on Tue Feb 14 20:34:51 2012, in response to Re: Underbuilt IND?, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Tue Feb 14 20:20:58 2012.
Good point. A poster mentioned that the Flushing Line should have been built with 4 tracks but if you have seen photos of Qns Blvd and Roosevelt Av when the line was built, you will note that the entire area was just open lots with no housing of any kind built along the line. The IRT and BMT el lines built into Queens were more than adequate for the lack of population that existed there at the time and the IND Qns Blvd Line was more than adequate for the projected development based on what grew up around the other lines. If you want to talk underbuilding think Second Av subway. As originally planned, it was to have been 6 tracks along a portion of its route since it was intended to replace both the 2nd and 3rd Av els. Over the years plans were scaled down to a 4 track subway for its entire length and now it seems to be difficult for even a 2 track line to be built.