Oh 2018, what can we say? On the plus side, there were fewer trains on fire, both literally and metaphorically. Tech bros still gave us plenty of reasons to cringe, but public opinion seems to have – dare we say? – soured on them a bit now that their schemes have failed to deliver results. And as always, transit advocates gave us reasons to feel hopeful.
The stodgy Boston-area, a very late-comer to quick-build street changes, is suddenly moving faster than anyone on bus lanes.
2. Most shameless double-cross: Phoenix NIMBYs try to undo voter-approved money for light rail.
3. Chuck D fights the power (and is a secret NUMTOT?)
Car Service Uber Cabs totally a dumb way to move through NYC you must know the music biz wasted millions paying these bills for execs going 3 blocks smh pic.twitter.com/ugzzHenlKn
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) November 5, 2018
4. New lame-o transportation planning euphemism: “Curb management.”
What is curb management? Parking tickets, more parking meters, taking away parking spaces, loading zones and pick-up/drop off lanes, parking tickets, towing cars, parking tickets, bus and bike lanes. Did we mention parking tickets?
5. Most unusually responsible politician ever on transit: Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo’s defense of the SI bus network redesign tweet.
I instigated & pushed @MTA to change SI’s express bus routes in pursuit of a better commute for Staten Islanders. While this still is a fluid process, I want to say prior to the first bus rolling out that I own this. Improved service or a commuting abomination, this one is on me. pic.twitter.com/7qFVrtWuq8
— Jimmy Oddo (@HeyNowJO) 17 август 2018 г.
6. Best of (ten million) subway delays: The Goats
Worst: Q train track fire
Happy Monday, the NYC subway system is a literal hellscape pic.twitter.com/mYN2n5uD16
— max linsky (@maxlinsky) November 19, 2018
7. Private Mobility Public Interest Award: Despite the usual bumbling and hesitation by de Blasio’s City Hall, the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission and Commissioner Meera Joshi developed very smart policy, then found allies in the NYC City Council that enabled New York City to implement the world’s first cap on Uber/Lyft registrations and a wage floor for TNC drivers.
9. How you know they don’t really have a plan: Uber/Lyft buy bike companies.
10. Private sector dumb: Elon Musk digs one-lane “disco sewer” in Los Angeles, agrees to build untested low capacity airport transit “at no cost to the public” in Chicago.
— Shelby Grad (@shelbygrad) December 19, 2018
11. Public sector dumb: Colorado DOT was burning public money on a Hyperloop plan (note: there is no Hyperloop) via a contract with a guy named Brogan BamBrogan (formerly K-Bro) whose company just went belly up.
13. Most quotable advocate: John Raskin of the NYC Riders Alliance. “I know Albany never takes action until the sky is falling, but we could do without the literal manifestation of the metaphor.”
14. The best way to debunk weak ideas in transit is to ride them.
15. Worst Implosion (it’s been a long year): Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville transit referendum.
This appears to be an absolutely crushing blow for transit supporters in Nashville, which should create some serious contemplating on where things went wrong. This is an onslaught. Humiliating defeat. https://t.co/sTTkBcr6jK
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) May 2, 2018
16. Credulous techno optimism – always an incredibly competitive field: Mashable’s dumb pod-on-a-stick coverage.
17. Best pop-up bus lane: Cincinnati.
— TransitCenter (@TransitCenter) December 4, 2018
18. Best (so far only notional) thing: Fast Forward, Andy Byford’s plan to finally get New Yorkers to stop bitching about the subway.
22. Best foreshadowing: Joe Lhota’s “I don’t even work here” finally came true.
Downside: Larry Schwartz now more prominent.
“I don’t use the New York City bus.” -MTA Board member Larry Schwartz. Now asking to be “educated” on how fares on buses work.
— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) December 3, 2018
23. Best new trend: decriminalizing fare evasion.
24. Best of the midterms: Ayanna Pressley’s bus ad.
25. If you can’t beat them, hire them: Transit Alliance Miami is heading up Miami-Dade’s bus network redesign.
26. A fair city mayor we can believe in: Philadelphia’s Jim Kenney.
28. Most tone deaf true tweet: things will get better in 10 years.
Good morning. A cord was pulled on a train at 14 St-Union Sq causing delays and changes in service. We know this is frustrating. Please know we are working on fixing things within the next 5-10 years with our Fast Forward Plan. ^CB
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) September 13, 2018
29. Tough night at the office:
30. Never forget: cars of any stripe hog space, Uber is not transit, and dense cities need high capacity transit to succeed.