Architecture is now part of the national discussion on the obesity and chronic disease epidemic in the United States.
Spurred on by AIA New York’s Active Design Guidelines and the recent FitNation exhibit, this realization is adding new layers to how designers think about their role in protecting the health of the public they serve and how they approach the creation of truly sustainable buildings and places. FitNation brings together 33 projects (18 of which are excerpted here) that range from massive medical research complexes to tiny ad-hoc, open-source urban amenities, all of which encourage physical activity and well-being. With the declaration of war with Spain in April 1898, 164,932 National Guardsmen entered Federal service. Due pressure from Staten Island politicians, the MTA had to turn off the flashing blue lights on its SBS vehicles.
You note that the MTA has essentially been rudderless in the water for 100 days since Joe Lhota left. So, one wonders if the MTA hadn’t thought about its possibly needing additional permission to use these lights?
Nevertheless, the MTA has now discovered the existence of VTL § 375, subdivision 41, and seems to have reacted in panic.
I should note: there has never been a traffic summons issued to a bus driver for using the SBS lights. Another argument in favor of adopting a litigation strategy is that it would be absolutely ridiculous for this cash-strapped agency to spend a large sum of money to replace a system that is in good working order across its growing fleet of specially fitted-out buses. Now, I don’t think the MTA has been as rudderless as this reader makes them out to be.
The MTA hasn’t publicly addressed the issue in months, but Community Board 6 in Manhattan is taking up the cause tonight. While CB6’s vote carries only some symbolism and garners some press, what’s the answer? I used to be able to look down 1st Avenue for maybe half a mile and be able to tell if a SBS bus was coming, or a local (prompting a decision if I should just hail a cab instead). I remember this being a part of driver’s ed theory class in high school in New Jersey.
Second, the is the logic used by the Staten Island pol who brought this up in the first place. Finally, why the MTA couldn’t have said after they decided to turn off the lights that they would now allow riders to give the paper receipt to bus drivers in lieu swiping a metrocard.
So the blue wrap on the buses, the words ‘+SELECT BUS SERVICE+ on the destination sign aren’t enough to distinguish the SBS M15 from the regular M15? I never got the impression the MTA has been so good at advocating for itself to begin with, leader or no leader.
I think the MTA should just hire volunteer fire fighters to drive the buses… Problem solved. Actually I am a member of the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department which is part of NYC in the amazing borough of Queens.
Per the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there are 1,610 fire departments in New York State. If you count the number of firefighters… There are 18,000 paid firefighters (11,000 are FDNY) and there are 81,239 volunteer firefighters. Most colors are already spoken for… red for most emergency vehicles, green for volunteer EMS and command posts at emergency scenes, blue for volunteer fire, and purple for funeral homes. Even without the blue lights, one can tell whether the bus is a +SBS+ bus just by the colours of the wrap on the bus.

