Tuesday, May 22, 2007

L of a problem

Riders on the crowded L subway line, who at peak hours frequently have to wait for two or more trains to pass at some stations before squeezing aboard, will have to keep on squeezing for at least a few more years, according to a report released yesterday.

For Less Crowding on L Train, Think 2010, Report Says

Nabil Ghaly, the subway’s chief signal engineer, said that the new signal system was designed in the mid-1990s and that at the time the hefty residential growth in areas like Williamsburg had not been anticipated.

Understand now why the Jamaica upzoning plan isn't such a good idea?

Photo from Brooklyn Record

8 comments:

Julie said...

No surprise there. They upzone a neighborhood, invited hundreds of thousands of people in, but fail to upgrade the infrastructure to accommodate them.

Anonymous said...

What a cocktail!

Up-zone, then over-develop without upgrading the antiquated infrastructure!

Has anybody got an Alka Seltzer?

Has NYC got a brain? !!!!

Anonymous said...

Gee, where are the newspapers?

Where are the urban think tanks?

Where are the politicians?

Anonymous said...

OK, all you Crappie readers. Time to start writing letters to the newspapers?

Ask who is going to pay for the infrastructure support so the developers can take home their profits?

Maybe they should pay a developer infrastructure tax?

Maybe the Board of Ed should sign off on plans only when there is enough desks. So John Q, next time a politician shows up and uses your kids for a photo op on some obscure underfunded program that will be gone a year or so, ask them. You know, if they care about your kids so much, why do they purposely underfund the schools so they lag behind development? ... and your kid's education suffers.

Anonymous said...

I cannot STAND that line! I spend an extra 3 dollars each way to take the express bus so that i can avoid the "HELL Line"!

OH and dont even get me started on the 4,5 and 6 lines.

grvsmth said...

Yeah, where are the newspapers? The Times should be all over this! Oh wait...

No, this doesn't help me understand why the Jamaica rezoning isn't such a good idea. Isn't the whole point of the rezoning to develop workplaces so that people commute to Jamaica, thus decreasing congestion on the lines heading away from there?

georgetheatheist said...

"M-o-o-o"..."Cluck-cluck"

[I can't decide whether we're in cattle-cars or chicken slaughter houses...How 'bout sardine cans?

One million LESS people in 2030!

Julie said...

Isn't the whole point of the rezoning to develop workplaces so that people commute to Jamaica, thus decreasing congestion on the lines heading away from there?

No. The plan is a hodge podge of commercial improvements along with bigger residential buildings - all without schools, parks, or increased train service. Too many people already commute to Jamaica, as evidenced by the never ending traffic jams on Hillside and Jamaica Avenues.