Thursday, February 27, 2020

MTA Appoints Sarah Feinberg As Interm NYCT President

NEW YORK, NY-Train Mommy or a complete bust? After the resignation of the previous NYCT President, Andy “Train Daddy” Byford, the MTA beings the search for his replacement. It’s a woman this time. I’ve never heard her in my life, but I’ll give her open space and opportunity to showcase her skills and see what she can bring to the table. Her name is Sarah Feinberg and here’s a background history of her.

She is the founder of Feinberg Strategies, LLC, a strategic business and communications consulting practice focused on the tech sector. At the Federal Railroad Administration, Feinberg served as the second woman in history to lead the agency, and held a number of posts in the Obama administration; one of them being Chief of Staff for U.S. Department of Transportation. At a press conference at Fulton Transit Center on Wednesday, MTA Chair Pat Foye said Feinberg was picked out of the agency’s board members for the position, but Feinberg says her job as a mother guided her decision to fill the role on a temporary basis.

As FRA administrator, Feinberg is credited with enforcing safety regulations that saw the implementation of Positive Train Control and oversaw multi-billion dollar investments; two of those being the largest loans in the history of U.S. DOT. According to the MTA, she also directed efforts at the FRA toward addressing the opioid crisis, though in what capacity, they did not say. Prior to starting Feinberg Strategies, Feinberg served as the administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration. The FRA serves as the sole safety regulator of the U.S. rail system. Feinberg was nominated for this post by President Obama, and later confirmed by the Republican-led U.S. Senate.
Prior to serving in the White House, Feinberg spent several years on Capitol Hill. Feinberg also served as the director of policy communications at Facebook, and as Bloomberg LP’s director of communications and business strategy. Feinberg served on the Amtrak Board of Directors during her time as FRA administrator, and currently serves on the StoryCorps Board of Directors. She is a resident of New York and a native of Charleston, West Virginia. Feinberg’s role doesn’t go into effect until March 9th, while the search continues for a permanent NYCT President.

In other news, the MTA slates to cut over 1,900 jobs in 2020 just to save $1.6B. An updated budget projection, as of Wednesday morning, shows that the MTA will be in the black throughout 2022; a stark contrast to the doom and gloom of late 2018 when the deficit was expected to reach $634 million by 2022. Lastly, for those who ride the (F) train between Brooklyn and Queens, you’re in for a challenging commute. Starting later this year to 2021, (F) trains will be rerouted via the (A)/(C) Lines in both directions between West 4th Street-Washington Square and Jay Street-MetroTech in both directions, due to Fix and Fortify Hurricane Sandy repair work.

What do you guys thing about Sarah Fienberg and the other news mentioned in this post? Please comment below this blogpost.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Subway Cars Tagged With Graffiti; Brazen Bikers Bring Motorbike Onto The Subway; Rise In Crime Brings All Police Force Underground

Subway Cars Tagged With Graffiti

Jamaica Yard/New York Post

NEW YORK, NY- This week, the New York City Subway System got whacked with a new string of graffiti on the subway train. For weeks on end, I’ve been seeing subway trains coming out of relay corners, being tagged with graffiti. One instance was that R160 that pulling out from the relay corner at the 96th Street-2nd Avenue station stop in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Where on earth do people find the time to cross into non-permitted areas and tag trains with graffiti? People who does these type of things should be reprimanded. PERIOD.

There was an incident with the graffiti of trains that happened recently; The multi-colored compositions across a cavalcade of cars at Jamaica Yard in Queens, posted on Twitter by transit worker group Progressive Action; featured messages like “Don’t come here!” and “Drugs all day!” Looks like this person was smoking the good stuff when spray painting these trains. Eleven cars were hit, according to the MTA, which said workers found the vandalized cars at the Queens yard this past early Friday.

Graffiti has made a resurgence on the city’s subways in recent years. The earlier half of the decade saw just around 200 incidents, while there were 619 in 2018. “Major” graffiti incidents have also tripled compared to five years ago, according to MTA stats. Most major graffiti incidents happen overnight at train yards, according to the MTA. “We have zero tolerance for these incidents, which take passenger trains out of service and take away valuable resources and thousands of dollars from critical system improvements,” MTA chief safety officer Patrick Warren said in a statement. There needs to be appointed security guards at various subway yards, and please take note the R160s (New Technology Trains) are the ones being tagged with graffiti.

