Repurposing ARC Money: Let the Wishing Begin

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 11:18 AM

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Although the ARC tunnel seems to have received a temporary stay of execution (and today's news is that Senator Lautenberg is seeking private money to help save the project), that hasn't stopped other people from opining about how the billions of dollars could--or should--be spent in the region.

Sam Schwartz (aka Gridlock Sam) thinks the money would be better spent on Staten Island. He writes in the Daily News that using the money to "build an actual tunnel between the borough and the rest of the city...would finally level the playing field for the only borough without a subway line - but with terrible traffic from end to end." (And yes, I'm sure he knows that Staten Island has one lone, self-contained rail line.)

Meanwhile, speaking yesterday at a breakfast sponsored by Crain's New York Business magazine, the message from MTA chairman Jay Walder was straightforward: If they don't want it, we'll take it. He said that the cash-strapped MTA (which is hiking fares in January in an effort to combat their $900 million deficit) would try to get that money.

The Jersey Journal writes: "If the state and Port Authority want a tunnel, build one for the overburdened PATH trains. Another PATH tunnel, tracks and rail cars would serve more people and communities closer to the Hudson River, who are in need of better mass transit."

While these all fall under the category of wishful thinking rather than actual plans (I, for one, am tempted to use the money researching and developing clean energy jet packs), it raises the question: if the ARC tunnel dies, how would you like the money to be spent? Comment below!


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Comments [4]


Build a second set of rail tunnels to expand the NEC. Tear down MSG and its ugly office tower and restore Pennsylvania Station to its former glory.

Oct. 28 2010 11:21 AM
Christine Berthet

If ARC is not built commuters will need many more buses to travel to Manhattan. Today there is already a lack of layover facilities for buses which idle for hours in illegal parking or drive around in circles . Council Member Quinn has requested the use of ARC funds to build a Bus garage that was committed by the city in the 2005 rezoning of Hudson Yards on the West of Manhattan..
It makes a lot of sense.

Oct. 16 2010 06:25 PM

As a Staten Island resident with the typical hellish comute, I would certain welcome a subway connection to "the city." Realistically, though, with its piddling 500K population, Staten Island will continue to be crapped on, transportation wise. Plus, I think a lot of Staten Islanders DON'T WANT their borough reachable by subway.

Oct. 14 2010 02:16 PM

I say build an elevated monorail that connects everything and runs on love.

Oct. 14 2010 01:14 PM

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