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Arthururban May 7, 2016 10:58 PM

a few weeks ago....

MTA moves forward with mobile ticketing system
By Jason Shaltiel April 18, 2016

The MTA’s new mobile ticketing system that will replace railroad tickets and MetroCards will start to roll out in June of this year for the LIRR and Metro-North and begin on subways and buses in June 2017.

Using their smartphones, commuters will be able to purchase tickets through an app and use their phones to ride. Both Apple and Android phones will be able to run the app.

But mobile ticketing will only be available at selected LIRR and Metro-North stations until the end of this year.

For New York City subway and bus commuters,a non-swipe card system to replace Metrocards will start in June 2018, moved ahead from prior plans to begin in mid-2020.

The non-swipe cards will operate with a magnetic chip inside, similar to the SmartLink cards that are used at the PATH train.

In other MTA developments, construction of the 72nd Street subway station along the Second Avenue Subway line has fallen behind by three to four weeks and is at risk of impacting the date that the line will open.

The MTA requested that the contractor, Judlau, add more workers on the station project in order to accelerate progress at the station but the contractor has so far failed to comply.

Several members of the MTA board expressed frustration over Judlau’s design schedule at an MTA board meeting Monday. Michael Horodniceanu, the president of MTA Capital Construction, threatened that he and other MTA members would oppose awarding future contracts to Judlau if they fail to meet their target.
udlau, which is also contracted with other MTA projects, did not respond to a request for comment by reporting time.

The MTA also announced that it would increase service on the No. 2 line during the weekends due to substantial ridership growth.

The No. 2 line will get 31 extra round trips Saturdays and 18 additional round trips Sundays. The additional service is expected to serve riders of the No. 5 line, which shares many stops with the No. 2 in Bronx and Brooklyn but does run in Brooklyn on weekends.

“We always want to better serve our customers by strengthening service whenever we have sustainable resources to do so, but we also must balance providing that service with the critical maintenance work we need to run trains safely,” said MTA NYC Transit President Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim.

Randomguy34 May 8, 2016 1:57 AM


Originally Posted by Arthururban (Post 7434534)
The MTA also announced that it would increase service on the No. 2 line during the weekends due to substantial ridership growth.

The No. 2 line will get 31 extra round trips Saturdays and 18 additional round trips Sundays. The additional service is expected to serve riders of the No. 5 line, which shares many stops with the No. 2 in Bronx and Brooklyn but does run in Brooklyn on weekends.

Talk about an increase in service

mrnyc May 9, 2016 3:26 PM

L train shutdown and repairs meetings

mrnyc May 9, 2016 3:29 PM

this year is the 40th anniversary of the r.i. tram:

Roosevelt Island Tram facts and figures

By Nicole Brown May 5, 2016

The Roosevelt Island Tram is unlike any other form of transportation in the city.

Connecting Manhattan, at 59th Street and Second Avenue, to Roosevelt Island, it serves both island residents and tourists alike.

Judith Berdy of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society said the tram, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, is known as a safe, clean and energy-efficient form of transportation.

"It's an icon of the island," she said.

Scroll down for some facts and figures of the tram.


mrnyc May 10, 2016 4:59 PM

scary but necessary:


Subway study sends harmless gas through subway stations to test possible impact of chemical attack

By Reuters May 9, 2016

U.S. authorities on Monday sent a harmless gas wafting through the New York subway to study how to deal with a toxic accident or attack in a test that both unsettled and reassured riders on the underground system.

A mix of odorless, inert gases and tracer materials were released in three of the busiest subway stations in the city: Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and Penn Station, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials said.

Men and women in orange vests let off the gas inside areas cordoned off with yellow "caution" tape as commuters walked by and police stood guard.

With equipment set up at another 55 subway stations around Manhattan, researchers will take air samples every four hours to see how the gas spreads. They will repeat the process throughout the work week, the department said in a statement.

The test is part of a five-year program that began in 2012 to develop methods to protect urban transit systems in the event of an attack or accidental contamination. Previous tests were conducted in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston.

"These tests are designed to gather data about how airborne material will travel through subway systems and the trains and how quickly they will move," said John Verrico, a spokesman for the department's Science and Technology Directorate, which sponsored the test along with the Office of Health Affairs.

New York subway riders had mixed feelings about the test, which may have stirred painful memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.

Amy Aziz, an artist from New Jersey, first learned of the study from her boyfriend.
"I've heard that they've done it in the past and it sounds like it should be very beneficial," she said.

Other riders said the test made them uneasy because it reminded them of the vulnerability of the country's largest subway system, with its complex stations and countless ventilation paths.

"It's something that we know is a possibility but we don't want to think about it because we don't want it to become a reality," said Doris Altman, a New York City subway commuter. "But it's really frightening.

