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It’s PETITION TIME!
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved a $1.5 Billion project to extend the the PATH train to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and finished in 2023. (Source)
Four Points About This:
1) First off, why in the world would Newark International Airport and all their airlines want the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey be in charge of transporting people to their airport? The way the PATH system is managed, this is a recipe for record breaking amounts of people missing their flights because of train delays, “signal problems,” fires on the track, etc that PATH is notorious for.
2) The PATH is already overcrowded and will soon be even more of a commuting nightmare with the amount of new residential construction happening in Jersey City. Adding millions of passengers to/from the airport (plus their luggage) to this already congested train line makes ZERO sense (Newark Airport had 35 million passengers in 2013). Who put these people in charge of the future of North Jersey?
3) Another note about this extension is the cost. It’s a $1.5 BILLION project. That’s $1.5 BILLION, with a “B.” With that $1.5 BILLION, the current commuter problem should be the focus.
4) To agree with Steve Carrellas (a New Jersey spokesman for the National Motorists Association), this train extension is redundant. If you want to go from Manhattan to EWR (or vice versa), there are at least 6 choices for every passenger:
- NJ Transit DIRECT – 21 to 25 minutes
- Taxi (don’t take a taxi from EWR)
- Uber (take Uber or Lyft)
- NJ Transit to PATH (switch at Newark Penn Station)
- Drive or carpool
Again, why is this project even a consideration, let alone an approved plan?
It’s PETITION TIME
If you agree that this extension is a bad idea and the money needs to go towards a GOOD idea that will help manage the future of commuting to Manhattan from Jersey City and Hoboken, then sign this. We’ll make sure it gets put in the right hands.
Jersey City is a hot spot to live right now. With prices booming in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Jersey City is this little town on the other side of the Hudson that has extremely close proximity to Manhattan, at about half the price as Williamsburg. Some say that Jersey City is on route to become the next Brooklyn too. Those who live here already believe it’s already the place to be.
As Jersey City continues to grow in size (thousands of new residential units hitting the market over the next few years), the current residents worry about the city’s infrastructure–mainly the PATH system. If you’re a commuter from Jersey City, going into Manhattan every day, you’re already watching multiple trains go by on the platform before there’s any sign of space for you to fit onto a PATH car. The same on your trip back to Jersey City. This is already an issue. What’s going to happen when a few thousand more people are trying to get on that same PATH train? Don’t think they’re driving in or taking an Uber. Sure, maybe some of them will take the ferry…but the biggest problem with the ferry is the expense. At $8 each way, an Uber ride isn’t looking too bad.
With the PATH system operating at near maximum capacity during commuter hours (240,000 people per work day) and the fact that it’s very unreliable (Journal Square to 33rd was shutdown entirely for 2 days last week), the future of increased JC to NYC travelers is not looking very good.
So, what can be done? There’s a potential solution that could be game changing, revolutionary and legen–wait for it–dary. Let’s quickly travel up the Hudson River about 80 miles to Poughkeepsie where you’ll find a bridge unlike any other in the world. It’s the world’s tallest (212 feet over the river) and longest (1.28 miles long) pedestrian walking bridge–connecting two sides of the Hudson River. The bridge’s original use was for railroad and this new design was absolutely brilliant.
Although, there’s no current foundation for a bridge, like Poughkeepsie had, this idea is far from far-fetched. With the way our country is moving towards a green, eco-friendly, Tesla-esque future, a walking bridge could be a solution to more than just a Jersey City commuter nightmare. Yes, a walking bridge would provide a Brooklyn Bridge-like experience from the Jersey side, but it would also symbolize a movement that is part of the biggest topic in America right now–climate change. Given the opportunity to walk, run or ride a bike to work every day from NJ, people would jump all over it. A motivating factor for people to walk or ride a bike to work? Absolutely!
Let’s just make a short list of all the benefits that could come out of a walking bridge connecting Jersey City to lower Manhattan:
1) Relieve commuter nightmare from the PATH and bus system
2) Symbolize an environmentally friendly movement
3) Potential revenue for Jersey City and NYC from a walking bridge toll (gotta pay for it somehow)
4) Would cut down on the driving traffic and automobile pollution
5) Would increase property values in Jersey City
6) If this happened under Steve Fulop’s mayorship, it would elevate Fulop’s status to kingship.
It’s time for Jersey City to start thinking about the commuting problem and take action. Even if a walking bridge were to get approved and funded, it would still be a multi-year project. A project that needs to happen now. We, the people of Jersey City, challenge you, Steven Fulop, to either make this a reality or come up with another solution to the commuter traffic nightmare that’s only just begun.