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    There doesn't appear to be a thread that is dedicated to the general entire transit system in the NYC area, only specifics such as the Subways and Buses. This thread is for articles about general transit developments, such as MTA news.

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    Updated 10:27 AM

    City Bills MTA For Nearly $12 Million In Services



    The city charged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority nearly $12 million last year for municipal services, the Daily News reported this morning.

    The Department of Citywide Administrative Services confirmed that the charges include about $4.5 million in civil service work.

    The News reported that the MTA also owed $3.5 million for police to help nab fare-beaters.

    This news comes days after the MTA voted to charge city agencies to cross bridges and tunnels.

    Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign told the paper the city is setting a double standard by asking for free rides, while billing the MTA for basic services.

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    09/26/2008 12:21 PM

    Airports Delayed By Weekend-Long Rain


    A coastal storm that will soak the city through Sunday has already caused delays at the city's airports.

    Shortly after noon, John F. Kennedy International Airport was reporting delays averaging one hour and fifty minutes. LaGuardia Airport was reporting delays of two hours and 55 minutes and Newark's delays averaged one hour and 40 minutes.

    The total rainfall through Sunday morning will be between one and three inches.

    No major flooding has yet been reported.

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    Updated 12:47 PM

    Governor Slams Return Of Commuter Tax



    Governor David Paterson dismissed talks of bringing back New York City's commuter tax.

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said yesterday he is in favor of bringing back the tax on those who work in the city and live outside the five boroughs.

    Today, a spokesperson for the governor released a statement opposing the tax, saying in part, "The governor is not considering taxes. He's continuing the process he began when he took office, to bring the state's revenues in line with spending."

    Next week, on Paterson's lawmakers will meet to address Wall Street's impact on the state's budget.

    The governor said the meeting will allow lawmakers to take additional steps to ensure the state's fiscal stability and to develop a plan of action to address the situation, four weeks before a revised state financial plan is due.

    If Democrats take control of the State Senate in November, the tax could be reconsidered.

    Some say even talking about bringing back the tax could help Republican candidates in suburban districts.

    "So this becomes a way perhaps to actually strengthen the candidacy of republican candidates, create a political hurdle for democratic candidates who are going to be a tough position," said David Birdsell of Baruch College.

    Silver helped eliminate the tax back in 1999 and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been advocating for its return for years.

    Paterson also said he would like the legislature to meet in a special session in Albany to make more budget cuts, but has not picked a date for that meeting.

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    Commuter tax, phegh.

    So long as they tax the companies themselves for doing buisness in NYC, and charge most of the people that come in already (for the bridges and tunnels), then there really should be no problems.

    Thinking that people working in the city but living outside costs the city that much is silly. Granted there is a lot that needs to be provided, but that is also a lot of buisness, shopping, and serveces provided all inside the city.

    You start taxing and some might just take it elsewhere.


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    Good rule of thumb:
    If Shelly Silver is for it, it is probably a good idea to be against it.

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    Will somebody just shoot that guy already I mean seriously Shelly needs to die

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    10/09/2008 12:49 PM

    DOT Moves Forward With Flight Auction Plan



    The plan to charge airlines to use three area airports is one step closer to taking off, despite legal challenges.

    Today, Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced the rules to auction-off 10 percent of the "slots" at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark.

    The airports have been blamed for causing two-thirds of flight delays around the nation. The DOT hopes paying to land and take off will force the airlines to put the limited space to better use.

    The money raised would go to infrastructure improvements.

    "Without slot options, consumers will bare the brunt of higher fares, fewer choices, and deteriorating service," said D.J. Gribbin, general counsel for the DOT. "All told our efforts to expand capacity and cut delays in the New York region will lead to more flights, better service, additional choices, and lower fares for countless thousands of travelers."

    Last month, a ruling by congressional investigators sided with the Port Authority, which is against the plan. The lawmakers say the federal government has no right to auction off the space.

    Other opponents like the Air Transport Association have already filed a lawsuit against the plan.

    Today, the trade association released a statement saying in part: "...the DOT should follow the recommendations made by the New York Aviation Rulemaking Committee and implement fair and practical solutions to address delays and add needed new capacity."


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    Updated 1:11 PM

    Regional Plan Assoc. Releases Transportation Investment Blueprint




    A transportation blueprint for the city and Northern New Jersey was released today by the Regional Plan Association.

    The plan includes nearly 40 recommendations, including upgraded subway, bus, commuter rail, ferry, and light rail projects. The goal is to provide transportation to under-served areas of the city.

