Monday, June 29, 2015
Transit infrastructure can't keep up with population
From the Daily News:
New projections show the New York region’s population should reach 20.5 million people by 2020, further taxing the region’s already overcrowded and cash-strapped subway, bus and train systems.
The projections — calculated by the mapping service ESRI for The Associated Press — estimate the region is growing at a clip of almost 100,000 people annually. Long Island, Westchester County and much of northern New Jersey are included in the metro area.
The importance of these systems can’t be overstated: 31% of metro area commuters use transit to get to work, the U.S. Census estimates.
As the region’s population booms, the strains on mass transit are increasingly evident.
Overcrowding was the single biggest cause of delays on the New York subway system during the last year, MTA stats show. Ridership has also grown on NJ Transit and the PATH trains.
Yet politicians display little appetite for funding transit, while fare hikes have riders digging deeper.