14 Dec 2008 10:05 am   //   Filed under: New York is different, Transit

Glory days?

There’s an interesting story in today’s Times about public transit ridership: New York City Grew, but Traffic Didn’t. Even though New York City’s population and work force grew in the ’90s and 2000s, public transit here was so good that it was able to absorb all the additional commuters, and road traffic did not get worse. I am a living example of this phenomenon: Moved to New York 2002, went car-free in 2004 when I realized I could get by just fine without it.

This Times story includes the first reference I’ve seen to the “boom years from 2003 through 2007.” In a few years, will we be telling sentimental stories about how what great times those years were? Depressing.