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Nexis4Jersey Jan 20, 2016 12:15 AM

⁴ᴷ Rare: D Trains Running on the A Line

Weekend construction in the Cranberry St Tunnel and on the Manhattan Bridge led to D trains being rerouted to the A line. After 59th St, all D trains ran on the A line to Chambers St, the last stop. This is a very unusual and rare reroute that does not occur frequently.
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chris08876 Jan 22, 2016 1:36 AM

I thought this was cool.

Nexis4Jersey Jan 25, 2016 2:52 AM

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mrnyc Jan 26, 2016 4:42 PM

subway cars of the near future unveiled:

Cynicism Jan 27, 2016 10:49 AM


mrnyc Feb 3, 2016 4:44 PM

MTA announces record ridership on Metro-North, LIRR ·

In what has seemingly become a regular rite of passage for the region’s commuter rail lines, the MTA yesterday announced record ridership on both Metro-North and the LIRR for 2015. Metro-North saw 86.1 million customers last year, and the LIRR carried 87.6 million customers, the highest total since 1949. Metro-North’s ridership has doubled since the agency came into being in 1983.

The MTA believes that a mix of a younger ridership base that doesn’t want to drive (coupled with how miserable it is to drive into New York City) along with a strong regional economy has led to this higher ridership levels.


mrnyc Feb 3, 2016 4:57 PM

we have a render of the R211 cars open gangway concept

202_Cyclist Feb 4, 2016 1:35 AM

Mayor de Blasio to Propose Streetcar Line Linking Brooklyn and Queens
Mayor de Blasio to Propose Streetcar Line Linking Brooklyn and Queens

By Michael Grynbaum
NY Times
Feb. 3, 2016

"In a major reimagining of the New York City waterfront, Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to propose a streetcar line that would snake along the East River in Brooklyn and Queens, a 16-mile scenic ride that would be his administration’s most ambitious urban engineering project to date.

The plan, to be unveiled on Thursday in the mayor’s State of the City speech, calls for a line that runs aboveground on rails embedded in public roadways and flows alongside automobile traffic — a sleeker and nimbler version of San Francisco’s trolleys.

By winding along the East River, the streetcars would vastly expand transportation access to a bustling stretch of the city that has undergone rapid development — from the industrial centers of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to the upper reaches of Astoria, Queens — but remains relatively isolated from the subway..."

yankeesfan1000 Feb 4, 2016 11:45 PM

^ It's amazing to me that the MTA didn't think to do this between the Bedford Ave stop on the L train or a little further north into Greenpoint or near Mccarran Park, and to downtown Brooklyn right after they reviewed the Sandy damage to the L train tunnels and knew that they'd have to eventually be closed in some capacity for repairs. Something like what's proposed is needed even in a world where the L train tunnels aren't seriously crippled from a capacity perspective.

mrnyc Feb 5, 2016 4:27 PM

3 NYC-area airports hit passenger records for 2nd year in a row

By Candice Ruud February 3, 2016

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey set new passenger records again in 2015, the agency announced Wednesday: 124.2 million travelers used its commercial airports in 2015, up from about 117.3 million in 2014.


mrnyc Feb 5, 2016 4:29 PM

350 new bus countdown clocks, bus-only lanes coming to NYC

By Rebecca Harshbarger February 3, 2016

Bus countdown clocks will be installed at 350 additional stops around the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Thursday, as part of a larger strategy to speed up buses citywide, including new bus-only traffic lanes.

The clocks utilize data from MTA’s BusTime system, which uses GPS to track where buses are. Riders at stops without them now have to use a cell phone to check how far away the bus is.

The City Council allocated money for about 250 bus countdown clocks over the past two years, but only three countdown clocks have been installed so far on regular bus routes.

There are also 29 clocks on select bus routes, where riders swipe their MetroCards before getting on.

The leftover City Council money, combined with an infusion of cash from City Hall, will fund the 350 new clocks. Installation will begin immediately and wrap up next year.

Additional clocks could also be funded.


mrnyc Feb 5, 2016 4:33 PM

for fun --- :cheers:

NYC subway stations you need to visit: Fulton Center, Hudson Yards and more:

M II A II R II K Feb 6, 2016 6:09 PM

New York Has a Streetcar Plan That Isn't Totally Awful

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Michael Grynbaum of The New York Times reports that the proposed BQX runs 16 miles along the water from Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Astoria in Queens. It passes through a number of emerging residential, commercial, and employment centers. The connector connects two boroughs that deserve more direct connections (it’s a connector!) and would be situated near 45,000 public housing residents.