The graffiti on the trains gives flashback of both the 70s and the 80s. For those who don’t know the subway system, just like all of NYC, was riddled by crime. It’s like the city has gone two steps forward and five steps back. During those times the subway system and the city itself was in total disarray. Crime was on the rise, graffiti was plastered onto the trains inside and out, & drugs owned this city. It’s disgusting as hell what’s this city has become to and we can only thank our “esteemed” mayor, Bill de Blasio for allowing crime like this to go down and run this city down to the ground.

What do you guys think about the graffiti on the trains? 

Brazen Bikers Bring Motorbike Onto The Subway

NEW YORK, NY- Now, there some crazy items that people bring inside the subway train that was just too bizarre. Like back in, 2018 or so, three people/persons brought in a couch inside a train. It happened on the (3) Line in East New York, Brooklyn, and the (L) Line in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A couch was even put inside the a city bus one time. Lets get to the motorbikes. Last year, there was a Hispanic male who brought a motorbike inside an uptown (2) train. He got heckled after his video went viral on social media. Now, a new incident arises. 

A newly viral video captures a brazen gang of minibikers rolling their rides onto a crowded subway train. The clip, posted by the popular @SubwayCreatures Instagram account, shows three men line up single file on motorbikes as they attempt to board the F train at the 47th-50th Street Rockefeller Center station. As two of the men walk their pint-size bikes into a subway car, one onlooker can be heard muttering, “that’s absurd.” The third rider then motors his slightly larger bike along the platform, nearly hitting a commuter, before driving into a separate train car in front of gobsmacked straphangers. People cannot believe that this was happening right before their very eyes.

Now, when it comes to carrying personal transporters in the subway system, only regular bicycles and scooters are allowed; not e-bikes, motorbikes, and hover boards. The safety of the subway system must be enforced at all times. Those who carry motorbikes, which becomes a danger/hazard to everyone around them, must have a summons issued to them because this is just flat-out insane and should have their faces plastered all over the internet for people around the entire world to heckle the crap out of that person/people.

How do you feel about motorbikes in the NYC subway system? 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

MTA To Reopen Nostrand Avenue Entrance To Bedford Avenue; Police Officers In The Subway System (Good Or Bad); Nostrand Avenue LIRR Station Completed (REPOST)


MTA To Reopen Nostrand Avenue Entrance To Bedford Avenue

BROOKLYN,NY- A dangerously overcrowded subway station in Brooklyn will get two more entrances later this year ,right where the MTA closed them off a quarter-century ago. Transit officials announced plans Thursday to reopen the long-shuttered Bedford Avenue and Fulton Street entrances to the Nostrand Avenue (A) and (C) train station in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where 36,000 daily riders currently enter and exit through just two staircases in either direction. The reopening of the entrances along with the cavernous passages that connect them to the station will ease overcrowding and create a connection between northbound and southbound platforms, instead of the one side platform entrance sides at Nostrand Avenue/Fulton Street.

The entrances are among hundreds across the subway system sealed off in the decades when New York City’s population was declining, only a handful of which have been reopened. But a decade of population growth in Bedford-Stuyvesant and nearby Crown Heights has increased the Nostrand Avenue station’s daily ridership by 15%; creating potentially dangerous crowds during peak hours.
“In case of an emergency, we might have some trouble actually getting people in and out of this station,” Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright told reporters at a press conference announcing the project. “We are taking steps now so that we don’t have any hazards later on,” she said.
Neighborhood leaders said they expect ridership to continue growing thanks to the two large residential developments under construction nearby. The MTA said the $2 million project will wrap up by the end of the year. Here are pictures of the locked door of a passageway to the Arlington Place/Bedford Avenue.

What do you guys think about the new, upcoming Bedford Avenue entrance by the end of this year?

Police Officers In The Subway System (Good Or Bad)

NEW YORK, NY- Police Officers in the subway system is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good is because they can help restore order underground and keep people in check. Bad is because there's people who can be a total nuisance in the subway system and the police need to have a clear head and not overreact by starting confrontations/getting reactions from people. Governor Cuomo decided to hire 500+ new police officers to patrol the subway system. There's such things called over-policing and some hothead police officers do that.