As an ex-Staten Islander (thank the gods), i can understand why the rest of the city hates that petty little borough. I write you today concerned about NYS Assembly Bill # A6076, introduced by Assembly Member Micha Kellner (76th District, Manhattan). The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently discontinued the use of the Flashing Blue LED Lights on the Select Bus Service fleet. Some individuals contend that driver’s can quickly differentiate between emergency vehicles and buses with flashing blue lights.
Although I sympathize with MTA Select Bus Service commuters, I believe reauthorizing the use of blue lights on MTA buses will endanger public safety. During those many months, and many miles the SBS service ran with blue lights, what went wrong? Missosology is an interesting and a fascinating science- it is sociology, psychology and cosmetology rolled into one.Beauty pageants are like Starbucks. Wow bravo hotdoggie, I would love to see those mixed blooded girls to represent The Philippines next year. Ayulani wrote:Wow bravo hotdoggie, I would love to see those mixed blooded girls to represent The Philippines next year. The exhibit (also organized by AIA New York) presents projects that exemplify architectural means, policy-driven and grassroots action, conceptual frameworks, and simple improvements which contribute to a healthier lifestyle for individuals and communities. Moreover, the legislature got into the act, passing a law that permits automatic camera enforcement of exclusive bus lanes (but only for the first group of SBS routes). And, politically, it comes across as fighting for its ridership, instead of trying to remain invisible until Governor Cuomo puts a strong leader in charge of the entire operation.
Also (would you believe?), it appears MTA had never asked for legislative relief from VTL § 375, subdivision 41. As I said earlier today, Fernando Ferrer and Tom Prendergast have kept things moving along as a steady clip. They’re going to vote on a (non-binding) resolution 1) supporting legislative curative action, and 2) calling on the MTA to examine all options for turning back on its iconic pair of simultaneously flashing blue lights on SBS buses. Maybe the MTA should turn those lights back on, and maybe someone in Albany can lead a charge to secure the proper exemption. Local buses, meanwhile, all stop at the same place and do not require special pre-boarding fare receipts as proof of payment. They seem to see it as their job to passively follow the rules, no matter how dumb or unfortunate those rules are.
Nobody in their right mind would ever confuse a huge, articulated bus with a volunteer ambulance.
It’s so confusing to people, especially seniors, to distinguish the upcoming bus is local or not!! The legislation will authorize the use of flashing blue lights on buses owned and operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The MTA acknowledged that the flashing blue lights violated NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law section 375 (41).
The MTA is exploring alternative identification methods, which will minimize the traffic safety concerns. Curated and designed by 2012 AIANY New Practices New York winner Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, with graphics designed by the renowned firm Pentagram, FitNation is now on display at AIA Birmingham till Nov. Without leadership, the MTA shows no enthusiasm, or initiative, for developing a strategy to help its beleaguered bus riders.

Therefore there could never have been a judicial determination that the MTA’s use of blue flashing lights on SBS buses is wrong. FYI A06076 (which incorrectly describes the lights) was introduced March 14th in response to constituent concerns like mine, but so far, it has no counterpart in the Senate. But the SBS issue has raised a series of eyebrows from those belonging to East Side politicians on down. This section of law reserved the use of Blue Lights for Police, Fire and Ambulance emergency vehicles.
I believe it is in the best interest of New York City traffic safety to allow the MTA to implement an alternative method of identification for SBS buses and not restore the blue lights. Roosevelt, a former New York National Guardsman, helped to organize the regiment and was appointed its lieutenant colonel. It is actually less than 3%, the remaining departments are airport, military, and corporate. God forbid fat Aunt Angie had to walk half a block to get from her Coupe de Ville to grab some Goodfellas pizza. Blue lights on emergency vehicles enhance safety for our first responders and the driving public.
New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have similar traffic laws that reserve the use of blue lights for emergency vehicles.
One possible alternative could be to illuminate the route indicator above the front window in steady blue. After training in Texas and Florida, the Rough Riders landed in Cuba, without their horses, on June 22, 1898.
Moreover, this announcement came from out of the blue as there was no prior notice and no public hearing that followed. Just because the lights have already been installed does not mean the agency should be able to change state law to make their wrong decision legal. Most police, fire and ambulance vehicles now utilize blue flashing lights on the rear of the vehicles.
In fact nationally, a majority of states have reserved blue lights for use only by emergency response vehicles. What about India, Philippines, China, Thailand, Isreal, Vietnam, Korea and the rest of Asia.
It was during the Battle of San Juan Hill, on July 1, that the Rough Riders, under the command of Lt. This, naturally, led to speculation that MTA had been doing something illegal for all those years (although that was not something specifically admitted to in the press release). As per the NYS VTL, blue lights are limited to the rear of emergency vehicles in NYS, in order to immediately identify emergency vehicles and prevent additional accidents at emergency incident scenes. Ordered to seize Kettle Hill in support of the main attack, the Rough Riders fought their way to the top despite heavy enemy fire. After taking the hill, the Rough Riders continued their attack, seizing the heights overlooking the city of Santiago. The gallant heritage of the 2nd Squadron of the Rough Riders is perpetuated by the 200th Air Defense Artillery, New Mexico Army National Guard.

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