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Arthururban Apr 15, 2016 8:46 AM

http://www.wsj.com/articles/nyc-insp...rce-1459418403

NYC Inspectors Zero In on Subway Stench Source
Officials have identified a cut sewer line they believe is source of sewage leak stinking up Herald Square station

By ANDREW TANGEL on March 31, 2016

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New York City inspectors believe they have pinpointed the source of a sewage leak that has been stinking up a busy subway station at Herald Square.

On Wednesday they identified a sewer line that had somehow been cut at Sixth Avenue and West 31st Street in Manhattan, a few blocks south of the subway stop.

After inspectors found a “strong odor” at the cut sewer line, the city’s Department of Environmental Protection ordered the owner of the property at 876 Sixth Ave. to repair it, an agency spokesman said.

The agency spokesman said it is the responsibility of property owners to maintain and repair such service lines, which connect to the city’s sewer pipes.

For weeks, riders of the F, M, D and B subway lines that run along Sixth Avenue have complained of smelling rotten eggs or sulfur at the 34th Street station.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have said trains appeared to be drawing the stench into the station, and that there wasn’t a sewage leak at the stop.

It remained unclear Thursday what led to the sewer line being cut. The building’s owner said in an interview he suspected a utility company or other contractor had sawed into the sewer line, without his knowledge.

The building owner said he didn’t know how much repairs would cost, adding that he may have to take legal action “to find out who the culprit is.”

Crews were at the site on 31st Street Thursday afternoon. The building owner said late Thursday the sewer line repair hadn’t yet been completed.

A corner store, 876 Market Deli, is on the ground floor of the building. The business’s owner said the deli wasn’t responsible and he hasn’t noticed any plumbing issues at the property.

Corey Johnson, the local city councilman, said he noticed the stench at the station about three weeks ago, asking an aide: “What is this smell?”

“It sounds like it took quite a while” to discover the source of the odor, Mr. Johnson said. “This should have been fixed right away.”

mrnyc Apr 16, 2016 12:23 PM

get ready hipsters -- the mta is shuttin down the L train in 2019 for sandy repairs --

http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/br...icle-1.2603362

RobEss Apr 17, 2016 5:37 PM

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Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 7410027)
get ready hipsters...

Enough already! I was tired of the 'hipster' dogpile is 2009.

The L runs all the way out to Canarsie and services many neighboroods, a good number of them low-income. The people who are going to be most affected by this shutdown aren't the plaid-clad brunchers of your imagination, but the long-haul commuters from the more far flung corners of Brooklyn. Their access to the city's core is limited enough already!

Besides, 'hipsters' get around on bikes. I should know, I am one.

mrnyc Apr 17, 2016 9:02 PM

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Originally Posted by RobEss (Post 7410825)
Enough already! I was tired of the 'hipster' dogpile is 2009.

The L runs all the way out to Canarsie and services many neighboroods, a good number of them low-income. The people who are going to be most affected by this shutdown aren't the plaid-clad brunchers of your imagination, but the long-haul commuters from the more far flung corners of Brooklyn. Their access to the city's core is limited enough already!

Besides, 'hipsters' get around on bikes. I should know, I am one.


actually they are much better off than the hipstervillesters transit-wise. or whatever you call hipsters these days. ha. but the poors or whatever you call the rest, well lets not call anyone anything, but anyway what i mean is the people out at the end of the line have the 3 train plus 4 other trains and the lirr at the junction. so at least they have their usual direct connection options. and i am not sure the L train will even close out there. i think that is still up in the air.

chris08876 Apr 19, 2016 5:16 PM

NYC Subway, We Love You, But You're Letting Us Down

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According to the MTA's just-released analysis of 2015 subway ridership, the city's subway system is experiencing a boom it hasn't seen since the post-war era.

Last year, the system served up 1.763 billion rides — the most since 1948 (when there were elevated lines to serve riders as well). Forty-nine weekdays had ridership in excess of six million.

But the growth has attendant problems. "Even minor disruptions now can create major delays,” said New York City Transit president Ronnie Hakim, and the latest statistics confirm that what riders (and the state comptroller) know well: you are waiting longer for trains, and the cars are breaking down more frequently.

