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Perklol Dec 10, 2014 10:10 AM

This has to be the first ESA photo update since 2010...

Nexis4Jersey Dec 10, 2014 2:16 PM


Originally Posted by Perklol (Post 6838040)
This has to be the first ESA photo update since 2010...

There were a few last year....

dc_denizen Dec 10, 2014 3:11 PM

Century-old New Jersey rail bridge, bane of Northeast corridor travelers, awaits final funding


NEWARK, N.J. – A century-old rail bridge that causes regular delays on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor is awaiting funding to finish a replacement project.

Environmental and design work has been completed for the Portal Bridge over the Hackensack River in Kearny, New Jersey. A new bridge could be completed in less than four years.

Amtrak owns the bridge and needs between $900 million and $1 billion to finish the project. That could be an uphill climb with Republicans, who have historically been wary of funding large infrastructure projects, poised to take control of Congress.

The 104-year-old bridge swings open to allow boats to pass through and occasionally gets stuck returning to the closed position. That has caused delays that can last hours.

chris08876 Dec 15, 2014 5:38 PM

Pulaski Bridge Bike Path Now Scheduled to Open by End of 2015


About a year behind schedule, a major project to improve walking and biking between Queens and Brooklyn is set to move forward in 2015.
The project, originally scheduled to be complete this year, will convert one southbound car lane on the Pulaski Bridge into a protected bike lane, giving more breathing room to pedestrians on what is now a shared-use path and calming traffic headed toward deadly McGuinness Boulevard in Brooklyn. Now that a construction contract has been signed and a design is in place [PDF], DOT told an audience in Long Island City last night that the new pathway will open in 2015, but maybe not until the end of the year.

In attendance was Assembly Member Joe Lentol, who urged DOT in late 2012 to study a protected bike lane on the Pulaski. “I’m here because I want to see this project through to its conclusion just like you do,” he told the audience. “I’m very excited seeing this started. We’d hoped that it would’ve been completed by now.”

When the project was first announced at the end of 2013, DOT staff said construction would take a few months and it would open by late 2014. And last month, Deputy Commissioner for Bridges Bob Collyer told the City Council that he anticipated the project would be complete in the spring. But now, with final approvals in hand, the latest word from DOT is that the contractor will start the job in April and wrap later in the year, no sooner than October. The contractor is required to finish work by the end of 2015.

The project’s cost has also increased. DOT’s cost estimate last year was $3.46 million. Most of the tab is covered by a $2.5 million federal Transportation Enhancements grant awarded by the state. When the grant was announced in January, Lentol said the city would pick up the remaining $625,000, for a total project cost of $3.125 million. Last night, DOT said the cost is now $4.2 million.

mrnyc Dec 17, 2014 7:10 PM

very good news at long last for amtrak riders for the notorious portal bridge, the worst rail bottleneck in the usa. at least i am hopeful. perhaps it can be sold to repubs based on the national security need to keep the people moving? or if it doesn't pass, hmm, then i guess i will be getting all conspiracy oriented, like 'they' don't want east coast people to be able to move around when the shite is about to go down. anyway, lets just hope they git'r done and rebuild the crucial old bridge asap.

and yet more good news for us pedestrians on the pulaski bridge. a dedicated bike lane is just what is needed. i can't stand walking across the bridges with the yunnie bikers. they are dangerous terrorists to walking commuters. plus of course it knocks out a car lane, so it's all good.

chris08876 Dec 18, 2014 3:11 PM

2nd Avenue Subway Station to Receive WiFi Service Next Spring; End of 2015 for East Broadway Station


Despite the recent installation of WiFi equipment inside the East Broadway F station, internet access in this embattled subway stop is still far on the horizon. Transit Wireless, the company contracted to put the city’s system on the grid, tells us that service is part of Phase 4 which is set to go online at the end of 2015.

Implementation at East Broadway sure is happening at the speed of dial-up…

Meanwhile, a Transit Wireless representative further confirmed to us that the 2nd Avenue subway station is relegated to Phase 3. Expect connectivity sometime in spring 2015.

chris08876 Dec 18, 2014 3:16 PM

Is an Avenue A entrance for the L train in our future?


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking federal funding toward approximately $300 million in infrastructure improvements for the Canarsie L Subway Line, which runs from Manhattan to the Canarsie section of Brooklyn through neighborhoods that have seen the largest increases in population in New York City.

Proposed infrastructure improvements include adding three power substations to allow for two additional trains per hour, a 10% increase in service, which could carry 2,200 additional customers per hour. Other elements include installing elevators at the 1 Av and Bedford Av stations to make them fully compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, and adding new street-level entrances at both stations to make it easier for customers to enter or exit the stations and alleviate platform crowding that can delay trains.

