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  1. "http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8324169" NEW YORK -- For the third year in a row, the train has earned the unwelcome distinction of being the worst subway line in New York City. The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign disparaged the line in its 14th annual State of the Subways report, which ranks subway lines based on transit data. This year, the train tied with the for the lowest ranking. The Straphangers ranked the poorly on scheduled service, delays caused by mechanical breakdowns and subway car announcements. The crowded train was the weakest in seat availability during rush hours. Online: Straphangers.org
  2. East 180th has its signs installed and running on the uptown and downtown sides. However, they seem to be a little delayed and don't turn orange when the train is coming in the station. It simply says "(2) Wakefield-241 1 MIN" or something along the lines of that (the announcements say it though). They also don't update themselves to tell which track the train is arriving on. On the uptown side, they simply said all trains were arriving in the local track but when the Came, it actually arrived on the middle track.
  3. I witnessed the running yesterday evening around 6 PM, Express from 3rd Ave - East 180th, hence why I said it is running normal again and all of the signs are now saying "Bronx Exp" again (To Eastchester & Nereid). As for the In the morning and evening to 238th though, I cannot comment on that because the only thing the MTA Said is "Regular express service will resume August 8, 2011" but they were running every 20 minutes when they had reduced schedules. I Would catch the 6:45 AM from 233rd, and they changed that to 6:40 & the next was 7:00 & so on, so on
  4. However it does take a little bit of time to know where the is going. I find myself at Grand Central countless times waiting for the electronic signs to scroll to the destination so I can know if I get on or continue waiting. "This is a Bronx Bound Express Train" Does not say if it's going up White Plains Road or not. And waiting in the cold for a at East 180th isn't really a fun thing lol. The sign Needs to come back lol
  5. Just wanted to say, 5 express service IS Back to normal!
  6. Im looking and I'm seeing Stations on the White Plains Road have a significant growth of about 7% (Gun Hill Road & North). I'm actually surprised to see 233rd street was rated after 276 because I get on there in the mornings, and the CROWD is wow lol. The and (5)'s get significant ridership there. Chart = Station Name, 2010 Ridership, Growth, & Station Number In Popularity. Wakefield-241 Street - 1,471,501 ; 9.8% (291) Nereid Avenue - 1,001,851 ; 8.4% (354) 233 Street - 1,614,436 ; 7.0% (276) 225 Street - 1,283,398 ; 7.7% (313) 219 Street - 1,024,424 ; 7.0% (350) Gun Hill Road - 2,101,823 ; 9.0% (216) Burke Avenue - 1,060,008 ; 1.2% (344) Allerton Avenue - 1,668,896 ; 0.5% (271) Pelham Parkway - 2,703,568 ; 4.6% (175) Bronx Park East - 888,162 ; 2.6% (367) East 180 Street - 1,852,836 ; -9.6% (246) -- The Eastchester Made growth also but not as significant as the White Plains Road line. Eastchester-Dyre Avenue - 1,258,858 ; 6.1% (318) Baychester Avenue - 1,087,618 ; 4.0% (338) Gun Hill Road - 1,713,288 ; 2.2% (264) Pelham Parkway - 883,490 ; 6.1% (368) Morris Park - 535,823 ; 2.2% (401)
  7. Progress towards the total completion! "NEW YORK (WABC) -- After years of delays, there is progress at the Fulton Street transit hub. The entrance at 135 William Street opens Monday. The move is expected to ease the congestion problems between the Fulton Street 2, 3, A and C lines. The $1.3 billion expansion and reconstruction project began in 2005. When its complete, the hub will connect 12 subway lines and the PATH train." http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=resources/traffic&id=8281815
  8. I find the Bx. 41 should run back up to 241st. The 39 is waaay too infrequent, AND SLOW. I remember riding it in May and it took 50 minutes to go from 230th - Parkchester, according to Google Maps its a 6.1 mile ride. It is supposed to come every 12 minutes if I'm correct and while it does, everyone, or a good portion of the bus, empties at Gun Hill Road. The 39 also bunches ALOT during the weekdays, you can find yourself waiting for a bus for more than 10 minutes to see a few of them coming at once. It also ruined the one seat ride from the NE Bronx to Fordham Road which many people relied on. The 41 needs to run back up White Plains Road, the 39 was always slow when it terminated at Gun Hill Road, extending it made it simply made it slower.
