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.
UPDATE (07.06.2021): I updated my Harlem line regional rail post to correct errors in the Shell Junction diagrams and add commentary. Earlier, I updated the Utica Avenue subway extension post to include subway extension options for the Nostrand Avenue corridor.
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Over the years, I’ve given much thought to New York’s transportation infrastructure and how to improve it. While I mainly focused on subways, given my love of trains, I recently began thinking beyond the rails. It’s no secret – NYC’s subway is in crisis. NY is always stuck in traffic. NY’s highways are a chief source of pollution and misery. Politicians blame bikes for car-caused congestion.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presented a golden opportunity to rethink transportation in NY. Stay-at-home orders and the resulting decrease in traffic reduced air pollution in cities worldwide; along the Eastern Seaboard, cities normally inundated with pollution from Interstate 95 enjoyed an unusual respite. However, despite the usual rhetoric, politicians have largely failed to seize the moment – traffic hell is slowly returning, with no meaningful solutions in sight.
So how do we fix all this? How do we get NY moving again post-pandemic, in a way that also achieves environmental justice for all?
Enter the New York Transportation Improvement Plan (NYTIP)![learn more about NYTIP]