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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 9:40 AM

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 9:44 AM

Did not bother to edit; since the purpose is both obvious and worthwhile.  Use the URL, and you will find the survey intelligent and constructive.

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Posted by narig01 on Thursday, March 25, 2021 8:31 PM

Miningman

Dave, one way to fix this problem is for you to first send it to your own email, a Gmail account works best. Gmail will automatically size it correctly and even tell you so. Then just copy and paste from your Gmail and it appears correct size on the Forum. 

 

Miningman. You have clued me into how to read these entries that get their right side cut off.  Copy it and post to notepad on my tablet (I use a Kindle Fire from Amazon)

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, May 3, 2021 10:42 PM

Following your advice:

 

 Governor Cuomo Announces New York City Subway Will Resume 24 Hour Service Beginning May 17

New York City Transit Currently Closed from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Daily for Disinfection; Subway Ridership Surpassed 2 Million Passengers Per Day in April 

MTA Continues its Historic Disinfection and Cleaning Effort; More Than 75% of MTA Customers Agree the Subways Have Never Been Cleaner 

Mask Use Remains Mandatory in the MTA System

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York City Subway will resume 24 hour a day service beginning May 17. In April, MTA New York City Transit officials announced 2,009,025 trips were recorded on the subway on April 8, the first time that more than two million trips were taken on the subway since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. The MTA will continue its unprecedented disinfection and cleaning effort. More than 75 percent of MTA customers agree the subway has never been cleaner. The resumption of 24-hour service will coincide with the Governor's announcement lifting the 12 a.m. food and beverage service curfew for outdoor dining areas.

"COVID-19 is on the decline in New York City and across New York State, and as we shift our focus to rebuilding our economy, helping businesses and putting people back to work, it's time to bring the Subway back to full capacity," Governor Cuomo said. "We reduced Subway service more than a year ago to disinfect our trains and combat the rising tide of COVID cases, and we're going to restore 24-hour service as New York gets back on the right track. This expansion will help working people, businesses and families get back to normal as the city reopens and reimagines itself for a new future."

Beginning May 6, 2020, New York City Transit closed for disinfection from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The MTA provided free alternative transportation options to essential workers during the overnight hours that included a significant expansion of bus service across the city and for-hire vehicles as necessary.

MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye said, "At this critical moment for New York's recovery, Gov. Cuomo and the MTA recognize the time is now right to safely restore overnight service on the subways. The city's economic revival hinges on a strong mass transit system - and a vital part of that is round-the-clock service. The MTA stands ready to power New York through this crucial next stage, as it has throughout the pandemic, prioritizing safety above all. Our rigorous disinfecting protocols remain in place, and we expect to see continued high mask usage thanks to the systemwide mask mandate."

Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of New York City Transit, said, "Overnight workers like waitresses, bartenders and more depend on Transit to get around in the late-night hours. We've been moving them for the last year by bus and I'm thrilled that we can once again provide them with safe and efficient overnight SUBWAY service as well, as more COVID restrictions on businesses are lifted. We take our duty to keep riders safe seriously - which is why our mask mandate and disinfecting regimen will continue, and we will keep pressing the City to provide the police and mental health resources needed to accommodate returning customers. New Yorkers - including our heroic workforce - deserve nothing less."

On February 15, Governor Cuomo announced that the MTA would partially restore overnight service on the New York City subway, pending continued positive trends in New York's COVID indicators. Effective Monday, February 22, the MTA extended late-night subway service by two hours, moving to a 2 a.m. - 4 a.m. closure daily.

The MTA has undertaken unprecedented cleaning and disinfecting protocols in the year since the pandemic began - and leveraged innovative technology - to ensure the system is as safe as possible for its customers. The MTA continues to work with FEMA for reimbursement on eligible COVID-related costs. The Authority has also rolled out robust public education campaigns and issued millions of masks to its customers. Mask compliance in the system remains high, with more than 97 percent of customers wearing a mask when riding mass transit. These COVID-related measures will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. The MTA also unveiled updates to the subway map that allow riders to find the nearest vaccination site throughout the city.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, May 3, 2021 10:51 PM

Not perfect, but better and usable.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, May 7, 2021 4:16 AM

 

New York City’s Second Avenue Subway project resumes
 
Federal stimulus payments to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) provide funds toward the completion of the Second Avenue Subway in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, extending the Q line to 125th Street. The pandemic almost ended work on the project.  But now MTA’s budget has available more emergency federal funds, and the Second Avenue Subway project is revived. If President Biden’s infrastructure bill is passed by Congress more funds will be available.  

