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by Ben Fried
Senator Gillibrand said yesterday that she, Paterson, Schumer and Clinton all “really want high-speed rail,” according to the Observer.
Moving down the food chain, car parts makers want a bailout.
And California towns are bailing out car dealers.
Nothing like having the government allocate capital to ossify past patterns. Meanwhile, Microsoft layoffs are reducing the demand for bicycles in Seattle.
Pedestrian safety segment coming on Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC.org
Cashless tolls should’ve been an area of focus YEARS ago.
Here’s the link to the Gotham Gazette article:
Last week I visited San Jose and Dallas for the first time. They are far more car-oriented than any city I’ve seen in the Northeast, and they have excellent, enormous highway systems. (And probably in part thanks to my money, too- per capita they clearly get more highway money than New York).
In other words, they don’t need any transportation stimulus, because they are doing fine. So I don’t think it’s the size of the stimulus that matters, but where it goes. Using old formulas is just as bad as using old car-centric thinking. To bring the quality of transportation in New York up to Dallas’s level, proportionally to the number of users, will probably require the entire amount of transportation stimulus offered to the entire nation.
RE: Local Pols Still Have Plenty of Reserved On-Street Spaces
It’s no wonder that these folks lording it over us are so out-of-touch.
RE: Cabbies Debate Merits of Taxi-Sharing
This wouldn’t be an issue if we had a one-seat ride to the airport like, oh, almost every other city with rail. If Cleveland can do it, so can we!
Looks like another big test is coming for DOT.
According to the current forecast, it’s going to snow Tuesday night, followed by a shift to freezing rain. And then it’s going to freeze. Just like in December.
If they don’t get out there and plow the slush on the bridge bicycle/pedestrian paths before it freezes, the result is going to rock hard dangerous ice that they will be unable to clear for days.
Perhaps this can be looked into in real time. It looks now I’ll take the subway Wedneday. I hope to be able to bike to work Thursday/Friday. It’s up to DOT.
“This would have the biggest improvement to the quality of the public realm and to transportation funding of anything that could be done. We need a bold, visionary elected official who is willing to step up to the plate to push for this.”
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