“More than 49,000 customers use the 1 Av and Bedford Av stations on an average weekday, and the stations experience overcrowding during peak periods. The area around the Bedford Av station has been rezoned to allow for almost 10,000 new residential units, and ridership is expected to continue to rise,” said New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco. “We have to increase capacity on the Canarsie Line and improve customer flow at stations to meet this increasing demand, and securing federal funding for a project of this magnitude will go a long way toward achieving that goal.”

At the 1 Av station, new fare control areas at Avenue A would double capacity – a 100% increase – up to the street from each platform. The Avenue A entrances would serve 60% of the station’s ridership, thus eliminating a 500-foot walk (from First Avenue to Avenue A) for 31,000 weekday customers entering or exiting the station.


mrnyc Dec 20, 2014 2:49 PM

Second Avenue Subway's first phase is three-quarters of the way done

By DAN RIVOLI December 18, 2014

The Second Avenue Subway's 86th St. caverns on Upcoming, ongoing and future MTA megaprojects

The first phase of the Second Avenue Subway is three-quarters of the way done now that construction crews have finished the shell for the 86th Street station, the MTA announced Thursday.

Excavating the bedrock, installing concrete lining and utility work took more than three years and $332 million to finish, bringing the entire first phase of the Second Avenue subway to 76% complete.

The station now needs heating, ventilation and air conditioning work, elevator and escalators and architectural finishes.

MTA officials this week said the new subway line that will bring the Q train up Second Avenue to 96th Street is still slated to be ready for service December 2016.

dc_denizen Dec 20, 2014 6:44 PM

Hopefully this gets off the ground, would be pretty awesome transformation for Harrison!

Luxury development eyed in Harrison near PATH station, Red Bulls Arena


Redevelopment is chugging along in Harrison, where developers recently announced a new project to construct six buildings with 1,000 residences in the town's Riverbend District.

Advance Realty and DeBartolo Development, LLC will partner to construct the mixed-use project adjacent to the Harrison PATH station, with construction slated to begin early next year.

The project's first phase will include 286 luxury rental units and a parking deck, along with indoor and outdoor amenities, according to Michael Sommer, managing director of development for Advance Realty.

Located at the intersection of Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard and Cape May Street, the first phase could be completed by early 2016, Sommer added.

The total buildout will include 20,000 square feet of retail space and a hotel, as well as 1,000 luxury apartments, Sommer confirmed.

"What's unique about Harrison is that we have 35 acres, which is almost unheard of in an urban area," Sommer said. "We're really starting with a clean slate and have the ability to react to market demands."

dc_denizen Dec 20, 2014 8:54 PM

New Tappan Zee bridge under construction:


chris08876 Dec 20, 2014 9:28 PM


Originally Posted by dc_denizen (Post 6851600)
Hopefully this gets off the ground, would be pretty awesome transformation for Harrison!

It will occur. There has been talk to develop that area for years to come. A couple of smaller low rises are there currently, and the current lots will be filled in overtime. This is a golden opportunity, especially for commuters. Unparalleled access to transit makes this a spot worth developing. The addition of retail is even better from a residential standpoint; creating a walkable mini neighborhood.

M II A II R II K Dec 22, 2014 6:09 PM

NYC subways slowly upgrading from 1930s-era technology

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New York City's subways — the nation's biggest mass transit network — serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the Great Depression.

Antiquated electro-mechanics with thousands of moving parts are still critical to operations. Dispatchers still monitor most trains from 24-hour underground "towers," and they still put pencil to paper to track their progress. That eight-decade-old system is slowly being replaced by 21st-century digital technology that allows up to twice as many trains to safely travel closer together. But there's a big caveat: It could take at least 20 years for the city's 700 miles of tracks to be fully computerized.

Of the subway system's almost two dozen major lines, just one, the L linking Manhattan and Brooklyn, currently operates on new, computerized, automated signals. And the modernization of the No. 7 line from Manhattan to Queens has begun, to be completed by 2017. So, for at least the foreseeable future, New York subway riders can expect the snags, weekend shutdowns and overcrowding they have become accustomed to.


chris08876 Jan 3, 2015 6:21 PM

2015 transit outlook: What's ahead for riders


Fare hikes: The riding public will be forced to pay a bit more for transit next year when the MTA puts in place a 4% fare hike that could mean a $2.75 ride with an 11% cash bonus and a 30-day MetroCard that costs $116.50. Riders will face this new price for two years until the next planned fare hike in 2017.

Capital ideas: Officials will be asking government at all levels for help in coming up with the $15 billion the MTA needs for a $32 billion blueprint through 2019 for fixing up stations and equipment, buying new train cars and continuing Second Avenue Subway construction.

No. 7 train goes west: It's been more than a year since Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the first (ceremonial) ride on the new leg of the No. 7 train to the far West Side from Times Square. Riders can expect to take a trip on the first expansion of the subway system in decades by April at the earliest -- unless the MTA has to push off the opening date.

