Tomorrow’s Transit or Today’s?

The Story

The future prosperity and vitality of New York depend on upgrading the city’s dismal transit infrastructure.  From the deteriorating Hudson River tubes, to the overburdened, overcrowded Port Authority bus terminal, to the stressed and dilapidated subway system, New York City awaits a first-class transportation system worthy of a world capital. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Hudson: Two tunnels under the Hudson River provide the only rail link between New York City and New Jersey. Built in the early 20th century and severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, they are in dire need of replacement. Read more.   

  2. Bus crowd: The Port Authority Bus Terminal has been over capacity since 1964 and is falling apart. Read more

  3. Subpar: A recent survey of 53 subway stations in lower Manhattan and north Brooklyn revealed that two-thirds had pooling water and almost one-half had crumbling walls. Read more

“Our roads, bridges, tunnels and trains carry millions of New Yorkers to work each morning. When these pathways are closed, clogged and delayed, meetings must be postponed, exchanges missed, transactions stalled, opportunities squandered, and, in some cases, tardy employees fired.”

Adam Forman, Center for an Urban Future

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The Past is Present

Cut the Ribbon and Run By Ned Regan (Summer 1998)

“American cities tend to let things fall apart before they fix them. Political incentives reinforce this: TV cameras record ribbon cuttings, but not routine maintenance. And payments for routine maintenance are operating-budget items, painfully paid in full by current taxpayers, while the cost of major restoration is spread out through bonds.”

And in other news...

“In 1992, the Manhattan Institute’s quarterly policy magazine, City Journal, published a special issue focused on “The Quality of Urban Life.” At the time, New York was a dangerous, dirty, and purportedly ungovernable city. “Cities should be comfortable places,” wrote the magazine’s then-editor Roger Starr before setting out an ambitious agenda to reclaim New York’s public spaces.”