    The recommendations include adding high-speed ferry service to parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx. The group also wants to see an express bus lane on the Staten Island Expressway and an extension of Nostrand Avenue to Kings Highway. They want to see the conversion of the Long Island Rail Road Atlantic Branch into three new stations

    In addition, they're recommending a light rail loop in Manhattan, in addition to other transit upgrades in the borough.


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    10/16/2008 10:47 AM

    Transit Advocates To Candidates: "Get America Moving Again"
    By: Bobby Cuza



    Barack Obama and John McCain have not talked a lot about transit issues on their race to the White House, but a group of local officials and advocates is trying to change that. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

    "Our message is clear to the presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama: invest in transit and transportation and get America moving again," said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign.

    John McCain has pushed for alternative fuels and cleaner car technology, but not mass transit. Barack Obama has talked about strengthening transportation systems, even starting an infrastructure investment program.

    But no matter which candidate you prefer, transit has not been a hot topic on the campaign trail.

    However, with the economy crumbling, transit advocates say there's no better time to invest in transportation infrastructure, a move they argue could create jobs and jump start the economy.

    "If we do it right, it will help us get out of the very deep recession we're going into more quickly," said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. "It will put hundreds of thousands or millions of people to work. It will make us more competitive. It will help revive our economy."

    There are also a number of specific Metropolitan Transportation Authority projects now under construction that are dependent on federal funding – among them, East Side Access, the plan to bring the Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal, and the Second Avenue Subway.

    "The Second Avenue subway will relieve crowding on the most overcrowded subway in the country, the Lexington Avenue line," said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. "Believe me, there's a limit to how many people you can stuff into one subway car."

    It's not just the expansion projects at risk. MTA officials, currently facing massive budget deficits, say without more government funding, day-to-day service may suffer as well.

    "We may not be able to prevent a return to that transit decay: the graffiti, the subway breakdowns that was part and parcel of the 1970s and 1980s, without Washington," warned MTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot "Lee" Sander.

    And that, officials say, is something New York cannot afford.


    Copyright © 2008 NY1 News. All rights reserved.

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    RPA Wish List: Second Avenue Subway to L.E.S., Free Buses Across Manhattan

    by Eliot Brown
    October 16, 2008

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    Regional Plan Association proposals for expanding the transit system

    The Regional Plan Association released a comprehensive report today, calling for the long-term creation of a host of transit projects--including new subway extensions, light rail and rapid bus service--designed to expand capacity and service as the area's population grows.

    Among the recommendations were calls for a light rail loop in midtown that connects to the emerging far West Side; rapid bus service on First and Second avenues; an eastward extension of the planned Second Avenue Subway to include stops in the Lower East Side; an extension of the planned subway to reach westward across 125th Street; new ferry service across the East River; and a set of new subway extensions outside of Manhattan.

    The proposals span from the extremely costly (the Second Avenue Subway would need well over $10 billion to be completed to its current plan, let alone an extension, for instance), to the more modestly expensive. A rapid bus service on the East Side, the report says, would have limited costs and could be implemented in the short-term.

    Among the more intriguing recommendations for Manhattan is a proposal for free cross-town buses in midtown, a concept that would save significant time given the time currently spent loading the buses with fare payers.

    "What we have to do is begin to pinpoint these things so that New York and the urban portions of this region can begin to benefit from the coming oil dependence problem, the gas problem, the sustainability problem," said Jeff Zupan, the main author of the report.

    The report, entitled "Tomorrow's Transit" (PDF here), comes as transportation advocates are trying to put better transit on the national agenda amid tight budgets and a sinking economy. Yesterday, advocates and city and state transportation officials held a rally where they pushed for more federal transportation investment.

    http://www.observer.com/2008/real-es...ross-manhattan

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    10/16/2008 10:47 AM

    Transit Advocates To Candidates: "Get America Moving Again"
    By: Bobby Cuza



    Barack Obama and John McCain have not talked a lot about transit issues on their race to the White House, but a group of local officials and advocates is trying to change that. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

    "Our message is clear to the presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama: invest in transit and transportation and get America moving again," said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign.

    John McCain has pushed for alternative fuels and cleaner car technology, but not mass transit. Barack Obama has talked about strengthening transportation systems, even starting an infrastructure investment program.

    But no matter which candidate you prefer, transit has not been a hot topic on the campaign trail.

    However, with the economy crumbling, transit advocates say there's no better time to invest in transportation infrastructure, a move they argue could create jobs and jump start the economy.

