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    MTA board member calls for subway ban on repeat offenders

    Posted by Harry - Feb 05 2016 09:29 AM

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    Sick of the gropers and phone swipers who repeatedly target the riding public, an MTA board member wants the agency to make sure these repeat offenders stay out the transit system. Allen Cappelli, who’s also a defense attorney, said he’ll press the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this month to create a unit — costing around $250,000 — that tracks prosecutions of suspects with hefty records of subway crimes and works with district attorneys to make subway bans part of plea deals or terms of probation. “It ought to be on the table right up front,” he said. “Are we expressing ourselves clearly, to the appropriate district attorney, about the seriousness of this person, whose occupation seems to be to go into the subway and rob people?” he added.

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    Two men broke into an R train cockpit and pretended to be ISIS

    Posted by Tomtoon - Feb 05 2016 08:49 AM

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    In an apparent prank, two Manhattan subway riders broke into the conductor's booth and identified themselves over the public address system as members of ISIS intent on hijacking the train, police sources said. The suspects, however, got off the train at the next stop late Thursday night and ran away. The incident happened shortly before 11 p.m. aboard the southbound ® train between the 23rd Street and Union Square stations. "They said something to effect, "This is ISIS — We are hijacking the train," a source said. But when the train arrived at Union Square the suspects fled. The train was taken out of service and moved to the Jamaica Yards in Queens, where investigators were dusting for fingerprints and looking for any other evidence.

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    Do you commute? Final MTA bus study workshop set for Feb. 9

    Posted by Q113 LTD - Feb 02 2016 06:46 PM

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    Staten Island officials gathered Tuesday on Victory Boulevard to urge the public to attend the Metropolitan Transit Authority's final Comprehensive Bus study public workshop next week. The last meeting on Feb. 9 will begin at 7:30 p.m., inside Staten Island Technical High School, 485 Clawson St., in New Dorp. MTA officials will be on hand to listen as Mid-Island residents make suggestions and voice their concerns on the current status of the borough's antiquated bus routes. Two workshops were previously held for South Shore residents at the CYO-MIV Community Center in Pleasant Plains and North Shore residents at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in December.

     

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    Photographer captures abandoned New York City subways

    Posted by Harry - Jan 28 2016 02:00 PM

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    Daredevil photographer, known as Dark Cyanide, travels to the extremes to capture hidden gems in a way the world has never seen before. From a New York City landscape from the top of a skyscraper to trekking across bridges, this time he gives the world a look inside abandoned subway systems in the Big Apple.
     

     

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    Long Island Rail Road System-Wide Service to Be Restored Tuesday Morning

    Posted by Harry - Jan 26 2016 09:32 AM

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    The Long Island Rail Road will resume service system-wide for Tuesday morning’s rush hour after a concerted effort by thousands of LIRR and state workers cleared the five remaining branches left snow-bound by a weekend blizzard that hit especially hard in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn. Trains will be running again on the Long Beach, Hempstead, Far Rockaway and West Hempstead branches as well as the Atlantic Branch from Jamaica to Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

     

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    Total of 31 Weekday Round Trips and 3 Sunday Round Trips Added

    Posted by Via Garibaldi 8 - Oct 22 2015 03:06 PM

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    MTA New York City Transit plans to increase scheduled service on 12 subway lines with the most significant changes coming to the 42 St s.png shuttle’s weeknight service. The addition of 31 round trips planned for the 1.png2.png4.png5.png6.pnga.pnge.pngj.pngm.pngn.pngs.png lines on weekdays, as well as the addition of 3 round trips planned for the c.png line on Sundays, reflect the subway system’s surging ridership and anticipated increased demand as residential and commercial development continues to change New York City’s landscape.
     
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    Meet The Voice Behind The NYC Subway Announcements

    Posted by Q113 LTD - Aug 06 2015 03:46 PM

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    His name is Charlie Pellett. And he's most well-known for being the voice behind, "Stand clear of the closing doors, please" on the New York Subway. It's an unpaid job - his full-time gig is a radio anchor position at Bloomberg News. So how exactly did Pellett get the opportunity to commandeer one of the most well-known subway announcements on Earth? As Pellett goes on to say in a New Yorker video, in the early 1990s, some of his Bloomberg co-workers went a mission to improve the New York subway announcements, so they reached out to the MTA and made connections. Soon enough, the MTA had released new cars and asked Pellett and his co-workers to record announcements.
     
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    M86 bus beats legs — again — in crosstown challenge

    Posted by Harry - Jul 14 2015 08:01 AM

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    The bus won — again. A common complaint about crosstown buses in Manhattan is that walking is often faster; they crawl through traffic and sit idle at stops as throngs of riders dip their MetroCards, one by one. In the past, Newsers have taken on the challenge of walking across town faster than a bus. None has succeeded — and neither did I. A new, speedier service debuted Monday on 86th St. — the busiest route, mile for mile, in the city. It clocked an average of 4.6 mph in the Straphangers Campaign’s 2014 Pokey Awards for the slowest buses. My brisk New Yorker walking style was unable to keep up for long with the massive, accordion-style M86 Select bus.

     

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