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  1. Since the first phase is just an extension of the and there'll be no other parts of the SAS ready to run on, I imagine they'll label trains on the Phase 1 SAS the from the start! The SAS won't go below the splitoff to the (Q)'s tracks until Phase 3 - which was originalyl going to be when the service was to be introduced, but if they don't have the freed up I imagine the "split terminals" for the will result in to Astoria remaining and to 96th street(phase 1)/125th street(phase 2) being the .
  2. That's why they're doing a full overhaul of the tram. The trams were built in 1976 and were only expected to last 17 years - when you rode in 2006 they were already 13 years past their due date to be demolished or replaced.
  3. If it pays for itself in 2 years, it sounds good to me.
  4. Yeah, Vancouver has had an all ATO system for 3 decades or more now.
  5. I thought there was some issue with track connections and clearances - it's not that the R46s can't run on the , they just cause problems somehow.
  6. Tons of courier companies do dispatch over encrypted channels - they're boring anyway.
  7. Don't forget - Staten Islanders still don't have to pay for the SIR if they take a bus to it. You take any Staten Island bus route and transfer to the SIR, you get one free transfer at the St George fare gates and another free transfer at Whitehall/South Ferry or any Manhattan bus that stops at the ferry terminal or nearby.
  8. Meh, the ferry fare was never all that much, and besides if you're taking the ferry you're probably taking the subway or a bus on the Manhattan side and a bus or the SIR on the Staten Island side. I say: let's reinstate allowing cars to be taken on the ferry, each of the ferries with car holding capability can hold like 20 cars minimum right? Reinstate the car toll - I believe it was $5 until cars on the ferry were banned after 9/11 - let's make it $8 now each way.
  9. Yo sorry guys but crime is going down in NYC big time. Maybe it would go down faster if it was easier to have a gun but regardless there's a ton more places you can feel safe walking at 2 am these days than 10, 5, or even 3 years ago.
  10. Noone really knows, but extending service to areas with none is always good. It's not like adding another subway trunk to extreme lower Manhattan, there is no subway service there.
  11. Well they are putting more R46s onto the , I imagine it replaced the 3 R32 trainsets it had. Will the still have R32s on late-nights/other times the doesn't run though?
  12. I think that's what's being done, the will be all R160/R42 8-car trains.
  13. It won't be a Nassau Local unless you want to count that single stop it will be on the Nassau Street Line.
  14. IT would make no sense as a blue when it would never go on the 8th Av line.
  15. Of course it will provide funds for NJ and Connecticut - otherwise they can't improve service on the Metro-North West-of-Hudson lines and the Metro-North New Haven line.
  16. The MTA can test out R160s on the SIR if they like, but they have to get a permit from the FRA, take all of the SIR trainsets off of the line, and I believe set the switches so that no other trains can enter the line while the R160s were test run. So yes the MTA could test run the R160s - just without passengers and without any other service running on the line. The SIR, like the PATH, operates under an FRA waiver. They do have to abide by certain FRA rules, and can ignore others. The MTA had to apply for special permission to use unmodified R46s.
  17. It's not worth it to put up a sign for a subway service in the station and on the street level signage if it only goes there for 2-6 trips all day.
  18. http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/tunnelgarage/tunnelgarage.html Here's one of the first parking garages built in anticipation of the Holland Tunnel.
  19. Or the former private bus lines if they were still private might have shut down due to not being able to pay for themselves to stay running, when MTA's publicly funded system means bus routes only need to pay for 30% or 40% of themselves.
  20. No no no. I'm talking the Grand Central subway station, the original one NOT the terminal for regular trains. The tracks from the Lex to the shuttle tracks branch off before you get to the modern GCT subway station, which is north of the turn off, and on the other side, the modern Times Square station is south of the connection to the Shuttle tracks. It could be useful today, but how would you thinkt he subway would handle having 4 tracks split off the Lex and cross over to the shuttle and then havign those same 4 tracks merge into the 7th Ave/Broadway? Also, you'd need to completely demolish the current shuttle platforms on both ends, considering on both ends the platforms are built over where the tracks used to go, and at Time Square there's even that removable block to get to one of the tracks (on the GCT side there's new access tracks built to connect to the Lex for the other tracks).
  21. The original IRT as first built went up the present Lex Ave line from City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge to Grand Central, turned onto the shuttle tracks, and then proceeded up the west side 7th Ave/Broadway Line from there. It stopped when the Lex was built north past GCT and the 7th Ave/Broadway was built south past what became Times Square. The original stations at GCT and Times Square were demolished, and new stations were built on the respective lines and for the shuttle. This was the IRT a few months after opening
  22. Well the idea here is that you'd transfer from the Howard Beach - JFK AirTrain at Federal Circle for a LGA-JFK AirTrain. Of course there's actually plenty of capacity on the AirTrian system, so it probably wouldn't cause any problems to in fact have a direct from Howard Beach AirTrain to LGA. Same with any service from Manhattan directly, even if it ran through LGA, would still probably get you to JFK quicker than subway or LIRR to Jamaica or Howard Beach and then AirTrain from there.
  23. AirTrain JFK to LAGuardia means AirTrain Jamaica to LaGuardia and AirTrain Howard Beach to LaGuardia. There's also people who take a domestic flight into LaGuardia and need to get over to JFK for international flights and vice versa.
  24. No, I was saying the opposite, 60 foot cars like the R32/42/143/160 would run fine on the AirTrain tracks, but longer ones wouldn't.
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