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If you’re like most New York commuters, you took a train or bus to get to work today.
On Tuesday, Quinn issued a letter, co-signed by transportation committee chair James Vacca, bragging about the accomplishments of a council obsessed with the perceived needs of city drivers.
The council’s transportation achievements add up to three bills written to address the pet peeves of certain car owners, three bills that allow council members to grandstand for codifying existing DOT protocols, and one genuinely useful bill to help make streets safer. A special thank you to everyone who responded to our first NYC Council Transportation Report! We were thrilled with the positive response, and the feedback we received was very helpful and informative.
As we explained in our first issue, our goal with these reports is to stay better connected and engaged with you and other New Yorkers about the important and challenging transportation issues affecting our city and communities, so please keep the comments and feedback coming!
Nearly every New York City driver has a story about getting a ticket they clearly didn’t deserve.
Right now, traffic cops aren’t allowed to cancel tickets for any reason, forcing drivers to dispute tickets at a later date. This legislation only applies to tickets written electronically (which account for about 85 percent of parking tickets written in the City), so there shouldn’t be any dispute over the time stamped on the ticket and the muni-meter receipt.
The City will also be required to report the number of cancelled tickets annually to the Council, providing us with valuable information about any trends. Motorists have every right to dispute parking tickets and shouldn’t be penalized before a final determination is made in their case. The way the law currently works, drivers begin to accrue fees 30 days after a ticket is written, regardless of whether they’re fighting the ticket in court. Our bill will provide parking ticket recipients a greater degree of fairness as they await the ruling of an Administrative Law Judge.
Local Law 61 further requires that if the notification is given between June 20 and August 6, the period for a public hearing shall conclude on September 20, and the bicycle lane may not be constructed until 90 days following the notification or 10 days after the hearing, whichever time period is later.  This is done to ensure maximum participation of community boards, most of which are in recess during the summer. We’d like to thank all of our colleagues, especially Council Member Fidler, for helping us ensure that the DOT is working with community boards and fully considering feedback from neighborhood residents on where, and how, bicycle lanes are installed. A special note of thanks to Council Member Lappin and our colleagues for helping to make this happen. Residents will now find it easier to navigate the City, thanks to the launch of NYC Street Closures – a new interactive website that maps closed-off streets across the five boroughs.
This online tool came out of legislation, sponsored by Council Member Garodnick, requiring the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DoITT) to create an online, interactive map displaying current and planned closings due to construction, street fairs, and parades.
With this information literally at their fingertips, New Yorkers will be better able to navigate the city and get from point A to B with less hassle.
In a continuing effort to involve and notify community boards and affected Council Member of transportation projects in their districts, the City Council passed and the mayor signed into law Local Law 64 of 2011, sponsored by Council Member James Vacca.

When the City takes on a major transportation project, it stands to reason the DOT would consider input from relevant city agencies.  Thanks to Local Law 64, not only will city departments be involved in the planning of new transportation projects,  but Council and Community Board members will have full access to the data, ensuring that the soundest decisions are made to better our neighborhoods.
Another new law related to major transportation projects was also recently passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Bloomberg. Local Law 66 of 2011, sponsored by Transportation Chair James Vacca and scheduled to take effect February 10, 2012, requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide statistics related to a major transportation project not less than 18 months following the completion of that project.  These statistics must include data on the average number of crashes over the five-year period prior to installation and the one year subsequent to the project. In addition, DOT must also measure the impact the project has had on the flow of traffic in the area following the completion of the project, most importantly as to emergency vehicles.
All of the information must be made available to the affected community boards and council members and posted on DOT’s website. Transportation-related issues are among the most pressing quality-of-life issues facing our communities today. In addition to working collectively on these initiatives, the City Council is also working individually in our respective districts to help identify and respond to transportation-related issues and concerns at the local level. Unless you have billions like Bloomberg, it takes $$$ to finance your campaign to get elected in this town. Council Members who supported Vacca’s local law 66, clearly, if unwittingly, signaled that a vehicle occupants are more important than any other street user. So if the installation of a bike lane or sidewalk expansion doubles the number of cyclists or pedestrians who use the street effectively, City Council doesn’t care to count those people. R179 (New York City Subway car), and check out R179 (New York City Subway car) on Wikipedia, Youtube, Google News, Google Books, and Twitter on Digplanet.
The R179 is a future new technology (NTT) rail car ordered for New York City Subway's B Division. The R179 contract, which originally consisted of 420 cars, was intended to replace all of the R44s. The base order will retire all remaining R42s (50 cars) and possibly all of the remaining R32s (222 cars ) . The R179 order was expected to start replacing the R32s and R42s in 2016,[12][1] but has been pushed back due to design, and Bombardier's financial, and debt problems.
R160 (New York City Subway car), a similar car built by Alstom of France and Kawasaki Railcar Corp. And like most New Yorkers, you are invisible to the City Council and speaker Christine Quinn.
You know the bills: the muni-meter grace period, the elimination of the alternate side violation sticker, the loosening of parking fine deadlines. 490, presented by Speaker Quinn during her 2011 State of the City address and introduced by Council Member James Gennaro, is aimed at helping drivers who receive a parking ticket while in the process of paying for a muni-meter spot.

However, if no hearing is held, the construction or removal of the bicycle lane may not occur until 90 days after the notification.
Not flashy about it, he does have a deep and diverse working knowledge about nearly every facet of the city. They provide great, affordable rates for on time and safe ground transportation services throughout New York City and the NYC Airports, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The contract to build these cars has been awarded to Bombardier Transportation,[1][2] which will build the cars in its Plattsburgh, New York facility. Due to structural integrity issues found on New York City Transit's R44s in early 2010, its retirement was facilitated by option order cars of the R160 car order. Bids were due by the following August 13, but the contract was not awarded until March 24, 2012, when it was awarded to Bombardier Transportation.[1] The contract specified the purchase of 290 cars with 250 arranged as 5-car sets and the remaining 40 arranged in 4-car sets, with the 50 Option I cars arranged in 5-car sets. A 2012 news report from the New York Daily News[7] indicated that an official at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYCTA's Chief Mechanical Officer of the Car Equipment Division) had been in talks with car builder Bombardier Transportation, Inc. Delivery of the first 10-car test train was scheduled for Third Quarter 2014,[9] with delivery of the production cars scheduled to begin July 2015 and continue through January 2017.
While she makes mention of the law that requires NYPD to post traffic crash data online, Quinn also touts the council’s success in adding red tape to the installation of bike lanes, a proven safety measure.
Quinn and the City Council are kowtowing to the city’s motoring elite the same way Republicans in the House of Representatives are writing legislation to please oil companies. Don’t take it from me, look at articles written about him and look at peoples comments following. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority later dropped the plan to order R179s for the Staten Island Railway, instead opting to overhaul some R46s to replace the existing R44s there. The first 90 cars will be delivered by the Third Quarter 2017, with the first 210 delivered by First Quarter 2018, and all 300 by July 2018. Even the best candidates on transportation would probably try to take advantage of the perceived victimization of the driving class to get some money and votes.
However, the plan to overhaul the R46s for the Staten Island Railway was also dropped, and new future R211 cars can potentially replace the Staten Island Railway's fleet of R44s instead.

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