Thursday, December 29, 2016

Best Of New York City Transit Authority 2016

R68A (W) Train 
NEW YORK CITY- 2016 was the year-to-be for New York City Transit Authority. We have both the bad and the good for our 112-year old system. So much has happened, I don't know where to begin. There was service enhancements, events, debuts, and epic returns like none other. There was also suggestions from fellow New Yorkers on how to improve both the infrastructure and daily mode of transportation. Governor Andrew Cuomo provided funding to help New York City's transportation rolling. Okay, without further adieu, lets move one shall we? If there's anything you want to improve on New York City Transit, please comment below.

In January and February, NYCT received the remaining set 2015-2016 Novabus LFS #8433-#8469 delivered to the Jamaica Bus Depot and set #8470-#8503 delivered to the Queens Village Bus Depot. Speaking of bus transfers, Queens Village Bus Depot received 61 2007 Orion VII (2nd Generation) Hybrid Electric Buses # 6844-6852 & 6854-6905 from the Casey Stengel Bus Depot (ex-Flushing). Governor Cuomo has invested in 2,042 New Flyer XD60 Buses with USB Ports & Wi-Fi. 76 of these new breed buses had been delivered to Queens (for MTA Bus and NYCT) as well as 1 bus of 2016-2017 New Flyer XN40 Xcelsior*, which will be delvered to the Jackie Gleason (ex-5th Avenue) in Brooklyn and West Farms Depots (ex-Coliseum) in the Bronx. Those XN40s will replace all of the CNG-fueled Orion VIIs. Roosevelt Island Bus* has a New Flyer XD40, as well.  In April, the MTA held a hearing on how to improve service on the M5 bus route which operates between George Washington Bus Terminal and South Ferry, seen here (More info of the M5 route will be published in 2017). Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) has the worst year in its agency's existence. It lost fifteen bus routes due to a combination of budget deficit and low ridership. Some routes, such as the N51 and N80/81 has been restored, while N2/8, N14, N17, N62, & N73 routes, has been restored as shuttles. Long Island bus riders suffer more pain and misery with NICE than when MTA had those buses. THIS IS NOT NICE!!!! The new buses that NICE has/will receive are from New Flyer Industries, both CNG XN40s & XN60s, respectively. For the 2016 Holiday season, NYCTA ran vintage buses along the M42 bus route. The Q70 had increased of six-to-eight minutes per hour prior to +Select Bus transformation. In 2016, three bus route have joined the +SelectBus family; B46 (Utica Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd), Q70 (LaGuardia Link-MTA Bus), and M23 (23rd Street Crosstown) In September, the MTA had a vintage bus fest* at the NY Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn as well as detours with the B63 via Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn*. Bus orders for downstate New York will continue till 2019. 

The subways had a blast this year, too. Earlier in the year, the entire transit system experienced a severe snowstorm that crippled the entire city, ending bus service early, and majority/all trains stored underground. Vintage trains and Train of Many Colors ran for the Yankees and Mets home openers, respectively*. The MTA held a Second Avenue Subway (Phase I) Hearing in April. SAS is the cause for the reinstatement of the (W) Line, Weekday/Evening (N) Broadway Express, & Late Night (R) Shuttle Train to/from Whitehall Street. On New Years Day (01/01/2017)*, the (Q) will be extended from Midtown (57th St/7th Ave) to Upper East Side (96th St/2nd Ave), with connection to the (F) Line at Lexington Ave-63rd Street. The (Q) had its last run to/from Astoria,Queens on 11/04/2016. Three days later, after being M.I.A (Missing In Action) for 6 years, the (W) has been brought back to life! MTA has been awarded contracts for over 750+ R211 (Open-End Cars) and Newly Renovated Stations. The MTA is currently testing out Bombardier R179s.** Lastly, lets take a look of the BMT Broadway Line before the return of the (W) and after the return of the (W) Line. Station renovation work is being performed on both the BMT Sea Beach and IND Culver Lines.  For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe today.

I really enjoy and agree with New Yorkers and what they said in AM New York's Transit Wish List and what improvements they want to see in 2016.

