$40.25. That’s what it used to cost me in tolls to commute from Philadelphia to Jersey City in my prior job taking the turnpike to the Pulaski Skyway. Money aside the Skyway was always the worst part trafficwise. Now it turns out that the bridge is radically unsaft and the two northbound lanes are going to be closed for the next 2 years, or maybe 3 years, which in New Jersey talk is probably 6 years starting April 12 (probably later). But I’ve got a few alternative ideas to the current plan to rerout traffic down the turnpike extension and route 1/9.
Ferries Equipped With Coffee
Imagine getting your coffee without interrupting your commute. This can be done by resurrecting the old ferry system using modern technology. Modern ferries can be easily built, they don’t need to be able to go out into the open ocean, and can be large and flat with a shallow draft, providing a great deal of passenger room as well as room for a Starbucks or other breakfast oriented store. The area around the skyway is swamp and landfill, MNC1-E is a good candidate, these can be paved over with crushed gravel and asphalt to make parking lots. Ten ferries at a time can service these commuters, the state can charge a nominal fee of $1 a ticket perhaps and contract out the rights to storefront on the boats, paying for the whole operation.
The First True Air Taxi
Where are all the flying cars? When I was growing up I was promised flying cars. Well, they’re actually starting to appear out there now as air taxies.This is a great time to use an innovative solution to our traffic problems. We have a broken bridge next to an airport next to several major commercial centers.Let’s use the airport to create an air taxi system into new york city – it’s a three mile flight that many would pay a ticket for.
Don’t Stop The Train
When is the time to do something innovative if not now? Thousands of cars are going to be literally stranded every morning for years. Let’s build a train system that doesn’t stop, with individual cars that are stationary then get up to speed once they’re full of passengers. Think of it as a giant ski lift, each stationary car going directly to a stop through magnetic levitation. No engine, just a constantly moving conveyor belt type system into the greatest city in the world.
In my opinion there’s a distinct chance that the Skyway will never reopen. For years it’s been under the inspection of New Jersey state hired engineers, and that when an independent assessment is done the bridge may be deemed to be a derelict. This is not a bad thing, this is an opportunity to redefine mass transit, and there’s no better place to do it than in the city that never stops moving.