Howard Roberts Jr, President of Obvious Information and City Transit President, tells the Post that subway ridership is already at an insane 50 year high of 1.5 BILLION riders a year.
In even more obvious news, that means that riding the train is going to be more crowded and slower. Shocker.
So what does he plan to do about it? Well, he proposes that subway platforms get lengthened to allow 2 extra cars per train. Also, he proposes that technology be improved to allow the trains to run faster than 18mph (average) and run closer together. If the trains can run closer together, they could run more trains, more frequently.
Also, if Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan happens, it will result in an immediate 2% increase in ridership. Joy.
Long story short, the MTA needs to finally get rid of all the 1930’s technology and step up their game.
Last but not least, here’s the holiday weekend transit changes: (includes MONDAY)
1 train: No trains between 14th Street and South Ferry.
2, 3 trains: Trains run local between 96th and Chambers streets.
7 train:Flushing-bound trains run express between Woodside-61st Street and Willets Point until 10 p.m. Sunday.
A, C trains Starting tonight at 11:30 p.m. uptown trains run express between 59th and 125th streets.
E, R trains: Queens-bound trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Avenue until 5 a.m. Monday.
F train:Queens-bound trains run on the V line between 47th-50th Street Rockefeller Center and Roosevelt Avenue. Coney Island-bound trains run express from Smith-9th Streets to Church Avenue.
G train: No trains between 71st-Continental Avenue and Court Square until 5 a.m. Monday.
N train:Manhattan-bound trains run express between Stillwell Avenue and 59th Streets. rerouted over the Manhattan Bridge from Canal Street to De Kalb Avenue.