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    And why does the web site have a picture of the London Underground?

    That's a very good question. *I didn't even notice.

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    Old World envy. The one in charge probably has a monocle.

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    And drinks warm water evr'y given 5 o'clock ! :biggrin:

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    What was the ugliest project in the Tri-State area twenty years ago?

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    What was the ugliest project in the Tri-State area twenty years ago?

    You just couldn't let that one slide, could you? *I really don't know. *Maybe somebody has some candidates?

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    Good question...

    20 years past the era of public housing blocks, so Im not really very sure.

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    Put it this way: *Can you think of anything uglier that has been built in your lifetime?

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    I've seen some pretty nasty office buildings in Hartford. *Plus the Marriott Marquis opened the year I was born.

    ...wait, this was a rhetorical question, right? *:biggrin:

    Not to mention, Stockton, that I've let it slide for about a month now :biggrin:

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    August 13, 2003

    Commuter Rail Hub May Help Energize the Economy

    By JOHN HOLUSHA


    The atrium at the Secaucus transfer station of New Jersey Transit. The space, with art untypical in commuter centers, is brightened by skylight.

    After the Secaucus transfer station of New Jersey Transit's commuter rail system goes into full operation by the end of the year, it could pump almost $1 billion into the state's economy, according to a study of the effects of transit improvements by a transportation research center at the City College of New York.

    The $450 million center, which will connect all the active rail lines in the northern part of the state, is scheduled to open for weekend service next month and expected to be fully in operation by the end of the year. It is intended to provide easier access to Manhattan for riders from both the northern and southern parts of the state and will also make it easier for New Yorkers without cars to go to places in New Jersey.

    Because the station links rail lines that were formerly operated independently, it could have a greater effect than the Midtown Direct service that has reduced commuting time and provided a one-seat ride into the city on some lines since 1996. The connections could result in a "disproportionate jump in economic activity more than would normally be expected from the reduction in travel times," according to the report, which was issued in December.

    The station will connect 11 of the state's 12 passenger lines. The only one not included links Atlantic City with Philadelphia.

    "These rail lines were built separately to compete for territory and markets," said James P. Redeker, assistant executive director of New Jersey Transit. "Now, they are all being connected in a unified network. A person in Bergen County can connect with the North Jersey Coast Line and go to the beach. Someone living in Manhattan can get to anywhere in New Jersey served by rail."

    Noting earlier developments like Midtown Direct service, the report found that investments in commuter rail service bolster the regional economy and give people more choices of where to live. It found that for every $10 million invested in transportation, the economy grew by $21.5 million and 207 jobs were created.

    Using this standard, it is not unreasonable to expect the Secaucus transfer station to provide more than $965 million in benefits and result in more than 9,000 jobs over about a decade, said Robert E. Paaswell, a professor of civil engineering at City College and the leader of the study group.

    The price of residential real estate near the lines served by Midtown Direct increased 20 percent in the first year of operation, the report found, and the expansion of financial and insurance companies in Hudson County was tied directly to rail and ferry connections with Manhattan.

    "All these projects were designed as singular activities, but we found that collectively they have increased accessibility in northern New Jersey and that increased accessibility has produced a boost in employment," Professor Paaswell said. The report, which was sponsored by the State Department of Transportation, is titled "New Jersey's Links to the 21st Century: Maximizing the Impact of Infrastructure Investment."

    Shortening commuting time is directly associated with job and income growth, the report found. On average, a 10 percent reduction in travel time within a county results in a 4.8 percent increase in the rate of job growth and a 15.7 percent increase in income growth.

    The prospect of shorter commuting attracts more riders to the rail system and gives people the option of living farther away from work. The introduction of Midtown Direct eliminated the need to stop in Hoboken and transfer either to a ferry or the PATH train line under the Hudson River. It also cut commuting time by about 20 minutes.

    A survey taken in 2001 as part of the report found that ridership on the Morris and Essex branches of New Jersey Transit had increased 15 percent, to 18,400 passengers a day. And it found that 8 percent of regular commuters had moved as a result of the service, most of them west and farther from Manhattan.

    Professor Paaswell said the study demonstrated that there is a direct connection between access and income. One reason the price of housing has increased along the rail lines with access to Midtown Direct service is that train users tend to have higher-paying jobs and the ability to bid up the prices of homes they want.

    He described a proposal to build a rail line from the Secaucus station to the $1.3 billion Xanadu shopping complex near the Continental Arena in the Meadowlands as important. He said such a line would ease highway traffic jams like the ones that occur on Route 17 near Harriman, N.Y., when the stores in the Woodbury Commons shopping center close.

    Mr. Redeker said the Secaucus station largely completes a plan devised in the 1980's to tie the disparate rail lines stretching across the state into a unified system. But since the highways are choked with traffic, New Jersey Transit officials are looking for ways to increase their capacity.

    "All the active lines are now connected," he said. "Now we are looking at some of the inactive lines."


    Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

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    A good map can be found in the .pdf file here...

    http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/Rail_Map_04_2003.pdf

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    I've driven past the site, and it looks like the station is done or nearly done, but the towers havent even started. Does anyone know if the towers will definately be built or when they will be built?

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    When I was driving past it I didn't know about this project at all. It did look kind of ugly, but was new and clean. I was wondering what a huge train station was doing in the middle of a field. I thought it was odd how there were no trains or people or anything. I should've realized it wasn't finished. I had never even heard of the thing before. It's not that bad, especially if it will make transportation better, easier, and help the economy. The economy can use all the help it can get. Plus, anything that improves transportation into Manhattan is a plus.

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    Default Allied Junction, Secaucus, NJ

    From th4e site:

    "It is also only minutes from the world-famous Secaucus Shopping Outlets and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark."

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    I am from Russia, and even I have heard of the world famous Secaucus Shopping Outlets...
    Oh, wait... I lived in Jersey for 4 years...

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    The station itself looks fine, it's the buildings they want to put on top that look ugly.

    It's going to be a huge improvement for transit not just in New Jersey but for folks living in Rockland and Orange Counties, they will be able to easily transfer to trains to Mid-town or Newark Airport.

    This is going to cut alot of time off people's commutes to Mid-town who now transfer to the PATH's 33rd street line at Hoboken terminal.

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