Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A very expensive non-transfer

From the Daily News:

For years, Metropolitan Transportation Authority construction and planning schedules have pegged November 2012 as the time for the opening of a new underground connection between the Fulton Center subway complex at Broadway in lower Manhattan and the Cortlandt St. station on the eastern edge of the World Trade Center site.

Workers are now putting the finishing touches on the passageway, which cost more than $200 million to build.

Known as the Dey St. Concourse, the subterranean walkway will feature a wall of giant video screens, some providing travel information, some displaying advertising.

The turnstile banks are in place. The bright lights are installed and shining. A ribbon-cutting should not be far away.

Yet transit officials now say they plan to keep the Dey St. Concourse padlocked — for several years.

The official reason: Few riders will make use of the free transfer.

The demand, officials say, will come when the new office towers being built at Ground Zero are completed and occupied, and the Port Authority finishes its permanent — and extravagant — PATH hub. That’s will be in 2015. Maybe.

“The small number of people we believe would use the transfer...does not justify the expense of opening, maintaining and policing the passage,” MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg explained.


Anonymous said...

We are serving NJ now? What BS - get open for Pete's sake!

Anonymous said...

Only a government entity could first rationalize the capital costs of building it and then deny a rationale for operating it.

Anonymous said...

There is a similar unused walkway between Times Square and Penn Station

Anonymous said...

Anon. No. 3:

Not between Times Square and Penn Station. Between 40th and 35th Streets under 6th Avenue, connecting the 34th and 42nd Street Stations. Closed for security reasons.