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    Dozens Injured in LIRR Train Derailment at Atlantic Terminal

    Posted by Lance - Jan 04 2017 09:07 AM

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    A LIRR train derailed in Brooklyn on Wednesday, with initial reports suggesting 20 people were being treated for injuries. All reported injuries appear to be minor and passengers are mostly being treated at the scene of the incident.

    The derailment happened at Atlantic Terminal. Pictures on social media showed the derailment took place on track 6, and that the train was tipped slightly at an angle.

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    Chairman Prendergast to Retire...

    Posted by +Young+ - Jan 01 2017 10:51 PM

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    ALBANY — The long-awaited opening of the Second Ave. subway is
    expected to be the end of the line for MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast.

    Three sources say Prendergast, who has headed the MTA since 2013, is set to retire
    early this year. One source said his departure could come as soon as this month.

     

    A Prendergast spokeswoman had no comment. But a source with knowledge of his

    plans confirmed the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is leaving.

     
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    2016 Best & Worst Subway Lines...

    Posted by JubaionBx12+SBS - Dec 31 2016 05:09 PM

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    Another year has come and gone, and with the end of 2016
    comes Straphangers’ State of the Subway report card. Predictably,

    there’s a fair bit of bad news in the report, but there’s also some surprisingly

    good news—namely, that there was a three-way tie for the best subway line of 2016.

    Yep, you read that right: three subways had good enough service this year to rise to

    the top of the heap.

     

    Those lines were the 7, the 1 and the L, though, as we all know, that's soon to change.

     

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    Engineer with Sleep Apnea sues for $10 million...

    Posted by 46Dover - Dec 01 2016 02:19 PM

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    The Metro-North engineer who fell asleep at the controls of speeding train three

    years ago today is blaming the commuter railroad for a Bronx derailment that

    killed four passengers, The Journal News/Lohud has learned.

    The $10 million lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New York revealed
    that engineer William Rockefeller says Metro-North should have equipped the
    Manhattan-bound train with a system that would have automatically applied the brakes
    when the train exceeded posted speed limits.

    The filing of the lawsuit was timed to meet the deadline for railroad employees with injury claims, lawyers said.

     

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    2016 Holiday Nostalgia Train...

    Posted by +Young+ - Nov 22 2016 12:24 AM

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    MTA NYC Transit & The NY Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the rails

    with the MTA’s annual holiday tradition of rides to the past via its vintage fleet.

    These subway cars will help customers experience the most magical time of

    year the way that New York straphangers did long ago.

    A special 8-car subway train that is typically displayed in the Museum is put into

    service for special Sunday rides. This “Shoppers Special” takes customers
    between Lower Manhattan to Queens on four consecutive Sundays from Thanksgiving Weekend to the week before Christmas, all for $2.75.

     

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    MTA Board Considers Using Platform Doors...

    Posted by R10 2952 - Nov 15 2016 09:39 AM

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    Some members of the MTA board are once again advocating for subway

    platform doors.

    In the past, the MTA has talked of launching a pilot program to test platform

    doors, but the agency has never followed through.

    Board members we spoke to say platform doors, while costly, would protect

    subway riders and help ease overcrowding.

    "Those platform doors, which are in use in London, in use in Paris and in use

    in many other cities, & which have had the effect, the direct effect, of limiting overcrowding," said board member Charles Moerdler.

     

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    MTA board member wants (A) to serve Rockaways only...

    Posted by R32 3671 - Nov 12 2016 02:05 PM

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    An MTA board member wants A trains to serve both the East & West
    ends of the Rockaways at all times, saying that would be a boon to

    beachgoers & residents.

    A trains now serve only the east end, except for a few during rush hours,

    forcing passengers to change to a shuttle at Broad Channel.

    Andrew Albert wants half the A trains to go to the east end; the others to the west.

    Service to Lefferts Boulevard would be provided by extending the C line from Euclid Avenue.

    The change would benefit beachgoers and area residents, said Albert, adding he’s trying
    to convince his fellow board members.

     

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    NTSB To Investigate Fatality...

    Posted by +Young+ - Nov 05 2016 06:55 AM

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    It's as hazardous a job as there is in the subway. Danger is always lurking

    on the tracks.

    For track worker Louis Gray, it arrived early Thursday, when he was fatally

    struck by a G train in Brooklyn.

     

    A co-worker also was pinned against the tunnel wall. He suffered nine

    broken ribs, but survived.

    "Every time we go down to those tracks, our lives are in danger." said John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100. "And as you saw this morning, tragedies occur like this far too often."

     

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    Transit Workers Up in Lights at Times Square

    Posted by +Young+ - Oct 16 2016 04:24 PM

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    TWU Local 100 members bring millions of New Yorkers and visitors
    in and out of Times Square -- the Crossroads of the World -- in a

    fast-paced, 24/7 rhythm that moves with our buses and trains.

    If all those people didn’t know who really moves New York

    underground on subways and above ground on buses, they’ll be

    reminded of it on a giant Times Square jumbotron right across

    from a subway entrance.

    That's because TWU Local 100 has purchased time on the big

    screen at 1500 Broadway (at 43rd Street) to show New Yorkers who their City’s real movers and shakers are.

     

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    Stranger Picks Up, Shakes Young Boy Between Subway Cars

    Posted by +Young+ - Oct 12 2016 04:43 PM

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    Cops are searching for the stranger who grabbed a boy on board a moving subway train in Manhattan, pulled him out into the area between the subway cars and shook him, threatening to throw him onto the tracks, police say. The 11-year-old boy was with friends on a southbound 4 train in midtown Manhattan last Wednesday afternoon when the man picked up the boy and pulled him in between the subway cars, police said.
     
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