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Union Tpke

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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!
  14. Yup. trains often wait in KG for the signal to clear, meaning that the problem likely occurs at the terminal – JC, where people rushing to the train hold the doors. I can't speak for 179th Street, but it would not surprise me if that were the case. We might need platform controllers at these stops.
  15. It can only be the if the is sent down Flatbush and two crossovers are built as part of the rebuilding of Nostrand Junction.
  16. What drives me absolutely insane is that people in the media and at organizations such as the RPA call this a extension. This is inexcusable. The bellmouths in the tunnel structure for the line, which has been planned as long as the Second Avenue Subway, branch off of the local tracks, meaning that the would run via Utica and the to New Lots, requiring some crossovers. Screen Shot 2019-04-11 at 7.57.47 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-04-11 at 7.58.08 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr
  17. https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/transit/2019/04/06/utica-avenue-subway-extension-mta-to-study-if-it-is-worth-pursuing The dream of a subway running down one of Brooklyn's busiest corridors is nearly as old as the subway system itself. Now, NY1 has learned the MTA and the city have started a study to see if the Utica Avenue subway extension, a nearly century-old idea, is worth pursuing. The MTA's subway and bus division has joined with city agencies to launch the Utica Avenue Transit Improvement Study. It will examine a range of transportation options from adding faster buses, to building a subway line, to even adding a light rail line. "We need to look at how we're going to move commuters as we continue to grow in this part of Brooklyn," Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said. "We have not figured that out yet, the MTA needs to take the idea off the drawing board. We need to move forward with it." Utica Avenue is home to the busiest bus route in Brooklyn, serving 44,000 riders each day. And the subway station on Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue on the 3 and 4 lines sees nearly 29,000 people a day, making it the one of the borough's busiest stops. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed four years ago to spend $5 million to explore extending the 4 train from Eastern Parkway south along Utica Avenue. That money was never spent, but it now will be used for the new study. Commuters on the busy corridor say if the MTA does build it, they will swipe. But because the MTA has trouble building anything on the cheap, the likelihood of a new subway line seems remote. "Wow, that would be a long shot. If it is possible, that would be great," one commuter said at the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue station. "It would make the ride much easier. I mean, you're in the train here, you wouldn't have to get out and to go stand on the corner and try to get a bus." Bus commuters said they're fed up with packed rides that crawl through the streets. They want bigger buses and clear lanes. "It becomes a hassle and I see why people want to take dollar cabs and whatnot," one commuter said. "You have to sometime push and you have to wait for the other bus to get on because there's so many people," a bus rider said. The MTA on Monday will begin meeting with local officials and surveying residents to help determine what would be the best way forward. This is something I have heard a bit about from people inside transit. A page on the new MTA website is up: https://new.mta.info/system_modernization/utica_avenue The goals of the study (with editorializing): The study process will define and rank five long-range investment packages. Each would improve the mobility of customers who will travel to and from the Study Area. Proposed long-range investment packages may involve new transit service along Utica Avenue, capacity improvements to the existing network, or a combination of the two (If there is to be a subway extension along Utica, capacity improvements are needed). The study will include the following steps: 1. Document current and future baseline transit capacity and demand. We will review recent studies, model travel demand, and conduct intercept surveys. We will also examine future land use scenarios for the corridor. 2. Analyze potential improvements to the Eastern Parkway (IRT) subway line at Nostrand Junction, Utica Avenue Terminal, and New Lots Avenue Terminal (NOT Flatbush terminal?). We will also look at opportunities for expanded railcar storage (WELL, look who is back). 3. Analyze transit improvements along the Utica Avenue corridor, including: Improvements to the existing B46 SBS, converting the existing B46 SBS into a Bus Rapid Transit (AN ADMISSION THAT SBS IS NOT BUS RAPID TRANSIT) or Light Rail Transit line (A STANDALONE LRT line without any broader plans, great idea), and extending the existing subway on Eastern Parkway or Fulton Street (YOU WANT TO WRECK CAPACITY ON FULTON STREET, AND SPEND BILLIONS RETROFITTING THE LINE GO AHEAD) south along Utica Avenue. The extension could be either underground or as an elevated rail line (IT IS ABOUT TIME). 4. Create five investment packages. These would combine potential improvements to the Eastern Parkway (IRT) subway line and improvements along the Utica Avenue corridor. 5. Investigate possible funding sources and rank the five investment packages. 6. Conduct public outreach through Community Board presentations, the study website, and other engagement activities. My main question, besides how funding for such a project would be obtained, is what "create five investment packages" means. It seems like the goal from the start is to deem the subway too expensive, and go for little solutions, such as added bus lanes, or fixing Nostrand Junction.
  18. It seems like all the poles in the car are yellow.
  19. WOW! Thanks. I presume that this was the only image that was up. Is this the first set?
  20. Graffiti was a major motivation. I can provide my source later.
  21. A MUCH better idea is connecting it with GCT Tracks 101-105. Alternative G was deemed feasible. That alternative assumed the use of locomotives with 2% grades. Running trains with EMUs allows for a 4% grade, which means that modifications to the Lexington Avenue Line likely will not be needed.
  22. @LaGuardia Link N Tra Why are you confused? These are LRT routes that could be run over the Queensboro Bridge.
  23. I had though of having the Lower Montauk use the Montauk Cutoff and go over the QBB. What do you think of this? You could also have a Northern Blvd route go over the QBB.

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