Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, talks about the Bloomberg administration's tentative plan to extend the 7 train to New Jersey.
A less elegant but considerably cheaper solution would be to extend the PATH from Hoboken to Secaucus Jct.The necessary tracks are a few yards apart in Hoboken and a connecting ramp would be engineering child's play.
Why not offer a lower cost cab - forexample a motorized version of the bikerickshaws now available in the park.
Provide a large number of inexpensive "medallions" for these cabs -or allow unlimitted licenses (after all sucheconomic quotas are inefficient - just ask Bloomberg!).
This will allow people with very limitted funds to be entrepreneurs and own and operate their OWN cab as a small business - rather than have to work for slave wages (&/or sky high medalion rental fees) for large fleet owners!
Result :1) More cabs2) More affordable cab transportation3) Better earnings and business prospects for cab DRIVERS who can start their own business immediately.
It's a FREE MARKET approach - why does Bloomberg insist on supporting the grossly inefficient and expensive status quo instead ?
Essential that the new cab be easy to get into. I use cabs because my knees barely function & the city has shockingly removed all the bus lines from University Place and from Broadway, so I am stranded without cabs. But the current new cabs are too high, too much a struggle to get into, and the sliding doors are impossible for me to maneuver. I am sure I am speaking for many older people in the city, if you care about us at all.
So many Americans without jobs,our economy is in shambles.
And the TLC can't find an Americancompany to make these taxicabs?
My understanding of the ARC tunnel was that funding was split between NJ, Feds, and NJ Transit. No money from NY or NYC even though it obviously benefitted the whole region. Now Bloomberg wants to step up and do this half assed tunnel (only going to secaucus means riders from all over jersey having to switch trains). Why didn't Bloomberg step up before with some NYC funds o save the ARC tunnel?
Who's going to pay for it?
This isn't a new idea; the Regional Plan Association and others have been advocating for extending the 7 train to NJ for decades.
I mean, y'know, well, it's, y'know, like this. Well, I mean, not like THAT, but, y'know, I mean, like this.
You know what I mean?
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