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    NJ Transit Rail Commuters Face Challenges Above and Below Ground

    Posted by Harry - Oct 08 2014 06:51 PM

    At its first board meeting since Amtrak released a grim report detailing the post-Sandy conditions of its tunnels, New Jersey Transit officials tried to manage agita about how future tunnel closures might affect commutes. "We just got the report also," said Ronnie Hakim, NJ Transit's executive director. "We will obviously be having discussions with Amtrak about any scheduled work." The engineering report calls for closing the damaged tunnels, one at a time, for extensive repairs. Amtrak says it's preparing to close one of the East River tunnels as early as 2016, but won't close the Hudson River tunnels until a new tunnel is built. (That new tunnel is known as the Gateway Project, and Amtrak hopes to build it in the next decade.)

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    City businesses must allow workers to buy MetroCards with pretax money

    Posted by Harry - Oct 08 2014 06:47 PM

    City businesses will be required to let their workers pay for MetroCards with pretax money under a bill passed Tuesday by the City Council. The bill, which passed unanimously, says that businesses with at least 20 workers must participate in a federal program allowing them to set aside cash for transit costs without paying taxes. The program was previously optional. The rules will cover 450,000 people, and the average New Yorker who buys a monthly MetroCard will save $443 a year, backers say. “We are going to give our transit riders a much-needed break,” said Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan).

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    Train derailment in Maspeth fuels long-time safety fears of local residents

    Posted by Harry - Oct 08 2014 06:44 PM

    A train derailed off freight tracks in Maspeth late Tuesday, spilling diesel and fueling the simmering anger of nearby residents who fear for their safety. The Long Island Rail Road locomotive on its way to Long Island City from Jamaica was travelling at a slow speed when it jumped the tracks shortly before 6 p.m., authorities said. It wasn’t carrying any passengers, officials said, and there were no injuries. But a “small amount” of fuel leaked onto the track bed from a punctured tank, a LIRR spokesman said. “These derailments and accidents are happening way too often,” said Robert Holden of the Juniper Park Civic Association, who called for an investigation into the operations of the railyards and tracks.

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    Engineer in Deadly Metro-North Derailment Had History of Speeding

    Posted by Lance - Oct 06 2014 07:38 AM

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    The engineer whose commuter rail train derailed in the Bronx last December — killing four — had been tracked speeding several times before the fateful accident, federal investigators said Friday.

    An analysis of data recorders that tracked train speed shows that William Rockefeller broke the limit on four out of six runs during the week before the Dec. 1 derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

    Rockefeller, who was doing 82 mph on a 30 mph curve when the Metro-North Railroad train flew off the tracks, was also clocked doing 54 mph in a 30 mph zone.


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    Vomiting passenger cleared of Ebola after CDC investigation at EWR

    Posted by Harry - Oct 04 2014 07:11 PM

    The vomiting passenger intially suspected of having Ebola has been cleared of the deadly virus after prompting the quarantine of an United Airlines fight that landed at Newark Liberty International Airport. Two passengers — a father and daughter — believed to be from Liberia were removed from Flight 988 for an Ebola examination after flying seven hours from Brussels. The flight's 255 passengers didn't realize what was happening until health officials in hazmat suits escorted a man wearing a surgical mask out of the plane through the rear door, passengers on the United flight told CBS Newsand the Star-Ledger.

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    The Bronx is getting a brand new neighborhood

    Posted by Harry - Sep 24 2014 05:54 AM

    The city is planning a new neighborhood in the Bronx. The Department of City Planning gave the Daily News an inside look, and a private tour, of the 57-block valley between the Grand Concourse and Highbridge that could soon be known as “Cromwell-Jerome.” The area, over-burdened with auto shops, parking lots and self-storage facilities, is ripe for retail and residential development, according to a new study unveiled by the city on Tuesday. “Because we’re in effect creating a new neighborhood here, and knitting together existing neighborhoods, we have to bring everyone together around that,” Carol Samol, the Bronx director of the Department of City Planning told The News.

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    MTA capital budget to include $300M for new fleet of SIR cars

    Posted by realizm - Sep 21 2014 11:15 AM

    The 40-year-old Staten Island Railway trains are at the end of their line. Borough President James Oddo and Councilman Vincent Ignizio say the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will designate $300 million of its proposed capital plan to roll out a completely new fleet of trains for the Staten Island Railway (SIR). "The borough president, as well as Councilman Ignizio, has made it very clear how important it is to Staten Island to get new cars," said an MTA official. "The MTA understands what they've pointed out and agrees that it is a key priority."


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    Shocking anti-Islam ad campaign coming to MTA buses, subway stations

    Posted by Harry - Sep 20 2014 07:55 AM

    An incendiary ad campaign that includes an image of American journalist James Foley just before his beheading in Syria is coming to 100 MTA buses and two subway stations. The ads, paid for by flame-throwing blogger Pamela Geller, at a cost of $100,000, are intended as an “education campaign” to warn of the “problem with jihad” and Islamic sharia law, Geller said. In one of the placard ads, Foley appears handcuffed, on his knees, next to the hooded, black-clad jihadist who is about to execute him — an image from the video released by the group Islamic State, which boasted of the execution.

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    Nassau County bus crashes into Queens pizza shop

    Posted by Harry - Sep 20 2014 07:49 AM

    A Nassau County bus smashed into a Papa John's Pizza after it vaulted the curb in Queens early Saturday, witnesses said. The bus was heading west down Francis Lewis Blvd. in Hollis near 90th Ave. when it suddenly swerved right, jumping the curb and crashing through the pizza joint's entrance around 1:25 a.m., Shah Ahmed, the restaurant's manager said. Ahmed, 35, said he was getting ready to close shop when the bus came flying through the take-out station. "I was inside cleaning when suddenly I heard the sound like a bomb blasting," Ahmed said. "My take-out station is gone."

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