Subway Meltdown Redux Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Yesterday’s big story was the whole Monday morning quarterback about the power outage that grounded the subway stopped late Sunday evening.

All articles covered the autopsy (NYDN, New York Post, NY Times), but it boils down to this: When the ConEd power went out for a split second Sunday night, the MTA’s emergency backup system did what it was supposed to. But when ConEd power was restored, the system did not revert to ConEd power, but continued until its own backup batteries were depleted.

Power was flowing, but the MTA wasn’t using it.

In other news:

  • We think it’s great that security advocates are now protesting directly outside DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman’s luxury home on Furman Street — hey, that’s the First Amendment for you. But we draw the line in the media that swallows – hook, line and stinky – 1980s framing by former lawmakers who will defend cars until the last glacier melts. Seriously, read the story of Jessica Parks in the Brooklyn paper about the DOT’s sensible plan to make Seventh and Eighth Avenues in Sunset Park safer (we talked about it here). The sad setting of the story really hits you when you get to Assemblyman Peter Abbate’s quote near the end. “I think it’s coming from City Hall and forgetting security,” said Abbate, who has been in the lower house since 1986. Now we’ve spent A LOT of time in Sunset Park – and there’s no denying that the double parking, the scarcity of loading zones, the narrow sidewalks and the absence of cycle paths are the problem of safety! The DOT plan would make the whole area much safer for all road users, at the expense of, yes, free parking. Reminder: Free parking encourages driving — and driving is what’s warming our planet, killing our children, and making beautiful neighborhoods like Sunset Park unlivable and choking on cars. Why are we allowing lawmakers who took office the last time the Mets won a World Series to continually frame today’s debate? We die here.
  • Speaking of Gutman, the commissioner began to ramp up his office’s bullying pulpit, issuing another statement Monday calling on the state legislature to return to session to pass a bill sponsored by state senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick who would allow the city speed cameras to operate 24/7. (We covered the bill last year.) Gutman’s statement came after another bloody weekend on the roads. Only the Norwood News covered itbut so much the better for them!
  • Whoa, what happened to security first? The MTA is reducing training to ensure there are enough employees to outfit the trains. But the movement has the support of the unions. (The city)
  • In case you missed it, daily news obtained many more details about the June accident between Council member Farah Louis and motorcyclist Luis Santiago, which resulted in her death. Louis, who opposed safety measures on the streets, did not speak about the accident with the News – and, in fact, refused to tell us about it as well.
  • The news also dug deep in the grief of the family who today mourn the death on the road of pedestrian Murielle Gousse, who leaves behind two children.
  • Yet Another Mainstream Opinion Writer – This Time MSNBC’s Hayes Brown — wrote a righteous call for the end of car culture: “Housing and car ownership have shaped how the United States works,” he wrote. “But with vehicle emissions accounting for nearly 30% of the greenhouse gases the United States produces each year, the way we operate is killing the planet. Is anyone listening?
  • Indeed, if we are serious about tackling climate change, rail service must be extended, and that includes deeper into the Berkshires. (Berkshire Eagle)
  • And, finally, how was this confinement of the Brooklyn-Queens freeway on the first day? Julianne Cuba offers this slideshow:

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