Overcrowding: Transit officials are sensing that the days in the past few months when subway ridership cracked 6 million are becoming the new normal. Riders in 2015 can expect to see how the MTA will deal with the subway crunch in the short term, such as public awareness ads against taking up too much space and more platform workers to get people in and out of train cars quickly.

Weekends in Brooklyn: Traveling to and from Bushwick and Williamsburg will get easier when the J train this spring starts running through the new Fulton Center hub, with transfers to eight other train lines.

Select Bus to grow: At least two new faster bus routes, known as Select Bus Service, are expected to be installed this year along 86th Street in Manhattan and Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, according to transportation officials. The DOT meanwhile will be building local support for Select Bus routes in Flushing-Jamaica and on Woodhaven Boulevard.

Taxi hacked: "Disrupt" was more than catchy tech lingo for Uber, Lyft and other taxi app companies in 2014, when taxi officials and lawmakers scrambled to regulate their operations. That will continue next year as the City Council considers capping "surge" pricing during high-demand times, restricting drivers' ability to work for multiple services, and getting the city to create its own e-hail app for yellow and green taxis.

Citi Bike steps on the pedal: City officials this year trumpeted a plan to turn around and expand Citi Bike, which was a money-losing operation that struggled to live up to its popularity thanks to technology woes and uneven reliability. Before Citi Bike can expand by 2017, new executives led by ex-MTA chief Jay Walder must show they can improve the city's bike share in 2015. The team vowed an overhaul of bike and dock space and has hired an executive to focus on technology.

N830MH Jan 4, 2015 4:40 AM

Why no light rail or streetcars?

mrnyc Jan 4, 2015 5:41 AM


Originally Posted by N830MH (Post 6863029)
Why no light rail or streetcars?

money, priorities. continued construction of 2nd avenue is the priority. phase I is 3/4 done now and its needs to move seamlessly as possible into phase II, which is taking it up to 125th st. aside from 2nd ave, there are other expensive heavyrail needs like service to laguardia, a crosstown service on 125st, northshore service on staten island that connects to njt, etc.

i can see lightrail projects happening someday though too further out, like maybe main st flushing down kissena/parsons to jamaica center and jamaica hillside up bell blvd or something like that. and red hook will get its streetcar one day. its all just a question of need, ridership projections, feasibility, time and money. for now i am happy mta will keep pushing 2nd ave along as best they can.

chris08876 Jan 4, 2015 10:29 AM


They are doing studies currently on such plans. Also, a light rail along the East River which would be used to support projects in LIC, Astoria Cove, etc..

Funding is always a big issue, and time of course, so right now, its really a vision. Its bound to happen overtime. 1000's of units will be added over the next 5 years. Well see what 2015 brings us, but I would say that NYC does need to start overhauling its transportation system. For the nations largest and busiest, its easy to think that its doing fine, but in reality, its lacking.

Busy Bee Jan 4, 2015 4:25 PM

A dedicated ROW light rail line out on Woodhaven Blvd would be ideal.

TallestPeePee Jan 7, 2015 3:17 AM

Who else thinks the NYC subway is in desperate need of renovation and renewal?

The train cars they are currently using have been in service since long before I was born!

chris08876 Jan 7, 2015 12:28 PM

Just a little observation but New Yorkers see it. Ever notice that they use the newer trains that are bound for areas that have wealth, and tend to use the early stock for areas that aren't wealthy? Compare the trains coming in from certain parts of Queens or East Brooklyn versus the predominantly Manhattan based trains. You'll find an interesting comparison.

You'll often see the really old cars on the C,J and A line where the new cars cars are on the 7, E, F or Q. Compare their general service routes and you will see this comparison. IDK if it means anything, but its interesting how the MTA prioritizes it.

TallestPeePee Jan 8, 2015 12:06 AM


Originally Posted by chris08876 (Post 6866038)
Just a little observation but New Yorkers see it. Ever notice that they use the newer trains that are bound for areas that have wealth, and tend to use the early stock for areas that aren't wealthy? Compare the trains coming in from certain parts of Queens or East Brooklyn versus the predominantly Manhattan based trains. You'll find an interesting comparison.

You'll often see the really old cars on the C,J and A line where the new cars cars are on the 7, E, F or Q. Compare their general service routes and you will see this comparison. IDK if it means anything, but its interesting how the MTA prioritizes it.

I cannot say I recognize this trend.

Just the other day I used the R train from South Ferry to Mid town. It was the very same trains my big sisters took me on when I was a small child, and the trains they said they took when they were small children. I did some research and it turns out these very trains have been used for 30+ years.

I think there is a definite psychological advantage to renovating both the trains and the subway stations. Especially in a rich city like NYC. I think they could be much more pleasant to use if they were given an overhaul. And NY can afford it with all the tolls and taxes people pay.

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