Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I couldn't have said it better myself

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!

7 comments:

Jason in Kew Gardens said...

Little warning next time, maybe?

A Better NYC said...

Protesters pretty much lose all credibility when they wear costumes to a rally...no?

How can anyone take them seriously!

Anonymous said...

Yea, let me drive my car into the city during business hours every day.

Now THERE is a smart person.

(and they wonder why some laugh at Queens)

Anonymous said...

Congestion pricing is going to happen sooner or later. There is a physical impossibility to shoehorn any more traffic into Manhattan.

The real problem is you cannot handle your politicians in Queens. Either pay the price for this, or get after them to soften its blow, or (if this is possible) twist their arms so this helps you.

Now now now, I am sure if you apply yourselves and think about it you can figure it out.

Just park the car, dammit.

Anonymous said...

Congestion Pricing was a bad idea. The only ones who would have benefited were the wealthy living in Manhattan. They don't have to worry about the trickle down costs on everything affected by this moranic tax.

Anonymous said...

Congestion Pricing was a bad idea. The only ones who would have benefited were the wealthy living in Manhattan. They don't have to worry about the trickle down costs on everything affected by this moranic tax.

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You need reasoned arguements, sir, not slogans. Address issues as pollution and urban gridlock, not Manhattan is beating up on us poor Queens folks.

This first step is to get after your polticians. If you dont do it now, when the pricing gets passed (as it will someday) you are going to get the short end of the stick.

And you will have no one to blame but yourselves. Queens, stop being so passive when it comes to your local elected officials.

Taxpayer said...

The entire plan was backwards.

First they stop all cars - and charge high tax for those who enter anyway.

They demand that all drivers switch to mass transit to avoid the tax.

They promise to spend all tax money collected to improve mass transit.

Wait a minute. Don't they have to FIRST improve mass transit BEFORE they jam 10 pounds of commuters into a five pound vehicle?

Then, AFTER improvements, eliminate driving into New York City. Not just Manhattan.