Category: Transport

Build More Bike Lanes – Streetsblog New York City

City & State NY is hosting a full day New York in Transit summit on Jan. 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. This summit will bring together experts to assess the current state of New York’s transportation systems, break down recent legislative actions, and look towards the future of all things coming and going in New York. Join Keynote Speaker Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, along with agency leaders, elected officials, and advocates. Use the code STREETSBLOG for a 25-percent discount when you RSVP here! To the GOAT, it’s a slam dunk. Three-time NBA champion and four-time NBA MVP LeBron ... Read more

Save Lives, Boost Transit, Stop Building Roads – Streetsblog New York City

Call him President Pothole. Would-be Democratic presidential nominee Mike Bloomberg will unveil a fleshed out infrastructure plan that focuses mostly on maintaining what we already have, rather than building new roads and bridges, while also investing three times more federal dollars to boost the reach and ridership of local transit systems. He’d also create what the campaign is calling a $1-billion “pothole” fund for immediate critical road repairs (though not likely to literally just fill potholes). Details of the plan were provided to reporters on Tuesday, but will be released to the nation as part of a speech the former ... Read more

Stop Racist ‘Jaywalking’ Tickets – Streetsblog New York City

City & State NY will be hosting a full day New York in Transit Summit on Jan. 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. This summit will bring together experts across sectors to assess the current state of New York’s transportation systems, break down recent legislative actions, and look towards the future of all things coming and going in New York. Join Keynote Speaker Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, along with agency leaders, elected officials, and advocates to assess the current state of New York’s transportation systems, and discuss the future. Use the code STREETSBLOG for a 25-percent discount when you RSVP ... Read more

Buses Work Best on Car-Free Streets, MTA Data Shows – Streetsblog New York City

City & State NY is hosting a full day New York in Transit summit on Jan. 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. This summit will bring together experts to assess the current state of New York’s transportation systems, break down recent legislative actions, and look towards the future of all things coming and going in New York. Join Keynote Speaker Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, along with agency leaders, elected officials, and advocates. Use the code STREETSBLOG for a 25-percent discount when you RSVP here! MTA officials said on Monday that bus lane cameras are speeding up snail-like service along ... Read more

Bay Ridge Workshop Shows Why DOT Can’t Seem To Get Anything Done – Streetsblog New York City

City & State NY is hosting a full day New York in Transit summit on Jan. 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. This summit will bring together experts to assess the current state of New York’s transportation systems, break down recent legislative actions, and look towards the future of all things coming and going in New York. Join Keynote Speaker Polly Trottenberg, commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation, along with agency leaders, elected officials, and advocates. Use the code STREETSBLOG for a 25-percent discount when you RSVP here! Want an insight into how the Department of Transportation slows down critical safety improvements by ... Read more

New York Attorney General to lead inquiry into subway policing practices

After a year of debate about cops in the subway, NY Attorney General Letitia James is investigating NYPD fare evasion enforcement. Following a year of increased attention focused on the way the NYPD and MTA police patrol the subways, New York State Attorney General Leticia James announced an investigation into those policing practices last week. James said her office will examine whether the NYPD had been specifically targeting New York City’s “communities of color through its enforcement of the ‘theft of services’ law and the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) ‘fare evasion’ regulations,” according to a release her office sent out. ... Read more

California, Like Most States, Is Not Improving Safety – Streetsblog California

States are required by the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to set targets for the number of deaths and serious injuries on their roadways. Once the targets are set, states are eligible for HSIP funding for safety projects to help them meet those targets. Some states set ambitious goals, others less ambitious. But eighteen states last year set targets for “non-motorized user” deaths and injuries that were higher than the most recent year of data. California was among them. In other words, California set targets to INCREASE deaths and injuries of the most vulnerable users of its road system. ... Read more

Amtrak Non Grata at Transit Center – Streetsblog San Francisco

Amtrak passengers traveling to or from San Francisco in today’s rain showers are probably all wet. That’s because Amtrak’s buses don’t go into San Francisco’s shiny new $2 billion Salesforce Transit Center, with its covered bus deck and rooftop park. Instead, they’re shunted to a stop outside the building on the street. Riyad Ghannam, a frequent Amtrak rider who wrote to Streetsblog about the issue, describes the experience of riding an Amtrak bus into San Francisco: On my first trip from Emeryville train station to SF… I was excited to enter SF with stateliness by way of the gleaming new ... Read more

Would-Be Mayor Scott Stringer Loves Busways, Hates Placards, and Wants an Affordable City – Streetsblog New York City

Jesse Singer, editor of Transportation Alternatives’s Reclaim Magazine, recently sat down with Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City’s chief fiscal officer and a candidate for the mayoralty. They talked about his solid plan for the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, busways, bike lanes, placards, and all things transportation. Adapted from the new issue of Reclaim, the in-house magazine of Transportation Alternatives (which all TransAlt members get for free at transalt.org/membership). This issue of Reclaim is about the peril and potential of the city’s aging highways. Looking at the BQE as an example, can you talk us through your plan? The history of ... Read more

Helmet Laws are Bad – Streetsblog USA

Late last year, Streetsblog covered the stunning news that the National Transportation Safety Board had recommended state-by-state mandatory helmet laws — a practice that has been shown to reduce cycling and make cyclists less safe overall. The decision by the panel of political appointees over-ruled the NTSB staff’s own recommendation against helmet laws. Outrage has followed that political move, with the latest opposition offered by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals in a letter this week to the NTSB. We publish it in full: We thank NTSB for taking on bicycling safety at a time when fatalities are on the ... Read more