Tuesday’s Headlines: Phase 1 is Underway Edition
Meanwhile, Streetsblog’s team of hard-bitten reporters pounded the pedals in search of the expected carmageddon, but found only slight increases in traffic (especially on the inbound Queensboro Bridge at around 7:50 a.m., as the photo below shows).
Meanwhile, we sent our intern into the subway (what are interns for!), which he found to be a ghost town:
That said, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg took a bus and a subway (and selfies) yesterday. Her boss only promised to do so at some point.
In other news:
- It’s looking better and better that the state legislature will pass a police reform bill that will no longer allow disciplinary records to be sealed (NYDN) — and Gov. Cuomo says he supports the bill (NY Post). Though, given that the Police Benevolent Association once named the governor its “Man of the Year,” we’ll hold our breath.
- Meanwhile, the cop who shoved a woman at the Barclays Center last month looks like he’ll be arrested today (NYDN).
- The Post followed our story about the cyclist beaten by the NYPD for biking too slowly.
- Gov. Cuomo rode the subway on Monday (NY Post), but he refused to say when a full, 24-7 rail system would return.(NYDN). Could it be because only 90 percent of riders are wearing masks? (NY Post)
- In a related story, Mayor de Blasio beefed up bus lanes and made the 14th Street busway permanent (Streetsblog) — but, of course, the Village Sun (in a thoroughly reported story, actually) had a problem with that.
- Advocates are still fuming that Big Dog Excelsior Cop Guy wants more officers in the subway. (NYDN)
- In a related story, Dermot Shea has a credibility problem — as in he has none. (NY Post)
- Is transit to blame? No! Can transit help us out of this crisis? Yes! So sayeth Gridlock Sam Schwartz in a Daily News op-ed.
- In case you missed it, Albert Fox Cahn had a Daily News op-ed that revealed more of the NYPD’s disgusting budgetary charade.
- The Post covered the mayor’s big busway expansion announcement (so did we!).
- Hope you didn’t miss the solidarity bike ride last night. (Gothamist)
- Finally, Friend of Streetsblog John Massengale had a great op-ed about open streets in Crain’s (but it’s behind a paywall!).