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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.

    Civic Groups pining for a new version of the old Penn Station might be well intended, but “are pursuing a dream that is unlikely to ever be fulfilled,” Mitchell Moss, the head of the Rudin Center, told Commercial Observer, adding that proposals for an above-ground station on MSG’s footprint “is another example of architects run wild.”

     

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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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    The story behind the strange 8th Ave. subway statues and the cartoons that inspired them

    Posted by Harry - Feb 16 2016 01:36 PM

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    At the Eighth Avenue subway station, sewer alligators are not an urban legend. Anyone who’s been through the 14th St./Eighth Ave. station has probably seen the bronze gator sculpture — and probably wondered what it means and why it’s there. The underground gators — along with dozens of other whimsical creatures — are part of the permanent art installation housed at the intersection of the (A), ©, (E), and L lines. Titled Life Underground, the political cartoon-inspired project was commissioned in the 90s along with the station’s renovation. A certain percentage of each renovation budget is dedicated to permanent art for the station – and in this case that sum came out to $200,000.

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    No. 7 subway train riders demand better service from MTA at Queens rally

    Posted by Harry - Feb 09 2016 12:01 PM

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    Fed up (7) train passengers on Tuesday called on the MTA to give Queens commuters a smoother ride. At a rally underneath the elevated 40th St.-Lowery St. station, riders and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Queens) called on the agency to give the line a top-to-bottom review — the kind of audit that led to improved service on the (F), (G) and (L) lines in the past. "What we have witnessed nearly every single day are significant delays, significant problems with trains bypassing stations, crowded platforms," Van Bramer said. (7) train riders have been waiting for better service for years as crews repair equipment and install a modern signal system that would let the MTA squeeze more trains on the tracks — work that requires weekend disruptions.

     

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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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