I will write more detailed blog posts soon, but here are some photos taken of interesting transport related things in New York City. This is 103rd Street on the line (the Broadway-Seventh Ave Local). Note the real-time information display showing the next couple of trains’ arrival times. Not all stations had this information, although it seemed to be rolling out across the network. In any case, often the trains were regular enough that it didn’t matter much. The outside of Grand Central Terminal. Around 140,000 commuters a day use Grand Central Station, which interestingly enough is less than a quarter of the 600,000 commuters who use Pennsylvania Station each day. The current East Side Access project will link Grand Central with the Long Island Railroad, and should shift a lot of passengers from Penn Station to Grand Central.Here I am in the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal. The train station is just everything a train station should be – huge spaces, fantastic architecture. Could not be better.
Wall tiles at 86th Street station on the Lexington Avenue Line, one of the world’s busiest – carrying 1.2 million rides per day: more than the combined patronage of San Francisco and Boston’s systems. While generally the subway stations came across as a bit neglected and in much need of some upgrade work, there are some fantastically beautiful elements to many of the stations. As well as its extensive subway system, Manhattan has bus lanes along many of its main streets. From memory, this is on Fifth Avenue, quite near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s 42nd Street/Grand Central station on the train. The station design is somewhat unusual for New York, with the narrow island platform. The low ceiling did make for a somewhat claustrophobic feeling. The recently refurbished South Ferry Station on the line. Where New York has refurbished its subway stations, the result have often been fantastic. It would be great to see the stylishness of this station’s design extended throughout the system.
I have many many more photos, but I think that’ll do for now.