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Which NYC Transit Project Do You Want to Happen, Like, Now?

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The L train could be facing a shutdown between Manhattan and Brooklyn
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Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, etc. Have something you want discussed? Let us know.

If there's one issue that affects all New Yorkers—regardless of borough, neighborhood, income bracket—it's transportation. And there are endless transit projects in various states of progress throughout the five boroughs, though the degrees to which they are likely to happen vary wildly. Let's run through a few, shall we?

Second Avenue Subway: It's on, though it's likely to be delayed. The project just got a $1.5 billion cash infusion in the most recent New York State budget, which will help fund the second phase of the new line.

LaGuardia Airport revamp: It's also on, to the tune of $4 billion. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

A new Port Authority bus terminal: Port Authority has agreed to fund a replacement for the current bus station, otherwise known as the ninth circle of New York City hell.

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector: The proposed streetcar would connect a 17-mile stretch of the Brooklyn and Queens waterfront; it's ostensibly to serve those growing neighborhoods, but developers of projects along the route are pushing the idea hard.

The coming shutdown of the L train: The effects of Superstorm Sandy are still being felt nearly four years after the storm hit; the tunnel that carries the L train between Manhattan and Brooklyn may be closed for a year or more to repair damage from the storm.

So here's what we want to know, Curbed readers: Which of these projects do you want to see come to fruition now? Which ones do you think are terrible? (Buses with iPhone chargers that will likely be obsolete in five years, anyone?) Is there something we didn't mention that deserves more attention than it's getting? Sound off in the comments!