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manrush Feb 17, 2011 8:02 PM

I remember going to New York last week, and I saw many cars violating the bus-only lanes during the heavy traffic jams.

Is it possible or feasible to somehow sequestre the bus lanes from the rest of traffic?

nito Feb 18, 2011 4:22 PM


Originally Posted by manrush (Post 5169158)
I remember going to New York last week, and I saw many cars violating the bus-only lanes during the heavy traffic jams.

Is it possible or feasible to somehow sequestre the bus lanes from the rest of traffic?

I think London uses a combination of cameras on buses and fixed-location cameras to fine violators.

KVNBKLYN Apr 5, 2011 3:57 AM

From the MTA's website:


Construction of the No. 7 Subway Extension, which will provide new subway service to 34th Street and 11th Avenue, continues to make significant progress. As part of the project's largest contract, boring for two parallel subway tunnels is complete. The contract, which also includes excavation of a three-block long cavern for the subway station, a station platform and mezzanine level, is 85 percent complete. It has a contractual completion date of September 2012.

The concrete pours which create the main cavern arches for the station have been completed.

A systems contract, which will include rail track, all mechanical, electrical and related systems throughout the tunnels, station, ventilation buildings and the main subway entrance at 34th Street is currently in procurement, with a forecasted award date of July 2011. This is the last contract needed to initiate service on the No. 7 Line Extension in December 2013. An additional contract for a secondary entrance to the subway station will be awarded in the future, but its completion is not necessary for service to begin on the new subway extension.

The No. 7 Line extension will go from the intersection of West 41st Street and Eighth Avenue, west under 41st Street, and turn south under 11th Avenue. A new terminal station will be located at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, allowing convenient access to the adjacent development and the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The 7 line extension will introduce subway service to an emerging mixed-use community in Midtown West, fostering transit oriented development in one of Manhattan's most underserved and underdeveloped areas. The City created two local development corporations, the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation (HYIC), which is contributing $2.1 billion to the project, and the Hudson Yards Development Corporation (HYDC), which oversees planning and development in the Hudson Yards on behalf of the City.

KVNBKLYN Apr 5, 2011 4:18 AM

And work on the Second Avenue Subway is still rolling along.

From the MTA:


After completing the excavation of the first of two tunnels earlier this year, a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) has begun mining the second (east) tunnel for the Second Avenue Subway. Starting again from 92nd Street, this second tunnel will be 7,800 linear feet long.

On its journey, the second tunnel will make a tight, westerly curve into the existing 63rd Street Station. Once completed, the tunnel will receive the concrete lining which provides the permanent tunnel structure.

During the first 200 feet, the TBM will be mining through ground which has been frozen, a technique which engineers employ to harden soil, or decomposed rock, enabling the excavation process.

The TBM previously mined 7,162 feet for the first tunnel. The 485-ton, 450-foot-long machine began mining in June 2010 from 92nd Street to 65th Street and was then disassembled and pulled back to 92nd Street where it started its second run on the second tunnel last week. The subway line is on schedule to be completed by December 2016.

Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway will serve more than 200,000 people per day, reducing overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue Line and restoring a transit link to a neighborhood that lost the Second Avenue Elevated in 1940. When Phase I is complete, it will decrease crowding on the adjacent Lexington Avenue Line by as much as 13%, or 23,500 fewer riders on an average weekday. It will also reduce travel times by up to 10 minutes or more (up to 27%) for those on the far east side or those traveling from the east side to west midtown.

The line is being built in phases, with Phase I providing service from 96th Street to 63rd Street as an extension of the Q train, with three new ADA-accessible stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets. New entrances to the existing Lexington Av/63 Street Station will also be added at 63rd Street and Third Avenue. Further phases of the project will extend the line from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in the Financial District. The configuration of the tracks will allow for possible future extensions into Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

The Second Avenue Subway is one of four large-scale projects being built as the MTA undertakes the largest expansion of New York's public transportation system in two generations. The MTA is also connecting the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Terminal, extending the 7 subway line to the far west side, and building the Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan.