System-wide, only about 76 percent of subway lines met service standards. Every single one of the numbered lines got worse over the past 12 months (see p. 31). Outdated signal equipment and an aging fleet are ill-equipped to handle the growing ridership. During Monday's MTA committee meetings, board member Andrew Albert called the performance of some of the legacy trains "miserable."

MTA board member Charles Moerdler noted the Lexington Line was particularly beset by problems. "On the number 4 line, it's 60 percent. On the number 5, it's 61 percent, on the number 6, it's 58 percent. That fails! That's a failing grade!"

"There is no single solution, no single one thing that is going to push us over the goal line," said Hakim on Monday. She talked about the need to implement communications-based train control and purchase new subway cars — big-ticket items whose funding is tied up in the agency's yet-to-be-approved five-year capital program. "We do need to make better use of some of our available resources," she said.

Hakim said the MTA would continue to refine ways to get people on and off trains faster.
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http://www.wnyc.org/story/oh-nyc-sub...tting-us-down/

Crawford Apr 19, 2016 7:28 PM

This is ridiculous. The subway is now getting about 1.8 billion annual riders, and capacity has barely budged. Yeah, the Second Avenue Subway is about to open, and they're adding additional trains systemwide this year, but this is comparatively nothing.

We need more trains, more lines, more of everything. The system needs massive expansion.

mrnyc Apr 20, 2016 10:11 AM

shopping strip opens in columbus circle station:

http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/ma...icle-1.2607779

chris08876 Apr 30, 2016 1:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crawford (Post 7413252)
This is ridiculous. The subway is now getting about 1.8 billion annual riders, and capacity has barely budged. Yeah, the Second Avenue Subway is about to open, and they're adding additional trains systemwide this year, but this is comparatively nothing.

We need more trains, more lines, more of everything. The system needs massive expansion.

We have it good here. Can you imagine this happening, in an American city. :haha:

The violence that would occur.

Video Link


It may get to the point that some lines will need these overtime.

Video Link
:haha:

Busy Bee Apr 30, 2016 3:51 AM

Oshiya!

Arthururban May 1, 2016 4:07 PM

A little bit late....

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/...last-year.html

NYC Subway Ridership Climbs Nearly 1 Percent to 1.7 Billion Last Year, MTA Says

By Jose Martinez
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 08:55 PM EDT

Another year, another ridership record in the subway, but that level of success is also creating headaches for riders and a transit agency struggling to keep up with the crowds. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
Squeeze in, straphangers. Subway ridership is on the rise again.

"It's crowded, constantly," said one subway rider. "You just won't get a seat."

The MTA on Monday announced that 1.7 billion riders packed into the subway last year, an increase of 0.9 percent, the highest level since 1948. Weekday ridership averaged 5.7 million, but on 49 days, more than 6 million people used the subway, compared to 29 days in 2014. Officials said the additional riders are putting new stress on an already-strained system. Even a minor disruption can now trigger major delays, and maintenance work is getting ever tougher to schedule.

"Historically, we try to do work during the off-peak hours. But we're seeing a bump in off-peak hours as well," said MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz.

Ridership grew in every borough served by the subway, led by Brooklyn, where it increased 1.4 percent. Rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods contributed to the gains.
On the G line, ridership surged 8.9 percent weekdays, including a whopping 17-and-a-half-percent jump at the Greenpoint Avenue stop in Greenpoint. After years of galloping growth, ridership on the L line ticked up by less than 1 percent, but the number of passengers using stations on the nearby J and M lines in Bushwick soared.
"It looks like those customers are slowly shifting over to the J, M and Z lines, using that line as an alternate to the L," Ortiz said. Riders on the M say they've noticed.

"It's almost like a little bit claustrophobic, you know," said one M train rider. In Lower Manhattan, ridership grew by nearly 4 percent. The new Fulton Center hub is now the city's eighth-busiest station.

In spite of the increased pressure on the subway system, MTA officials say they're confident that measures they're taking to increase capacity will lighten the load on riders in the future, like finishing the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway and upgrading signal technology on some lines so trains can run more frequently.

