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philvia Jun 21, 2011 12:19 PM

no need to spam your photos and videos in a transit news thread.

Nexis4Jersey Jun 21, 2011 6:56 PM


Originally Posted by philvia (Post 5323021)
no need to spam your photos and videos in a transit news thread.

Thats not spam , considering that i included the New Court SQ station and some new Queensboro retrofitted pix. We don't have or need to open a NYC Subway photo thread....when this thread is already opened. Rename it the Subway and News thread.

M II A II R II K Jul 6, 2011 10:13 PM

Department of City Planning Continues to Restrict Development Near Transit


The Department of City Planning’s commitment to rezoning the city along more transit-oriented lines is a critical component of its sustainability agenda. Allowing more people to live and work next to transit means more people will ride transit and fewer will drive.

Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden, upzonings have indeed been concentrated near transit. But what the administration gives with one hand, it takes with the other. Over the last decade, the Department of City Planning has also downzoned large swaths of transit-accessible land, preventing further development in these locations.

Indeed, under one representative five-year period of Bloomberg and Burden’s city planning, three-quarters of the lots rezoned for greater density were located within a half-mile of rail transit, but so were two-thirds of the lots where development was further restricted, according to research by NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.


202_Cyclist Jul 19, 2011 3:08 AM

Rethinking Ronkonkoma (NY Times)
Rethinking Ronkonkoma

July 17, 2011
NY Times

"From high atop the five-story parking garage at Ronkonkoma’s Long Island Rail Road station, you can look far out at ... not much. There is an ocean of parked cars, gravel lots, auto-repair places, a gym and scatterings of corrugated sheet-metal boxes, the all-purpose architectural style in that part of Long Island.

The view all but screams “missed potential” and “poor planning,” and it is one that the Brookhaven town supervisor, Mark Lesko, wants to change. He is pushing a plan to redevelop 50 acres around the station with shops, homes, offices, public art and a convention center. He wants to turn an unlovely place into a cool destination..."

KVNBKLYN Jul 26, 2011 3:54 AM

MTA Capital Construction has started posting frequent project updates on the Second Avenue Subway, 7 Train Extension, East Side Access and Fulton Street Station to their Flickr account here.

7 Train Extension:

East Side Access:

Second Avenue Subway:

Fulton Station:

NYonward Jul 26, 2011 5:35 PM

^ great photos. thanks for the link.

M II A II R II K Jul 26, 2011 8:44 PM

Deep Below Park Avenue, a Monster at Rest


Rome has the catacombs; Paris has its sewers. Now New York will have its own subterranean wonder: a 200-ton mechanical serpent’s head. It is a gargantuan drill that has been hollowing out tunnels for a train station under Grand Central Terminal. As tall as four men and with the weight of two whales, the so-called cutter head — the spinning, sharp-edged business end of a tunnel boring machine — is usually extracted, dismantled and sold for scrap when the work is done.

But the Spanish contractor overseeing the project is taking a different approach. It believes it can save time and money by simply leaving it behind, dormant and decayed, within the rocky depths of Midtown Manhattan. The drill’s final resting place: 14 stories beneath the well-tended sidewalks of Park Avenue.

There is little precedent for such a Brobdingnagian burial. No one at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which plans to officially entomb the machine sometime this week, can recall such an interment. “It’s like a Jules Verne story,” Michael Horodniceanu, the authority’s chief of construction, said. A recent visit to the cutter’s future crypt revealed a machine that evokes an alien life form that crashed to earth a millennia ago.


M II A II R II K Aug 26, 2011 4:24 PM

For the C Train’s Rickety and Rackety Cars, Retirement Will Have to Wait

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The cars on the C line are not only the oldest in the New York subway: They also rank among the oldest city subway trains still in regular operation anywhere in the world. And they are not leaving anytime soon. Like an employer pushing back a valued worker’s retirement, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has responded to budget problems by extending the lives of the C cars, known by their model number as R32s. The cars will now run through at least 2017, when they will be 53 years old, well past the tenure envisioned upon their gleaming debut during the Johnson administration in 1964.

To be sure, there is Buenos Aires, with its fleet of 100-year-old wooden subway cars still rattling on. (Local preservation groups have held up plans for replacements.) And the London tube has its creaky Metropolitan Line, whose 51-year-old trains are just now being replaced. But many major metro systems, including those in Boston and Paris, have phased out most of their elderly trains, leaving New York at the forefront of the subway senior citizens club. In a modern city that prides itself on Bloombergian efficiency, the C is a throwback, said Gene Russianoff, staff lawyer at the Straphangers’ Campaign, the riders’ group. “It is a grim reminder of what the past looked like.”


