Thursday, April 7, 2016

25 of the most dangerous intersections in NYC

Gothamist reported this week that Aleksey Bilogur, a Baruch College mathematics student, analyzed NYC's public data on motor vehicle collisions and compiled a list of the most dangerous intersections in the city.  He created an interactive which allows you to zoom in on intersections to see their annual collision rate.  The graph and entire list can be viewed here,

What is the most dangerous intersection in the city? Tilary Street and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, with an estimated 180 collisions per year.  While that is still a high number, overall the city is still on track to have record low traffic fatalities for the third year in a row.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

NYC's new toll plan introduced in Albany

photo credit: Wikipedia user ILMRT

A new toll and congestion relieving plan created by Gridlock Sam Schwartz has been introduced in Albany by Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, D-Manhattan.  According to Crain's, the bill, called the Move New York Fair Plan, will:

  • create a standard toll around the central business district ($5.54 with E-ZPass/ $8 without)
  • 60th street in Manhattan would become an additional tolling point for vehicles traveling north or south
  • tolls would be paid digitally so vehicles would not have to slow down to pay, which would also allow for peak/ off peak pricing
  • create a vehicle for hire surcharge
  • raise revenue for subways/ buses/ roads/ bridges
  • cause the Verrazano Bridge toll to drop by half, as well as discount the tolls on seven MTA bridges
  • decrease traffic congestion
The bill has 14 co-sponsors, and both Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo have said in the past that the plan has merit.  What do you think of the new bill?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Home delivery services clogging NYC streets


According to the Daily News, home delivery services like Amazon and FreshDirect are further clogging New York's already busy streets.  90% of city goods are brought in by trucks, and delivery services are creating a bigger challenge for the Department of Transportation.

City Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) has proposed a bill that would require the city to perform a study on commercial vs home truck deliveries.  He believe commercial truck deliveries are still the main problem and would like to see limits imposed on rush hour deliveries.

According to FreshDirect, their fleet has been reduced in the city, as well as increased its number of hybrid vehicles.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

NYC Councilman proposes free parking on legal holidays

According to CBS News, NYC Councilman Vincent Gentile is proposing a bill that would make metered parking free for the approximately 35 legal holidays in the city.   "It's probably one of the biggest complaints I get from constituents, alternate side parking is suspended, why aren't the meters suspended as well, because people presume that's the case, and then they get ticketed," he said.

The bill is scheduled to be introduced to the City Council on Wednesday.

Friday, January 29, 2016

NYPD: No, you cannot save your parking spot with a chair/ garbage can/ etc.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot save the parking spot you worked so hard to shovel out after the blizzard with a chair or garbage can.  According to Zach Tumin, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Initiatives, not only can you not reserve your parking space, but if you try to do so, you may receive a summons.  Mr. Tumin's tweet comes after several days of heated debate on social media.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cuomo proposes plan to improve roads & slash Thruway tolls

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According to the NY Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a five year, $22 billion plan to improve state roads and bridges this week.  The details will be outlined in the governor's upcoming State of the State address.  

Mr. Cuomo also proposed slashing tolls for the NY Thruway's most frequent users, while freezing tolls at their current rates for all other users, according to Transport Topics.  He also would like the freeze toll rates on the Tappan Zee bridge, and plans to spend $700 million to keep tolls at their current rates through 2020.  

"The thruway is a vital artery for commerce and transportation throughout upstate, so we are going to deliver major toll relief to New Yorkers," Cuomo said.  "We are going to reduce tolls for businesses and drivers who rely on it the most, eliminate them for farmers bringing their goods to market and freeze tolls for everone else until at least 2020."

Friday, January 8, 2016

Top 10 Ticketed Neighborhoods in NYC

Image credit: RentHop

Thanks to the the Village Voice and RentHop for compiling the top 10 most ticketed neighborhoods in NYC.  

  • 2655 Richmond Ave, Staten Island (4,668 tickets) - Staten Island Mall
  • 365 Bridge St, Brooklyn (3,374 tickets) - MetroTech Center, BellTell Lofts
  • 1330 1st Ave, Manhattan (2,866 tickets) - New York Presbyterian Hospital Employee Housing
  • 170 Joralemon St, Brooklyn (2,335 tickets) - The Packer Collegiate Institute
  • 448 W 16th St, Manhattan (2,239 tickets) - Manhattan Fruit Exchange, Chelsea Market
  • 99 Warren St, Manhattan (2,049 tickets) - 101-99 Warren Condo Complex and Shopping Center
  • 355 Bard Ave, Staten Island (2,022 tickets) - Richmond University Medical Center
  • 95-25 Queens Blvd, Rego Park (1,901 tickets) - North Shore LIJ Medical Group
  • 82-23 Broadway, Queens (1,788 tickets) - Verizon Wire Center
  • 204 Livingston St, Brooklyn (1,759 tickets) - Bridge Dry Cleaners

Have you ever received a ticket in these areas?

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