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BK1985 May 2, 2023 4:34 PM


Originally Posted by TowerDude (Post 9933935)
But the final form of the Second Avenue Subway extends all the way down to Lower Manhattan. So there needs to be express service on the north of Manhattan.

In a perfect world, I would agree with you but capital is limited as it is so it doesn't make much sense to build express capacity for a line that we more than likely wont see completed within the next 20 years. ( also off the top of my head there are only 16 stops on the entire line so it wouldn't make financial sense to also have an express line run concurrently given the ridership projections as well as only connecting with the Q at and above 63rd and the B,D at Grand) IMO an argument for an express line would make more sense if the second avenue line was planned to have transfers to the 7 at 42nd, the L at 14th

mrnyc May 3, 2023 8:17 PM

^ yup.

it would be nice, but i dont think 2av needs express.

any extension will be crosstown on 125, not north, and thats a seperate service even if its the same line.

mrnyc May 4, 2023 3:00 PM

i didn’t realize congestion pricing was pushed back until next year:

NYC congestion pricing pushed back to 2024, costing $250M in revenue, MTA says

Published: Feb. 27, 2023
By Erik Bascome |

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The implementation of the nation’s first congestion pricing plan has been pushed back several months in a move that MTA officials anticipate will cost the agency roughly $250 million in expected revenue.

Last week, the MTA released its February Financial Plan, which stated that revenue collection from congestion pricing is now expected to begin in the second quarter of 2024, meaning April 2024 would be the earliest that drivers are charged for driving into Manhattan’s Central Business District.

The MTA has pushed back the expected start of congestion pricing to the second quarter of 2024. (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger)SL

mrnyc May 8, 2023 4:11 AM

NO IDEA WAT !!! :haha:

Busy Bee May 9, 2023 5:34 PM

GCT Biltmore Room finally reopened with new access escalators and elevators to LIRR concourse, supposedly the quickest route:

mrnyc May 10, 2023 12:55 PM

the new r211 subway cars arrive in shaolin —

First new Staten Island Railway cars arrive in NYC: Here’s what riders can expect

Published: May. 09, 2023
By Erik Bascome |

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island Railway (SIR) riders will soon get their first chance to ride the new train cars coming to the borough’s lone line.

A representative from the MTA told the Staten Island Advance/ that five prototype R211S train cars recently arrived in New York City, with the agency set to begin non-passenger testing later this month.


mrnyc May 12, 2023 6:08 AM

i was wondering when this would happen —

OMNY machines rolling out at subway stations this summer as phase-out of MetroCard delayed indefinitely

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on April 24, 2023

The MTA will roll out these new OMNY card vending machines across the subway system this summer. Photo by Ben Brachfeld

mta omny card

mrnyc May 12, 2023 5:44 PM

well gee that didn't take long --- here come the first of the givebacks.

let's see where this goes and if in the end there is anything left to congestion tax!

MTA commits to discounts for low-income drivers, toll cap for taxis under congestion pricing program

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on May 12, 2023

The MTA will provide tolling discounts to some low-income drivers, cap daily tolls for taxis, and invest more than $200 million to mitigate localized increases in traffic and air pollution under an agreement with the federal government allowing it to implement congestion pricing, the agency announced on Friday.

The Manhattan end of the Queensboro Bridge. Photo via Getty Images

Busy Bee May 14, 2023 3:51 PM

Nothing new for the readers of this thread, but a relatively well produced synopsis of the cost problem plaguing this country:

Video Link

Busy Bee May 17, 2023 2:06 PM

New Fare Gates/Turnstiles
A little bit of news regarding the new evasion crackdown turnstile prototypes. MTA press conference at GCT coming soon.

1 of 4 prototypes being considered:

Busy Bee May 17, 2023 8:10 PM

^ Photos are up.

mrnyc May 19, 2023 3:37 PM

o rilly? ya don’t say …?!

Fare evasion cost MTA nearly $700M last year, panel says, recommending new turnstile design

By Ben Brachfeld
commentsPosted on May 17, 2023

The MTA lost nearly $700 million to fare evasion last year and should replace subway turnstiles with glass doors, an agency panel said in a long-awaited report.

