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Busy Bee Aug 7, 2017 8:22 PM

More of this crap... worth a listen:

'Not Always Free Money': One Critic Warns Against Selling Transit Station Naming Rights

Nexis4Jersey Aug 8, 2017 7:10 AM


Some photos from Last week

IND Culver Line

Smith - 9th Street

Avenue N

BMT Brighton Line

Avenue M

Beverly Road

Looking South at Cortelyou Road Station

Church Ave

Prospect Park

IND Second Avenue Line

72nd Street

96th Street , Downtown Q train

IND 8th Avenue Line

96th Street

IRT West Side Line

Downtown 1 train at 218th Street

South Ferry

mrnyc Aug 10, 2017 5:53 PM

they need to put more of those train arrival signs outside -- before i waste my time going in.

Busy Bee Aug 11, 2017 1:26 AM

Man those second generation full color clocks look soooooo much better than those ancient LED dot signs with the goofy red and green that look like an old 1987 stock ticker.

mrsmartman Aug 12, 2017 6:13 AM

Con Ed to overhaul subway power distribution

A subway switchboard
Photo: Flickr/Matt Blaze


chris08876 Aug 17, 2017 1:39 AM

RPA pitches a pair of mega projects to avert a hellish transit future


An influential transportation and infrastructure think tank and advocacy group predicts the number of city commuters from across the Hudson River will greatly outstrip capacity in the coming years and wants planners and government officials to think holistically to solve the problem.

The Regional Plan Association said that mega projects such as a $10 billion plan to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal are imagined in isolation, without a thought to complementary developments.

Rather than just build a larger bus terminal on the West Side, for instance, the RPA recommended that an ancillary bus facility be built in the basement of the Javits Center, an idea first floated last year by a private sector design team that responded to a solicitation by the Port Authority for ideas on how the terminal project could be reimagined.

While seemingly a far-fetched concept then, the RPA said it would be the most cost effective and efficient way to create a new facility that would boost bus capacity into the city, the mode of transportation that most New Jersey commuters use to access Manhattan. A basement bus terminal would allow the existing terminal on West 42nd Street to be renovated, rather than razed and replaced, to extend its lifespan by another 20 to 30 years.

mrsmartman Aug 20, 2017 3:43 AM

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K 22 Aug 22, 2017 6:22 PM

Will somebody PLEASE put some A/C in the Bleecker/Broadway-Lafayette station complex? :)

chris08876 Aug 24, 2017 1:28 AM

Cuomo's plan to ease New York City's gridlock should be the first of many


It is easy—and justifiable—to moan about how much control Albany has over the city's affairs. The state dictates nearly all of our tax rates. Our subways and buses are run by a state authority under the governor's thumb. The city can't even install red-light cameras without a green light from the state Legislature. Upstate and suburban lawmakers' agendas impede the city's interests in the best of circumstances, which these certainly are not, given upstate's economic struggles and Mayor Bill de Blasio's toxic relationships with Senate Republicans and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But none of that is going to change any time soon, so it behooves the city to cheer when Cuomo champions solutions to our problems—as he is finally doing to improve our traffic-choked roads and deteriorating subway system. Ten years after then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed congestion pricing, in 2007, the governor has declared it to be an idea whose time has come. From a policy perspective, that has been obvious all along, but Cuomo was referring to the political environment. In any case, his embrace of the concept, however belated, is worth celebrating.

Pricing, the bedrock of a free market, is the best way to apportion something valuable, such as the ability to drive into Manhattan's central business district. The lack of tolls on the East River's jam-packed bridges induces motorists to take irrational routes and clog Brooklyn and Queens streets. It makes no sense for those spans to be free while the parallel tunnels are $5.76 for cars and $10.40 for trucks, and subway rides cost $2.75. Pricing based on congestion also means lowering tolls on bridges such as the Verrazano-Narrows, which makes toll reform politically viable: Senators in both Staten Island's Republican and Independent Democratic conferences support the idea. And it speeds businesses' deliveries and service calls.

Cuomo has already improved traffic by introducing peak and off-peak rates on Port Authority tunnels, highway-speed toll collection on Metropolitan Transportation Authority bridges and tunnels, and half-price tolls on trucks making nighttime deliveries. To convince New Yorkers that he's not merely raising revenue to fix the subways, he could do more to get the change in behavior he is seeking. Staying open for nighttime deliveries costs businesses money. But it benefits the economy overall. The practice just may require further incentives for companies to embrace it.

mrnyc Sep 2, 2017 11:47 AM

astoria is now the 4th route on the new ferry system. soundview and les are next:

mrnyc Sep 9, 2017 4:50 PM

commuters rejoice as first new, modern subway station reopens:

mrnyc Sep 10, 2017 4:56 PM

guess whats up with the lga airport airtrain?


mrnyc Sep 14, 2017 2:17 PM

amtrak chair says trump gateway tunnels meeting was productive:

mrnyc Sep 15, 2017 5:37 PM

closures for the new modernized stations are coming to astoria next:

mrnyc Sep 18, 2017 3:51 PM

lower level boarding on the s.i. ferry returns after 13yrs -- that should help speed things up:

mrnyc Sep 19, 2017 2:36 PM

example render of a renovated subway entrance in brooklyn:

aquablue Sep 20, 2017 9:46 PM

Huh, why don't they renovate the major stations in Manhattan that are the busiest first?
A lot of them are pretty dated.

mrsmartman Sep 21, 2017 1:25 PM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 7925814)
lower level boarding on the s.i. ferry returns after 13yrs -- that should help speed things up:

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chris08876 Sep 23, 2017 2:09 PM

Delayed destruction: Officials postpone Sept. 24 demolition of old Kosciuszko Bridge


Plans to blast away the remaining chunks of the former Kosciuszko Bridge on Sunday are postponed, according to police.

Officials were going to blow up the old span’s approaches in Greenpoint and Queens on Sept. 24, but the detonation was cancelled, according to Officer David Molina of the 94th Precinct, which covers Greenpoint.

Molina didn’t know why the date — which was originally set for the summer — was pushed back again. And a state Department of Transportation spokesman refused to say why officials can’t commit to a day and time to destroy the rest of the 78-year-old Brooklyn–Queens crossing, the center of which was lowered and shipped away on barges in July.

What remains of the beleaguered bridge will go out with a series of small, surgical explosions when the big day finally arrives.

Meanwhile, the first of two new like-named replacement spans has been up and running since April, and construction on the second, which is expected to finish in 2020, will start once the original crossing is reduced to rubble.

mrnyc Sep 24, 2017 5:58 PM


Originally Posted by aquablue (Post 7928448)
Huh, why don't they renovate the major stations in Manhattan that are the busiest first?
A lot of them are pretty dated.

they do. even when it seems like the mta isnt doing much, they are always working over some of the stations. for example, a food court mall just opened in columbus circle station last year:

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