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Why there are few off-street terminals in NYC?

Posted by RiverLINE3501 on Tue Jun 11 19:47:33 2013

In my many years of transit fanning, I noticed that there are few subway-bus terminals in NYC, in fact, they are very rare. I'm talking about such terminals like Frankford, 69th St and Olney in Philly, most of the outlying WMATA Metrorail Stops, even in Downtown Boston stops like Haymarket and Back Bay.

Not counting the PABT and the GWB stations, Manhattan only has one off-street terminal and it is restricted to the M15 SBS, there are none in the Bronx, three in Brooklyn [Williamsburg, Coney Island, and Canarsie] and Queens has three full time terminals [Roosevelt Av, 165th St, Far Rockaway] and one part-time [Queensboro College], then there's the special case in Staten Island with the Ferry Terminal at St. George and the bus-only Eltingville Transit Center.

With the exception of Roosevelt Ave, Canarsie, and Coney Island, the off-street terminals do not have direct subway connection [get off the bus, get on the subway], you have to walk a distance to the trains.

Discounting the SBS term in Manhattan, the SI terms and Queensboro College stop, why are off-street terminals [like in Philly, DC, Boston and other cities with rail systems] so rare in NYC ?


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