J. Will Aug 26, 2011 7:53 PM


As preparations continue along the East Coast for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, New York City officials said Friday they will shut down the city's entire public transportation system.

NYC4Life Aug 27, 2011 6:33 AM


08/26/2011 08:18 PM
MTA Prepares For Extensive Service Shutdown As Irene Approaches
By: Tina Redwine

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be halting all service beginning at noon Saturday in response to Hurricane Irene, and officials have yet to announce when things will be back on track. NY1’s Tina Redwine filed the following report.


New Yorkers had never heard this sort of announcement before out of the context of a transit strike.

“The system will begin to shut down at noon on Saturday. All services — bus, subway and the railroads — will begin to shut down at that time,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Jay Walder.

Walder said the MTA has no choice. He said it will take up to eight hours to get equipment and personnel out of harm's way, and with the worst of Hurricane Irene starting to hit the city sometime Saturday evening, that means starting their last runs at around noon.

“It will protect the safety of our customers, the safety of our equipment and allow us as much as possible to put the services back after the storm,” said Walder.

Walder said it’s too early to tell exactly when that will be, however.

As an example, he pointed to the 13 under-river subway tunnels that connect Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. He said storm surge may leave them flooded, and the agency has just three trains with gear to pump that water out.

Walder said it’s anybody’s guess as to how much service there will be for Monday morning's rush.

Subway riders were taking the mass transit shutdown in stride Friday.

“Stay home, avoid the rain and the pieces of debris flying around and floods, all sorts of stuff when hurricanes come,” said one commuter.

“I’m excited. Get to stay in for the weekend, watch some movies. Hopefully the power doesn't go out,” said another.

Some may wonder about how to get around following the MTA service shutdown.

Starting Saturday at 9:00 a.m., the Taxi and Limousine Commission will let taxis and other for-hire vehicles conduct group rides to handle more passengers using a zone plan.

It's also letting liveries, black cars and commuter vans pick up street hails.

Those with their own cars should know that alternate side rules are suspended and that meter fares will be suspended.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there'll be no restriction on private cars provided the drivers feel comfortable driving in a hurricane.

© 1999-2011 NY1 News and Time Warner Cable Inc. All Rights Reserved.

NYC4Life Aug 27, 2011 6:39 AM

Aside from the MTA subways, buses and railroads, NJ Transit rail and PATH Trains are all schedule to shut down at 12 noon Saturday. Access-A-Ride is schedule to shut down on Sunday.

NJ Transit bus and light-rail will shut down at 6pm Saturday.

In Suffolk County on Long Island, all Suffolk County Transit bus service will be suspended beginning at 8pm Saturday.

In Westchester County, Bee-Line bus service and Para Transit will be suspended at 6pm Saturday.

NYC DOT has yet to decide whether the Staten Island Ferry will be suspended.

NYC area bridges are also subject to closure if wind speeds exceed 60 mph.

Amtrak Northeast service is suspended till at least Sunday.

Dr Nevergold Aug 27, 2011 6:43 AM

This will certainly be a rare event to see the system completely shut down.

NYC4Life Aug 27, 2011 7:12 AM


Originally Posted by Brandon716 (Post 5392572)
This will certainly be a rare event to see the system completely shut down.

First time ever the entire NYC transit system will be shut down due to weather.

NYC4Life Aug 27, 2011 4:12 PM


NYC airports close to arriving flights
Updated at 11:55 AM today

NEW YORK -- All New York City-area airports closed to arriving flights beginning at noon on Saturday, when the city's public transportation system shut down. The biggest airlines, United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., canceled thousands of flights each.


The airlines declined to say how many passengers would be affected by the hurricane.

Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark are among the busiest airports in the nation. Together, all five airports serve 1.2 million flights and 104 million passengers a year.

U.S. airlines will cancel at least 6,100 flights over the next three days, grounding hundreds of thousands of passengers as Hurricane Irene sweeps up the East Coast.

If weather forecasters are right, the storm could strike major airports from Washington to Boston, buffeting them with heavy rain and dangerous winds.

United Continental Holdings Inc., the world's largest airline company, said late Friday it would cancel 2,300 flights Saturday and Sunday. Delta Air Lines said it would shut down entirely at New York-area airports on Sunday and cancel 1,300 flights through Monday.

US Airways canceled 1,166 flights for Saturday and Sunday, JetBlue Airways scrubbed about 880 flights through Monday, and AirTran Airways, owned by Southwest Airlines, also canceled 265 flights through Monday. American Airlines said it would cancel 265 flights on Saturday and probably even more on Sunday.

