Another Day, Another Busway Edition – Streetsblog New York City
Washington Heights was glowing red on Monday as the Transportation Department kept its promise to help under siege bus drivers by providing faster bus service on a street the city had struggled with for a decade. Yes, W. 181st Street received the Busway treatment.
We sent reporter Dave Colon into the upper town on a street where buses averaged 3.7 miles per hour and he reported initial success: buses were running the once-congested half-mile segment as well as large ones. blue metro trains. From his perch at the corner of 181st and St. Nicholas Avenue, Colon said he had six buses in 10 minutes and only one rogue car (which happened when a traffic cop had to leave the intersection for one minute).
It is not known what will happen when the traffic cops pull out. “They’re going to have to keep us here until people get used to it,” one officer said – and the afternoon rush hour hinted that the drivers will definitely need a few days of more officers in yellow vests telling them to stay out of the red paint. But overall, it was a smooth opening day for the city’s new priority bus street.
At this point, it’s the ultimate story of the man who bites the dog: Get the cars away, the buses speed up. We will be back in a few weeks.
In other news:
- Mayor de Blasio’s nearly $ 100 billion budget proposal generated a lot of ink yesterday, with the post office blame him for being too big, Gothamist plays straight and Streetsblog criticizing it for being too small (in the open streets and departments of the cycle boulevard).
- New York State lost a seat in Congress due to the post-census reallocation – and everyone blamed everyone for the fact that we were missing 89 people to keep our 27 seats. In the post office, Mayor de Blasio blamed Governor Cuomo. In time, the city’s former census director Julie Menin blamed Governor Cuomo. Our former editor simply grumbled (rightly or wrongly) about all the wealthy people who fled the city for their country homes and didn’t bother to fill out the census. The good news is that the redistribution will be controlled by the legislature (the loss of a seat in Congress therefore cannot happen to a nicer Stefanik).
- Now unions are calling for more cops on the subway, which has excited the NY Post so much that he then did same day follow-up in an echo chamber featuring New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg supporting the union demand. One story would have been enough (you know, like amNY did).
- Meanwhile, traffic is finally increasing. (amNY)
- Andrew Yang has released a more comprehensive open space plan that includes support for the QueensWay Rail Trail. (amNY)
- In case you missed it, we wrote a crackerjack story about how an Upper West Side community council couldn’t even do the decent thing. It was our most read story, so why not see for yourself what it is about?
- A MIT study has once again found that ridesharing apps increase congestion and reduce the use of public transport.
- And, finally, a Pennsylvania police department struggled when it asked citizens to submit photos and videos of “cyclists causing traffic problems.” This is what happens when you ignore the 3,000-pound elephant in the room and worry about the kids on bikes, forcing drivers to be more careful. (Twitter)