The MTA is purchesing land for the work, including more than a dozen privately owned properties. Most of these buildings are largely vacant. New York City’s eminent domain law will be used. This gives governments the right to take properties for redevelopment for public use. This extension will use a 10-block-long, 1970s-constructed tunnel from 110th to 120th street. The goal was start of service by 2027, but now a later completion is expected.

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, September 13, 2021 11:18 AM

MTA Announces Security Cameras Installed at All 472 Subway Stations 

 

Camera Installation Accelerated Over Past Year to Bring Completion Ahead of Schedule  

Thousands of Cameras Enhance Security  

Camera Installations Help Deliver a 20.6% Decline in Major Felonies in 2021 and 28.6% Increase in Arrests  

NYC Transit Now Has Ability to Identify Suspicious Packages Across Segments of the Subway System in Real Time 


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that security cameras have been installed at all 472 subway stations. Cameras were deployed Sept. 11 at the 472nd Station, Broadway station on the g line. Thousands of cameras have now been deployed systemwide. 

The initiative to expand security camera coverage was accelerated last year by Interim President of New York City Transit Sarah Feinberg, who identified a new class of cameras that could be deployed more quickly and at much lower cost than traditional cameras. As a result, 200 stations of the 472 in the system have gained security camera coverage within the past year.  

Feinberg accelerated the pre-existing camera installation program to ensure that all subway stations have cameras by the end of summer 2021.  

“Thanks to our incredible workforce who continue to deliver for our customers and credit to Sarah Feinberg who from the top of New York City Transit got this program accelerated,” said Craig Cipriano, Acting President of MTA New York City Transit. “We have delivered on Sarah’s commitment to accelerate the camera roll-out as we look to restore confidence in the system. We recognize safety and security are top concerns for our customers, as they return to our system, and this is a significant tool in our effort to enhance rider safety.” 

“We at the MTA, together with the NYPD, are driven to deliver a safer and more high-level quality of life experience in the subway system and these cameras are a big part of that,” said MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren. “If you are a criminal who preys on those who use our system, you will have your image captured and be put on the express track to justice. The image will be delivered to the police, and the police will use it to find you. The NYPD has been aggressively investigating every crime in the subway, which is why crime is way down this year.” 

Security cameras used in the subway system come in two forms: Those that broadcast in real time to the subway’s security center, and those that record locally and provide material that can be retrieved quickly and used in the investigation of crimes. Similar to the NYPD’s post-9/11 Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, some of the live cameras give New York City Transit the ability to spot suspicious packages and other activities that require response.   

The latest statistics provided by the NYPD show a decline in major felonies of 20.6% in 2021 through August 31 and a 28.6% increase in arrests over the same time period.  

The MTA will continue to expand the placement of cameras throughout the system, with a goal of optimizing coverage of stations.  

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, September 13, 2021 11:26 AM

MTA Launches Welcome Back Campaign at Event Marking Opening of Brand New 42 Street Shuttle

Authority Unveils Major Improvements Including Signature New 42 Street Shuttle Connector as Customers Begin to Return to System in Larger Numbers 

Shuttle Riders Will be Greeted by a Mosaic Installation Created by Artist Nick Cave 

MTA Officials Also Announce Launch of ‘Welcome Back New York’ Campaign Aimed at Bolstering Ridership, Touting Benefits of Mass Transit, and Providing Financial Incentives to Return

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today celebrated the completion of the new 42 St Shuttle that connects Times Square and Grant Central Terminal. The work is the centerpiece of the broader 42 St Connection Project, a series of major improvements to  the highly-trafficked corridor. Despite the pandemic, the work was completed on time and on budget. It also includes a striking mosaic installation from world renowned artist Nick Cave.  

Authority officials also used the opening of the new Shuttle service to formally launch a new ‘Welcome Back New York’ campaign that touts the benefits of mass transit as New Yorkers begin to return to work and school in the aftermath of the pandemic. The campaign includes a range of specific initiatives to entice riders to come back to the system, including the extension of discounted fares during off-peak hours until the end of the year and a new goal of doubling the number of New York City residents engaged in the City’s Fair Fares program that provides discounted MetroCards to customers in need of financial assistance. 

“This project had been talked about for literally decades and now we’ve finally gotten it done,” said MTA Acting Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber. The new, fully ADA-accessible Shuttle is easier to navigate, with straightened tracks and a single, wider platform that will allow us to run longer trains during peak hours and speed up boarding times. This is a huge win for our customers as they continue to return to the system.” 

