It’s a snowy Wednesday in New York, but we’ve got our eye on a sunnier transit future for this week’s episode of “The Next Stop Is…” For the 12th episode of the Second Ave. Sagas’ podcast, Eric Basure and I talk about what might become.
Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech, we delve into the plans for Penn Station Access. Could Metro-North deliver riders to the West Side? It may be a few years yet, but if Cuomo has his way, that long-discussed project could see the light of the day.
Meanwhile, with big weekend changes for the 7 line on tap for 22 weekends this year, Eric and I discussed the benefits and pitfalls of this week. It’s taken the MTA an exceedingly long time to implement CBTC on the Flushing Line, and the end isn’t in sight for another three years. As frustration builds in Queens, the MTA, we posit, should be doing more to explain just how this work will benefit riders. It’s always a tough P.R. battle to win.
Finally, it’s worth noting that we start the show with a brief plug of my upcoming Problem Solvers Q-and-A session. I’ll be chatting with Bill Amarosa, Manager of Ridership & Revenue Analysis, and I’ll do a proper post on this tomorrow.
This week’s recording again runs around 20 minutes, and it is, as always, the perfect length for your subway ride home this evening. You can grab the podcast right here on iTunes or pull the raw MP3 file. If you enjoy what you hear, subscribe to updates on iTunes as well and consider leaving us a review. If you have any questions you’d like us to tackle, leave ’em in the comments below.