Recently, CBS New York published an analysis of the troubles facing New York City and its deteriorating infrastructure. Mitchell Moss, who runs NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy, was featured in this story, addressing the untenable predicament facing the Big Apple.
Currently, fewer than half of NJ TRANSIT trains during the morning commute arrive on time. Delays on the New York subway are up more than 150 percent in less than five years. And data shows streets in New York City are overcrowded and congested, where traffic crawls along during rush hour at an average of 8 MPH.
“We are now seriously at risk,” Moss told CBS News.
“This is a city and a region that is driven by productivity and work, not by taking it easy. It’s not Portland, where the debate is whether to get coffee with almond milk or soy milk. It’s not Seattle, where you debate whether to get your high in the morning or the evening. And it’s not San Francisco, where the debate is whether or not I should even go to work that day,” he continued. “This is a work-oriented culture. We need the subway and we need the commuter systems working.”
Asked if Governor Cuomo’s plans to spend an additional $1 billion in the Capital Plan would help the situation, Moss concluded that “there’s been a gross exaggeration that more money will do the job.”
Until a solid plan is implemented to revive New York City’s traffic congestion and infrastructure issues, city residents, workers and visitors will face difficult problems on a near-daily basis getting to destinations throughout the city.