Posts Tagged ‘New York City Transit’

The Barge of Death has returned to 207 St Yard

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

After an absence of several months (due to the fact that the reefing program was temporarily suspended), the Barge of Death is now back at 207th Street Yard. I can see the top of the backhoe that is on top of the barge and used to push the subway cars into the water when out at sea. And the tug Virginia just came back under the raised Broadway Bridge to head back to the Hudson River.

So it looks like there may be another barge going out in the not too distant future…

Graffiti vandal loses leg in subway tunnel

Monday, February 15th, 2010

These people do not belong in subway tunnels, and they should not be vandalizing public property. Let what happened to this kid be a lesson to others like him.

Boy’s Leg Is Severed in Tunnel on N Line

Photographer wins $30k from City of New York over arrest

Monday, February 15th, 2010

I know Robert and am very happy to see this result.

Second Ave. Sagas: Unlawful arrest for subway photography costs city $30K

myFox New York: Shutterbug Fights Bogus Ticket

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.

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.

2009 Vintage Buses for the Holidays Program Press Release from MTA New York City Transit

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

MTA New York City Transit issued a press release for the 2009 Holiday Vintage Buses program that, as we reported yesterday, began yesterday.

MTA New York City Transit Runs Special Vintage Buses for the Holidays

M42 crosstown bus customers will be able to take a ride back in time when MTA New York City Transit places into service a fleet of vintage New York City Transit buses for the holiday season. Everything but the MetroCard fare boxes will be original.

The crosstown buses will be in operation from Monday, November 23 through the end of the holiday season, running on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. With a little bit of luck and good timing, you could catch a ride back in time on a classic coach for the price of a regular ride. And don’t forget, these 1950s-era buses are equipped with modern fare boxes, so they’ll accept your MetroCard or coins.

“These buses are a living, breathing part of the city’s history,” said Joseph Smith, MTA Bus Company President and Senior Vice President of Buses for MTA NYC Transit. “Riding on these buses is a fantastic counterpoint to the vehicles we operate currently,” noted Joseph Smith. “It’s obvious that we have come a long way since the 1950s and, despite the charm of the older equipment, our customers are benefiting from major advances in bus efficiency, design and accessibility.”

The agency’s historic fleet contains 19 buses, ranging in age from the Queen Anne – a 1917 wood-bodied double-decker manufactured in the shops of the old Fifth Avenue Coach Company – to bus number 1201, NYC Transit’s first General Motors RTS.

Many of the vehicles have been deemed to have historical significance to the city, including bus number 3100, a 1956 GM which was the first air-conditioned transit bus manufactured, and 5227, the last non-wheelchair accessible bus to operate for NYC Transit, pulled from service in 1993.

List and description of buses that will be in operation:

Bus No. 3100 – 1956 General Motors owned and operated by Fifth Avenue Coach Lines. (First Air-conditioned transit bus).

Bus No. 9098 – 1958 General Motors, among the first buses outfitted with fiberglass seats.

Bus No. 2969 – 1948 General Motors, among the first forty-foot transit buses to operate in NYC.

Cortlandt St BMT subway station uptown side to reopen Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

MTA New York City Transit has announced that the uptown side of the Cortlandt Street BMT subway station will reopen at 3PM on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 (see poster).

Cortlandt St Station reopens uptown side

That is, if isn’t open already (see screen shot below) :

Cortlandt St Station to reopen monday error

Oops, someone goofed! Don’t worry, it happens all the time on mta.info.

Oh, for the record, this station was closed for WAY too long.

Vintage buses kick off 2009 holiday season in New York City

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
One of the vintage buses that will be in service along the M42 this holiday season

One of the vintage buses that will be in service along the M42 this holiday season

MTA New York City Transit is once again running select buses from their museum fleet in revenue service for the holiday shopping season. They did it last year, and it was loads of fun.

This year however is even more special – the buses are even older! While last year’s vintage buses were mainly in service in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s before being retired, this year’s buses date from the 1950s! These older buses are commonly referred to as the “old look” buses.

While details of the 2009 Holiday Vintage Bus program have not yet been officially released, it is believed that one or more vintage buses will be running along the M42 bus route in Manhattan (42 St Crosstown) between 10 AM and 2 PM, Monday to Friday, through the end of December.

Photo by: Adam E. Moreira

Rockettes to ride subway to promote Metrocard deal for Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

They’re doing it again! Just like last year, the world famous Radio City Rockettes will be riding the nostalgia train tomorrow to promote the current MetroCard Deal, which saves you $10 off of tickets to select performances of the Christmas Spectacular.

If you’re in the area, I encourage you to come join the Rockettes on this ride of the 1930’s Era IND Nostalgia Train (also known as the R-1/9 type cars, or “Arnines”). You’ll be able to meet the Rockettes, have your picture taken with them, and experience what it was like to ride the subway in the 1930’s! I took this ride last year and I can tell you it is a lot of fun.

The event begins at 10:00 AM at World Trade Center station on the (E) line, but the train might not actually leave the station until a little while later. Once it leaves, with you and the Rockettes onboard, it will run up to the 47th-50th Sts-Rockefeller Center station, making stops along the way.

Here are some photos I took of last year’s event:

Source of information about tomorrow’s event: NYCT Media Advisory