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    Cuomo warns streets, public transit could be closed as potentially historic blizzard threaten

    Posted by Harry - Jan 26 2015 07:02 AM

    A potentially historic blizzard that could bring 3 feet of snow is barreling toward the city — and officials are already warning that mass transit could be shut down before the Monday night rush, stranding millions. The National Weather Service predicts blizzard-like conditions to whip up winds as high as 65 mph and drop as much as 30 inches of snow. “We are facing, most likely, one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters Sunday. Gov. Cuomo echoed those concerns, warning commuters to stay home Monday in a statement made Sunday as the monstrous storm tracked an unfamiliar route across the Midwest.

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    Gov. Cuomo Pitches AirTrain LaGuardia, Other Transit Improvements

    Posted by Lance - Jan 20 2015 06:28 PM

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is unveiling an ambitious plan to modernize New York’s infrastructure and transportation system. Cuomo spoke Tuesday to the business group Association for a Better New York in Manhattan. He offered a preview of his annual State of the State address scheduled for Wednesday. The biggest proposal was a rail link to LaGuardia Airport, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported. “You can’t get to LaGuardia by train today and that really is inexcusable,” the governor said. Cuomo proposed building an AirTrain link like the one that serves John F. Kennedy International Airport.


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    MTA Seeks Federal Funds for Canarsie Line Improvements

    Posted by Lance - Dec 13 2014 08:51 AM

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking federal funding toward approximately $300 million in infrastructure improvements for the Canarsie (L) Line, which runs from Manhattan to the Canarsie section of Brooklyn through neighborhoods that have seen the largest increases in population in New York City.

    More than 300,000 customers use the Canarsie (L) Line on an average weekday, an increase of 98% since 1998. Average weekday entries at the Bedford Av station, the busiest station on the line, have increased by 250%. The line has experienced a 27% increase in ridership since New York City Transit installed Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) in 2007, a new signal system that increased NYCT’s ability to run more trains each hour.


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    MTA Arts & Design Installs New Photography Exhibit by Danny Lyon

    Posted by Union Tpke - Dec 09 2014 07:51 PM

    MTA Arts & Design has installed a new photography exhibit that features exclusive images by Danny Lyon, who photographed subway riders in 1966. The exhibit, located at the Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr  (B) (D) (N) (Q) ® (2) (3) (4) (5) station in Brooklyn, will be on view for one year. Lyon has had a storied career as a photographer and filmmaker who documented, as both an observer and participant, the civil rights movement in 1962 in the South and motorcycle gangs in Chicago. He injects the medium with a decisive point of view that directs attention to those often unseen. His later work took him to prisons to explore conditions there. Lyon returned to New York City in late 1966, when he took his mother’s advice: “If you're bored, just talk to someone on the subway.” He used a Rolleiflex camera and color transparency film to photograph the subway in Brooklyn. The images in “Underground: 1966” have never been publicly exhibited.

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    Amazon Holiday Gift Guide on the On The Go Travel Station

    Posted by Union Tpke - Dec 08 2014 05:10 PM

    Why brave the madness of Black Friday? It’s a question thousands of subway riders may ask themselves this weekend when they realize they can avoid the crowds by starting their holiday shopping at On The Go Travel Station kiosks programed by Control Group for NYC Transit. The kiosks showcase Amazon’s Consumer Electronics Holiday Gift Guide featuring transactional ads from the online retail giant. The campaign will create the first network of Digital Out Of Home (DOOH) storefronts in the nation’s busiest transit system.  The digital interactive screens will greet straphangers with curated content from Amazon’s Consumer Electronics Holiday Gift Guide, showcasing select products to up to 1.2 million riders per day at stations in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan through December 24th. With the swipe of a finger, users interacting with the kiosk can easily browse the latest in gaming, wearables, headphones and cameras while pushing a selected product to their smartphone to complete the purchase – all while waiting for their train. The On The Go user interface for the Holiday Gift Guide was designed by Amazon and by Control Group, a technology and design company based in Manhattan.

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    MTA New York City Transit’s Subway System Enjoys New Vigor at 110

    Posted by Harry - Oct 27 2014 12:46 PM

    October 27th, 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of the subway system. The first train ran north from City Hall to 145th Street and Broadway. The system that now benefits 5.8 million daily customers sprang from a single line that didn’t leave the confines of Manhattan. The system has grown into a four-borough operation that each day moves more than double the population of Chicago. Trains running along 24 lines feed the City’s schools, businesses and recreational venues. New York could not be the 24/7 City it is today without the MTA New York City subway and the system will continue to nurture the City’s growth far into the future. For a period in the 1970s and 1980s, however, the subway slipped into a state of decay. A prolonged lack of investment caused an historic level of deterioration. Track fires, train derailments and equipment breakdowns were daily events and the engine that drove New York sputtered and turned into a graffiti-scarred mess. A fresh leadership team, however, demonstrated a commitment to improving the moribund system.

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    Dr. Craig Spencer should have stayed off mass transit, even if risk of Ebola on subway is low

    Posted by Harry - Oct 27 2014 07:16 AM

    There may be no reason to panic that Dr. Ebola rode the No . 1 subway train. And the A train. And the L train. The odds of catching Ebola on the subway are extremely remote, doctors have been saying. But there is reason to be shocked and angry that Dr. Ebola, and the bright lights at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Doctors Without Borders, thought it was perfectly OK for him to take mass transit before knowing for certain whether he was infected. Why take the chance? Is it really too much to ask a doctor who has been treating patients for a deadly and infectious disease to temporarily keep his MetroCard in his pocket?

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    NJ Transit Rail Commuters Face Challenges Above and Below Ground

    Posted by Harry - Oct 08 2014 06:51 PM

    At its first board meeting since Amtrak released a grim report detailing the post-Sandy conditions of its tunnels, New Jersey Transit officials tried to manage agita about how future tunnel closures might affect commutes. "We just got the report also," said Ronnie Hakim, NJ Transit's executive director. "We will obviously be having discussions with Amtrak about any scheduled work." The engineering report calls for closing the damaged tunnels, one at a time, for extensive repairs. Amtrak says it's preparing to close one of the East River tunnels as early as 2016, but won't close the Hudson River tunnels until a new tunnel is built. (That new tunnel is known as the Gateway Project, and Amtrak hopes to build it in the next decade.)

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    City businesses must allow workers to buy MetroCards with pretax money

    Posted by Harry - Oct 08 2014 06:47 PM

    City businesses will be required to let their workers pay for MetroCards with pretax money under a bill passed Tuesday by the City Council. The bill, which passed unanimously, says that businesses with at least 20 workers must participate in a federal program allowing them to set aside cash for transit costs without paying taxes. The program was previously optional. The rules will cover 450,000 people, and the average New Yorker who buys a monthly MetroCard will save $443 a year, backers say. “We are going to give our transit riders a much-needed break,” said Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan).

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