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Extremely Interesting 1970 MTA Video

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clip gets very entertaining around 3:09...its kind of ironic how the MTA was so dead set on these plans in 1970 but never came to fruition, its kind of depressing also, the only thing mentioned in that video that exists today is a small portion of the Archer Ave Subway. Very nice 1970's subway footage though.

 

 

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clip gets very entertaining around 3:09...its kind of ironic how the MTA was so dead set on these plans in 1970 but never came to fruition, its kind of depressing also, the only thing mentioned in that video that exists today is a small portion of the Archer Ave Subway. Very nice 1970's subway footage though.

 

 

 

Interesting, some things tho, Republic Airport doesn't have a transit system like they said they built, the nearest LIRR station, Republic closed down in 1987 with the Ronkonkoma electrification. the NYSDOT owns Republic and Stewart Airport now. The area near REpublic now hosts a few hotels and a large shopping center with a Super Wall Mart.

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I didn't know Long Island Railroad use 63rd St tunnel in 1970s.

 

they never did, the plan was to use the lower level of those tunnels for the LIRR to go to Grand Central. They might still be using that same route for East Side Access.

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The 63rd street tunnel was built as a bilevel four track tunnel (2 tracks on the top carrying subway trains and 2 on the bottom for LIRR trains)

 

It was complete sometime in 70's but was left dormant until 1989 after the new lines planned for Queens were all abandoned.

 

At this time East Side Access was indefinitely shelved, so there wasn't much talk about the lower level until the ESA plans were revisited in the 1990's

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Interesting, some things tho, Republic Airport doesn't have a transit system like they said they built, the nearest LIRR station, Republic closed down in 1987 with the Ronkonkoma electrification. the NYSDOT owns Republic and Stewart Airport now. The area near REpublic now hosts a few hotels and a large shopping center with a Super Wall Mart.

 

I'm about 95% sure Stewart is owned by the Port Authority.

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Quick some trivia. Who was NY state Governor (he seen in the first couple of minutes of this video)in 1970?

 

Cool. Great ideas. Too bad two of the showcase projects that was discussed in this video, the SAS(planned opening in 2016)and LIRR East Side access are both 40 years behind their 1st scheduled opening.:eek:

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Quick some trivia. Who was NY state Governor (he seen in the first couple of minutes of this video)in 1970?

 

Cool. Great ideas. Too bad two of the showcase projects that was discussed in this video, the SAS(planned opening in 2016)and LIRR East Side access are both 40 years behind their 1st scheduled opening.:eek:

 

That is Nelson Rockafeller.

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That is Nelson Rockafeller.

 

Correct. Rockfeller was the Mike Bloomberg of his era, the heir from a Multi-Billionarie family. Also would become Vice President to Gerald Ford from 1974-'76.

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