And some more shots from The Launch Box:

ardecila Apr 5, 2011 4:55 AM

The cavern on the 7 Extension is awesome. It looks like the Roman baths. It's a shame they're gonna make that huge space feel cramped with their gigantic mezzanine level.

J. Will Apr 5, 2011 5:29 AM


Originally Posted by manrush (Post 5169158)
I remember going to New York last week, and I saw many cars violating the bus-only lanes during the heavy traffic jams.

Is it possible or feasible to somehow sequestre the bus lanes from the rest of traffic?

The upcoming 34th Street transitway was supposed to do that. But they've nerfed it, and now it will just be bus lanes that aren't separated like you can find anywhere.

aquablue Apr 6, 2011 2:41 AM

Does NYC have some kind of mental problem when it comes to cameras to reinforce bus lanes? You don't need seperated bus lanes if you can have proper cameras. Also, they should be allowed to change lights.

Politics always seems to destroy common sense in NYC. Just do it right if you're going to attempt these things. It just looks foolish and pathetic when things are done half-assed.

Nexis4Jersey Apr 14, 2011 10:06 AM

My First Large Scale Subway Video of the A-C-E lines....

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alphachapmtl Apr 20, 2011 9:03 AM

Build up/down

Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 5229207)
The cavern on the 7 Extension is awesome. It looks like the Roman baths. It's a shame they're gonna make that huge space feel cramped with their gigantic mezzanine level.

Makes your wonder why build up a Roman bath or cathedral, when you could just dig one.

KVNBKLYN Apr 23, 2011 3:39 AM

Here's a short video with some interesting footage of the current state of construction under Grand Central for the LIRR East Side Access Project.

And here are some construction photos from the same article:

ardecila Apr 23, 2011 5:53 AM

Cool. Stuff like this always stokes my patriotism.

I appreciate it even more now that I have some sense of just how complex it all is, from both an engineering and political standpoint.

J. Will Apr 24, 2011 6:03 AM

Red Hook is not getting the streetcar some had hoped for.

Nexis4Jersey Apr 24, 2011 9:03 AM


Originally Posted by KVNBKLYN (Post 5252289)
Here's a short video with some interesting footage of the current state of construction under Grand Central for the LIRR East Side Access Project.

And here are some construction photos from the same article:

I made an LIRR thread.....

ardecila May 2, 2011 1:16 PM

The Times just posted a 360-degree view of City Hall station... there's one on the platform, and one in the mezzanine. I doubt I'll ever get to see it in person, so this is really pretty awesome.

M II A II R II K May 16, 2011 2:00 PM

NYC Drivers Who Speed Will See Skeletons


Drivers who exceed the speed limit in two city neighborhoods will soon see the words “SLOW DOWN” and the image of a skeleton flashed on electronic signs by the side of the road. As long as a driver obeys the city’s 30 mph speed limit, no skeleton will appear.

The signs have been placed along stretches of Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx and Richmond Avenue in Staten Island – roads that, respectively, were shown by a DOT study to have 96 percent and 66 percent of motorists speeding.

“We’re playing with people’s lives,” Bloomberg said of speeding vehicles. He then cited global statistics on traffic fatalities: “About 148 people die in road traffic deaths every single hour. I think it’s 1.3 million people a year. This is going to be the fifth largest killer in the world in another few years.”

City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan joined Bloomberg at the press conference, which took place at the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan — a spot that had once been a traffic lane but is now a protected pedestrian island.

She said the department will test a new slow-speed driving zone in the Claremont section of the Bronx, which has a high concentration of schools and vehicle crashes per square mile. The largely residential neighborhood will get a 20 mile per hour speed limit this summer — the lowest in the city.


Nexis4Jersey Jun 7, 2011 4:41 PM

Interesting that ive never posted my subway videos here....i'll post them 3-4 at a time....I will also be taking location requests..

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Nexis4Jersey Jun 9, 2011 9:39 PM

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Nexis4Jersey Jun 13, 2011 6:27 AM

My last few subway videos i have taken...

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KVNBKLYN Jun 17, 2011 4:38 AM

The MTA has posted more photos of the construction progress on both the 7 train extension and the Fulton transit center.

