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ARC Money Letter

ARC Money Letter

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Published by: Benjamin Kabak on Nov 19, 2010
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November
12,2010
The Honorable Ray LaHoodSecretaryU.S. Department
of
Transportation1200
New
Jersey Ave., SEWashington, DC 20590,Dear Secretary LaHood,
On
October
27,2010, New
Jersey Governor Chris Christie
of
New
Jersey reaffirmed hisdecision to cancel the Access to the Region's Core (ARC) project, freeing up roughly $3 billionin federal transportation dollars that should be used to finance other, existing projects.
On
behalf
of
the constituents we represent and the residents
of
New
York State, we urge you to re-directthose funds to existing and on-going projects that are being built in
New
York. From the SecondAvenue Subway, East Side Access, the Moynihan Station, high speed rail for the Northeast andEmpire Corridors, and dozens
of
other projects across the state,
New
York has an ambitiousarray
of
projects that qualify for federal transportation funds. We would welcome an earlyinfusion
of
federal funds to move those projects forward more quickly.New York's mass transit systems are already at
or
above capacity. We cannot increasethe number
of
subways on the Lexington Avenue line, the number
of
LIRR trains enteringPennsylvania Station or the number
of
cars coming through our bridges and tunnels. On-timeperformance in the Northeast Corridor is hampered by a lack
of
capacity. The lack
of
capacityhas given
New
Yorkers the longest commuting times in the nation. Our region will not be able togrow economically unless we expand capacity on these overburdened transportation systems.Further, too often, commuters are jammed together in uncomfortable proximity. A 2007study undertaken by
New
York City Transit found that not only are the maximum number
of
trains running on the
4,5,6
and L lines, but during the morning rush hours, the number
of
ridersexceed the transit agency's loading guidelines, giving riders less than three square feet to standin. The Second A venue Subway is intended to be the solution to some
of
this crowding, but itwill take years for the project to provide relief.
New
Yorkers use mass transit more than any other area
of
the country, with nearly 55%
of
all commuters travelling by bus, train or subway to get to work, substantially more than thepercentage
ofthe
next highest city -Washington, DC (38%). That's more than 1.9 million
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