New Yorkers are freaking out about the subway system as reports of Amazon’s plan to pick Long Island City for HQ2 emerge

  • Amazon’s reported plan to bring HQ2 to New York City is raising questions about the city’s subway system.
  • Seattle has struggled to adjust to Amazon’s super-sized presence in the city when it comes to commutes, with drivers spending an average of 55 hours in traffic in 2016.
  • Many New Yorkers expressed fears that Amazon’s HQ2 move would create more problems, though others expressed hope that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos might help fix the MTA.

For many New Yorkers, Amazon‘s reported plan to move HQ2 to Long Island City left them with one question: What does this mean for my commute?

After months of deliberations and dramatics – without many official communications from Amazon – the company is finalising plans to split its second headquarters between two locations: Long Island City in Queens, New York, and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, The New York Times reported on Monday evening.

Seattle has struggled to manage the influx of commuters as Amazon’s employee count has grown to exceed 45,000.

Drivers in the city spent an average of 55 hours in traffic in 2016, placing it among the top 10 worst US cities for congestion, according to Inrix. In June 2017, King County Metro even added more buses to accommodate Amazon’s summer interns.

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In New York City, most people get to work via public transportation, with more than 5 million daily subway riders every year. However, the system is crumbling, with overcrowding, delays, and major planned closures.

Some people are worried that Amazon opening HQ2 in the city will only make things worse. Frequent riders say the Long Island City subway lines – especially the 7 line, which is the most direct route to Midtown Manhattan – are already desperately overcrowded.^tfw^tfw

“The 7 train is overloaded today, and we can’t sell Long Island City as being transportation rich,” local councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, told The New York Times. “The people who work at Amazon are going to be competing for space on that train.”^tfw

Some people see a potential silver lining on Amazon’s reported HQ2 move. Perhaps, a few people speculated, Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos could help fix the subway system.^tfw^tfw

Others are less optimistic.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

However, last week, the city of New York released a proposal that included potentially adding more transportation options near Long Island City. The city plans to work with the MTA and Amtrak “to study the feasibility of creating a new rail station in Sunnyside Yard at Queens Boulevard,” according to The Times.

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