"Vision42 is a citizens' initiative to re-imagine and upgrade surface transit in midtown Manhattan, with a low-floor light rail line running river-to-river along 42nd Street within a landscaped pedestrian boulevard."
"New York City can finally have a 42nd Street that welcomes pedestrians with space, greenery, and amenities, combined with speedy and efficient river-to-river travel, via a modern, at-grade, low-floor light rail line.
Very little has been done over the past half century to improve our city's environment for either walking or surface transit. Forty-second Street—where half a million pedestrians come every day, and where pedestrians outnumber motorists by at least 5 to 1—is an excellent place to start!
Pairs of light rail stops would occur at each typical 800-foot avenue, resulting in twelve pairs of stops along the length of 42nd Street, plus two pairs at each of the far eastern and western ends along the rivers."
- Pedestrian Space: Pedestrians at street level on 42nd Street outnumber motorists 5-to-1, however, about 60 percent of street space is currently allocated to motor traffic. Vision42 calls this "gross imbalance" "unproductive" due to slow-moving traffic. Their plan would contribute to continued sustainability and livability on the street.
- Economic Benefits: Vision42 projects $3.5 billion of increased commercial property values along the 42nd Street corridor as a result of improved crosstown accessibility. the corridor will also see an additional economic/fiscal benefit of $1 billion annually.
- Efficiency & Environmental Benefits: The light rail system will be operational three years after the start of construction, which is very quick for a public transportation project in NYC. The system could utilize fuel cell technology, making it the first of its type, which would result in an extremely clean transportation option.
- Future Benefits: Adding light rail along 34th Street to create a 42nd/34th Street loop would interface well for ferry service (see map below), while providing service to areas along the waterfronts that are projected to have new high-density development in the future, and which are currently long walks from existing rail transit.