Nexis4Jersey May 16, 2016 11:05 AM

Thinking about ReThink NYC


I'm flattered he called me a Transit activist.. Worth a read about the RethinkNYC plan which has the Urbanist and Infrastructure community confused , giggling and angry...

mrnyc May 16, 2016 3:38 PM

welp i finally checked out the turnstile food hall in the columbus circle station this weekend. it really looks great, but everything is crazy expensive, like for example all the premade sandwiches are $10++. granted it was sunday, but i walked up and down it and there were no customers and i only saw one tourist family eating anything. good luck to them, but how about offering something for the 80% rest of us sheesh. :shrug:

Nexis4Jersey May 16, 2016 8:14 PM

They give me a mountain of free food the around closing time that they were going to throw out...but even during rush hr it was empty compared to GCT's Food area or Manhattan Mall in terms volume of people...

mrnyc May 18, 2016 6:12 PM

millennial-ready busses? :shrug: oh kaay:

MTA introduces Millennial-friendly buses with Wi-Fi, USB charging ports in Queens

The bus of tomorrow is here.

Buses that have Wi-Fi and USB charging ports hit the streets Tuesday in Queens, sporting a New York-themed blue-and-yellow design.

These buses — seven already in service with 75 coming this summer — will let riders surf the web on their device while cruising the streets, all while staying charged with the USB ports.

Nearly all of the charging ports line the top of the bus, above the windows, so riders will need to make sure their cord is long enough to reach the port while seated.


Busy Bee May 18, 2016 7:23 PM

SBS bus receives extra fancy paint job. News at 11.

mrnyc May 20, 2016 10:48 AM

reviewer says new mta busses are a bust:

Arthururban May 21, 2016 4:42 AM

New Procurement Will Make Service Even Safer and More Reliable

May 13, 2016


MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that it will enter into a contract with Ensco Inc. to design, build and deliver one of the most advanced track inspection vehicles in the world. The vehicle will use innovative laser, optical and inertial sensor systems to analyze the condition of the rail and track infrastructure, alerting Metro-North to any track anomalies.

The inspection vehicle, known within the railroad industry as a Track Geometry Vehicle, will be a diesel powered rail car filled with advanced machinery specifically designed by Ensco Inc. to inspect Metro-North tracks. It measures track geometry, gage (the distance between the rails), alignment, cross-level, surface, alignment, speed, twist and warp (a comparative measure of rail to rail profile over a given distance) at one-foot intervals to regulatory standards.

“This vehicle will further enhance our efforts to identify any potential track problems so they can be repaired before becoming safety issues and affecting service,” said Joseph Giulietti, President of Metro-North Railroad. “The MTA’s Blue Ribbon Panel, the Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board all determined that the acquisition of a Track Geometry Vehicle would enable Metro-North to improve track inspections. This cutting-edge inspection vehicle will significantly contribute to Metro-North’s intense focus on ensuring customer safety.”

Metro-North has previously relied on third party contractors to operate their inspection vehicles on tracks during off hours and provide the railroad with data feedback.

“The Track Geometry Vehicle now gives Metro-North in-house inspection capability; the railroad can examine track and make necessary repairs with greater speed and efficiency, resulting in cost savings,” said Glen Hayden, Vice President - Engineering for Metro-North Railroad. “It will allow Metro-North to inspect track to meet Federal requirements as well as to verify quality of track production efforts.”

Metro-North’s new inspection vehicle will undergo a period of calibration and testing before it’s entered into service in early 2018

chris08876 May 21, 2016 10:34 AM


The proposal


If approved, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz told Brownstoner, express service would begin in the fall of 2017, not this summer. As outlined by the feasibility study, express service would entail some 50 percent of F trains skipping all stops between Church Avenue and Jay Street MetroTech (with the exception of 7th Avenue) in both direction during rush hours periods.
There’s a catch


This would mean a shorter commute for those coming from the less accessible, and also less trafficked south Brooklyn stops between Coney Island and Church Avenue, but more delays for those at the F train’s most crowded Brooklyn stations, in the brownstone belt in northwest Brooklyn.
What F train express proponents want:


Proponents of the return of an F express, such as Greenfield, argue that since Southern Brooklyn straphangers have longer commutes than riders at the local stops being skipped between Church and Jay Street, the F express is “only fair.”
What F train express critics want


The opposition wants continued, if not better, service at the local F stations the express would skip. They also want less overcrowding.

The opposition complains that the six stops proposed to be skipped by an F express are far more frequented than the south Brooklyn stations which would benefit from the proposal. Indeed, the MTA’s study found the F train to be the most crowded between Bergen and Jay Streets.

Additionally, the study found that an F express would be more crowded than current F trains, with worsened stair crowding at some stations.

Time saved and lost


According to the MTA’s feasibility study, express riders would save 3.4 minutes during morning rush hours while local riders would only lose an average of 1.3 minutes. As well, express service could potentially lessen delays along the Culver line caused by the G train.

mrnyc May 21, 2016 12:44 PM

mta welcomes you to the weekend ! :haha:

a screenshot of the mta weekender app from just now.

yes its every line - including staten island :slob:

mrnyc May 22, 2016 9:35 PM

subway facts & figures:

chris08876 May 24, 2016 10:46 PM

Obviously a vision from hell depending on how you look at it. Although... it would be a cool ride.


