Friday’s Headlines: Are Pigs Aloft Edition

Sure, it doesn't look like a bombshell, but it was. Matthew Chayes via Twitter
Sure, it doesn't look like a bombshell, but it was. Matthew Chayes via Twitter

Out of the blue, the NYPD’s highest ranking uniformed officer, Chief of Department Terence Monahan, dropped a bombshell so huge that, typically, it requires the police chief or mayor to announce. But whatever — at an unrelated press conference, Monahan said the department would revisit its policy of cracking down on cyclists after one is killed in a crash with a driver, an infuriating practice that the NYPD trotted out again in the hours after Robyn Hightman’s killing on Monday.

Everybody covered the weirdly off-the-cuff announcement, including Streetsblog, Gothamist, and virtually everyone on Twitter.

But there was other news made yesterday. Here goes:

  • In case you missed it, Dana Rubinstein at Politico had a nice scoop: Gov. Cuomo is going to follow Andy Byford’s lead and try to increase speeds on all MTA rail operations, not just the subway. Hey, gov, that was a pretty good idea from one of your mere department heads, you gotta admit.
  • The NYPD is putting more cops in the subway — but this time, the spin is that they’ll do true neighborhood policing, albeit underground. (NYDN)
  • New York commuters got it both ways yesterday, what with a PATH train outage (NYDNand L service delayed by a stuck train (NYDN, NY Post).
  • Los Angeles is spearheading a coalition of cities using data to figure out how to regulate e-scooters. Other members include Austin, Chicago, Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. (The Verge)
  • Don’t worry, $2.05 billion is not a lot to spend on a train line from LaGuardia Airport to nowhere. (amNY)

The American women play their second knockout round game in the World Cup today at 3 p.m. against France. Looks like it’s time for some Streetsblog “team building” exercises at the Henry Street Ale House.

  • kevd

    “Don’t worry, $2.05 billion is not a lot to spend on a train line from LaGuardia Airport to nowhere.” That will cost you $7.75 and take longer than the bus you currently transfer to for free.

  • Joe R.

    At least the governor is finally interested in train speeds, instead of just muscle car speeds. I suppose it’s a start. Now if we could actually get him on the trains for more than just photo ops….

  • Larry Littlefield

    He’s just stating what was always going to be true. The big investment in automatic train control overrides ought to have allowed more speed.

  • AMH

    After a board meeting Thursday, Cotton said he believes the AirTrain will “entice, get people out of their cars and provide a capability to get both from Midtown Manhattan to the airport in under a half an hour and to also have easy access from the entire Long Island Rail Road network.”

    Well that’s a load of crap. No way the trip is half an hour, and it most certainly does not connect to “the entire LIRR network”. Clearly this guy doesn’t have a clue.

  • Geck

    It would have to extend to Jamaica to connect to the entire LIRR network
    (and link to the other Air Train).

  • Driver

    “…and to also have easy access from the entire Long Island Rail Road
    network.”

    Three trains is not easy access.

  • Driver

    Three trains is not “easy access”.

  • Joe R.

    Right. The connection to the #7 at Willets Point takes about 30 minutes alone, often longer. Maybe if you’re really lucky, you’ll get an express right away. If there are no delays it might take a bit over 20 minutes. However, there’s still the trip from LGA, plus the time to transfer, and the waiting time. No way can it be 30 minutes even under ideal conditions. Probably closer to 45.

    This reminds me of ads you see for houses in the Poconos. Only 90 minutes to NYC by bus! Maybe at 1 AM. During peak hours it can take 90 minutes just to do the last few miles into NYC.

  • snrvlakk

    Geez, Louise–Just extend the N train north a couple of blocks, make a right, and you wind up in the airport. Not rocket science, train science.

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