what american transit systems can learn from costa rica, in pictures

I just returned from a five-day, four-night getaway in Costa Rica. The occasion was my wife’s cousin’s birthday, but being the geek that I am, I decided to photograph some of Costa Rica’s infrastructure. As I did, I noticed something about Costa Rica’s bus stops that many American bus stops lack – even in transit-rich cities like New York.

[see the pix]

NYTIP – enhancing the nyc subway, part 8: the low-hanging fruit

UPDATE (10.29.2020): Post updated with modified recommendations.

Welcome to my ongoing NYTIP series! Recall my three-point plan to fix the NYC Subway – enhance, extend, and expand. Though I started talking about subway extensions recently, I’m circling back to point one – enhance – to address some low-hanging fruit.

[taste and see!]

pix: the soon-to-be-a-memorial highway, future home of the linc

Memorial Highway in New Rochelle is an excessively wide road originally designed to connect I-95 to the Cross-County Parkway. However, it only exists as a stub that doesn’t connect to much of anything. Recently, Governor Cuomo awarded New Rochelle a $10 million grant; of this amount, New Rochelle will spend $6 million on The Linc – a project transforming Memorial Highway from a useless car sewer to a useful linear park! Last week, I took many photos of the area. Let’s take a trip, shall we?

[stroll through memory lane!]

NYTIP – extending the nyc subway, part 2: from the concourse to co-op city

UPDATE (11.19.2020): Post updated with a new proposal for Co-op City North. Some images updated.

Welcome back to my ongoing NYTIP series! In my last post, I began expounding on point 2 in the three-point plan to fix the NYC Subway – extend – with SAS Phase 2X and an Astoria line extension to LaGuardia Airport. In this post, I will discuss subway extensions to Co-op City.

[let’s go!]

NYTIP – extending the nyc subway, part 1: sas phase 2 and laguardia airport

UPDATE (11.26.2020): Updated to include an alternate alignment for the Lafayette Avenue subway (SAS Phase 2X, Option 4). Some images updated.

Welcome to my ongoing NYTIP series! In the next series of posts, I will expound on point 2 in my three-point plan to fix the NYC Subway – extend. I’ll begin with Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS) and rail service to LaGuardia Airport. The current plans fall short, so allow me to discuss a better way.

[let’s do this!]

NYTIP – enhancing the nyc subway, part 7: overnight delivery

UPDATE (10.30.2020): Post updated with revised overnight maintenance windows.

Welcome back to my ongoing NYTIP series! Throughout this series, I fleshed out point 1 of my three-point plan to improve the NYC Subway – enhance. In this post, I’ll discuss overnight service and subway system maintenance.

[Travel with me…]

NYTIP – enhancing the nyc subway, part 6: putting it all together

UPDATE (11.18.2020): Post updated to reflect a revision to the enhanced NYC Subway in The Bronx.

Welcome back to my ongoing series on the New York Transportation Improvement Plan (NYTIP)! When I introduced NYTIP, I outlined a three-point plan for fixing the NYC Subway system: enhance, extend, and expand. This post summarizes the last five posts, which addressed the first point – enhance.

[Let’s recap!]