You might’ve noticed that I’ve temporarily unpublished most of my subway extension posts. The main reason is my evolving stance on regional rail – a hot topic in the transport advocacy space and on Transit Twitter. Find out what this means for NYTIP on this edition of the INSIDER![Read On…]
UPDATE (06.15.2021): Revised commentary on the Mott Haven station and made other light edits for clarity.
Welcome back to my NYTIP series! In this series of posts, which comprise Volume II of NYTIP – transforming commuter rail into regional rail, I will discuss ideas for transforming the disjoint commuter rail systems in the Tri-State Area into an integrated regional rail network. This post addresses the Harlem line – a branch of MTA’s Metro-North Railroad – in The Bronx.[Let the transformation begin!]
UPDATE (06.15.2021): I revised my regional rail post on the Harlem line, and reorganized part of this page for clarity. The New Rochelle Transportation Improvement Plan (NROTIP) and all NYTIP INSIDER posts are now under “NYTIP Specials” to avoid ambiguity with the main NYTIP project.
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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]