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Union Tpke

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    LIRR And MNRR Random Thoughts Thread

  2. I feel like that, with plans to increase the number of accessible subway stations, it would be useful to have a thread for it. 68th Street Start: Dec 2019 Completion: Apr 2023 (The schedule delay is due to design modifications and real estate issues.) (0%) Eighth Avenue Completion: Dec 2019 (22%) New Utrecht Avenue/62nd Street Completion: Dec 2019 (65%) 57th Street Completion: Feb 2021 (29%) 95th Street Start: Dec 2020 Completion: Jun 2023 (0%) 77th Street In Planning Westchester Square In Planning Union Street In Planning Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue In Planning East Broadway In Planning Queensboro Plaza Design Start: Nov 2018 Design End: Mar 2019 (0%) 170th Street Design Start: Jul 2018 Design End: Jan 2019 (0%) Times Square Start: Jan 2019 End: Dec 2021 (0%) Court Square Design End: Dec 2019 Construction Start: Apr 2020 (0%) 149th Street–Grand Concourse Design End: Mar 2019 Construction Start: Nov 2019 (0%) Woodhaven Boulevard Design End: Aug 2019 Construction Start: Dec 2019 Construction End: Dec 2022 (0%) 14 Street - 6 Avenue / 7 Avenue Design End: Jul 2019 (0%) Livonia Avenue Design End: Mar 2019 (0%) Bedford Avenue Completion: Nov 2020 (23%) Astoria Boulevard Completion: Nov 2020 (3%) Bedford Park Boulevard Completion: Jun 2020 (9%) 86th Street Completion: May 2020 (16%) Gun Hill Road Completion: Jul 2020 (2%) Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum Completion: Oct 2020 (1%) Chambers Street Completion: Aug 2020 (3%) Greenpoint Avenue Completion: Oct 2020 (11%) 59th Street Completion: Sep 2021 (0%) Rockaway Parkway Completion: May 2020 (0%) First Avenue Completion: Nov 2020 (10%) Watch for details on options for Fast Forward Accessibility
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    List of closed New York City Subway entrances

    I and @mtattrain have done a lot to expand the list. Any thoughts, suggestions, or additional information would be appreciated. Thanks.
  4. I am compiling a list of closed entrances in the subway. If anyone here knows any that I missed please respond, or add it to the list. Thanks.
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    ADA-Accessibility - General Discussion

    @LanceYou forgot to include Broad Street and 86th street uptown. https://newyorkyimby.com/2016/07/45-broad-street-supertall-coming-with-new-subway-elevators-financial-district.html https://newyorkyimby.com/2016/07/45-broad-street-supertall-coming-with-new-subway-elevators-financial-district.html You should change Long Island Railroad to Long Island Rail Road.
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    ADA-Accessibility - General Discussion

    Union and Vernon were added as part of the City's contributions to the Capital Program, which is described here: For GCT, I am talking about future accessibility because Times Square will be accessible. Union http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=t7160521&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=t7160521&PLTYPE=1 Vernon http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=t7160524&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=t7160524&PLTYPE=1 Just like 170th http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=t7160526&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=t7160526&PLTYPE=1
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    Your Favorite Pizza Place

    Little Italy on Park Place Dani's House of Pizza on Lefferts Boulevard Joe's Pizza
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    ADA-Accessibility - General Discussion

    Initially, this pilot was to be done at Church Avenue on the .
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    Enjoying The Winter Cold

    Great job! I really love this one. How did you pull this shot off?
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    ADA-Accessibility - General Discussion

    I forgot. @Lance Harrison is accessible as well.
  11. 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.”
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    ADA-Accessibility - General Discussion

    The funding was removed in April with the exception of that for design work.
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    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    I would guess 10 minutes.
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    ADA-Accessibility - General Discussion

    Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.22.59 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.24.12 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.27.46 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.28.40 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.28.19 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.29.21 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.29.54 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.30.22 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.30.39 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 2.32.09 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr
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    ADA-Accessibility - General Discussion

