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  1. There are plans to replace Henwick signal box with a regional control centre Network Rail has apologised after a signalman got stuck in a toilet, causing delays to train services. Passengers were inconvenienced after contact was lost with the signal box at Henwick in Worcester. The driver of the 15:13GMT Hereford to London service got out of his train and walked to the signal box to investigate. It was then discovered the signalman was stuck in the Victorian building's outside toilet. A Network Rail spokesman apologised for the inconvenience caused to passengers by the unusual episode on 6 February. He said: "Much of the railway is still controlled from Victorian signal boxes, which often have outside loos. "Our plans to modernise the railway will see control moved to state-of-the-art regional control centres, where unfortunate incidents such as this simply wouldn't be an issue. "We apologise to anyone whose journey was delayed or disrupted as a result." Source Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-21410006
  2. NOTE: Pretty much all of your questions have answers by the Paragraph before the photos and the Paragraph have enough description to answer beyond that. Only 1 to 2 questions need answers, so here ya go: There was only 1 security guard walking around, and only 1 food place in the Food Court, and it only recieves breif checks by the Security at the Costco/Walmart Strips. This Mall is the Mall at the Source, it is located in Westbury, Nassau County, NY. You can access it with the n24 Hicksville (to Old Country Road near the Costco) and n35 Westbury (to Merchant Concourse/Privado Road or Drive near the Bed Bath & Beyond).
  3. Excellent photo Zach, I must head to SIRTOA again soon, great stuff down there!
  4. I'll just transfer my comment on WABC-7's Facebook Page onto here, I think I worded it perfectly. "No, the renaming of a subway station is not alright, the main reason that Barclay Center got the naming rights is because they paid money to rename a station to a MAJOR DESTINATION. Jay St. - Metrotech and 23rd St. - Court Sq. is technically merging of names so it can't apply, Willets Point is a community name so it can't apply as well. Mayor Koch can get the Queensboro Plaza station though because it is consistent with the Bridge, however I strongly disagree on the 77th St. Station, especially since there is nothing in the vicinity that is a MAJOR MEMORIAL of him. Thus, I fully agree with the (MTA)'s logical move. I do respect and look up to Mayor Koch but I just don't agree with over-naming stuff after him." -Kevin.
  5. The best bet is either park it on a Blinking Blue Pattern for M15, 34/34A and Bx12 +SBS+ ONLY or switch to a Blinking Violet Pattern for the buses, I wouldn't change it to some other color not shown on the +SBS+ Scheme.
  6. I made a visit to the mall (the Mall at the Source) I pretty much grew up with last month, specifically on Saturday, January-12th-2013 around 5:30PM. This particular mall has faced better days, such as when it has a hustling bustling Rainforest Cafe, packed halls during the shopping season, especially in the Flagship Fortunoff Anchor Store, as well as Circuit City and Off Saks 5th Ave. Stores. that all sits vacant today. A breif reason on what caused the downfall is pretty much started off with the 2008 Great Recession, in addition to the Rainforest Cafe which closed in year 2000, Fortunoff and Circuit City pretty much went out of business in 2009. This took away the majority of foot traffic to the mall, in addition to many stores scaling back and consolidating locations The mall could still have a chance until the plan to have a new shopping plaza (Gallery at Westbury Plaza) one block west on Old Country Road took shape, be built, completed and opened. Pretty much the majority of the remaining foot traffic has been removed from the mall. As you can see in my images below, the mall is pretty much one 10% occupied as of now, with dark shadows casting upon previously hustling bustling halls. It's one of the things that kinda depresses and saddens me because this is the mall I usually go to to de-stress, this is the mall that gives me a quiet aroma with towering and awesome hallways, this is the mall that I made a lot of friends with business owners that often I had refreshing conversations with, this is the mall that has my all time favorite food court, this is the mall I grew up with since 5 years old. The impending threat of demolition and the demise of this mall is very possible, and it'll be a loss in my life. Without furthur due, I'll let you look on the images. Copyright Disclaimer: These photos are properties of Kevin Wang & Interstate Concepts Photography, any commercial and non-commercial use of these photos is prohibited, thank you for your cooperation.
  7. Or it was deadheading and bus operator did sign play because I didn't notice if there is any passengers on board, but boy is that bus hot!
  8. Excellent to see more aid moving forward to get the transit systems in the region back up and running quickly and smoothly. It's well needed in the Garden State and here in New York City and Long Island.
  9. If they revert back to the original scheme, then what's the friggin point of +Select Bus Service+ anyways? I almost missed two buses in Manhattan because I am used to the classical blinking lights, I had to press start and pay very quickly over the weekend when I suddenly noticed that the upcoming bus is a +Select Bus Service+ M15 Bus instead of a regular one, the blinking lights are very vital for detection, regardless of day or night. The wraps would suffice but if there is no blinking lights nor wraps, I would honestly have missed both buses because I can't differ between a local and a +SBS+ until the display says it. For me and my family, we pretty much was a bit confused the first time we were on the same street as a SBS route, though I quickly identified the SBS Bus, and we got used to it afterwards. I really think the MTA, NYCDOT and City should post up signs along the routes telling drivers about the definition of Blue Blinking lights and change some of their own vehicle lights from Blue to another color. These signs could be hang from each lamppole.
