Category Archives: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Trump Wall

Why does he not start instead with

$$$ for NY City mass transit including 2nd Avenue Subway

$$$ for Hudson River Tunnel (he once promised)

$$$ for (now) rail or Hyperlink between  Stewart International Airport so visitors in a snow storm can get to City.

 

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Wrinkles in BQX project as review process is delayed

Brooklyn Reporter

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) project reportedly has missed a deadline to start its public review process, which was slated to begin at the end of 2017.

According to Crain’s, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) now plans to begin the public review process for the $2.8 billion proposed streetcar project that would stretch along the waterfront for 16 miles between Sunset Park and Astoria, Queens early this year.

“The BQX will dramatically increase opportunity for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront who are clamoring for better access to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation,” wrote a spokesperson for the Friends of BQX, the group that has been promoting the project, to this paper. “We’re optimistic that the project will take significant, concrete strides forward in 2018.”

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who originally unveiled the BQX initiative, continues to support the ambitious project.

“I proposed it. I said I want the most transportation I can get in the city,” he said in a town hall in the Sunset Park area on Thursday, December 14. “NYC Ferry started the last two years out of scratch. It didn’t exist. We created a whole new approach. You have it in a lot of places and it’s going to keep growing in the city. We need that. The subways are overcrowded.”

De Blasio also referenced other cities where light rail has succeeded. “Look at cities all over the country,” he said. “Light rail can be added to communities. New subways can’t.  Look how long the Second Avenue subway took. It took decades and decades to add a small amount more. If we’re going to add more transportation, light rail is part of it in my opinion.”

 

Is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Utica Avenue Brooklyn subway extension dead?

METRO

Too many transportation studies championed by numerous elected officials are nothing more than placebos designed to placate demagogues.

Here is why The Regional Plan Association release of their fourth annual master plan which included calling for construction of the Utica Avenue subway will never leave the station. At the request of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the MTA allocated $5 million in funding under the $32 billion Metropolitan Transportation Authority 2015 – 2019 Five Year Capital Program to initiate a $5 million feasibility study for this proposal to build a Utica Avenue subway extension. The Utica Avenue subway was originally proposed by NYC Mayor Hyland in 1922! The concept would construct extensions for both the #3 & #4 original IRT subway lines in East Flatbush Brooklyn. It would be built along Utica Avenue from Eastern Parkway to Avenue U. Costs for both the first phase of Second Avenue & #7 subway line extension averaged $2 billion plus per mile. One can only imagine how many billions would be required to do the same along Utica Avenue.

Two years later, the MTA had yet to issue a Request for Proposals to hire any engineering consulting firm to perform this study. This contradicts the RPA report which states that “an assessment should be forthcoming.” It is a clear sign that the MTA is really not interested in pursuing this project. This proposal may represent a waste of taxpayers’ dollars for yet another transportation feasibility study.

Too Bad! Great idea. Look at the riders! All YOUNGS!

Man Struck, Killed By A Train At 14th Street

A man was struck and killed by an A Train at 14th Street Friday evening.

Authorities said the man was standing between trains smoking near the station, at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue on the cusp of Chelsea and the West Village, when he fell and was hit by the train.

He was pronounced dead shortly afterward at the hospital, officials said.

One man reported on Twitter that he was on a train that was held for two hours following the incident.

53rd Street Tunnel Closed For Repairs; E And M Subway Service Disrupted

From NYC MTA

The MTA has closed down the 53rd Street Tunnel connecting Queens and Manhattan for repairs.

Starting Tuesday, more than 500 workers will be toiling around the clock replacing the third rail, clearing track drains and installing cables for signal improvements along the E and M lines.

We’ll be doing critical Subway Action Plan maintenance &
repair work to the 53rd St tunnel on the E/M lines Dec. 26-31. More than 500
workers working on signal, track & drain systems to accomplish in 5 days
what would typically take a full month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8A1C7m3MHU 

During the five-day closure of the tunnel, the M train will not be running except for M shuttle trains between Metropolitan and Myrtle Wyckoff avenues.

The E train will be rerouted along the F line between Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights and West 4th Street and then continue on its normal course from there to the World Trade Center, except overnight.

The shut down caused some confusion among commuters the day after Christmas.

It was perhaps the last thing commuters wanted for Christmas.

Signage and MTA agents on site will help guide commuters.

Despite the confusion, the MTA says this is actually the best option, with the agency taking advantage of low ridership at this time of year. Instead of the usual weekend work, a complete shutdown will allow workers to get more done in less time, according to the MTA.

“This is an opportunity to get in that four-five day period, five or six, seven weekends. Just make it happen,” MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said earlier this month.

Service is expected to be back to normal by 8 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. If the shutdown is a success, the MTA may try it out on other lines.

Cuomo deploys ‘hundreds’ of cops over the holiday to watch for terror

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is deploying “hundreds” of additional state police, National Guard troops and MTA and Port Authority cops to patrol the city’s transits hubs and crossings during the holiday season amid heightened concerns about terrorism.

