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mrnyc Jul 28, 2015 10:27 AM

rebuilding the terminals is a waste of time and money. either get rid of the prison on rikers and expand or close lga for good and build up stewart airport. this plan or vision or whatever it is is just make work pork and a blown opportunity. well, ok if the new mega-terminal is done in such a way so they could expand the airport someday across rikers, i guess that would be an ok first step.

Busy Bee Jul 28, 2015 3:41 PM

NY seems to be the capitol of blown opportunities, primarily because pretty much every decision is made for reasons of political expedience. Therefore as much as I hate it were probably stuck with that same basic shit layout, innaccesable to rail connections for decades to come. I would imagine to the majority of NY power brokers, the concept plan involving Rikers is a solution in search of a problem. The Rikers removal/relocation would be so contentious no one will want to touch it. It's cowardice of course amongst the great many mental midgets who possess a severe amount of nearsightedness.

k1052 Jul 28, 2015 4:50 PM

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Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 7109833)
rebuilding the terminals is a waste of time and money. either get rid of the prison on rikers and expand or close lga for good and build up stewart airport. this plan or vision or whatever it is is just make work pork and a blown opportunity. well, ok if the new mega-terminal is done in such a way so they could expand the airport someday across rikers, i guess that would be an ok first step.

Stewart will never be an alternative due to distance, location, and that the cost to build out useful rail infrastructure to it would be exorbitant. The most realistic possibility for a reliever airport is ISP which could leverage LIRR upgrades that need to be done anyway. Still probably looking at 45min to an hour to get out there on an express shuttle.

chris08876 Jul 29, 2015 2:27 PM

Cries for New Hudson River Rail Tunnels Grow Louder

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Consecutive days of major delays on Penn Station-bound trains last week have prompted louder calls for new trans-Hudson train tunnels, with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx calling a sit down with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss funding the new tunnel—funding being, of course, the crux of the issue. The estimated cost would be around $15 billion, and it is currently very unclear where all of that would come from. The controversy has led Christie to come under fire for his 2010 decision to nix the ARC tunnel, which could have been finished as early as 2017, over concerns that New Jersey would have be taking on too much of the costs.

The head of the Port Authority also just sent an open letter to Foxx attempting to pressure him to commit more that $3 billion in federal funding (the cap for the ARC tunnel) to the new project. Essentially, everybody is involved is in a multi-way standoff over actually paying for the tunnel, but as the need grows increasingly desperate, someone will have to blink.
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mrnyc Jul 30, 2015 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by k1052 (Post 7110232)
Stewart will never be an alternative due to distance, location, and that the cost to build out useful rail infrastructure to it would be exorbitant. The most realistic possibility for a reliever airport is ISP which could leverage LIRR upgrades that need to be done anyway. Still probably looking at 45min to an hour to get out there on an express shuttle.

no its isp macarthur that can never be an alternative to lga. yes stewart is far, 50+ miles, but it is the future, although obviously further into the future than people want to plan for. reconfiguring lga is decidedly short term, unless they do so in a way it could be expanded westwardly at some point. lga does have proximity in its strong favor, it can often be quick to reach, although that is always a gamble. so thats a big factor in keeping it around for sure. all the other area airports are an hour at least. i know its necessary, but i also dont think the rail will add any time or value at all for travelors getting to lga over current methods of taking a taxi or subway/bus, except maybe for suburban long islanders and of course for taking some vehicles off the road. basically i just wished for bolder plans or at least more forward vision, make that any foward vision, for lga's future.

mrnyc Jul 30, 2015 1:03 AM

mta bickers with city over $ and says MoveNY plan is not politically feasible:

http://www.amny.com/transit/moveny-p...ays-1.10685839

scalziand Jul 30, 2015 5:42 PM

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Interesting that this pencils in a further extension of the 7 east to Penn Station, even though it ignores the several blocks of tail tracks that are pointed south to 25th street.

Busy Bee Jul 30, 2015 5:58 PM

Aren't the tail tracks essentially for storage anyway?

scalziand Jul 30, 2015 7:08 PM

Yeah.

Nexis4Jersey Jul 30, 2015 8:03 PM

Glitched NYC Subway Automated Announcements

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chris08876 Aug 6, 2015 2:27 AM

Where the New York City Subway Doesn't Go (Map): http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/...snt-go/400538/
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With 468 stations (now available on a single poster!), 5.6 million daily riders, and enough track mileage to reach Chicago if laid end-to-end, you might think there’s nowhere in New York City the subway doesn’t go. A new map from local transportation data junkie Chris Whong kindly asks that you think again.

Whong punches blue holes into parts of the city within 500 meters (roughly .3 miles) of a subway station—exposing the areas left in white as “subway deserts.”

Nexis4Jersey Aug 10, 2015 2:57 PM

Photos from Doc Searls

IRT West Side Line at 191st Street Station

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Rehabbed 191st Street PED Tunnel

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mrnyc Aug 11, 2015 2:43 PM

^ nice - i heard about the tunnel brighting project from coworkers, i'll have to check that out!


via the nypost - cuozzo tells us about lots of spinoff for the second ave subway:



Ambitious 2nd Avenue project looks to fulfill 70-year-old dream

By Steve Cuozzo
August 10, 2015 | 10:03pm

Ambitious 2nd Avenue project looks to fulfill 70-year-old dream

2nd Avenue is not just receiving a new Subway, but an entire makeover.

