Today the only direct way without a car to travel between Los Angeles Union Station to LAX if you are going to fly is the Union Station Flyaway Bus. Since it uses public roads it is subject to delays from heavy traffic. But not everyone is going to the airport terminals who travel to the area near LAX. Also many people who want to travel to the LAX area can’t do so by public transportation conveniently. By 2019 construction will be finished on the Crenshaw/LAX LA Metrorail line which will have shuttle bus connections to the LAX terminals. The LA Metrorail Green Line will also have a branch extended on part of the future Crenshaw/LAX Line sharing it to the area near Century Blvd for shuttle buses which will roughly cut in half the distance buses travel now between the terminals and the Green Line. The…
The original Penn Station was an architectural masterpiece. The most ironic part about removing it in a “monumental act of vandalism,” though, is that as a transit facility the original Penn Station had serious flaws. In fact, the platforms and tracks haven’t been significantly altered in more than a century.
Unfortunately, those flaws are growing more obvious by the day. Narrow, crowded platforms and grossly inadequate stairs and escalators are a constant source of delays, dangerous overcrowding and frustration for commuters. But most importantly, Penn Station is not actually a station for most passengers – it’s a terminal. The difference is not merely semantic; in a terminal, trains must cross each other as they enter and leave, making it far less efficient than a through-running station. Even when this doesn’t cause delays, it severely limits capacity and ensures every train has to travel more slowly in Penn.
The deterioration of the New York City subway system is a failure of political leadership that spans decades. Beginning with Robert Moses blocking the Second Avenue subway and culminating in Gov. Andrew Cuomo draining a whopping $450 million from the MTA budget in his six years as governor, New York’s leaders have consistently raided or withheld funding for capital projects from the city’s mass transit system.
In the following interviews with state transportation leaders – New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg; John D. Porcari, the interim executive director for the Gateway Program Development Corporation; Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Chairman Jeffrey Dinowitz and New York City Council Transportation Committee Chairman Ydanis Rodríguez – we look at some of the possible solutions you might have missed while Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have been passing the buck.