Cold temperatures and a Nor’easter loom over Sandy survivors still without power and heat. Temperatures dipped down to 39 in New York City Saturday night and are expected to get even colder Sunday night. Weather Underground co-founder Dr. Jeff Masters expects the mid-Atlantic and New England to face an early-season Nor’easter on Wednesday bringing strong winds and heavy rains to areas still affected by Hurricane Sandy.
via Sandy Victims to Confront Cold, Another Storm | Common Dreams.
The lack of an official, coordinated door-to-door response here in downtown, close to some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country, is a bit chilling. Currently across the five boroughs almost half a million people are still without power. If you were going to target people most likely to need help when the power and water is out, it would be the elderly residents of high-rise towers like the ones that surround us. According to a 2011 NYU report, the East Village, Lower East Side, and Chinatown have a population of 169,000. Over 34% of the housing is low-income, 60% more than in the rest of Manhattan, comprising tens of thousands of people. And the lights are out for all of them.
via 1 | Whats Really Happening In Blacked-Out Manhattan | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.
In New York’s transportation woes, there is finally a silver lining. New Yorkers are biking and carpooling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on all modes of motorized transportation.
In the midst of congested transit left in Super Storm Sandy’s wake, more New Yorkers are opting to ride bicycles.
“Yesterday we outsold our busiest summer Saturday,” said Emily Samstag, manager of Bicycle Habitat in Brooklyn, speaking to a surge in bike-related sales just one day after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast. “Our first customer walked in and said: ‘The subways are down so I have to buy a bike’. That was standard all morning.”
via Commuters Snatch Up Bicycles in Storm's Wake – US Business News – CNBC.
Industry habits could hamper efforts to respond to future gas shortages.
Even as local authorities seek to alleviate the shortages, they can’t fix the biggest obstacle separating thirsty vehicles from gasoline: power outages that keep gas stations from being able to pump the supplies on hand.”If everything goes well, by the weekend we could see some relief,” Ralph Bombardiere, head of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops, said in a telephone interview. “But it won’t be normal until the end of next week.”And even when gas is plentiful again, the industry seems unlikely to take the kind of steps that could help keep another storm like Sandy from abruptly making gasoline scarce.”Once the gas starts to flow, well go back to the same old habits,” said Bombardiere.
via Hurricane Sandy Gas Shortage: Dry Pumps Could Last For Days.
Gasoline shortages point to another good reason to develop towns where employment centers, park and recreation facilities, grocery stores and housing are within walking distance. Community gardens are also important in this regard, although the flooding would have destroyed these. In any event, communities need to meet their needs without requiring an automobile trip to do so. Bicycle lanes and bicycle ownership by every family member are another good idea.
Four days after Hurricane Sandy, the effort to secure enough gas for the region moved to the forefront of recovery work. The problems affected even New York City, where the Taxi Commission warned that the suddenly indispensable fleet of yellow cabs would thin significantly Friday because of the fuel shortage.</p>
via Gasoline Runs Short, Adding Woes to Storm Recovery – NYTimes.com.
This is another casualty of poor disaster planning after Hurricane Sandy washed out the subway and surface mass transportation systems.
Trees and boats deposited by storm surges on railroad tracks and horrific floods caused by Hurricane Sandy threaten to keep millions of people reliant on public transportation stranded for days.
Efforts to analyze the scale and breadth of damage on railways, subways, roadways, trains and buses in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut began Tuesday, however it’s unclear when public transit will return to normal.
via Sandy Leaves Mass Transit Reeling, Millions Stranded in Greater NY | Fox Business.
The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will add more direct routes and expand service for more popular routes, such as the Main Street MAX, starting July 1.
KCATA is responding to a rise in public transit ridership to the tune of 14 percent in the first three months of the year, following a national trends as travelers seek to avoid the high price of gasoline.
The American Public Transportation Associationreleased a report on Monday citing 2.7 billion passenger trips nationwide on public buses, trains and other public transportation modes during the first quarter. This represents a five percent rise from the same period one year ago.
Adults of Generation Y – born after the mid 1970s – often prefer riding the bus to driving a car, prompting a new migration back to the city core.
via KCATA to add transit routes, streetcar as ridership grows – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com.