Posts Tagged ‘train’

MARTA makes mistake

Monday, August 31st, 2009

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The following images were seen on MARTA’s website today. See if you can spot the mistake.

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MARTA - We Sever With Pride - towerAd-30years

Considering how MARTA launched a completely new website at the beginning of this month, I wonder if the mistake has really been live for a whole month already…?

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first mistake MARTA has made. A few years ago their employees were harassing amateur photographers and telling them that photography required a permit and/or was not allowed at all. Any restrictions on photography, both then and now, were and are obviously only in relation to commercial photography. I hope that by now MARTA has retrained their employees. I want to go down there and test them on this some day.

Anyhow, here’s a hint to help you if you didn’t find the mistake above – this is another image on the website:

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Click the wide pic to see if you can see where MARTA went wrong in one of the small pics

Update: The answer that I was thinking of was that in the last of the six small images, the word “serve” is misspelled.

NYCT releases photos of 181 Street station work on official service changes twitter account

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Photo of 181 St station on Twitpic

The shock here is not that NYCT uses twitter – they’ve been using it for a long time – but rather that they are actually releasing photos of the interior of the station, from right after the ceiling collapse to current views of the repair efforts. Check these out before someone at NYCT or the MTA catches wind of this and makes the photos disappear!

Link: http://twitpic.com/photos/NYCTSubwayScoop

Work progressing to build protective shield over platform and... on Twitpic

Source: SubChat

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 🙂

MTA too busy tailgating to notice Press Release screw up

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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MTA officials were too busy tailgating with NJ Transit officials at Penn Station New York today to notice the significant and glaring error in their all important press release.

The press release, meant to announce the beginning of both LIRR/MNCR+NJT joint-ticketing to the Meadowlands and direct Metro-North New Haven line service to Secaucus, is only successful with the former. That’s because the press release GOT THE DATE WRONG of the first direct New Haven line train!!!!

In addition, Metro-North will be introducing a new direct service from major New Haven Line stations to the Meadowlands (via Secaucus Junction) for football games starting at 1 p.m. From there, shuttle trains will bring fans directly to the new Meadowlands Station and the game. Metro-North New Haven line direct service begins as the regular season kicks off on Sunday, September 13 with the NY Giants/Washington Redskins game that starts at 1 p.m. [Emphasis added]

Good job, MTA. Way to go.

You see, the 9/13/2009 game actually starts at 4:15 PM, thus making it ineligible for direct New Haven line service. The correct start date of direct New Haven line service is Sunday, September 20, 2009, when the New York Jets host the New England Patriots with a 1:00 PM kickoff.

In case the MTA goes and corrects the press release, below is a screen shot with the offending material highlighted.

UN believable

UN believable

Real-time departure boards for NJT Secaucus Junction available online

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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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.

LIRR to offer joint ticket to Meadowlands Sports Complex Rail Station

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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You can now buy and use a single train ticket to ride from stations on the Long Island Rail Road all the way to the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, home of Giants Stadium, a new football stadium to be named later, and the Izod Center (as well as the Meadowlands Racetrack and the unfinished Xanadu).

But be careful – even though New Jersey Transit will be running trains to the Meadowlands for events other than Giants and Jets football games, the LIRR thru-tickets are only “officially” valid for football game days. This may have something to do with the fact that, as the LIRR notes, you must show your rail ticket at the fare gates at Secaucus Junction, instead of feeding it through the turnstile, since the LIRR ticket stock does not have the magnetic stripe like the NJT ticket stock.

Read all about this LIRR/NJT joint ticketing initiative here: http://mta.info/lirr/pubs/TrainToTheGame/. That LIRR web page even features a nifty diagram of part of Penn Station, to help people make the LIRR -> NJT transfer. The other part of the graphic is an extremely simple route diagram of the rail service. You can see them below:

Click to see a bigger version

Click to see a bigger version

Oh, and Metro-North is doing the same thing. Even though they are running direct trains from the New Haven line to Secaucus Junction on the days of Sunday 1 PM games, you can also buy a joint ticket from any Metro-North station that you can use to get all the way to the Meadowlands. You will of course need to get from Grand Central Terminal to Penn Station New York in order to board a New Jersey Transit train to Secaucus. The brochure linked to in my recent post on this topic explains things in much much greater detail.

P.S. And no, you can’t buy an LIRR ticket from Penn Station New York to the Meadowlands. I know, because I tried it this evening. Would have been (pointlessly) cool though, in a railfanning kind of way.

Update: Here’s a good Newsday article on the topic of the joint-ticketing.

Metro-North brochure for Meadowlands Rail Service

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

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Metro-North Railroad has created a new brochure to explain their part of the direct service that they are planning to run with New Jersey Transit this fall. It is admittedly a complicated task to convey all of the options and nuances that they are trying to get across, but I think they did an okay job. The brochure is linked from a new web page Metro-North put up for this service. You can also download the PDF directly from this link: http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/SchedPDF_vWEB_Brochure.pdf

Edit: This brochure, in all its glossy printed glory, is available in the information boxes next to each of the upper level tracks at Grand Central Terminal, as of yesterday, August 19, 2009.

That pesky switch at Dyckman Street (1)

Monday, August 10th, 2009

So….

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Service Alert fun for the day

Why exactly does a switch problem at Dyckman Street cause the suspension of southbound (1) train service??

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…

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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.