Current MTA Construction Projects - will they finish them?
I was over at the MTA site and I was looking at some of the things they're building (or should I say attempted to) and I look at some of these and wonder if they'll ever finish them.
2nd Avenue Subway
The MTA has been trying to build this line since when... 1940 or so? But always run into the same roadblock: no money. They're saying in about 7 years - it'll be a stub from 96th/2nd to 63rd/Lex sending the Q up there and they'll build from there. I don't think this thing is getting completed in ANY of our lifetimes.
LIRR to Grand Central
Apparently they've been digging deep,deep tunnels for this for years but I have my doubts about this one. I don't really ride commuter trains much so I can't comment on this one.
7 extension to Javits
With this big dispute over the rail yards, I have my doubts about this one. No doubt it's needed for those folks who live in Hell's Kitchen and thereabouts (the stop after Times Square is supposedly 42nd/10th) - and needless to say walking, much less taking the bus from the A all the over to 11th Avenue is no fun.
Fulton Street Transportation Center
OK, obviously this one is going to be finished up apparently sometime next year and is supposedly connecting every line in lower Manhattan. All I'm hoping is that this makes the station much less of a maze than it used to be.
Select Bus Service
So, this is what they're calling the Bx12 (Fordham/Pelham) Bus Rapid Transit Service (basically a fancier, larger express bus with dedicated lanes). I heard it supposed to launch the end of next month and I go to Co-Op City often so I may hop on and see how it is when it starts up. Personally, I would've preferred a light-rail line but this is much cheaper and Fordham Road just has way too many hills for it.
Sorry for the rambling, but I have some doubts on whether the MTA going to deliver all this stuff they're promising. We need the 2nd Avenue Subway BADLY (the Lex Lines are about to burst and it's not going to be pretty) but I have a feeling that's not going to happen and they'll put a BRT line along 1st and 2nd Avenue instead (both are wide enough for one).