As everyone knows the Second Avenue Subway, arguably the most important transit construction problem in the entire tri-state area, is behind schedule. It has been behind schedule for so many years, I’ve lost count. Well we can now add some more time to it as complaints from local residents & officials have led the MTA to look at alternative station entrances on 72nd & 86th Streets. Patrick Gallahue of the New York Post has the brief report:
The MTA is going to study alternatives to station entrances for the Second Avenue Subway after Upper East Siders battled over a mid block gateway on 72nd Street.
Residents complained, and several even sued, to stop the agency from opening large entrances on their residential street, arguing that it would eat up sidewalk space between First and Second avenues.
The MTA said it would now study alternatives for the 72nd Street entrance.
“Midblock entrances are not common in residential areas and will have a significant impact on pedestrian walking patterns, traffic flow and emergency vehicle access to their buildings,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan).
Just great, more delays because of selfish residents & officials scoring brownie points by catering to them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to anyone where to live. I’m just sick of this mentality by many who live within the 5 boroughs to interfere with legitimate projects because it does not cater to their suburban desires. They want the luxuries afforded to living in most suburb areas such as tons of space while having the convenience of being in New York City. Sorry you can’t have your cake & eat it too! If you want a certain lifestyle, stop moving to Manhattan of all boroughs especially on a major corridor!
The MTA should not cater to the selfish as they are not & never will be more important than the millions who would benefit from the Second Avenue Subway being completed. The most screwed up thing is you can pretty much guarantee a good percentage of the complainers will at some time or another use the service. Pathetic………
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