American expected to halt flights in and out of Washington-area airports around noon Saturday, but United hoped to remain open at Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia, said spokesman Mike Trevino.

Delta's 1,300 cancelations, including Delta Connection flights, will equal about 8 percent of the company's flights between Saturday and Monday.

Many of the cancelations were on smaller, so-called regional affiliates such as United Express, Continental Express and Delta Connection. When weather limits flights at an airport, airlines ground those smaller planes first and try to salvage flights on the bigger "mainline" jets.

The airlines declined to say how many passengers would be affected by the hurricane, and the mix of small and big planes made it hard to estimate a figure. But the JetBlue flights, mostly on one type of aircraft, would likely have carried about 110,000 passengers, and they'll account for only about 15 percent of all canceled flights.

Airlines waived rebooking fees for customers who wanted to delay their flights to more than two dozen cities on the East Coast. Details varied by airline, with some giving travelers more time to make their rescheduled flight. Travelers whose flights were canceled would be eligible for refunds.

George Hobica, founder of the travel website, said travelers who bought nonrefundable tickets should wait until the airline cancels the flight rather than taking the airlines' offer to reschedule by a few days.

The problem with rebooking on the airlines' terms, Hobica says, is that you're unlikely to want to take the same trip a few days later.

Airlines have reduced flights in recent years, meaning it could be several days for stranded travelers to find a seat on another plane, says Airline consultant Mark Kiefer.

(Copyright ©2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

NYC4Life Sep 6, 2011 9:24 PM

9:14 AM
WTC Subway Stop Reopens To Public
By: NY1 News


After 10 years the Cortlandt Street subway station fully reopens today.
Southbound service on the N and R lines in lower Manhattan will begin again this afternoon.

The station, which is located across the street from the World Trade Center, was closed for one year after the September 11th attacks and shut again in August 2005 as part of construction of the $1.4 billion Fulton Street Transit hub.

Northbound service reopened in 2009.

The Cortlandt Street 1 line station was destroyed in the attacks.

The Fulton Street Transit hub is set to be completed in 2012.

© 1999-2011 NY1 News and Time Warner Cable Inc. All Rights Reserved.

NYC4Life Sep 9, 2011 5:25 PM


Checkpoints Slow Traffic Through High-Alert City
By: NY1 News


Federal and local officials are not taking chances with security as they investigate a detailed al-Qaida car bomb plot aimed at bridges or tunnels in New York or Washington, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said while New Yorkers should be vigilant they should not change their everyday routine.

The Department of Homeland Security says the "credible" terror threat against the city is timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

Security has been increased at the city's major transit hubs, bridges, tunnels, landmarks and houses of worship, although much of those precautions were being taken anyway ahead of Sunday's anniversary.

The mayor has stressed that even though the threat is credible, it has not been corroborated, and September 11th anniversary ceremonies will be held as scheduled.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said he has increased surveillance of bridges and tunnels and set up vehicle checkpoints and doing bomb sweeps of parking garages.

Counterterrorism, transit and highway officers will work 12-hour shifts for several days, bag inspections are increasing in subway stations and the police are using more patrol vehicles with plate readers, bomb-sniffing dogs and radiation-detecting equipment.

Police are also towing illegally park cars.

Many highways from the George Washington Bridge down to Canal Street have backed-up, bumper-to-bumper traffic due to security checkpoints, as police inspect around and underneath vehicles.
One truck driver on the West Side Highway told NY1 he had been stopped five times today.

Columbus Avenue and other avenues on Manhattan's West Side have been shut down to one lane of traffic to make checkpoints possible.

At Pennsylvania Station, there is no dramatic increase in security, but Port Authority police, the NYPD, the National Guard and other law enforcement agencies are on alert.

"Six or seven Amtrak police with very heavy-duty armor and guns," said an Amtrak passenger from Albany. "Got off the train and there were police everywhere, along with a dog as well."

The World Trade Center site also has extra NYPD and Port Authority officers and one of the NYPD's so-called "Eye In The Sky" units parked nearby.

Bloomberg said the city's increased security measures will not always be noticeable to laypersons.

Homeland Security officials said that information gathered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan showed al-Qaida was looking into attack the United States again, and was considering an attack on the anniversary of September 11th.

President Barack Obama will still visit the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Penn. on Sunday to observe the September 11th anniversary.

© 1999-2011 NY1 News and Time Warner Cable Inc. All Rights Reserved.

