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  1. Lance

    Planned Subway Service Changes

    Probably because it isn't particularly useful beyond increasing service on Fulton St. Whenever the is diverted from the Culver line, the primary goal is to get riders from 6th Avenue to Hoyt-Schermerhorn where they can change over to the running to Coney Island in lieu. The weekend runs to Euclid Av only occur because the other option would be to terminate at Hoyt-Schermerhorn, forcing the to run local. That is not an issue during the overnight hours as the express tracks on Fulton St are empty at that time. While it's extremely beneficial for Fulton St riders by reducing wait times along the line, it serves no purpose in terms of the actual service change in place, hence why it isn't done any more.
  2. Lance

    If Kawasaki is gone who will we go to?

    When the 160s were ordered, Alstom was an independent company. Right now, the company is in the process of a merger with Siemens and I don't believe Siemens put out a bid for the 211s, jointly or otherwise.
  3. I doubt it. @R62A7TrainFan You've been informed multiple times now that this thread is only for real unscheduled service changes, not whatever floats into your mind. We have a thread specifically for this purpose. Please use it for your flights of fancy.
  4. I first saw this on Reddit a few days ago and couldn't believe it. I figured the image was doctored in some way or that the work itself was only partially done. Of course not. At this point, I really shouldn't be surprised by the complete ineptitude shown by the MTA, but this really takes the cake. Painting over tiles to "fix" a problem is a pretty apt metaphor for MTA operations as whole these days. Why do something right the first time when they can do it a thousand times over for only a fraction of the upfront costs? We've seen this with South Ferry, we've seen it with the Sea Beach line and we've seen it with the latest chunk of the ESI-repaired stations. Saving a few bucks in the short term will ultimately cost the agency more money in the long term when they eventually have to underlying issue at hand. As someone who knows very little about construction and what I do know comes from watching way too much HGTV than I probably should, even I know that painting over the tiles will not fix the actual problem. Weinstein himself stated the tiles were damaged by leaks and covered in grime, which likely means there's a problem behind the tiles. Covering it with white paint, which is a really dumb idea in and of itself because the color gets dirty really quickly and is usually noticeable when it gets dirty, ain't fixing the problem here. This only kicks the can down the road until the paint starts peeling off, which, knowing the MTA, should be in about a month. Waterproofing and sealing are not rocket science, but you wouldn't know that when dealing with these fools. Speaking of Weinstein, it's actually kind of amusing how personally offended he got when called out on the "repairs" made. This is a very half-assed job done at a high-profile station. He had to realize this was going to come up, right? If he doesn't like the questions, maybe he shouldn't be the Comms Director and MTA spokesman.
  5. I think we're all in agreement here that incentivizing Amazon to come to New York should not be done on the backs of New Yorkers, so here's my take on the other half of the issue at hand, the potential for more subway and general traffic problems. For far too long, we (and by we, I mean the local and state politicians) have acted as though the transit infrastructure in this city is adequate for the city's population, where in fact it hasn't and it isn't. And this isn't even something we can blame Cuomo or DeBlasio on. We can blame them for their inaction in the latest problems plaguing the system due to mismanagement and way too many deferments, but the real crux of the issue has been here, lying in wait for decades. Since the inception of the MTA and for quite some time prior to it, we've always been behind the curve when it comes to population vs. transportation capacity. We're able to draw up big expansion plans like the '68 Program for Action, but just like the maps and ideas thought up here on this forum, they mean absolutely nothing if there is no capital behind them, political or otherwise. Sure, we can blame Amazon for potentially exacerbating the issue, but whether it's them or some other big company looking to expand their footprint in New York, the fact remains that our transit network hasn't really changed since the 1950s. We've had a couple of major extensions built in the intervening years, but if you were to overlay a subway map from 1955 on top of one from today, you'd see very little difference in the two, which is a major problem. Companies, and real estate developers for that matter, aren't vying solely for midtown or the World Trade Center area anymore, either because they're being priced out of Manhattan or simply because there's a distinct lack of space on the island these days. They're looking at Queens, Brooklyn, even The Bronx to a certain extent these days, an unfathomable thought a few decades ago, which means we have to build the transit network to match. To persist with this Manhattan-centric way of transit planning ignores the shifts that have been occurring over the past decade or so, and while it won't lead to the city's downfall, it will make everyone's fears of a much more challenging commute all the more possible.
  6. First off, welcome to the forums. Secondly, the skips Canal St at all times except late nights. That means, if you were to take the LIRR to Atlantic Terminal, you'd have to take the to Chambers St and change over to the local for Canal St.
  7. Lance

    R32 and R46 going to the B Line???

