More Trains On The New Haven Line

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Starting in November, additional trains will be added to MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced yesterday.

Off-peak weekday and weekend trains on the line will begin running every half-hour between New Haven, Conn., and New York City. This marks the first time the New Haven Line has offered half-hour service for off-peak and weekend trains, which will begin when Metro-North implements schedule changes on Nov. 9, Malloy said in a press release.

In addition, schedule enhancements are planned for the Waterbury Branch of the New Haven Line in response to recent customer demand.

“With this good news, the delivery of our new M-8 cars and the upgrades we are making to improve infrastructure and operations, we are continuing to move the New Haven Line to where it needs to be to best serve the tens of thousands of Connecticut residents who depend on this system…

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Vancouver Canucks send more veterans back to Utica Comets

The Vancouver Canucks have assigned eight more players to the Utica Comets, including five veterans of last season’s team.

Defensemen Henrik Tommernes

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Henrik Tommernes

, Kent Huskins

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Kent Huskins

, and John Negrin

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John Negrin

, goaltender Joe Cannata

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Joe Cannata

, and center Alex Friesen

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Alex Frieson

, all of whom played in Utica last year, were sent down. Also assigned to the were defenseman Kane Lafranchise, who was with the Abbotsford Heat last season; Brendan Gaunce, who played with the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey Association, and Ronalds Kenins, a forward from the Swiss A league.

Forwards J.T. Wyman, who played in the NHL briefly and was with the Lake Erie Monsters last season, and Carter Bancks, another former Abbotsford player, were cut by the Canucks and will attend the Comets’ camp.

The Comets begin workouts at the Utica Memorial Auditorium Monday. The Comets have an exhibition game Wednesday at Wilkes-Barre Scranton, another against the Adirondack Flames Friday at Rome’s Kennedy Arena, then travel to Glens Falls to play the Flames in their final preseason game Saturday. They open the regular season Oct. 11 at Toronto.

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Ryder Cup: Where We Were Saturday Night

Bradley bumps a wonderful chip to a couple of feet. That’s a fine par secured under extreme pressure. McDowell will have to knock in a 15-footer if Europe are to win this match, and win it here. And that’s exactly what he does, setting the ball out a couple of hole’s width to the right, and curling it in, the ball clearly on the correct route halfway along its journey. He raises his arms in triumph. It’s been a fine afternoon for Europe, and not a bad one for Northern Ireland, when you come to think about it.

Walker whips the ball up into the air from bunker, but it lands softly on the green and doesn’t run. Fowler will have a 15-footer for his birdie. It might be immaterial if McIlroy drains this eagle putt. Rory tickles it to the hole side for a certain birdie. Fowler will have to make his birdie putt for the half – and he can’t! A stunning half for Europe! Rory and Sergio ended birdie-birdie-birdie! That’s a huge result for the Europeans. Walker and Fowler didn’t even do anything wrong, and they’ve just suffered an almighty blow.

The true heir to D’Artagnan, Charles de Batz-Castelmore d’Ubuisson, whips his second into 15 pin high, 30 feet from the flag. Mickelson, who was 40 yards nearer the green, can only put his ball next to Europe’s. America need something to happen here, that’s not really good enough. Up on 18, Fowler takes out his 3-wood, and lashes his second into the trap front-right of the green. His ball’s not plugged, so they’ll have a chance of getting up and down from there. But what a shot Sergio makes afterwards! He takes out a fairway wood too, and lands it softly on the back left of the green, leaving Rory a 25-footer for eagle! We’ve had some drama up 18 already today; here’s more! Oh, by the way, the atmospheric cauldron we were promised on this final hole? Gleneagles has delivered.

McIlroy clatters his drive at 18 smack into a tree down the right! What absurd behaviour from Europe off the tee in this match! But the ball takes a bounce to the left and settles in a bare patch of rough. Sergio might have a route to the flag here! Meanwhile Walker, who was surely preparing to shake hands for the win on the last green, batters a less wild, but still not good, drive into the rough down the left. That isn’t so ridiculous, but might be a worse lie. Them’s the breaks. I suppose Rory earned one with that stupendous putt on the last.

Komik kutz on the 14th tee, as Mickelson takes an iron for safety and finds deep rough down the right, and Dubuisson hooks a load of nonsense into the woods down the left. Up on 16, McIlroy chips a delicate third shot to 18 inches, but Walker will have that 12 footer for eagle, and the match. But no, it slides by on the right. A half, and the USA are dormie two in the third game.

