Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed executive budget diverts $20 million from the M.T.A. and sows concern among some transportation advocates.(1)
This was the week that Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has historically avoided mass transit in New York City, took ownership of the M.T.A.
"He's made it clear to all New Yorkers if there was any question," said Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, adding, "It's been abundantly clear this week."(1)
Joe Lhota, the not-so-new keeper of New York City’s subways and buses, has said that the success of his tenure as chairman of the M.T.A. should be measured by his ability to change its reputation from bad to good. Only then, he argues, will legislators fund it properly.
Andrew Cuomo says he's relieved, now that the federal government has approved the state's still-amorphous plans to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Since the passage of the 2009 payroll mobility tax, which channels more than $1 billion a year into the financially beleaguered M.T.A.'s coffers, one thing has become abundantly, unavoidably clear: the suburbs revile the tax, their legislators will do whatever it takes to roll it back, and the M.T.A. is going to, sooner rather than later, have to find itself a new dedicated revenue stream.(1)
Today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced during his regular Friday morning radio appearance that the city's much-touted, long-awaited bike share program, which had originally been scheduled to debut in July, would instead launch in spring 2013 thanks to a frequently cited, but never fully explained, problem with its "software."(2)
For every 100,000 Manhattan residents 60 years or older, 4.21 were killed while walking city streets between 2008 and 2010, according to a report from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
On Monday, transit advocates will meet with Yomika Bennett, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s assistant transportation secretary, to plead on behalf of a bill that would make it more difficult for Albany to raid mass transit funding, a bill that, at the moment, appears to be going nowhere.
In December, the Cuomo administration and state legislature neutered a piece of legislation known as "the lockbox bill," that would have made it more difficult for the legislature to tamper with money intended to fund the financially unstable M.T.A.
Though the legislation had already been approved by both houses, the bill's principal provision was somehow removed amid the flurry of negotiations that restructued the state tax code and created a new class of outer-borough taxis.
Apparently Governor Andrew Cuomo has grown tired of the criticism directed at him by mass-transit advocates incensed over the exclusion of a mass-transit component from the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.
To get from the neighborhoods on the west side of the Bronx River to Concrete Plant Park, which is on the west bank of the river, requires crossing the intersection between Whitlock Avenue, which runs parallel to the river, and Westchester Avenue, which crosses the river and turns south. Westchester Avenue in this spot runs over the Sheridan Expressway, and under elevated tracks for the 6 line. It is also where trucks and cars leaving the Sheridan to go to the Hunt's Point Market, one of the largest food distribution centers in the world. It is the sort of intersection where it not all the participants have agreed to the terms of an intersection.(2)