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  1. Union Tpke

    Select Bus Service Planning

    In addition, it will be replaced with BRT along the North Shore Branch. The EIS is being worked on as we speak.
  2. Union Tpke

    R32 Fleet Swap Discussion Thread

    They have kept R42s there.
  3. Union Tpke

    Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo

    The new one.
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    Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo

    I was the second speaker–after Gale Brewer. I am not convinced that the shutdown will be stopped, but the right questions were asked. I am on the W at Whitehall so I will comment further when I am home.
  5. Delays Posted: 01/15/2019 8:00AM and trains have resumed regular service after we moved a stalled work train to the storage yard and corrected a signal problem at Grand St. Continue to expect delays in both directions.
  6. Service Change Posted: 01/15/2019 7:34AM There are extensive delays and service changes in and train service after we moved a stalled work train on the Manhattan Bridge and a signal problem at Grand St. train service has resumed in both directions. Brooklyn-bound and trains are making local stops between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 36 St (Brooklyn). Considering taking the or trains for service between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
  7. Union Tpke

    Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo

    The key thing to remember is that someone in NYCT leaked this–someone in leadership.
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    Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo

    Leaks, Cancer-Causing Dust: L-Train Plan Similar to Cuomo’s Was Rejected Over Safety The Metropolitan Transportation Authority looked closely at the idea of hanging cables from the L-train tunnel wall in 2014, but officials determined that the technique raised serious safety concerns. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority looked closely at the idea of hanging cables from the L-train tunnel wall in 2014, but officials determined that the technique raised serious safety concerns. The key to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s surprise decision this month to call off the L-train shutdown is a new repair plan that relies on mounting subway cables to the tunnel wall — a less disruptive approach that would allow the work to be done on nights and weekends. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had considered a similar approach nearly five years ago and determined that it raised serious safety concerns, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. The transit agency has come under intense criticism for not thinking of the idea sooner, but officials did closely examine an option much like the one Mr. Cuomo is pursuing in May 2014. Engineers warned that mounting heavy cables to the wall of a nearly century-old tunnel under the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn could damage its lining, according to the documents. “Excessive anchor bolt penetrations for installing critical cables may damage the concrete lining and induce leakages,” according to a report by the transit agency and Parsons Brinckerhoff, an engineering consultant now known as WSP that is leading planning for Mr. Cuomo’s alternate plan. Instead of closing the subway tunnel for 15 months, the new plan would limit construction work to one tube at a time on nights and weekends over a longer period of time. But the report raised concerns that the construction work could create silica dust, a hazardous mineral that would be difficult to remove during a short weekend closing. Exposure to silica dust can damage the lungs. The engineers also said there was a “high risk” of not being able to restore train service on time every Monday morning. On Tuesday, the authority’s board will meet to be briefed on the new repair plan by WSP. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who controls the authority, had called for the “emergency meeting.” Jerry Jannetti, a senior vice president at WSP, said the firm was confident in its new approach, known as a racking system. Cables would be placed on a tray and would likely require fewer bolts and shorter ones. “We are confident that the frequency and depth of the bolt penetration will pose no risk to the tunnel lining,” Mr. Jannetti said in a statement. The new plan also removes a smaller amount of the concrete bench walls that can create silica dust, Mr. Jannetti said. “Any issues related to silica dust will be managed by the contractor and overseen by an independent consultant, and will be safe for both workers and riders,” he said. Some board members have criticized Mr. Cuomo’s secrecy in announcing the new approach without their input and the last-minute meeting — a decision that one board member called a “publicity stunt”since the board was already scheduled to meet next week. The board will have to approve the new plan, though no vote is expected on Tuesday. The M.T.A. has become a punching bag over the last two weeks. Mr. Cuomo, complaining of its stodgy bureaucracy, said he wanted to “blow