NEW YORK (AP) - The city that never sleeps might have its overnight subway service shut down. Thatâ€™s part of an urban planning think tankâ€™s approach to repair and improve New Yorkâ€™s aging subway system in the next 15 years, something the group called the regionâ€™s most pressing priority.
The Regional Plan Association released its master plan Thursday. Other recommendations contained in the 382-page document include restructuring New Yorkâ€™s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and creating a national park in New Jerseyâ€™s Meadowlands to combat sea level rise.
Dedicating overnight hours on weeknights for repair and replacement work would help shorten the time frame to improve the problem-plagued subways, RPA President Tom Wright said. He noted a combination of expanded bus service and ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft could make up the difference for the estimated 1.5 percent of riders who use the system during those hours.
â€śThe era of 24-hour subway service has come to an end,â€ť Wright said.
The New York Daily News wrote Thursday the plan would â€śsnuff the pride of New York.â€ť
The plan released Thursday is the fourth released by the RPA in its 95-year history. The first was issued in 1929 and the last in 1996.
The association doesnâ€™t have direct input into policy decisions, but its recommendations often are forward-thinking. For example, the 1996 plan included recommendations for east side access for the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal, a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and congestion pricing for cars entering the city, ideas that â€śno politician supportedâ€ť but that since have entered the mainstream, Wright said.