Wednesday, August 12, 2009

If the metro were a road...

Heres some fodder to the argument going on over whether cities need the Metro - given that trees are being cut etc. Heres some perspective.

Turns, out, you'd need the equivalent of a 228-lane Brooklyn Bridge to move all those people into Manhattan during Monday morning rush hour.

At best, it would take 167 inbound lanes, or 42 copies of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, to carry what the NYC Subway carries over 22 inbound tracks through 12 tunnels and 2 (partial) bridges. At worst, 200 new copies of 5th Avenue. Somewhere in the middle would be 67 West Side Highways or 76 Brooklyn Bridges. And this neglects the Long Island Railroad, Metro North, NJ Transit, and PATH systems entirely.

What would it take in Mumbai if all those trains did not exist? Don't even ask...

And the trees we are trying to save in Bangalore is a future insurance to the many other trees that would need to be cut for future road widening if there were no Metro...

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