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TN MOVING STORIES: NY MTA Loses Millions to Farebeaters, Marion Barry Wants to Derail DC's Streetcar, London Cable Car Set to Open

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 08:05 AM

Top stories on TN:
Leaders to Negotiators: Make One Last Push on Transportation Bill (link)
MTA: Bronx Reverse Commute On The Rise (link)
NYC Mayor Bloomberg: Cities Are Ahead Of Nations In Reducing Greenhouse Gases (link)
Lawmaker: Highway Conference Dead, It’s an Extension (link)
Loudoun Leaders Leaning “No” on Silver Line to Dulles Airport (link)

London's new cable car across the Thames, set to open June 28 (image courtesy of Transport for London)

New York's MTA loses about $50 million in revenue each year to bus farebeaters — more than triple what it previously estimated. (New York Daily News)

A bill allowing NYC to install 40 speed cameras is expected to clear the state senate this week. (New York Times)

Salt Lake City will get a bikeshare program in 2013. (Salt Lake Tribune)

More and more states are repealing and relaxing helmet laws -- even as the death toll continues to rise from motorcycle accidents. (PBS NewsHour)

D.C. Council member (and former mayor) Marion Barry has launched a last ditch effort to slow or derail the city’s planned street car line on H Street, arguing it’s not been well-thought out and is too expensive for the number of riders it will serve. (Washington Post)

Word of TIGER grants is leaking out in advance of the official DOT announcement; here's a sample: New York City is getting $10 million for the Hunts Point market in the Bronx (Crain's), Tampa is getting $10.9 for its Riverwalk (Tampa Bay Times), Chicago won $20 million to expand its 95th Street Terminal (NBC), and Memphis will receive $15 million to build a bicycle/pedestrian boardwalk next to a bridge across the Mississippi River (Memphis Daily News). For a fuller list, check out Transportation Issues Daily.

In London for the Olympics? Ride a bike to get around. (ESPN)

And: take the new cable car across the Thames, set to open next week. (Telegraph)

A plan that could dramatically remake the Hollywood skyline and form the blueprint for denser development around the city's growing rail network has won unanimous approval from the Los Angeles City Council. (Los Angeles Times)

Tens of thousands of taxi drivers in South Korea are striking for the first time ever over rising fuel prices. (BBC; video)

Following a plea from residents, the Spokane City Council asked officials to study the environmental effects of significantly increasing the amount of coal traveling by train through the city. (The Spokesman-Review)

The cost of an airport taxi ride varies widely from city to city, with a ride in Dubai taking 10 minutes and costing $13.60, while the fare from Narita to Tokyo will run you $300. (Los Angeles Times)

Bike New York, which produces the annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour may be slapped with a $930,000 fee by the New York Police Department for police coverage during next year's event. (Crain's New York Business)

Apple's new operating system for iPhones and iPads has drawn plenty of praise. But one group that is not so happy, as TN readers know: public transit riders. Andrea Bernstein reports for Marketplace.

But wait: maybe it's actually good for transit? (Open Plans; h/t Transit Wire)

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik will explore the highs and lows of NYC's A train on BBC Radio 4.

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Comments [1]

Matthias

Re: Farebeating

Does anyone know how much the MTA spends on enforcement? The goal should be to lower the cost of fare collection and enforcement to the point where it pays for itself (off-board/proof-of-payment would help greatly). If it costs more than $50 million to collect and enforce payment, it's pointless.

Jun. 20 2012 03:23 PM

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