The agency’s estimated losses from farebeating have climbed considerably in just a few years, from about $200-300 million before the pandemic, to $500 million last year, and now $690 million, said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber on Wednesday, including $315 million on city buses and $285 million on subways.

A prototype fare array built by Conduent Transportation, with middle-out doors and wheelchair accessible entry.
Marc A. Hermann / MTA

mrnyc May 19, 2023 4:10 PM

trying to figure out what is currently going on with ibx and this — i hadnt seen renders of these — the four new bx mnrr stations to be completed by 2027 —

Metro-North Penn Station Access project breaks ground in the Bronx


Busy Bee May 19, 2023 4:46 PM

Those renderings were released last year... not sure why they didn't get posted in this thread... at least I can't find them.

They're okay. They've made a sincere effort to make modern stylish station experiences. I could quibble about some minor things but I wo.... OKAY I will! Dear MTA, please stop it with all the state motto and imagery stuff! It's heavy handed and honestly a little weird. And side note, why are we still having new MTA rolling stock delivered with the horrible Cuomo stripes after the dude is gone??? That should have been an easy one. It is the most direct evidence of his micromanaging of the MTA and they're apparently fine with that legacy? Pick up the phone and tell the factory to stop it with the decals. It's like if Biden had just allowed the previous monster's Air Force One paint scheme to go through to production and then say "whoops, I guess its too late now?"

mrnyc May 21, 2023 7:52 PM

outdoor dining is revamped and made permanent:

Outdoor dining program soon to become permanent as Mayor and Council Speaker reach agreement


mrnyc May 21, 2023 10:22 PM

and the new record is … :haha::cheers:

New record set for fastest trip through entirety of NYC subway

By Stephen Nessen
Published May 18, 2023

New York City’s subway has 472 stations laid out across 665 miles of track. For decades, transit enthusiasts have jockeyed to set the record for the fastest time to travel through the whole system.

Last month, Kate Jones, a New Yorker now living in Switzerland, set a new standard. She completed the journey in 22 hours, 14 minutes and 10 seconds. Her time was certified last week by Guinness World Records.


mrnyc May 27, 2023 4:04 AM

post covid workforce changes and ridership dips are leading connecticut to cut some funding that will pare down mnrr services —

MTA budget woes continue as Connecticut proposes cuts to Metro-North’s New Haven Line

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on May 24, 2023


mrnyc Jun 3, 2023 9:02 AM

leed gold & platinum envision awards to lga:

LaGuardia’s new Terminal B wins major awards from two leading environmental organizations

By Bill Parry
June 2, 2023

The terminal is designed to achieve water savings of more than 43% and an 18% reduction in energy costs. Energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions were achieved through reduced window glazing area, installation of a light-colored aluminum membrane roof that reflects solar heat and reduces summer cooling loads, lower lighting power density, deployment of daylighting controls to adjust artificial lighting levels in response to sunlight, and use of solar hot water heaters.


mrnyc Jun 3, 2023 9:19 AM


‘A magnificent victory’: Rockaway elected officials announce breakthrough with MTA in step toward railroad equity

By Bill Parry
Posted on May 5, 2023

Generations of Far Rockaway residents have been plagued with some of the longest commute times in the nation along with additional expenses, but on May 4, state Senator James Sanders and his colleagues in government announced a breakthrough.

The MTA has agreed to expand its CityTicket program to finally include the Far Rockaway LIRR station allowing commuters to purchase $5 flat-fare tickets for off-peak hours for intracity trips. Sanders, who has pressed for Far Rockaway’s inclusion in the program for more than a decade when he was on the City Council, was able to get his proposal into the Senate One House Budget resolution this year as a negotiating position.


mrnyc Jun 3, 2023 9:24 AM

wat to do?

QueensLink hosts Ozone Park town hall to discuss plans for old Rockaway Beach line

By Carlotta Mohamed

About 50 community members attended the QueensLink town hall in Ozone Park on March 16 to discuss plans for the dormant 3.5 miles Rockaway Beach train line that would bring accessible transportation to transit desert communities.

Volunteers of QueensLink heard community feedback on how to best meet residents’ needs for transit and more park space for the infrastructure project.


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