Posts Tagged ‘grand central terminal’

New Metro-North Ticket Vending Machine with SMART Card Technology

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The new Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) Center at Grand Central Terminal contains TVMs that feature SMART Card Readers.

Here is a photo I took of one of the new TVMs at GCT. Note the SMART Card reader below the display screen.

New Metro-North Ticket Vending Machine with SMART Card Technology

New Ticket Vending Machine Center Opens In Grand Central Terminal

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013


This morning I noticed that the long-under-construction new ticket vending machine center at Grand Central Terminal is now open for business. It was due to open in September 2013 so it’s a little early.

This new ticket vending machine center is just west of the staffed ticket windows. If you are facing the staffed ticket windows, turn right and walk under the arch.

Two New Metrocards – Grand Central Centennial Mercury and Resorts World Casino

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

After a months long drought, I found two new Metrocards in the last two days. Both Metrocards were on the ground near Metrocard readers so I don’t know if/where they are for sale. The Grand Central Metrocard seems to have been announced months ago so I’m no sure if it is even still for sale. The Resorts World Casino Metrocard seems to be brand new.

Grand Central Grand Centennial Mercury Sculpture:

Grand Central Grand Centennial Mercury Sculpture Metrocard

Grand Central Grand Centennial Mercury Sculpture Metrocard

Resorts World Casino New York:

Resorts World Casino New York Metrocard

Resorts World Casino New York City Metrocard

Metro-North Railroad may purchase double decker commuter coaches

Monday, August 16th, 2010

NJT's Multilevel Railcars, which may or may not resemble what MNCR may or may not end up purchasing.

Many media outlets are reporting this morning that Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCR) is seriously considering purchasing double decker rail cars for its Hudson and Harlem commuter lines, which terminate at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

One interesting aspect of this idea is that MNCR’s Park Avenue tunnel, which leads to Grand Central Terminal, has more restrictive clearances than even the Hudson (North) and East River tunnels used by NJ Transit and LIRR’s multilevel/bilevel cars.

While multilevel trains are typically taller than regular trains, officials in the region have found ways to deal with the narrow clearance of underwater and underground tunnels that provide access into Manhattan. At New Jersey Transit, the bilevel cars feature a sharply beveled roof, which curves at a roughly 45-degree angle to ensure the trains do not scrape against walls.

Metro-North engineers believe their trains would require an even steeper bevel to avoid the walls of the Park Avenue tunnel. And low-hanging wires and underground protrusions might have to be trimmed back.

Other problems/issues to be considered/resolved may or may not include gapping-out when crossing the switches at Grand Central Terminal, HEP ratings, and locomotive availability. However, as usual, some of these issues, as reported by the media, are either much more or much less complicated than they are making them out to be.

Read here what some railfans and railroad employees have to say about all this.

South Ferry Terminal Archeology Exhibit Opens the Renovated Transit Museum Gallery Annex

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

A cool new exhibit will open along with the renovated New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal. See the press release and some photos below.

Where New York Began:
Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex
Grand Central Terminal
March 18-July 5, 2010

Construction in New York City is always complex, but it raises particular concerns when it cuts through the most archeologically rich section of town.  In February 2009 a new South Ferry subway station opened on the southernmost tip of Manhattan, a place where environmental, historical, and commercial interests collide.  In order to build the station, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was required to conduct an archeological review and excavation.  This provided an extraordinary glimpse into the very place that the modern city has its roots, and the basis of an exciting new exhibit at the New York Transit MuseumWhere New York Began: Archeology at the South Ferry Terminal will be on view at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store from March 18-July 5, 2010.

In addition to unearthing portions of the city’s early infrastructure, excavations yielded over 65,000 artifacts, including ceramic sherds, shells, coins, tobacco pipes, and architectural materials.  These pieces document 400 years of city life and embody the cycle of building, razing, and rebuilding that is a hallmark of New York City.  Over 100 of these objects will be on view along with historic maps and photographs, and field images and video of the archeologists at work.

Canton Motif plate c. 1785 -1850

Lid c. 1795 - 1830

pipe 1880 - 1840

New York Transit Museum Grand Central Terminal Store Reopens

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Snazzy renovated Transit Museum Store at GCT

The New York Transit Museum store at Grand Central Terminal has reopened after its renovation. But the Gallery Annex is still closed (it is scheduled to reopen to the general public on or before March 18, 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