7 Train:

Fulton Transit Center:

And for good measure, here are a few shots of the newly opened connector at Court Square:

Lots more shots at the MTA's Flickr site.

Nexis4Jersey Jun 20, 2011 1:51 AM


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(C) @ 14th Street

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(N)(Q) - I heard announcements for both trains , but i forgot to write that i don't know which train is which.

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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.

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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.

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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.


NYC4Life Sep 22, 2011 8:19 PM

Second Avenue Subway Reaches "Boring" Milestone
By: NY1 News


The Second Avenue subway is on track as it reached a new construction milestone Thursday.
The 485-ton tunnel boring machine completed its second pass from 92nd Street and Second Avenue, breaking through into an existing tunnel at the Lexington Avenue/63rd Street station.

It completes more than two miles of tunnels that will provide Q train service from 96th to 63rd Streets.

The long delayed project will alleviate overcrowding and delays on the 4, 5 and 6 lines.

Some East Side residents are worried about the effects the construction could have on air quality in the area.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it's doing what it can to curb those concerns.

"We've taken great steps in terms of building enclosures to try to be able to deal with noise and air quality, we'll continue to work with residents in any way we can," said MTA Chairman & CEO Jay Walder.

The next step in the $4.5 billion project will include installing the tracks, signals and communication systems.

The first phase of the subway line is scheduled to begin service in December 2016.

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

NYC4Life Sep 22, 2011 8:26 PM

Power Problem Causes Delays For Amtrak, NJ Transit Trains
By: NY1 News


New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains are still experiencing residual delays of up to 30 minutes due to electrical problems along the Northeast Corridor.
Manhattan-bound New Jersey Transit trains were stopped during the morning commute between New Jersey and the city.

Officials say there was a problem with a transformer outside one of the North River Tunnels.

New Jersey Transit says inbound and outbound Midtown Direct train service has resumed.

At one point this morning, there were two disabled trains in one of the tubes and about 1,500 passengers were stuck for about two hours.

There were also two trains disabled on the New Jersey side.

Passengers who spoke with NY1 at Penn Station said they were frustrated by the widespread delays and cancellations.

"I haven't heard anything. I just know it's gotten worse throughout the day and they haven't really explained why there's these delays going on," said one traveler.

"I've been sitting here at Penn Station since 10 this morning waiting for the 10:38 to Bayhead. It's now about 11:20 the train still hasn't come in and they haven't posted a time," said another.

Amtrak and New Jersey Transit customers should expect lingering delays in and out of Penn Station.

PATH says it is honoring NJ Transit tickets and passes.

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NYC4Life Sep 30, 2011 5:49 PM

12:11 PM
Sources: Cuomo Rethinks Plan To "Self-Certify" DMV Eye Tests
By: NY1 News


It appears vision tests to renew your driver's license may not be a thing of the past.

Sources tell NY1 the Cuomo administration is reconsidering its decision to allow people to "self-certify" that their eyesight is sufficient to drive.

The policy was put into effect this week to streamline the renewal process.

The change allowed drivers to renewed their licenses online or by mail.

NY1 is being told doctors are now looking over the plan and, for now, vision tests are required.

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NYC4Life Sep 30, 2011 5:51 PM

LIRR Service Back On Track After Lightning Zaps Signal System
By: NY1 News


The Long Island Rail Road was mostly back on track for this morning's commute after a lightning strike Thursday caused massive service disruptions.
Crews worked through the night to repair damage caused by the strike to the signal tower at Jamaica Station.

While service was mostly restored there were still a few delays for Manhattan-bound passengers.

"LIRR crews were able to work overnight and replace the damaged computer processing equipment that took a direct lightning strike yesterday just before 5 p.m. just west of Jamaica. What that means for our customers is that the signal system which controls the signal system on the ground in Jamaica has been restored," said LIRR Spokesman Joe Calderone.

Service was completely suspended at one point, leaving thousands of home-bound commuters stranded on trains and at Penn Station for hours.

Many passengers who spoke with NY1 complained that information about the delays was hard to come by.

