Friday’s Headlines: Are Pigs Aloft Edition
Out of the blue, the NYPD’s highest ranking uniformed officer, Chief of Department Terence Monahan, dropped a bombshell so huge that, typically, it requires the police chief or mayor to announce. But whatever — at an unrelated press conference, Monahan said the department would revisit its policy of cracking down on cyclists after one is killed in a crash with a driver, an infuriating practice that the NYPD trotted out again in the hours after Robyn Hightman’s killing on Monday.
But there was other news made yesterday. Here goes:
- In case you missed it, Dana Rubinstein at Politico had a nice scoop: Gov. Cuomo is going to follow Andy Byford’s lead and try to increase speeds on all MTA rail operations, not just the subway. Hey, gov, that was a pretty good idea from one of your mere department heads, you gotta admit.
- The NYPD is putting more cops in the subway — but this time, the spin is that they’ll do true neighborhood policing, albeit underground. (NYDN)
- New York commuters got it both ways yesterday, what with a PATH train outage (NYDN) and L service delayed by a stuck train (NYDN, NY Post).
- Los Angeles is spearheading a coalition of cities using data to figure out how to regulate e-scooters. Other members include Austin, Chicago, Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. (The Verge)
- Don’t worry, $2.05 billion is not a lot to spend on a train line from LaGuardia Airport to nowhere. (amNY)
The American women play their second knockout round game in the World Cup today at 3 p.m. against France. Looks like it’s time for some Streetsblog “team building” exercises at the Henry Street Ale House.