  10. The technology these things have is compatible with GSM phones which is at&t and T-Mobile, though I heard CDMA phones can recieve signals eventually, don't know what's the delay for Verizon and Sprint customers. Mark1447, do you get signal on your CDMA device in these stations? Just want confirmation to see if CDMA is up yet...
  11. Yuki, can you do a better scan of those photos? It would really help, thanks for your hard work!
  12. Right on the mark, indeed they need bus operators with brains and know how to read and speak English fluently, the USA is not Mexico nor Spain. This is giving me a funny thought about this bus operator on a n22 with a crazy hairstyle that keeps yelling Transfer at the stops on E. Gate Blvd., some mentally not sane bus operators is even on niceBUS, yikes!!!
  13. A lot of NICE bus operators aren't so NICE lately, not sure if the bus operator is black and thin-average build, around 5' 9-11" with a crew cut, if he is, then he is perhaps the same operator who threated to kick me off the 2:00 n22 Bus out of Jamaica and arrest me if I photograph the bus again.
  14. Because I loved the design of the MTA's Designlines, though I only rode the MTA's once, despite the MTA's performance due to the Turbine Motor, I still have hope for Designlines in general. I surely saw 7202 very breifly on the Turnpike once on the 319, but I have to say, this is one good lookin' bus. I still haven't been in it so can't judge, though I do hope to catch it soon.
  15. Finally bumped into a video, but it is truely disturbing non-the-less. This guy must be either high or drunk, and running around naked in cold weather is going to a whole another level, let alone climbing on a SEPTA Bus and such, man is this something right there!
  16. Personally, I think they could've improved the service few years ago. Horseshoe Curve doesn't really give an excuse what-so-ever, they could've easily knocked the entire corridor up to 110+MPH and just slow it down around the Horseshoe Curve. It's really sad to see another Amtrak service be abandoned. I do hope PennDOT and Governor Corbett does something about this before it goes down the drain. FYI, not all Republicans (like me) want to cut the service, I am a fiscal conservative though I think transit investments is key for economic growth, ;-)!
  17. I highly suggest using the contact form online or via EMail, the customer service reps in their call centers are impossible to work with, and actually gave me tons of excuses and frustration after I called in about a Bus Operator and his Supervisor on the 2:00PM n22 outta Jamaica threatening to kick me off and get me arrested if I photograph the bus.
  18. What niceBUS should do is get their drivers some GPS Devices so they could actually route right, as well as start training their drivers like MTA do. Have practice lessons on the streets, including Jamaica and best of all Flushing. It isn't that hard, in my opinion.
  19. Glad to see some newer signs as well as new equiptment on the order, though I still hope niceBUS do take care of the Orion VII 1800's meaning 1800-1884.
  20. (Reuters) - A strong quake centered off northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and thousands of coastal residents were ordered to evacuate to higher ground, but the tsunami warning was lifted two hours after the tremor struck. The March 2011 earthquake and following tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years when the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant was destroyed, leaking radiation into the sea and air. Workers at the plant were ordered to move to safety after Friday's quake. Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, reported no irregularities at its nuclear plants. Source Link///Read More: http://www.reuters.c...E8B607Z20121207
  21. Most Amtrak Service in the Northeast remains Suspended on Tuesday, October 30 Passengers urged to follow developments on Amtrak.com and our Facebook and Twitter sites. October 29, 2012 1:30 p.m. ET Hurricane Sandy, with associated high winds and heavy rains, combined with emergency declarations in several states, has led Amtrak to cancel all services in the Northeast Corridor through Tuesday, October 30. All Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone and Shuttle services are canceled for trains originating on that date. Also Empire Service, Adirondack, Vermonter, Ethan Allen and Pennsylvanian train services are suspended, along with the overnight Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Palmetto and Silver Meteor trains. The result is the suspension of all Amtrak service from Boston south to Raleigh, North Carolina, and from the East Coast to Chicago, New Orleans and Florida. Amtrak stations in the affected areas and along the affected routes should be considered closed. Exceptions: The Carolinian (Trains 79 & 80), will operate only between Charlotte and Raleigh rather than originating and terminating in New York City and Piedmont service (Trains 73-76) within North Carolina will operate normally. The Silver Star (Trains 91 & 92) will operate only between Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami, Fla., rather than originating and terminating in New York City. The Maple Leaf (Trains 63 & 64), will operate only between Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y., rather than originating and terminating at New York City. The Cardinal (Train 50) will operate only between Chicago and Indianapolis, rather than terminating in New York City. Amtrak Thruway Bus Services associated with these canceled trains are also suspended. Alternate transportation for canceled services is not available. Dates for service restorations are pending. Amtrak will update this statement by 6:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 30, or as needed. Source Link: Amtrak Service Alerts Page http://www.amtrak.co...rts-and-notices UPDATE 02: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey : John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Teterboro Airports are CLOSED due to Flooding and High Winds.
