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Update: 4/14/05
NO TUNNEL.
Thank you, Governor Pataki.

Governor George E. Pataki today announced that NY State has abandoned plans to build a West Street tunnel. West Street will instead be rebuilt at grade, with no tunnel, the option our community prefers.

Please write Governor Pataki to thank him for this decision.

 

Update: 4/7/05
Goldman walks. Crunch time for Pataki.

For 3 years Governor Pataki has ignored overwhelming community opposition to the West St. tunnel. Now Goldman Sachs has got his attention.

And we’ve responded. Just to remind Mr. Pataki how many tens of thousands of people will suffer because of this unwanted tunnel he’s forcing on us. In case he’d forgotten.

Unless the governor abandons his outrageous boondoggle, he’ll further cripple our neighborhood with a loss of at least 10,000 jobs. His stubborn insistence on a tunnel has already halted redevelopment of the World Trade Center. If he persists, his legacy will be helping to complete the devastation of our community begun on 9/11 -- all for an unnecessary tunnel that can be driven through in 15 seconds.

Kill the tunnel, George. We know you like it, but nobody else does. Listen to your constituents and do the right thing. That will be an enduring legacy.

Please write Governor Pataki to state your opinion.

 

Update: 12/28/04
Biz or kids? Pataki chooses business.

The New York Post reports that local residents “are livid” over plans to extend the proposed West Street tunnel.

The extension would move dangerous tunnel ramps away from corporate headquarters, so that they will abut schools and childrens’ ball fields, instead.

Yes, we are livid. We survived 9/11. We expect our government to protect us, not to further endanger us. We will NOT tolerate that.

Please write Governor Pataki to tell him so.

 

Update: 12/4/04
Ouch! State shoots self in foot

Turns out that major corporations don't like tunnel ramps any more than we do (click to see article by David W. Dunlap).

According to the NY Times, NY State may bow to corporate wishes by expanding the proposed tunnel to move ramps away from corporate headquarters.

We consider this very unlikely.

For one thing, expansion of this unwanted little tunnel (you could drive through it in 15 seconds) would cost more than $1 billion, at a time when the state has a $6 billion deficit.

Also, this plan would invalidate the current environmental impact statement, leaving the state vulnerable to lawsuits by outraged local residents, companies and advocacy groups opposed to the proposed tunnel.

Thanks to David W. Dunlap for looking closely into the situation.

 

Update: 6/2/04
West Street: "Road to Ruin"

The NY Post reports that the influential public interest group Taxpayers for Common Sense has cited the proposed West Street tunnel as “one of the most wasteful highway projects in the country.” The group, which tracks government spending, says the tunnel is one of 27 projects across the nation that "should be eliminated immediately" because they are too costly.

Read the New York Post  article (PDF, 46k)
Read why the West St. tunnel is
one of the most wasteful projects in America (PDF, 63k)

 

Update: 4/17/04
Senator Schumer opposes tunnel

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced his opposition to the proposed West Street tunnel in a speech to the Regional Planning Association.

The New York Times quotes Senator Schumer as saying he opposes the tunnel, calling it a “plan [which] is backed by Gov. George E. Pataki, but nearby residents have opposed because of the potential disruptions.”

Please write to thank Senator Schumer for his effort to protect the interests of those who live and work here.

Read the New York Times article (PDF, 87k)
Read
Senator Schumer’s full speech (PDF, 63k)

 

Update: 3/16/04
New poll: Residents "Overwhelmingly oppose" West Street tunnel

An “overwhelming majority” of downtown residents oppose the proposed West Street tunnel, according to a new poll conducted by Pace University.

The poll report calls this result “surprising” -- a curious response, since there have been at least three separate opinion polls conducted in the past two years, and every poll has found that a very large majority of lower Manhattan residents oppose the tunnelling of West Street.

Click here to read the full text of new poll results (PDF, 463k).

 

Update: 3/15/04
WTCRC opposes West St. tunnel

This week, the World Trade Center Residents Coalition endorsed CB1's July 2003 resolution opposing the West Street tunnel. Thanks to Sudhir Jain and the rest of the WTCRC Board for their years of great work.

Click here to read the full text of the CB1 resolution (PDF, 71k).

