Jump to content
Attention: In order to reply to messages, create topics, have access to other features of the community you must sign up for an account.


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 12/10/2018 in all areas

  1. 3 points
    Here is a list of a few of the planned fixes per an mta source. Not all inclusive.
  2. 2 points
    They’re cutting service but then trying to FORCE people to use it. It took me an HOUR from Midtown to Downtown on the . I checked the MTA website BEFORE leaving the office, and it was “Good Service”. Got an espresso, go down to the station, and just like that, service was a mess. Had to let about FOUR trains pass before I could get on one.
  3. 2 points
    So they want to make Uber more expensive but also want to CUT subway and bus service throughout the city? SMH!
  4. 2 points
    Given how quickly Uber burns through investor cash, and how irrationally investors act, you got until starts growing ridership again.
  5. 2 points
    ------------>>>> ............................... ...... Illuminati.
  6. 2 points
    Replacing the CNG Tanks is a very expensive process per bus. It makes much more economical sense to order new buses at a cheaper price.
  7. 1 point
    Two trains collided on the Williamsburg Bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn in 1995, killing a train operator and injuring dozens of riders. The incident, the fourth rear-end crash in a two-year span, led to rules that kept trains from going too fast. More than two decades later, those rules have slowed down trains more than is necessary for safety, which contributes to a system plagued by delays. Now the subway’s leader, Andy Byford, is changing the rules in some areas to speed up trains — a major effort to improve service for frustrated riders. Over the weekend, the speed limit was raised on parts of two lines in Brooklyn — the N and R trains — from 15 miles per hour to as much as 30 miles per hour. Other lines will be sped up in coming months. “We want to keep pushing trains through the pipe and moving them,” Mr. Byford said in an interview. He will outline his plans on Monday to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board, which oversees the system. The changes to the speed limit are one piece of Mr. Byford’s sweeping plans to turn around service and modernize a system that descended into crisis last year. Workers have also started to replace faulty signals that trigger a train’s emergency brakes at low speeds, a problem investigated by The New York Times and The Village Voice that has also led to slower service. Subway riders often wonder why an express train suddenly crawls along slowly instead of zooming to the next stop. Slow train speeds are less disruptive than major delays caused by train breakdowns and sick passengers, but they have added to the feeling that the system is constantly delayed. A collision between two trains on the Williamsburg Bridge in 1995 led to rules that kept trains from moving too fast. A collision between two trains on the Williamsburg Bridge in 1995 led to rules that kept trains from moving too fast.CreditVictor J. Blue for The New York Times Mr. Byford says he is confident that trains can travel safely at higher speeds and that fixing the balky signals will allow train operators to travel at the correct speeds. “This is all about getting the safe maximum out of the existing signaling system,” Mr. Byford said. Over the summer, Mr. Byford created a new “speed unit” — a three-person team that traveled every mile of track on the system in an empty train to find areas where trains could safely move faster. The team identified 130 locations where the speed limit should be increased. So far, a safety committee at the transit agency has approved 34 locations for speed increases. Workers recently started to change speed limit signs on the first segment on the Fourth Avenue line in Brooklyn between 36th Street and 59th Street. Overall, officials plan to change the speed limits at 100 locations by the spring. The team also found 267 faulty signals that were forcing train operators to pass at slower speeds. The equipment, known as grade time signals, was designed to halt trains that are moving too quickly. But officials kept adding more of them — eventually 2,000, some of which were misconfigured. About 30 signals have been repaired in Brooklyn, from the DeKalb Avenue station to the 36th Street station, on the B, Q, D, N and R lines, and near the 9th Avenue station on the D line. Mr. Byford wants to eventually fix all of the faulty signals, though he cautioned that the work is complex and could take awhile. “This is a great move and I think it’s one that a lot of people have been waiting on for quite a while,” said Benjamin Kabak, who writes the Second