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Union Tpke

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  1. Do you think that any minimal capacity could be gained by using Smith-Ninth to turn trains? Every line should be evaluated for the possibility of full-time closures, and the tradeoffs should be looked at for each option.
  2. I realize that the grid isn't conducive, but it could still be done. Don't forget the addition of elevators at Broadway. I think that closing the Culver Line full time south of Church Avenue would have been a great use of a full shutdown. There is CBTC work, station rehabilitation work, interlocking work (Church, 18th, Kings Highway), and now ADA work (Neptune, Avenue I). This was one of the corridors that was proposed for overnight shuttle bus service in the 1990s.
  3. The same should have been done for Dyre Avenue, which in recent years has had its signal system replaced, structural work (Dyre), station rehabs (Gun Hill Road), track work, and maybe other work I have not been aware of. They have undergone too many years of nonstop GOs.
  4. The platform subway maps at Kew Gardens were removed in the last week, and the new screens were partially installed on the platforms to replace them since Friday. Stupid! One of the old clocks on the Manhattan-bound platform was removed. While I loved the nostalgia, it blocked a countdown clock. I hope that the clocks that aren't in the way are kept. This was in a presentation about an exhibition at the Transit Museum. IMG_7190 by Union Turnpike, on Flickr
  5. Not my idea. Just what the NYMTC's STIP said. Don't know how they came up with it.
  6. Thanks for the interesting information. Can you post the text of the emails? Where did you hear this about the neighborhood maps?
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  8. Page 94 Page 96 Stupid! Page 99 http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-Southampton/589628/State-Looks-To-Designate-Funds-For-Expansion-Of-The-LIRR-Montauk-Branch Page 101 Anyone know anything about this? Page 109 Page 110 Page 113 I presume that they are keeping the M3s until the power is upgraded. According to a post here: https://pedestrianobservations.com/2015/09/30/lirr-scheduling/ Pages 116-117 Anyone know where the new emergency exits might go? More accessibility on Metro-North is good. Pages 117-118 The third track is coming in the 2025-2020 program. Are they going to rebuild White Plains, which they are currently rebuilding, with a third track? Page 120 @RR503 Any idea where it would make sense to replace turnouts? Pages 125-126 Page 127 10 car trains on the Harlem Line? Page 140- Is TriboroRx in our future? Page 145 Page 150 Page 153 Page 170 Page 171-172 More to come
  9. @RR503 I guess UWB is too out of date. http://www.mta.info/press-release/mta-headquarters/mta-and-transit-innovation-partnership-announce-signal-innovation MTA and Transit Innovation Partnership Announce Signal Innovation Collaboration and Bidding Conference Conference Will Solicit Cutting Edge Ideas for Re-Signaling New York City Subways; Build on Successful Public-Private Initiative with Transit Innovation Partnership MTA Also Announces University Partnership for Adaptive Technologies and Mass Transit Innovation The MTA and the Transit Innovation Partnership today announced a new collaborative effort exploring signal modernization that will include co-hosting a bidding conference to solicit technological innovations and proposals for reimagining the MTA’s signal systems. The announcement builds on the MTA’s ongoing association with the Transit Innovation Partnership — a public-private initiative between the MTA and the Partnership for New York City with the mission of making New York the global leader in public transit technologies — and comes just days after the release of the 2020-2024 MTA Capital Plan. The MTA Capital Plan calls for more than $50 billion in critical infrastructure and modernization investments, including $7 billion that would go directly towards using the latest technology to re-signal six lines in the New York City subway system. “We’re excited to once again partner with the Transit Innovation Partnership to generate cutting-edge ideas, especially focused on addressing the MTA’s legacy signal systems,” MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye said. “Technology and innovation will be a major focus of the MTA going forward, and we’re working to ensure we see real results and continue our transformation.” “It’s long been said that the New York City subway system is the backbone of the city’s economy. Thats true but the reality is that the backbone of the subway system itself is its aging signal system. The MTA deserves credit for stabilizing the system over the last year but true modernization cannot take place without robust improvements to the subway’s aging signals,” Rachel Haot, Executive Director of Transit Innovation Partnership, said. “We look forward to working closely once again with the MTA’s leadership team to identify transformative opportunities in the signaling space and helping the subway turn its resurgence into a true renaissance.” “Re-signaling the city’s subways is a priority for the city’s business community. Modern signaling can transform commutes and assist in getting millions of New Yorkers where they need to go more effectively and predictably,” said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. New York City’s subways have long run on a fixed block signaling system. Though still able to move millions, the aging infrastructure frequently poses challenges and requires near-constant maintenance work. Modern signaling