When it comes to getting around New York City, there are plenty of options—yet somehow, it seems that people can never get to their destinations fast enough. From overcrowding to delays, subway issues are a dime a dozen; MTA buses move at snail’s pace during rush hours; and some commutes take half a day thanks to the way the subway system is designed.
And now, with things like the impending L train shutdown, better methods of getting around are all but imperative. Meanwhile, city officials, architects, and those who are just transit-obsessed have proposed dozens of wild ideas for improving or adding to the existing transit infrastructure, including the following:
- Staten Island’s Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is hoping to convince the masses that the borough is in need of an aerial tram that runs parallel to the Bayonne Bridge, connecting to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, where commuters would then connect to a PATH train to Manhattan.
- Governor Cuomo is advocating for an AirTrain at Willets Point that would travel to LaGuardia Airport, which he claims would bring travelers from Midtown to the airport in under 30 minutes. He’s even gone as far as to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to conduct “preliminary engineering and other planning work.”
- Mayor Bill de Blasio has been trying to make the Brooklyn-Queens Streetcar (BQX) a thing for some time now, though the project has plenty of critics. The proposed streetcar would span a 16-mile course from Astoria to Sunset Park with about 30 stops in between. But De Blasio has recently admitted that the idea might not be a feasible one after all due to the projected cost.
- And then there’s Uber, which could bring “affordable flying taxis” to the city within the next five years, though this one is admittedly—by Uber themselves, even—mostly just a pipe dream.
With that being said, which idea do you think could work out for the city? Which ones would you scrap? Are they all ridiculous? Let us know in the comments!