Posts Tagged ‘new york city’

Martz Trailways adds Curbside Express Bus Service to New York City

Monday, April 15th, 2013

 

In April 2013 Martz Trailways began Curbside Express Bus Service to New York City. The fare for this bus service is $25 round-trip, which is a significant discount off of the normal round-trip price. Martz offers this service from both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, though, at least for now, the buses only run on certain days of the week. The separate buses from Scranton and Wilkes-Barre each make several stops within their respective departure cities, beginning at 7:00 AM.

The benefits of this new service are:

  • $25 round-trip fare (very cheap!)
  • Express to NYC – no stops after Scranton or Wilkes-Barre

This new bus service is similar to the “Chinatown” bus service model that is prevalent in Manhattan. Buses pick-up and drop-off at the curb, instead of at a formal bus terminal, thereby saving money from the fees normally paid to the owner of the bus terminal. Normal midtown-New York bound Martz buses call at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 40th Street and Eighth Avenue. But the new Martz Curbside Express Buses will both drop-off and pick-up in the vicinity of 48th Street and 6th Avenue. That location is convenient to Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, and many subway lines.

NOTE: You MUST return on the same day, on the exact bus specified, to use the second half of your $25 round-trip ticket. The current schedule has the same-day return buses departing 48th Street and 6th Avenue at 7:00 PM.

For all the details on the new Martz Trailways Curbside Express Bus Service to New York City and to purchase e-tickets, please click on the following link:

https://express.martztrailways.com/

I was hoping that that one of the discount bus services, such as Megabus or Bolt Bus, would begin service to Scranton. That hasn’t happened yet, but this new Martz Trailways Curbside Express Bus Service is pretty much the next best thing and I applaud Martz Trailways for offering it.

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…

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

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.

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!!

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…

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).