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mrnyc Dec 11, 2022 11:45 AM

mta agents are coming out of the booths:

Busy Bee Dec 11, 2022 1:53 PM

If they're as pleasant outside as they are in, well....

mrnyc Dec 11, 2022 4:46 PM

also in booth news — today is a historic day as the last toll booths end:

Lincoln Tunnel toll booths close forever on Sunday

Larry Higgs, -

The era of stopping to hand a wad of cash to a toll collector at the Lincoln Tunnel ends Sunday when it becomes the last Port Authority crossing to go all-electronic.


mrnyc Dec 13, 2022 12:04 AM

getting close:

LIRR assumes operational control of Grand Central Madison, but still no opening date

By Ben Brachfeld
December 11, 2022

The MTA has formally handed operational control of Grand Central Madison over to the Long Island Rail Road, signaling the arduous road to opening day for the long-delayed new terminal is near.

The LIRR assumes control of the 750,000-square-foot station complex from MTA Construction & Development, which oversaw the build-out of the hub which will bring LIRR trains to Grand Central Terminal and the east side of Manhattan. The transfer took place at noon on Friday, Dec. 9, the MTA says, and was overseen by the Federal Railroad Administration.


mrnyc Dec 14, 2022 3:26 PM

4 new mnrr stations on the move in the bx at last:

A transit desert no more, officials tout Bronx benefits of Penn Access Project at groundbreaking

By Robbie Sequeira
Posted on December 9, 2022

New York’s leading politicos were on hand in Hunts Point Friday for the groundbreaking of Metro-North’s $3.18 billion Penn Station Access Project, which includes the construction of four new Metro-North stations in Hunts Point, Parkchester, Morris Park and Co-op City.

The stations are expected to open in 2027.

Penn Access will transform Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line from two to four tracks in the East Bronx and Westchester. The line will then connect the New Haven line in New Rochelle to the new Bronx Metro-North stations, before ending up at Penn Station.


Doubleu1117 Dec 14, 2022 6:11 PM

Really hope stations in Astoria and Sunnyside are considered in the future. The Sunnyside stop especially would allow transferring from LIRR to MNR without entering the city. And an Astoria stop would give commuter rail connection to a future subway extension to LaGuardia.

Crawford Dec 14, 2022 6:31 PM

I wonder if there should be a fifth station, over the Westchester County line, in Pelham Manor. That's a very affluent, scenic town, with no rail station. Residents use the Pelham or New Rochelle stations.

Seems crazy to have this high capacity four-track, 100% grade-separated electrified line running through your town, and no station, yet you're sitting just a few minutes from Manhattan by rail.

Busy Bee Dec 14, 2022 7:14 PM

^ If it was a subway line with rapid transit line station spacing I would say yes. But being that Pelham Manor is a low density suburb with no commercial district near the station site - which would likely be at Pelhamdale Ave - I suspect the daily boardings would be too anemic to justify not just the infrastructure cost but the slowing down of mainline speed trains between New Rochelle and Co-op City. A century ago there would have been. Just look at the crazy station spacing along the NYW&B in lower Westchester during its lamentably short life.

H-man Dec 15, 2022 2:40 PM

No way would the residents of pelham manor allow a new rail station in their village. They close some of their streets off to non pelham residents, I cant imagine them willing to have people form the city just walk into their community.

mrnyc Dec 19, 2022 11:26 PM

mta finally taking actions to reflect the post-covid reality era with service cutbacks on mondays and fridays & increasing weekend service:

k1052 Dec 19, 2022 11:55 PM

Opening the ESA with a shuttle to Jamaica is the most LIRR thing ever. And they're just going to use the draft schedules which have gotten a lot of complaints. Just totally don't give a f about anything or anyone.

mrnyc Dec 21, 2022 4:57 PM

they are leaning toward light rail for the brooklyn-queens ibx line:

MTA leaning towards light rail option for the IBX


UrbanImpact Dec 21, 2022 7:14 PM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 9821759)
they are leaning toward light rail for the brooklyn-queens ibx line:

MTA leaning towards light rail option for the IBX


As long as it's done in our lifetime!

Busy Bee Dec 21, 2022 7:16 PM

F***ing he'll you've got to be kidding.

streetscaper Dec 22, 2022 2:10 PM

As long as it's grade-separated and frequent, I'm all in!

mrnyc Dec 23, 2022 4:14 AM

^ exactly. just git’r done. and thats quicker to build out.

mrnyc Dec 23, 2022 4:15 AM

welp my spouse was on the sandy ground coming home on the run right before this one.


a brand new boat, wat the hail??

‘Couldn’t even see your hands’: Fire forces passengers to evacuate from Staten Island Ferry during evening rush

Updated: Dec. 22, 2022


mrnyc Dec 26, 2022 4:53 AM

the today show looks at the new grand central w/janno:

Video Link

mrnyc Dec 26, 2022 7:42 PM

local nyc mass transit lags in ridership, but air travel leaps ahead of even pre-pandemic numbers:

The Port Authority announced Thursday that passenger volume at New York airports has surpassed pre-pandemic levels for the first time, demonstrating a robust recovery for air travel even as mass transit ridership in the Big Apple continues to stagnate.


mrnyc Dec 28, 2022 3:19 PM

a study to reimagine the cross bronx --

NYC launches $2 million study to ‘reimagine’ the Cross-Bronx Expressway

New York City and the state are launching a study to “reimagine” the Cross-Bronx Expressway, which has long been decried by critics as an exemplar of environmental racism, with public discussion scheduled to begin as soon as February.

Constructed mostly in the 1950s and ‘60s as a brainchild of controversial city planner Robert Moses, the highway displaced some 40,000 residents. Since then, diesel truck traffic on the often-clogged roadway has been linked to higher air pollution nearby and some of the highest asthma rates in the country.

"We are going to push back on what Robert Moses did. He got his way then, but he's not getting his way now."
-- Mayor Eric Adams


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