The long wait on Second Avenue will soon be over — not only for the new subway, which the MTA hopes to open in December 2016, but for progress on two large development sites.

To most neighbors’ relief, Icon Realty Management has started full-bore demolition at the assemblages — 1538-1546 Second Ave. between East 80th and 81st streets and 1562-1564 Second between East 81st and 82nd streets.

While any such job creates short-term disruptions, it means actual construction of the new projects will begin in early 2016, sources told us.

Both sites are slated for luxury residential/retail buildings. Although plans for a 14-story structure were revealed earlier for the northern site, there’s no word yet on exactly what will go up on the larger site between 80th and 81st streets.

That location, spanning more than half of the east blockfront, comprises six tenement structures.

Icon, headed by Terrence Lowenberg and Todd Cohen, paid just $44.8 million for the buildings and $3 million for air rights a few years ago — both reflecting values which are likely to skyrocket when the subway is completed.

No Manhattan boulevard is in such tumultuous transition as Second Avenue, where small businesses and rich and poor residents alike have endured a decade of eminent-domain evictions, street digs and sidewalk-narrowing — to say nothing of the MTA’s ship-size temporary structures which blocked windows.

On top of it all, Icon had to empty its development sites of stores and cafés, further darkening the avenue.

But the new projects should be open in time to catch the wave of rising fortunes on the boulevard when the new subway finally puts an end to the disruptions — and fulfills a 70-year-old dream.

Cynicism Aug 12, 2015 3:25 AM

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chris08876 Aug 15, 2015 12:40 AM

Here’s What You Need to Know About the City’s Big Ferry Expansion

The East River Ferry System as It Looks Now

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The current East River Ferry network consists of eight terminals that link Manhattan and neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, and is operated all year long.

The service launched in 2011 as an initial three-year pilot, and ridership increased very quickly. Total ridership in 2014 was nearly 1.3 million people, according to the EDC. Two years ago, then Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a five-year extension of the service until 2019 because of the demand. The city also began studying an expanded ferry network and released its early findings in 2013.

Current locations for the ferry network in the East River are East 34th Street in Midtown, Hunters Point South in Long Island City, Greenpoint, south Williamsburg, Dumbo, Wall Street and Governors Island.

The Staten Island Ferry is currently not a part of the East River Ferry service, but was highlighted as part of the network of services during Mr. de Blasio’s announcement.

Unlike the boats in the East River Ferry service, the ferries that transport Staten Islanders to and from Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan from St. George are not operated by BillyBey Ferry Company. The city’s Department of Transportation owns and operates the Staten Island Ferry, which serves about 70,000 riders daily.

Through subsidies, the Staten Island Ferry is free, while rides on the East River Ferry are set at $4 one-way on weekdays and $6 on weekends.
What the Expansion Will Look Like

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The new landings are being built in stages.

By 2018 there will be five new routes for the East River Ferry network, mostly stemming from the outer boroughs. Routes for the Rockaways, south Brooklyn and Astoria will launch in 2017, followed a year later by two routes from Soundview and the Lower East Side.

The EDC is currently designing barges, which will hold ticketing machines and seating, for the three initial routes. It expects to begin installing landings along the routes in the second half of 2016.

Although the routes have been planned, some of the exact locations for the ferry landings have not yet been decided. The EDC is still examining locations near Center Boulevard at the top section of Gantry State Park for the LIC North ferry landing, which will be the second ferry dock in the neighborhood.

The EDC is hoping to select an operator (or operators) for the ferry network by early next year. The city agency estimates that there are approximately 17,000 New York City Housing Authority apartments within a half a mile of a ferry landing that will be directly served with the new docks.

Mr. de Blasio’s plan draws on data highlighted in the EDC’s 2013 Citywide Ferry Study. The new ferry service would cost $2.75 for a trip, or the price of a MetroCard fare. This will be made possible because the city would provide subsidies of about $20 million per year for the service, Mr. de Blasio said.

“It’s [financially] feasible,” said Roland Lewis, the president of the Waterfront Alliance. “Ten [million dollars] or $20 million a year is what it will cost to subsidize it. In terms of a transit budget, that is next to nothing. The $3 [million] or $4 million it takes to make the ferry dock is like three inches on the Second Avenue Subway—and it could be moved!”
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mrsmartman Aug 21, 2015 6:37 AM

Man Going Down To Subway In Manhattan

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59th Street–Columbus Circle (New York City Subway) by David Shankbone

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A-OK: There have been no successful terrorist attacks in new York City since 9/11, perhaps in part due to the NSA's 'PRISM@ program

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HAPPY 106TH BIRTHDAY, NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY
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mrsmartman Aug 21, 2015 6:46 AM

B Express Train at W 4 St

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chris08876 Aug 27, 2015 4:36 PM

Sky view of New York City and its rapid transit network


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Busy Bee Aug 27, 2015 11:53 PM

Very cool

mrnyc Aug 28, 2015 2:26 PM

sept 13th at around 1pm is set as the time for the first rides on the new 7 train subway extension:

http://pix11.com/2015/08/27/finally-...ain-extension/


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