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    Cross-Manhattan Expressway...

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    How about the Under-Manhattan Expressway? New Jersey to Queens with no Manhattan access or exits. Shorter than many tunnels in the Alps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    How about the Under-Manhattan Expressway? New Jersey to Queens ...
    God Bless you if you can make THIS happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninjahedge
    Problem with another tunnel is that there is not enough capacity on both sides to handle more traffic.
    This is the tunnel ("THE Tunnel") he is talking about:
    http://accesstotheregionscore.com/index.html

    It is a passenger rail tunnel, not a highway tunnel

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1
    God Bless you if you can make THIS happen
    With a lesson or two from China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmg
    This is the tunnel ("THE Tunnel") he is talking about:
    http://accesstotheregionscore.com/index.html

    It is a passenger rail tunnel, not a highway tunnel
    Thanks (seriously), but that is also a problem.

    Trying to walk around the stations in NYC and being jostled on all sides by overcrowded venues with construction always present in one way or another and traffic competing for passage it is hard to see how MORE access to the city would be warranted.

    The city is full. They need to find ways to get people across it without having to go through it in order to relieve some of the conjestion on the roads, rails and stations.

    It would be nice if you could get to some places without having to go into Manhattan first and transfer....

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    From http://cityrealty.com/new_developments:

    Broadway to get new "station house" at 96th Street 14-JUN-06

    The transportation committee of Community Board 7 last night passed a resolution endorsing a plan by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to dramatically alter the 100-year-old 96th Street station of the IRT subway on Broadway.

    The $80 million plan would eliminate sidewalk entrances to the subway at 96th Street and erect a new “station house” in the middle of Broadway between 96th and 95th Streets. The station house would be close to 95th Street and would include two elevators and four stairways to the subway platforms. It is one of 100 stations of the city’s 467 stations that the city has agreed to provide with disabled access.

    Recently, the MTA redid the crowded express subway station at 72nd Street and Broadway and Andrew Albert, co-chairman of the transportation committee, remarked that the board was lucky to get another major station renovation.

    The proposed new station house will be quite different from the handsome Post-Modern design at 72nd Street. The design by Urbahn Associates Inc., and Daniel Frankfurt PC calls for an arched building, somewhat reminiscent of some of the famous designs of Salvador Calatrava.

    A spokesman for Daniel Frankfurt engineering firm told the committee that the proposal will reduce from 65 to 32 the number of steps that non-disabled subway riders will have to make each trip at the station. At present, access to the express platform at 96th Street must be made by descending the sidewalk entrances to the local platforms and descending beneath them and walking to the middle of the street and ascending another set of stairs to reach the express platform. The new stairways and elevators will direct access the express platform. The spokesman also said that the redesigned mall with the new station house would be surrounded by a wall that would prevent mid-block jaywalking.

    Some members of the public at the meeting expressed concerns about increased pedestrian traffic from new high-rise construction in the area.

    The plan would reduce the width of the sidewalks by as much as 9 feet on either side of the avenue to provide “left turning” lanes to speed the flow of north-south traffic.

    The resolution specifically agreed to provisions in the proposal to make adjustments to the mall on Broadway between 94th and 97th Streets. The resolution also specifically did not approve plans in the proposals to permit a Parks Department concession stand.

    The committee spent almost two-and-half hours debating the merits of the proposal with most of its attention focused on pedestrian safety and parking spaces.

    Several members of the public asked a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Transportation about the possibility of changing traffic signals to the count-down signals used in Washington, D.C., but the spokesperson said that was a “different philosophy,” much to the chagrin of most of the committee.

    A spokesperson for the MTA told the committee that it hopes to bid the project out to bid by the end of the year and the 36-month construction would start early next year.

    The station, which is in the top 5 percent of most used in the city, now gets about 37,000 entries a day.

    A spokesman for the Broadway Mall Association asked the committee to include a provision in its resolution requesting the MTA to pay the association for its recent costs in beautifying the mall it is replacing, which, he said, “was the most beautiful on Broadway.” The committee declined his request.