“I’ve been at the MTA for over thirty years and rebuilding the Shuttle has been a topic of discussion that entire time. It’s amazing to finally see it get the renovation New Yorkers deserve, especially at this critical moment for the system and our region,” said New York City Transit Interim President Craig Cipriano. “I’m hopeful that in the months and years ahead, daily use of the new Shuttle will eventually tick back up the roughly 80,000 customers who rode it on a typical day before the pandemic.”  

“By many accounts, New York City is now the most congested city in America,” said MTA Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer. “That’s why we’re launching a campaign to encourage more people to take public transit. It’s a faster, safer, cheaper and greener way to get around town.  For $2.75, you can experience everything that makes New York great.  Ditch your cars and ride the subway or bus as you return to the city.” 

“I can tell you from personal experience that navigating the shuttle transfer before this modernization was incredibly challenging,” said MTA Chief Accessibility Officer Quemuel Arroyo. “The improvements we’re celebrating today are transformative and more accessibility upgrades are forthcoming. We’re taking a phased approach to improving accessibility at 42nd Street that includes accessibility at both ends of the 42 St Connector – bringing us another step closer to making 100 key stations accessible.” 

The transformative 42 St Connection Project brings straightened tracks and expanded platform space, allowing more room for customers and ensuring that shuttle access is fully accessible in compliance with ADA standards. The consolidated platform will make it easier to identify and board the next available train as quickly as possible, and simplified and extended tracks allows the Authority to run longer cars. This, in turn, increases customer capacity by 20% during peak times. Prior to the pandemic, the 42 St Shuttle carried some 80,000 customers daily, including upwards of 10,000 per hour during morning and evening rush periods. The project also includes free underground connection to the 42 St Bryant Park Station, wider stairwells on the Grand Central mezzanine, a new street-to-mezzanine elevator at the Times Square Station, and new electrical, communications, signal and fire safety systems. 

The 42 St Shuttle Connection Project also features the first and largest section of a striking mosaic installation by artist Nick Cave. Commissioned by the MTA’s award-winning public arts program, MTA Arts & Design, ‘Every One’ is one piece of the larger Each One, Every One, Equal All mosaic and runs the length of the new walking transfer between the Shuttle at Times Square and Bryant Park.  ‘Every One’ is an expansive installation on the North and East walls of the 42 St Connector. It runs 360 linear feet and covers over 3,200 square feet. The artwork includes more than two dozen of Cave’s iconic Soundsuits, brought to life in a companion video piece of the same name. ‘Every One’ will be displayed on eleven OUTFRONT live digital screens centrally displayed in the 42 St Connector. On each quarter hour, a short digital work will be shown. The video depicts the Soundsuits, many of which can be seen in the surrounding mosaic, fully activated by the movement of dancers. 

The “Welcome Back New York” campaign extolls the virtues of riding mass transit for those returning to the system after the worst days of the pandemic. Informative and at times irreverent messages will appear throughout stations, on media outlets, and on billboards throughout the region. It will also highlight the wide ranging benefits of mass transit compared to the available alternatives. As part of the campaign, the MTA also announced an extension of an extant policy that placed discounts on off-peak fares for customers on both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. 

The Authority will also offer businesses a sales program in which companies may purchase MetroCards in bulk to help the City’s efforts at encouraging customers to return to the system and discounts to combat climate change by encouraging mass transit use. Off-peak fares on the LIRR and on Metro-North will be in effect until December 31, 2021. Commuter rail customers using single-ride trips and ten-trip tickets can benefit from savings up to nearly 40% of the normal price depending on distance traveled. In addition, for eleven fall weekends, Sept. 11 – Nov. 21, monthly ticket holders will enjoy Autumn Weekends, which entitles up to four people to ride along for only $1.00 per person. There is also Friends and Family Wednesdays, when monthly ticket holders may bring an extra person to ride for only $1.00, between Sept. 15 and Oct. 27. These incentives are specifically targeted at attracting customers with new telework schedules. 

A poignant video entitled “Opening Doors” accompanied the rollout of the new campaign. It celebrates New York’s reopening and the transit system that moves the region.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 19, 2021 7:02 AM

A 1949 John Kneiling-arranged tour of the 207th Street Shops.   Does this belong here or on the Classic Trains Forum?

All passenger equipment in the photos are R-1-9 cars, except the interior is either R-10 or rebuilt sample 1575.

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 5:18 AM

dave how about the rebuilt times square shuttle ?  Longer trains but just 2 tracks.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:08 AM

Two trains, each with three men, conductor and a motorman at each end, for quick reversal at both stations, six people, same number as three trains with two people each, and new platform arrangement speeding loading and unloading.  Faster operaton, so rush-hour sevice will be better.  Same number of trips each way per hour, but done with two four-car trains instead of three three-car trains.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, September 24, 2021 8:12 AM

Errors:   Six-car trains,ly one wide island plantform in use, side-pkatform for historical preservation only, no conductor, on operator each end.

