Envisioning 40 Years from Now

March 4, 2008 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

Here’s a great post by Second Avenue Sagas about Elliot Sander’s State of the MTA speech yesterday in which he recaps the changes of the past 40 years (not so many), relates the current state of the MTA’s union (could be better), and does some no-holds-barred speculating on what the next 40 years of NYC’s transit system could look like, including these tantalizing tidbits:

The Second Avenue Subway can act as a trunk line for new service to West Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx…Consistent with the vision for a Lower Manhattan rail link, imagine the Second Avenue Subway running south to Lower Manhattan, then going under the East River to downtown Brooklyn and on to Jamaica, Queens, via the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Avenue Branch, with a connection to the AirTrain to JFK.

Second Avenue can also provide a Manhattan route for a new service in Queens, running through the 63rd Street tunnel relieve overcrowding on the Queens Boulevard line.

Now it may be that subway talk bores you, but Second Ave. Sagas really makes this an interesting read. I’m sure you’ll agree with blogger Benjamin Kabak that the projects Sander’s proposes are necessary if NYC is going to keep up with the population growth it expects over the next 25 years. Queens all the more so, since it of all the boroughs expects to absorb the largest number of new residents.

Photo: Robert Yaro, Gotham Gazette

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