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Keeping it On Track

November 6, 2010 Leave a comment
The James Farley Post Office in New York City,...

The James Farley Post Office will be transformed into the new Moynihan Station.

I happened to run across on one of the NYC cable channels this morning a replay of the groundbreaking for Moynihan Station, which was originally held in October. If you’re not familiar with it, this is the project which will incorporate the massive Farley Post Office, which sits in back of Penn Station. The idea is to turn Farley into a station reminiscent of the old Penn Station which was torn down to make room for the sad excuse for a station we now have, and Madison Square Garden.

I really hope this project moves forward. The designs for the new station that I saw years ago looked brilliant. Our city deserves another station on par with Grand Central.

During the ceremony, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke passionately about a network of high-speed rail that would eventually connect more than 80 percent of the country. That sounds like a dream, what with Obama’s opponents on the record as opposed to the idea saying we cannot afford it. But this to me is such a short-sighted way of thinking. Won’t investing in our nation’s transportation eventually help to grow our economy?

Here are some articles on Moynihan Station if you want to learn more:

 

Planes, Trains and WTF ??

October 4, 2010 1 comment
Siemens Velaro China (Velaro CN / CRH3

A Chinese supertrain. Don't look for our version anytime soon, apparently!

Cell phone service is coming to the subway, slowly, and only to some, for now, the rest over four years…. geez: City Room: Phone Carriers Sign On to Bring Service to Subways

And while we’re on the topic of trains, I just saw this other article on The Times website:

U.S.
By MICHAEL COOPER
Published: October 4, 2010
Republicans running for governor in a handful of states could block, or significantly delay, President Obama’s plan to build high-speed rail.
And that would be because, um, train travel is so god damn awful isn’t it? God forbid we should have high-speed trains here in the good old USA like they do, in say, hmmm, virtually every other advanced society on the planet? Oh, and I guess it might also be because airline travel these days is just soooo awesome, comfortable, convenient, pleasant, roomy, relaxing….
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