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    Forget about trains with bedbugs. At least those trains were on the right track. A subway operator on the (A) line recently piloted an express train uptown — on a downtown track — for several minutes before coming to a stop, according to sources. A dispatcher tried to contact the crew by radio after realizing the train had pulled out of the Canal St. hub on the wrong track, and was moving against the regular flow of traffic. But the crew later told authorities they never heard the emergency radio broadcasts, the source said. The operator only halted the A train after she already had passed through the Spring St. station and spotted the headlights of a southbound express idling ahead of her at the next station, W. 4th St., the source said.
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    Lives will be saved. The MTA is confident it has found ways to reduce the staggering number of people who are killed or maimed by subway trains each year. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been testing several “track intrusion” detection systems at a secret location — featuring thermal imaging cameras, laser-beam transmitters and other high-tech tools intended to alert the motorman if someone falls on the tracks. The tests have gone so well, transit executives now expect to begin installing one or more of the systems in subway stations during the 2015-2019 capital program, officials told the Daily News.
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    MTA and NYC DOT Introduce Uniform Neighborhood Maps

    Posted by Union Tpke - Aug 12 2014 04:33 PM

    It will soon be easier for subway customers to orient themselves and learn what a neighborhood has to offer as they step out of a subway station.  That's because the MTA and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) have teamed to install new way-finding maps throughout the city, This next generation of the subway system’s helpful neighborhood map is being installed in all 468 subway stations. Previously, the MTA had 68 different neighborhood maps in stations around the system. The same map was used in several stations and covered a radius between 15 and 30 blocks.

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    Actor and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead in his California home in a suspected suicide, according to local authorities. The 63-year-old actor was found unconscious around 12 p.m. inside his unincorporated residence in Tiburon, according to a report by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late," his publicist said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.” An investigation into his cause of death is underway while the coroner suspects that it was a suicide caused by asphyxiation. A forensic examination is scheduled for Tuesday.

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    2014 New Flyer Xcelsior XD40 #7090 Delivered

    Posted by SevenEleven - Aug 09 2014 01:09 PM

    The first of the 276 bus order being built by New Flyer Industries has been delivered. Bus #7090 is currently awaiting acceptance at the Northeastern Bus Rebuilders facility in Queens. These buses feature some small differences from the 2011 order, which include the changeover to Luminator Titan destination signs, the addition of an air scoop at the back of the bus and the same style rear doors as those found on the XD60s. The buses will be powered with a Cummins ISL9 engine and an Allison B400R 5th Generation transmission. The other three pilot buses (#7091-7093) will be used for "configuration and audit testing." If on schedule, production buses will start to be delivered in February 2015.

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    Woman sues MTA over train accident that disfigured her leg

    Posted by R188 7857 - Aug 08 2014 06:26 PM

    A Brooklyn woman who fell under a train and lived to joke about it in her standup comedy routine is suing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, blaming the agency for the accident that disfigured her leg. Liza Dye, 25, says she fainted last February when she fell under a B train at the Broadway-Lafayette stop. She survived because she fell between the tracks, but her lower left leg was mangled when the first car ran over her. Dye made headlines when she went on social media to talk about her experience from her hospital bed. Her leg, the suit said, is not functioning properly after nine operations. But Dye subsequently used the accident — and her three months in Bellevue — as fodder for her comedy routines.

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    About 11 percent of Nassau bus riders have downloaded NICE's new mobile fare payment application in the two months since its release. Since its June 3 launch, Nassau Inter-County Express' GoMobile app, which allows customers to pay bus fares using their smartphones, has been downloaded about 6,700 times, NICE officials said. As of July 25, customers have used the app more than 21,000 times, and bought nearly 9,000 tickets, according to NICE. GoMobile has also received strong reviews from users. The app has averaged a rating of more than 4 out of 5 from both Apple iOS and Android users. It's obviously very early and we're still in the rollout phase, but we're really happy with all the numbers and all the indicators," NICE spokesman Jack Kzhous said Tuesday. "It's all about trying to improve the riders' experience and make it easier to travel."

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    The MTA’s next capital program envisions that construction on Phase 2 of the Second Ave. subway would start in roughly five years, transit officials said Thursday. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to propose allocating $1.5 billion in its 2015-2019 capital program for environmental study, design and then tunneling of the long-awaited north-south subway route, officials said. Phase 1 of the project, which stretches from E. 96th St to E. 63rd St., is expected to be completed in 2016. Phase 2 will extend the line to E. 125th St., MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said at a state assembly hearing on the authority’s capital program.

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