The Ten Worst Speed Traps in the New York City Metro Area

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Monday: blech. The city's population is about to add 600,000 commuters coming from around the metropolitan area. To you, intrepid bridge-and-tunnel people: don't speed. New York gives out the third highest number of driving citations of any state in the country. No need to add any more grief to the start of your work week, so we at Runnin' Scared thought we'd do you a solid and compile a list of the top ten speed traps in the New York City metropolitan area.

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Federal Transportation Department Shuts Down a Staten Island Bus Company After It Strands 53 Passengers in Virginia for 24 Hours

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Did you know that when Nietzche wrote all of history happens in circles, that we are eternally bound to repeat the past in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, he was referring to delinquent bus companies in Staten Island? Kidding. But also: The U.S. Department of Transportation shut down All Nations Coach Inc. for stranding 53 passengers at a Virginia gas station for 24 hours without a replacement bus back in July. The investigation found that the company was in fact the zombie of a company that USDOT shut down in 2012 for multiple safety violations. An equally negligent zombie, it seems.

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Traffic on the George Washington Bridge Is About to Become Very, Very Bad

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If you're the sort who enjoys sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on superstructures spanning deepwater rivers, boy, do we have some good news for you. The Port Authority announced a plan to replace the steel beams that support the George Washington Bridge's upper deck. That means three of the four lanes in one direction on the upper deck will be closed for repairs every night until the end of the year. Being trapped on a bridge for more than an hour: Now that's a high that's hard to come by.


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Citi Bike Stations Moved From Wealthy Neighborhoods; Commence Class Warfare?

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Sam Levin
Another week, another Citi Bike dilemma. As the bike share program blows past the 250,000 rides mark, the placement of stations has become the subject of contention since its Memorial Day inauguration. The reasons are varied: The streets are too narrow to fit them; the streets are too packed with them; the streets are too ugly because of them. But, as it turns out, the physical response by the Department of Transportation has created a more income-based controversy.

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Officials to South Brooklynites: No Ferry (in Lieu of R Train) For You

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Ferry service hasn't run out of this Bay Ridge station since 2010. And now commuters need it more than ever
A few weeks ago, we learned that the R train required drawn-out help. Its purveyor into Manhattan--the Montague Tunnel--was still wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; the construction witnessed the worst flooding of any other tunnel in New York. As a result, the MTA announced it would close the tunnel for 14 months, starting in August, leaving commuters strapped for travel options between Brooklyn Hall and Whitehall Street. Now they can strike "ferry service" off their list of possibilities.

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Bike Share Fever: Citi Bike Rides Pass the Quarter-Million Mark

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Sam Levin
700,000 miles. That's the lengthy equivalent of about 280,000 Central Parks. Or a little more than 50,000 Manhattans from the bottom up. It's also the amount of miles CitiBike users--who have now clocked in over 250,000 rides--have covered in three weeks' time.

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The Green Cab Invasion: Court Upholds Outer Borough Hail Plan

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It's two o'clock in the morning on a Saturday night in Astoria. You've just left the bar with your friends and, because of the way the world works, the N/R/Q trains are running every hour and you just missed it. You try to hail a cab back to East Williamsburg, but to no avail, since, you know, you're in Queens, where cabs are an endangered species. This is the plight of thousands every night in the outer boroughs and, as of yesterday, it will end very soon.

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A Look at How Citi Bikes Will Affect Local Bike Shops

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Sam Levin
Unless you've been wasting away inside the past week and a half, snuggling with your A/C and bingeing on the new season of Arrested Development, you've seen the lines and lines of metallic blue Citi Bikes stationed across New York City, begging, as the slogan goes, you to hop on and "explore your city." With point-counterpoints and usage mounting, the rollout of the program has become a metropolitan talking point. Except little room has been left to discuss the battle between bike share and bike shop.

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It's Finally Time to Start Fixing the R Train After Sandy... For Over a Year (UPDATED)

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Second maybe to the A train in the Rockaways, the damage wrecked by Hurricane Sandy to the Montague Tunnel was devastating: The underground tunnel beneath the Brooklyn Bridge witnessed the worst flooding of any line in the city, leaving the R train out of commission for nearly a month and a half after the storm made landfall. And, now, a little over six months later, the MTA has begun repairs.

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Christine Quinn Wants to Save the Streets From Themselves

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Between 2009 and 2011, approximately 450 people died crossing the street in New York City. Whether to reckless driving, not looking both ways, or sheer confusion, the city lost 450 residents. And that's not counting bicycle fatalities. Needless to say, like subway deaths, it's become a problem that demands fixing ASAP, especially with the advent of CitiBike next weekend.

Enter Christine Quinn.

In a statement released yesterday, the City Council speaker and mayoral frontrunner laid out her platform on the issue of ground-level urban planning. Her goal is straightforward: By 2021, Quinn wants to cut New York City's street fatalities in half.

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