McIlroy/Garcia v Walker/Fowler 2 UP (16)
2 UP Dubuisson/McDowell v Mickelson/Bradley (13)

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It’s not black or it’s not white. I had an overall, as I call it, a skeleton plan, and you bob and weave.”

Just one day into the Ryder Cup, the European captain’s bobs and weaves have been countered with backpedaling and sidestepping from his American counterpart.

It doesn’t mean anything yet. It doesn’t mean the European team will definitely win or the American team will absolutely lose. But at a biennial event where analyzing and second guessing and Monday morning quarterbacking are as much traditions as the actual golf, so far McGinley is 1 up on Watson.

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Captain Watson reacts to Saturday’s loses and looks towards Sunday http://snpy.tv/1pjKgBW

Team Europe builds a 10-6 lead … same as Team USA at Valhalla two years ago: http://go.pga.com/1vfAjvf

Europe will only need to win 4 of tomorrow’s 12 singles matches to retain the #RyderCup.

Saturday’s matches are in the books. Complete interactive scoreboard: http://go.pga.com/1vfxHh2

Justin Rose buries a 7 footer at 18 to grab a half point and give Europe a 10-6 lead after Day 2. #RyderCup

And Finally

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Europe seized command of the Ryder Cup on Saturday, winning three foursome matches and halving a fourth to extend its lead to 10-6 going into the final day’s singles.

For the second day in a row, Europe grabbed 3 1/2 points from the afternoon alternate-shot matches at Gleneagles.

The United States won 2 1/2 points in the morning fourballs to cut the lead to 6 1/2-5 1/2.

Twelve singles will be played on Sunday. Europe needs a total of 14 points to retain the trophy and 14 1/2 to win it outright.

The Americans led 10-6 two years ago at Medinah, but Europe pulled off a remarkable comeback to win 14 1/2-13 1/2.

Europe has won seven of the past nine Ryder Cups.

Saturday Final

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More Trains On The New Haven Line

Starting in November, additional trains will be added to MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced yesterday.

Off-peak weekday and weekend trains on the line will begin running every half-hour between New Haven, Conn., and New York City. This marks the first time the New Haven Line has offered half-hour service for off-peak and weekend trains, which will begin when Metro-North implements schedule changes on Nov. 9, Malloy said in a press release.

In addition, schedule enhancements are planned for the Waterbury Branch of the New Haven Line in response to recent customer demand.

“With this good news, the delivery of our new M-8 cars and the upgrades we are making to improve infrastructure and operations, we are continuing to move the New Haven Line to where it needs to be to best serve the tens of thousands of Connecticut residents who depend on this system every day,” Malloy said.

When new Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti began his duties in February, Malloy outlined his expectations and priorities for improved service and performance for Connecticut’s commuter lines.  Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker have since held discussions with Giulietti as Metro-North works to implement improvements, such as by appointing Mike Donnarumma district superintendent on the New Haven Line and consumer advocate for the Waterbury Branch, state officials said.

Major improvements to the Waterbury Branch are already in the works, including a new signal system and positive train control implementation. In the past four years, Connecticut has invested almost $11 million in Waterbury Branch-specific projects to restore the line to a state-of-good repair. Starting in November, additional trains will be added to MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced yesterday.

Off-peak weekday and weekend trains on the line will begin running every half-hour between New Haven, Conn., and New York City. This marks the first time the New Haven Line has offered half-hour service for off-peak and weekend trains, which will begin when Metro-North implements schedule changes on Nov. 9, Malloy said in a press release.

In addition, schedule enhancements are planned for the Waterbury Branch of the New Haven Line in response to recent customer demand.

“With this good news, the delivery of our new M-8 cars and the upgrades we are making to improve infrastructure and operations, we are continuing to move the New Haven Line to where it needs to be to best serve the tens of thousands of Connecticut residents who depend on this system every day,” Malloy said.

When new Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti began his duties in February, Malloy outlined his expectations and priorities for improved service and performance for Connecticut’s commuter lines.  Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker have since held discussions with Giulietti as Metro-North works to implement improvements, such as by appointing Mike Donnarumma district superintendent on the New Haven Line and consumer advocate for the Waterbury Branch, state officials said.

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Major improvements to the Waterbury Branch are already in the works, including a new signal system and positive train control implementation. In the past four years, Connecticut has invested almost $11 million in Waterbury Branch-specific projects to restore the line to a state-of-good repair.

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UBER! Are people getting wise to them yet?

Lots of secrets you didn’t know, and some you wish you still did not know.

Remember how Mom always told you not to get in cars with strangers? Ride-sharing services have turned that sage advice on its head.

