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mrnyc Nov 4, 2022 8:31 PM

the last of the new s.i. ferries, named for activist dorothy day, was commissioned today to enter service:


A woman of vision’: Dorothy Day commemorated at commissioning of new Staten Island Ferry

Updated: Nov. 04, 2022,


more:
https://www.silive.com/news/2022/11/...and-ferry.html

mrnyc Nov 7, 2022 2:40 PM

good idea --


NYC to buy 51 electric school buses for $18.5 million

Dozens of electric yellow school buses are scheduled to roll on city streets as early as next fall, officials announced Tuesday.

The city is using an $18.5 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency with funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to purchase 51 electric school buses. It’s part of an effort to meet the city’s and the state’s shared goal of converting all New York’s school buses to run on electricity by 2035.


more:
https://gothamist.com/news/nyc-to-bu...or-185-million

mrnyc Nov 8, 2022 3:40 PM

so glad to hear this and thank goodness, i hated walking over this bridge because super narrow pedestrian paths — they should be wide and allow for bike lanes too because its really nice views otherwise:


City proposes dedicated bus and bike lanes on Washington Bridge over Harlem River

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on November 7, 2022


The Washington Bridge between Manhattan and the Bronx may not be as large or iconic a crossing as the nearby George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River, but it could soon be the hottest ticket in town for area cyclists and straphangers.


more:
https://www.amny.com/transit/city-pr...-harlem-river/

mrnyc Nov 9, 2022 7:26 PM

some sort of final plan is due this year, but all we hear is crickets ...? :shrug:



Bronx Metro-North Station Area Study


What’s next?

-- Continued input to build the plan with you!
-- Release of a final plan in 2022
-- Ongoing implementation


more:
https://www.nyc.gov/site/planning/pl...orth-plan.page


https://www.nyc.gov/assets/planning/...aft-banner.jpg

mrnyc Nov 12, 2022 1:11 AM

the lincoln tunnel goes cashless as tolls get deactivated dec 11th saving 11.5k metric tons of dwell time carbon emissions per year:


https://www.amny.com/transit/lincoln...ss-next-month/

Busy Bee Nov 12, 2022 2:02 AM

This is kind of a foamer mention but I'll just throw it out there that the first open gangway cars (R-211T) arrived the other day and will start to be seen being tested in the system. There's already several videos you can see on YT.

mrnyc Nov 12, 2022 3:25 PM

^ when you say being tested does that mean in the field?

like maybe us riders might come across them in the wild?

that would be good to see.

Busy Bee Nov 12, 2022 9:01 PM

^ I would imagine they would run test trains around the system just like that have and are still with the R211. I'm particularly interested seeing how the gangway accordions handle on some of the tightest curves in the system like Church St or the D off of Fourth Ave regardless of whether or not the cars will be assigned to that line.

mrnyc Nov 14, 2022 1:57 PM

a statement from janno leiber:


Politics
Op-ed | MTA moving forward after Election Day

By Janno Lieber
Posted on November 13, 2022


more:
https://www.amny.com/politics/op-ed-...-election-day/

mrnyc Nov 15, 2022 12:39 PM

the corrupt, wasteful and clownish coney island ferry saga:



Nature Has Its Way: Sand and Money Halt the Coney Island Ferry

A ferry was planned for Coney Island Creek. After spending millions on a new landing there, the City just pulled the plug.

By Coco McPherson
November 12, 2022


After years of planning and millions of dollars in public spending, there won't be a NYC Ferry stop in Coney Island after all. The announcement was made last month at a Community Board 13 meeting by the City's nonprofit arm that runs the ferry, the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

It was a startling development, given that a gleaming, multi-million dollar ferry landing is currently floating in Coney Island Creek at Kaiser Park, freshly constructed by the EDC for the ferry route it was now saying was untenable. EDC contractors had also dredged the creek to make it navigable, but the relentless tidal inflow of sand made that a Sisyphean effort; test ferries ran aground.


more:
https://hellgatenyc.com/sand-and-mon...y-island-ferry


https://lede-admin.hellgatenyc.com/w...0015.jpg?w=710
dredging coney

mrnyc Nov 25, 2022 12:46 AM

happy only in ny thanksgiving :tup:


NEW YORK - Thanksgiving is the season to share a delicious meal with others, and passengers riding an L train New York City got to be treated to a holiday meal during their evening commute this week.