Could this futuristic bridge across the Hudson solve N.J.'s transit woes?


A transportation consultant with big dreams is proposing twin suspension bridges that could sweep across mid-Manhattan as an alternative to building new tunnels under the Hudson River.

The Empire State Gateway twin suspension bridges would span about 3.5 miles between New Jersey and Queens, crossing Manhattan at 38th and 39th streets, with a rail station located in midtown, said Scott R. Spencer, a rail transportation consultant and founder of the project.

"It's very futuristic," said Spencer, of Wilmington, Delaware, who was a consultant on the cancelled ARC Tunnel project. "This is above 38th and 39th streets and it stays within the street scape."

A bridge was briefly considered as an early alternative to ARC, which was canceled by Gov. Chris Christie in October 2010, he said. Spencer said he worked for Parsons-Brinckerhoff as a Senior Technical Specialist, evaluating rail operations capacity and the feasibility of each alternative to building the ARC tunnel.

The two spans needed to cross Manhattan would each be roughly the length of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Spencer said.

Each Gateway bridge would have two rail lines on the lower level, which would be more than 100 feet above the street. Two lanes for buses, and either light rail or a magnetic levitation train would use the second level, which could ease congestion at the Port Authority bus terminal and the Lincoln Tunnel, Spencer said. Pedestrians and bicycles would use a walkway on the third level, Spencer said.

Buses in the outer lane would make stops on the span in Manhattan and at the midtown station, while other buses would use the inner lane to pass them, Spencer said. Bus stops would have elevators to and from the street, he said. The second level of the bridge would only be for commercial passenger vehicle use only.

One bridge could be built faster than the Gateway Tunnel, which would allow one of the existing 106-year-old tunnels used by Amtrak and NJ Transit to be taken out of service and rehabilitated, because prefabricated sections could be used to build the span.


urbanlife May 25, 2016 12:03 AM


Originally Posted by chris08876 (Post 7452085)
Obviously a vision from hell depending on how you look at it. Although... it would be a cool ride.


Could this futuristic bridge across the Hudson solve N.J.'s transit woes?


You know, I am actually surprised there isn't an express tunnel running underneath Manhattan connecting Jersey to the highway system in Queens to basically bypass the Manhattan streets.

chris08876 May 26, 2016 1:23 AM

Gov. Cuomo approves MTA’s $27B repair and upgrade plan


The long wait for transit riders is over — the MTA’s $27 billion repair and upgrade program was finally approved in Albany, Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The money covers everything from track and station repairs to new train cars and buses.

It includes big-ticket projects like the start of Second Ave. subway’s next phase into East Harlem, East Side Access for Long Island Rail Road and the replacement of the MetroCard.

“The MTA is the lifeblood of the New York metropolitan area's transportation network and we must ensure it has the capacity to meet the travel demands of the next generation and fuel one of the largest economies on the globe,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By investing in the most robust transportation plan in state history, we are reimagining the MTA and ensuring a safer, more reliable and more resilient public transportation network for tomorrow.”

The capital plan is the MTA’s largest, but took months of political wrangling on a price tag and financing before approval at a time when the transit system is buckling under a large number of riders.

Cuomo has promised an $8.3 billion contribution to the plan in a deal with Mayor de Blasio, who will put $2.5 billion towards the MTA’s program.

The source of those funds has yet to be determined. But the MTA will have to exhaust its financial resources before the state and the city kick in its portion.

mrnyc May 26, 2016 10:08 AM

the passageway from fulton center to wtc opens today:

The PATH not taken

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 AM

As above, so below

A new attraction opens in New York on Thursday — a spectacular feat of gross excess that was years in the making and will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The city’s newest monument is an underground passageway that connects the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $1.4 billion renovated Fulton St. subway complex, with its grandiose and unneeded entrance hall, to the Port Authority’s even more ridiculously over-the-top $4.4 billion World Trade Center PATH station.

Walk from one end to the other and you can witness insanely wasteful transit spending. As you do, consider this:

Rather than build a white marble station designed by Santiago Calatrava, an architect renowned for overpriced projects, the Port Authority could have used that $4.4 billion to provide free rides to all 100,000 daily PATH passengers for the next 25 years.

Yurkek May 26, 2016 1:53 PM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 7453824)
the passageway from fulton center to wtc opens today:

The PATH not taken

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 AM

As above, so below

A new attraction opens in New York on Thursday — a spectacular feat of gross excess that was years in the making and will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

I am wondering what it would take to shift priorities to fixing improving existing infrastructure first instead of expensive ribbon cutting. The amount of money allocated on new fancy things is enough to improve existing service.

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