The biggest obvious issue from the start is in Queens. Looking at the difficult to decipher map put out by the MTA – which outlines which subway stations will be closed for up to a year – it becomes clear: Astoria residents are in big trouble.
Essentially, stations along the entire N and Q line through Astoria will now be closed, giving residents who live to the west of the elevated train little public transit options. There are areas where you can walk a few extra blocks to the M and R trains, but there are also areas where that walk is basically impossible.
Astoria was one of the few Queens neighborhoods with actually decent subway service but for up to a year, that will no longer be the case.
The second issue is simply that progress is an unavoidable double-edged sword. For some, the announcement that cellphone service will be coming to stations is a great positive. You'll be able to keep in contact with loved ones and it will be easier to make plans. Of course the problem is that people will inevitably abuse the privilege.
Imagine trying to have a relaxing morning while someone is screaming on their cellphone? It's those same kind of people that eat a messy sandwich on the train, oblivious to their surroundings.
There's one huge positive to the announcement however, and that's paperless ticketing. How many times have you lost a Metrocard, or wished you could check your balance on your phone, knowing the kiosk at your station has been acting up lately? This initiative will be a great time saver for anyone that relies on the subways every day.
Ultimately, Cuomo's announcement will, in the long run, but great for the subway and commuters. There is just going to be some rough times ahead until we reach the final goal.