Great post over at Forest Hills 72 re: congestion pricing & the B.S. known as "The Jamaica Plan":
This plan was full of empty promises and pie-in-the-sky projections, from an agency that couldn't build one subway station with $800 million. The only certainty in the plan was that there would be less cars in Manhattan - where they would go is our problem.
More buses - that's what we get for becoming park and rides. If buses are so great, why are we spending billions on a 2nd Avenue subway?
CP is dead (again). Hooray!!!!!
The congestion pricing panel promises 46 new subway cars on the E/F lines. Question - where are you going to put them? The Jamaica rezone EIS tells us: "There are a total of 30 E and F trains operating Manhattan bound during the AM peak hour, which is the capacity of the track. No addtional service can be provided under the existing infrastructure."
Also from the Jamaica rezone EIS (which was blown off by the CP panel): "In the future with the proposed actions (the upzone), the total open space ration within the residential open space study area would decrease to .735 acres per 1000 residents, a decline of approximately 4.9 percent. This ratio is substantially below the CEQR guideline of 2.5 acres per 1000 residents."
Manhattan's Hudson Yards Rezone Green Space Allotment: 13 acres.
Queens' Jamaica Rezone Green Space Allotment: 0.39 acres.
Thank you, Mr. Tennis Shoe. And here's the real reason the plan died. The proponents are a bunch of idiotic clowns...
The Times added: The defeat of the program, which was to be the catalyst for major transit and environmental improvements, is a crushing blow for Mr. Bloomberg, and threatens to leave him with little legacy beyond ending indoor smoking.
Not true. Walk down any street in Queens and you'll run right smack into his legacy - crap on both sides of the road!