Monday, April 21st, 2014
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Train Terrible

Can you guess what line the New York Times calls "the city’s sorriest little railroad"? If you have ever been on it (or, more likely, waited with increasing exasperation before finally uttering a "Fuck this"—the volume of which proved shocking even to yourself—and heading back upstairs to search for any viable means of transportation, rather than the theoretical situation from which you just departed in a rage) you probably can.

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brianvan (#149)

this is, of course, a self-fulfilling judgment, since everyone who complains about the G expects for it to be magically fixed one day after they haven't used it for two years and have done nothing to provide feedback or advocacy in favor of improving the service. According to the information collected by the MTA, the G is just fine, even improving.

It's easy for guys like Kimmelman, in particular, to take potshots from the ivory tower, on the occasion that it suits him. I must have missed his prior columns where he made a rational argument for a cost-effective G-train upgrade that would make more financial sense than bringing an entire new mode of transit into the city.

There is a way forward, and the key to expressing the absurdity here is to illustrate the part where we actually COULD fix this and we do not, and all of us are complicit.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

@brianvan The G train only nominally serves the waterfront in Greenpoint, for most of the line it does not overlap with this proposal.

jfruh (#713)

If you think the G train is a sorry little railroad, just wait until you take the train he's proposing, a streetcar that runs in mixed traffic from Red Hook to Astoria! Don't worry, it won't matter how painfully slow it'll be, because according to the column streetcars "aren’t about getting around quickly" (so why complain about the G train, then?).

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)

@jfruh The thinking is that a dedicated line will encourage further development as it shows a commitment to the waterfront. In particular, attracting office developments as opposed to strictly residential. The MTA has a waterfront dedicated bus, the B32, that now that runs up Kent to LIC. It is a total dud and runs every 30 minutes. I think a streetcar works if it has a dedicated lane separated from traffic as in SF and many other cities. I highly doubt the MTA is open to change and introducing a new means of transit is unlikely in an inept, staid bureaucratic agency like the MTA. I am sure if they can find a way, they will spend millions "studying" the proposal through 2025.

This is a line that should be developed now as the development has already reach a critical mass. The Domino development will bring in many more residents and office space that would greatly benefit from a dedicated line. Bloomberg could have pulled this off, DeBlasio not so much.

jbsquare (#793)

I have a solution – we say goodbye to the bike lanes that run along the east river and make it bus lane only.

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