like communications-based train control (CBTC) allows trains to interact with one another seamlessly. This allows the system to run more trains with less space between them. Where CBTC is present, on-time performance rises dramatically. The signaling conference will allow the MTA to tap into innovators who may leapfrog to an entirely new approach to re-signaling the subway system. The MTA also announced today the creation of the University Partnership for Adaptive Technologies & Mass Transit Innovation. Under this partnership, Cornell Tech, New York University and Columbia University will create a joint working group that will coordinate with the MTA — particularly the new Research, Development and Innovation Office — as well as the Transit Innovation Partnership, to leverage the intellectual capital of faculty and students to identify ways to leapfrog current solutions to the MTA’s challenges and to help ensure capital plan projects are done as efficiently as possible. The working group will explore the development and adaptation of new technologies to see how they can be applied to existing mass transit technologies, and, within the first year, develop a detailed operating plan and budget to accomplish specific goals including leveraging faculty and student expertise of the partnering institutions. The news was announced as part of a conference held Friday at the Javits Center that brought together senior MTA executives, academics, and representatives from several dozen technology companies. The conference featured presentations from executives from divisions and departments across the MTA. The MTA officials detailed specific challenges the agency faces, with the goal of growing relationships with tech partners that may prove helpful in identifying new or outside-the-box solutions to better deliver projects announced this week in the agency’s historic $51.5 billion 2020-2024 Capital Plan. Today’s conference covered signaling, accessibility, fare evasion and cyber issues. The proposed capital program will modernize the subways by adding capacity, increasing reliability, and accelerating accessibility. The program includes full funding for Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway from a mixture of federal and local sources. Systemwide priority initiatives funded by the plan include signal modernization, new subway cars, station accessibility, station improvements, and track replacement. $7.1 billion of the Capital Plan will go toward signal modernization along six subway lines, including the Lexington Avenue Line serving more than 50% of riders. About the Transit Innovation Partnership The Transit Innovation Partnership is a public-private initiative formed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Partnership for New York City with the mission to make New York the global leader in public transit. A board of leaders from academia, business, civic organizations and government guides the Transit Innovation Partnership, which brings together diverse stakeholders to realize public-private projects that improve transit performance and customer service. Focus areas include technology and process innovation in infrastructure, data, operations, customer service and revenue generation. Learn more at https://transitinnovation.org/ and companies wishing to participate can email Rachel@transitinnovation.org.
  10. Page 66 Yes! Page 67 About time. Page 72 Another good project Page 73 Page 75 Page 84 I am glad that they are focusing on making the entire system accessible. There was little talk about this in the last program. Page 88 Please, order off the shelf European-type trains for the M9As! The FRA changed regulations. Why is the MTA so stupid and stubborn. They are wasting money. How about doing a no brainer and electrifying the Port Jefferson Branch and double-tracking it! Great, more parking. How about TOD? A lot to unpack here. Finally, platform extensions. Forest Hills needs the platform extensions. I don't know why they are adding elevators! The station is already ADA-accessible and has ramps! There is no reason for them, and there is no place to put them! Hollis is good, but I wish that they would extend my home station of Kew Gardens. It appears as though the MTA will be funding the renovation of Mets-Willets. This is enough for now.
  11. Page 59-60 Sounds good, but will they get it done? It is about time. 60 Great! Now don't renege on this promise a second time! The ulterior motive is to make fair evasion harder. Page 61 I wonder how Byford got them to fund the 50 Fast Forward stations, and 20 additional ones. We are truly blessed to have him at the helm. Page 62 @RR503 Not looking good. Page 64 Now NYCT is afraid of lawsuits Page 65 Now they realize. Why aren't these related improvements being funded? More later.
  12. Page 24 This is interesting. Many stations are wheelchair accessible, but not completely ADA accessible. I don't know whether this will include those stations. Page 25 Finally! We need more. This is interesting. Waste of money. Page 26 Only 80 M3s will go. The power upgrades are much needed. The lack of power north of NWP is why so many M3s run on the Harlem Line. The third track is interesting. Interesting. Interesting. Design for this was in the '15-'19 program Quality investment. Great. More money wasted on yard improvements. Run off-peak service! Page 28 Waste of funds. Stop expanding highways! Page 43 This is what they used instead of the Twenty Years Capital Assessment. Pages 55-56 The MTA will exercise the R211 option order. Page 56 I wonder why they elected to not replace the whole fleet. The will likely keep get the remaining cars.
