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    One Dead, 19 Injured in Horrific NJ Transit Bus T-Bone Crash

    Posted by Lance - Aug 19 2016 08:14 AM

    Two New Jersey Transit buses collided Friday in a horrific t-bone crash in busy downtown Newark, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others, some of them critically, officials said. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the person who died was one of the bus drivers, and that seven of the injured were in critical condition. Chopper footage shows one bus smashed into the other, crumpling the multi-ton vehicle like an accordion and spewing glass on the ground amid mangled chunks of metal. Baraka said authorities were working to confirm reports that one of the bus drivers may have run a red light.


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    Renderings reveal ‘reimagined’ NYC subway cars, stations

    Posted by Brighton Express - Jul 18 2016 12:37 PM

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    The (MTA) unveiled on Monday what it’s calling an “ambitious plan” to add more than 1,000 more subway cars and renovate 31 stations as it tries to improve service amid increasing ridership. Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed the “reimagined” subway cars at the Transit Museum in Brooklyn, detailing the state-of-the-art design of 1,025 new trains. Their features will include wider doors, and 750 will have “Open Car End” designed-cars, which will reduce wait times and increase capacity. The governor’s announcement also highlighted the (MTA)’s efforts to bring its stations into the 21st century, and previewed extensive renovations at 31 stations from across the five boroughs. “New York deserves a world-class transportation network, worthy of its role as the heartbeat of the 21st century economy,” Cuomo said.


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    New Jersey Transit buses crash in Lincoln Tunnel, injuring 15 and causing long delays

    Posted by Harry - Jul 18 2016 09:34 AM

    Morning commuters sounded off against New Jersey Transit after two of its buses crashed in the Lincoln Tunnel, causing delays along more than 60 bus routes early Monday. A 114 line bus from Plainfield rear-ended a 190-line vehicle from Patterson in the tunnel’s center tube at about 7:35 a.m., an N.J. Transit spokesman said. Both of the buses were bound for the New York Port Authority. The collision led to delays of up to 30 minutes along 65 bus routes into the hub, the spokesman said. There were 46 passengers on board the rear bus and 57 passengers on the other. Port Authority Police say 15 people suffered minor injuries.


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    Van Alen Institute starts $1,000 prize comp for best commute alternative during L train shutdown

    Posted by Harry - Jun 10 2016 04:40 AM

    The $1,000 question is this: How do you pull off moving throngs of (L) train riders around the city during the 2019 tunnel shutdown. To answer it, the Van Alen Institute, a 120-year-old design nonprofit, is holding a competition Sunday for the best travel alternative for (L) train commuters, come the Canarsie tunnel closure, damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The premium is on inventiveness. “We all know what a shuttle bus service looks like,” said Steven Thomson, Van Alen’s program and communication manager. “We're also excited to see what's completely different and what's not been put on the table yet.”


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    New York Transit Museum celebrates 40 years with vintage subway car rides, family summer events

    Posted by Harry - Jun 09 2016 12:31 PM

    To really learn about transit history, you have to go underground. That's why the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn is sited in about the best place for a museum about urban public transportation — an old subway station. The museum, which turns 40 this year, is in the historic decommissioned 1936 Court Street station. Once you enter, the journey starts with a winding display about the construction of the subway. There are old-time hardhats and impressive 2-foot wrenches. Moving on, there's a large display about the city's response to disasters like 9/11 and Sandy.


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    MTA to Name Contractors for Post-Sandy Clark, Rutgers Tubes Repairs

    Posted by Lance - Jun 06 2016 11:06 AM

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is quietly planning repairs to the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged 2 and 3 and F train tunnels between Brooklyn and Manhattan, in a similar vein to the much-fretted-about fix ups that will likely see the L tube close for more than a year.

    The 2012 super-storm sent saltwater gushing into the 2 and 3 trains’ Clark Street tunnel and the F train’s Rutgers Street tunnel, damaging tracks, signals, ducts, power, and communication cables, and now workers need extended access to fix them, according to the agency’s press guru Kevin Ortiz.

    The agency will name a contractor for the [Rutgers] job in 2018, Ortiz said, but claimed it is too soon to know when the work will start or end, and if it will need to close tunnel on weekdays. Repairs to the 2 and 3 tube — which 150,000 passengers traverse every weekday — will take place first and only happen on weekends, Ortiz said, though he wouldn’t say when or how that will impact the rest of the line. The authority will reveal more only after it names a contractor sometime this month, he said.

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    MTA Quietly Begins Testing Wi-Fi Service in Subway Cars

    Posted by pjbr40 - Jun 02 2016 03:32 PM

    In our wired world, much of the city's sprawling subway system is maddeningly offline. Riders can occasionally catch a signal as their trains rumble beneath the streets, but most of the time, the internet is out of reach.

    "I think they should improve the system so you can have the Wi-Fi inside," said one commuter.

    But now, the MTA has begun testing whether to fully enter the internet age, installing Wi-Fi on four cars along the E line. The test, though, is being done on the sly. There are no signs announcing the service. It came as a surprise when NY1 told straphangers in the test cars.


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    Extended Rockaway Park Shuttle for Summer Season

    Posted by Union Tpke - May 26 2016 03:29 PM

    Summer weekend ridership on the (S) Rockaway Park shuttle, which normally operates between Rockaway Park-Beach 116 St and Broad Channel, has grown dramatically over the last few years and is now well in excess of pre-Super Storm Sandy levels. In response to this growing ridership, and to better accommodate travelers heading to and from Rockaway Beach on weekends this summer, MTA New York City Transit will be extending the (S) from Broad Channel to the Rockaway Blvd station on the (A) line from approximately 9am to 9pm.

    The extension of the (S) to Rockaway Blvd will allow southbound (beach-bound) customers to transfer to the (S) from both the Lefferts Blvd (A) train and the Far Rockaway A Subway train, effectively doubling southbound access to the S Subway. Likewise, the (S) extension will allow northbound Shuttle riders to transfer to (A) trains originating at either Lefferts Blvd or Far Rockaway.


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    75 State-of-the-Art MTA Buses To Hit the Streets in Queens

    Posted by Seven - May 17 2016 04:07 PM

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the arrival of the first of 75 new buses that are being deployed into service this year as part of a concentrated effort to address overcrowding and modernize the MTA. In March, the Governor announced the addition of 2,042 buses, equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, to the MTA fleet over the next five years, replacing 40 percent of the current fleet. The new buses will start hitting the streets today, with seven buses going into immediate service. The remaining buses will be delivered at a rate of 4-5 per day, with all 75 arriving this summer and operating in Richmond Hill, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale and Far Rockaway.


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    MTA Releases Culver Line Report, Proposes Viaduct Express Service

    Posted by RollOver - May 17 2016 10:41 AM

    The MTA will start running (F) express service in Brooklyn, officials are set to announce Tuesday. Locals have long clamored for the service, which hasn’t run since it was nixed in 1987. “This is huge. You’re talking about half a million people who use this train on a regular basis in an area that’s starved of transit,” said Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn), who has pushed to make the express (F) happen. According to a letter to the Council from New York City Transit president Veronique Hakim, officials plan to start running some (F) trains express in both directions during morning and evening rush hours in the fall of 2017.

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