Archive for March, 2009

NYC Subway celebrates opening days at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

New York City Transit wants you to “Take the Train to the Game” when it comes to New York baseball. And while that includes the number 7 subway to Citi Field, the B, D, and 4 subway lines to the new Yankee Stadium, and a few bus lines no one has ever heard of, does it also include historic nostalgia subway trains from the New York Transit Museum collection?

Well, they’ve done it before – they ran the Train of Many Colors (aka the SMEEs) to both the final METS opening day and the final METS game at Shea Stadium last year, and they ran the Lo-V train to the final YANKEES game at the old Yankee Stadium last year.

And now NYCT is advertising the opening days at brand new Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium as a “Special Event” (click on the poster below).

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Seems like they are going all out. So we may just be going for some historical subway rides two weeks from now!

New escalators at Penn Station street entrance

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

New escalators under construction at Penn Station

New escalators under construction at Penn Station

At the Eighth Avenue / 31st Street entrance to Amtrak’s concourse at Penn Station, there exists two staircases and a single escalator. The escalator usually runs up in the AM rush (until 10 AM) and runs down at all other times. Though sometimes it runs in the wrong direction for the time period.

Well, that problem now seems to have a solution – one of the staircases and the single escalator are both behind a construction wall, with signage indicating that two new escalators are being constructed. So it seems that at completion, there will be full time up and down escalators at this entrance, and one staircase. If Amtrak can keep these new escalators in running condition, then this should be a welcome improvement to this entrance.

Humorous bus ad from Slovenia

Monday, March 30th, 2009

From Yahoo News:

A man sits on bus with an advert for a clothes store in Ljubljana March 2, 2009

A man sits on bus with an advert for a clothes store in Ljubljana March 2, 2009

VIDEO: Stuck in the snow – such is a bus’s life

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

I recently found a long lost movie, deep on my hard drive, that I made back in December 2003. It was filmed while I was living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

In the middle of a snow storm I spotted a stuck bus from my apartment window. I then went down to street level to jockey around for an action shot.

See all the action by clicking on the YouTube link below.

Let me know if you like it!

First Photos of the New South Ferry Terminal Grand Opening

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Yesterday at noon I rode the first (1) train into the new South Ferry subway terminal, and then ran across the platform to ride the first (1) train out of the new South Ferry subway terminal (I guess you can say I couldn’t wait to get out of there). Many of you know my views on the new station, so I won’t get into that right now.

There were many photographers present at the grand opening, so instead of showing you photos you’ve already seen, I’m going to highlight what I feel are some unique photos that I took. And these are only from the first batch of yesterday’s photos – I have more to come.

Click on each thumbnail to view the full-size photo.

Riders stepping off the first train to the new South Ferry

Riders stepping off the first train to the new South Ferry

Riders about to enter the new South Ferry subway terminal

Riders about to enter the new South Ferry subway terminal

South Ferry subway - main entrance awning

South Ferry subway - main entrance awning

Ok, let me take one potshot here at the new station: the best view of the new South Ferry subway terminal is the one looking back as you’re getting the heck out of there

Through-the-cab view as the first train departs the new station

Through-the-cab view as the first train departs the new station

To see the rest of the first photos, and to watch for more in the upcoming days, go to this album: New South Ferry Stub-End Terminal

EasyPay Xpress MetroCard

Monday, March 16th, 2009
Get the MetroCard that refills automatically

Get the MetroCard that refills automatically

I found this MetroCard, advertising the EasyPay Xpress MetroCard, on the floor of the 231 St (1) station house.

Amtrak Quik-Trak Machines Down

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Amtrak Quik-Trak machines out of service on March 13. 2009

Amtrak Quik-Trak machines out of service on March 13, 2009

Amtrak’s Quik-Trak Self-Service Ticketing Kiosks at New York Penn Station are all out of service. Customers are being told that their email confirmation printouts will be accepted onboard the trains as tickets for today only. Also, tickets will be sold onboard for today only. If you have a reservation, but don’t have your email confirmation printout, I believe you need to wait in a huge line at the Amtrak ticket windows.

Misconceptions about the South Ferry loop subway station

Friday, March 13th, 2009

South Ferry loop subway station

South Ferry loop subway station

Now that the South Ferry subway station is back in the news due to the imminent opening of the new 2-track subway terminal, I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions.

South Ferry misconception #1: A new subway station was needed because the loop station can only platform 5 cars of the train.

  • Reality: The platform can actually hold 7 cars, but due to several reason (both good and bad), only 5 cars can be opened. So if instead of building a whole new station you just wanted to extended the length of the existing station, you’d only need to build 3 car lengths of platform, not 5 car lengths.

South Ferry misconception #2: A new subway station was needed because the loop station only has one exit/entry.

  • Reality: So build more! Why do you need a whole new station just to add some new exits to street level? In fact, there was a second entrance built – it was used while the new ferry terminal was being built and the original entrance had to be temporarily closed. But then they closed the second entrance when the ferry terminal was completed. So adding more staircases would not be that big of a deal.

South Ferry misconception #3: Being able to use all 10-cars on the way to the ferry is so awesome!

  • Reality: Subway riders position themselves on the train so that they are closest to their exit. The closest exit from the new subway terminal to the ferry terminal will be at the front of the train. So that’s where everyone is going to want to be. So, IMO, the vast majority of people will still only be using the front half of the train!

MTA website announces the opening of the new South Ferry Subway Terminal Station

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

The MTA Capital Construction website has finally announced the opening of the new South Ferry Subway Terminal Station.

The New South Ferry Terminal Station will open to the public on Monday, March 16, 2009

No time is given, but various sources are reporting midnight, 10:00 AM, or noon.

MTA website screen capture on March 12, 2009

MTA website screen capture on March 12, 2009

Meadowlands Rail Station coming along but when will it be done?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
Meadowlands Rail Station on March 10, 2009

Meadowlands Rail Station on March 10, 2009

I was at the New Meadowlands Stadium today, so I drove by the Meadowlands Rail Station to check on its progress. I’m not sure how to tell if it will be ready to open by this summer, so here are some photos for you to judge for yourself.