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DOT Spins Bus- and Bike-Lane Failure as ‘Streets Plan’ Success

The agency quietly released its required status report on the Streets Plan, which shows massive shortcomings that DOT downplayed.

Streetsblog Wins Polk Award for ‘Ghost Tags’ Series

Reporter Jesse Coburn received the prestigious award for exposing a vast black market for temporary license plates that reckless drivers use to avoid accountability on the road.

Long-Awaited Placard Report Reveals Widespread Abuse by NYPD

The overdue report confirms years of Streetsblog reporting on placard abuse, illegal parking and enforcement failures by the police under two mayors.

City: BQE Must Be Rebuilt to Last a Century … To Prevent More Pollution

Paging Mr. Orwell: Doubling down on the Robert Moses highway is actually good for neighborhoods nearby, the city claims.

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Wednesday’s Headlines: Get the Buses Moving Edition

Let's focus on a little footnote from Marcia Kramer's damn good interview on WCBS2 on Sunday with MTA CEO Janno Lieber. Plus other news.

E-Bike Swap Project Putting City to Shame on Safe Delivery Equipment

One of the city’s most dangerous industries is getting a major pedal-assist from a coalition of advocates committed to making food delivery work safer.

OPINION: Expand Half-Priced Fares to Unlock Commuter Rail for Working Class New Yorkers

Fair Fares as it exists today falls short for outerborough residents who live near commuter rail services they cannot afford.

Tuesday’s Headlines: Shoup at 7 Edition

The world's foremost parking expert Donald Shoup beams into a Manhattan community board on Tuesday. Plus more news.

Boondoggle: Why is ‘Reconnecting Communities’ Money Being Used for Highway Widening?

The US Department of Transportation just awarded $450 million to the $1.9-billion Rose Quarter 1-5 project, which opponents have long called one of America’s most-notorious highway boondoggles.

Monday’s Headlines: You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere Edition

NYPD rolls out a "windshield boot" to enforce against illegally parked trucks and persistent parking violators. Plus more news.

Investigations

Three NYC Asphalt Trucks Exploded Last Spring, Raising Safety, Environmental Concerns: Records

The explosions raise questions about the city's decision to use a paving material that other cities have phased out because of safety and environmental risks, an official said.

GHOST TAGS: Inside NYC’s Black Market for Temporary License Plates

Read all three parts of Jesse Coburn's award-winning investigation.

‘A Very Dangerous Job’: Dozens of NYC School Crossing Guards Injured by Drivers Since 2012, Records Show

As thousands of guards returned to street corners across the city last week for the reopening of public schools, records obtained by Streetsblog reveal the dangers that guards face on the job.

First Look: The DOT Finally Has Plans For Its Queensboro Bridge Pedestrian Path

"We welcome the anticipated late summer 2024 opening of the walkway, but we remain concerned about date slippage," said one Council member.

State Comptroller Details Capital Project Delays, Cost Overruns

"A majority of analyzed projects are over both their initial budget and schedule, suggesting greater monitoring could lead to adjustments that ultimately improve capital project delivery," the report concludes.

Googling Gersh Kuntzman’s ‘Criminal Mischief’? Look No Further…

It's been a big week for our editor Gersh Kuntzman's fight against people who deface or cover their plates to avoid being held accountable for reckless driving.

New Jersey’s Case Against Congestion Pricing Hits Troubled Waters on Hearing’s Second Day

The Garden State's lawyer exposed the holes in its case by failing to cite any provision to back his claim that "the obligation of NEPA is to mitigate everywhere you find impacts."

Friday’s Headlines: Eclipsed by Cars Edition

The shadow cast by Monday's eclipse will also shed light on our country's car-dependence. Plus other news.

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2023 in Review

2023 in Review: Here are the Year’s Biggest Livable Streets Victories…

There was a raft of promising advances for the livable streets movement — but which one was the best? Vote today.

… And the Biggest Failures and Disappointments of 2023

Let's be real, 2023 was not a good year for livable streets.

2023 in Review: Who is the Activist of the Year?

Little changes on New York City's streets without fighting for it — but who did it best? Please vote for this year's honoree.

In 2023, Mayor Adams Basically Erased the ‘Streets Master Plan’

Mayor Adams again failed spectacularly to meet a legal mandate to construct 50 miles of protected bike lanes and 30 miles of protected bus lanes. What happens now? Nothing. And therein lies the problem.

Congestion Pricing

Thursday’s Headlines: Day In Court Edition

Yesterday was all about New Jersey's day in court ... plus other news.

Reporter’s Notebook: NJ Finally Gets Its Day in Court in Congestion Pricing Suit

New Jersey's lawsuit against the first congestion tolls in American history finally gets a hearing Newark. Here's a run through of the trial's first day.

Curtain Raiser: This Week’s Congestion Pricing Hearing Isn’t What You Think

Senior Judge Leo Gordon now holds the fate of congestion pricing in his hands. What will he do?

The Toll of History: MTA Board Approves $15 Congestion Pricing Fee

New York City's congestion pricing tolls are one historic step closer to reality after Wednesday's 11-1 MTA board vote. Next step: all those pesky lawsuits.