Sunday, January 29, 2017

Second Avenue Subway (A Century In The Making) & New Year, New Routes, New Routines (January 2017 Post)

UPPER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK CITY-After a century of recession, financial crisis, constant wars, and the Great Depression, the Independent (IND) Second Avenue Subway has been brought to life on Sunday, January 1st, 2017. Workers, residents, and anyone who travels and/or works on the Upper East Side will now have the choice of using the M15 +SBS, the brand new Second Avenue Subway, or the 100+ year old Lexington Avenue Subway Line. The IRT Lexington Avenue Subway Line, which is the only subway line on the East Side of Manhattan, is the most congested subway line until New Year's Day 2017. Congestion on the IRT East Side Line should ease up between 59th and 96th Streets, by 40%, when the Upper East Side riders utilizes the brand new Second Avenue Subway (Q) and selected rush-hour (N) Trains. Riders for the new subway line will come from the M15 route and/or the IRT Lexington Avenue Subway Line. The Upper East Side once had the Second and Third Avenue Elevated Lines, until both lines were demolished in 1942 and 1977, respectively. 

The initiation of the IND Second Avenue Subway brought the (W) Local and weekday/evening (N) Broadway Express. The state finally broke ground on the first phase of the line in April 2007, although construction work had been undertaken in previous decades in Chinatown and East Harlem. MTA officials say that once it is complete, the Second Avenue subway will allow residents and commuters easier access to mass transit on the city’s East Side. Last month, this subway line was still in construction. The subway line, the first major expansion of the system in more than 50 years, will span 8.5 miles from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in lower Manhattan. Station tours will be available on the newly 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets. Expansion to the 63rd Street-Lexington Avenue station and rush hour (N) and (Q) Action along the new line. It opened to the public on Jan. 1, 2017, one day after the New Years Eve inaugural ride. Phase I costs about $86M. The second phase, between 125th and 96th Streets, was allocated $525 million in the MTA's 2015–2019 Capital Plan for planning, design, environmental studies, and utility relocation. Construction wont begin until 2018-2019. Phase II will begin in 2027-2029. I was at both the inaugural ride and the opening day at 96th Street. During this month, we also experienced a revised M5 and new M55 bus routes. More awesome stories and events will continue in my next post. 

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New Year 2017.

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Straphangers Report Card (Last Blog Post Of 2016)

The (L) along with IRT's (1) & (7) Lines, are tied for 1st place
NEW YORK-Leap year 2016 has come to a close as we have the results of the Straphangers Report Card for 2016. We have not one, not two, but three subway lines are tied for first place. Those lines are the 1 (IRT Broadway-7th Avenue Line) which operates between Van Courtlandt Park-242nd St (Bronx) and South Ferry (Manhattan) , 7 (IRT Flushing Line) which operates between Flushing, Queens and 34th St-Hudson Yards (Manhattan), and the L (BMT Canarsie Line) which operates between 8th Av-14th St (Manhattan) and Canarsie-Rockaway Parkway (Brooklyn). While on the other hand, the 5 (IRT Lexington Avenue Express) and A (IND 8th Avenue Express), was rated the worst.

The 2016 Straphangers Report Card. All data from Gene Russianoff and Jaqi Cohen.
This is the 3rd time in the 2010s that the (7) is rated one of the best subway lines by the Straphangers Campaign. In my opinion, which an actual fact, the (7) should not have been listed one of the best subway lines in the system because throughout 2014 to 2016, the (7) had experienced major congestion during rush hours just like any other subway line in the system, had frequent service changes in the weekends, and a had major power outage on the entire line from end to end that screwed up service, due to ice being stuck on the third track. If any subway line should be rated the worst, it the (R). The (R) has the most car breakdowns, inaudible announcements, late arrival, and sluggish cars, which make service on the line highly unreliable.

The (5) is one of the most useful, most popular, most god-blessed subway lines. It was rated the worst last year along with the (B), who was rated the worst last year, In most spots the (5) helps out in segments where the (2) and (4) could be out due to service changes. The (5) travels between Dyre Avenue, The Bronx and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, during weekdays and evenings. It also serves Wakefield (The Bronx), Utica and/or New Lots Avenues (Brooklyn) ,and runs Bronx thru Express during peak rush hour. Weekends, trains terminate at Bowling Green, and late night trains operate between Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street, only. It doesn't deserve the constant hate its receiving because the cars are clean, trains arrive on time, and has clear audible announcements. The only thing its needs to improve on is its congestion rate. The (A) is the longest subway line, traveling between Inwood, Manhattan and Ozone Park/The Rockaways in Queens. Its highly reliable and also does not deserve all the hate it gets. It's not the worst line. The only things that needs improvement are the breakdowns, announcements, and service regularity. For more Transportation Hub, please SUBSCRIBE today to my channel. Below is the amount of money out of the $2.75 base fare each of the subway line made. Please check out the COMMENTARY BLOG. Please check out the Straphangers Campaign Website for full details of your subway line.

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