Category Archives: New York City

MTA To Upgrade MetroCard Machines This Saturday

The MTA will be upgrading MetroCard machines on Saturday.

That means commuters will only be able to use cash starting at midnight through 6 a.m. Saturday.

Due to a system software upgrade, MetroCard machines will accept cash only from 12:01AM to 6AM on Saturday, Feb. 10. Personnel will be on-hand in stations to assist customers without cash, if necessary, and anyone may call 511 or use a Help Point w/any questions.

Attempts to make the change last weekend led to complaints about the lack of notice.

The software upgrade will impact all MetroCard vending machines, including PATH stations and airports.



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


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


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. 

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.

Security Stepped Up Across New York City For Christmas

There was intense security outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral for Midnight Mass and other Christmas celebrations Monday morning.

Heavily armed NYPD officers were visible on the street.

Crowds flooded the sidewalks. Some parishioners found they were unable to find a seat inside.

“I walked in and walked straight out because there was nowhere to stand,” said one woman.

Along with security at the Cathedral, there are truck restrictions in place on both Fifth and Madison Avenues from 42nd Street up to 57th Street.

Inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, there were several armed officers, along with bomb sniffing dogs both inside and outside.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was also deploying State Police and National Guard to subways, bridges and tunnels.

“We have radiation detection equipment, we have canines that are trained to detect chemicals, we obviously a number of police officials and National Guard on site,” he said. The extra measures were not in response to any specific threat but rather out of an abundance of caution.

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.

New York City MTA Changes Announcements!

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority is doing away with the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” in its announcements on New York City subways and buses.

In lieu of “ladies and gentlemen,” the agency will be moving to gender-neutral phrasing like “passengers,” “riders” and “everyone.”