Footage captured by Haylee Pentek on Tuesday shows a long table set up with an elaborate traditional Thanksgiving spread, including turkey, sweet potato, and macaroni and cheese.

"The mac and cheese was fire," Pentek said on her Tik Tok post, and told Storyful that she happened across the celebration by chance while on the L train.

According to the New York Post, the spread came from Chef Bea Kitchen, a catering service in East New York.


more:
https://www.fox5ny.com/news/video-ny...ast-on-l-train

Busy Bee Nov 25, 2022 1:20 AM

Canarsiecopia.

mrnyc Nov 29, 2022 11:28 AM

ho ho ho — its nostalgia subway cars season:



MTA’s Holiday Nostalgia train rides return to the rails to ring in the 2022 holiday season

Updated: Nov. 27, 2022
By Scott R. Axelrod | For the Staten Island Advance


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Following a 2-year hiatus, MTA New York City Transit has announced the return of its annual tradition of Holiday Nostalgia Rides on the New York Transit Museum’s vintage fleet.

In honor of the exhibit “Reign of the Redbirds,” the Holiday Nostalgia Train will feature the Train of Many Colors, which includes a selection of cars manufactured in the 1960s: the R-33, R-33WF and R-36 cars.

This year, riders will also find the train traveling along a new route. On Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, the Train of Many Colors will be making all local stops between Chambers Street and 137th Street to City College Street stations, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m..

With “Tartar Red” and “Gunn Red” redbirds, Kale Green “Green Machines”, blue-and-silver “Platinum Mist” and the striking two-tone robin’s egg blue and cream “Bluebird” paint schemes, the festive Holiday Nostalgia Train represents several different eras in New York City subway history.

For just the cost of a MetroCard swipe or OMNY tap, riders can experience a chance to travel through time as they hop aboard and celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays.


more:
https://www.silive.com/news/2022/11/...ay-season.html

https://live.staticflickr.com/4899/4...5bf85403_b.jpg

Gantz Nov 29, 2022 4:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 9788851)
^ I would imagine they would run test trains around the system just like that have and are still with the R211. I'm particularly interested seeing how the gangway accordions handle on some of the tightest curves in the system like Church St or the D off of Fourth Ave regardless of whether or not the cars will be assigned to that line.

I am more interested how open gangway trains handle typical NYC bum smell. Huge advantage to the current trains is they isolate the smell (and crazies) to a single car.

mrnyc Nov 29, 2022 5:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gantz (Post 9801693)
I am more interested how open gangway trains handle typical NYC bum smell. Huge advantage to the current trains is they isolate the smell (and crazies) to a single car.


thats the first thing someone said on a subtalk forum and its a point well taken.

not to mention restless crazy people, beggars and showtime going back and forth so easily.

i guess we will see once they get a few tests going.

btw the bmt trains had open gangways from 1927 until the 1960s, so its nothing new for nyc transit.

202_Cyclist Nov 29, 2022 10:08 PM

What Does Queens Need More, a New Park or a New Train Line?
A derelict rail line is being reimagined as a linear park, like Manhattan’s High Line. But in a borough that lacks both green space and transportation, locals wonder whether its best use would be the original one.

NY Times
By Winnie Hu
Nov. 26, 2022

“ As a teenager in the 1990s, Karen Imas sneaked onto some abandoned tracks in Queens with her friends. They followed the broken railroad through a sunlit forest until they could go no further.

“It felt like a hidden gem,” recalled Ms. Imas, now 45 and living near the tracks with her own children. “It was something fun and adventurous that not everyone had access to.”

The three-and-a-half-mile commuter rail line once carried passengers through central and southern Queens as part of a route down to the Rockaways before closing in 1962 amid declining ridership and service. Since then, it has become an industrial ruin, surrounded by overgrown weeds and fallen branches, hidden in the heart of New York City’s second-most populous borough...”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/26/n...high-line.html

Busy Bee Nov 29, 2022 11:11 PM

It frightens me to the core that this isn't just without question landbanked by the MTA for transit use. Why are we asking the public again? What's the point of authorities if we just leave it up to local dog owners to steer metro transit decisions?

Busy Bee Nov 29, 2022 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gantz (Post 9801693)
I am more interested how open gangway trains handle typical NYC bum smell. Huge advantage to the current trains is they isolate the smell (and crazies) to a single car.

