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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Roosevelt Island Red Bus, Parking, Bikes Subject Of RIOC Operations Committee Meeting Today - Bike Sharing Coming To Manhattan Roosevelt Island Tram Station - What Do You Want To See From Transportation Department?

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Transportation Dep't Mission Statement

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Committee is meeting later today to continue their discussion of transportation issues. According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

The Committee will meet to discuss:
1. Parking issues on Roosevelt Island:
a. Bike parking
b. On-street parking
2. Issues related to Red Bus
3. Issues related to NextBus information system
4. Any other Committee business that may be brought before the Committee 
Roosevelt Island resident Mark Lyon shares these thoughts on Roosevelt Island transportation issues:
The next operations meeting is intended to cover bike and red bus issues. I hope that the Corporation will work with Alta Bike Share to get stations on the island (and that they take down the "no overnight bike parking" signs for private bikes).  Being able to take a bike from Motorgate to the Subway/Tram and back at the ends of my commute, instead of waiting for the Red Bus, would be awesome. I'm certain others would enjoy it as well.

While thinking about the Red Bus, though, I'm shocked by the silliness of paying my quarter each way. I often see people board and not pay (not just students), completely unchallenged, which makes me feel like a fool for ponying up my change each way. According to the budget, the fares will be going up this year to help recoup some of the $1,068,960 expected subsidy.  It appears that the Red Bus will cost $1,554,960 to operate in the 12-13FY.

Wouldn't it be easier and more effective to pass that cost along as an assessment for each residential unit?  I can't find anything on RIOC's site that gives an accurate count of residential units, but the USPS EDDM system shows 4,992 residential mail locations in 10044. That's around $312/year/unit.  Less than a dollar a day per apartment. Not a bad deal at all.  With a bit of balancing, the impact on low-income tenants could be reduced without having a significant impact on other apartments.  The bus would be faster, since it could operate like the MTA's Select Bus Service where people can board from any door, having already prepaid.
Below is an excerpt of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Transportation Department presentation to the RIOC May 21 Operations Committee.



More on the Transportation Department presentation at earlier post.

Here are photos of slides from RIOC Transportation Department presentation to May 21 RIOC Operations Committee meeting (RIOC would not provide a copy of the presentation unless I filed a Freedom Of Information Law Request).


Also learned at last night's Roosevelt Island Residents Association Meeting (RIRA) that there will be a bike sharing station at the Manhattan Roosevelt Island Tram Station at the start of the program. More info on bike sharing here.

UPDATE 6/8 - The Operations Committee agreed to keep the current Red Bus route extending to Southpoint Park without any modification at the present time. They will monitor the situation, gather metrics on how the new schedule is working and then reevaluate in a few months (3-6) to determine whether any changes are needed.

The Operations Committee agreed that bike racks should not be used for overnight storage and that bikes will be removed from the racks if they are there over a certain amount of time that is still to be established. Consideration will be given to those who work late night hours and use the bike racks. Overnight bike storage will be established by RIOC underneath the Motorgate Helix.

Here's the audio web cast of the meeting.

24 comments :

Mark Lyon said...

I won't be able to make it to the meeting, but would be interested in understanding why RIOC is issuing tickets for fines greater than authorized in § 6397 of the RIOC legislation (I've never actually received a traffic or parking ticket on RI, but have been informed that the fines are higher than stated in the legislation).

§ 6397. Operation of motor vehicles
... the corporation is hereby authorized to prescribe rules and regulations governing the operation (including the parking, standing or stopping) of vehicles on Roosevelt Island... . The violation of such rules or regulations shall be an offense punishable upon a first conviction thereof by a fine of not more than fifty dollars, upon a second within a period of eighteen months by a fine of not more than one hundred fifty dollars, and upon a third or subsequent conviction thereof within a period of eighteen months by a fine of not more than one hundred fifty dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or by both such fine and such imprisonment. For purposes of enforce-ment and administration of such rules and regulations, including but not limited to conferring jurisdiction with respect thereto upon the applicable courts and administrative tribunals, all pro-visions of law relating to, and rules or regulations of, the New York City Department of Transportation not inconsistent with this act shall be applicable. 

Mark Lyon said...

In contract to the resource-intensive "abandoned bike" management proposed during the meeting, NYC Sanitation seems to have a much simpler policy.  
http://www.animalnewyork.com/2012/nyc-sanitation-probably-wont-remove-these-crowdsourced-abandoned-bikes/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+animalnewyork+%28ANIMAL%29

To be considered an official derelict bike, the abandoned must meet three of the five criteria:The appearance is crushed or not usable;
Have parts missing from bicycle other than seat and front wheel;
Have flat tires or missing both tires;
Handlebars and pedals are damaged, or the fork, frame or rims are bent;
75 percent of bicycle is rusted.It also must be attached to public property and not private fencing.

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