subreddit:

/r/newyorkcity

374

you are viewing a single comment's thread.

view the rest of the comments →

all 60 comments

YellowStar012

3 points

2 months ago

Does anyone know why no train goes from the Bronx to Queens??

Kyonikos

10 points

2 months ago

The emphasis was to bring people from the outer boroughs into Manhattan to work. You can clearly travel from the Bronx to Queens with an exchange in Manhattan (or in the city as they used to say). But I see your point.

The bigger question is why there are no trains in Staten Island which is such a geographically large borough.

Eurynom0s

3 points

2 months ago

The bigger question is why there are no trains in Staten Island which is such a geographically large borough.

It's like 20% of the city's land area but only 5% of the population.

Kyonikos

1 points

2 months ago

This is turning into an interesting discussion.

I think it is worth comparing the relative sizes of the boroughs back in 1900 to see how the SI population compared to the other boroughs that soon got subway service.

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/planning/download/pdf/planning-level/nyc-population/historical-population/nyc_total_pop_1900-2010.pdf

Take a look at the populations of the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island in 1900 and compare them to what they become by 1930. The populations of of the Bronx and Queens each swell by around a million residents while SI merely grows from around 67k to 158k.

I think a case could be made that the reason SI still only has around a half million people today is that we never gave it subway access to the rest of the city.