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NYC4Life May 27, 2013 6:43 PM

Link to Citi Bike:

NYC4Life May 28, 2013 12:59 AM


Brooklyn Bridge Reopens After Police Investigate Abandoned Vehicle
Police examined an abandoned vehicle on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge

Monday, May 27, 2013 | Updated 8:45 PM EDT


The Brooklyn Bridge has reopened after police investigated an abandoned vehicle on the Manhattan-bound side and issued an all-clear.

The SUV was found unoccupied at about 5:15 p.m. and had no license plate, which triggered precautionary measures from the bomb squad and K-9 units. Traffic was closed in both directions for over two hours as police responded.

After investigation, police issued an all-clear and removed the Dodge Durango. The Durango was impounded, and police were attempting the identify the owner of the SUV.

-- Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.

© 2013 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

K 22 May 28, 2013 4:40 PM


Originally Posted by NYC4Life (Post 6143126)
Link to Citi Bike:

On my way to the office today, I saw 6 or 7 CitiBikes on the roads so they're definitely being utilized.

QUEENSNYMAN May 30, 2013 3:12 PM

Test A-trains this morning full service to resume after noon today!

NYC4Life Jun 5, 2013 6:22 PM

MTA: R Train Tunnel Repair Shutdown To Last A Year
By: NY1 News


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be shutting down a key East River subway tunnel for at least a year so it can repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The Montague Tunnel carries the R Train from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

It was the last of the East River tunnels to reopen after the hurricane.

Since then, MTA officials say many of the tunnel's electronic components have been breaking down because of the lingering corrosion caused by the flood of saltwater into the tube.

Starting in August, officials say crews will replace ducts, cables, wiring and lights.

The work is expected to take 12 to 14 months.

Some people who spoke with NY1 expressed concerns about their commutes.

"That means I'm going to be late to school for an entire year. That's really gonna set me back a lot," said one straphanger.

"Do I like it? No. But what can you do about it?" said another straphanger.

The MTA is also closing the Greenpoint tunnel, which carries the G train between Brooklyn and Queens, for 12 weekends starting next month.

The agency says salt water corroded power cables and rails, increasing the risk of short circuiting.

A shuttle bus will be available while the work is being done.

The tunnel will close again for five weeks next summer.

© 2013 Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC. All Rights Reserved.

M II A II R II K Oct 4, 2013 6:12 PM

A look at the 20 Year Needs: Articulated trains

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Over the years, we’ve heard a variety of excuses emanating from any number of U.S. transit agencies. While we have articulated buses, trains with open gangways haven’t yet arrived in the states. Some say that articulated trains can’t handle New York’s curves; others say that it’s a new thing requiring extensive testing. Whatever the reason, we sacrifice capacity and flexibility for the rolling stock we have. But the MTA seems to be considering articulated trains as they look to the future.

- As the MTA continues to purchase new buses and subway and commuter rail fleets, it must incorporate state-of-the-art design concepts and technologies to minimize energy consumption, maximize carrying capacity, reduce loading times, and meet the expectation of a tech-savvy generation of new travelers. In particular, consideration should be given to trainsets with open gangways between cars, similar to the design of articulated buses. This will both maximize carrying capacity, and allow passenger to move to less-crowded areas of the train, balancing loading and unloading times at all doors.

- The articulated trainsets aren’t arriving with any of the current rolling stock orders. The R179s and R211s won’t feature open gangways. So it’ll likely be until the mid-2020s that we see any such cars hit the rails in New York. By then, the R62 cars currently in use on the 1 and 3 lines will be nearing retirement age, and the 1 in particular would be a prime line for articulated cars as, outside of the old South Ferry station, the curves are essentially non-existent.

- So why then don’t we have these open gangways already? Back in 2009, Yonah Freemark tackled the question and received the following response from an MTA spokesman: “MTA New York City Transit had considered an articulated train which was proposed by Kawasaki under the R110A contract. The proposal was, however, rejected by us due to the impact it would have had on the project’s budget and schedule…We may take another look at articulated trains in the future if and when we have a budget for Research and Design for an entirely new subway car.”


scalziand Oct 5, 2013 11:34 PM

Do trolleys count? The MBTA Greenline trolleys are articulated.

