The Purpose
Technical Studies
Key Ingredients
Light Rail Defined
vision42 and #7 Subway
Traffic Issues
Proposers + Supporters
Early Action Agenda


  Images and Maps

Computer Images and Photomontages
The very best solution to the currently overcrowded sidewalks is a vastly improved pedestrian environment, coupled with a free-flowing transitway. The vitality and intensity of New York derives in large part from its very human scale of circulation and activity. People from all over the country, not to mention the world, come here to experience this and are often amazed at how much they like it. We believe this intensity should be encouraged and enhanced. The act of taking the cars out of 42nd Street would, in effect, be converting the scale of the street from the automotive, back down to human scale, and would open up tremendous new possibilities for the complete redesign of the street.









Proposed Plan and Cross Section of a Typical Block
Pairs of light rail stops would occur at each typical 800-foot avenue, resulting in twelve pairs of stops along the length of 42nd Street, plus several at the far eastern and western ends along the rivers.



The yellow and orange circles in these maps represent a 700-foot radius of immediate impact of each station.

Map A
Map C

Map B
Map D


Map A: The #7 subway extension — with only one station, at 11th Avenue and 33rd Street, since an intermediate station at 10th Ave. is unaffordable.
Map B: Original intention for the #7 subway extension — still unable to serve the waterfronts or other areas in Far West and Far East Midtown.

Map C: vision42 Light Rail Plan — Initial Phase, plus a low-cost, high-capacity rail shuttle on existing LIRR tracks.
Map D: Light Rail Phase 2 — A 42nd Street/34th Street two-way link among Midtown destinations and transit nodes.


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On August 10, 2008, the vision42 proposal was presented to the Annual Convention of the American Bar Association, at a well-attended session of the Section of Public Contract Law.  There was considerable interest in the extension of the line to create a continuous two-way light rail loop with 34th Street, as well as in the project’s projected annual economic and fiscal benefits, and in its potential for development as a public-private partnership.

If you'd like to learn more about vision42, its traffic impacts, its costs, and its (tremendous) economic potential, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the key findings of the vision42 Technical Studies, as well as the full reports - all available on this website.