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Congress and purported urbanist Barack Obama are fiddling with a 1950s-era stimulus package while America's transit systems burn.
To transit riders, environmentalists and anyone concerned with social justice, the stimulus package is political cognitive dissonance on an epic scale. It will take time for the economy and local government to digest and contract out billions in infrastructure spending. Larry, as a NY state and city taxpayer, I completely and profoundly agree with you about the need for pension reform. Again, I’ve shifted from a public sector career to government skepticism over policies like this. One more rant on pensions at this time of crisis in transit funding, exactly what we need Larry. Quickly, that wage settlements have been agreed to based on unfunded pension improvements has been a bad practice, entirely out of unions control in transit. Regardless, pensions are very important to the particular operations of public transit operations and, through Railroad Retirement, the private freight railroads. Larry’s attitude concerning pensions derives from a certain disdain of skilled union labor particularly but not limited to the MTA.
That New York used unfunded pension improvements to replace wages it was not willing to pay was a way for Pataki to print money sort of like bonds without the mess of actually selling them. They sit on each other’s boards, and use the same compensation consultants, knowing that if they agree to a deal for CEO A, it will be used to justify a raise for CEO B, and then for themselves. So, without a well paid army of lobbyists with their hands out for cash, you can see how easy it is for transit to get screwed.
And, once again, I have nothing against the highly skilled and difficult to replace majority of teachers or transit workers.
In any event, for out local transit situation the debts are worse than the pensions, and I’ll leave it at that. IOW, by screwing the new teachers, you end up with a situation where taxpayers are paying the same amount for a worse education system.
The pension issue conveniently distracts from the problem: the debt bomb is ticking and we are confonted with a dumb refusal by MTA and state and city officials to fight for a fair share of the stimulus for operating needs. BUT the problem of the day is that riders are being pushed to the wall with cuts in service and rising fares.
Transit is among the purest forms of stimulus and investing in it can remake the economy and our cities. The only solution I can see is shrinking the geographic extent of government so that powerful local regimes like Mike Bloomberg’s are able to compete with other powerful local regimes. Is it weird that my love for my city and this lost art of urban space design has led me to secessionism? Of course I realize that government leaders don’t always follow that egalitarian mission, the same way that business leaders sometimes allow concern for their fellow creatures to trump cold profit maximization.
Word On The Street “The entire area around the Botanical Garden is a pedestrian nightmare, and unfortunately, the institution has shown no interest in improving safety.
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You can include this smaller version of your results on a webpage by cutting-and-pasting the code below. New York Bus Drivers' Union initiated a work slowdown this morning to protest a new Zero Vision Law that makes it a misdemeanor for drivers to strike pedestrians or cyclists with the right of way.

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New York Bus Drivers’ Union initiated a work slowdown this morning to protest a new Zero Vision Law that makes it a misdemeanor for drivers to strike pedestrians or cyclists with the right of way. In New York every year several pedestrians and cyclists die and many others suffer personal injury after being struck by an MTA Bus. The flyers handed out to bus drivers by the Union (see picture) said “DO NOT TURN UNLESS THE INTERSECTION IS CLEAR!”.
Maleka Begum was crossing the street at Hillside Avenue and Merrick Boulevard at around 8 p.m.
Police have ruled out criminality on the part of the bus driver, a 52-year-old man, who was turning off Hillside onto Merrick when he hit Begum. The driver would have been making a left turn from Hillside onto Merrick, according to a NICE route map. NICE is operated by Veolia Transportation, which replaced Long Island Bus after Nassau County execs decided they didn’t want to pay for MTA bus service. Begum was at least the second city pedestrian this month to be killed by a motorist making a turn.
Had Maleka Begum and Margaret King been killed in collision with cyclists, their names would be on the lips of most every mic-loving elected in the boroughs. And to those who actually performed the steps necessary to get a professional license, and kill people anyway?
While you are right that pedestrian killed by cyclist would make headlines and this is completely unfair, the REAL story here is that the DOT could install split signals and they do not. Yet not one cent from the $825 billion stimulus package would protect America's bus and subway riders from massive service cuts and fare hikes.
The vast majority of the nation's transit riders are low-income bus passengers, many of them African Americans in center cities -- the constituents that Obama ministered to as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side.
In contrast, local transit agencies can spend billions in stimulus aid quickly just by keeping existing bus and subway service operating. However, given the Wall Street, home financing and auto bailouts, it is hard to see the fairness in applying a moral hazard test to transit operators. NYCERS and NYPERS pensions, where the unions sit on the boards, are actually much better funded than the MABSTOA and LIRR pensions entirely under the MTA control, for what that is worth, and it is not worth much.
This is often seen in frustrated college educated people who resent that the unwashed, uneducated, calloused can make as much or more as themselves. I know there are some, but the MUNI system in SF uses cars imported from Italy (!) and I remember when they wanted to rebuild the US Capitol’s subway, they had to hire a Canadian firm because no one in the US could build it. The fact we are giving billions to car companies too incompetent to build cars we need, and so on it just more icing on the cake. How will we evacuate New York with the current transit system, or worse one with even fewer buses?
Government is just like any other business, except that it’s not formally for-profit, and it cannot have any competition.
It’s not at all clear to me that hiring fewer and more highly paid subway cleaners leads to more equal opportunity, or for that matter that hiring the same number of subway cleaners with higher taxes leads to equal opportunity. In many of these accidents investigation shows that drivers were negligent and failed to yield or failed to exercise due care. If the driver had a green light and Begum had a walk signal, as the witness indicated, the bus driver killed Begum while violating at least one traffic law.

