Fall 2001, p.10

Let's Get Moving on Penn Station Bike Parking

A T.A. rendering showing there is room for 70 bicycles below the underpass between 7th and 8th Avenues.Since September 11th commuting throughout the NYC region has been severely disrupted. Driving times in and out of the City have tripled, and more people are opting to sit on the commuter train over sitting in traffic. Wouldn't it be wonderful to get off of that commuter train and have your bicycle waiting? Or maybe you take the train out of the City and wish you could lock-up your bicycle and be assured that it will be waiting for you upon your return? This is all still a dream, but for how much longer?

Since Transportation Alternatives made a presentation to the 34th Street Business Improvement District 10 months ago nothing has been done with the space below Penn Station. Multiple jurisdictions over the space have confused who the leading partner should be in the project. Amtrak, the MTA, Madison Square Garden, and Vornado Realty Trust (who owns Penn Plaza) are interested in the idea but are not about to take on the responsibility of the entire project.

Officials at the City Department of Transportation have expressed interest and enthusiasm in the bicycle parking project. Transportation Alternatives urges the City to get more involved and move the discussion forward. It is time to get going, design the facility, and determine how it will be managed.

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