Permanent Way Inspector
ModeratorAU Supporting Member
Gathering Team Member
- Aug 24, 2003
LIRR has pretty much decreed that they shall change at NYP by removing all direct service to Atlantic Terminal anyway. To a large extent where people will change is determined by where they are able to get to the easiest. Other cities plan to disperse such convenient point so arrival so as not to overcrowd any single terminal. NY/NJ does just the opposite and then demand huge amount of money to try to meet the demands created by their own poor route planning. Unfortunately the highly fragmented nature of ht organizations involved gravitates towards poor global planning as each tries to optimize its own operations with little regard for what happens overall. And then the NY - NJ rivalry and schism does not help much either.It would be interesting, though, to see a distribution of how LI commuters get to offices in the Financial District. Are they transferring at NYP, at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, or some other route?
There was a time when NJT was trying to get funding for ARC Tunnel based on its own generated traffic and they simply could not hit the then specified FTA threshold for the tens of billions it was asking for. So they proceeded to stuff every possible train into Penn Station - well err eventually in the final plans, the Macy's basement station, while denuding Hoboken and even proposing an absurd tunnel connection from what is today the Hudson Bergen Line into the new North River Tubes leading to the Macy's basement, thus adding further to the cost. That is not prudent rational planning. It is blatant fiefdom building. Fortunately that whole house of cards finally collapsed and the monstrosity was not built.