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  1. Could you provide more details about service patterns on the Brooklyn IRT Pre-1983? Thanks.
  2. @RR503 Do you know anything about this project or have any thoughts on it? S33931 LIFE CYCLE REPLACEMENT OF SPEED ENFORCEMENT SYSTEMS** $10M - $50M This project will install overspeed protection equipment at five locations system-wide. All existing speed sensor heads shall be replaced. A time control aspect shall be installed on every signal of the Fallback Grade Time system, as required. Replace cables and related equipment, as required. Furnish speed control signs, as required. Duration of Contract 49 Months
  3. They are just modifying some sections for entrances and station facilities.
  4. http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/589628/State-Looks-To-Designate-Funds-For-Expansion-Of-The-LIRR-Montauk-Branch A proposal to expand and improve the single-track Montauk Branch of the Long Island Rail Road by installing infrastructure allowing trains to pass one another is gaining traction in Albany, and is expected to receive funding. State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said on Tuesday that the 2019-20 state budget is expected to include dedicated funding that could be used for the planning process of expanding the Montauk Branch, although the amount of money was not disclosed. The expansion would include adding interlocked sidings along with sections of double track that will allow trains to pass. “That would be great,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said on Tuesday after hearing the news. “That really is our technical roadblock. Maybe it’s not a roadblock but a train block.” He said he believes the LIRR is looking at identifying three places to create a parallel track where one train could pull off to allow another to go by. “It would be as if we had a second set of tracks,” Mr. Schneiderman said. Only one train at a time can be on the track between Speonk and Montauk, going in either direction, under the current configuration. So if there is an eastbound train heading to Montauk from Hampton Bays, there could not be a westbound train heading in the opposite direction to Hampton Bays. That severely limits scheduling. The LIRR, in partnership with the towns of East Hampton and Southampton, kicked off the South Fork Commuter Connection in March. For $3.25 each way, riders have the ability to ride one of eight new trains to get to and from the station closest to their place of work. For $1 more, the commuters can take a shuttle, provided by either the Hampton Jitney or Hampton Hopper, to get even closer to their workplace. Although service started out slow, nearly 130 riders per week are taking advantage of the service. The proposed track expansion would allow the LIRR to add additional trains to the Commuter Connection. “Ridership numbers on the South Fork Commuter Connection increased dramatically during its first month of service, and these infrastructure improvements will only build on that success and further alleviate traffic congestion on the East End, particularly during peak commuting hours,” Mr. Thiele said in a press release. MTA President Patrick Foye told the Assembly in a letter that the improvements to the Montauk Branch were identified in the LIRR’s 20-year needs assessment, according to the press release, and noted that the money would be used to begin designing the rail-siding plan. Calls to Mr. Thiele seeking information about any additional hurdles the funding could run into were not immediately returned. “I am pleased with the continued efforts of the MTA and LIRR to increase and improve train services to the East End,” the assemblyman said in the release. “I look forward to our continued cooperation in making these necessary improvements to reduce traffic congestion and make it easier for businesses to recruit and retain employees by providing an alternative, faster and less stressful commute to the South Fork.” Mr. Schneiderman said he completely supports Mr. Thiele’s efforts. Since the commuter service started, he said he has heard criticism regarding the scheduling of trains. If trains had the ability to pass, he said, the schedule could be more flexible. The estimated time frame of when the sidings and additional track would be installed has not been released, nor has the cost. “It’s costly,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “I’m sure creating those sidings will be millions and millions of dollars. But I think it would give us the infrastructure we need to meet the current demand, and the flexibility.”
  5. They said they will have an island platform using the trackway over the spur track. Adding side platforms would have required getting easements and propping up buildings on both sides of Second Avenue.
  6. I agree, but I think it is wasteful that 11 TPH end in Harlem and don't go to the Bronx.
  7. There are two at Chambers St/Brooklyn Bridge and one at Bowling Green.
  8. Having express service run via a structure over Jamaica Avenue would be more palatable because half the catchment area consists of cemeteries and could serve as a demonstration that modern el structures reduce noise and don't block out the sun. I like your proposal of having locals end at Woodhaven and expresses make all stops past there. I don't think a stop at Crescent makes sense, and retrofitting the structure by rebuilding stations with side platforms and taking some property would really escalate the cost. Having an el structure over Jamaica Avenue would speed up service with one fewer stop, and more importantly because it would avoid the sharp curves, allowing for an actually fast express service.