Bum smell would be less of a problem if so many NYCT custodial weren't lazy half-wit bums themselves and cleaned the cars like they actually cared. You've seen these folks shuffle around with their litter scoops like they inhabit a reality that moves at half the speed of the one others live in?



Quote:

Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 9801751)
...btw the bmt trains had open gangways from 1927 until the 1960s, so its nothing new for nyc transit.

Well kinda, to be fair though the Triplex's where open gangway between the 3 "car" articulated married sections, so it's not like you were looking down the aisle of a 600 foot, or even half that length of a train.

mrnyc Nov 30, 2022 9:17 PM

well they are actually locking up and presumably treating the repeated out of line mental health crazies again, so that's something.

at least until the aclu sues it away again:



LOCAL NEWS
Homeless advocates sound off on Mayor Eric Adams' controversial mental health plan

newyork
BY ALI BAUMAN
UPDATED ON: NOVEMBER 29, 2022


NEW YORK -- Mayor Eric Adams' plan to address mental health in the city is eliciting strong reactions from homeless advocates.

The mayor is now directing first responders and outreach workers to transport people experiencing a mental health crisis to a hospital if they are a danger to themselves or unable to meet their basic needs. Adams insists state law gives him this authority.

"We believe this is the first time that a mayoral administration has given this direction on the basic needs standard and official guidance," Adams said Tuesday.


more:
https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news...l-health-plan/

jmecklenborg Nov 30, 2022 10:13 PM

The decorative mosaics have been unveiled to the public in Grand Central Madison:
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/30/a...oi-kusama.html

I remember that the long one was covered by plywood when I visited in October.

Busy Bee Nov 30, 2022 10:43 PM

^ You can just google "grand central madison mosaics" to see the images behind the paywall.

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2022...isable=upscale
https://static01.nyt.com/images/2022...isable=upscale

jmecklenborg Dec 1, 2022 3:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 9803175)
^ You can just google "grand central madison mosaics" to see the images behind the paywall.

I was told that the overall concept was "animals and nature scenes from Long Island", which doesn't lend itself to controversy.

I think the challenge for the artists was that there was no way to understand the final space because it didn't physically exist yet. The murals are 200 feet from each other so there's no way to see two or more of them at once. She attempted different treatments of space. The turkey mosaic seems like it worked the best because of the particular way depth is depicted in that one.

The non-figurative mosaics don't seem to have worked as well. They would be very large in just about any other context but in the station they seem modest. The rain showers over rocks would have looked great just about anywhere else but it's going to be ignored in the context of this station.

streetscaper Dec 3, 2022 3:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gantz (Post 9801693)
I am more interested how open gangway trains handle typical NYC bum smell. Huge advantage to the current trains is they isolate the smell (and crazies) to a single car.

I can't remember the last time I saw a smelly bum that stunk up a car. I think they removed them with the change in response to homeless in the car, and the large increase in police presence in the subway too.

mrnyc Dec 3, 2022 3:28 PM

the cuoz chimes in on the alexandros washburn retro penn plan:



This vision for brand-new Penn Station is what NYC dreams are made of

By Steve Cuozzo
December 3, 2022


Washburn’s idea comes from a different planet.

His dream is to reflect the style and spirit of the original, beloved McKim, Mead & White masterpiece opened in 1910 that was unconscionably demolished in 1964. More than a much better station, his plan opens up optimistic possibilities for the mostly charmless West 30s between Seventh and Ninth avenues.

The original station’s colossal Concourse would be reconstructed in an airier form, as much as today’s technology allows. It puts the public — not real-estate companies — first, with an open-to-all, street-level lawn as large as Bryant Park and an exciting array of community amenities. It puts the station, the nation’s busiest with 600,000 daily users, ahead of speculative real estate development for which there is little or no demand.


see it here:
https://nypost.com/2022/12/03/this-n...s-are-made-of/

https://nypost.com/wp-content/upload...grand-penn.jpg

mrnyc Dec 6, 2022 2:26 PM

another player in the constant battle to track your ride in real time:



New Moovit feature allows users to track public transportation in real time

By Camille Botello
Posted on December 1, 2022


New Yorkers will now be able to see where their MTA line is delayed in real time, thanks to a new feature by mobility service app Moovit. 