"I was in Mastic-Shirley. I was there probably like two o'clock in the a.m. So I didn't get on a train 'til about four o'clock this morning, 4:53. It was a hassle though. Had to sit there for like two hours and it was kinda nippy," said one stranded commuter.

"I was wondering what was going on. We're on the train, then they tell us later. So I'm running a little late, a little behind," said another.

Meanwhile, work begins this weekend to replace tracks inside the LIRR's four East River tunnels.

The project will shut down some of the tunnels every weekend between now and 2015.

Amtrak, which owns the tunnels, will be doing the work.

Construction begins tonight at 10 p.m. and continues through 5 a.m. Monday.

The LIRR says the project will have little to no affect on riders, but the rail road admits it will have less flexibility to reroute weekend trains into and out of Penn Station should something come up.

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NYC4Life Oct 4, 2011 8:51 PM


Helicopter crashes into East River
Updated at 04:44 PM today


NEW YORK (WABC) -- At least four people have been rescued and a fifth person is missing after a helicopter crashed into the river at the East River heliport.

Joy Garnett, who witnessed the accident, told Eyewitness News that the Bell 206 helicopter went down almost immediately after takeoff around 3:30 p.m.

Garnett said the helicopter was about 20 feet in the air, just yards away from the heliport at 34th Street, when it started to spin around and then crashed hard into the water.

"I thought, 'Is that some daredevil move?"' she said. "But it was obviously out of control. The body spun around at least two or three times, and then it went down."
The pilot and three others were pulled from the water shortly after it went down by rescue crews.

One other person, a woman, is missing, officials said.

Scuba divers from NYPD and Fire Department located the helicopter under water and are conducting a search for the last victim.

The passengers, believed to be tourists, are from the United Kingdom.

Two women have been taken to Bellevue Hospital in unknown condition. A man is listed in serious condition at NYC Medical Center.

The pilot was being treated at the scene and is conscious, authorities said.

The pilot was identified as Paul Dudley, the airport manager at Linden Airport. According to officials, the helicopter, a blue and white Bell 206, is operated by Dudley and based at Linden Airport.

The chopper, a Bell 206 Jet Ranger, is one of the world's most popular helicopter models and was first flown in January 1966. They are light and highly maneuverable, making them popular with television stations and air taxi companies. A new one costs between $700,000 and $1.2 million.

On Aug. 8, 2009 a small plane collided with a helicopter over the Hudson River, on the other side of Manhattan, killing nine people, including five Italian tourists. A government safety panel found that an air traffic controller who was on a personal phone call had contributed to the accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration changed its rules for aircraft flying over New York City's rivers after that collision. Pilots must call out their positions on the radio and obey a 161 mph speed limit. Before the changes, such radio calls were optional.

Earlier that year, an Airbus 320 airliner landed in the Hudson after hitting birds and losing both engines shortly after taking off from LaGuardia Airport. The flight, U.S. Airways Flight 1549, became known as the Miracle on the Hudson plane.

The river has been closed to commercial boating traffic, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The weather was clear but a little windy Tuesday, with winds of 10 mph gusting to 20 mph and visibility of 10 miles, according to the weather station at LaGuardia airport. There were a few clouds at 3,500 feet above sea level, well above the typical flying altitude for helicopters.


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NYC4Life Oct 10, 2011 10:10 PM

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Norwegian's 'Breakaway' to become New York City's largest-ever cruise liner

4,000-passenger ship will home port in the Big Apple starting in 2013
Monday, October 10th 2011, 3:24 PM
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces New York City as the home port of Norwegian's 'Breakaway' cruise ship


New York is to be the home to Norwegian Cruise Line's new 4,000-passenger ship when she launches, city officials confirmed last week.

The Norwegian Breakaway is set to be the largest ship ever to home port in the Big Apple and will enter service in April 2013, departing on a planned 88 cruises in less than two years.

The first of a new class of Norwegian ships, Breakaway will carry 4,000 passengers and weigh in at over 144,000 tons, boasting new rooms designed to invoke a boutique hotel and a luxury private area called 'The Haven', complete with 24-hour butler service, a poolside valet and white-tablecloth in-room dining.