"You know, we're not going to stop growing. We'll continue to build and grow out as ridership increases," Ortiz said.

Arthururban May 1, 2016 4:09 PM

Construction on East Side Access Transit Project Causes Headaches for Queens Residents


By Jose Martinez on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 09:34 PM EDT

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Work on the transit megaproject to connect the Long Island Rail Road to East Midtown runs through neighborhoods in Queens where residents cannot wait for the construction to end. However, residents and local leaders say their long-running calls for help in blocking out the noise are not getting the MTA's attention. NY1 Transit Reporter Jose Martinez has that story.

The work on one of the nation's largest transportation projects has proceeded largely out of sight in Manhattan, deep beneath Grand Central Terminal.

"People in the Grand Central were sipping a glass of wine and without ever knowing that we were there," said President of MTA Capital Construction Michael Horodniceanu.

But, in parts of Queens, the construction of the East Side Access is in full view for some with the volume turned up.

"There's banging at night, there's whistles at night," said Regina Shanley who lives near the site in Sunnyside. "You cannot carry on a conversation, you can't watch TV, it's hard to put a kid to sleep because it stops and starts."

On Tuesday, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and residents living near the massive Queens East Side Access site called a news conference. They demanded the MTA install sound barriers to block noise from the $10 billion dollar project, which eventually will bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central.

"We're demanding that they do the right thing once and for all by this community," Van Bramer said.

Van Bramer said the MTA pledged to install the barriers nearly a decade ago. The MTA says that's hogwash. The transit agency says it hired engineering consultants nine years ago who concluded the proposal was a non-starter, the same result as an earlier study.

The MTA says that any physical barrier would have limited effect when it comes to reducing noise and that it would also serve as a magnet for graffiti.

Residents say they will keep pushing for anything to block out the noise from construction.

"I live about 200 feet directly behind the tracks and I can't keep my windows open at night, haven't been able to do so for the past couple of years," said Steve Cooper.

"There's a rattling that goes on in this community," said Leonard Grossman. "You get used to it, but when you listen, it's mind-blowing, it's terrible."

But the noise isn't going anywhere any time soon. Work on the East Side Access is expected to last at least six more years.

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/...residents.html

chris08876 May 1, 2016 5:14 PM

The 7 train will be getting a lot worse. Especially with all of the units coming online now or in the future in LIC. Not to mention that Flushing and its proxies are booming as well.

The L train is just as bad. I think worse actually.

Nexis4Jersey May 2, 2016 3:20 AM

Turnstile at Columbus Circle

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Turnstile Subway Mall at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan
by Corey Best, on Flickr

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Turnstile Subway Mall at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan
by Corey Best, on Flickr

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Turnstile Subway Mall at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan
by Corey Best, on Flickr

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Turnstile Subway Mall at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan
by Corey Best, on Flickr

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Turnstile Subway Mall at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan
by Corey Best, on Flickr

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Turnstile Subway Mall at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan
by Corey Best, on Flickr

mrnyc May 3, 2016 2:21 AM

subway sushi lol. yeah i dk about that. ha.

nice job showing us this - i was wondering what it looked like.

its nice i guess, but i just wish it was more of a mix of useful shops, like tailors or dry cleaning pickup or 99cent or traveler stores, etc., that straphanger commuters could actually use, rather than more of this food hall craze fad business the city is going through lately.

Nexis4Jersey May 3, 2016 2:43 AM

I don't know if I or any of my commuter or traveling friends will really patronize this mall.. The Good thing about the selection at the other major transit hubs is the diversity... The shops at Penn , PABT , Atlantic , Hoboken , Newark Penn cater to a large cross section of the commuting / traveling population. This Mall felt like a Hipster experiment...and overpriced... I will go back soon to take more photos...

chris08876 May 4, 2016 8:12 PM

East River Skyway Proposal Gains Steam, Would Only Cost Riders $25/Month

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With public meetings about the impending L train shutdown beginning this week, much of the conversation is centered around alternate ways to shuttle people between downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. One solution is the East River Skyway, an aerial gondola system that would run along the Brooklyn waterfront and into Manhattan, bringing commuters over the river in just 3.5 minutes. The proposal from Dan Levy, president and CEO of CityRealty, first surfaced in 2014, then referencing the Brooklyn development boom that will bring tens of thousands of new residential units to the borough in the coming years. But now with a possible years-long shutdown of the L, along with skyrocketing subway ridership, the Skyway is drumming up support from investors.