Go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuKln8N5auw

And for an international rapid-tranist door-chime experience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fi0m8ei_B4&t=11s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, September 24, 2021 8:41 AM

Another error uncovered:  The photo on the posting of the John Kneiling-orfganized 207th Street Shop visit, with my High-School classmate Mark Steele, is not either an R10 interior or that of 1575, but of another R-1-9, temporarily modified with a different interior, and later, after the photo, returned to standard configuration or scrapped.

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, September 24, 2021 9:19 AM

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not either an R10 interior or that of 1575, but of another R-1-9, temporarily modified with a different interior...

You might want to tell 'the rest of the story'.  IIRC that was the 'test mule' for the production R10 interior, and hence made as much like what would go into the R10s as possible.

The way I dimly remember this story was that the 'test mule' was scrapped after the interior design was 'proofed' -- I remember thinking that I'd have kept it running with its 'modernized' interior...

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, September 24, 2021 9:28 AM

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And for an international rapid-tranist door-chime experience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fi0m8ei_B4&t=11s

Do I not remember NYC subway cars with an alarm-bell 'brrrrring' as the doors ran closed?

They should have included early Amfleet.  I don't remember now whether it was the closing-doors or the doors-remaining-open alarm, but it was exactly the sound, perhaps exactly the circuit, that you hear at McDonald's when the fries are ready.

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:21 PM

 

The car in the photo was modified with several different arrangements, with small differences even left and right.  A friend says it was an R-4, but doesn’t know the number.  1575 appeared in 1947, completely rebuilt with an interior identical to the R-10s that were delivered in 1948-1949.  It still exist, and is used on fan-trips, Nostalgia-Specials, and display at the Transit Museum.

 

The visit must have been in 1947, not 1949, since there are no R-10s in the yard.

 

I was 15+ at the time.  If anyone really wishes to know what a skinny little kid I was when those photos were taken (and many others on this website), just ask for the appropriate photo at

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, September 26, 2021 1:35 AM

Here is an R-10 interior photo, from the R-10 delivery thread.

Compare with the previous photo.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, October 1, 2021 6:32 AM

Statement from MTA Chief Safety and Security Officer Patrick Warren on Arrest of Karon Agurs With loaded gun and More Than 300 Rounds of Ammunition at Brooklyn Bridge Subway Station September 30, 2021

“This kind of smart and alert patrolling by the NYPD is a key reason why we wanted more officers in the subway system and why crime has dropped dramatically since the spring. This arrest makes our customers and transit workers safer.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:08 AM

Regarding the photo of the car with the experimental interior, a friend writes:

This car is the only one of those mockups that was never in a completed state that could be put in service; it was just a work in progress, a place to try a variety of internal fittings.   The 484, 744 and 1575 and were all serviceable,  I don.t know how long the 744 was in regular service before it was returned to its original lighting, but the 484 and 1575 served for a normal life, and are still in service in the vintage train operations.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, October 8, 2021 7:18 AM

ICYMI: New York City Adopts Zoning Rules to Advance Transit Accessibility

Elevate Transit: Zoning for Accessibility Will Expand Zoning Tools to Deliver Transit Station Accessibility Improvements

Initiative Incentivizes Private Developers to Incorporate Station Accessibility Projects or Build Improvements at Nearby MTA Stations While Saving Taxpayer Dollars

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Council, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced the approval of Elevate Transit: Zoning for Accessibility, a collaboration between the MTA, City Council, the Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) to boost New York City’s push to make its transit system fully accessible. The initiative will allow the MTA to leverage planned private development to achieve a fully accessible transit system faster, while saving taxpayer dollars as the MTA faces financial challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Zoning for Accessibility incentivizes private developers to design their buildings to incorporate public station accessibility projects or build the improvements at nearby MTA stations. It creates a new set of tools – and strengthens existing ones – that build off the MTA’s commitment of over $5 billion of funding for 77 accessible subway, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and Staten Island Railway station projects within New York City in the 2020-2024 MTA Capital Plan.

“Building a recovery for all of us means making public transportation accessible to everyone who rides it – especially seniors, young families, and New Yorkers with mobility disabilities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’m proud to work across government to drive greater investment in these accessibility improvements, and I look forward to collaborating on more creative ideas to make our city fairer and more equitable.”

