Posts Tagged ‘mta’

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

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

New metrocard with advertisement on the front is released

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

MTA/NYCT announced in July that they would allow advertising on the front side of Metrocards, in additional to the traditional placement on the back side of the cards. A new webpage was created to describe the Metrocard options available to advertisers.

Now, what appears to be the first Metrocard to feature both front and back side advertising has been released and is available for purchase. The new Metrocard features an advertisement for the clothing store GAP. The front side says “Be Bright NYC” and encourages visiting the newest flagship GAP store, which is located at 34th Street and Broadway. The back side of the Metrocard contains a coupon for 20% off your purchase at any GAP store between October 1, 2012 and November 18, 2012. The offer is not valid online.

Note: There is a URL on the back of the Metrocard that, as of early this afternoon (Thursday, October 4, 2012), does not seem to be working. The URL is: http://www.gap.us/gapheraldsq

Below is a scan of the front and back sides of this new Metrocard.

Railfanning the Sunday Suspension on A Line Between Euclid Avenue and Lefferts Blvd. – Emergency G.O.

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Yesterday (Sunday), there was an emergency General Order (G.O.) on the (A) subway line that shut down service between Euclid Avenue and Howard Beach-JFK Airport. Not being one to pass up a good emergency, I loaded my son into the turbo wagon and picked up a friend along the way and drove down to the Euclid Av subway station. I found a parking spot less than a half-block from the shuttle bus loading area. We took the shuttle bus to Howard Beach – it was a pleasantly nice and quick ride. Once at Howard beach, we partook in a jaunt on AirTrain over to Federal Circle and Jamaica and back. My son loved AirTrain – it was his first ride ever on it. The shuttle bus ride back to Euclid was not so great – the bus was very full and the people boarding at the Casino could barely fit. Seems like the dispatching could have been better.  Overall it was a nice ground level tour of parts of Brooklyn and Queens that I don’t often see.

Here are some photos of the shuttle bus loading area taken after we got back to Euclid.

9/11 Memorial Metrocard Released

Friday, September 9th, 2011

A new Metrocard promoting the 9/11 Memorial and the website 911memorial.org has been released.

C train was suspended for a bit this morning

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

It’s never a good thing to see “Suspended” listed as the “Current Service Status” for a subway line.

Water condition at 21 St – Van Alst station causes G train delays

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The following MTA NYCT Subway service alert was posted this morning for the G train because of a “water condition” at  the 21 St – Van Alst station:

Misery for the G

Water? At 21 St – Van Alst? YA THINK?!!?

These photos are from four years ago. So I hope they get right on that…

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.

Bx10 bus accident Monday in Spuyten Duyvil

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Monday afternoon there was an accident involving a New York City Transit bus on the Bx10 route and a car. The car fared much worse than the bus it seems. The driver of the car had to be cut out with the Jaws of Life. This section of Johnson Avenue was closed for a while and all buses and cars coming down Kappock Street had to be diverted to Palisade Avenue. And all through this there was no mention of the service change on mta.info.

My wife happened upon the accident scene and took the following cell phone photos.

Note: the bus involved in the accident was 2009 Orion VII Next Generation (NG) Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) #4379.

Metro-North New Haven Line DERAILMENT this morning

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

a derailed Metro-North train is seen causing a big mess

A Metro-North/CDOT electric M.U. set derailed near the Stamford Yard this morning blocking some tracks and slowing the departure of trains from the yard. As a result service is delayed and conditions on-board are reported to be quite crowded.

Photo is from 1010 WINS. Story via MNCR, SubChat, and 1010 WINS.