Posts Tagged ‘station’

181 Street Subway Station Collapse – Stupid Person-on-the-Street Comment of the Day

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Today’s Metro newspaper features a short(!) article on the subway ceiling collapse at the 181st Street subway station on the (1) line. As usual, the reporter asked some subway rider member of the public to offer an opinion. The genius she chose made this enlightening remark:

“[The 181st Street Station is] old,” said Luz Contreras, 46. “The station at 191st looks old, too. I’m worried if something happens here, it could happen at the other one next.” (emphasis added)

Is that so? No, Luz. The station at 191st Street was COMPLETELY REFURBISHED in 2003-2004. And it looks fantastic. Maybe the nice white tiles and walls have gotten dirty since the renovation, but dirty does not equal old!

Take a look at some photos. In each row, the photo on the left is from before the renovation, and the photo on the right is from after the renovation.

Those last two are the most clear example.

Here are some bonus photos from after the renovation:

Now if you want to complain about something, how about complaining about NYCT’s deplorable operational response to this incident? That’s my next blog post 🙂

Funky Schist Going Down in the City (Along the (1) Train Route)

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Last night, apparently part of the ceiling collapsed at the 181 St station on the (1) New York City Subway line, causing debris to fall onto the tracks. This is causing all manner of mad craziness this morning. I took the Bx10 to the Bx7 to the (A).

181 St Ceiling Collapse big - MTA Service Alert

Bad news for residents of Van Cortlandt Park, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil, Kingsbridge, Inwood, and Washington Heights, though the latter two have the (A) train to make up for it.

My Bx10 driver correctly announced several times that there was no (1) service, and to take the Bx7 or Bx20 to 207 St for the (A) train. However, the driver of the Bx7 I transferred to did not make any such announcement, and thus a lot of people exited his bus at 231 St to walk down to the (1) station 🙁

Then in my station in midtown, I heard the much lauded “Dedicated Announcer” announce that there was shuttle bus service between 242 St and 168 St (making all stops), and that all (1) trains running between 242 St and Dyckman St would be running express. Express????

Real-time departure boards for NJT Secaucus Junction available online

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

DEPARTUREVISION

UPDATE: DepartureVision is actually online and working for possibly all stations in the system. Go here, click on a station, and then add “-mobile” after the “tid” part of the URL. Source: Railroad.net NJ Transit Rail forum

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New Jersey Transit has announced the trial implementation of real-time train arrival / departure boards available to mobile-internet users for the Secaucus Junction train station. It is being called DepartureVision™.

Using a mobile phone or device with internet capabilities, you can now see the upcoming arrivals / departures for the upper and lower levels (separately) of the Secaucus Junction station, including the scheduled arrival time, track assignment, and train status (on-time, 7 minutes late, etc.). A cool feature is that clicking on a train’s arrival time brings up a list of all the stops that train will be making after Secaucus Junction. Quite importantly, and as noted in the press release:

Customers who use the new Meadowlands Rail Line to travel to and from football games or major events will be able to check their Secaucus connections from Giants Stadium.

Score!

To see a large screen shot of what DepartureVision looks like, click the image below.

DepartureVision for the Upper Level of Secaucus Junction - click to see a higher resolution image

DepartureVision for the Upper Level of Secaucus Junction - click to see a higher resolution image

For much more information about this great new service, read the Customer Notice.

I hope this trial is very successful, and leads to DepartureVision being made available for all train stations in the New Jersey Transit rail system.

Monday’s NYCT Service Alerts Roundup

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon I caught two interesting/funny service alerts posted at mta.info. The first one mentions Bowling Green-bound (5) trains, when (5) trains go all the way to Flatbush Av. Oops. The second one describes a low power condition at Grand Av. What’s a “low power condition”, what causes it, and how does it actually affect the trains or signals?

Oops: should say Flatbush Avenue-bound

Oops: should say Flatbush Avenue-bound

What's a "low power condition"???

What's a "low power condition"???

Power outage on the Brighton Line

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

There’s a temporary loss of power between the Prospect Park and Parkside Avenue stations on the Brighton Line. Those NYC Subway commuters are in for some delays…

MTA New York City Transit - Service Alert

MTA New York City Transit - Service Alert

And this is after there were big problems out in the Rockaways this morning, affecting (A) and (S) service.

Meadowlands Rail Station Inaugural Train Ride and Opening Ceremony

Monday, July 20th, 2009

inaugural-ride

NJ Transit, the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, and the Port Authority of NY & NJ hosted an inaugural ride to the opening ceremony of the new Meadowlands Rail Station today. The inaugural train departed Hoboken at 1:25 PM, then departed Secaucus a few minutes late at about 1:45 PM, and arrived at the new Meadowlands station at 2:00 PM. Below are many of the photos I took during the day. Click on the thumbnail image to view the full size photograph.

Governor Jon S. Corzine, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, and New York Giants co-owner John Mara rode the train from Secaucus (as far as I can tell, because I didn’t see them board at Hoboken) and then spoke at the opening ceremony after. Various other politicians and officials were also present.

After the speeches, Governor Corzine cut the ribbon, symbolically opening the station for service.

The station itself is basic but nice.

Some people would like to see the line loop around the sports complex, but for now it unceremoniously dead ends.

At 3:00 PM, the inaugural train returned to Secaucus and Hoboken.

Revenue service to the Meadowlands Rail Station begins this Sunday for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final match at 3:00 PM at Giants Stadium. The first train leaves Hoboken at 11:30 AM.

Official NJ Transit press release about today’s events: GOVERNOR CORZINE LAUNCHES RAIL SERVICE TO THE MEADOWLANDS

Temporary timetables for the G line crosstown subway service

Friday, July 17th, 2009

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Temporary schedules/timetables have been posted to the MTA/NYCT website for the G subway line. These temporary timetables are in effect throughout July and August 2009 due to “extensive system maintenance.”

Temporary schedules for the G line

Temporary schedules for the G line

42 Street Subway Shuttle Wrap for Dark Blue on TNT

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

The latest advertising wrap on the outside of the subway cars that run on the 42nd Street Shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central is for the new TNT television series called Dark Blue. Here are some photos I took at Times Square:


NJT Meadowlands Rail Service Begins July 26 2009

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

An article in The Star-Ledger has revealed that New Jersey Transit’s train service to the new station at the Meadowlands Sports Complex will begin on Sunday, July 26, 2009, for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final match.

In other interesting news contained in the same article, the New York Giants have a connection to the new movie “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”:

Lastly, the Giants invited us to a screening of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” at their practice facility this afternoon with about 40 of the players. The film, which comes out June 12, was co-produced by Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.

Help build the Tel Aviv subway system while relaxing on the beach

Friday, June 19th, 2009

tel-aviv-100This Sunday, attend the Tel Aviv Beach Party in Central Park (in celebration of the city of Tel Aviv in Israel turning 100 years old), and while you’re there, tell them to build that long awaited subway already!!! If it’s not done by the time of my next visit, I’ll just have to ask for a tour of the only existing subway station in Tel Aviv – under Shalom Meir Tower.

Planned Tel Aviv Subway Map