Category Archives: transit

In Queens, a subway too far

It’s no mystery why Queens is behind the four big boroughs in transit. Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx have smaller populations than in 1950, while Queens has more 770,000 people – but nearly no gain in areas covered by the subway. Continue reading

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BRT finally coming to Queens; Express to the beach and more

By Len Maniace For too long Queens has been the city’s stepchild when it comes to rapid transit; The borough is New York’s second most populous, but ranks fourth in how well it’s served. Improvements seem likely, however, and soon. … Continue reading

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Snapshot – When ridership increases, so should subway service

No more room available on the subway platform at 9:35 a.m. today except for the yellow zones next to the tracks, which the Transit Authority tells us to avoid. Photo taken at the Manhattan-bound, Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights Station. -Len Maniace

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Deep undergound, Washington’s secret garden

By Len Maniace While thousands flocked to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., this past weekend, a secret garden grew deep underground in that city’s Metro. We found the garden at the Metro Center subway station as we headed … Continue reading

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Saving NYC transit: the case for tolls on all bridges

By Len Maniace The near collapse of New York City’s transportation system 30 years ago is never far from Sam Schwartz’s thoughts. Graffiti was just the most obvious affliction. Subway car doors didn’t open and their fluorescents bulbs didn’t light. There … Continue reading

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