  9. Fun on the this morning: Service Change Posted: 04/16/2019 6:31AM train service is suspended. train service is beginning to resume between Manhattan and Queens after we moved a work train with mechanical problems near Grand Central-42 St. Expect extensive delays in both directions as service resumes.
  10. BRT on those corridors is happening: https://www.nymtc.org/Portals/0/Pdf/Presentations/Brown Bag Meetings/Bus Rapid Transit/Bus Rapid Transit_011619.pdf?ver=2019-01-31-151749-500
  11. This one is new: MTA Service Status Delays Posted: 04/15/2019 7:16AM You may experience longer-than-expected wait times for northbound trains after an earlier temporary loss of power at the train storage facility.
  12. A little-used stretch of train tracks in Queens could be the key to filling transit deserts in the borough, community leaders say. The Long Island Railroad’s Lower Montauk branch, which runs 8.5 miles between Long Island City and Jamaica, could be used to bring new passenger rail service to communities like Maspeth and Glendale, which do not have subway stops. The LIRR ran commuter trains along the line until 1998, when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority closed its stops due in part to low ridership. Now, the tracks service freight trains and are used as an extra storage space for Sunnyside Yard. The chief advocate of the project, dubbed the QNS, is former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens). She commissioned an independent feasibility study in 2017, which was completed shortly after she left office in early 2018. The proposal would bring nine stops to the stretch, and would cost an estimated $2.2 billion to pull off, and serve roughly 21,000 weekday riders. “Queens is not getting its fair share of transit and local residents feel beyond frustrated with their daily commutes times,” said Crowley. “Trains would run on existing MTA owned rights of way, the line could be used immediately without eminent domain.” Crowley said the bulk of the up-front costs for the line would be paid for by selling off MTA air rights and tax schemes like transit oriented development — and half of the money would go towards upgrading freight operations. Because the MTA already owns the tracks, the project would cost $259 million per mile to complete. That’s a lot less than the $2.5 billion the agency spent building each mile of the Second Avenue subway, which in 2017 had about 69,000 paying riders each weekday. MTA officials say Crowley’s project may be too expensive for the number of riders it would serve. “As the report notes, this proposal would pose serious challenges to the MTA, in the form of high operating and capital costs at a time of substantial deficits," said MTA spokesman Max Young. This rendering shows how a train stop would help one Queens community boom. Community leaders and advocates of the project disagree with that assessment, noting that the areas it will serve expect to boom in the coming years. “Look at the growth in Long Island City and the growth in the Jamaica downtown area and at JFK Airport,” said longtime transportation consultant Philippa Karteron, an advocate of the project. “If we could put something like this together, the corridor could be an economic development corridor, bringing in businesses, bringing in jobs.” Unlike the BQX, another Queens-oriented transit project, Crowley’s idea isn’t supported by real estate developers — she says she’s working to form a grassroots campaign that has community boards involved from the get-go. “You just can’t get to some places in Queens without going into Manhattan and coming back out again,” said Dorothy Morehead of Queens Community Board 3. “That’s crazy, I think it (the line) would be very good for everybody.” All of the community boards along the proposed route supported commissioning the study for the line — now Crowley says it’s just a matter of mustering support for additional transit in an area that’s relatively underserved by NYC Transit. “The study showed robust ridership, with opportunity for job and housing growth,” said Crowley. “Far too many of the residents use cars and Ubers rather than public transit. The trains would reduce commute times and take cars off the road.”
  13. See my map here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eZkhf5AE_6q5m5A5GEzYDE0U09-v-AXY&usp=sharing Areas right along LIRR corridors should be rezoned. It is ridiculous that there are so many vacant lots, parking lots, and one or two story buildings alongside very busy rail corridors with fast service to the CBD!

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