Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby DogBert » Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:28 am

R36 Combine Coach wrote:
DogBert wrote:Anyway, LIC Coach Yard is still there, used every weekday. The old 'north shore' float yard is gone and has been for years now. Amazon is going in along the waterfront at Anable Basin. The decking over of Sunnyside is planned, but years, perhaps decades off. Of note: Amtrak is cooperating with the city EDC on the decking, while the MTA side was not in the planning study.
Given rapid growth (residential/corporate/commercial) in LIC, it might be worth adding off-peak/weekend service to LIC/HPA soon. It could be as simple as extending off peak and weekend Montauk/Oyster Bay trains from their western Jamaica terminal.



I agree. I just don't see it happening with the MTA's current penny wise/pound foolish mindset. Running trains out of LIC, down the old Rock branch and direct to JFK would be huge for NYC on a whole.
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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby adamj023 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:40 pm

MACTRAXX wrote:Everyone:

With the half-selection of Amazon HQ2 being placed in Long Island City (the other half will be in Crystal City/Arlington,VA) how will it affect the LIRR?
Any possibility of adding a station in the vicinity as an add-on to the ESA Project?

Any thought about expanding service to and from Hunterspoint Avenue or LIC for the added workforce addition of 25,000 Amazon employees?

I do agree with the thought that the Subway routes serving the area could be overwhelmed by the added ridership...

I expect that this subject will be a major topic for some time into the future...MACTRAXX


I believe NY should never have given Amazon additional tax breaks to come here, as giving funding to Amazon hurts the competitive landscape for other companies who got no special deals.

Amazon is displacing Citigroup employees who are moving elsewhere so this project shifts around traffic.

Amazon’s center of operations will be the Court Square area down to Anable Basin. Area has closeby access to NYC Ferry, 23rd and Court Square subway lines and bus and 21st and Van Alst to a lesser extent and other subway and LIRR lines.

Vernon Blvd is likely to see a lot more traffic along with 44th drive.

I believe a new subway station by new Amazon HQ when it replaces Court Square is warrented as well as connections to the LIRR and other subway lines and perhaps a new ferry stop where Amazon is which is right next to existing ferry terminal or improved accessibility to the existing ferry terminal.

LIRR has been steadily growing in ridership and LIC could see some growth. I don’t see anything special here however.

Essentially Amazon will move further down than Court Square to the waterside. If Court square and Amazon hq are fully utilized then it would require expansion of transit to the area.
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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby DogBert » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:56 am

All of this Amazon talk neglects the fact that LIC was already the fastest growing neighborhood in the US in terms of population. 10k+ new apartments added these last two years, with more already under construction.

This is just fuel on the fire. Anyone who thinks Queens on a whole doesn't need more transit is kidding themselves.
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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby adamj023 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:39 am

Transit needs are growing throughout the area. LIC is just one area experiencing growth.

Hunterspoint will likely need to expand if demand requires it with larger facilities, more service and larger staircases and walkways for the subway lines.

Long Island city station seems to be further away and likely is less utilized.

The old former Montauk line had lots of unused rail overpasses which are being demolished so a lot of clean up work is ongoing. I can see LIRR adding more service and upgrading or adding additional platforms as well in the area and perhaps additional subway entrances closer to Anable basin. I do not believe LIRR will relocate their Long Island City stations or add an additional station but I do predict expansion of service over time.

As of today transit needs will be met with additional trains and service on the 7 line with new CBTC signalling which should help.
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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby DogBert » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:55 am

Unfortunately, literally the only transit improvements Cuomo and DeBlasio talked about during the Amazon unveiling was more ferry service and flailing BQX trolley plan. BQX would serve *maybe* 20k people on a route that is largely replicated by subways and buses already. The ferry services are subsidized at an alarming rate ($6.60 per passenger according to one estimate: https://www.6sqft.com/ferries-cost-nyc- ... passenger/)

Again: there are currently ZERO plans for any improvements to either LIRR stop in LIC, and ZERO improvements planned for subway service. The 7 added CBTC capacity will be eaten up by current riders. 7 trains routinely bypass stops in sunnyside now during morning rush hour because they are too crowded and behind schedule. Let's not even talk about how many will be attempting to transfer at Court Square during the L shutdown, and the thousands of new apartments being built all along the 7 year after year. CBTC will be a band-aid.

The MTA literally doesn't have to do anything. They are already a failing system losing ridership year over year (due largely to unreliably and poor 'off peak' service). So long as it remains a political football being tossed around, there will be no significant service changes. Half hour headways on buses... and yes, they'll be charging customers more per ride next year, because they can.

Cuomo said last week "There is no MTA. It’s a fiction".




Do we need way more transit in NYC on a whole? Yes. Will we get it so long as Cuomo and DeBlasio are in charge? Absolutely not. We are stuck with both for at least the next two to three years.
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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby adamj023 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:00 pm

The L line is only a temporary shutdown. There are loads of subway lines to Manhattan which have been increased over time and more on the way such as the East side access project. CBTC and additional cars will help increase frequency and put more cars on the 7 and I guess more cars could be added on other lines where more trains can be placed from the displaced L trains as well as the new r179 cars including the additional order. Even with all the improvements, of course it would be better to have the L back but that isn’t possible till it is finished. Transit means gradual improvements where it will never fully meet the needs unless mass transit usage declines sharply.
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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:29 pm

The two LIRR stations are about a half mile or more from the proposed commercial sites. The IND 23 Street-Court Square Station will be hit the most by heavy loads. Ironically it was a station that almost never came to pass. Built as a shell with the IND 53 Street Line in the early 1930s, the shell (platform provisions in the tunnel) was not completed when the line opened in 1933. The NYCBOT (NYC Board of Transportation) felt that Long Island City was "too industrial" and ridership would be insufficient. After demands from local officials and community groups, the NYCBOT completed the station in 1936-38 with the construction of staircases, mezzanine levels, platform work, signage and tiling and opened in August 1939.
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Re: Amazon Two HQ in LIC: Impact on LIRR...

Postby adamj023 » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:19 pm

There will be enough trains scheduled for people to get to work on time to Amazon and the infrastructure will be able to handle it. Executives will be using commercial and private jets, helicopters and vehicles. I doubt they will use much mass transit.

Sure, mass transit is never perfect but I think it will be the same as it has always been. I don’t expect Amazon to be super disruptive to the system. Workers got through Hurricane Sandy and except for the L line and the LIRR tunnels, I believe the rest of the subway tunnels were fully rebuilt. Any De Blasio plan for light rail/trollies or whatnot is useless. I do believe the nyc ferry will also pick up additional loads and they supposedly ordered larger boats as it has become popular and the route network has expanded since it first came out. I am not forseeing any such transit emergency. Just a gradual expansion over time on an as needed basis. Quite frankly the mass transit system in NYC is super large with multiple redundencies built in as we saw during the LIRR outages due to work at Penn Station. After the L work is done and eventually East Side Access project completed, the system will be as robust as ever.
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