Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
TN Moving Stories: Cuomo Talks MTA Payroll Tax, and Pregnancy May Have Its (Parking) Privileges
Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:35 AM
In Miami, a parking garage so beautiful, people get married there. What can THIS mean for the future of driving? And of public space? (NY Times)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unkind words for the MTA payroll tax. "It is a very onerous tax. Not just in this area." Meanwhile: "MTA CEO Jay Walder revealed that he'd yet to talk to the new governor about transit issues -- saying he'd been speaking with the governor's aides, instead." (New York Post)
But: Cuomo is keeping both Walder and Port Authority head Chris Ward on. (Crain's NY)
A NYC Councilman has proposed free parking for pregnant women. (NY Daily News)
Meantime, bobcats and lynx now have a new design for a crossing over I-70 in the Rockies (Denver Post)
The Twin Cities public transit system is "fraught with distrust" as feuding bureaucracies fail to set priorities in the best interests of the public. "People are interested in how decisions get made," said one suburban legislator. "I've asked, and I get a different answer from nearly everyone I ask."(Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
The Washington Post takes a look at the methodology behind the Texas Transportation Institute's recent report.
A summit to save debt-ridden Caltrain yielded ideas ranging from better coffee at stations, free Wi-Fi and business-class seating to toll lanes on Highway 101, tax increases and consolidating the Bay Area's multitude of transit agencies. (San Francisco Chronicle)
First Chicago, then DC...now Boston is considering selling naming rights to everything from the lines and stations of its subway, bus and commuter systems to its Web site, smart phone apps and Charlie Cards. “We want to do it tastefully and not over-commercialize the MBTA,” said general manager Richard Davey. “I would probably be reluctant to rename Park Street the Anheuser-Busch Park Street Station. But, at the same time ... we’re very open to hearing proposals.” (Boston Heral
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