    Great Map! Errors: You left out East Broadway, 77th, Union, Vernon-Jackson, East Broadway. Also, GCT on the Shuttle is technically ADA-accessible, but is not listed because the only other stop on the route, Times Square, isn't. You should somehow list this. In the service guide, you list the Rockaway Pk as non-accessible. You should mention that it can be accessed by a platform transfer at Broad Channel. You should mention the green dots in the Key and that all buses are accessible. 28th Street is accessible downtown. V is capitalized in Park Place Franklin AV. There is a plan to make Grove St. accessible.
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    Select Bus Service Planning

    L Project Weekly #10: This week's news, that Court Sq moving walkway, Select Bus Service coming to 14th Street Non-L Project update: Select Bus Service is coming to 14th Street in Manhattan It's not the L Project. Or the L. But it partially would run right above where the L is, so we thought you'd be interested to get the news that we've committed to operating a permanent Select Bus Service on 14th Street in Manhattan. We'll be partnering with NYC DOT on the planning, design and implementation of bus priority along the route including bus lanes on 14th Street. Our next step is to do a proper community input process on our initial proposed route (see above photo), so more to come. unnamed by Union Turnpike, on Flickr
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    Ideas to Alleviate Severe 7 Train Overcrowding

    Ha. I didn't notice that.
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    Delayed LIRR Projects

    In theory. However, they need elevators, new staircases, TVMs, etc. Platform extensions don't need these as the main stations should already have these. Republic is supposed to be part of the redevelopment of the Route 110 Corridor. I bet Republic will be in 2020-2024, but I am worried that Elmhurst will be cut. 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
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    Delayed LIRR Projects

    Extend Great Neck Pocket Track Due to LIRR Track Department labor resource issues, the planned BU date of December 2019 cannot be supported as other projects have been deemed higher priority and the project Beneficial Use Date revised to January 2021. http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=l60304tw&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=l60304tw&PLTYPE=1 Massapequa Pocket Track http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=l60304tv&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=l60304tv&PLTYPE=1 Project-level Beneficial Use date revised from April 2019 to December 2019 due to further developments to accommodate the mitigation plan addressing availability of Signal Dept forces. Jamaica Capacity Improvements - Phase One http://dsearch.mta.info/ibi_apps/WFServlet?IBIF_ex=capitaldashboard_live/rw_cdb0040new_live.fex&ENV=P &PROJNUM=L60304TU&PLANDB=06 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=l60304tu&PLTYPE=1 Due to competing priority LIRR projects, shortfalls in Signal Dept. resources [in both engineering/design labor, field labor, and materials] continue to be experienced by the project. This issue has delayed the Stage 1.2A [#3-XO] cutover and subsequent Force Account stages associated with Platform F Beneficial Use [Dunton Interlocking Modifications and Platform F Station Tracks]. The schedule for Stage 2 outlying switches [MET, Beaver, and Union] has also been affected. Milestones for Substantial Completion and Beneficial Use will be revised to 10/31/2020. M9 Construction end May 2019 41% Progress Port Washington Yard Reconfiguration http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=l60601yl&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=l60601yl&PLTYPE=1 Project is currently on hold due to pending real estate issues. Ronkonkoma To Yaphank Signalization http://dsearch.mta.info/ibi_apps/WFServlet?IBIF_ex=capitaldashboard_live/rw_cdb0040new_live.fex&ENV=P &PROJNUM=L70502LL&PLANDB=07 http://dsearch.mta.info/ibi_apps/WFServlet?IBIF_ex=capitaldashboard_live/rw_cdb0050new_live.fex&ENV=P &PROJNUM=L70502LL&PLAN=07 Reduced to provide adequate funding for the completion of Main Line Double Track Phase 2 New Republic Station on Main Line http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=l70204uz&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=l70204uz&PLTYPE=1 Reduced to provide adequate funding for the completion of Main Line Double Track Phase 2 These were reduced to design only in April; then all funding removed. Elmhurst Station-New Station http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=l70204uy&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=l70204uy&PLTYPE=1 Reduced to provide adequate funding for the completion of Main Line Double Track Phase 2 Hunterspoint Avenue Station Renewal http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=l70204ux&PLTYPE=1 http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_budhist.php?PROJNUM=l70204ux&PLTYPE=1 Reduced to provide adequate funding for the completion of Main Line Double Track Phase 2

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