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Locals Concerned About How Amazon Headquarters Will Impact Public Transportation

November 19, 2018 - 6:59 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Amazon’s Long Island City headquarters has not opened yet, but already people are worried about its impact in the city’s transit system.

It’s unclear exactly how many Amazon workers will utilize mass transit, but it matters to the company.

Mark Hallenbeck, who heads a transportation center at the University of Washington in Seattle – where Amazon’s first headquarters is located – says efficient commutes help to retain employee satisfaction and attention.

“They have a lot of invective to make sure the transportation into and out of their new facilities in New York work,” Hallenbeck explained.

MTA acting chair Fernando Ferrer said there are eight subway lines, in addition to buses and ferries in Long Island City.

“We have a robust transportation network in Long Island City, there is no doubt in my mind, we can handle 25,000 more employees,” Ferrer said.

In July, Amazon announced it would spend $1.5 million so that the Seattle area bus network could add 22 weekday trips.