Breakaway will initially sail a series of seven-day cruises from New York to Bermuda, Norwegian confirmed.

New York is one of the most popular cruise ports in the United States and an easy embarkation point for international visitors -- the Manhattan Cruise Terminal is also home to lines such as Carnival, Cunard, Holland America, Princess Cruises and Crystal Cruises.

The arrival of Breakaway will be a significant coup for the Big Apple's tourist authorities and is expected to being an additional 140,000 visitors to the city over two years, who will spend some $35 million.

It is also a vote of confidence in the city's booming cruise trade, which saw spending in 2010 jump by 54 percent compared to 2009.

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NYC4Life Oct 12, 2011 5:48 PM

Yahoo! News / AP

Chopper that crashed in NYC had just been in shop

By CHRIS HAWLEY - Associated Press | AP – 12 mins ago,ny


NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter that crashed in New York City's East River with five people onboard had been in the shop just two days before the fatal flight, accident investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

Mechanics had just wrapped up their annual inspection of the Bell 206 helicopter on Oct. 2, the National Transportation Safety Board said in the preliminary report.

During an annual inspection mechanics take much of an aircraft apart, check for corrosion and replace worn parts. The work can take several weeks.

In the past, the Federal Aviation Administration has warned pilots to be alert for mechanical problems immediately after maintenance. NTSB records show at least 10 small aircraft have crashed on the first flight after their annual inspections since 1999.

Pilot Paul Dudley told the NTSB he had just taken off from the East 34th Street Heliport and was 30 to 50 feet above the river when the nose of the helicopter swung unexpectedly to the left.

When he tried to turn right to return to the heliport, the aircraft went out of control, Dudley told investigators.

One passenger died in the crash. Two other passengers were seriously injured, the report says, but it does not detail their injuries. Dudley and a fourth passenger were unharmed.

Three-fourths of one main rotor blade broke off when the helicopter hit the water, the report said.

Investigators had previously said they were unsure if the blade broke before or after the impact. They have not found the missing piece, according to the report.

The NTSB report is preliminary and does not give the cause of the accident. That determination could take months.

The helicopter was built in 1976 and had flown 11,580 hours, the report said. It had a 400-horsepower Rolls-Royce engine.

The passengers were all friends of Dudley, an experienced pilot who also manages the Linden, N.J. airport. He has 2,287 hours of flying experience, including 1,500 hours in helicopters and 420 hours in Bell 206es, according to the NTSB report.

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yankeesfan1000 Oct 12, 2011 5:48 PM

U.S. Says It Will Expedite Approval to Replace Deteriorating Tappan Zee Bridge

Published: October 11, 2011

The Tappan Zee Bridge, long overdue for an overhaul, was one of 14 projects chosen on Tuesday by the Obama administration for expedited federal review and approval — possibly allowing work on a new bridge to begin as early as the spring of 2013.

The bridge, which was built in the 1950s, has cost the state $100 million a year in repairs and $83 million in studies about how to replace or fix it, said the Westchester County executive, Robert P. Astorino. When he took a boat tour beneath the bridge with other elected officials in July, Mr. Astorino said, the paint was peeling, there was rust on its joints and spans, and netting covered up much of its underbelly.

Mr. Astorino feared that if the bridge were not repaired or replaced, it could one day simply be shut down — forcing drivers, who make about 170,000 crossings each day, to find alternatives.

“This is a major economic artery for the entire region,” he said...

Mr. Porcari estimated that the bridge’s construction would create 33,000 “job years.” (A job year means one job for one year; a single job that lasts for two years is given credit for two job years.)"


To anyone not familiar with the bridge, it is really in pretty brutal shape. It's nice to see that this much needed project may finalllyyyyy be moving forward.

NYC4Life Oct 12, 2011 5:50 PM

Yahoo! News / AP

New Tappan Zee bridge in NY pegged at $5.2 billion

By JIM FITZGERALD - Associated Press | AP – 2 hrs 55 mins ago,ny


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The cost of a new Tappan Zee Bridge in the New York City suburbs has been shaved to $5.2 billion by focusing solely on the bridge, a federal agency said Tuesday.