M II A II R II K Oct 6, 2013 1:45 AM

They talking specifically about heavy rail, and that there are none currently in the US.

Swede Oct 6, 2013 8:48 AM

How hard could it be? London's got full-train articulated trains running on several lines already. And Stockholm's subway, which was supposedly very close to the NYC subway in many technical aspects when it started 60 years ago, has articulated cars running since over a decade as well as is getting new longer articulated cars within a few years.

JG573 Oct 9, 2013 7:01 AM

MTA Audit finds 2 billion dollar surplus in "unanticipated funds".

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority by the New York state comptroller has found the transit agency has $1.9 billion in “unanticipated funds.”

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Friday the MTA’s financial footing is stronger than anticipated seven months ago.

“The good news is that the MTA is in better shape than it’s been in a period of time,” DiNapoli told WCBS 880. “They’ve identified $1.9 billion in unanticipated resources that will be available over the course of the financial plan.”

He said the MTA is planning on using the funds to improve service and maintenance, reduce projected budget gaps and help fund the next capital program.

He said while those goals were worthy, the MTA should also consider shrinking a planned 15 percent fare hike over three years.

“We’re suggesting to consider reexamining the scheduled increases in fares in tolls,” DiNapoli said. “When you look at how those increases have been implemented, it has exceeded the rate of inflation. We certainly know how hard-pressed riders are that use the MTA facilities, so with an improved outlook, perhaps it’s time to reconsider those fare and toll increases that are scheduled.”

DiNapoli said the $1.9 billion came from lower pension contributions, energy costs, debt service, health insurance costs and higher tax revenues.

The audit also found tolls have risen faster than inflation over the past six years.

mrnyc Oct 25, 2013 10:35 AM

citibike isn't profitable...yet

Perklol Dec 6, 2013 1:43 PM

No second avenue subway news? :shrug:

Busy Bee Dec 6, 2013 11:14 PM

If you're looking for frequent updates on the SAS, check out SecondAvenueSagas because you probably wont find them here.

sammyg Dec 8, 2013 11:17 PM is a good resource for the Second Avenue Subway, too.

Perklol Dec 11, 2013 5:12 PM

Thank you everyone. Those sites have up to date info.

M II A II R II K Jan 10, 2014 5:46 PM

Gov Cuomo Supports New Metro-North Train Line Through Bronx

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MTA Plan:


Governor Cuomo used his State of the State speech on Wednesday to express support for an MTA plan to send Metro-North trains through neighborhoods in the East Bronx.

- "We will open a new spur for Metro-North railroad to provide more resiliency and direct access to Penn Station, which will also, at the same time, build four new stations to bring transit options to the Bronx," Cuomo said.

- The new stations would be built in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-Op City. New Haven line trains would use an Amtrak rail line that runs through Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. The MTA says the new line, which could be built by 2019, would carry thousands of Bronx commuters to and from Penn Station in 20 to 30 minutes. The project's estimated cost is $1 billion dollars.

- A presentation from one of the public meetings shows that the plan depends on Metro-North becoming a major tenant of Penn Station. It assumes that platform space will be opening in 2019, when the MTA's East Side Access project is scheduled to be done, allowing Long Island Railroad trains to carry passengers to Grand Central Terminal. But railroad officials and elected representatives from Long Island have been wary about surrendering any of Penn Station's precious train slots.


JG573 Jan 11, 2014 12:00 AM

In MTA's world a 2019 opening translates to roughly 2025.

M II A II R II K Jan 11, 2014 12:07 AM

They should add a Queens stop, especially if that's a destination for Bronx users and vice versa.

Nexis4Jersey Jan 11, 2014 1:01 AM


Originally Posted by M II A II R II K (Post 6402300)
They should add a Queens stop, especially if that's a destination for Bronx users and vice versa.

Theres one planned for Sunnyside...

dunbrine47 Jan 12, 2014 4:58 AM

(Not sure if the NJ transit thread got purged, it did not come up in the search).
Just out of slightly offtopic curiosity, are the TVM's on the Pascack Valley Line shut down on the weekends?

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