Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Interesting transit map #1: NYC Subway system underground service network

Winter weather wreaks havoc on above-ground transportation systems.

I have argued in the past that it would have been worth building more of the Metrorail system underground to ensure that it would function in bad winter weather.

At the time the system was built, that didn't seem necessary, but as Global Warming makes weather more unpredictable and violent, circumstances may be changing (not that we can go back and rebuild the system).

Of course, DC is not Montreal, which has a fully underground subway system which functions in all weather conditions.  (In fact, I am a bit skeptical of the proposed multi-line light rail system there, because it won't necessarily be resilient in the face of big winter snows.  See "Caisse's REM light-rail project: 3 stations added to proposed route through Downtown Montreal," Montreal Gazette.

While this past week we got some snow which bollixed things up a bit, it was 1/3 to 1/4 of the amount of snow that fell in NYC.  In advance of the storm, MTA announced that the subway system would shift to underground only operations, and they published a map showing that network.
NYC Subway 2017 Winter Underground Subway Service Map

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