How was the mass transit system for you in 2016? What improvements do you want to see in 2017? Please comment below.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BMT Sea Beach and IND Culver Lines Rehabilitation Work

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK- On January 18th, 2016, MTA New York City Transit will begin performing major renovations to nine stations along the Sea Beach (N) Line from 8 Av in Sunset Park to 86 St in Bensonhurst. The stations are: 8 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, Kings Hwy, Avenue U and 86 St. For these stations, originally opened in 1915, renovations will include improved platforms and overpasses, new stairways and handrails, repairs to canopies and columns, painting and the rehabilitation of historic head house station entrances and fare control areas, enhanced safety features, and upgraded communication systems which will create better travel conditions for our customers. Work will also take place between stations with repairs to retaining walls along the right of way. The $395.7 million contract to renovate the (N) stations was funded under the 2010-2014 Capital Program. While the contract for these nine stations pre-dates Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s recently announced plan for rapid redesign and renewal of an additional 30 subway stations, the MTA will work with the contractors involved to push for greater efficiency in the renovation process. Two stations will be made Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible under this renewal. Two ADA-compliant ramps will be added to the 8 Av station, and four elevators will be installed at the New Utrecht Av station to bring riders from street level to connect to Sea Beach (N) and West End (D) Lines. Normally, I would have a video of the BMT Sea Beach rehabilitation work, but majority of the line is filled with walls/barriers. Coney Island-bound (N) Trains will make all stops. Manhattan-bound (N) Trains stop at Bay Parkway and 8th Avenue at built-temporary platforms. PLEASE FOLLOW SIGNS AT STATION PLATFORMS TO FIND YOUR WAY. Once completed in Spring 2017, Coney Island-bound platforms will get their rehab work, ASAP.

IND CULVER LINE-On June 6th, 2016 until early 2017, Rehabilitation work is being performed on the Coney Island-bound platforms at 18th Avenue, Avenue I, Bay Pkwy, Avenue N, Avenue P, Kings Highway, Avenue U, and Avenue X. Coney Island-bound (F) Trains are available at 18th Avenue and Kings Highway. Manhattan-bound Trains makes all stop to Church Avenue. After CI-bound platforms are done, 179 St-bound platforms will get their rehab work ASAP. Brooklyn (F) Express is not affected by the rehab work. Service will be adjusted after the Culver Rehabilitation. The last the (F) ran express in Brooklyn was in 1976 and 1987, respectively. Here is a glance of what (F) Culver Express (Coney Island-bound) would really look like. For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe to my Channel.

Riders of the Culver and Sea Beach Lines, please follow signs to find your way during these rehabiliatation work(s). How are you trying to get around these lines during rehabilitation work on the Sea Beach and Culver Lines? Please comment below.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

M23 +SelectBusService (23rd Street Crosstown)

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN-Effective November 6th, 2016, the M23 +SelectBusService replaces the M23 local, operating at all times. The M23 corridor serves nearly 13,000 average weekday riders.  The current M23 route provides crosstown service along 23rd Street in Manhattan connecting dense residential and commercial neighborhoods.  The route provides connections to all 23rd Street subway stations for the (1)(2)*(4)*(6)(A)*(C)(E)(F)(M)(N)*(Q)*(R)(W) Lines, the PATH train, and several bus routes.  In recent years, it has experienced significant delays and a lack of reliability leading to an ongoing ridership decrease. All of this has been mostly caused by constant double parking. The route operates along 23rd Street crosstown between Avenue C & East 20th Street-Peter Cooper Village (Northern Terminus) and Chelsea Piers-12th Avenue & West 23rd Street. Countdown clocks are available along various stops along the bus route, so you'll always know how much time the bus is minutes away from your stop. As a transit rider of all the five boroughs, I must say that, the M23 is one of the huge steps of improving speed and reliable along an east to west crosstown bus line. For this +SelectBusService on the former-sluggish M23, all stops are kept, for the exception of Lexington and 5th Avenues. For 5th Avenue, you can utilize the Broadway stop and use the Park Av and/or 3rd Av stop for Lexington Avenue. I did a commentary vlog, explaining the full M23 +SBS implementation, provided by New York City Department of Transportation & Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  This route is the 12th +SelectBus route to join the New York City Bus Rapid Transit Family, just one day before the epic, long-awaited 6-year return of the Broadway Local (W)hiskey Line. Its like EVERY articulated bus route from the Michael J. Quill Bus Depot is highly determined to become a +SelectBusService Route. I truly misssed those 2003 New Flyer D60HF that travels along the route, but they tend to pop up along +SelectBus routes from time to time. You can always catch these old timers as well the new/latest Novabus LFSA, you can always see it here. Lastly, the moment of truth. The M23 +SelectBusService performing its +SelectBus action at West 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in West Midtown, Chelsea, New York City, NY. In 2017, the M79 and Bx6 will become +SelectBusService routes. For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe to my Youtube Channel, today and enjoy the experience.

