Archive for January, 2010

Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central gets makeover

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal is being completely renovated, and thus is now closed. In March it will reopen, with “a brand new exhibit and beautiful new store with enhanced lighting, uncluttered retail displays to accommodate expanding product lines and a new floor plan designed to increase customer flow.”

See below for hi-res images and a rendering of the space before and after the renovation.

Current store with no products

Current store with products

Rendering of renovated store

Source: New York Transit Museum
Photo Credit: New York Transit Museum

MTA has released updated Service Reductions package

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

A PDF of the updated budget-shortfall related service reductions package can be found on this page: Board and Committee Materials or directly here: http://mta.info/mta/news/books/pdf/100125_1031_service2010-nyct.pdf.

PATCO trains to stop and sound horn in honor of fallen police officer

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The Philadelphia Public Transportation Examiner reports that tomorrow from 4 AM to noon all PATCO trains will stop at the top of the Ben Franklin Bridge and sound their horns in honor of fallen DRPA Police Cpl. Chris Milito. In addition, trains will NOT sound their horns between 4 AM and 6 AM as they enter and exit the tunnel portal at the west end of the bridge as to not disturb the funeral procession.

C train is so bad, it has service alerts when it isn’t even running for the weekend!

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Service Alert Screenshot

According to the service alert above, the (C) isn’t running right now due to a police investigation. The problem is that the (C) isn’t running at all this weekend to begin with!

No C trains running – Take the A instead
Jan 9 – 11, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon
Note: A trains run local between 168 St and Euclid Av
Free shuttle buses replace A trains between Jay St and Utica Av

(1) and (6) trains had big problems this morning

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Service Alerts Screenshot

Things did not look good for the IRT No. 1 and 6 subway lines this morning. The (1) had signal problems at three different stations all at the same time!

  • 116th Street-Columbia University Station
  • 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station
  • Marble Hill-225th Street Station

While the (6) had a track problem at the Westchester Square Station.

The (1) problems were resolved one by one, with the last one cleared up at 1:41 PM. Unfortunately, at 4:01 PM, more signal problems cropped up along the (1), this time at the 125th Street Station. That issue was fixed over four hours later, at 8:39 PM, according to the service alerts emails.