Archive for July, 2009

Meadowlands Rail Station Inaugural Train Ride and Opening Ceremony

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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NJ Transit, the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, and the Port Authority of NY & NJ hosted an inaugural ride to the opening ceremony of the new Meadowlands Rail Station today. The inaugural train departed Hoboken at 1:25 PM, then departed Secaucus a few minutes late at about 1:45 PM, and arrived at the new Meadowlands station at 2:00 PM. Below are many of the photos I took during the day. Click on the thumbnail image to view the full size photograph.

Governor Jon S. Corzine, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, and New York Giants co-owner John Mara rode the train from Secaucus (as far as I can tell, because I didn’t see them board at Hoboken) and then spoke at the opening ceremony after. Various other politicians and officials were also present.

After the speeches, Governor Corzine cut the ribbon, symbolically opening the station for service.

The station itself is basic but nice.

Some people would like to see the line loop around the sports complex, but for now it unceremoniously dead ends.

At 3:00 PM, the inaugural train returned to Secaucus and Hoboken.

Revenue service to the Meadowlands Rail Station begins this Sunday for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final match at 3:00 PM at Giants Stadium. The first train leaves Hoboken at 11:30 AM.

Official NJ Transit press release about today’s events: GOVERNOR CORZINE LAUNCHES RAIL SERVICE TO THE MEADOWLANDS

Meadowlands Rail Station Ribbon Cutting Today

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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A ribbon cutting ceremony and inaugural train ride to the new NJ Transit Meadowlands Rail Station is taking place today.

Temporary timetables for the G line crosstown subway service

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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Temporary schedules/timetables have been posted to the MTA/NYCT website for the G subway line. These temporary timetables are in effect throughout July and August 2009 due to “extensive system maintenance.”

Temporary schedules for the G line

Temporary schedules for the G line

Penn Station receives escalator delivery

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
new escalator goes here

new escalator goes here

Walking past the construction site Monday, I saw that a door was open, allowing me to see and photograph (with cell phone camera) the empty space where a staircase once was, and where an additional escalator will hopefully soon be.

Then, that evening, I saw an escalator being delivered to Penn Station. As you can see in the photo above, not only is the old staircase gone, but the old escalator is gone too. So I’m not sure if this delivery is of a new escalator, or maybe of the old, but possibly refurbished, escalator. In any event, hopefully this moves the project along. I’m getting tired of wincing every time I see people struggling to carry large suitcases down the stairs (when there are clear signs pointing to other entrances with escalators).

escalator delivery - 30 minutes or it's free

escalator delivery - 30 minutes or it's free

NJT makes official announcement of start of Meadowlands rail service

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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As I first posted two week ago, NJT rail service to the Meadowlands will begin on July 26, 2009. New Jersey Transit made the official announcement of this today.

An excerpt:

NJ TRANSIT ANNOUNCES OPENING DATE FOR NEW MEADOWLANDS RAIL SERVICE

Rail service to major Giants Stadium events begins July 26
July 8, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles today announced the official start date for rail service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which will provide a new, convenient travel option for customers via Hoboken Terminal or Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction.

Rail service to major events at Giants Stadium will launch Sunday, July 26, for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final championship soccer match.

“The startup of rail service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex is great news for New Jersey residents because it will be easier than ever to avoid roadway congestion and take our convenient public transportation system to world-class sporting and entertainment events,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine.

Though the official announcement was made today, NJT’s FYI monthly customer newsletter jumped the gun and announced it back in June.

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SEPTA finally admits that photography is not prohibited or illegal

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I’m not sure when the following webpage went live, but it seems it was at least during or before March 2009. But no matter, SEPTA now has a webpage that clearly states that photography was not and still is not prohibited. Furthermore, this SEPTA Photography Guidelines webpage makes clear that amateur photography is not restricted in any way in terms of needing a permit or needing to call ahead.

From the webpage:

SEPTA welcomes photographers and artists. In return, we simply request they use common sense and courtesy to others in pursuit of their pictures. [Editor: I really don't see SEPTA (employees and police) "welcoming" photographers. What a load of bull.]

While photography is permitted in clearly defined public areas of the SEPTA system, it obviously cannot be permitted in any manner that would interfere with the safe movement of people or operation of vehicles.

Photography is obviously prohibited in any area of the SEPTA system that is not accessible to the general public. [Editor: This is a pretty funny thing for them to say, considering that photography has OBVIOUSLY been legal this whole time, while up to now many photographers have been harassed and told otherwise by the police and employees.]

While the law permits photography of private citizens in public places, common courtesy would have photographers request permission of people before taking their pictures, especially close-ups. [Editor: This was a nice touch, since so many people are misinformed on this topic.]

Worldwide terrorist attacks against public transportation facilities in recent years has required a tightening of security procedures at all SEPTA facilities. Security experts consider photographing and sketching public transportation facilities as possible pre-indicators of terrorist activity. [Editor: UH, which security experts? Because plenty know that openly taking photographs with a large, visible camera is likely the LAST thing a terrorist would do.]

While this unfortunate reality has not resulted in a prohibition of photography, SEPTA Transit Police and other law enforcement are under orders to question anyone taking photographs or sketching transit facilities. [Editor: Here's where they confirm that photography never was illegal.]

But as always, remain alert and stay safe when you’re out there photographing. It’s unlikely that the SEPTA police and employees who have been mistaken this whole time about the legality of photography are going to suddenly wake up and realize their error. Many probably know they are wrong and don’t care. They feel threatened by photography so they lie and harass instead of doing their jobs.

42 Street Subway Shuttle Wrap for Dark Blue on TNT

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

The latest advertising wrap on the outside of the subway cars that run on the 42nd Street Shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central is for the new TNT television series called Dark Blue. Here are some photos I took at Times Square:


NYCT finally posts the Service Changes poster for the G line extension

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

As announced here on the Railfan Window Blog first, the G line extension to Church Avenue is still scheduled to begin on-time on July 5, 2009.

Here is the Service Changes poster than New York City Transit finally uploaded to their website.

Service Changes: G Line Extension to Church Av beginning July 5, 2009

Service Changes: G Line Extension to Church Av beginning July 5, 2009