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.

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