Monday, March 01, 2010

Hurry Up and Wait

Two of NYC’s most crucial transportation hubs – JFK Airport and the Roosevelt Tram, will be undergoing some hefty renovations beginning this month.

At 14,572 feet, JFK’s runway is the second longest commercial landing strip in the country and handles a third of the airport’s traffic, including more than half of its departures. The renovation aims to widen the runway from 150 to 200 feet and will include a new drainage system, new electrical infrastructure, and the addition of delay reduction taxiways.

Another renovation has already begun on the Roosevelt Island’s Tramway. In operation since 1976, the Tram carries residents of Roosevelt Island 250 feet above the Hudson River to Manhattan. The complete overhaul will increase efficiency as well as allowing each train to operate independently of each other.
Let’s hope that they finish construction faster than the long anticipated 2nd Avenue subway line (new completion date – 2017).

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