I’d take another point of view. If we had a subway system here maybe we would have less cars and less car accidents and probably less pollution in metro manila, there probably would be more bike lanes and an overall better quality of life, hope they experiment with car-less cities for places like makati ortigas and a large part of qc, maybe in my life time

You’d need the equivalent of a 228-lane Brooklyn Bridge to move all those people into Manhattan during Monday morning rush hour.

At best, it would take 167 inbound lanes, or 42 copies of the Queens Midtown Tunnel, to carry what the NYC Subway carries over 22 inbound tracks through 12 tunnels and 2 (partial) bridges. At worst, 200 new copies of 5th Avenue. Somewhere in the middle would be 67 West Side Highways or 76 Brooklyn Bridges. And this neglects the Long Island Railroad, Metro North, NJ Transit, and PATH systems entirely.

Kinda puts the subway in perspective, doesn’t it? And don’t miss the map at the bottom that shows the size of the parking lots needed for all those cars.

By Jason Kottke • Aug 10, 2009 at 08:33 am • cities michaelfrumin NYC subway

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