    "If we do it right, it will help us get out of the very deep recession we're going into more quickly," said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. "It will put hundreds of thousands or millions of people to work. It will make us more competitive. It will help revive our economy."

    There are also a number of specific Metropolitan Transportation Authority projects now under construction that are dependent on federal funding – among them, East Side Access, the plan to bring the Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal, and the Second Avenue Subway.

    "The Second Avenue subway will relieve crowding on the most overcrowded subway in the country, the Lexington Avenue line," said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. "Believe me, there's a limit to how many people you can stuff into one subway car."

    It's not just the expansion projects at risk. MTA officials, currently facing massive budget deficits, say without more government funding, day-to-day service may suffer as well.

    "We may not be able to prevent a return to that transit decay: the graffiti, the subway breakdowns that was part and parcel of the 1970s and 1980s, without Washington," warned MTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot "Lee" Sander.

    And that, officials say, is something New York cannot afford.


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    Joe Biden commutes to and from Washington all the time so the Democrats are clearly the ones to support in this case.

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    JetBlue's New Terminal at JFK Offers Huge Capacity, No Charm

    Review by James S. Russell


    Electronic kiosks sit in the departure lobby of JetBlue Airways new terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Photographer: Susan Stava/Gensler via Bloomberg News


    Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) -- A canopy over the departure curb of JetBlue's new terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport is about as welcoming as what you would find at a million-square- foot warehouse along the New Jersey Turnpike. You expect to see tractor-trailers backing into the doorways. The new building, called Terminal 5, opens to passengers today.

    JetBlue Airways has invented a loyalty-inspiring bargain brand with smart customer service and meaningful design touches -- like bigger seats -- that actually improve today's degraded flying experience. A few of those touches still can be found within Terminal 5, but that savvy goes missing in the architecture of the building itself by New York-based Gensler, one of the largest architecture firms in the U.S.

    As if intended to remind passengers of the genteel flying experience of yore, Terminal 5 wraps around Eero Saarinen's 1962 TWA Flight Center, stranding it on a plane of gravel. Beneath TWA's lusciously curving, white concrete roofs, graceful stairways swept passengers up to preflight martinis and views of the swirling crowds below.

    Long obsolete, it's also a reminder of how changes in airline technologies and business models have ground to dust engineers' ideal layouts and architects' grandest aspirations.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which put up $663 million of the terminal's $743 million cost (JetBlue is covering the rest), reluctantly agreed to retain the Flight Center and is completing an asbestos cleanup. You'll be able to check in there someday, but other possible uses remain in play.

    Bill Hooper, Gensler's project director, chose not to compete with the Flight Center's self-conscious acrobatics in his design of the expanded terminal. Yet he seems to have ceded any attempt whatever at expressiveness.


    Massive Concrete Walls

    The terminal hunkers behind massive retaining walls of precast concrete.

    The departure canopy tips up at one end in what is described as a gesture reminiscent of Saarinen's soaring shape. It is, instead, one of many architectural afterthoughts: an awkward transition between a high pedestrian bridge and the lower terminal building.

    Passengers will scurry through Terminal 5's ticketing hall as quickly as possible, so JetBlue has traded the old architectural grandeur for a ceiling that slopes up to high windows diffusing welcome daylight through thick metal trusses. The central half of the hall is devoted to waiting lines for the 20-lane security area.


    Shoeless Feet

    JetBlue claims it's the largest checkpoint in the country, and some nice details reduce the usual stockyard anxiety. Frequent travelers can select lines that bypass those with children or otherwise need to move more slowly. Rubber flooring feels more comfortable under shoeless feet. A long bench beyond the X-ray scanners allows disheveled passengers to regroup after a pat-down.

    The security area opens to a 55,000-square-foot ``marketplace.'' Tightly packed masses of tables serving 47 stores, restaurants and fast-food outlets herd 40,000 or more daily passengers through this awkwardly laid-out triangle to three concourses, two of which are tucked obscurely in far corners.

    The airline brought in David Rockwell, the well-known designer of restaurants and Broadway shows, to liven up the clumsy trusses supporting a tipped-up ceiling of corrugated metal. He suspended a 40-foot-diameter ring hosting video graphics using spindly metal wires that JetBlue, in a moment of PR desperation, has compared to Brooklyn Bridge cables.


    Clever Stores

    The airline redeems itself somewhat with clever stores -- among them a Ron Jon Surf Shop and Muji to Go, the low-priced Japanese retailer of minimalist clothing and pencil holders.

    Gensler has inelegantly though effectively provided high windows to light the concourses, a spirit-lifter, especially for delayed passengers.

