NYTIP INSIDER – jump-starting the subway amidst the rona

The novel coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, wreaked havoc on mass transit systems nationwide. In NYC, lockdowns, telework, changes in commuting behavior, and increased wariness about transit use led to massive ridership drops on subways, buses, and commuter rail. Worse, vehicular traffic has already returned to pre-pandemic levels – and it’ll likely worsen.

With no sign of relief in sight, the MTA warned of doomsday cuts at a level not seen in decades. Given these dire circumstances, where does that leave NYTIP?

Find out on this edition of the NYTIP INSIDER.


NYTIP – extending the nyc subway, part 5b: a (G)reater crosstown line

UPDATE (12.22.2020): G extension options revised – commentary and images updated.

Welcome back to my NYTIP series! In my last post, I discussed de-interlining and extension options for trains serving the Queens Boulevard trunk line. What do these improvements mean for future G train service? Find out in this blog post!

[Let’s (G)o!]

NYTIP – extending the nyc subway, part 5a: queens boulevard de-interlining (phase 2), and utica avenue revisited

UPDATE (12.20.2020): Post substantially revised for clarity. This update includes a new de-interlining option for Queens Boulevard and a new extension option for Queens.

Welcome back to my NYTIP series! When I revised my first post on the Queens Boulevard de-interlining, I referred to it as “Phase 1”. This is because full de-interlining requires major capital investment – it’s not possible with existing rolling stock or infrastructure. I alluded to some of those investments in that post – namely, a new “K” line, and the Worth Street subway. As I delved into these options to determine whether they were worth pursuing, I noticed that they dovetailed nicely with other improvements. How, you ask?

[Read on to find out!]