The prospect of reduced rail access to Manhattan is bad enough. But even worse is the sad reality that we are allowing our transport infrastructure to rust away until we have no choice but to replace it. That is true on both sides of the Hudson River; indeed, it is true throughout the country.
Transit doesn’t just move people. It influences nearly everything else about an urban area: what’s built above it, which neighborhoods attract the greatest investment, and how people live their day-to-day lives. Transit is an investment in our economic future.