If there's ever a time to raise the idea of some big public works project, it's during the run-up to an election. Right on cue the mayoral candidates of New York City have proposed some whoppers in recent weeks. Joe Lhota resurrected the idea of a subway line to Staten Island, Christine Quinn proposed bringing the MTA under greater city control, and Anthony Weiner reportedly intends to tear up some of the bike lanes the current administration worked so hard to put into place.
All the while there's a subway expansion project capable of carrying some 76,000 riders a day through three outer boroughs that no one's discussing at all. It's called the Triboro Rx — or the "X line," for short.