One video showed an officer punching two young men, leading to the officer being transferred to desk duty. A second video showed a swarm of officers clambering on to a train to arrest a man, frightening riders, even though the man did not appear to resist. The police said they were responding to reports that the man had a gun, though they did not find one on him. Hundreds of protesters flooded a subway station back in November 2019 and jumped the turnstiles to protest what they said was police brutality. Leaders on the left like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cynthia Nixon have criticized the crackdown on fare evasion as targeting poor people.

This led up to another topic, Vandalism Of NYCT Property. There were moments of over policing that allowed the people of the public to do very irreprehensible things. Destroying property like squeezing Gorilla Glue on the sliding card turnstiles, smashing hammers on the OMNY readers as well as splashing gorilla glue on them. Also, spray paints on the on the wall that says, [bleep] the police; [bleep] your $2.75. Lastly, they (protesters) were holding the doors wide open for others to go through. I’ve seen NYPD officers going on a power trip against people in the subway system. For example, there was this one incident on the (L) line in Manhattan, where a 46-year old man was taking up two bench seats and was barred from entering the train. Just this past Thursday, a high school teenage girl was banned from entering a subway station in Brooklyn by a female police officer for trying to evade the fare. Her defense is that the P.O. opened the gate door wide open and allowed all of the people before her inside the station, WITHOUT PAYING THE FULL FARE. That is disgusting in their own right. 

How do you feel about the police officers patrolling the subway system? Do you feel safe? 

St. Louis Car Company's R42s Takes Its Final Stroll Along The (A) Line

St. Louis Car Company's R42s Takes Its Final Stroll Along The (A) Line

NEW YORK, NY- Yesterday (02/12/2020), the MTA and the New York Transit Museum performed a final trip of the 1969 R42, which was manufactured by the St. Louis Car Company. The train took its last ride along the (A) Line from Euclid Av to Far Rockaway, then all the way up to 207th St, and lastly back to Euclid Avenue. Everyone attended the event from schoolkids, to MTA employees, to grown-up adults. Even the outgoing NYCT President, Andy Byford attended the event.

The R42s made their service debut back on May 9th, 1969 on the (N) subway line as part of a mixed consist with the R40Ms. These were the first subway cars to have air conditioning system units, just like the last ten R38s (4140-4149) and all R40 Slants/Mods. It was the last 60-foot (18.29 m) B Division car built for the New York City Subway until the R143 in 2001, and the last car model class to be built in married pairs. The R42s were also the first cars to use solid state converters in place of the motor-generators as standard equipment, and were also the last cars to be equipped with the tried-and-true, and extremely reliable WABCO RT-2 or SMEE braking system temporarily, until returning in 1983 with the R62s for the IRT division, after disastrous results with the newer WABCO RT-5 or P-Wire braking systems used on their R44s and R46s cars of the 1970s. The second oldest cars were created in 1969, along with the debut of Sesame Street, Woodstock drew over 350,000 people to a farm in upstate New York, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Lastly, if you’re a New York Mets fan, then this is your year because this was the year that the Amazins won their first World Series title. The R42s served the B-division well and proud, both BMT and IND.

The R-42 were featured in the famous “car vs. subway chase” in William Friedkin’s 1971 thriller The French Connection. The two cars, #4572 and #4573 became part of New York Transit Museum’s collection. Between 1988 and 1989, the R42s underwent overhaul as a result of deferred maintenance in the New York City Subway during the 1970s and the 1980s. The R42s suffered major accidents on the Williamsburg Bridge (1995) and the Chambers Street (BMT Nassau Street Line) station. The R160s replaced most the R42s between 2006-2010, except for forty cars. The last R42 cars were replaced by the R179s. The cars that were a part of the farewell trip yesterday were 4790–4791, 4796–4797, 4806–4807, 4826–4827, and 4830–4831 as a ten-car unit. The R42s will be dearly missed. Long live the St. Louis Car Company R42s (1969-2020). The last time they were farewell trips were with the R33s (7 Line-2003), R38 (C Line-2009), and R40 (A Line-2009).
How did you enjoy the R42’s final trip? Also check out these photos down below. Also in other news, the 8th Avenue bound side of the 1st Avenue station entrance opened this past week on 14th Street and Avenue A in the East Village. The 1st Avenue entrance will close soon for repairs as part of improvements for the (L) line.