  13. I am going to start my analysis of the long-awaited Capital Program. I will have to stop for class. On Page 9: This is a lie. They have been doing this by increasing the hours in which they work and by reducing service, not by increasing productivity. On Page 12: Axle Counters are not an emerging technology. They are proven. It is good that they are being used. This is part of the stupid project to turn the Atlantic Branch into a shuttle. On Page 14: These four are likely the ones in '15-'19 that have design funded: Tremont Avenue 14th Street 14th Street Sixth Avenue It is nice that they are stating the goal of maximum accessibility by 2034. Adding elevators to some elevated stops, like those on the Flushing Line, will be a challenge. Property will have to be taken. On Page 21: They state it later, but some R62/As will be kept, meaning that they will likely be kept for the , which won't use any track sections with CBTC. This is good news. I want the details. Please redo Canal Street! These are supposedly stations where a lot of components need to be repaired. Are these the pushed back ESI stations or not? This is inaccurately shown in the Track section. This is good, and could allow for the elimination of emergency exits. It seems like that this is a bigger problem than the MTA admitted to. This is superseded from the '15-'19 program. When will 240th get repairs?
  14. After a Transit Center event I was at yesterday, I found Pete Tomlin and Andy Byford on the corner of Stone and Broadway. I thanked both of them for their work. Tomlin said that the Astoria Line was prioritized due to its high ridership.
  15. @BM5 via Woodhaven http://www.mta.info/press-release/nyc-transit/mta-announces-bus-service-enhancements-including-increased-use-longer
  16. @Lance Do you have any idea why this domain exists? https://east.mta-hq.info
  17. $798 million MORE for ESA, and $539 million for the Third Track project. https://www.newsday.com/opinion/newsday-opinion-the-point-newsletter-1.36403177
  18. @RR503 This is incredible. $4.7 BILLION will be in the Capital Program for Penn Station Access, in addition to the $895 Million in the 2015-19 Program. The whole advantage of the project is that it is using EXISTING rights-of-way, making use of EXISTING tracks. What the heck went wrong? I just can't..... All that is involved is some track work, substations, a bit of electrification, and new stations. UGH! https://www.lohud.com/story/news/2019/09/16/mtas-51-5-b-capital-plan-help-pay-penn-station-access/2341595001/
  19. @Via Garibaldi 8 The presentation for the bus lanes on Broadway is out: https://www1.nyc.gov/html/brt/downloads/pdf/better-buses-broadway-improvements-cb8-2019.pdf
  20. If only there were a fifth track somewhere on the Sixth Avenue Line for short-turns! That would solve this issue, and could have allowed for s that can't fit on Queens Boulevard to terminate in Manhattan. Alas.
  21. I didn't, I just decided not to put it in the post.
  22. $37,303,000,000 for NYCT, $3,512,000,000 for MTA Bus= $40,815,000,000 $7.1 Billion for Signal Modernization $5.2 Billion for Station Accessibility $6.1 Billion for Subway Cars $4.1 Billion for Station Improvements $2.6 Billion for Track $2.3 Billion for Replacement Buses $1.1 Billion for Electric Buses $.109 Billion for "Improving Customer Experience" $.217 Billion for Additional Buses "Allows network redesign to provide more and better service" - Presumably, Operations funding would go up as well $.880 Billion for Depots $5.165 Billion for SAS +SAS ($1.735 billion from 2015-2019 Program) Entire project will now cost $6.9 Billion! $6.9 Billion-$1.735 Billion=$5.165 Billion These groups account for $34.871 Billion of the $40.815 Billion for NYCT/SIR/MTA Bus, meaning that there is $5.944 Billion that we know nothing about. The cost for SAS is bonkers. If they can't get the costs down SIGNIFICANTLY, I will be among the first to say that it needs to be cancelled. Anyway, it would be much better to accelerate CBTC, to fix bottlenecks like Nostrand, Astoria, etc.
  23. Um, there is no pedestrian/bike walkway on the Bridge. https://gothamist.com/news/a-bike-lane-on-the-verrazano-for-the-summer-advocates-electeds-say-its-feasible This would be $400 million well spent.
  24. @Lex What don't you understand about what I said? I'm willing to clarify what was not clear.

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