"Elevate Transit: Zoning for Accessibility is an important step in advancing a fair and equitable recovery for all New Yorkers. These zoning levers add another tool in our toolkit to meet our accessibility goals and better serve people with mobility disabilities, senior citizens, and transit riders as a whole," said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “We thank the City Council, the MTA, and all the city agencies involved for their collaboration and leadership to make this creative idea a reality."

“Everyone deserves access to our transit system but unfortunately only a third of New York City’s train stations are easily accessible for people with disabilities. We can do better, which is why in my 2019 State of the City address, I outlined a plan for developers to help build new elevators and take other measures to make more subways and train stations ADA compliant. This is a game-changer for millions of New Yorkers, including seniors, disabled people, parents of young children, and anyone who has a harder time getting around. I’m proud of the Council’s role in helping bring together the Department of City Planning and the MTA to advance this proposal. This success shows the Council’s effectiveness in convening solutions to complex citywide problems and I hope it’s something we do more in the future,” said Speaker Corey

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 11, 2021 6:44 AM

 

October 10, 2021
ADVISORY: MTA To Participate In Air Sampling Study With U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NYC Agencies, MIT
Select subway stations throughout the system will be included among testing sites as part of a study by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, various New York City agencies, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Lincoln Laboratories that takes air samples later this month across the city, at both above and below ground locations. 

The testing will take place on five separate days between Oct. 18 and 29 as part of a broader federal initiative aimed at yielding actionable data for emergency preparedness authorities. During the course of testing, customers using the system may see staff performing test and sampling operations. The study will track movement of non-toxic material and the results from these tests will be used to learn more about the relationship between airflow in street level and underground environments. 

The testing is part of the federal Urban Threat Dispersion program and follows earlier testing in New York (2016), Washington and Boston. This study poses no health risks to the public, using materials that have repeatedly been used in prior outdoor and indoor airflow tests.

Customers may see signage identifying specific locations involved in the study as they travel around New York City.

WHEN:
Five separate days between Oct. 18 and Oct. 29. 

WHERE:
Approximately 120 locations including above-ground areas and underground stations operated by multiple transit agencies

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, January 6, 2022 1:53 AM

ICYMI: Governor Hochul Announces Plans to Move Forward With Major New Expansion of Transit Service in Brooklyn and Queens: The Interborough Express

 
Governor Directs MTA to Begin Environmental Review Process for Transformative New Transit Line  

Would Serve More than 100,000 New Yorkers and Connect to Up to 17 Subway Lines and the Long Island Rail Road, Expanding Access to Jobs and Supporting Economic Development  
    
Travel Time End-to-End Expected to be Less Than 40 Minutes   
   
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced plans to move forward with the Interborough Express as part of her 2022 State of the State. Governor Hochul is directing the MTA to immediately begin the environmental review process for this transformative project, the first step in building this major infrastructure investment that would connect communities in Brooklyn and Queens to as many as 17 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.  
   
"It's time to invest in the bold, cutting-edge infrastructure projects that will make a real difference in the lives of everyday New Yorkers," Governor Hochul said. "New Yorkers deserve reliable public transit that connects them from work to home and everywhere in between. The Interborough Express would be a transformational addition to Brooklyn and Queens, cutting down on travel time and helping neighborhoods and communities become cleaner, greener and more equitable."  
   
"This project would smartly repurpose existing infrastructure to add mass transit and create access to jobs, education, and opportunity for so many residents of Queens and Brooklyn," said MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. "I applaud Governor Hochul's leadership, and we are enthusiastic to work with her, and Federal and State partners to advance the Interborough concept."  
   
Governor Hochul will direct the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to begin the environmental review process for the Interborough Express. This historic project would use the existing right of way of the Bay Ridge Branch, which is a freight rail line that runs through Brooklyn and Queens, connecting the ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods of: Sunset Park, Borough Park, Kensington, Midwood, Flatbush, Flatlands, New Lots, Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Middle Village, Maspeth, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights with several new stations in communities not currently served by rail transit.   
 
If adopted, this new service would improve transit and job access to underserved communities along this corridor that is currently home to about 900,000 residents and 260,000 jobs, and with growth expected by at least 41,000 people and 15,000 jobs in the next 25 years. For many residents along this corridor, crossing from neighborhood to neighborhood is slow and tedious because existing subway lines are oriented towards Manhattan, even as many new work opportunities, schools, and services are located in the outer boroughs. The project would provide critical mobility, creating better links for travel to and from Manhattan as well as key connections among neighborhoods, across boroughs, and opening up new opportunities for reverse commuting into Nassau and Suffolk Counties.      
   
