NYC Transit Authority releases sobering data, contradicting figures used to justify Atlantic Yards
The big news today is that subways are overcrowded â as if New Yorkers couldn't tell â and it's going to get worse before it gets better.
The articles in the daily papers didn't mention the possible implications of the massive new developments all around Brooklyn, including the Atlantic Yards, but Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report had something to say.
The NY Times, Some Subways Found Packed Past Capacity
In an unusually candid effort at self-examination for a habitually insular agency, New York City Transit yesterday presented what could be called an index of straphanger frustration. It made an analysis of each subway line that shows at a glance how often trains run late, how crowded they are and whether more trains could be added to ease the problems.
What is revealed is both predictable and eye-opening. Many subway lines are simply maxed out, meaning there is no room on the tracks they use to add trains that could carry the swelling numbers of riders. And that has implications that range from day-to-day decisions about how trains travel through the system to long-term planning on how to best move people around a growing city.
Atlantic Yards Report, NYCT contradicts ESDC, saying subways are too crowded
Norman Oder ties in the latest news to the little we do know about Atlantic Yards, which, after yesterday's revelations, isn't much:
Contrast [the NY City Transit Authority's conclusions] with the sunny predictions of the Empire State Development Corporation in its Atlantic Yards environmental review, predictions that were criticized again and again by transportation analysts Brian Ketcham and Carolyn Konheim.
From the Atlantic Yards Final Environmental Impact Statement (Response 13-2):
The DEIS includes a detailed subway line haul analysis based on 2005 NYCT passenger counts that show that all subway routes serving the project site would continue to operate below capacity in the peak direction in the AM and PM peak hours at their maximum load points in both the 2010 and the 2016 future with the proposed project.
Apparently the statistics were a little bit out of date
So of course the MTA's going to ask for fare increase....knowing that they want to give away land to Ratner at less than a 25% of its value, I say Â citizens put their foot down. If Ratner wants to build on MTA land let him pay full price. If Ratner wants to increase ridership let him subsidize it, not us. I am tired of shelling out my tax dollars to this fat, greedy corrupt incompetent crook. Hell even Boss Tweed (at least) put up a nice courthouse, with Ratner we get poorly designed junk that's outdated before it leaves the drawing board.
Loading the subways like this is not only an inconvenience -its dangerous - and that reminds me of another thing that the ESDC claimed wasn't an issue- terrorism and security (someone want to check the offices of the ESDC for a. intoxicating fumes b. excessively large personal bank accounts). How will we find out the ESDC was inadequate there? a report or 'the hard way'.