As subway riders return in fits and starts, some stations are experiencing a much faster recovery than others.
New York City's subway riders are coming back, but the return has been uneven across the city's boroughs. Michael Gold, Ana Ley and James Thomas explore the differences in ridership patterns in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Stations in lower-income areas in Brooklyn, Queens and Upper Manhattan, where residents are less likely to be able to work from home and typically depend more on public transit, have rebounded far faster than stations in office-heavy sections of Manhattan, including some that were once the busiest in the system, where many workers are still able to work remotely.
The system's low ridership numbers put it in the same difficult position as transit agencies around the country that are struggling to continue serving transit-dependent riders while dealing with labor shortages and slashed revenues.
The article details the experiences of riders at three different stations. The daily commute never stopped for many essential workers at the Junction Boulevard station in Queens, where ridership was back to 74.2 percent of pre-pandemic levels by November 2021. Meanwhile, ridership at Manhattan's Wall Street station, one of the system's lowest, remains at a dismal 37.5 percent of 2019 levels. The article notes that the drop in commuters has deeply affected the small businesses that depended on white-collar workers, while some riders avoid the eerily empty subway because of safety concerns, an issue the city is trying to mitigate with more visible patrols and PR campaigns.
Planning for Congestion Relief
The third and final installment of Planetizen's examination of the role of the planning profession in both perpetuating and solving traffic congestion.
Minneapolis Housing Plan a Success—Not for the Reason You Think
Housing advocates praise the city’s move to eliminate single-family zoning by legalizing triplexes on single-family lots, but that isn’t why housing construction is growing.
New White House Housing Initiative Includes Zoning Reform Incentives
The Biden administration this morning released a new program of actions intended to spur housing construction around the United States.
Proposed Transit Line Would Connect Downtown Tucson to Airport
Based on community input for a 15-mile transit line, residents want to see a focus on affordable housing development and anti-displacement measures.
Strip Malls as a Housing Solution
The American strip mall may be a dying breed of commercial development, but could the buildings serve a new use as sustainable housing?
Study: Most of Vancouver Is a ‘15-Minute City’
A large majority of Vancouver residents can access a grocery store in 15 minutes or less by bicycle or on foot.
City of Redwood City
City of Rohnert Park
City of Hot Springs
This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.