Each day, more than 100,000 commuters make daily trips within or across Brooklyn and Queens, often relying on buses that get caught in traffic along a tangled and crowded street network. Results from this historic and necessary step could lead to a new service that would provide end-to-end travel time of less than 40 minutes, although most trips would be along shorter segments of the line. This would provide significant time savings for interborough Brooklyn and Queens trips compared with existing transit options.  
   
In addition to transit service, the existing Bay Ridge Branch corridor can service cross harbor rail freight and would dramatically reduce truck congestion regionally and expand goods movement facilities, thereby fortifying supply chains still struggling to recover from the pandemic. Transportation planners believe that cross harbor rail freight and passenger service on the Interborough Express can work together in concert, which could be a game-changer for the region. To that end Governor Hochul is also directing the Port Authority to complete environmental review for the Cross Harbor Rail Freight Tunnel.
 
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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, January 7, 2022 1:33 AM

 

 
January 06, 2022
ICYMI: Governor Hochul and MTA Announce Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 Moves Forward
Grant Request for Phase 2 of Subway Extension to 125th Street Moves to Engineering Stage
 Extension Will Include Three New Subway Stations, at 106th St, 116th St and 125th St, with Connection to Metro-North
 
Governor Kathy Hochul and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority today announced that the Second Avenue Subway expansion project that would extend the Second Avenue line to 125th St in East Harlem has moved to the Engineering phase of the project timeline. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden in November provided $23 billion in new grant opportunities for transit expansion, a historic level of funding that doubled the amount of grants available for major projects like Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS2).
The MTA submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Transportation to allow Phase 2 of the expansion to move forward and remain eligible for funding. Phase 2 will include the construction of three new subway stations, at 106th St, 116th St, and 125th St in East Harlem. The Federal Transit Administration has advanced SAS2 into the Engineering phase of the grant process, bringing the project one step closer to reality and allowing preliminary work to move forward.
“Earlier this afternoon I spoke with Secretary Buttigieg who shared the exciting news that the U.S. Department of Transportation is making a huge step forward on Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway expansion, which will unlock incredible potential for the people of East Harlem in expanding transit equity and economic opportunity,” Governor Hochul said. “This moves us into the home stretch towards full funding and the start of construction on this incredibly important project. Last month I toured the site of the extension with MTA leadership and elected officials seeing firsthand the sheer grandeur of this exciting project. We made a clear commitment then to the people of East Harlem that we would keep this project moving swiftly, and now we see the first element of making that vision a true reality for so many New Yorkers. I want to thank Secretary Buttigieg, our Congressional leadership, and the MTA for their tireless advocacy for this project, and I can’t wait to get the trains running.”
Approximately 70 percent of East Harlem residents use public transportation to get to work, much higher than the citywide average of 55 percent. The expansion of Second Avenue Subway would help advance the Biden Administration's and New York State's goal for transportation equity and would improve the local community's access to jobs, health care, and other services, while reducing congestion, both on the streets and on the Lexington Avenue subway line and improving air quality.
MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, “The East Harlem community has been waiting for the Second Avenue Subway for decades. Phase 2 will serve an area with one of the largest concentrations of affordable housing in the country where 70 percent of residents rely on public transportation to get to work. The new line extension will build on the success of Phase 1 and bring the total Second Avenue Subway ridership to 300,000, which is equivalent to the entire Philadelphia rail system. A big thank you to the FTA for moving the project to the next stage. My team is ready to go.”
