Jessica Dailey

NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

by , 04/01/13

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Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with the park’s extreme popularity. Because of the park’s growing crowds every summer, which are anticipated to double when the final section is complete, the architects and engineers have decided it is time to put a people-mover style tram on the High Line to help pedestrians get from one side of the High Line to the other. While the original rails will still be daintily planted with wildflowers and grasses, a high-speed levitating train line will be built alongside the park to transport tired and crowd-weary tourists the 1.3-miles, end to end.

The success of the High Line has brought a boom in business on the West Side, bringing with it a barrage of people. The A/C/E train line is a full three avenue blocks away from the High Line on 8th Avenue, and the streets below the High Line are becoming clogged with pedestrians. Additionally, many tourists and locals have complained that the park itself is becoming congested, with slow tourists disrupting the fast-pace of New Yorkers.

“Many people just meander down the whole length of the park,” says Lisa Green, a New Yorker who likes to walk the High Line to get to work. “It’s like, come on! I know that the park is pretty, but do you really need to walk in large hordes and stop and take photos every five feet? I think the new train will be a fantastic addition – you’ll be able to still see the park, but avoid the slow-poke tourists at the same time.”

Similarly, tourists to New York City have complained that the High Line is too long and too arduous to walk without some assistance. Fran Nelson, a visitor to New York City’s High Line from Florida had this to say: “This High Line park is beautiful, but why did they have to make it so long? I wish there was some easier way to get from one end of it to another. I also wish there were more benches and more places to get food up here – a McDonalds would be nice.”

In a somewhat shocking turn of events, the Community Board unanimously voted in favor of the train, which also won the endorsement of Mayor Bloomberg: “This modern train will make the world’s most popular park just that much more popular, while bringing New York City one step closer to a sustainable, green future.”

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4 Comments

  1. rpvitiello February 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I actually though the 7 train extension should continue up along the highline since the extension ends right where the line starts. If you wanted to build a park, it could of been built above the tracks. Than you would actually have a transit line for that section of the city that lacks transit, and also had a walkway above it as well.

  2. Notbrick September 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    The purpose of the Highline park is to get people to enjoy a space elevated from the city. Yes it is long, but its not about getting from one place to another quickly, its about the journey and experience of being there. If they wanted to just move people along, they should have installed the rail on the Highline and not have dealt with park in the first place. Oh and not to mention that theres a tram already below the structure. Im offended by this proposal, whether its real or not.

  3. deeprock June 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    umm…shouldn’t this article be in the Onion?

  4. Darkly April 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    You almost had me!