  22. Delaware River Port Authority WEATHER ALERT: ALERT 01: PATCO Will Suspend Service Early Morning On Monday October 29; PATCO rail service will be suspended early Monday (10/29) morning and will resume on Tuesday as soon as conditions allow; The last train to Lindenwold will leave the 15th/16th and Locust Station in Philadelphia at 2:50 a.m. The last train to Philadelphia will leave Lindenwold at 2:15 a.m. ALERT 02: The pedestrian walkways at the George Washington Bridge and Bayonne Bridge are closed. NJ TURNPIKE & GARDEN STATE PARKWAY ADVISORIES: ADVISORY 01: The Garden State Parkway is closed in both directions south of Interchange 63 because of flooding ADVISORY 02: Tolls suspended on northbound Parkway from Cape May to the Driscoll Bridge ADVISORY 03: The New Jersey Turnpike is closed between Interchange 14 and the Holland Tunnel Port Authority of NY & NJ WEATHER ALERT: ALERT 01: PATH service is suspended until further notice. ALERT 02: The Holland Tunnel will close at 2 p.m. today. Travelers are urged to seek an alternate crossing beginning around noon as workers begin the shutdown. ALERT 03: The pedestrian walkways at the George Washington Bridge and Bayonne Bridge are closed. MTA Bridges & Tunnels Weather Advisory: Attention motorists. Hurricane Sandy is expected to have a severe impact on the Tri-state region. Roadways, bridges and tunnels are subject to closure at any time. For your safety and the safety of emergency responders, motorists are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel at this time. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel will be closed today October 29th, 2012 at 2pm due to hurricane Sandy. Westchester County Advisories: ADVISORY 01: TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC; DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Advisory 02: Bee-Line Bus (Including Para-Transit) are suspended. Advisory 03: Bronx River Parkway is closed until further notice. Source Link: http://njturnpikewea....wordpress.com/ ---MORE INFO WILL COME--- UPDATE 001: NJTurnpike Closed between Exit 7A and Exit 8.
  23. Surge Response Task Force Created, Bringing State and Federal Officials from the Coast Guard, FEMA, and Army Corps of Engineers Together to Ensure Coordination for Surge Response and Recovery More than 80 Pumps Stationed at World Trade Center Site for Surge Response, With Additional 250 Pumps On-Hand if Needed Albany, NY ( October 29, 2012 ) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Holland and Hugh Carey (formerly the Brooklyn Battery) tunnels will be closed effective at 2:00 PM, as Hurricane Sandy moves into the New York area. Bridge Closures in the Event Wind Speeds Reach 60 MPH: In the event that wind speeds reach 60 MPH, the following bridges will be closed: Robert F. Kennedy Bridge Throgs Neck Bridge Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Henry Hudson Bridge Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge George Washington Bridge Goethals Bridge Bayonne Bridge Outerbridge Crossing Drivers should note that speeds will be restricted to 25 mph once winds reach 30 mph and access by trailers, motorcycles, vans, mini buses, and vehicles with unstable cargo will be prohibited when winds reach 50 mph. Some bridge restrictions are already in place. Source Link /// Read More: http://www.governor....-tunnelclosings UPDATE #01 - TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE CLOSES AT 4:00PM EST AS ORDERED BY GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO OF NEW YORK.
  24. As outlined by Bloomberg, ZONE A FLOOD ZONE, MANDATORY EVACUATION (Please Refer to this PDF http://www.nyc.gov/h...ters_102612.pdf as a reference for evacuation). Hurricane Sandy (Category 1 Storm as recognized by the NOAA, NWS as well as FEMA). Keep in mind this storm is a Hybrid Storm with a Cold Front combining with a Subtropical Cyclone as well as a strong jet stream and still warm waters off the coast of the Eastern Seaboard. This storm also is one of the largest noted Cyclones in history so it's not just Atlantic City, NJ - Dover. DE - Philadelphia, PA Triangle feeling the eye wall's effects, this Hybrid storm expands the energy up to Cape Cod, MA and as south as Newport, VA. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND anyone living in ZONE A FLOOD ZONE, in fact as a precaution, ZONE B FLOOD ZONE should also prepare for the worst or a possible evacuation. This storm has potentials of up to 20 Feet Waves, because a Buoy off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC reported 30 Feet Storm Waves. Current Millbrae Pressure is around the 950's so it's a very low pressure. Be prepared for power outages, extreme flooding and hurricane force winds, also to seek shelter! For NOAA/NWS Reports and more keep tuned to my blog: http://njturnpikeweather.wordpress.com/
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