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Re: Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System

Posted by Stephen Bauman on Sat Dec 30 00:07:46 2017, in response to Re: Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System, posted by 3-9 on Fri Dec 29 22:12:02 2017.

Besides serving some areas that don't have easy access to subway service, it also provides cross-Queens service for people in SE Queens to Queens Blvd and Queens Center.

First off, the RBB does not cover SE Queens.

Second, the number of potential people who live and work more than 1 mile apart with both within walking distance of the Woodhaven Blv/Bway corridor (Q52/53 SBS routes) is very small.

The population, workers and jobs within walking distance of the Q52 are: 212026;81254;32276 respectively. However, the number of people who live and work more than 1 mile apart and whose jobs and homes are within walking distance of the Q52 is only 1670. That's a population capture rate of less than 1% of the population.

The same numbers for the Q53 are: 337107;128894;50879;3048. Again, the capture rate is less than 1% of the population.

The "need" for north-south Queens SBS routes was proposed by a Pratt Institute report about 4 years ago. The report methodology was faulty. It started with the number of people and jobs by zip code. The authors just assumed that people who lived along the corridor tended to work along it, without any corroboration.

My numbers were derived from the Longidudinal Employmeer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) census data. It gives the home-employment data for every worker down to the census block level. It gives a fairly unbiased estimate of commuting travel needs.

it would allow an increase in Queens Blvd local train service by providing an alternative terminal.

There are many ways to increase Queens Blv local train service without building a new terminal. This is an artificial limit. It's based on work rules not infrastructure.

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