What the F?
Metropolis straphangers simply endured a “Summer time of Hell” and discovered that they collectively lose a complete of 35,000 hours each weekday ready for trains that by no means come — but the Massive Apple’s general transit system has topped an inventory as the perfect within the nation.
The research, launched by the city-planning firm Arcadis on Sunday, ranked the town No. 1 in “sustainability” when it comes to its basic transit system.
New York and 22 different cities have been judged on almost two dozen parts, which fell into broader classes of “individuals, planet and revenue.”
“New York is doing properly due to its complete subway community that operates 24 hours and the truth that trains go to Lengthy Island and New Jersey,” stated Jasper de Lange, transportation venture supervisor at Arcadis. “It additionally scores excessive within the quantity of people who find themselves utilizing public transit in comparison with a automotive to commute.”
Arcadis discovered that New York fared particularly properly underneath the class of “individuals,” rating second even on the earth when it comes to rider connectivity, and — in a possible shocker to the town’s disabled commuters — wheelchair entry.
It additionally gave the thumbs-as much as the town’s ’round the clock subway system and newly launched ferry choices.
The findings induced metropolis commuters to go off the rails — with disbelief.
“It’s the worst,’’ griped Daruta Pietra, fifty six, who lives within the Rockaways, of the town’s transit system.
“I’ve been right here 15 years, and it’s getting worse and worse and worse by the week,” she stated. “I take the A practice. It’s delayed on a regular basis. Sign issues on a regular basis.”
The research’s findings appeared extra practical when it in contrast New York to cities all over the world.
New York ranked simply twenty third out of one hundred cities worldwide, the research stated. Hong Kong, Zurich and Paris got here in first, second and third, respectiviely.
Arcadis stated that usually, the US nonetheless depends too closely on automobiles to get round.
“Transportation in American cities is concentrated across the automotive and that’s hurting sustainability,” stated de Lange. “New York Metropolis has to place extra of its dollars towards transportation and constructing an much more complete community.”
However the research claimed that New York Metropolis nonetheless will get main kudos for “specializing in enhancing commuter transit to and from New Jersey with upgrading airport terminals, launching an reasonably priced ferry service, and growing monitor, tunnel, bridge and station capability between the 2 states.’’