  9. No, It wasn't a little tap tap. IT WAS BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM! It sounded like a loaded gun just went off 50 feet away, thats how loud the kicks were and people had to scramble everywhere when they realized the doors were broken and the others were open. So people were scrambling to the other two doors to try and get out before the train left the stations after 42nd.
  10. It involved car #7742. An R142A. We got to 42nd - Grand Central at 6 something I believe and the train was over crowded. Now as the doors were closing, I guess some man was upset that he wasn't able to fit in due to the crowd and he began to kick the middle doors of 7742 and of course, it broke. The doors were making the open sound, and moving about an inch or two but that was it, they weren't opening at all. The light on the left side of the door would flicker on and off for a second or two but it wouldn't move. The light on the right door wouldn't even turn on.
  11. Around 6:30 PM? I Had past by Main Street and Roosevelt Ave and between Main St. and Prince Street was blocked off. It was a Hybrid from Casey Stengel, I BELIEVE the bus number was 6782? or 6882?. I can't remember it and the bus was sitting right in front of the Q50 / Q48 bus stand. The top of the bus where the "Clean Hybrid..." is written had a brown burn mark, the second large window from the driver side was pretty much shattered. The last back window of the bus (on the door side) was completely gone and the first window, next to the front doors were also completely gone. Sorry, Didn't take any pics
  12. Luis Tigre boarded the uptown D train with two colleagues one recent morning to go to work. But unlike the other commuters on board, the three had already reached their job. As the doors closed, Mr. Tigre — a cowboy hat on his head, crocodile-skin boots on his feet and a bejeweled accordion strapped to his torso — scanned the car for police officers. Seeing none, he shot a glance to cue his friends, who positioned their hands on their guitars and leapt into a popular Mexican ballad that describes a Salvadoran immigrant’s struggle to reach the United States. “I knew I would need more than courage; I knew that I might not make it,” Mr. Tigre sang in Spanish as the men squeezed a jaunty, polka-like melody from their instruments. There are three borders that I had to cross. By way of three countries I made my way undocumented. Three times I had to risk my life. The workday was in full swing. Mr. Tigre’s group, Fuerza Norteña del Tigre — the Northern Force of the Tiger — is part of a growing community of Mexican musicians in New York’s subways. They mostly play norteño music, a genre that originated in the Texas-Mexico borderlands and is wildly popular in Mexico and wherever Mexicans migrate. Recognizable by their cowboy hats and their emotive, boisterous corridos — songs of love, loss and the immigrant experience — these bands are a bold manifestation of Mexican culture in a city where much of that population spends long days toiling in obscurity, behind the closed doors of restaurant kitchens and the high fences of construction sites. “On the surface, Mexicans are a very discreet presence,” said Gaspar Orozco, a poet and Mexican consul in New York who was a director of “Subterraneans,” a documentary, last year about the subway musicians. “But in the underground, they explode with all this vital energy, with all this bravado, with all this pride of being Mexican musicians.” Mr. Orozco recalled his first norteño experience in the subway. “It was like a punk music attack,” he said. “Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Then they pass the hat and go to the next car.” The brashness of the groups goes beyond their sound. They are also breaking the law. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s rules of conduct include an array of regulations that could, and often do, snag the bands, including a prohibition on playing musical instruments on subway trains. Fines, often $75 each, are a regular part of the job, several musicians said. So is detention, often involving an overnight stay in jail and sometimes a punishment of community service, if rarely anything more severe than that. For those in the United States illegally, civil violations like those are usually not enough to prompt a check of immigration status. But even though $75 is a good day’s earnings on the subway, the musicians seem to regard these penalties as tolerable occupational hazards. “Our babies have to eat something; we have to eat something,” Mr. Tigre, 41, who is divorced and has three American-born children, said with a shrug. “If I had a steady job, I wouldn’t play in the train.” The groups’ growth has paralleled the rising number of Mexicans in New York and the surging popularity of norteño music. A decade ago, the musicians say, there were only a few norteño bands plying the subway system. By the estimates of several players, there are now at least 15, though nobody is sure of the exact number because the groups are continually forming, changing members and dissolving. Their paths usually cross only underground, in quick, joking