It’s easy to see why. Using Uber is far easier than trying to hail a cab on a crowded corner. Just whip out your phone, log in to the app, tap for a ride, and then pay for it with another tap when you’ve reached your destination. These new services are cheaper than traditional taxis, too.

Drivers could be working for Uber AND a competitor. Reduces their downtime.

Uber execs will call for Lyft rides and then try to recruit the drivers. Henry, who’s been driving for about five months in Los Angeles, was approached by Uber and offered a $500 bonus for switching from Lyft. The next week he was back to working for both services, half a grand richer.

According to reports by CNN Money, Uber has been telling drivers in New York City that they are violating city regulations by driving for both services. This is not true. They are all legally independent contractors.

Ride-sharing services will run background and DMV checks for new drivers, but that’s often where it stops.

Driver estimates that 70 percent of his weekend passengers are drunk, so like many drivers he carries barf bags in his car.

If a passenger does the big spit all over the back seat, drivers can be reimbursed from $50 to $250 for “damage.” However, they must first photograph the barf and send the pic to Uber,

One reason why many drivers no longer offer water, candy, and other amenities is that the price war between Uber and Lyft has taken a serious toll on drivers’ wages.

Drivers occasionally hit it off with passengers and get invited into their homes or to a bar to share drinks.

Drivers also rate passengers and have the ability to have you booted from the service if you violate the rules, are abusive, or worse. Your account is deactivated and you can no longer log in to request rides.

You know how Uber says a 20 percent tip is included in the fare? Uber drivers we contacted said they never see a dime of that money.

Even metro areas that tolerate ride-sharing services often block them from picking up passengers from the airport — traditionally one of the most lucrative fares for taxi cabs and limo services. But there’s a workaround, manually change the pickup location to a spot outside the radius of the airport, call for a ride, and then text your real location to the driver.

Uber and Lyft are bitter rivals in the taxi app game, but they have found common ground: Opposing Taxi and Limousine Commission rules on how people will get their smartphone-summoned ride.

The TLC said Tuesday it will revive a proposal to stop bases from dispatching another base’s car, unless both owners agree — an unlikely scenario between Uber and Lyft. That means drivers who use both services would have a smaller pool of fares and it could be a hurdle for companies to attract enough drivers to meet their demand.

“We are concerned the proposed TLC rule changes will have unintended consequences that limit driver flexibility, reduce consumer convenience and squash innovation in the NYC transportation market,” said David Mack, Lyft’s director of public affairs. Meanwhile, Uber put out a statement that said the TLC rules are “bad for both riders and drivers.”

The Livery Round Table, an industry group, backs the TLC proposal, a spokeswoman said.

The TLC is pushing the rule because drivers from a base affiliated with one company were picking up fares hailed through another service. A for-hire vehicle industry insider, Ira Goldstein of The Black Car Fund, told amNewYork last month an Uber driver picked up his request for a Lyft car.

“This is being done without the knowledge or consent of the vehicles’ affiliated bases,” reads a TLC notice on the proposal. “These new practices have given rise to problems not addressed in the TLC’s rules.”

The proposal, which will be discussed at an Oct. 16 TLC hearing, would only allow a for-hire-vehicle base to send out unaffiliated cars if its base owner agrees; it would require bases to give the TLC trip records, prohibit a base from sending out a different class of car, and require that riders get the name and license number of the car’s affiliated base.

“There are some extremely good reasons for these rules that are grounded totally in passenger protection and driver protection,” said TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg. “Right now, the TLC has no way to ID a driver who is dispatched by an unaffiliated base app.”

Avtar Singh, 28, a driver from Richmond Hill, who uses an Uber car and picks up Lyft fares too, said no passenger has complained about the setup in his 10 months behind the wheel. Driving for both companies, he said, helps him make about $2,500 a week to support his family and cover the $800 rent for the car.

“If I’m working with one company, then I have to wait longer” for passengers, said Singh, who was offered for interview by Lyft. “If I do that, I’m not going to make my money.”

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Silver Line Beats Projections: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Less than two months after opening, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) new Silver Line has reached 60 percent of its projected ridership for the end of the first full year of service, agency officials announced.
As of last week, an average of 15,000 riders were entering the system at the five new Silver Line stations on weekdays for a combined 30,000 trips to or from the new stations, according to a WMATA press release. In the planning process, Silver Line ridership was projected to reach 25,000 boardings at the five new stations after a year of service.

Silver Line service began July 26 between Wiehle-Reston East Station in Fairfax County, Va., and Largo Town Center in Prince George’s County, Md. The new rail line represented the largest expansion of Metrorail since 1991.

