"Now that the stadium's gone, the parking lot doesn't make a whole lot of sense," the co-chair of Community Board 4's transportation committee, Christine Berthet, said. "The community is opposed to this. We support the extension of the no. 7 train line and the planning for how to bring people to the Javits Center shouldn't be for people to come by car."
City Is Seeking To Build a Giant Parking Lot Near the Hudson Yards
City wants 20,000 new parking spaces in Hell's Kitchen
Response from Tenant.net:
"This is the BS from people like Christine Berthet. They support Hudson Yards, the Javits and the No. 7 subway extension. But all involve huge towers and more traffic -- a LOT more traffic (of course, these are the same people that claim a phone booth 30 feet away was responsible for a bus running over a pedestrian on 9th and 45th St. recently).
If you have 24 million SF of office space, using the US. Dept. of Labor guidelines of one person for every 200 SF, then that's 120,000 additional people coming into the area every single day (not just football Sundays, not counting 15-20,000 new residences and not counting the people occupying six million SF of office space in the new towers above Penn Station).
And if you consider around 10% vehicle-trips per person, that could mean 12,000 additional vehicles in the area (and that's only HY office workers, not residents). Numbers can be crunched this way or that way, but in the end it's a lot more people and a lot more cars.
More gridlock, thanks to Ms. Berthet and friends aligned with Christine Quinn, who are all pretending to be pushing for less traffic. What did they think, that you can create a new city of 120,000 and all will walk or take a subway (that isn't yet built and likely to have only one stop on the outskirts of the area?
Of course all this is necessary -- to bring in the cars so they can pay the $8 congested pricing fee in order to raise the millions of dollars necessary to pay for the No. 7 subway and the parking lot.
Makes sense, right?
This is classic wagging the dog.
Maybe the mathematics works, but there won't be less traffic. But then again, Congested Pricing has nothing to do with reducing traffic.
(The lawsuit mentioned in the article -- which I've had some familiarity on -- isn't about stopping Hudson Yards; it's about stopping the parking lot.)"
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