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

    Posted by realizm - Yesterday, 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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    MTA moves to buy 120 ‘low-floor’ buses that make boarding easier, speed up service

    Posted by realizm - Sep 19 2014 02:48 PM

    The (MTA) is preparing to buy 120 new “low-floor” buses that make it easier for riders to board and exit, thereby expediting service, the authority said Friday. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to consider next week a request to award two federally funded contracts totalling $80 million to the manufacturer, New Flyer of America, officials said. The buses would mark the first use of low-floor models on MTA Bus Company routes. Low-floor buses are closer to street level and require a rider to negotiate just one step as opposed to a few in order to enter the bus. The buses will reduce the amount of time it takes riders to board at stops, MTA Bus President Darryl Irick said.

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    Coalition urging MTA to restore “express” F train service

    Posted by realizm - Sep 16 2014 11:09 PM

    A coalition of elected officials have urged the Metropolitan Transit Authority to restore express (F) train service in Brooklyn in a letter sent to MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendengast. The correspondence, which was signed by a bipartisan group of fourteen city, state and federal leaders, noted that “benefits of restoring the F train express service in Brooklyn would be felt throughout the borough with decreased travel time to Manhattan, decreased delays along the entire line and a better quality of life for all subway riders in our communities.” “The F train should stand for fast service, not failed opportunity,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who signed on to the letter.

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    Coming To The Rescue For Riders Who Drop Treasures On The Tracks

    Posted by realizm - Sep 15 2014 04:30 AM

    The requests trickle through the bowels of the New York City subway system, funneled to workers more accustomed to calls about tunnel fires or ceiling leaks. A problem is reported at Columbus Circle one recent afternoon. A passenger could be in great distress. Delays are minimal, but movement on the tracks has perhaps never been slower. So would a crew mind collecting its helmets and hauling its mechanical claw to rescue the turtle — fumbled by a rider — currently plotting its very methodical getaway from Midtown train traffic?

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    R train tunnel could reopen ahead of schedule: MTA

    Posted by Union Tpke - Sep 09 2014 04:23 PM

    The ® train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn may open a bit sooner than scheduled, a transit official said Monday. The tunnel was shut in August last year so workers could replace tracks, signals, communications and all other equipment that was damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy. At the time, MTA officials said they anticipated the work being completed sometime next month. The project is now “on schedule to meet or beat the October deadline,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Adam Lisberg said Monday. The ® train currently operates in two segments. One segment is in Brooklyn only; the other is in Manhattan and Queens.
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    $210M upgrade for Grand Central's subway unveiled

    Posted by realizm - Sep 08 2014 11:28 PM

    Three new staircases to the subway platforms, two new street-level entrances and a refurbished mezzanine level, including the opening up a series of enclosed spaces to create new hallways, plus a 4,000-square-foot ground-level "waiting area" for commuters: All that and more is being promised by developer SL Green as part of its planned five-year, $210 million effort to give Grand Central's subway station a significant upgrade. What's more, all of that must be completed before tenants will be allowed to occupy the developer's new 1 Vanderbilt, the 65-story office tower planned for an entire city block just west of Grand Central, north of East 42nd Street. The transit improvements were hammered out with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the de Blasio administration earlier this year as the first piece in the massive midtown east rezoning project.

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    Bedbug scare on Brooklyn’s B44 route; bus removed from service for fumigation but no bugs found

    Posted by Harry - Sep 03 2014 07:41 PM

    If bedbugs boarded a bus in Brooklyn on Monday morning, it appears they also exited. A bus was taken out of service after a rider spotted what were believed to be bedbugs crawling on another passenger who was boarding the B44, which runs between Sheepshead Bay and Williamsburg, according to an MTA spokesman. “Customers all ran off the bus,” a transit source said. No insects were found on board, however, said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz. The bus was taken out of service so it could be “treated” by the MTA’s pest control contractor. Ortiz couldn’t say where along the route the bus was taken out of service.
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