by Tommy Meehan
FP10 wrote:Anyone have rough numbers on how many NJ commuters ultimate destination is the subway vs midtown? That would clarify things a bit.In the Parson Brinckerhoff report issued last April (2013) they don't address mode choice at PSNY -- though I am sure I have seen it somewhere -- but they do discuss the extension's attractiveness to current NJ Transit rail riders (page 58):
Travelers in trans-Hudson market areas with current direct commuter rail service to PSNY (NEC, North Jersey Coast Line, and Midtown Direct Lines) would generally favor using commuter rail, but there would be diversions from commuter rail to the No. 7 Secaucus Extension from those commuter rail lines that do not have a one-seat ride to New York (Main-Bergen/Pascack Valley Lines).On page 59 they break down the anticipated ridership this way:
TOTAL NO. 7 Secaucus Extension Daily Ridership 127,900Again, I think the window for getting this project started is past. I think a lot of people agreed, if Mayor Bloomberg couldn't get this started before he left office it would be many many years before it was seriously looked at again. (As the late Robert Moses used to say, "Once you start a project it's very hard for anyone to stop it." Of course Moses never met Governor Christie! ) I think that's where we are today.
Source: NJ TRANSIT, 2011
- Inbound Rail to No. 7 Secaucus Extension Transfers
1. Upper Level FRL Station 14,800
2. Main/Bergen/Port Jervis/Pascack Valley 46,700
- Total Rail to No. 7 Secaucus Extension Transfers 61,500
- Express Bus Transfers to Inbound No. 7 Secaucus Extension at FRL Station 46,700
- Local Bus Transfers to Inbound No. 7 Secaucus Extension at FRL Station 8,700
- Automobile Park and Drop-Off 5,200
- Reverse-Peak Flows (Attraction End at FRL Station) 5,800
Bloomberg was not able to get the work started and I think the current city administration has almost zero interest in this.