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mrnyc Apr 24, 2018 1:45 PM

finally! :notacrook:

Central Park to be car free starting this summer:

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that cars will be banned from Central Park beginning this June.

By Kristin Toussaint

Published : April 20, 2018 | Updated : April 20, 2018

Cars will be banned from Central Park beginning this June, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday.

The park will become completely car-free 24/7, 365 days a year starting on June 27, the city said in a statement, which is the day after public school classes end and the first day that outdoor pools are open across the city.

The change will mark the park's return to "its original use as an urban refuge and recreation space."


M II A II R II K Apr 24, 2018 11:12 PM

MTA Unveils a Bus Turnaround Plan We Can Believe In

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After years of declining bus speeds that have repelled increasing numbers of people from the city’s surface transit system, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for NYC bus riders. New York City Transit President Andy Byford and his team at the MTA unveiled their “bus action plan” this morning, promising citywide all-door boarding, more priority for buses on the streets, and a complete reevaluation of the bus network, which hasn’t changed much in decades.

- Every strategy in the plan has a timetable: Tap-and-go farecard readers will be on every bus by the end of 2020. A complete review and redesign of the bus network will wrap up by 2021, with targeted improvements beginning this year. Also this year, the MTA will increase off-peak service on certain routes. --- The action plan also calls for better bus dispatching to prevent bunching, more real-time arrival displays, and new buses — including pilots for electric buses and double-decker buses. The items that call for on-street transit priority — more bus lanes and more traffic signals that minimize red light time for buses — will require coordination with NYC DOT and NYPD. Keeping bus lanes clear hinges on NYPD buy-in especially. Blocked bus lanes are a major obstacle to improving service, and police themselves are the worst violators in the city.

- The MTA envisions bus lane enforcement as a more specialized task, which may or may not be conducted by NYPD. The bus action plan proposes “dedicated transit-priority traffic teams” that could be staffed by NYPD or another agency. The agency is also looking for Albany to pass legislation enabling more enforcement cameras mounted on buses. All told, the plan includes the ambitious, comprehensive, and specific targets that advocates have wanted to see from the MTA since they launched the Bus Turnaround Campaign in July 2016. --- The announcement of the bus action plan indicates that the MTA has adopted a different outlook and is more willing to embrace the changes necessary to turn around bus service. “Today, we are celebrating,” Riders Alliance organizer Stephanie Burgos-Veras told MTA board members. “This is a plan that will modernize our bus system, and it will change the way that we move around the city.”


202_Cyclist May 4, 2018 3:29 PM

As Ridership Surges, Ferries to Get $300 Million to Expand Service
Jajajajajaja! "New Yorkers have spoken,” Mr. de Blasio said. “We’re going to need bigger boats."

As Ridership Surges, Ferries to Get $300 Million to Expand Service

By Patrick McGeehan
NY Times
May 3, 2018

"Admitting that his administration vastly underestimated the appeal of heavily subsidized boat rides, Mayor Bill de Blasio is doubling down on his big investment in a commuter ferry service for New York City.

Standing on a dock in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, on Thursday morning, Mr. de Blasio said he would commit an additional $300 million to expand the service and double the capacity of its fleet. City officials now project that NYC Ferry will attract as many as nine million riders annually, twice their initial forecast.

“New Yorkers have spoken,” Mr. de Blasio said. “We’re going to need bigger boats.”

mrnyc May 7, 2018 4:21 PM

the mayor’s peak hour street closing compromise plan wont cut it for L train shutdown:

mrnyc May 10, 2018 5:02 PM


L train shutdown 14th Street busway plans hotly contested at MTA, city DOT forum

The MTA and the city DOT are still seeking public input on their L train shutdown mitigation plans.


next meeting may 16 in brooklyn:

k1052 May 10, 2018 5:41 PM

$20 says that on day one of the L shutdown some major snafu as routinely befalls the subway basically cripples half the system and a literal million people try to take ubers at the same time.

Dac150 May 12, 2018 5:19 AM


Originally Posted by mrsmartman (Post 8138210)
Say goodbye to bar carts on LIRR platforms

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Bartender Dave Telehany makes a drink at a bar cart on the Long Island Rail Road platform.

Was really bummed when this went away a couple years back at GCT … so convenient.

mrsmartman May 16, 2018 2:31 PM


How NYC subway history still affects service today

NYC has the legal right at any time to take back control of its assets; this includes the subway and most of the bus system.

