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    Commute is smooth as Manhattan-bound Pulaski Skyway detour begins

    Posted by Harry - Apr 15 2014 08:52 AM

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    It wasn't “car-mageddon.” In fact, the first weekday commute with the inbound Pulaski Skyway closed wasn’t much different from a normal Monday. School vacations and a holiday week helped keep traffic light, giving commuters a break from what looks to be a long haul for those who regularly use the 82-year-old span heading toward lower Manhattan.

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    MTA seeks public input on West Side, Staten Island bus routes

    Posted by Harry - Apr 15 2014 07:03 AM

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    The MTA wants the public’s input on two bus routes — one along Manhattan’s West Side, the other an express from Staten Island to Midtown — that it plans to add in September. A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Manhattan headquarters at 347 Madison Ave. The proposed M12 line would make local stops between Columbus Circle and the West Village seven days a week, with buses every 30 minutes between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The new X21 would be a rush-hour special running between Richmond Ave. at Hylan Blvd. in Eltingville, Staten Island, to First Ave. and 42nd St.

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    Major Long Beach Branch Restoration Project Begins

    Posted by Harry - Apr 12 2014 10:17 PM

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    The Long Island Rail Road is starting a $120 million construction program designed to protect the LIRR’s Long Beach Branch from the kind of devastating damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. To better fortify the branch, construction is starting on a four-year project to build three new power stations, replace switch machines, signals and communications systems as well as third rail equipment and, lastly, harden the electrical system that powers the Wreck Lead Bridge, which spans Reynolds Channel and connects Island Park to the City of Long Beach.

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    Busted! Video shows woman lied about injury on MTA bus

    Posted by Harry - Apr 11 2014 11:23 AM

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    A woman who collected damages from the MTA by claiming she got injured on a city bus was tripped up by a video that showed her falling before she boarded, records show. Reyna Geraldino, 51, who was paid about $9,000 for the September 2012 mishap, is now facing fraud and perjury charges. She allegedly wrote in a sworn statement that she tried to board an M15 bus in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood, but the driver slammed the door on her arm, causing her to fall. She later testified that “both feet were inside of said bus when the bus driver closed the doors,” records show.

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    Your 'MetroCard Nightmare' captured in Brooklyn comedy troupe’s hilarious video

    Posted by Harry - Apr 09 2014 07:42 AM

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    Think your commute was bad? The Brooklyn-based "The Shorts Show" comedy troupe produced a funny short film about just how bad the experience can be at a MetroCard station. The film stars Corey Rutledge, 29, trying to make the (L) train, but he's stuck behind an inept commuter. The man, played by comedian Grant Lancaster, stares blankly at the screen unable to figure out he should press start. Then he has trouble when he tries to use his entire hand to press buttons and is unable to decide which of his dozens of MetroCards to refill.

     

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    City bus jumps curb crashes into building, injuring five people

    Posted by Harry - Apr 04 2014 11:28 AM

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    Five people miraculously escaped with only minor injuries when a city bus slammed into a Hamilton Heights building early Friday after getting into an accident with a minivan, authorities said. The incident occurred around 7:38 a.m. this morning, Fire Department sources said. It began when the minivan attempted to cut in front of the bus when the two hit one another, then jumped the curb , an MTA spokesman said. The bus then slammed into 3750 Broadway near W. 155th St. Two people were transported to Harlem Hospital and two people were taken to St. Luke's Hospital with minor injuries. A fifth person also sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Fire Department sources said. Two of those injured, a man and a woman, were pedestrians. The other pair were in the minivan.

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    MTA subway worker participates in No Pants Subway Ride on day off, then he's written up

    Posted by Harry - Apr 03 2014 07:00 AM

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    He got caught with his pants down. A subway motorman was spanked by the MTA for participating — on his day off — in the No Pants Subway Ride in January. Then, Christopher Chase really got his bosses’ skivvies in a bunch by posting a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a hoodie, socks, colorful briefs and a big smile. For the pantsless adventure on his birthday weekend, Chase was written up for “conduct unbecoming,” according to a Metropolitan Transportation Authority document obtained by the Daily News. “I think it’s stupid,” said Chase, who has been with the MTA for nine years. “I don’t see the point in making such a big deal over nothing. I wasn’t on duty or in uniform or anything like that, and it was a public event.”

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    Speed camera agreement for city may be on the way

    Posted by Harry - Apr 02 2014 07:34 AM

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    Looks like Mayor de Blasio could get his speed cameras after all. Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders couldn’t agree on a plan to authorize more cameras for the city and Nassau and Suffolk counties in the state budget that passed Monday — but they say they expect to take up the issue in coming weeks. “We did not get to that in this budget, but we will — and will shortly,” Cuomo said Tuesday. De Blasio has made a proposal for 160 cameras a major piece of Vision Zero, his plan to cut down on pedestrian traffic fatalities. The city currently has only 20 cameras and can’t add more without Albany authorization.

     

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    Vision Zero debuts in Queens

    Posted by Harry - Apr 01 2014 09:26 AM

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    In the city’s first major traffic safety upgrade under Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan, a Woodside intersection will see dramatic changes, the Daily News has learned. Three months after an unlicensed tractor trailer driver ran over an 8-year-old boy on his way to school, the city has stepped up protective measures and introduced plans for several more at Northern Boulevard and 61st Street. The improvements will increase visibility for drivers, make it easier for pedestrians to cross the six-lane roadway and alter rules at the bustling intersection, said Dalila Hall, borough commisioner for the Department of Transportation.

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    Long Beach Transit & BYD Terminate Contract

    Posted by SevenEleven - Mar 27 2014 04:03 PM

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    California-based Long Beach Public Transportation Company (LBT) agreed Thursday to mutually terminate an agreement with electric bus manufacturer BYD Motors Inc. to build battery-operated electric buses for the transit company. Obtaining financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the $12.1 million project was an essential component of the agreement. The FTA had earlier notified LBT that BYD Motors submitted an invalid Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification during the procurement process leading to the original April 29, 2013 agreement, and that the contract between LBT and BYD Motors Inc. was therefore not eligible for federal funding.
     
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    Transit cops busting more panhandlers

    Posted by Harry - Mar 26 2014 09:31 AM

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    Beggars, dancers, subway musicians and hawkers be warned: the NYPD has ramped up arrests of panhandlers and peddlers, according to new (MTA) figures presented to the board Monday. Police officers have 345 panhandling and peddler arrests under their belts this year, a 174% increase from the same period in 2013, Chief of Transit Joseph Fox told the MTA board. "Our enforcement of quality-of-life offenses remains strong," Fox said. Panhandling made up most of the quality-of-life collars, with 256 arrests this year, compared to 77 over the same time in 2013. There were 89 peddlers--vendors who hawk churros, DVDs or batteries, for instance -- busted by transit police this year, nearly double the amount last year.

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