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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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    A train heads uptown on a downtown track — but good visibility prevents tragedy

    Posted by nightmare402 - Aug 25 2014 12:38 PM

    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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    MTA is testing sensors, video systems that would save people who fall on subway tracks

    Posted by SevenEleven - Aug 13 2014 10:33 PM

    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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    Robin Williams dead at 63: Oscar-winning actor found after apparent suicide

    Posted by Harry - Aug 11 2014 06:33 PM

    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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