Phase 1 of the project extended the Q line from 63rd St to 96th St and was New York City's biggest expansion of the subway system in 50 years. Service opened on January 1, 2017, with additional stations at 72nd St and 86th St. Since its completion, the Second Avenue Subway has carried more than 130 million passengers and carried more than 200,000 passengers on a pre-pandemic day. A tunnel segment that will be used for Phase 2 was built in the 1970s from 110th St to 120th St along Second Avenue.   
Fast Facts to Know
·This phase of the project will extend train service from 96th St north to 125th St, approximately 1.5 miles.
·There will be new stations at 106th St and 116th St on Second Ave and 125th St at Park Ave.
·Phase 2 will provide direct passenger connections to the Lexington Avenue (4/5/6) subway line at 125th St and an entrance at Park Ave to allow convenient transfers to the Metro-North Railroad 125 St Station.
·Each station will have above-ground ancillary buildings that house ventilation mechanical, and electrical equipment. These will include space for possible ground-floor retail.
·Expansion will serve an additional 100,000 daily riders.
·Will provide three new ADA accessible stations - raising the bar for customer comfort and convenience.
·Increased multimodal transit connectivity at the 125th St station - with connections to the 4/5/6, Metro-North trains and the M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport, allowing convenient transfers to other subway and commuter rail lines, facilitating smoother, faster transportation across the city and region.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said, “The Second Avenue Subway Phase II project advancing into project engineering is great news for the people of East Harlem and all of New York City. Long envisioned – but unfortunately too long delayed – the project is now full-speed ahead. I was pleased to secure the historic $23 billion in grant funding for mass transit capital projects in the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs law, and will fight to ensure this critical project gets its fair share.”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “This federal investment would make a real difference in the lives of East Harlem residents, and I’m very pleased that Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway project has moved forward in the grant process. The expansion of the Second Avenue Subway line would ease commute times, reduce congestion, create local jobs, and connect the community more seamlessly with the rest of the city. I’m proud to have worked to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that provided the funding to make projects like this possible and I’ll keep fighting for resources for New York’s straphangers.”
Representative Jerrold Nadler said, “This is fantastic news for New York City Subway riders. The extension of the 2nd Avenue subway line to 125th Street in East Harlem will serve communities that so desperately need expanded subway service and will alleviate crowding and congestion on the Lexington Ave line. I am thrilled that this project is moving forward and I am especially proud to have supported the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that has made this phase of the extension possible. I want to thank Governor Hochul for her partnership on this project and I look forward to continuing to work with her to improve New York City’s infrastructure”
Representative Carolyn Maloney said, “I am thrilled that Secretary Buttigieg and the FTA are prioritizing 2nd Avenue Subway expansion by shepherding the project into the engineering phase and bringing it one step closer to federal funding approval. Bringing the Q Train to 125th Street will be a game changer for our City as we rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis, and it will help reduce transit deserts by connecting East Harlem to midtown, lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn. It will reduce the dangerously overcrowded Lexington Avenue line while also committing to the City’s century-old promise to our people to create another east side line. I was proud to lead the fight to build Phase 1, and I thank Governor Hochul, Secretary Buttigieg, Congressmember Espaillat, and MTA CEO and Acting Chair Janno Lieber for their continued partnership in completing this vital project.”
Representative Adriano Espaillat said, “As New York City continues to rebuild while working towards economic recovery and addressing the inequalities faced by communities of color that were exacerbated during the pandemic, investing in transit equity improvements is critical and today’s announcement to begin the Second Avenue Subway extension will have resounding effects throughout New York State and particularly in New York City. Successfully expanding services and reliable transportation to this region will support the livelihood of over 100,000 East Harlem residents who currently experience barriers to job opportunities, educational advancement, and access to hospitals and medical care due to lack of public transportation – and will ultimately reshape the fabric of our neighborhoods along the way.”
 