 

Update: 3/03/04
GPTA opposes West St. tunnel

This week, the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association (representing over 3,000 residents of Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City) circulated a letter opposing the proposed West Street tunnel, and asking residents to submit comments to that effect on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Study (DGEIS) for the WTC Site. The New York Times reported:

"Physically, the bulk of the comments came from Gateway Plaza in Battery Park City, opposing the possible construction of a tunnel under West Street, even though it is not technically part of the development corporation's impact statement.”

Click here to read the full text of the GPTA petition (PDF, 120k)

Click here to read the full text of the NY Times article (PDF, 120k).

 

Update: 8/04/03
Manhattan Community Board 1 decides not to endorse West St. tunnel

At its last summer session on July 29th, Manhattan Community Board 1 passed a resolution expressing “serious reservations” about the proposed West Street tunnel. The resolution, which was passed by a vote of 25 to 10, calls for the New York State Department of Transportation and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to “conduct a more thorough review” of alternatives.

Among the concerns cited by the Community Board are the tunnel’s high cost, impact of prolonged construction on local residents & businesses, effects on traffic to and from adjacent neighbhorhoods, and the effect of tunnel entrances on pedestrian crossings.

Click here to read full text of CB1 resolution.

Please write Community Board 1 to thank them for helping to protect our neighborhood.

 

Update: 6/27/03
U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler opposes West St. tunnel

We're pleased to report that Congressman Jerrold Nadler has announced his unqualified opposition to any West Street tunnel on grounds that it is too expensive, too disruptive, and offers little benefit to the community.

The Congressman's position was first stated at a June 13 meeting with representatives of the Coalition to Save West Street, the New York City Transit Riders’ Council and the New York City Straphangers Campaign. Mr. Nadler publicly confirmed his position following a June 24 New York State Department of Transportation public information session on West Street options.

Please write Congressman Nadler to thank him for taking this stand to help protect our neighborhood.

 

Update: 5/20/03
City Council Member Alan Gerson “vigorously opposes” any tunnel

Click here to write Councilman GersonWe're pleased to report that City Council Member Alan Gerson, as part of his "Livability First" Initiative, has advised Community Board 1 that he is "unalterably opposed to sinking West Street." Mr. Gerson said that burying West Street is in contravention of local wishes, and a waste of our scarce resources in a time of fiscal crisis. His report to Manhattan Community Board 1 concluded, "Council Member Gerson salutes the Save West Street Coalition for keeping up pressure on the Governor on this important issue."

 Please write City Council Member Alan Gerson to thank him for his dedicated support of our community. Read Council Member Gerson's statement of opposition to the West Street tunnel (1 page) and his  Livability First statement for details (12 pages).

 

Update: 1/19/03
State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick opposes tunnel

We're pleased to report that New York State Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick has announced her unqualified opposition to any West Street tunnel. In a letter to constituents explaining her position, Ms. Glick cited the project's excessive cost, negligible benefits, and harmful disruption to the community. Please write Assemblymember Glick to thank her for taking this stand to help protect our neighborhood.

Read Assemblymember Glick’s position statement
Write to thank Assemblymember Glick!

 


NEWS ARTICLES

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How Plan for a Tunnel Turned Goldman Against Downtown (PDF, 103k)
By Charles V. Bagli and Jennifer Steinhauer
10 May, 2005, New York Times

Meeting About Ground Zero Finds Security at Forefront (PDF, 93k)
By Patrick D. Healy and William K. Rashbaum
27 April, 2005, New York Times

Good Riddance: West St. Tunnel Wasn’t Worth It (PDF, 65k)
Editorial
18 April, 2005, New York Newsday

Action -- At Last (PDF, 83k)
By Steve Cuozzo
15 April, 2005, New York Post

Plans for Ground Zero Tunnel Scrapped (PDF, 100k)
By Pradnaya Joshi
14 April, 2005, New York Newsday

Heeding Outcry, State Drops Plans for Tunnel at Ground Zero (PDF, 91k)
By David W. Dunlap
14 April, 2005, New York Times

West Street Tunnel Plan (PDF, 80k)
Letters to the Editor, by Deborah J. Glick
12 April, 2005, New York Times

Adrift Downtown (PDF, 94k)
Editorial
11 April, 2005, New York Daily News

West St. Tunnel Would Be a Wrong Turn Downtown (PDF, 137k)
Editorial
8 April, 2005, Downtown Express

Do Something, George (PDF, 79k)
Editorial
7 April, 2005, New York Post

Tunnel Vision (PDF, 73k)
Letters to the Editor, by Georgia Sparks
6 April, 2005, New York Times