In the past, mass transit components, ranging up to a new commuter rail line, were considered key elements of a new span over the Hudson River.

President Barack Obama chose the project Monday for quick federal approval of environmental and other permits, and the Federal Highway Administration said those could be obtained within a year. Construction, creating thousands of jobs, could begin soon afterward, it said.

The FHA said the 56-year-old bridge "is functionally obsolete and will soon be structurally deficient." It warned that travel restrictions might be imposed if the bridge isn't replaced.

The Tappan Zee carries the state Thruway, and about 140,000 vehicles a day, across the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties, about 25 miles north of Manhattan. Deterioration has set in, and maintaining it has been costing the state up to $100 million a year.

In 2008, several designs for a new bridge were unveiled, with costs estimated at the time at $9 billion to $16 billion depending on which mass transit options were included. The possibilities ranged from upgraded bus service to light rail to an east-west commuter rail line that would link several existing north-south routes.

The FHA said the cost could have exceeded $21 billion.

Instead, "The project has been re-scoped to focus solely on the bridge," bringing it down to $5.2 billion, the FHA said. Transit components are "currently not a part of the design," it said.

It wasn't immediately clear which, if any, mass transit enhancements could be added later.

Even the trimmed project will deliver at least 33,000 "job years" in construction and materials production, the agency said, referring to the level of economic investment. One person working for four years on the bridge, for example, would be four job years.

No funds have been officially earmarked for the project, authorities said.

"As of right now, there is no funding in the (state) budget," said Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who has been pushing for a quick start on the project. "We've asked the governor to put it in his five-year capital plan, but it's not, yet."

However, the FHA said New York plans to pay for most of the project — $3 billion — with bonds secured by anticipated tolls. It said the state also plans to tap labor pension funds, federal loans and other sources.

Josh Vlasto, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said only that the state is considering "a variety of funding options." He said obtaining federal approvals while the project is being finalized could save years.

The bridge project was suggested by Cuomo when Obama called for infrastructure projects that would help produce jobs. The governor said Tuesday that the federal government had recognized that "moving forward with the project is key to New York's economic future."

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M II A II R II K Oct 15, 2011 4:06 PM

New Tech Promises Less Subway Crowding, If Albany Doesn’t Beggar the MTA

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L train riders will start benefiting from more frequent service next summer, when the MTA adds trains on the weekends, which have seen an 84 percent jump in ridership since 2005. But the major advance in service, which promises to relieve crowding on some of the most jam-packed rush-hour trains in the system, will come at the end of 2012, when the new CBTC signaling system is slated to be completed. Like most transit improvements here, the implementation will be slow and will come with some service disruptions. But the short-term pains will be well worth this major upgrade to NYCT’s antiquated signal technology.

- Whereas the century-old system now in use relies on block signals with colored lights alongside the track to tell operators if they’re too close to the train ahead, CBTC uses radio signals to locate all of the trains on the line. With this information, on-board computers can calculate the distance between trains precisely and in real time, letting operators run trains closer together without compromising safety. With more trains per hour, wait times will diminish and trains should be less crowded — allowing for increased ridership as the experience of riding the subway becomes more convenient and pleasant. Adding just one train per hour adds space to move another 2,640 people. That translates to fewer times waiting while a packed train goes by, and fewer elbows in your ear when you board.

- The L train improvements, in fact, don’t fully convey what CBTC can accomplish. The line doesn’t have the “tail tracks” (extra space for turning trains around) at Eighth Avenue that would be needed to allow double-digit percent increases in train throughput. The next two CBTC installations do have room, and these shouldn’t be made to wait any longer for the extra capacity CBTC will allow. Riders on the 7 train desperately need the added service, especially now that the Flushing Main Street station is the city’s tenth busiest with 18.6 million rides last year. The current five-year capital program includes funds to fully equip 7 train tracks and cars for CBTC. The MTA has also targeted the Queens Boulevard lines (E, F, M, and R trains) for CBTC installation — a process starting in 2013 and intended for completion during the next capital program, which is supposed to begin in 2015.


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