up the M.T.A.” A piece on New York Magazine’s website asked: “Is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority staffed by idiots?” But the documents show that the agency had considered other options, but determined that a full shutdown was the best option. In February 2015, a report by Jacobs, an engineering consultant, warned that “weekend construction is not acceptable,” listing concerns over silica dust control and reliability. A chart showed the downsides of weekend closures, including high labor costs and a longer construction period. Former subway leaders have criticized Mr. Cuomo’s plan as being just a temporary fix for the tunnel, which was built in 1924 and damaged by floodwaters during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The new plan, developed by a team of engineers from Columbia and Cornell Universities, would hang the cables from the wall, instead of encasing them in a structure known as a bench wall. Workers would remove damaged parts of the bench wall and secure other parts with a substance known as fiber reinforced polymer that could last 40 years. Rebuilding the bench walls, as the original plan called for, could last more than 80 years. Carmen Bianco, the former president of New York City Transit, said he recalled attending meetings to discuss different approaches for the repairs, but the idea of hanging the cables was ruled out “very quickly” because of the tunnel’s age. Mr. Bianco did not provide the documents to The Times. “We all knew the worst thing we could do was a complete shutdown,” Mr. Bianco said. “We knew what that would do to the neighborhoods and to the economy and to people trying to get to work. We couldn’t find another scenario that was really safe and made sense.” Mr. Bianco, who argued in an Op-Ed in The Times last week that the revised plan had not been properly vetted, said Mr. Cuomo’s plan could still be very disruptive since the L train is popular on nights and weekends. Trains would run every 20 minutes. “If people continue to use it as normal, then it’s going to be very crowded,” he said. The shutdown was set to begin on April 27. It is not clear when the work will begin now. Andy Byford, the subway’s leader, supports Mr. Cuomo’s plan, but called for an independent review and said he would not be “steamrolled” if that process takes a while. Silica dust has emerged as a central concern. Removing parts of the concrete bench wall could create silica, a mineral that can cause an incurable lung disease or lung cancer if its particles are inhaled, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The transit agency learned how to contain silica from rebuilding the Montague tunnel in 2014, according to the 2014 report on the L train. It requires “isolation of the work area,” which is difficult during a weekend closing, the report said. One approach of wetting the dust to remove it was not foolproof, the report said. “Mister and water-spray systems reduce airborne dust by about 50 percent” but do “not eliminate the hazard,” the report said. The debate over the L train also comes at a critical time for the transit agency. Mr. Byford introduced a plan to save the subway last May, but he needs Mr. Cuomo’s help to pay for it. Mr. Cuomo has urged state lawmakers to pay for it by approving congestion pricing, a proposal to toll cars entering the busiest parts of Manhattan. Switching to a less ambitious plan in order to avoid having to shut down the L train would be a missed opportunity to fix the tunnel for the long haul, said Mitchell L. Moss, director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. “This is like delaying open-heart surgery,” Mr. Moss said. “We don’t know how long the stent is going to last.” https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/566-mta-jacobs-report/d89211d4631578a251ea/optimized/full.pdf#page=1 https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/564-mta-brinckerhoff-report/d89211d4631578a251ea/optimized/full.pdf#page=1
  9. Union Tpke

    Full Shutdown of L Train to Be Halted by Cuomo

    I will speak up and will condemn the plan with prepared remarks. I urge other members to come and speak up. The more people that show up, the greater impact we will have. Also, if anyone else decides to come, come prepared.
  10. Union Tpke

    Commuters to LIRR: Trains are dirty

    The LIRR is the worst in terms of cleanliness,. Metro-North is so much better.
  11. Union Tpke

    Continuously-Welded Rail Train at Woodside

    Great work! Here it is embed.
  12. Double whammy Delays Posted: 01/14/2019 7:25AM Southbound trains are running with delays after we removed trains with door problems from service at 190 St and 168 St.
  13. Union Tpke

    Rockaway Beach Branch

    The RBB could run along their old two tracks on the LIRR Main Line and then connect to the Upper Level, with no stops between Parkside or Yellowstone and Roosevelt–this could be a temporary terminal, to be used until a Bypass is built. This would require a transfer but would provide much better service.
  14. Union Tpke

    Enhanced Station Initiative

    That has been mentioned in the Planned Service Change thread.


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