I have a pet theory that the reason organizations like the Murdoch press are so dead-set against bike lanes or anything that makes cycling easier in New York City is because they know that, at some point in the future, the city will inevitably be forced to acknowledge the environmental and congestional factors choking its arteries and limit automotive traffic to such an extent that what remains on the streets will either be delivery vehicles or cabs, and anything they (organizations like the Murdoch press) can do to help forestall that day of reckoning is worth it to them, and also they hate cyclists, which is kind of a [...]
A reader writes: "I'm sending this out in hopes that I can warn some fellow NYers – there are no trains running downtown at the 8th Street R station at night and the MTA apparently has no intention of warning anyone. I was in the station for like 20 minutes waiting with a big group of people, just watching express trains go by, before a kindly conductor actually stopped the train to let us know that no R trains would be there till morning. There was no signage, no red tape, nothing. And of course the attendant at the booth had been laid off long ago, I'm sure.
Logic tells us that at some point such hikes become unsustainable; excessively high prices deter customers and end up hurting the bottom line, as everyone knows. Except not when it comes to transit…. "It’s sort of like talking about the far reaches of the solar system," said Charles Komanoff, a transport economist. "We are not remotely close to that. You could just as easily say, 'If people had to swim to get down the staircases to the stations, then they’re not going to ride the trains.' OK, that’s true, but so what?"
—You will always ride the subway. Even when it costs two packs of cigarettes.
Add another chapter to the sad story of Darius McCollum, who was, perhaps inevitably, arrested for the 27th time yesterday after procuring a Trailways bus in Hoboken and driving it to Queens. McCollum, whose first collar came at the age of 15 when he commandeered an passenger-filled E train at midtown and drove it down to the World Trade Center, apparently told the arresting officer that, "I'll bet they won't leave the keys in the ignition. I'll bet they'll be more careful now."
New York City's airport problem is legendary. JFK is extremely far, LaGuardia is extremely small, and Newark is in New Jersey. (One secret is that in many ways Newark is the best airport for New York—depending! It all always depends.)
Sloppy thinking in New York City might tell you that the best way to go long distances is via cab. You don't have to think, you can see the speed you're making and, you know, you feel like a rich lady. But the transit systems of New York have been improving radically over the last ten years (though the improvements can destroy your weekends!) and now? No one agrees on [...]
I scoffed a little when today's Post referred to today as TRANSIT DOOMSDAY, regarding the MTA cuts. (Though of course I've always been upset about the death of the M8, which is how everyone in the East Village gets across town.) Apparently, however, it literally is MTA TRANSIT DOOMSDAY in Williamsburg, if you depend upon the L train. A million junior publicists are late to work right now! Photo by Andrew Pile.