Levy told 6sqft, “We’ve completed some preliminary engineering and design work around the cars and the stations and how they could meld with their respective locations — and more broadly the city skyline. Given their high visibility we want to be context sensitive.” He also revealed that, although the project would cost up to $134 million (per estimate from engineers), an unlimited monthly pass would cost only $25.
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antinimby May 4, 2016 11:42 PM

Wouldn't it be funny if it turns out to be more popular with tourists than commuters?

I like it though. Hope it gets built.

Nexis4Jersey May 5, 2016 8:06 AM

Crosswalk System Proposal

Video Link

mrnyc May 5, 2016 5:31 PM

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Originally Posted by antinimby (Post 7431465)
Wouldn't it be funny if it turns out to be more popular with tourists than commuters?

I like it though. Hope it gets built.


totally agree. i dk why roosevelt island type gondolas are not used more often or at least tried more often. of course portland built one and the idea seems to be picking up steam lately elsewhere.

ie., gondola promoters in cleveland have been talking up about doing this there for quite awhile now:

http://www.clevelandskylift.com/


unfortunately....takes money...:shrug:

Arthururban May 7, 2016 10:54 PM

http://www.mta.info/news/2016/05/05/...-moves-forward

LIRR Expansion Project Moves Forward

May 05th, 2016

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced major steps forward for the Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project, including a continued commitment to community outreach by holding four public meetings, expedited modifications to all train crossings along the project route, and increased transparency with the release of a new project scoping report, website and community center.

“A third track on the main line is crucial to the future of Long Island,” Governor Cuomo said. “This project will make the LIRR more reliable for millions of customers, while also eliminating multiple dangerous train crossings along the main line. Our proposal will ensure that we can continue to improve the quality of life and grow the economy in the region, and I encourage New Yorkers to learn more about how we’re working to build a brighter future for Long Island.

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Improving Grade Crossing Safety

The Governor has already committed to modifying all seven street-level train crossings in the project corridor but will now also do this on an expedited basis in order to dramatically improve safety for both vehicles and pedestrians; to sharply reduce noise by train horns and bells; and to reduce severe traffic congestion caused by crossing gates being down for prolonged periods of time during peak travel times.

MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast said: “We all know grade crossings are a chronic problem, complicating traffic flow and presenting round-the-clock safety challenges. The Governor’s commitment to speeding up the construction to solve crossing issues along the project route is welcome news for everyone.”

The draft scoping report presents a number of key safety-enhancing options for train crossing improvements along the project’s 9.8 mile route. These construction improvements would also take place on an expedited timetable – with each grade crossing project completed in nine months or less – to significantly ease local traffic congestion.

The train crossings along the LIRR Main Line segment between Floral Park and Hicksville that will be modified are: Covert Ave., South 12th St. and New Hyde Park Rd., all in New Hyde Park; Main St. and Willis Ave., in Mineola; School St. in Westbury and Urban Ave. in New Cassel.

About the Project

With just two tracks to service Ronkonkoma, Port Jefferson, Hempstead, Oyster Bay and some Montauk Branch trains, the Railroad has historically been hindered by congestion during peak travel periods and frequent delays, whether caused by a disabled train, a track condition, a medical emergency or a trespasser. A third track will bring other improvements, including infrastructure upgrades at LIRR stations and parking facilities, the construction of retaining walls along portions of the corridor to minimize property impacts and the upgrading of railroad signal systems, substations, culverts, interlocking, crossovers, sidings, track bed, power systems and communications systems.

This LIRR Expansion will support current service plans, and is an important component to the future success of the LIRR’s East Side Access Project, taking Long Island commuters to Grand Central Station and the East Side of Manhattan for the first time. Together the projects are expected to cut commuting time for many customers by up to 20 minutes in each direction.


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