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    ...somewhat reminiscent of some of the famous designs of Salvador Calatrava.
    He got so famous he changed his name.

    He also changed his style.

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    A box with an arch -- pure Calatrava????

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    You gotta remember, this article was written by the same people who use the word "handsome" to describe virtually every building in Manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    He got so famous he changed his name.

    He also changed his style.
    LOL. Maybe they were thinking of his Spanish compatriot, Dali.

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    Schumer Throws Support Behind S.I. Light Rail System

    June 16, 2006

    A political heavyweight is throwing his support behind a proposed light rail system on Staten Island.

    Senator Charles Schumer says new passenger rail systems along the island's north and west shores are essential to meeting the borough's growing transportation needs.

    The North Shore rail link would run from Arlington to the St. George ferry terminal. Officials estimate anywhere between 11,000 to 15,000 riders would use the North Shore line.

    The West Shore line would link the Hudson-Bergen station in New Jersey to a new "park and ride" in Staten Island's Bloomfield section, and stretch all the way to the Staten Island Mall.

    Supporters say the rail lines would alleviate traffic and revitalize the area.

    “The people that go to Manhattan to work, down to the ferry, the growth would be tremendous,” S.I. Borough President James Molinaro said Friday. “It would be tremendous, plus it would have a impact on the economy and an impact on the quality of life for people."

    "That's the difference between bumper-to-bumper traffic and moving traffic. So this not only good for the people who live near here and can use this light rail system, but it's good for everybody who has to commute," said Schumer.

    The cost of the north shore rail link is estimated at $360 million. The cost of the west shore link is still being studied.

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    An Incredible Shrinking Sidewalk (Maybe)

    By JOHN FREEMAN GILL

    Published: June 18, 2006

    It pays to keep on your toes at Broadway and 96th Street. With crosstown and Broadway buses rumbling past, cars headed to and from the Henry Hudson Parkway, and 37,000 subway riders entering the station daily, crossing the street or just walking the sidewalk can require the agility of a dancer.

    But the stage itself may be in for big changes. If a proposed $80 million renovation of the 96th Street subway station is adopted, the sidewalk on each side of Broadway between 95th and 96th Streets will be narrowed by nine feet, and pedestrians will have one more crosswalk to navigate to reach the subway.

    That's because the plan would create a new station house on a widened Broadway mall while eliminating the sidewalk entrances on both sides of Broadway.

    On Tuesday, at a joint public meeting of Community Board 7's Transportation Committee and its Parks and Preservation Committee, members voted 9-0 with two abstentions to approve the project. The role of the committees, and of the full community board, which will vote on the project in July, is advisory, but it can influence city and state officials.

    Neil Lucey, an engineer with Daniel Frankfurt, one of two firms redesigning the station, explained that it would allow direct stair and elevator access to the platforms, the latter to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

    But some residents at the meeting worried that narrowing the sidewalks from 24 feet to 15 would make pedestrians less safe.

    "The sidewalks are constantly flooded with people, particularly the many young children that attend the four elementary schools nearby," said Siobhan McDermott, a longtime area resident. "Two days ago a car careened off 97th Street and took out the coffee cart."

    Margaret Forgione, Manhattan borough commissioner of the city's Department of Transportation, defended the plan. "We don't think it's flawed or unsafe," she said.

    Even with the narrowed sidewalks, Ms. Forgione said, the "level of service" — a measure of how freely pedestrians can walk down a street — would merit a grade of B, which the transportation department considers acceptable.

    If the State Legislature votes this summer to allow the station house to be constructed on the Broadway mall, which is currently parkland, the three-year project could begin next winter.

    "I'd argue for making it work as best we can with the current design," said Andrew Albert, co-chairman of the transportation committee, adding that the committees' approval was conditioned on making pedestrian safety a priority.

    Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

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    How about simple maintenance and painting to cover up the rust, dirt, peeling paint, and human feces that are all over the transit system. I think that would be a worthy transit improvement.

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    That is gross.
    Thankfully, I can't say I've ever come across that though.

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