How does the M23 +SelectBusService improve your ride along 23rd Street? Please comment below!

Friday, November 4, 2016

New York City's Bus Rapid Transit Routes (+SelectBusService)

NEW YORK CITY-Select Bus Service (SBS) is New York City Transit’s brand of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).The goal of BRT systems is to bring faster, more reliable and quality bus service to high ridership corridors. This system is being implemented in many cities across the nation and worldwide, combining amenities of rail-based rapid transit systems with the flexibility of buses. BRT’s application is planned and designed to meet the specific needs and characteristics of its local market. In New York City, SBS improves speed and reliability through dedicated bus lanes, off-board fare payment, station spacing and transit signal priority (TSP). +SelectBusService also improves passenger comfort and convenience through enhanced bus stops that include shelters with seating, lighting and real time bus information. +SelectBusService has spread out to the five boroughs The fleet of +SelectBusService consists of Novabus Low Floor Series Artics, Orion VII New Generation, and New Flyer XD40. Ever since its launch in 2008, +SelectBusService family has grown. It now has twelve bus routes under its brand. Sometime, it will run the regular 40-foot standard buses in case if some +SBS routes are low on artics and/or a snowstorm occurs. All +BS routes, listed below are covered by local buses along various section of their routes.

It consists of 2 routes in Brooklyn, 5 routes in Manhattan, 2 routes in the Bronx, 2 routes in Queens, and 1 route in Staten Island. The first ever +SelectBus route to ever grace NYC is the Bx12, which operates between Bay Plaza and Inwood, Manhattan, via Pelham Parkway & Forham Road. Two years later, the M15, which operates between East Harlem and South Ferry, via 1st & 2nd Avenues, Crosstown routes got a treat of +SBS action, too. The M34/A which travels east-to-west along 34th Street in Manhattan. The S79, travels between Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and Staten Island Mall, via Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue. The Bx41, which operates between Williamsbridge and The Hub, via Webster Avenue. This route is in parallel with the 2/5 Lines in the Bronx. The B44, which operates between Williamsburg and Sheepshead Bay. The M60, which operates between LaGuardia Airport, Queens and Upper West Side, via 125 St & Astoria Blvd. The M86, travels between Yorkville and West End Avenue, via 86 Street Crosstown. The Q44, via Main Street & Cross Bronx Expressway travels between West Farms Square-Bronx Zoo and Jamaica, Queens. The B46, via Utica Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard, operates between Bedford Stuyvesant and Kings Plaza Shopping Mall. The Q70, Queens +SelectBus route only that travel around LaGuardia Airport and the transit hubs of Jackson Heights/Woodside, via Brooklyn/Queens Expressway. Lastly, the M23, which travel between Peter Cooper Village and Chelsea Piers, via 23rd Street Crosstown. For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe today.

The Bus Rapid Transit Family is growing and shows no sign of slowing down. In 2017, the next routes to join the +SBS family are the M79, Bx6, and (possibly) Q52/Q53.

Which route(s) do you use? Which one is your favorite? Please comment below/

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cuomo Unveils New R211 (Open-End Car) Trains and New Renovated Station

NEW YORK CITY-As part of his $27 billion five-year MTA Capital Program to renew and expand the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority network, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the design features of 1,025 new and reimagined subway cars, which will include enhancements to the regular cars, in addition to the creation of up to 750 “Open Car End” designed-cars.