Agency officials estimate the line is adding about 6,000 new riders — making about 12,000 trips — to the Metrorail system each weekday. The balance, approximately 9,000 riders, are primarily former Orange Line riders who have switched to the Silver Line, WMATA officials said.

Wiehle-Reston East remains the Silver Line’s most popular, having already surpassed first-year ridership projections with 8,400 boardings, or 16,800 weekday entries and exits. Wiehle-Reston East’s commute makes up about half the line’s ridership.

Tysons Corner Station is one of the few stations on the Metrorail system where ridership has been higher on Saturday than regular weekdays.

“In addition to being a great way to travel in Virginia and D.C., we are pleased to see the Silver Line is also connecting the region more broadly,” said WMATA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles. “On weekday mornings, nearly 10 percent of riders entering at the five new Silver Line stations are bound for stations in Maryland, and 17 percent of the riders exiting at the five new Virginia stations start their trips in Maryland.”

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Delaware and Hudson Railway: Gone But Not Forgotten – Part 2

In Delaware and Hudson Railway: Gone But Not Forgotten – Part 1 we discussed mostly the northern portion of the D&H. In Part 2, we are going to address the question of “What Does Edna Ferber Have To Do With the D&H?

Little background first. In Nice, France there is a section of the city known as “Ferber”. This is where she vacationed (on the Promenade des Anglais between the airport and the downtown).. Quite a while ago we picked up some booklets including Edna Ferber, at the Saturday morning booksellers fair. Most interesting was an account of the building of the railroad between Binghamton and Albany which is printed below. Basically the same document was recently published in the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin.

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From before the outbreak of the Civil War, the development of the railroad brought tremendous change to the United States. New businesses and towns developed alongside of the newly laid tracks. During the war itself, the railroad played an essential role in moving both troops and supplies to the battlefields.
Power of the tracks meant power to control the movement of goods, people and money, but especially money. Railroads continued to develop well into the 1870s throughout the northeast. The new railroad lines brought new life to older communities and spurred growth in small hamlets and villages along those lines.
In Broome County, the New York & Erie Railroad arrived in 1848, and completed their line in 1851. By the end of the Civil War, several other lines had helped to make the Binghamton area into a transportation hub. But one more line was to be added to the list.
In 1869, Joseph H. Ramsey completed his vision of bringing his Albany and Susquehanna Railroad through this area. The line ran from the coalfields of Pennsylvania to Albany. It was not the longest of the railroad lines, or, maybe, the most impressive; but it was an essential link to the profits of the coalfields and the major lines in the capital of New York.
One problem with this railroad line was a major hill in the Town of Colesville. Rather than taking the tracks around or over this geographic impediment, the owners decided to carve out a tunnel to run the tracks through the mountain. It took months to complete the work, but by the late summer of 1869, the tunnel was open for trains to run through on their way to new stops along the way.
It was an engineering marvel, a tunnel that was five-eighths of a mile in length. People were amazed at its completion which brought the attention of more than just the local residents. It also brought the envy and ire of the owners of the Erie Railroad: Jay Gould and Jim Fisk. Both were robber barons, who waged a war against the smaller railroads to control the lines that brought them millions.
They had begun to buy up shares of the Albany railroad hoping to seize control in that manner, but were unsuccessful. Ramsey actually buried his minute books and ledgers in an Albany cemetery to prevent them from being stolen by thugs of Fisk and Gould. One way was left to the two Erie owners to grab control of the Albany railroad tracks.
On August 10, 1869, Fisk and Gould sent a train down the line from Albany loaded with men carrying all sorts of handles and weapons. Not to be outdone, Ramsey sent his own train up from Binghamton to stop the rival owners. The trains met head on in the tunnel in the Town of Colesville. The impact was so strong it pushed the Albany trained off the tracks and onto its side. And with that crash, the battle began.
Men from both trains piled off and fought to gain the upper hand. Handles hit heads, rocks were thrown; sides pushed forward and then were thrust backward as the other side tried to gain ground. The fight raged for three days until the state militia was called out to end the fight. By the time the state troops arrived at the site, Ramsey’s forces had gained the upper hand. Not too bad considering that the Erie men outnumbered their opponents by two to one.
Despite the fierce fight, there were no casualties; except a loss of face for the Erie side. Realizing that he was fighting a giant, Ramsey leased his railroad line to the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co. for 99 years. The D & H would buy out that line in 1945.
Our local battle made national headlines, and it was adapted by Edna Ferber in Saratoga Trunk, as well as used in the movie by the same name. After all that, the only words left to describe this whole mess could have been uttered by Gary Cooper as the protagonist in the movie: “Yup.” 

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