Archive for May, 2010

Redesigned New York City Subway Map to debut in June 2010

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Concurrent with the subway service revisions planned to take effect June 27, 2010, a new subway map edition will be released that does more than just reflect the changes in service. The new map will still closely resemble the current one, with the following significant design changes:

  • Subway lines shadowed (outlined in gray)
  • Service Guide removed
  • Accessible Stations list removed
  • Bus transfer bubbles compacted
  • Parks will be olive colored
  • Water will be a deeper blue
  • Manhattan will be 30% wider
  • Staten Island will be 50% smaller
  • Other boroughs enlarged
  • Most ferry routes removed

Compare the March 2010 The Map to the New The Map:

March 2010 NYC Subway "The Map"

Proposed new NYC Subway "The Map"

Take a look at many other versions of the NYC Subway Map by browsing my gallery of map scans at Railfanwindow.com.

Source: New York Times

Awesome 1977 Amtrak and Conrail photos around Harrisburg, PA

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

All photos taken by Ed K. Enjoy!!

Javits Center shuttle bus gets a parking ticket

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I came across this shuttle bus earlier today. As is not uncommon, it was part of a shuttle bus route connecting Penn Station with the Javits Center. However what was surprising was that this bus was displaying a NYC parking ticket on its windshield!

I don’t like when people park illegally, but come on, ticketing this operation is only going to hurt NYC in the long run. I don’t know where the bus was when it got the ticket, or anything at all about the incident, but it just seems ridiculous. And the fact that the ticket is still sitting there behind the windshield wiper while the driver is present inside the bus means that the driver is probably trying to avoid getting any more tickets by showing that he already has one! That’s a common tactic by delivery truck drivers.

Amtrak’s National Train Day at New York Penn Station

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Fun giveaways, model trains, and more

Amtrak will be kicking off their 2010 National Train Day celebration with special events at New York Penn Station today beginning at 12:30 PM.

Hopefully the celebration won’t be ruined by things that make the Big Board look like this:

DELAYED...DELAYED...DELAYED... (May 5, 2010)

Megabus driver gets lost and drives in circles

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

a megabus like this one got lost in Jersey City for an hour and a half

A story on Consumerist.com describes how a 4.5 hour Megabus ride from D.C. to NYC turned into a 7 hour nightmare. Read it here.

Photos of Weeks Marine Crane 552 under Broadway Bridge

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Weeks Marine Crane 552 in the Harlem River Ship Canal today

As I reported earlier today, the Weeks Marine crane 552 departed the 207 St subway yard after serving there for about nine years. The crane loaded all the reef-ready subway cars onto the Barge of Death. It also loaded the scrap trucks onto another barge for delivery to a scrap dealer. Here are some photos of the crane being pushed by Weeks tug Elizabeth through the canal and towards the Hudson River at around 1:20 PM today.

Photos taken by my wife. Thanks!!

Reefing Crane Leaves 207 Street Yard

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The Weeks Marine crane has left the yard. Looks like reefing is pretty “over” for the time being. Pics forthcoming.