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    Extended Rockaway Park Shuttle for Summer Season

    Posted by Union Tpke - May 26 2016 03:29 PM

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    Summer weekend ridership on the (S) Rockaway Park shuttle, which normally operates between Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St and Broad Channel, has grown dramatically over the last few years and is now well in excess of pre-Super Storm Sandy levels. In response to this growing ridership, and to better accommodate travelers heading to and from Rockaway Beach on weekends this summer, MTA New York City Transit will be extending the (S) from Broad Channel to the Rockaway Blvd station on the (A) line from approximately 9am to 9pm.

    The extension of the (S) to Rockaway Blvd will allow southbound (beach-bound) customers to transfer to the (S) from both the Lefferts Blvd (A) train and the Far Rockaway A Subway train, effectively doubling southbound access to the S Subway. Likewise, the (S) extension will allow northbound Shuttle riders to transfer to (A) trains originating at either Lefferts Blvd or Far Rockaway.

     

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    75 State-of-the-Art MTA Buses To Hit the Streets in Queens

    Posted by Seven - May 17 2016 04:07 PM

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    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the arrival of the first of 75 new buses that are being deployed into service this year as part of a concentrated effort to address overcrowding and modernize the MTA. In March, the Governor announced the addition of 2,042 buses, equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, to the MTA fleet over the next five years, replacing 40 percent of the current fleet. The new buses will start hitting the streets today, with seven buses going into immediate service. The remaining buses will be delivered at a rate of 4-5 per day, with all 75 arriving this summer and operating in Richmond Hill, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale and Far Rockaway.

     

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    MTA Releases Culver Line Report, Proposes Viaduct Express Service

    Posted by RollOver - May 17 2016 10:41 AM

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    The MTA will start running (F) express service in Brooklyn, officials are set to announce Tuesday. Locals have long clamored for the service, which hasn’t run since it was nixed in 1987. “This is huge. You’re talking about half a million people who use this train on a regular basis in an area that’s starved of transit,” said Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), who has pushed to make the express (F) happen. According to a letter to the Council from New York City Transit president Veronique Hakim, officials plan to start running some (F) trains express in both directions during morning and evening rush hours in the fall of 2017.

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    $5B+ to Rebuild Penn Station to Previous Grandeur - Transit Group

    Posted by Lance - Apr 27 2016 10:11 AM

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    Calling a mulligan on one of the worst architectural decisions in the history of New York would not be a cheap endeavor in the slightest. With his record breaking 36 sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel seems to own Eighth Avenue between West 31st and West 33rd Streets. And moving the Piano Man—even a few blocks away—wouldn’t be economically sound. A report released today by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management suggests relocating the arena to a nearby location would cost upwards of $5 billion, take a particularly long time and become an urban planner’s worst nightmare. The findings are part of the think tank’s study of a recently proposed overhaul of Pennsylvania Station and its extension to the James A. Farley Post Office opposite Eighth Avenue.

     

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    Myrlte Ave Structure Rehab to Displace Dozens of Residents

    Posted by Lance - Apr 19 2016 11:03 AM

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    Dozens of people living in a row of private homes in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn face relocation for at least six months, and possibly much longer, when the MTA renovates a section of its elevated M train line next year. But residents who live in the two-family homes on Ditmars Street told Newsday last week that they had yet to hear from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority about the relocations, approved by the agency’s board last month. In addition, a coffee shop, a bicycle store and an apartment house with five units around the corner on Myrtle Avenue face the same fate, and workers in those stores said they had not heard about the relocations. Messages left for the owners of those stores were not returned.

     

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    MTA to Seek Proposals for MetroCard Replacement

    Posted by Lance - Apr 13 2016 11:16 AM

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    The days of being asked to swipe again and again at the turnstile could soon be ancient history — as the MTA has begun seeking proposals that would move the subway system toward the post-MetroCard era. The MTA will release paperwork on Wednesday asking companies to submit proposals for ways of paying for rides with contactless media, such as smart cards or mobile devices. They are hoping that such a new system, similar to payment methods already used in taxi cabs and stores, in which customers only have to swipe their phones, will make MetroCards as obsolete at subway tokens.
     
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    No. 5 trains are the most delayed of the MTA subway lines — and there’s no solution in sight

    Posted by Harry - Apr 07 2016 07:59 AM

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    Waiting for the next train is the hardest part — and if you’re a No. (5) rider, you’re worse off than commuters on other lines. That’s the findings of an audit of NYC Transit operations released Wednesday by State Controller Thomas DiNapoli. The audit found that more than a third of No. (5) trains last year ran behind schedule. On the lettered lines, the worst offender was the A line, where 32.6% of trains were late. The audit concluded that there’s little on the horizon to prevent tardy trains. And it even dived into how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority measures the wait time for riders left hanging on the platform waiting for a tardy train.

     

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    MTA offers Yankees & Mets fans vintage trains for Opening Day

    Posted by Harry - Mar 31 2016 07:09 AM

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    The (MTA) wants to take baseball fans out to the ball game on Opening Day — in vintage trains. Yankee fans heading to the Bronx on Monday will be able to grab a Nostalgia Train made of cars built in 1917 from 42nd St.-Grand Central to 161st St.-Yankee Stadium. The train leaves at 11:30 a.m. from the northbound 4, 5 and 6 line platform at Grand Central. For Mets fans going to the home opener at Citi Field on April 8, the (MTA) will run its “Train of Many Colors,” made up of 11 cars manufactured between 1948 and 1964. That ride will leave the 34th St.-Hudson Yards station at 11:30 a.m. and make express stops to Flushing-Main St., including the Mets-Willets Point station.

     

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    NJ Transit unions won on just about every point in deal, report says

    Posted by Harry - Mar 15 2016 10:02 AM

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    Union members will begin voting on a tentative agreement with NJ Transit as soon this week, which gives rail workers represented by a coalition of 11 unions what they had sought and more, according to published reports. The terms of the contract are similar to what was recommended by two Presidential Emergency Boards, but unions received concessions on the capping of insurance premiums and a 21 percent wage increase over the eight and a half year life of the pact. Those pay increases average 2.5 percent annually and will be backdated to 2011, when the last contract ran out, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.

     

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    Push for opening bus lane to all traffic during school dismissal

    Posted by Harry - Mar 15 2016 09:56 AM

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    In an effort to facilitate traffic flow during school dismissal, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis has requested that the schedule for the Hylan Boulevard Select Bus Service lane be revised. In a letter to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, head of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) suggests that the southbound Hylan Boulevard bus lane be opened to all traffic from 3 to 4 p.m., when many local parents and guardians are driving their children home from school.  The lane is currently closed to vehicular traffic between 3 and 7 p.m.

     

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