Candidates for mayor should promise to extend Bloomberg’s environmental record.
The candidate who succeeds him will have a lot of solid plans and ambitious goals to work with. The challenge will be to fulfill and expand them, despite the day-to-day emergencies and distractions that tend to blur and constrict worthy visions over the long term.
On this front, Christine Quinn looks good. Her tenure as City Council speaker entitles her to share credit for Bloomberg-era policies like the law requiring the city to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030 and the one requiring large buildings, vast emitters of greenhouse gas, to audit their energy use to increase efficiency. Expanding river ferry service, maintaining parks, curbing the use of sooty fuel oil — on these and other issues, she has a record to run on.
If you have not used Metro or regional transit in that time frame, you will need to touch your card to a SmarTrip® target at a faregate, fare vending machine or bus farebox to let the system know where to deliver your products. You must then wait one business day if you touched a target at a faregate or fare vending machine or two business days if you touched a target at a bus farebox.
If you try to pick up your product at a rail station or bus, and it’s not available for you yet, please try again at the same rail station or the same bus line the next business day.
The system can store up to four product load instructions at a time for a single smart card. After those four products have been loaded to your card, the next group of up to four product load instructions will be issued and will be available to load to your smart card.”
In other words, if your “SmarTrip” Metro Card doesn’t work after adding money to it, “Meh, just go away and come back tomorrow. Might work. Might not.”
This really is an answer in Washington, DC’s Metro FAQs section. My Metro Card is connected to an account online. I added money to the card thinking - silly me - that I could use the Metro Card at the metro station. Nyyyyyyyope!
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) audits the Federal Government. Recent analysis concluded that Obama (well, actually “the Federal Government”) should aggressively fund infrastructure projects, including electricity grids, water supplies, and transportation networks.
The aim is to make the nation’s infrastructure more resilient to climate change (e.g., stronger and tougher), thus saving nation’s taxpayers billions in emergency spending.
Politicians uninterested in helping fix the situation, leaving repairs to emergency funds. And endangering the public…
NPR’S Scott Simon introduces the topic (on the audio version) with this somber revelation: “[C]hances are 1 in 9 that a bridge you drive over has been deemed structurally deficient, or basically in bad shape, by the federal government.” Worse yet, “there is no consensus on how to tackle the problem or pay for proposed solutions”.
In the aftermath of the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge, NPR’s Brian Naylor interviews Barry LePatner, a New York real estate and construction lawyer and author of Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward, that analyzed the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minn. in August, 2007.