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.