 Moovit users will now be able to follow their train, bus, tram, ferry, and cable car routes along the map in real-time — making it easier and more convenient for New Yorkers to get to where they need to go, according to the company. 


more:
https://www.bxtimes.com/moovit-track-transportation/

Gantz Dec 6, 2022 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by streetscaper (Post 9805752)
I can't remember the last time I saw a smelly bum that stunk up a car. I think they removed them with the change in response to homeless in the car, and the large increase in police presence in the subway too.

Its gotten better, but there are still a lot. Especially if you ride late nights or early mornings.

mrnyc Dec 7, 2022 2:15 PM

$1B on continued accessability upgrades:


MTA to spend $1 billion on subway, commuter rail accessibility upgrades

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on November 29, 2022

more:
https://www.amny.com/transit/mta-bil...accessibility/

mrnyc Dec 7, 2022 2:16 PM

i wondered if mta was going to do anything with checking out hydrogen tech —

mta hydrogen bus pilot plan in the bx:


more:
https://www.amny.com/new-york/bronx/...n-buses-bronx/

Busy Bee Dec 7, 2022 6:23 PM

^ Promising actually.

mrnyc Dec 8, 2022 5:09 PM

conversational seating aka manhattan seating, or many would say the ideal for subway transit, is going away for good as mta is obsessed with raising capacity -- :shrug:



'Conversational' seating to disappear on NYC subways as MTA buys new train cars

Stephen Nessen


A seating arrangement on subway cars that encourages straphangers to gaze out the window or strike up a conversation is on track to become just a memory.

The MTA’s recent $1.7 billion order of 640 “futuristic” train cars spells the end of the cars with orange and yellow plastic seats arranged in groups of twos and threes.

The cutting-edge cars, which are fancier versions of modern trains already in service, will be gradually introduced through 2028, replacing the older trains with the vintage “conversational seating” arrangement, the MTA confirmed.

The new trains have fixed benches and folding benches on both sides, as well as extra space at the end of the car with no seating at all.


more:
https://gothamist.com/news/conversat...new-train-cars

https://www.amny.com/wp-content/uplo..._o-700x467.jpg
R-211 cars


conversational seating arrangement
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ESmMK-jWkAA9wq6.jpg:large

mrnyc Dec 11, 2022 11:45 AM

mta agents are coming out of the booths:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTA2wDm_Qv8

Busy Bee Dec 11, 2022 1:53 PM

If they're as pleasant outside as they are in, well....

mrnyc Dec 11, 2022 4:46 PM

also in booth news — today is a historic day as the last toll booths end:


Lincoln Tunnel toll booths close forever on Sunday

Larry Higgs, nj.com -


The era of stopping to hand a wad of cash to a toll collector at the Lincoln Tunnel ends Sunday when it becomes the last Port Authority crossing to go all-electronic.


more:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/li...ay/ar-AA157ViF

mrnyc Dec 13, 2022 12:04 AM

getting close:



LIRR assumes operational control of Grand Central Madison, but still no opening date

By Ben Brachfeld
December 11, 2022



The MTA has formally handed operational control of Grand Central Madison over to the Long Island Rail Road, signaling the arduous road to opening day for the long-delayed new terminal is near.

The LIRR assumes control of the 750,000-square-foot station complex from MTA Construction & Development, which oversaw the build-out of the hub which will bring LIRR trains to Grand Central Terminal and the east side of Manhattan. The transfer took place at noon on Friday, Dec. 9, the MTA says, and was overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration.


more:
https://www.amny.com/news/lirr-contr...ntral-madison/

mrnyc Dec 14, 2022 3:26 PM

4 new mnrr stations on the move in the bx at last:



A transit desert no more, officials tout Bronx benefits of Penn Access Project at groundbreaking

By Robbie Sequeira
Posted on December 9, 2022


New York’s leading politicos were on hand in Hunts Point Friday for the groundbreaking of Metro-North’s $3.18 billion Penn Station Access Project, which includes the construction of four new Metro-North stations in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City.

The stations are expected to open in 2027.

Penn Access will transform Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line from two to four tracks in the East Bronx and Westchester. The line will then connect the New Haven line in New Rochelle to the new Bronx Metro-North stations, before ending up at Penn Station.


more:
https://www.bxtimes.com/penn-access-...roundbreaking/

Doubleu1117 Dec 14, 2022 6:11 PM

Really hope stations in Astoria and Sunnyside are considered in the future. The Sunnyside stop especially would allow transferring from LIRR to MNR without entering the city. And an Astoria stop would give commuter rail connection to a future subway extension to LaGuardia.