The special operations team starting Tuesday will beef up patrols at Penn Station, Grand Central terminal, all nine MTA-operated bridges and tunnels and PA Hudson crossings, as well as LaGuardia and JFK airports.

The bolstered security will include rapid radiation response trucks, bomb-detecting canines and increased surveillance at all high-profile locations, the governor said.

The move comes a week after an ISIS-inspired would-be suicide bomber set off a homemade explosive device at the PA-Times Square subway station last week.

On Halloween, a terrorist in a rental truck killed eight people on a bike path in Hudson River Park in the shadow of the World Trade Center site.

Cuomo emphasized the teams are working in tandem with the NYPD and federal law enforcement.

“There’s no doubt we had two terrorist attacks in two months. There’s no doubt that tensions have been heightened,” the governor said.

“This is more than we’ve done before. It’s a response to terrorists activity we’ve never seen before. What we’ve seen lately is these lone-wolf incidents.”

The increase in law enforcement comes as New York City and the metro region grapples with record tourism and traffic gridlock.

“We have increased traffic, more tourists and even more trucks coming to the city,” Cuomo said.

“We are looking at a number of personnel deployed in the hundreds.”

Cuomo is expected to announce the anti-terror measures with MTA chairman Joe Lhota on Tuesday.

“MTA’s law enforcement officers — and all of our employees — are truly on the front lines protecting New Yorkers. In coordination with all of our partners, we’re surging deployments and heightening our security presence to help keep New Yorkers safe this holiday season,” Lhota said.

The New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield is heavily involved in the effort.

The MTA had already beefed up their patrols and surveillance at major rail hubs after the Time Square terror incident. Now additional patrols will extend to the bridges, tunnels and airports.

MTA buses are grossly ‘neglected’ compared to subways: report

NY Post

And you thought the subway was bad.

The city’s MTA buses are grossly “neglected” compared to the rest of the Big Apple’s massive transit system — and are the slowest coaches in the country, according to a new report Monday.

“Within the sprawling Metropolitan Transportation Authority, [the bus system] is overshadowed by subways, commuter rail, and bridges, which enjoy more attention and resources,” the 62-page report by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office states.

According to the report: “[T]he bus system has been stifled. Its routes are often slow, unreliable, long, meandering, confusing, congested, and poorly connected,” the report says.

The bus issues are “not the result of unavoidable circumstances, but rather a product of age-old institutional failures by the City and MTA to maximize the system’s potential,” it states.

The MTA bus system lost 100 million passenger trips in the last eight years and ridership is down in Manhattan by 16 percent since 2011, according to the report.

With the average MTA bus traveling at a “dismal” 7.4 mph along its local and express routes, city buses are the slowest among the 17 largest bus companies in the nation, the report says.

A typical Big Apple bus spends half its time in motion and in traffic, while 21 percent of the time is spent at red lights and 22 percent of the time is spent at bus stops, according to the report.

Low-income and immigrant New Yorkers, the report says, “are hurt by this lack of service most of all” as the average personal income of bus commuters is $28,455 — $11,545 less than the average income of subway commuters.

The declining bus service is “due, in part, to the MTA’s failure to follow its own standards and schedules,” according to the report.

The city’s flailing bus system is also “hampered by a fractured management structure” between two agencies — the New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company, the report says.

The report charges that the MTA and the city’s Department of Transportation “have struggled to implement new technologies and core amenities that could improve the speed and reliability of bus service.”

Stringer doubled down on the aspect that there’s a disconnect between the city and the state-run MTA when it comes to the bus system, saying: “The city, who controls the [traffic] lights, and the state, who controls the buses, can’t work together effectively.”

“We can no longer kick the can down the road because the can is in little pieces,” Stringer said. “The MTA cannot think they don’t have a role in the bus crisis and keep their head in the sand. They can’t keep playing the blame game.”

He added: “Sixty percent of our buses are over 12 years old. I think we have the means to fix this if the agencies work together.”

The comptroller’s office provided 19 recommendations in the report to make for the “fast frequent, and reliable bus system that New Yorkers deserve.”

Recommendations include: upgrading the fleet with battery-electric buses, more bus terminals and depots, the adoption of a “more rapid, direct and grid-like bus network,” the introduction of “all-door boarding” to reduce time spent at bus stops, and a “comprehensive review of the bus network to better align routes with a changing city.”

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota responded to the report by saying, “The city comptroller should know better than to blame the victim.

“The MTA bus system is a victim of inadequate traffic control and failure to enforce the traffic laws by the city of New York,” Lhota said. “The city comptroller would be well-served to focus on the city’s incompetence than blaming the victim.”

City Department of Transportation spokeswoman Gloria Chin said in a statement that her agency was “surprised that a few recent and quite major bus-related developments — both current achievements and announced plans — went unmentioned in the report.”

Among the examples, Chin said, were how Mayor de Blasio announced last month that the city and MTA will add at least 21 new Select Bus Services routes over the span of a decade.

“So while we are grateful to get the comptroller’s support for all of these efforts, several of the report’s recommendations will require his office’s active assistance,” Chin said.