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mrnyc Aug 31, 2016 4:36 PM

gondolas for L train closure mitigation?

mrnyc Aug 31, 2016 6:17 PM

will cubic get the contactless fare contract for mta?

chris08876 Sep 7, 2016 11:57 PM

R179 3014 being delivered to 207th St Yard - First R179 delivered to the MTA

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mrsmartman Sep 8, 2016 4:44 PM

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They should use the money to build a pair of express tracks under the 2nd Avenue local tracks for the future T service.

H-man Sep 8, 2016 5:27 PM

i think its a bit too late for that

electricron Sep 8, 2016 6:26 PM


Originally Posted by H-man (Post 7554764)
i think its a bit too late for that

:???:Too late for what?:???:

mrnyc Sep 9, 2016 3:33 AM


Originally Posted by mrsmartman (Post 7554694)
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They should use the money to build a pair of express tracks under the 2nd Avenue local tracks for the future T service.

the money would help a little. for reference its an estimated $2.5B for the streetcar and $20B for the full buildout of 2nd ave subway as of 2014. and thats with no express service. :shrug:

mrsmartman Sep 9, 2016 10:51 AM

The express tracks of IND 6 Av was added in the 60s. This proves that express tracks can be built later than local tracks.

mrnyc Sep 9, 2016 2:25 PM

shiny new trains:


New MTA subway cars to arrive for testing, will replace oldest fleet

By Vincent Barone September 6, 2016

New subway cars that are poised to replace the oldest in the MTA’s fleet will begin arriving in New York City this week for testing, amNewYork has learned.

Manufacturers Bombardier will deliver five of its fleet of 300 new cars, known as the model R179, to the MTA’s 207th Street rail yard in Manhattan starting Tuesday night, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz confirmed.

One train car will arrive over each of the next five nights via flatbed truck from Bombardier’s factory in Plattsburgh, New York. Next month, another batch of five cars is scheduled to make the 300-mile journey for delivery.

The train cars will eventually serve on the J, Z, A, C and M lines, replacing MTA’s ancient R32 subway cars that first entered service in 1964.

From that 52-year-old fleet, 222 of 600 cars are still in service, now primarily assigned to the C, J and Z trains.

Those remaining cars will be replaced along with 50 R42 cars, which are the second-oldest in the MTA’s fleet.

But don’t expect these new trains any time soon. The MTA has said that it would like the new fleet ready ahead of the 2019 L train shutdown in order to add trains and boost service at nearby lines. And there’s not a clear timeline for retirement of the old cars.

Testing is the first step in getting the R179s rail ready. That will begin this month, as soon as the agency receives its first five-car set.

“We need to make sure everything works in our unique subway environment and make sure the cars meet all our specifications,” Ortiz said.

The new cars were ordered in 2012 at a cost of $735 million, taken from the MTA’s last five-year capital plan from 2010-2014. They were originally set to serve the riding public in 2017 and 2018, but delays in delivery from Bombardier pushed that date back and inflated the original $600 million price tag.

Nicknamed “brightliners” for their stainless steel exterior, the R32 was the first full fleet of corrosion-resistant cars to take to the MTA’s rails. Once distinguished by their ribbed bodies, they’re now also known for their unrivaled rattle, among other trademark maladies.

“To the beleaguered riders on the C and J lines, these cars can’t come soon enough,” said MTA board member Andrew Albert. “[The R32s] have very jerky starts, stuck door panels and A/Cs that don’t work. Generally, they really, really outlived their useful life.”

Maintenance on the new cars is anticipated to be much cheaper. The remaining R32s and R42 are the worst-performing in the MTA’s rolling stock. The R32s break down an average of every 33,996 miles—compared to contemporary train cars, which at best travel an average of 436,023 miles without failing, according to the most recent MTA data.

“Instead of throwing good money after bad we really need to get on with giving riders new state-of-the-art trains,” Albert said.

mrsmartman Sep 10, 2016 3:15 AM

It is encouraging to know NYC managed to build a subway corridor from Queensbridge to Manhattan/Williamsburg Bridges over the years.

mrnyc Sep 14, 2016 2:22 PM

yipes turn off your phone!

mrsmartman Sep 15, 2016 7:06 AM

My friend in MTA told me there won't be any new underwater tunnel built south of Canal Street.

chris08876 Sep 20, 2016 10:28 PM

Talk of 7 train to Secaucus resurfaces in Port Authority study


At the same time, the Port plans to release a study arguing that an extension of the 7 train to Secaucus with a bus terminal alongside remains “the one major trans-Hudson investment that studies suggest could significantly reduce long-term Bus Terminal demand.”

The 7 train represents only a sliver of the report, but the fact that it bears mention at all is a testament to the endurance of an idea that, according to urban planner Sandy Hornick, “People have been talking about ... on and off since the 1920s.”

Skeptics of the need for an even bigger new bus terminal on Manhattan’s west side to replace the deteriorating, over-capacity facility just west of Times Square argue that the Port should at least consider building a smaller terminal at or near the present location and building excess capacity elsewhere, perhaps by providing New Jersey commuters with other options, like a new bus-to-train connection in New Jersey.

The chief proponent for that argument, real estate executive and Port Authority commissioner Scott Rechler, declined to comment for this article.
But it was upon the insistence of Rechler, then the Port’s vice-chairman, that in October 2015, the Port Authority agreed to commission a “Trans-Hudson Commuting Capacity Study” to look at alternate ways to meet the ever-growing demand for the current bus terminal, a facility that both New Jersey and West Side elected officials agree is in need of a replacement of some sort.

The idea may date back to the early 20th century, but it was former mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration that most recently revived it.
“It was my idea, after [the proposed ARC rail tunnel] fell apart, that we should look at this as an alternatives,” said Hornick, who worked for and with the city’s planning departments for decades. He was referring to the cross-Hudson Amtrak tunnel that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie killed in 2010, citing possible cost overruns.

mrnyc Sep 22, 2016 5:04 PM

jamaica and hicksville station upgrades:

mrnyc Sep 22, 2016 11:42 PM

a reminder per nymag:

September 22, 2016 2:23 p.m.

The W Train Is Coming Out of Retirement in November
By Jen Kirby

Welcome back!

The last time the W train rattled from Astoria down to Whitehall Street, Michael Bloomberg was mayor, the Nets were in Jersey, and the Mets’ (now ex-) Johan Santana sex scandal was the tabloid fodder of the day. That was in 2010. But the W train is back, baby — the MTA says it will officially come out of retirement on November 7.

The resurrection of the W is coming ahead of the rerouting of the Q train, which will serve the Upper East Side during phase one of the Second Avenue line. Those stations are really, seriously supposed to finally open by the end of the year, a date the MTA has not budged on despite reports of some construction complications.

mrnyc Sep 25, 2016 2:51 PM

not exactly 'take the a train,' but...cute:

mrnyc Sep 29, 2016 6:28 PM

tried and true ideas to improve transit:

mrnyc Sep 29, 2016 6:30 PM

tragic situation in hoboken today:


NJ Transit train crash in Hoboken kills 1, injures dozens of passengers

By staff with Reuters September 29, 2016

HOBOKEN - One person was killed and 108 people were injured when a NJ Transit train crashed in Hoboken, New Jersey, during Thursday morning's rush hour, officials said.


N830MH Sep 29, 2016 8:23 PM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 7573981)
not exactly 'take the a train,' but...cute:

That was so cool!! I like music. It's great! Thanks for sharing this. :)

NYCLuver Oct 6, 2016 12:33 PM

LED lights for most bridges and tunnels. LED world here we come! :haha:

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