John Liu Investigates: Dollar Vans!

It’s time for John Liu’s fourth media advisory of the week!

Transportation Committee to Investigate “Private Van Services: Vital Transportation Options or Accidents Waiting to Happen?”

Presumably it’s a fact-finding mission. Oops, one fact is already in evidence! Here’s the rest of the press release:

Council Members will announce a Transportation Committee hearing on the City’s regulation and enforcement of private van services. Demand in areas of the City underserved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has led to a proliferation of so-called “dollar vans” – many of which are unlicensed by the City. Jennifer Gibbons, a 56-year-old subway cleaner, was struck and critically injured – reportedly by a privately-operated van service – on March 4, 2006 while she walking home in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

Hmm. I think I know where this Investigation is headed. If they gather enough evidence, maybe they can get the dollar-van driver’s to turn state’s evidence against Kalikow’s irresponsible M.T.A.!

Meanwhile–I need some dollar vans in my neighborhood–the B61 sucks, and so does the L.

- Tom McGeveran