Archive for the ‘subway’ Category

Only 21 Minutes until the next train leaves on Track 4

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The “Countdown Clocks” in the NYC Subway system have proven to be very useful. The MTA and NYCT should be commended for this. Occasionally, though, the Countdown Clocks provide a little unintentional humor.

Countdown Clock at Grand Central-42 St

Countdown Clock at Grand Central-42 St

This morning at the Grand Central-42 St station of the 42 St Shuttle, the Countdown Clock was displaying the fact that the next train to depart from Track 4 would do so in 21 minutes. There’s probably nothing technically wrong with that. The train on Track 4 only usually operates during peak times. It wasn’t yet in-service when I took this photo, and it very likely was going to go into service in 21 minutes. But the information is not terribly useful to riders. When it’s closer to departure time, say less than 5 minutes (basically one interval, more or less), then it probably makes sense to start displaying the information. If the doors are closed and the interior lights are turned off, most people will know that the train is not in service and to wait for a train on the track that is listed on the Countdown Clock.

Another new metrocard with advertisement on the front is released

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Within the past few weeks, another metrocard with advertising on both sides was released. The ad is for A scan of both sides of this metrocard is below. 2012 metrocard 2012 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

Photo of the United States Capitol subway system

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

A photo of the rarely photographed United States Capitol subway system showed up in the New York Times recently.

Representative Bob Turner riding the Capitol subway this month. -- Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times

More information about the United States Capitol subway system: Wikipedia, BelowThe

BREAKING NEWS: Crane Drops Load At World Trade Center Construction Site, Injuring Construction Worker, says CBS NY

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Crane Drops Load At World Trade Center Construction Site, Injuring Construction Worker, reports CBS New York.

And as a result of this incident, NYCT is reporting that the 1 train is suspended between Chambers St and South Ferry. service alert for suspended (1)

Edit: as per NotifyNYC — Notification issued 2/16/12 at 11:10 AM. 1 train service has been restored between Chambers Street and South Ferry (MN). Expect residual delays and continued emergency service activity near the World Trade Center.

Busted Broadway Bridge Breaks 1 Train Service

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Posted: 12/30/2011 3:24PM

Due to mechanical problems on the Harlem River Bridge, there is no  train service in both directions from the 215th Street Station to the 242nd Street-Van Cortlandt Park Station.

As an alternative, customers are advised to take Bx7 or Bx9 bus making nearby station stops.

Please allow additional travel time.


This has been going on for almost an hour now. They keep sounding the horn as if the bridge is going to be lifted but then nothing happens. I saw a tug boat so it seems as if it may be trying to get under the bridge. Maybe the bridge broke?

And by the way, if the 1 train can’t cross the bridge, neither can the Bx7! And neither can people who take the Bx9 to 225th Street! When the bridge is in this state, trains, vehicles, and pedestrians are all prohibited from crossing the bridge! And Broadway is probably all backed up in both directions! So the suggested alternative is practically useless!

West Side IRT was out of commission last night

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The West Side IRT lines (1/2/3) through midtown Manhattan were suspended and/or rerouted for a while yesterday, apparently due to signal problems in the area of the 42 St-Times Square station. This likely caused higher loads along parallel subway routes and generally delayed and annoyed a lot of people.

Screenshot of the service notice

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.

Redbird seating area in Sunnyside Gardens park

Monday, September 27th, 2010

amNewYork ran a photo in today’s newspaper (Play section, page 9) of a seating area shaped like a redbird subway car. The interesting lawn furniture is located in Sunnyside Gardens park.

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…