Chicago (Metra) is desperately trying to come up with a way to use the EJ&E’s “Outer Belt” route as a commuter line. Probably not going to happen. They (CTA) have another plan for a “Circle Line” connecting all the radial lines that will run under the two major train stations. That probably won’t get built either. The CTA has a BRT plan to run a line along Ashland Ave that would do the same (without connecting to the train stations). That one might happen.
This line, the Regional Plan Association’s Regional Express (Triboro RX), is another circumferential line that would connect a lot of radial lines. Will it get built? Will any of the MTA’s capital projects get built? Well, probably, for the second question but I don’t know if this will be one of them.
So the comments are off on the article and clicking the reblog button did … something (though I know not what) … The Press This button at the bottom of the article failed too, but the one on my browser did not.
I get the point of the article – transit-oriented doesn’t just mean they have a good subway or a good bus system. But the list I don’t get. There are not 33 individual categories on the list! Click above to the read the article and see the original list.
In fact, you could argue that there are only two categories of transit on the list here: Scheduled and on-demand. The first list below shows scheduled services and the second on-demand. The third list is … I don’t know. My guess is that some are scheduled and some are on-demand.
Without getting into the mode silos or trivia, there is little difference between PATH subways and MTA subways other than destination. Likewise for the 3.5 commuter rail lines listed (and Amtrak) or the bus services. Or the jitneys or the car services …
Two categories. Not 33.
New Jersey Transit buses
Metro-North Rail Road
Long Island Rail Road
New Jersey Transit trains
Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Rail Road
Commuter ferries (Five licensed operators)
Chinatown buses (intercity)
Low cost intercity buses (Bolt Bus, Mega Bus)
Conventional intercity buses (Greyhound, Peter Pan)
University shuttles (Columbia University, New York University)
Roosevelt Island Tram (Gondola)
Roosevelt Island Red Bus (Publicly owned development corporation)
Access-a-Ride (MTA and other transit provider contracts)
Yellow taxicabs (Medallion cabs)
Green taxicabs (Boro cabs)
Liveries for Hire (Uber, Lyft, Carmel, etc.)
CitiBike bike share (public access for a fee)
University bike share programs (free access for a designated group)
Could be either – no idea
Apartment shuttles (CoSo, etc.)
Commuter vans (licensed and pre-arranged fares; e.g. Mario’s Transportation)
Dollar vans and local jitneys (informal immigrant services)
I’ve said it before, at least once, and I’ll surely say it again: It’s incredibly expensive to do anything in NYC, and especially, it seems, if it’s transportation related.
Here, The Powers That Be plan to spend $1,000,000,000 turning the old main post office (adjacent to NYC’s Pennsylvania Station for what should be obvious reasons) into what Mr Kabak (author of the story above) calls a new waiting room for Amtrak. Like the PATH station at the World Trade Center, this project adds no new capacity to the transportation system. None.