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  1. They are not yet enabled for the general public. At the end of May, they will be enabled so that anyone can use their own NFC-enabled phone (Apple Pay or Google Pay) or contactless debit/credit card. Full fare, though; no passes nor discounts. This is basically just a trial phase of the trickiest part of the technology. Only in late 2020, once the readers are system-wide, will they roll out OMNY cards for the public. Until then, MetroCard remains the primary fare product.
  2. I've noticed that instead of the black/blue "TEST PHASE ... COMING SOON" screen, some readers now display a yellow "METROCARD ONLY" screen, with an icon for a traditional mag-stripe MetroCard. Nothing happens when you try to use these readers; the tap function seems to be turned off completely. ...whereas the ones that say "TEST PHASE ... COMING SOON" do seem to be enabled for certain kinds of internal testing. When I try my phone it does respond, but it doesn't work. I get this error message:
  3. Personally, I hate it. I think it looks visually... messy. One navy or yellow stripe could look nice, but both is too much. It looks tacky to me. Stainless steel looks sleeker to my eye. It's even worse on the inside. All the blue and bright yellow on the inside of the public R211 mock-up gave me a headache. I'd much prefer white and stainless; it looks far cleaner, brighter, and more relaxing. Also, stainless doesn't need to be repainted every few years. I suspect these stripes are going to look like garbage 10 years in. MTA will probably realize that paint is more trouble than its's worth and go back to stainless, like SEPTA did recently with its BSL (orange line subway) cars.
  4. They're rolling this out pretty quickly already. They seem to be putting one reader at one turnstile per entrance. Blank plates are already being replaced with lit-up tap screens at places like Fulton St.
  5. This really bugs me. The windows keep getting smaller. Why? There's enough above-ground trackage that customers certainly would appreciate a little light and a view. The MTA should care. Wy can't we have modern plug-style doors that allow double the windows, instead of huge, opaque door pockets?
  6. Yep: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-r179-mta-train-car-20190108-story.html
  7. Yes! Thank you. If homeless people prevent open-gangway trains, (a premise I don't accept, but just for argument's sake,) then the way forward is addressing the homeless people problem, not giving up on a vastly better train design that adds necessary capacity. It's amazing to me how often New York (and American) exceptionalism is expressed as a defeatist attitude. Come on. We can do better.
  8. No, not "at all whatsoever". They'll single-track on nights and weekends, for up to 20 months. That means one train every 20 minutes. Have you been on the L any recent night or weekend? I have. It's frequently packed. There will absolutely need to be some capacity added elsewhere to make up for this serious service degradation.
  9. Man, I just don't get this argument at all. Every other major city around the world has homeless people on metro trains; NYC isn't unique that way. Those cities have open-gangway trains. It's not a problem. If anything, it's better because it's easier to move away from the smell.
  10. That may just be the personal opinion of those employees, then, because that's certainly not how Cuomo and the MTA have positioned it. From Cuomo's press release: "Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the design features of 1,025 new and reimagined subway cars – including vital enhancements to the exteriors and interiors of regular cars, wider doors, as well as the addition of up to 750 “Open Car End” designed-cars, which will reduce wait times and increase capacity." "The MTA anticipates that out of 1,025 new cars, up to 750 will feature an Open Car End designed. The Open Car End design replaces the door between cars with an accordion-like connector in order to create longer, open spaces, allowing for greater passenger flow movement and increasing capacity in the process. These cars have become an international standard: in London 31 percent of cars will be Open Car End by the end of the year; in Paris the figure climbs to 37 percent; and in Toronto to 56 percent." https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-unveils-design-reimagined-mta-subway-cars-and-details-ambitious-plan-enhance
  11. Keep in mind that the whole 1 line tunnel through the WTC complex is new. The old one was destroyed in 9/11. More info on that and the temporary supports here: https://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/nyregion/08subway.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin
  12. It was not always there. For the years between 9/11 and when construction started on the new WTC, it was supported by temporary supports directly under the tracks; no "bridge". There were articles and even some documentary segments on it. I'm sure you can find photos somewhere. That's definitely not what holds it up now. You can see the giant steel truss on the sides that currently holds it up. It's exposed. It's pretty, but also structural. I don't know the details of the new construction step-by-step. But I do know that just building things in the order that they did cost an extra $1 billion. They built the plaza before the station, and that meant building things in a much more complicated and expensive way than the usual ground-up method. Look up articles about the insane $4 billion cost of the transit hub, and you'll find discussion of this. I'm sure supporting the 1 line through all of that was a big part of the cost.
  13. You're saying that 100-year-old technology is better suited to a very complex system than modern computer technology? That doesn't even begin to make sense. The old signal system relies on (mechanical) parts that are inevitably prone to wear and breakdowns, something we've all experienced. CBTC is solid-state, which can be far more reliable (when designed correctly) and can include self-diagnostic features so problems can be identified and fixed much faster. Ideally the MTA would move to 100% CBTC as quickly as possible, and benefit from vastly improved reliability overall.
  14. It's nice to see tangible progress on this. I wish the gangway were wider.

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