    The architect devoted well-deserved attention to the waiting areas by providing a higher-than-average seating count. (The chairs are good-looking and comfortable but nap-resistant.) A high-stooled bar offers outlets to charge electronics and touch screens to order food.

    JetBlue says it can deliver luggage to the claim area nine minutes after arrival. Since a one-hour wait for bags at JFK is not unusual, this counts as some kind of miracle.

    Most of what's best about the terminal is service-driven. If JetBlue can keep that up, few will worry that this monument to human throughput (20 million passengers annually) resigns itself to the increasingly grueling experience of flying rather than enlivening it.



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    Transportation Alternatives Street Redesign Contest Announces Winners

    by Raanan Geberer (), published online 11-05-2008

    Designs Turn Brooklyn Traffic Nightmare Into Safe Public Space


    `Streets for Everyone’ by Rogers Marvel Architects is one of three winners of a competition sponsored by Transportation Alternatives to redo the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
    Photo courtesy of Rogers Marvel Architects


    GOWANUS -- Transportation Alternatives announced three winners recently for "Designing the 21st Century Street," an open design competition that challenged New Yorkers to safely accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, trucks and cars on the same "complete street."

    In this case, the street was the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street. The contest attracted more than 100 submissions from 13 countries.

    “This is a particularly dangerous intersection,” said Wiley Norvell, spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, “because it has a lot of pedestrians coming out of the subway station and a lot of bus routes. Unlike wide intersections in Manhattan, where congestion makes the speeds slow, cars can race down Fourth Avenue most times of the day.”

    The winning entries, "Shared Space" by Steven Nutter, "Streets for Everyone" by Rogers Marvel Architects, and "Streets Come Alive" by LEVON, prioritized pedestrians and bicyclists first, while maintaining the street as a transit hub and truck route.

    Norvell pointed out that between 1995 and 2005, 55 pedestrians were struck and injured by cars there, 15 bicyclists were struck, and one pedestrian was killed. “Fourth Avenue is a very deadly corridor,” he commented.

    One of the ideas of the redesign, Norvell commented, is to not only make the intersection safe, but to make the area a “destination” for walkers.

    “Nowadays, if you’re just walking [around Park Slope], you’d walk down to Fourth Avenue, get to the intersection and head back to the Slope. We want to turn it more into a place where you’d want to find out what’s on the other side,” he said.

    Jonathan Marvel of Rogers Marvel Architects commented, “We do a lot of projects with streets and with public space. This competition, this important intersection, could be a great template for some of our new ideas.”

    One of the objectives, he said, is to create “multi-level” street use. The street would be shared between pedestrians, cyclists and cars – it would not just be for shopping, it would be for gathering and transportation.”

    One unusual component of the Rogers Marvel plan is that the bike path would be in the center of the street, not off to the side. “We studied how cyclists use the turning lanes,” said Marvel. “Bikers like to go in straight lines – they don’t like turning. Being in the center allows them to be seen by other vehicles and gives them better protection.”


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    New York Observer

    Port Authority Boss Wants Federal Dollars For Jersey Transit Tunnel


    by Eliot Brown | November 7, 2008



    From the Holland Tunnel to the Golden Gate Bridge, many a tunnel and bridge were built during times of economic distress, with the federal government throwing taxpayer dollars at public works to stimulate the economy.

    So why not add a new $7.6 billion New Jersey Transit tunnel to the list?
    That’s what the Port Authority thinks, anyhow, as its chairman Anthony Coscia today called on Congress to include money for the tunnel as part of a stimulus package that is expected to be negotiated in coming weeks.

    Mr. Coscia's remarks came during a business symposium in Jersey City.

    The project, a set of two tunnels and new platforms by Penn Station known as Access to the Region’s Core, is awaiting federal funding to the tune of $3 billion in order to move forward. The project, which already has $4.5 billion in funding from the Port Authority and New Jersey Transit, has wide support, including the backing of James Simpson, administrator for the Federal Transit Administration, which would fund the project.

    One small problem: The FTA’s well of cash for such projects has run dry.

    It won’t likely be replenished for some time to come, leaving the near-term fate of the project uncertain.

    Thus, Mr. Coscia seems to see opportunity knocking in the form of a stimulus package. Transit advocates and some in Congress have called for much of that stimulus to come in the form of dollars for infrastructure projects, as big public works create thousands of jobs.

    “A federal economic stimulus package that includes ARC funding would allow us to get shovels in the ground in the first half of 2009 and get people to work as quickly as possible,” Mr. Coscia said in a prepared statement.



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