- So far so good. And Grynbaum reports that the design might “physically separate” the light rail vehicles from cars on the road. The existing renderings show no such barriers, but Kabak has been told that the city wants “more than 70 percent of the streetcar route to run on a dedicated right of way.” Also good. Better: 100 percent separation, with limited stops, and transit-signal priority. --- Ultimately it’s impossible to award a full point on mobility until the full plans show how well the BQX links into the existing subway network—both in terms of easy transfers and a shared fare system. If the services align well, that’s a real boost to outer-borough transit. If they don’t, it’s a real missed opportunity.


Arthururban Feb 8, 2016 8:24 AM

Metro-North at All-Time High; LIRR, Highest Since 1949, Remains Busiest Regional Railroad in Nation

February 2, 2016


Ridership is up on the MTA's regional rails. Numbers increased significantly on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad in 2015, giving a significant boost to the economic health of the regions they serve. Metro-North reported all-time record ridership of 86.1 million customers, an increase of 1.6% over 2014, while the Long Island Rail Road remained the busiest regional railroad in the nation, carrying 87.6 million customers, a 2.1% increase over the prior year and the railroad’s highest total since 1949.

The LIRR’s total breaks the modern record set in 2008, when the railroad carried 87.4 million customers. Metro-North’s total ridership growth means that it has more than doubled the ridership the railroad carried when it was founded, in 1983.

“When ridership set records back in 2008, many said it was because of high gasoline prices, and that certainly is one factor,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “But gas prices have sunk to low levels and the trend is continuing. We are seeing the confluence a strengthening regional economy, healthier downtowns around the region, a new generation of millennials who values public transportation, and greater productivity on board our trains through the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and laptops. Customers are also responding to improvements we have made, including more frequent trains, improving on-time performance, a fleet of modern new electric cars, expanding availability of real-time information, and more channels for customer communication.”

LIRR and Metro-North ridership is positioned for even further growth in the years ahead because of investments included in the MTA’s 2015-19 Capital Program, funded through a record contribution from the State of New York made by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The program will fund the construction of four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx and the expansion of Metro-North’s New Haven Line to Penn Station, a major expansion of the LIRR’s Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, enabling significant reverse commuting to Long Island for the first time, and the construction of new LIRR stations in Queens, in Elmhurst and Sunnyside.

The LIRR’s growth was fueled in equal parts by commuters, who increased 2.1% to 50.4 million customers, an increase of 1.04 million riders, and non-commuters, who increased 2.0% to 37.3 million customers in 2015, an increase of 734,000 riders. (.....)

Arthururban Feb 8, 2016 8:26 AM

MTA Approves Final Major Contract for East Side Access Manhattan Caverns

January 27, 2016


It's another milestone for East Side Acess as the MTA on Wednesday approved the final major contract for the project, which will build and finish four platforms and eight tracks for the new Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) terminal some 100 feet below Grand Central Terminal.

Under another contract awarded last month, a tunnel approach will be built and a bridge rebuilt in Sunnyside, Queens. The total value of both contracts is nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.

“These are a significant milestones for East Side Access and will turn raw underground caverns into the modern station that LIRR customers will use when they head directly to and from the East Side of Manhattan,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “And the Sunnyside contract will make it possible for trains to reach Grand Central Terminal. East Side Access will save Long Island and Queens customers up to 40 minutes a day in travel time, demonstrating why transit expansion is a key element of our 2015-19 Capital Program.”

The Manhattan contract will transform two enormous 1,143-foot-long caverns carved out of solid rock into a terminal station, with more than 12 miles of track work from Queens to Manhattan, including eight tracks and four platforms in the station; elevators, escalators and staircases to carry customers to and from the underground station; and all architectural finishes through the caverns.

“With the award of these contracts, the eventual completion of East Side Access is starting to come into view,” said Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction, which is building the project. “This is the next chapter in the long history of Grand Central Terminal and the growth and development of New York City.”

Arthururban Feb 8, 2016 8:30 AM

Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr
Second Avenue Subway Update: 72nd Street Station
by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, on Flickr

mrnyc Feb 9, 2016 4:58 PM

L train shutdown discussions:

Nexis4Jersey Feb 10, 2016 9:08 PM

Subway Tour: 149th Street - Grand Concourse

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aquablue Feb 12, 2016 8:34 AM

The stations on the SAS are nothing too exciting compared to what modern cities build these days. The design is underwhelming and only marginally better than older stations. I suppose u can't expect the moon, it's NYC not Dubai or Stockholm, etc. Transit in the City is designed to be utilitarian and that's what it is, period.. The tiles are a bit old fashioned. I would have thought they would have gone for a more modern look given they have a fresh slate to work with. I'll end with something positive of course. The ceilings are nice and high.

Nexis4Jersey Feb 15, 2016 3:14 AM

Adding new concrete ballast between rail ties at West 4th Street station

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