|A desperate homeless man walked onto the Cross-Bronx Expressway and stood between lanes in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Tuesday afternoon to panhandle for money, above and below.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
If you think that big mass-transit story on the front page of The Record today reports actual news, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Adding 4,100 parking spaces at the Secaucus Junction rail station is just a plan -- and commuters won't see any of them for at least five years, judging from the past (A-1).
Staff Writer Christopher Maag, the paper's chief transportation reporter, gingerly avoids mentioning just how long it might be.
But he does tell readers deep on the continuation page that a 1,089-space lot opened in 2009, about six years after the transfer station itself (A-8).
Maag and Staff Writer Paul Berger, the Port Authority reporter, might come up with real news, if only they challenged the agencies they cover on why North Jersey commuters long ago ran out of rush-hour seats on trains and buses.
And in another Page 1 story today, Staff Writer Scott Fallon apparently didn't think to call shore officials and ask them why they don't ticket and fine beachgoers for littering.
Instead, Fallon turned in another routine story on the mountains of litter picked up by volunteers along New Jersey's 172 miles of coastline (A-1).
The silly headline also is a clunker. Why not just say it like it is?