RPA Says NYC Region’s Transit Ridership Will Exceed Current Capacity
The Gateway Program and its expanded Trans-Hudson capacity is a necessary component of the region’s economic growth and environmental sustainability, and any further delays in implementation will have a detrimental impact on the region’s recovery. So says the Regional Plan Association (RPA) in a report issued Wednesday.
RPA’s report predicts that by 2050, peak-hour transit ridership will be 15% to 32% higher than it was pre-pandemic. Even with a slow return to office and modest job growth, the report says transit ridership will continue to increase beyond what current capacity can accommodate. And the number of commuters will increase over the decade or more it will take to complete the new Gateway Tunnel, says RPA.
“It has become clear that the region’s recovery and future prosperity hinges on bold investments in infrastructure and transit like the Gateway Program and Penn Station,” said Tom Wright, RPA president & CEO.
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Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).