San Francisco's future public transportation hub, The Transbay Transit Center, has been called the "most expensive bus terminal in the history of humankind" by a city supervisor.Its astronomical costs match the developer's ambitions.Upon completion in 2017, the $2.3 billion Transbay Center will connect eight Bay Area counties through 11 transportation systems.It includes up to 100,000 square feet of retail space and a rooftop park.It's unclear if the "most expensive" superlative is true.For comparison, New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal — the largest and busiest bus terminal in the world — cost an estimated $24 million when it was constructed in the mid-20th century.While construction on the Transbay Center is far from over, these stunning renderings provided by the developer's website give us a glimpse inside.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has denied suggestions that it’s putting facial recognition cameras in the subway, saying that a trick designed to scare fare-dodgers was misinterpreted.“There is no capability to recognize or identify individuals and absolutely no plan” to do so with NYC subway cameras, says MTA spokesperson Maxwell Young.Young was responding to a photo taken in the Times Square subway station by New York Times analyst Alice Fung, which shows a prominently placed monitor with the words “RECORDING IN PROGRESS” and “Please Pay Your Fare” superimposed on a video feed.The monitor featured the name Wisenet, a security company that prominently advertises facial recognition capabilities, and the video feed traced squares around subjects’ faces.“While privacy advocates and tech giants are debating how face surveillance should be regulated, [MTA and Port Authority Bus Terminal] just put up a real-time face recognition screen in the Times Sq subway,” tweeted Natasha Singer, another Times staff member.Young says that the recordings aren’t being monitored to identify individuals in the footage, though.
Climate change protesters have been arrested after they blocked traffic outside the New York Times building in Midtown Manhattan.The protesters from the group Extinction Rebellion hung banners on the skyscraper in midtown Manhattan on Saturday and on the outside of the Port Authority Bus Terminal across the street.A journalist saw more than two dozen protesters arrested after they lay down on Eighth Avenue and blocked traffic.A police spokesman said he had no information on the number of arrests.A spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion, Eve Mosher, says the group wants the media to report on "the climate emergency" so that "people can start pushing for more radical responses."A Times spokeswoman said in an email that no national news organization devotes more resources to covering climate change than the Times.
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