With Veolia routes extending into the city, this crash raises the question of whether the private company’s drivers are as safe mile-per-mile as MTA drivers. On October 3, Staten Island senior Margaret King, walking in a crosswalk in broad daylight, was fatally struck by a driver who was turning left from a fast food parking lot. But since they died at the hands of careless motorists, like those killed last week and those who will die in days to come, to paraphrase reader dporpentine, they are numbers, not names. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to the precincts’ respective commanding officers, go to the next precinct community council meeting.
With this stream of nearly daily deaths at the hands of careless drivers of motor vehicles, it would be all too easy to forget that the real menace in New York is dangerous people delivering Chop Suey.
Let’s advocate together for less fatalities and focus on DOT engineers who still think that squeezing one more car through an intersection is more important than one less fatality. Yet the proposed stimulus plan not only shortchanges public transit overall, it provides zero aid for day-to-day operations. If the true intent of the stimulus is to inject money into the economy as quickly and efficiently as possible, and do so in an environmentally friendly and socially just manner, then transit operating assistance is an obvious choice.
The criteria for the stimulus is supposed to be injecting money into the economy rapidly and with maximum effect. Nationally, they are the poorest among us and are being asked to spend more for less while the feds propose spending $31 billion to refurbish federal office buildings and $30billion to maintain and construct mainly suburban highways. Why not help us argue for job creation, a better environment, less foreign oil, national defense? I would much rather that the government treat its transportation system like a transportation system, and not a welfare system. Even accounting for excessive pension benefits for some transit workers, this is hard to stomach. The real problem is the grinding down of the bodies of transit workers due to the working conditions. If wages are too low, then a better place to do so is through something like the Earned Income Tax Credit, and not by discouraging employment.
But among city pols, notably council transportation chair James Vacca and speaker Christine Quinn, the mounting human toll has yet to arouse a sense of urgency comparable to that elicited by, say, sidewalk bicycling, which normally results in zero fatalities per year.
This said, the medium to small transit operators would probably benefit the most from federal operating assistance given the size of their budgets and the likely amounts available. Starving the transit beast, as your arguments seem to suggest, will kill off its ridership, not cure it of its pension woes. Here, the big public transit employers and their unions have spent so much time at each others throats and blaming each other in the press that it has been hard to compose joint policies.
3, 2013)New York City officials are preparing for a possible school bus strike that would affect more than 150,000 students, citing a dispute over contracts with the drivers' union.City officials say the union representing the school bus drivers has been pushing back against the Department of Education's new procedure of bidding out multi-year contracts on bus routes. The union says it is concerned about job security.The possible strike in question was triggered by the DOE's request for bids on a contract for 1,100 bus routes serving 22,500 special needs children in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to Mayor Bloomberg.

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