NYC’s Ancient Infrastructure

The Story

Getting commuters into and out of Manhattan by bus and train is key to New York City’s economy. But decaying transit infrastructure requires billions of dollars in upgrades just to meet the demands of a growing ridership. Financial mismanagement and jurisdictional disputes have combined to stall progress on modernizing New York’s roads, bridges, tracks, and tunnels.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Crowded commute: The number of people commuting into New York City has almost doubled since 1963. Read more

  2. Bottleneck: Core infrastructure upgrades have languished in part because the Port Authority mismanaged the rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex. Read more

  3. Falling apart: The current state of the Hudson rail tunnel is “calamitous,” says a former transit official, and the West Side bus terminal isn’t much better. Read more

“Unless Washington, Albany and Trenton do something soon, the 616,000 New Jersey residents who depend on trains and buses to get to work in Manhattan—along with their employers—are going to face personal and professional chaos.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Cranking the Debt Machine By Edwin Rubenstein (Winter 1992)

The politicization of public authorities is driving New York State further into debt and threatens another fiscal crisis.

On The Calendar

May 15

May 15, 2015 | Sofitel, 45 West 44th Street, New York City

In a just-released collection of essays published by the Manhattan Institute, a group of leading experts offer a clear diagnosis of New York’s health care ills, as well as a menu of concise, actionable reforms that employers and policymakers can use to make the Empire State’s health care system truly patient-and consumer-centered. Please join us as our distinguished panelists discuss New York’s imminent health care revolution, and what it means for New Yorkers. Click here to RSVP.

And in other news...

In a stern, bullet-pointed missive on Monday, the mayor described a star-crossed attempt at riding the subway to a speaking engagement in Midtown Manhattan. A train never came — and when the mayor resurfaced, his security vehicles were nowhere in sight.