 
 
 
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January 06, 2022
ICYMI: Governor Hochul and MTA Announce Second Avenue Subway Phase 2 Moves Forward
Grant Request for Phase 2 of Subway Extension to 125th Street Moves to Engineering Stage
 Extension Will Include Three New Subway Stations, at 106th St, 116th St and 125th St, with Connection to Metro-North
 
Governor Kathy Hochul and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority today announced that the Second Avenue Subway expansion project that would extend the Second Avenue line to 125th St in East Harlem has moved to the Engineering phase of the project timeline. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Biden in November provided $23 billion in new grant opportunities for transit expansion, a historic level of funding that doubled the amount of grants available for major projects like Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS2).
The MTA submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Transportation to allow Phase 2 of the expansion to move forward and remain eligible for funding. Phase 2 will include the construction of three new subway stations, at 106th St, 116th St, and 125th St in East Harlem. The Federal Transit Administration has advanced SAS2 into the Engineering phase of the grant process, bringing the project one step closer to reality and allowing preliminary work to move forward.
“Earlier this afternoon I spoke with Secretary Buttigieg who shared the exciting news that the U.S. Department of Transportation is making a huge step forward on Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway expansion, which will unlock incredible potential for the people of East Harlem in expanding transit equity and economic opportunity,” Governor Hochul said. “This moves us into the home stretch towards full funding and the start of construction on this incredibly important project. Last month I toured the site of the extension with MTA leadership and elected officials seeing firsthand the sheer grandeur of this exciting project. We made a clear commitment then to the people of East Harlem that we would keep this project moving swiftly, and now we see the first element of making that vision a true reality for so many New Yorkers. I want to thank Secretary Buttigieg, our Congressional leadership, and the MTA for their tireless advocacy for this project, and I can’t wait to get the trains running.”
Approximately 70 percent of East Harlem residents use public transportation to get to work, much higher than the citywide average of 55 percent. The expansion of Second Avenue Subway would help advance the Biden Administration's and New York State's goal for transportation equity and would improve the local community's access to jobs, health care, and other services, while reducing congestion, both on the streets and on the Lexington Avenue subway line and improving air quality.
MTA Acting Chair and CEO Janno Lieber said, “The East Harlem community has been waiting for the Second Avenue Subway for decades. Phase 2 will serve an area with one of the largest concentrations of affordable housing in the country where 70 percent of residents rely on public transportation to get to work. The new line extension will build on the success of Phase 1 and bring the total Second Avenue Subway ridership to 300,000, which is equivalent to the entire Philadelphia rail system. A big thank you to the FTA for moving the project to the next stage. My team is ready to go.”
Phase 1 of the project extended the Q line from 63rd St to 96th St and was New York City's biggest expansion of the subway system in 50 years. Service opened on January 1, 2017, with additional stations at 72nd St and 86th St. Since its completion, the Second Avenue Subway has carried more than 130 million passengers and carried more than 200,000 passengers on a pre-pandemic day. A tunnel segment that will be used for Phase 2 was built in the 1970s from 110th St to 120th St along Second Avenue.   
Fast Facts to Know
·This phase of the project will extend train service from 96th St north to 125th St, approximately 1.5 miles.
·There will be new stations at 106th St and 116th St on Second Ave and 125th St at Park Ave.
·Phase 2 will provide direct passenger connections to the Lexington Avenue (4/5/6) subway line at 125th St and an entrance at Park Ave to allow convenient transfers to the Metro-North Railroad 125 St Station.
·Each station will have above-ground ancillary buildings that house ventilation mechanical, and electrical equipment. These will include space for possible ground-floor retail.
·Expansion will serve an additional 100,000 daily riders.
·Will provide three new ADA accessible stations - raising the bar for customer comfort and convenience.
·Increased multimodal transit connectivity at the 125th St station - with connections to the 4/5/6, Metro-North trains and the M60 Select Bus Service to LaGuardia Airport, allowing convenient transfers to other subway and commuter rail lines, facilitating smoother, faster transportation across the city and region.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer said, “The Second Avenue Subway Phase II project advancing into project engineering is great news for the people of East Harlem and all of New York City. Long envisioned – but unfortunately too long delayed – the project is now full-speed ahead. I was pleased to secure the historic $23 billion in grant funding for mass transit capital projects in the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs law, and will fight to ensure this critical project gets its fair share.”
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “This federal investment would make a real difference in the lives of East Harlem residents, and I’m very pleased that Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway project has moved forward in the grant process. The expansion of the Second Avenue Subway line would ease commute times, reduce congestion, create local jobs, and connect the community more seamlessly with the rest of the city. I’m proud to have worked to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that provided the funding to make projects like this possible and I’ll keep fighting for resources for New York’s straphangers.”
Representative Jerrold Nadler said, “This is fantastic news for New York City Subway riders. The extension of the 2nd Avenue subway line to 125th Street in East Harlem will serve communities that so desperately need expanded subway service and will alleviate crowding and congestion on the Lexington Ave line. I am thrilled that this project is moving forward and I am especially proud to have supported the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that has made this phase of the extension possible. I want to thank Governor Hochul for her partnership on this project and I look forward to continuing to work with her to improve New York City’s infrastructure”
Representative Carolyn Maloney said, “I am thrilled that Secretary Buttigieg and the FTA are prioritizing 2nd Avenue Subway expansion by shepherding the project into the engineering phase and bringing it one step closer to federal funding approval. Bringing the Q Train to 125th Street will be a game changer for our City as we rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis, and it will help reduce transit deserts by connecting East Harlem to midtown, lower Manhattan, and Brooklyn. It will reduce the dangerously overcrowded Lexington Avenue line while also committing to the City’s century-old promise to our people to create another east side line. I was proud to lead the fight to build Phase 1, and I thank Governor Hochul, Secretary Buttigieg, Congressmember Espaillat, and MTA CEO and Acting Chair Janno Lieber for their continued partnership in completing this vital project.”
Representative Adriano Espaillat said, “As New York City continues to rebuild while working towards economic recovery and addressing the inequalities faced by communities of color that were exacerbated during the pandemic, investing in transit equity improvements is critical and today’s announcement to begin the Second Avenue Subway extension will have resounding effects throughout New York State and particularly in New York City. Successfully expanding services and reliable transportation to this region will support the livelihood of over 100,000 East Harlem residents who currently experience barriers to job opportunities, educational advancement, and access to hospitals and medical care due to lack of public transportation – and will ultimately reshape the fabric of our neighborhoods along the way.”
 
 
 
 
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