NYC plan: End overnight subways to speed up repairs

Published on Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:23
Written by The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - The city that never sleeps might have its overnight subway service shut down. That’s part of an urban planning think tank’s approach to repair and improve New York’s aging subway system in the next 15 years, something the group called the region’s most pressing priority.

The Regional Plan Association released its master plan Thursday. Other recommendations contained in the 382-page document include restructuring New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and creating a national park in New Jersey’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.

“The era of 24-hour subway service has come to an end,” Wright said.

The New York Daily News wrote Thursday the plan would “snuff the pride of New York.”

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 doesn’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 “no politician supported” but that since have entered the mainstream, Wright said.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:23. Updated: Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:25.