Goldman Plans at Ground Zero Are In Doubt (PDF, 92k)
By David W. Chen & Charles V. Bagli
5 April, 2005, New York Times

Goldman Pulls Plans for $2B Battery Park HQ (PDF, 69k)
By Steve Cuozzo
5 April, 2005, New York Post

Choking Downtown (PDF, 87k)
By Steve Cuozzo
28 January, 2005, New York Post

Tunnel Vision on West Street (PDF, 97k)
By Steve Cuozzo
28 December, 2004, New York Post

Long Tunnel, Short Tunnel, No Tunnel? State on Spot (PDF, 95k)
By David W. Dunlap
2 December, 2004, New York Times

Tunnel Plan an $860M West Street Waste (PDF, 46k)
By Clemente Lisi
12 June, 2004, New York Post

Schumer Opposes Plan to Build a Tunnel in Lower Manhattan (PDF, 87k)
By David W. Dunlap
17 April, 2004, New York Times

BPC Residents Oppose Tunnel (PDF, 184k)
By David W. Dunlap
17 March 2004, New York Times

For a Construction Project Underneath West Street, the Long Line of Opposition Forms Here (PDF, 85k)
By Michael Luo
20 November 2003, New York Times

Downtown Residents Blast Plans to Bury Part of West Street (PDF, 12k)
By NY1 News
19 November 2003, New York 1 News

CB1 Committee Skeptical of Tunnel Plan (PDF, 77k)
By Jane Flanagan & Josh Rogers
29 July 2003, Downtown Express

Downtowners Brainstorm at LMDC Workshops (PDF, 92k)
By Josh Rogers
29 July 2003, Downtown Express

To Be Or Not To Be: West Street Tunnel Drama Assumes Shakespearean Proportions (PDF, 46k)
By Allison Simko
July 2003, Battery Park City Broadsheet

Tunnel Is Proposed as Option in
Rebuilding of West Street
(PDF, 156k)
By Edward Wyatt
25 June 2003, New York Times

Gerson Outlines Plan for His Downtown District (PDF, 99k)
By Josh Rogers
13 May 2003, Downtown Express

Public Weighs In on New
WTC Site Designs
(PDF, 54k)
By Lore Croghan
13 Jan 2003, Crain’s New York Business

Debate Begins on Shorter
West Street Tunnel
(PDF, 186k)
By Josh Rogers
8 Jan 2003, Downtown Express

Lower Manhattan Planning
Is Moving Too Slowly
(PDF, 94k)
By Sheldon Silver, Speaker, NY State Assembly
24 Dec 2002, Downtown Express

Tunnel Sunk (PDF, 82k)
By William Neuman
4 Dec 2002, New York Post

State D.O.T. Skeptical of Long
West Street Tunnel
(PDF, 99k)
By Josh Rogers
27 Nov 2002, Downtown Express

Residents Campaign Against
Burying West Street
(PDF, 15k)
By Ronald Drenger
5 Nov 2002, Tribeca Trib

Coalition to Save West Street:
Downtown Can Be Great Again, Without
All the Digging
(PDF, 39k)
Letters to the Editor, by John Dellaportas
28 Oct 2002, Gotham Gazette

BPC Scribes Say No to Tunnel (PDF, 96k)
Letters to the Editor
17 Oct 2002, Downtown Express

Transit Utopians (PDF, 79k)
By Steve Cuozzo
17 Oct 2002, New York Post

Group Mounts Campaign Against
Burying West St.
(PDF, 15k)
By Ronald Drenger
14 Oct 2002, Tribeca Trib

Local Opposition to West St.
Tunnel Surfaces
(PDF, 43k)
By Alison Simko
5 Oct 2002, Battery Park City Broadsheet

Don’t Bury West Street (PDF, 95k)
Letters to the Editor, by Gene Russianoff
5 Oct 2002, New York Times

Downtown, A Debate Over
Burying West Street
(PDF, 159k)
by Edward Wyatt
28 Sep 2002, New York Times

Don’t Just Give Downtown
Residents the Shaft
(PDF, 30k)
Letters to the Editor, by Thomas S. Goodkind
26 Sep 2002, New York Newsday

Opposition to West Street
Plan Grows
(PDF, 96k)
By Graham Rayman
18 Sep 2002, New York Newsday

 

 

 

 

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