Wednesday’s Headlines: Andrew, Bill and Jumaane Edition

Yesterday was the much-loved busy news day, with the mayor begrudgingly admitting he supports congestion pricing, the governor unveiling an entirely new level of bureaucracy to run the MTA that he’s run so poorly the last eight years, and Council Member Jumaane Williams finally earning his rising star status by winning the Public Advocate special election.

Here’s how it all looked:

  • bolwerk

    Proceeds from pot taxes probably should be earmarked for reparations to victims of police violence. Well, if only life were fair.

    A tunnel failure leading to economic disaster seems a little hyperbolic. A lot more people’s commutes will suck, and they’ll mostly be added to the list of west-of-Hudson commuters whose commutes to the city are already atrocious – a fact that nobody seems to really care about, going by lines of glacial buses leading to PABT. Over time employers would simply have to replace New Jersey workers with New York workers. Otherwise New Jersey residents will move closer to work or find new jobs west of the Hudson.

    The rail crisis is the lack of redundant rail infrastructure from New Jersey, but that has been a crisis arguably for generations.

  • Wilfried84

    Think about the angst and hand wringing and cost of the L train shutdown. At 500,000, a tunnel failure would affect several times as many people. And it would happen without years of planning, as in the the case of the L train. And, no more trains to Philly or DC?

  • Robert Lancer

    Streets Blog team are you pro horse carriages? I know your against the horseless kind. I personally don’t see why they are needed and as someone who commutes through the park I do not like the trail of feces they leave behind.

  • bolwerk

    The angst about the L Train shutdown is also overblown, and involves an actual full bidirectional shutdown.

    I’m not sure where the 500,000 number comes from (HubBound 2016 suggests ~200k entering and leaving*) via this route, but it would take a shutdown of both tunnels to cause even that worst-case scenario.

    I’m not saying that’s not really terrible either, but a more realistic evaluation of its impact is it’s just one more bad transportation decision making people’s lives shittier. Or, in economic terms, probably slower economic growth. Fucking NYC newspapers and thinktanks sell angst and kvetching to engage readers. It’s like a drug. But then they don’t talk about things that could avoid making these things so disastrous, like proactively building new rail infrastructure.

  • sbauman

    First, the 2016 Hub Bound Report counted 247K people using the L between the Bedford and First Ave Stations not your reported ~200K. That’s a ~20% rounding error.

    Second, the 2016 Hub Bound Report did not count L train riders whose trips were between Eighth and First Aves nor between Bedford Ave and Rockaway Parkway. That’s where the MTA came up with a 400K estimate.

  • sbauman

    I have been to a Rails to Trails conference, where National Park officials were handing out “Bikes Don’t Leave Poop” buttons.

    If NYC can ban one class of road users, they would have less trouble banning bikes. I’d rather equip my bike with full fenders than have it banned from roads. The fenders are a small price to pay.

  • bolwerk

    Oh, I thought he was referring to the North River Tunnel at 500,000.