Posts Tagged ‘New York City Transit’

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.

1950s Photos from NYC Metro Area

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I came across a collection of photos from the 1950s that shows railroad scenes in New York City and the surrounding areas. Many of these photos are very interesting.

Here is a link to the entire album: Larry Green 1950’s Retrospect

Here are two thumbnails that directly link to those photos’ pages.

CNJ FM Trainmaster at Elizabeth

NYCTA work train at the Myrtle Av station of today’s J M Z lines

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…

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.

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

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!!

34th Street Transitway Open House TODAY

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Announcement on MTA.info

MTA New York City Transit and the New York City Department of Transportation will be holding a Planning Open House on April 21st to give you an opportunity to:

* Learn about the 34 St Transitway project and proposed station locations

* View design plans for the corridor

* Give us your suggestions and comments

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Science, Industry & Business Library

188 Madison Av at 34 St

There will be no formal presentation. Please stop by at a time most convenient for you.

Next cars to be reefed: redbird, yellowbird, R-42

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Currently on the dead line at 207 Street Yard are a redbird, a yellow rider car, and some R-42 cars. These cars may soon be loaded onto the Barge of Death for a one-way trip to the reef.