complete street, complete subway: a vision for a grander grand concourse, part 1

The Grand Boulevard and Concourse is a historic arterial that serves the West Bronx in many ways – it’s home to many residences and small businesses, hosts multiple subway lines, and is a critical north-south artery for motorists and cyclists alike. In recent years, NYC’s Department of Transportation upgraded parts of the Concourse [three links] with widened medians, new traffic signals, ornate lampposts, pedestrian islands, and traffic-calming measures like this one. However, much work remains. In this series, I present my ideas for completing the Grand Concourse and the subway line that runs beneath it.

[Let’s begin!]

why MTA must STILL improve service on the concourse line!

About three years ago, I argued that MTA should increase service on the IND Concourse Line (the B and D trains in The Bronx) using ridership statistics from 1998-2012.

In the three years that passed, ridership patterns changed, as did rush-hour D service in The Bronx. Unfortunately, that change was a service cut…

(Excerpt from this article.)

…which is nonsensical in light of recent ridership trends. If it wasn’t clear back in 2013 that the Concourse Line needed a service boost, it’s crystal clear now!

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why MTA must improve service on the concourse line now!

[N.B. This post was originally published on 2013.09.14 and uses ridership data up to 2012; I will conduct updated analyses with ridership data up to 2015 in a future post. I edited this post to correct some errors and update Figures 8 and 10 with corrected data.

EDIT (2016.05.21): Corrected all miscalculations of average elapsed time.]

For many years, I’ve contended that service on the Concourse Line service in The Bronx (served by B and D trains) is inadequate; indeed, I raised this point at several Community Board meetings, an MTA President’s Forum in 2010, and online. Of course, simply saying so isn’t enough, so allow me to present evidence to support my contention and make the case for improved Concourse Line service.

[See what the data show…]