The city's poor public transit service outside Manhattan could threaten the explosion of economic growth experienced by the outer boroughs in recent years, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Center for an Urban Future.
As the fastest-growing sectors of New York City's economy, such as health care and education, continue their expansion in the outer boroughs, fewer residents there are commuting into Manhattan for work, the report says.
While the number of Brooklyn commuters traveling to Queens for work shot up 32% since 1990, Brooklyn commuters traveling into Manhattan increased only by 13%, according to the research. And more Bronx residents are now traveling to Queens and Westchester country for work than ever before. Meanwhile, people on Staten Island are either staying in their borough or commuting to Brooklyn or New Jersey in greater numbers.
But the city's Manhattan-centric transit system, much of which dates back to the early decades of the 20th century, makes it hard—and sometimes impossible—for workers to travel easily between the outer boroughs. The result is climbing commute times and lost job opportunities for many residents.
I have an idea... let's build a 2nd Avenue subway and a bunch of bike lanes. That will solve the problem.