Crawford Dec 14, 2022 6:31 PM

I wonder if there should be a fifth station, over the Westchester County line, in Pelham Manor. That's a very affluent, scenic town, with no rail station. Residents use the Pelham or New Rochelle stations.

Seems crazy to have this high capacity four-track, 100% grade-separated electrified line running through your town, and no station, yet you're sitting just a few minutes from Manhattan by rail.

Busy Bee Dec 14, 2022 7:14 PM

^ If it was a subway line with rapid transit line station spacing I would say yes. But being that Pelham Manor is a low density suburb with no commercial district near the station site - which would likely be at Pelhamdale Ave - I suspect the daily boardings would be too anemic to justify not just the infrastructure cost but the slowing down of mainline speed trains between New Rochelle and Co-op City. A century ago there would have been. Just look at the crazy station spacing along the NYW&B in lower Westchester during its lamentably short life.

H-man Dec 15, 2022 2:40 PM

No way would the residents of pelham manor allow a new rail station in their village. They close some of their streets off to non pelham residents, I cant imagine them willing to have people form the city just walk into their community.

mrnyc Dec 19, 2022 11:26 PM

mta finally taking actions to reflect the post-covid reality era with service cutbacks on mondays and fridays & increasing weekend service:


https://nypost.com/2022/12/19/upcomi...n-these-lines/

k1052 Dec 19, 2022 11:55 PM

Opening the ESA with a shuttle to Jamaica is the most LIRR thing ever. And they're just going to use the draft schedules which have gotten a lot of complaints. Just totally don't give a f about anything or anyone.

mrnyc Dec 21, 2022 4:57 PM

they are leaning toward light rail for the brooklyn-queens ibx line:



MTA leaning towards light rail option for the IBX

more:
https://www.reddit.com/r/nycrail/com...n_for_the_ibx/

UrbanImpact Dec 21, 2022 7:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 9821759)
they are leaning toward light rail for the brooklyn-queens ibx line:



MTA leaning towards light rail option for the IBX

more:
https://www.reddit.com/r/nycrail/com...n_for_the_ibx/

As long as it's done in our lifetime!

Busy Bee Dec 21, 2022 7:16 PM

F***ing he'll you've got to be kidding.

streetscaper Dec 22, 2022 2:10 PM

As long as it's grade-separated and frequent, I'm all in!

mrnyc Dec 23, 2022 4:14 AM

^ exactly. just git’r done. and thats quicker to build out.

mrnyc Dec 23, 2022 4:15 AM

welp my spouse was on the sandy ground coming home on the run right before this one.

yikes.

a brand new boat, wat the hail??


‘Couldn’t even see your hands’: Fire forces passengers to evacuate from Staten Island Ferry during evening rush

Updated: Dec. 22, 2022


more:
https://www.silive.com/news/2022/12/...ning-rush.html

mrnyc Dec 26, 2022 4:53 AM

the today show looks at the new grand central w/janno:


Video Link

mrnyc Dec 26, 2022 7:42 PM

local nyc mass transit lags in ridership, but air travel leaps ahead of even pre-pandemic numbers:


The Port Authority announced Thursday that passenger volume at New York airports has surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the first time, demonstrating a robust recovery for air travel even as mass transit ridership in the Big Apple continues to stagnate.


more:
https://www.amny.com/transit/air-tra...ndemic-levels/

mrnyc Dec 28, 2022 3:19 PM

a study to reimagine the cross bronx --


NYC launches $2 million study to ‘reimagine’ the Cross-Bronx Expressway

New York City and the state are launching a study to “reimagine” the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which has long been decried by critics as an exemplar of environmental racism, with public discussion scheduled to begin as soon as February.

Constructed mostly in the 1950s and ‘60s as a brainchild of controversial city planner Robert Moses, the highway displaced some 40,000 residents. Since then, diesel truck traffic on the often-clogged roadway has been linked to higher air pollution nearby and some of the highest asthma rates in the country.


"We are going to push back on what Robert Moses did. He got his way then, but he's not getting his way now."
-- Mayor Eric Adams


more:
https://gothamist.com/news/nyc-launc...onx-expressway
https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs...pressway-study


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