Ave. Sagas subway blog. “I think it can provide immediate dividends in terms of speeding up service.” Mr. Byford, who started running the subway in January, is also pressing elected leaders to provide funding for his ambitious $40 billion proposal to modernize the subway. Installing modern signals is a key part of the plan. Last week, Mr. Byford announced the hiring of a signals expert named Pete Tomlin, who has worked on transit systems in Toronto and London, to oversee signal upgrades in New York. Riders on the B, Q, D, N and R lines will be the first ones to experience faster rides as a result of rule changes to speed up trains. Subway officials have blamed “overcrowding” and growing ridership as the main reason for delays. But Mr. Byford quickly disagreed and instead focused on finding the root causes for delays. Trains on New York’s subway system travel at about 17 miles per hour on average, the slowest of any heavy rail system in the United States, according to a 2010 analysis by a transportation planner named Matt Johnson. Trains on the Bay Area Rapid Transit in the San Francisco area, for instance, averaged 33 miles per hour, he found. Mr. Byford is trying to correct problems that resulted from changes made after the 1995 crash. The top speed for trains on the subway is about 50 miles per hour, though most trains travel slower than that. When Mr. Byford rode trains with workers, they told him slow speeds were a major problem. “Operators told me, ‘We used to be able to drive through here more quickly,’” Mr. Byford said. Mr. Kabak said he had noticed trains moving slowly for no apparent reason. “There is a right balance between safety and speed, but at this point they’ve gone too far on the side of slowing down trains,” Mr. Kabak said. Zachary Arcidiacono, a leader at the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents thousands of subway workers, said he had taken a ride on the “speed unit” train and felt comfortable with the changes Mr. Byford ordered. “We moved at a higher rate of speed, and it was a smooth operation,” he said. “It’s nothing that would throw riders.” Train operators had become so afraid that they would get in trouble for setting off “grade time signals” that they traveled below posted speed limits, said Mr. Arcidiacono, who joined the transit agency as a train operator in 2007. “We were trained to go 5 to 7 miles per hour below the posted speed,” he said. “It became part of the work culture.”
  8. 1 point
    Uber burned through $1.7B of money last quarter. Quite frankly, the fact that the party has gone so long for some of these "startups" (lol) is either a testament to an economic miracle, or how silly people with money can be.
  9. 1 point
    They have however long it takes to hustle enough buses to west farms. Beyond the XN60s, West Farms has recieved fresh XD40s as well as transfers from quill and fresh pond, as well as the LFS transfers from Gun Hill (8354-8358) (For what it's worth, the recent D60 shakeup with the bronx three was neutral for WF IIRC), so WF is clearly open to longer term loans from other depots. Furthermore as has been stated by someone else somewhere on this site, the 2019 LFSA rolling into gun hill allow for more artics to go to WF. There are so many factors going into orion retirement, i'd say it's impossible to estimate. Unless some of the insiders have more info
  10. 1 point
  11. 1 point
    Hackensack sounds like a job for Gateway or the RPA's proposed commuter rail loop, not the subway...
  12. 1 point
    I'm guessing the bypass is to prevent overcrowding and to allow uninterrupted access to the shafts. They are replacing 4 elevators. Not just one. Even in private buildings each elevator can take months to replace.
  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point
    This looks like a great hire to me. Clearly knows what he's doing based on his track record. The full press release is here: http://www.mta.info/press-release/nyc-transit/nyc-transit-president-byford-announces-hiring-new-signal-modernization Byford says Tomlin's first assignment will be to make tweaks to the after the meltdowns this month and to finish Queens Boulevard.
  15. 1 point
    Indeed I see why MTA is a safe and desired place to work. For the NYCTA payroll, Pension and health as to be in Excess of 50-60 % ofRevenues 🤯 (Mind blown)
  16. 1 point
    This is a different CBTC system than the one on the line. So I'm not surprised their are teething issues. I think the line CBTC will be very reliable like the one is once all the issues are sorted out.
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    For what? So we can go back to inaudible, garbled announcements?
This leaderboard is set to New York/GMT-04:00
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.