NYC4Life Sep 18, 2011 7:46 PM


Tolls increase on Port Authority bridges/tunnels
Sunday, September 18, 2011


NEW YORK -- You better have extra dough when crossing bridges and tunnels owned by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

At 3 a.m. Sunday, cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing rose from $8 to $12.

For trucks it'll be $13 per axle.

The agency had originally proposed even steeper toll increases, but was forced to scale back after the governors of New York and New Jersey threatened to veto them.

The Port Authority's coffers have been hit hard by security-related projects following the 9/11 attacks, a drop in revenue caused by the global economic slump, and the $11 billion World Trade Center complex.

(Copyright ©2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

NYC4Life Sep 20, 2011 6:07 PM

Subway Service Restored Following UWS Water Main Break
By: NY1 News


Subway service is back to normal following yesterday's massive water main break on the Upper West Side.

The break near Central Park West and 106th Street sent water gushing onto the subway lines underground.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees worked through the night to restore service on the A, B, C, and D lines in time for the morning rush.

Crews pumped thousands of gallons of water from the tracks and had to replace damaged signals.

Some commuters who spoke with NY1 this morning said they were hoping for a shorter trip compared to the evening rush.

"It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to get home," said one straphanger. "Yeah, I'm glad, I got to work on time, its great.

"They say the service is back up now, I'm not sure how well it's running, but you know, that's the average anyway," said another.

Meantime, it could take several days for workers to replace the century-old water main and to repave the road.

Department of Environmental Protection officials say construction or temperature may have contributed to the break.

© 1999-2011 NY1 News and Time Warner Cable Inc. All Rights Reserved.

NYC4Life Sep 20, 2011 6:15 PM

Harlem Building Partially Collapses Onto City Bus; Injuries Reported
By: NY1 News


More than a dozen people suffered minor injuries in Harlem this morning after a building that was being demolished partially collapsed onto a city bus.

The New York City Fire Department says it occurred at 301 West 125th Street.

Officials say several passengers, two police officers and one construction worker are among those injured.

Their injuries are not said to be life threatening.

All others in and around the site have been accounted for.

A witness tells NY1 a Bx15 bus traveling west was picking up passengers in front of the building when the bricks fell onto the scaffolding before collapsing onto the bus.

City officials say the building, which was originally five stories tall, was in the process of being demolished.

"We're gonna do a full investigation here. It appears with the information we have right now this was a fully permitted hand demo job," said Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway.

Officials say the city Department of Buildings received a complaint about fallen bricks at the site on September 7.

An inspection later found that there were no safety violations.

© 1999-2011 NY1 News and Time Warner Cable Inc. All Rights Reserved.

M II A II R II K Sep 21, 2011 4:58 PM

Hands-On With New York's On the Go Mobile Station, a 47-inch Touchscreen Subway Map

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Yesterday, the MTA (the transit organization that covers New York City and its immediately surrounding area) unveiled the very first On the Go Travel Station, a 47-inch touchscreen installed in certain subway stations that provides to-the-minute updates on inevitable delays, as well as a subway map and a trip planner. I went down to the Bowling Green station to try out this first installation.

Made by Cisco, the Travel Station is essentially a 47-inch TV turned on its side and given a touchscreen makeover. The top two-thirds or so are taken up with all the various navigation options--subway notifications, trip planner, subway map, that kind of thing--while the bottom plays continuous ads. Cisco is paying for the first round of these stations (they'll be installed in a few stations in Manhattan, as well as the Atlantic-Pacific stop in Brooklyn and Jackson Heights in Queens) but they expect the ads to generate enough revenue to build more.

I went down to Bowling Green, a station right near the southern tip of Manhattan, on a day when people actually did need to know what was happening with the subway lines in the city. A flood in the Upper East Side had crippled several lines, including the 4/5, which stops at Bowling Green. As usual with the MTA, communication was confused, a combination of MTA security folks directing people to more reliable trains and garbled announcements that may or may not have been in English to begin with. In other words: the perfect time for a clear, high-tech information system.

The On the Go Travel Station is located upstairs, next to the Metrocard terminals. Standing next to it were three uniformed NYPD officers--not MTA security, but the real deal. Oddly, though, the Travel Station was completely unused when I went up to test it. There's no clear sign that this display is actually an interactive touchscreen, so sometimes people would read the scrolling alerts, but nobody seemed to realize they could touch it. Even worse, I heard two Canadian tourists ask the police officers for help--they were helpful (though oddly amazed that Canadian postal codes have letters in them) but didn't even suggest trying out the Travel Station.


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