encounters that allow them to swap gossip and information about police sightings. Formed by Mr. Tigre in 1995, Fuerza Norteña is one of the more established groups, at least in name. His lineup has changed many times, as members have joined other combos, landed full-time jobs or returned to Mexico. Unlike many subway norteño musicians who played professionally in Mexico, Mr. Tigre learned to play after arriving in New York City. He grew up in Piaxtla, a rural village in the central Mexican state of Puebla. He dropped out of school when he was 10 to work on a cattle ranch, then came to New York in 1986, joining two older brothers and a sister who had settled there. Mr. Tigre worked in restaurants for years as a line cook or cleaner. In 1990, his eldest brother taught him to play the accordion, a mainstay of norteño music, and he soon learned all the norteño standards, which fuse traditional Mexican styles like the ranchera with the polka and waltz rhythms carried to Mexico by German and Czech immigrants in the 19th century. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/nyregion/12bands.html?_r=1&ref=nyregion
  13. My guess would be licensing agreements. And to the fact that Amtrak goes to Penn Station, not Grand Central causing more confusion as compared to say, the NJ transit and PATH where both go to Newark Station and Penn Station (well the Path is 33 St)
  14. I saw on CBS news today, the trains that ran on the New Haven line today, a good majority had pantograph problems coming into the Bronx. They were stuck up and had to be manually put down by the crew.
  15. With half of their fleet on the New Haven line knocked out by weather-related repairs, Metro- North Railroad officials said Tuesday that they could no longer run regular weekday service on that branch for the indefinite future. In an unusual move, the railroad will create an alternative timetable that greatly reduces the number of trains running on weekdays. The schedule, to take effect on Monday, better reflects the railroad’s current capacity on the New Haven line. The revised schedule — offering more frequent service than on weekends but less than a typical weekday — is expected to stay in effect indefinitely, at least until engineers can muddle through a steep backlog of repairs on the railroad’s aging, exhausted fleet. “We are not able to run a stable operation on the New Haven Line,” said Howard Permut, the railroad’s president. “The trains are overcrowded, and the trains are so unreliable coming into the Bronx that they are now delaying Harlem and Hudson trains.” For weeks, the line’s 67,000 riders, who hail from commuter enclaves like Greenwich, Conn., and Larchmont, N.Y., have had to squeeze into rail cars with barely enough room to stand. Many trains are too packed to board at all. Delays and cancellations are commonplace, and confused crowds have mobbed Grand Central Terminal at rush hour, trying to decipher train schedules that seem to have run amok. “This is a significant step which we almost never do,” Mr. Permut said of the new schedule, which is still being drawn up. “We’ve never had this amount of cars out of service.” Nearly half of all New Haven line trains have been relegated to repair yards for problems like frozen brakes, broken motors and malfunctioning doors, and Mr. Permut described the railroad’s facilities as “inadequate” to handle the needed maintenance. Most of the trains were built in the 1970s, and their electronic systems have proved ill equipped to handle the storms and icy weather affecting the region. High-tech replacement cars have been delayed for years because of manufacturing problems and a lack of financial support from the Connecticut government, which covers part of the costs for the line. The new timetable will not affect schedules on the Harlem and Hudson lines. Many riders on Metro-North, the top- performing commuter railroad in the country, are unaccustomed to such indignities, and the problems seem to have left passengers jaded. Last week, a YouTube video surfaced of a train from New Canaan rollicking along the elevated tracks in Harlem with a door wide open. Nonchalant passengers, standing inches away from the void, simply laughed. Chris Schoenfeld, a commuter from Greenwich who runs StationStops, a blog about Metro- North, described a chaotic scene that he witnessed at Grand Central last week. At the peak of the evening rush, the station’s billboard-size information screens went blank, and railroad staffers “had no idea whatsoever what was going on,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Confused riders crowded schedule display screens waiting for something to appear,” he continued. On Monday, Mr. Schoenfeld squeezed onto a 8:27 a.m. local from Cos Cob, Conn., to New York. He described the ride as “the most crowded train I have ever ridden on Metro- North.” “We shoehorned people on and off for four stops,” Mr. Schoenfeld said, “but by the time we got to New Rochelle, it was impossible to fit anyone else. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/02/nyregion/02metronorth.html?ref=nyregion
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