    You know, these threads used to be really annoying to me. Now, I find them quite amusing simply because everyone gets up in arms on being perceived as wrong about where they think the trains will go. You'd think it wouldn't be such a big deal, especially since none of the cars are actually leaving service. We'll all still be able to see our favorite cars (or least favorite - looking at you 32s) still on the rails for the foreseeable future, just not where they currently reside. With that said, we do have an idea of which lines will receive which trains, simply by order of necessity. As mentioned, Queens Blvd is slated to receive CBTC signaling in the next few years, requiring all services on that line using NTTs, which means the 46s from the and have to go elsewhere in return for more 160s. There are few options where such a swap can occur without rearranging the entire system or creating an operational crisis. Immediately following Queens Blvd CBTC installation, we'll see the implantation of such signaling on the lower half of 8th Avenue, probably towards the latter half of the 2020s if we're being generous. While that won't push too much of the older fleet around as the incoming 211 order will eventually replace everything older than the 68s, it's almost guaranteed that the and will definitely be the mainstays of the older fleet in the coming years, with such prospects remaining a strong possibility for the and depending on how likely Transit feels either line will be rerouted to the 8th Avenue mainline.
  8. Lance

    Museum Car Discussion Thread

    The schedule for the Holiday Nostalgia Trips by the Transit Museum have been announced. Trips will operate on Sundays from Nov. 25th - Dec. 30th. Also, for those who've gotten tired of the same route between Queens Plaza and 2 Avenue, you're in luck as this year's trips will operate along Central Park West to 125 Street. Full Details
  9. It's not. They don't want to be bothered by the additional traffic the shutdown will cause (understandable) and are willing to throw as many lawsuits in front of this as possible in the hopes of delaying the project (not so much so).
  10. Lance

    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    Why am I not surprised? Now if only they could get around to removing those over-abbreviated signs on the 188s.
  11. It's also incredibly pointless as well. Regardless of what the EIS states, this shutdown and all that it entails will still go into effect this April. Too much of the plan has already been planned out and put into place, so any major changes to the plan to accommodate these opponents will likely be more disruptive than the existing plan put out by the MTA and DOT.
  12. Lance

    R179 Discussion Thread

    They probably tested it there because a) the track was relatively free and would not cause a disruption of service on the line and/or b) to make sure the announcements were in sync along the line stops. They did this exact same testing back in 2007 or so where 160s would run on the and lines, and signed as such, despite there never being any real intention of actually running the trains in passenger service on those lines at the time.
  13. Lance

    If Kawasaki is gone who will we go to?

    Someone else obviously. Kawasaki isn't the only car builder in the country, so if something happens where they will not bid on future orders, there are other options to be considered. While unlikely these days due to the many delays in delivering their latest order, Bombardier is still a viable option provided they get their acts together and deliver quality products in a timely fashion. Alstom-Siemens is also an option that would meet the Built in New York stipulation with their factory in Hornell. Outside of the state, we have the up and coming CRRC, who's building cars for the CTA, SEPTA and LACMTA presently, along with long-time car builder AnsaldoBreda, now operating as a branch of Hitachi Rail. While it would be a major setback if Kawasaki were to reduce their footprint in car building, more so since they are the go-to car builder for a lot of transit agencies and not just the MTA, we would get by without them. It's no different from when American Car and Foundry or St. Louis Car Co. stopped making cars back in the day. There will always be a demand for new train cars. It's just a matter of who answers the call.
  14. Lance

    Planned Subway Service Changes

    This is why I miss the full explanations they used to put out in the press releases back in the day. Something like that would go a long way to explaining why certain services can't run despite no obvious service change posted on the site. Using the above example, unless you were travelling down Broadway and paying attention to what was happening along the express tracks, you'd never know why they couldn't run those trains as expresses, thus removing that 12 minute interval G.O.
  15. While there are major operational issues that need to be addressed (timer placement, fumigation, etc.), the problem itself is two-fold. The other half of the problem is the positively ancient signaling system that's in place. While those ideas mentioned above are a good start for fixing the bulk of the issues short-term, as a long-term goal, the signal system has to be replaced regardless. Whether that's through the CBTC system or other conventional signaling depends on who's asked and possible location. On the subject of CBTC itself, perhaps it's an over-reliance on computers to run trains these days, but the fact remains that several major transit agencies worldwide have shifted over to this particular system, which should be a testament to its benefits, despite the costs involved. Either way, we cannot hope to resolve all of the problems plaguing the subway's operation by simply removing the operational hurdles. We have to fix the underlying problem as well.


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