don’t do anything to change the factors that make people choose them in the first place, we will never really move the needle on getting people to buy into public transit.

    I don’t expect the MTA to solve homelessness or social problems, but we can’t ignore the effect of these social problems on transit and then be mad at people for choosing cars.

    As far as capacity, I will grant that there is certainly more room at rush hour, but rush hour capacity is relative. As I mentioned, a fight broke out right next to me because one person thought there was more room on the train than there was. It’s not an isolated occurrence, and frankly we should want a better ride than “yay I squeezed on and couldn’t breathe but I made it.”

  • cjstephens

    Way to completely mis-characterize what Urbanely wrote. Urbanely isn’t asking for a luxury chauffered automobile ride, just something as not-unpleasant as the express bus experience. Or have you never been on an express bus? Or in a limousine? They’re really not at all alike. And can you understand that there is some kind of middle ground between sardine-can rush hour trains and a private car? Make the subway a little nicer, and more people will ride it. History proves that. It’s not much to ask for.

    And rush hour subways aren’t at capacity any more? What line are you riding to work?