Posts Tagged ‘train’

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…

Chicago’s Metra decides against providing Wi-Fi

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Metra, a commuter railroad in the Chicago area, has decided not to implement Wi-Fi service on-board its trains at this time.

Source: Metro Magazine Industry News

(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.

Ride the subway to the Yankees World Series Champions Ticker Tape Parade

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

MTA New York City Transit has provided some good advice on how to best travel to the ticker tape parade celebrating the New York Yankees victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 baseball World Series:

Although the Lexington Avenue line serves the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, Fulton Street-Broadway/Nassau, Wall Street, and Bowling Green stations, Yankees’ fans should be aware that the 4 5 6 lines are usually crowded during normal weekday rush hour along the corridor.

Instead, fans are encouraged to use the 1 line or the R or W lines to Rector Street, or the E to World Trade Center. Fans should also consider taking the 2 or 3 lines to Chambers Street or Wall Street, and the J to the Broad Street station.

Crowding conditions at the City Hall R and W station, Park Place 2 and 3 station and nearby 4 5 6 Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station may force trains to bypass those stations during the parade and ceremony at City Hall. All lines affected will be monitored by supervision to ensure smooth operation.

Read the entire press release for this November 6, 2009 event, here. I’ve also provided an image of the Special Event poster for the parade, as well as an image of the revised World Series poster from earlier in the week:

MTA NYC Transit - Service Advisories - Yankees 2009 Ticker Tape Parade

MTA NYC Transit - Service Advisories - games 6 and 7 of world series poster

In addition, both Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road will be running extra trains to bring fans to and from the parade. Click the preceding links for the train schedules.

Ride the subway to Yankee Stadium for the World Series

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

As I have for both the ALDS and ALCS, now that the Yankees are in the World Series, I’m once again reminding you that MTA New York City Transit would like you to ride the subway to get to Yankee Stadium. I took their advice and ended up riding a set of vintage Lo-V subway cars from 1917 on the day of the first game of the ALDS. I wasn’t able to get up to the Stadium on the day of the first game of the ALCS, but if I had, I also would have ridden the Lo-V subway cars. So you can be sure that I’m planning on riding up to Yankee Stadium tomorrow evening, which is when the first game of the World Series will be taking place.

NYCT Yankees World Series Service Advisory Poster

NYCT Yankees World Series Service Advisory Poster

Debris on the tracks at 191 Street Station causes (1) line delays

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
191 Street Station on the (1)

191 Street Station on the (1)

I received an MTA Text Message Alert about this while I was on a Bx20 heading for the 207 St terminal of the (A) train. Looks like I made the right choice this morning! [I usually take the (1) train through 191 St.]

(1) line Service Alert at MTA.info

(1) line Service Alert at MTA.info

Take the subway AGAIN to see the Yankees play in the ALCS

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Just as I did last week, I’m again letting you know that MTA New York City Transit wants you to ride the subway to get to Yankee Stadium later this week and next week* to see the Yankees play in the ALCS vs. the Angels. I got there on a train of 1917 Lo-V cars. Seems like the only way to go…

Poster updated for the ALCS

Poster updated for the ALCS

*If necessary

MTA Metro-North Railroad Renews Study of Access to Penn Station

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Metro-North has announced that they are FINALLY reviving their Penn Station Access Study. The first part of study, formally called the Metro-North Penn Station Access Major Investment Study/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (MIS/DEIS), was carried out from 1999 to 2002. Since then, it seems it has been dormant. Railfans and transit planners used to speak about it in hushed tones and with tears in their eyes. The “DEIS” part of the study never came to fruition, even though it was promised for “Fall 2003″.

Now the study is back in a big way, with an Environmental Assessment (EA) scheduled for completion in 2011. Thankfully “analyses performed to date on [the proposed “Build”] alternative reveal no significant impacts that cannot be mitigated. Therefore, Metro-North has decided to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA), rather than an EIS.” That should save some time and money.

Click here for the press release: MTA Metro-North Railroad Renews Study of Access to Pennsylvania Station

The proposed “Build” alternative consists of Hudson Line service to Penn Station via Amtrak’s West Side line + Empire Connection, and New Haven Line service to Penn Station via the Hell Gate line. There would be five new stations built:

Hudson Line trains

  • West 125th Street
  • Upper West Side

New Haven Line trains

  • Co-op City
  • Parkchester
  • Hunts Point

Penn Station Access Build Alternative

I say that this service can’t come soon enough. For people who work near Penn Station or along the 8th Avenue IND or 7th Avenue IRT subway lines, this service could possibly significantly reduce their commuting times.

For a lot more information about the work done so far on this project (1999-2002), check out the Penn Station Access Study website on MTA.info. The site appears to have been updated to reflect that the EA will be done in 2011, and with a proposed “Build” alternative graphic that shows the station formerly called “West 59th Street” to now be called “Upper West Side”.

Bonus: a graphic from a past version of the Penn Station Access Study website.

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