The R211 is a future new technology (NTT) New York City Subway car for the B Division. The MTA will invest $2.956 billion in this 1,025-car order. These future cars are anticipated to replace the remaining R32s, all R44s on the Staten Island Railway and possibly all remaining R46s. The contract's project totals 1025 cars, or 1545 with all options exercised, that will all be linked in 5-car sets. The contract is split into three parts: R211A, R211S, and R211T. The base order of 285 cars will comprise 10 R211T open-gangway prototype cars, 75 R211S cars to replace the remaining 63-car R44 fleet on the Staten Island Railway, and 200 R211A cars that will partially replace the 752 aging R46 cars as well as R32s that are not replaced by the R179s. There will be an option for either 740 R211A or R211T cars, depending on the success of the prototype R211T. These cars would finish replacing the older R32s and R46s. There would also be one additional option for up to 520 cars, meaning that the total number of cars in the fleet could total 1545 Any additional cars not replacing existing rolling stock will be used to expand the system's fleet. The R211Ts will be designed to increase capacity and allow passengers to walk seamlessly from one car to the next. The new cars will have Wi-Fi installed, USB chargers, digital advertisements, digital customer information displays, illuminated door opening alerts, and security cameras. It was announced in July 2016 that the cars would have open gangways that allowed passengers to move between cars during train movement. 424 stations out of the 472+ stations in the subway system that serves two or more subway lines will be renovated into the 21st Century. You can see my commentary here. For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe today.

As of March 2016, open-gangways will be tested on ten cars (now designated as the R211T). Additionally, the order was broken up into a base order of 565 R211A cars and two option orders: the first for 375 R211A cars, and a second for up to 520 R211As. The Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued on July 22, 2016 and the contract will be put out for bidding. With the RFP, the break up of the order was changed. The base order is now 285 cars, with 10 R211T cars, 75 R211S cars, and 200 R211A cars. There will still be two option orders, but the first option order will contain 740 cars, either R211As or R211Ts based on whether the R211Ts in the base order are successful in their testing. The second base order will still contain 520 cars. The contract is expected to be awarded in early 2017, at which time the existing R46 fleet will be 42 years old, and the existing R32 fleet will be 53 years old.

Credit goes to Queens Courier & Wikipedia for this info.

What do you guys think about the upcoming R211 Cars? Please comment below.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2015/2016 New Flyer XD60 Xcelsior: The New Breed of Buses!

Seven new state-of-the-art buses equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports will run on the Q10 Lefferts Blvd bus route, and more buses will be placed into service this summer on local routes in southeast Queens, Q111, Q113, and the Q114 Guy R. Brewer Blvd bus line. This is only the initial push of 75 buses to be placed into service this year and beyond that not only have a new look and feel, but will transform and modernize the MTA fleet to meet the growing demands of the 21st century.  The MTA will add 2,042 new hi-tech buses to its fleet over the next five years. The new buses will replace nearly 40 percent of the MTA's current fleet and represent a $1.5 billion investment of Capital Program resources. From 35 to 55 USB ports are conveniently located throughout each bus. A pilot program to install digital information screens on 200 buses also will begin this year, providing customers with updated travel information including available transfers at upcoming stops, weather, and other service information. The bus fleet redesign and these hi-tech amenities will be significant and noticeable to the 2.5 million customers who depend on our buses every day. New buses are also planned for routes serving New York City’s other boroughs by the end of 2017, including: 70 in Brooklyn, 209 buses in the Bronx, and 18 in Manhattan. The remaining new buses will be assigned to various routes throughout the five boroughs from 2018 to 2020. Prior to entering service, the New Breed Of Buses went into non-revenue testing. Before the the articulated bus conversion, the southeast Queens local bus routes (Q111/Q113/Q114) were using the classic 40-foot standard, 2007 Orion VII 2nd Generation buses. The non-artic Q110 & Q112 as well as the College Point routes Q25/Q34/Q65 were in the video, too. On the other hand, the Q10 already had bus #s 5364 to 5374 delivered with no new wrapped scheme. Both of the New Flyers ran on the Q10  route at the same time, classic D60HF & newly XD60.  All of this wouldn't be a reality without the bus that started it all, #5364. In Spring and Summer 2016, 75 of these newbies were delivered to JFK Depot (#5364-#5391) & Baisely Park Depot (#5392-5438), respectively. In October 2016, bus #5987 (Casey Stengel-ex-Flushing) made its debut on the Q44 + SelectBusService operating towards Jamaica, Queens and West Farms Square-Bronx Zoo. Its the new breed bus for the NYCT division and one of the 139 buses to be delivered in 2017. For more Transportation Hub, please subscribe to my channel. 

What do you guys think about these new state-of-the-art Articulated buses in new scheme and with Wi-Fi/USB ports? Please comment below.