A Full Day of Exciting (Sort of!) Editing of Transportation News – Streetsblog New York City

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Yesterday was a huge day for mixed, disappointing and disappointing mixed transport news, so we’ll get to that after reminding you that this is our December donation campaign which means we pass the hat on to keep our lights on for another year.

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And now for one day’s summary of weird news:

  • MTA’s price cap pilot is closer to reality, finally bringing the equivalent of unlimited MetroCards to OMNY users (NY Post, NY Times, amNY, Gothamist). The Daily News article also contained details of a $ 5 “city ticket” for intra-city commuter train travel that is also in the works.
  • Forgive us if we do not bow to our elected leaders as they allocate $ 10 billion for an improvement of an airport that does not include better transit to said airport. “When that is done, it will be an experience worthy of the name of New York,” Governor Hochul said. Worthy of New York? Why, because it’s such a mess for The Carlyle Group? (NYDN, Gothamist) At least Ben Kabak kept them honest:
  • Oh, and speaking of yesterday’s announcements that didn’t do much for us, Senator Charles Schumer announced that he has bridged a gap between Amtrak and the MTA to fix the East River tunnels. that had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. But Schumer had already lined up a lot of that money in 2016, and it’s 2021 and the job still hasn’t been done. Local newspapers took the ad more or less at face value (NYDN). The Times even bought the line that the job was “stalled by the pandemic” (even though the project was stalled much longer than that).
  • While we speak of disappointing news, the MTA has announced plans to upgrade F-train signals in East Queens … with the $ 65 million project slated for completion in 2026. It’s unclear why public agencies think they get credit for discussing stuff now when straphangers won’t benefit for years. We’ll cover the cut with the ribbon when the time comes, we promise. (NYDN)
  • Has the city rushed its environmental review of a Coney Island ferry dock just so Mayor de Blasio can have one final good news on the ferry? Let’s put it this way, usually when media headlines come with a question title like this, you know what the answer is. (New York Times)
  • A hit-and-run driver killed a woman in Queens on Monday evening, as the bloodiest year in Mayor de Blasio’s tenure continues. (NYDN)
  • The Post is so eager to demonize Queens Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that it publishes articles about centrist Democrats who aren’t even running against her… as against her!
  • You need one to not know one: the NYPD imposes very few fines on non-wearing masks on the subway. (NY Post, amNY)
  • The first lawmaker our old editor ever covered was Upper West Side Assembly member Dick Gottfried, who announced his retirement yesterday. Is our old editor next? (New York Times)

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