New York is in the process of getting its first new subway stop in 22 years. Who decides where new subway stops go? And which comes first—the subway or the people? CUP worked with students in the College Now program at New Design High School to investigate who decides where new subway lines are placed.
To find out how transportation decisions get made, the crew interviewed city planners, the MTA, transportation policy experts, and lobbyists. They jammed at the Javits Center, followed the financing, and scoped construction sites to find out who really decides where new transportation goes.
Together the crew created a newspaper to give you the inside track on the connection between what’s below ground and what’s above. To share what they learned they created the Fast-Tracked newspaper. They presented their project under the High Line, just a few blocks from the site of the new station, to a packed crowd. They also paraded down the 7 Line’s new route with posters and flyers of the decision-makers involved in the subway extension. You can watch a video of their parade here. The newspaper is a great resource for urban planning classes, transportation enthusiasts, and anyone interested in how land use decisions get made in New York City.