By Larry Penner


Until the 1960s, most subway stations had clean, safe, working bathrooms with toilet paper. Revenues generated from a 10-cent fee helped cover the costs. It was common to find both penny gum and 10 cent soda machines dispensing products at many subway stations. It was a time when people respected authority and law. That generation of riders did not litter subway stations and buses leaving behind gum, candy wrappers, paper cups, bottles and newspapers. No one would openly eat pizza, chicken or other messy foods while riding a bus or subway.


Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is serving as the hired superintendent running the MTA hired by NYC, who is actual landlord or owner of NYC Transit buses and subways.

All have long forgotten that buried within the 1953 master agreement between the City of New York and NYC Transit is an escape clause. NYC has the legal right at any time to take back control of its assets. This includes the subway and most of the bus system. Actions speak louder than words. If municipal officials feel they could do a better job managing the MTA, including running the nation's largest subway system, man up and regain control.

Instead of complaining, Mayor Bill de Blasio should come up with the balance of $2.5 billion the City still owes toward fully funding the $32 billion MTA 2015 - 2019 Five Year Capital Program and provide several billion more. City Hall should match Albany dollar for dollar in any increased assistance. Governor Andrew Cuomo should deliver the outstanding balance $5.8 billion balance toward his original $8.3 billion pledge plus his most recent new commitment of an additional $1 billion. MTA NYCT can't afford to wait until 2018 or 2019 for both de Blasio and Cuomo to make good on their respective promised financial commitments.


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Costumed revelers ride an antique subway train during a "Vintage Tea Party" hosted by Levy's Unique New York tour group December 13, 2009. (Getty Images)

mrnyc May 17, 2018 3:18 PM

^ i caught one of the holiday train runs this past december and i saw that guy.

chris08876 May 19, 2018 1:34 AM

This happened over in NJ the other day. (5/17/18)

Video Link


Audio recordings of emergency dispatch show that medical air transport vehicles were not able to fly during the crash that involved a Paramus Board of Education school bus and a dump truck.
:( 2 dead.

mrnyc May 19, 2018 4:27 PM

on the heels of that, more bad nj bus news:

mrnyc May 24, 2018 4:00 PM

the plan to fix the subways has arrived:

MTA plan to fix subways would cause a decade of delays

By Danielle Furfaro
May 22, 2018 | 8:02pm | Updated

The MTA is set to unveil a plan to fix the city’s rotting subway signal system that would cost $37 billion — and take a decade of increased night and weekend closures to get done, transit sources told The Post Tuesday.

The proposal — which will address the biggest issue causing massive delays, faulty signals — would see $19 billion spent in the first five years, and another $18 billion in the next five, sources said.


Busy Bee May 24, 2018 5:44 PM

Mind boggling amount of money. Not to send humans to the edge of our solar system but to replace some old fucking railway signals. Flabbergasting.

k1052 May 24, 2018 5:59 PM

The only funding stream that could realistically generate the kind of cash needed would be congestion pricing. Cuomo might actually do it this time given the heat he's taking from Nixon.

BrownTown May 24, 2018 8:05 PM


Originally Posted by k1052 (Post 8198438)
The only funding stream that could realistically generate the kind of cash needed would be congestion pricing. Cuomo might actually do it this time given the heat he's taking from Nixon.

"Needed" is a pretty relative term there. There's no logical reason why these sort of upgrades need to cost so much.

M II A II R II K May 25, 2018 3:51 PM


k1052 May 25, 2018 3:58 PM


Originally Posted by BrownTown (Post 8198637)
"Needed" is a pretty relative term there. There's no logical reason why these sort of upgrades need to cost so much.

I don't disagree and it's a certainty that they'll overrun on cost and time if this even goes anywhere (which isn't certain).

The MTA is irreparably broken and the state officials in charge have no interest in doing anything about it.

mrnyc Jun 11, 2018 4:02 PM

bay ridge subway station gets an $18M elevator!

The MTA has allocated $1.4 billion in its current $32 billion capital program toward subway station accessibility. Another 25 stations will also be made ADA-accessible in the program.


mrnyc Jun 11, 2018 4:05 PM

cuomo endorses fast forward subway plan and congestion pricing to help pay for it:

Cuomo called Byford an “international expert in transit” and said the only question is how to pay for it, with an estimated $19 billion cost. However, the governor reasoned that congestion pricing was the most logical option to pay for a significant portion of the plan, even though he failed to gain full support in Albany for the idea during recent budget negotiations.


White Pine Jun 13, 2018 8:09 PM

So do you guys think that the World Cup wbid will mean much for transit improvements?

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