BROOKLYN, NY- If you are a rider on the IND Culver (F) Line between Kensington-Church Avenue and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue during the weekends, then get ready, because your ride is about get interrupted.
Starting March 20th to December 2020 (and even 2021), there will be no (F) train service between Church Avenue and Coney Island. The last stop on all weekend southbound (F) trains will be Church Avenue. Crew members on March 20 will begin installing a communications-based train control (CBTC) system on the F subway line between Church Avenue and Coney Island stations in Brooklyn.
The $253 million project is part of the agency’s Culver Line signal modernization project to replace the 70-year-old block signaling system on the line. CBTC enables continuous updates on train positions and speeds, which will allow for faster and more efficient operations compared with the old system, NYCT officials said in a press release. Work also will include construction of three signal facilities at Ditmas Avenue, Bay Parkway and Avenue X stations.
Crews will build a new relay room to house the new signaling equipment, reconfigure and replace two old interlockings at Avenue X and Ditmas Avenue stations, and add two interlockings south of Church Avenue Station. Work on the F Line will continue into 2021. The Culver Line, along with 8th Avenue, Lexington Avenue, Crosstown, and Queens Boulevard will be CBTC (Communications-Based Train Control) in the first 5 years, as per the NYCT System Modernization Plan.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The MTA now cleans heavily surfaces twice a day at the very least. Major sports events and activities as well as attractions have been either cancelled and/or postponed. SUNY and CUNY have cancelled classes for the remainder of this week.
PLATTSBURGH, NY-Leading North American transit bus manufacturer Nova Bus starts the year with the win of a New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) contract. The awarded contract for Nova Bus is for 165 – 40 ft hybrid buses (with BAE propulsion system) with options for 126 hybrid buses and 209 diesel buses for a potential total amount of up to 500 buses. Nova Bus’s superior delivery schedule and greater New York State Content for the hybrid buses are qualities recognized by the Nova Bus’ customers, and certainly contributed to the decision of the MTA. The first pilots will be delivered in May 2020 and the rest of the deliveries will begin in December 2020 and to be completed in 2021.
“After the launch of our new electric bus LFSe+ last fall, this is a great way to start the year. This new, long-range 100% electric bus integrates the proven traction motor and power electronics from BAE Systems, a major economic player in the State of New York. We are more than happy to once again have the confidence of the MTA for its buses. We are proud of our economic contribution to the State of New York, and we believe it’s, in addition to our proven reliability, why we met the criteria for this contract. ”, declared Martin Larose, Vice-President and General Manager of Nova Bus.
“This wonderful news is a great way to kick off the New Year for Nova Bus and the hardworking employees in Plattsburgh,” said Senator Betty Little. “Any time I am in New York City, I always think of the tremendous role our region fulfills for downstate mass transit. The scale of this new order certainly reflects the confidence that NYCT has in the excellent product that is made here in our backyard by the professional and dedicated men and women working at Nova Bus. I couldn’t be prouder or happier!”
“The MTA has once again chosen to trust the North Country by awarding NovaBus a contract for up to 500 buses,” said Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Plattsburgh). “As downstate seeks to bring more environmentally friendly transportation options to their residents, they are looking to the North Country to help fulfill this need. This is a major victory for our area as our Transportation Manufacturing cluster seeks innovative solutions to fulfill the needs of the transportation industry and I am confident that this will bring added prosperity to our region.”
“This is terrific news that gives a strong start to the new year for Nova Bus and for our transportation equipment cluster,” states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “All the more so as it comes on the heels of the recent major bus order for Prevost. Nova Bus has clearly earned a major place in the U.S. bus market since starting operations here just ten years ago, with a record of quality that has earned the support and confidence of key customers such as the MTA. Every official we bring to the plant leaves impressed and supportive, and with Nova’s readiness to produce electric buses here in the future as the national market evolves, we can expect a long term partnership. Our thanks to Nova Bus and of course to the MTA, but also to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Billy Jones for their steadfast support for transit investments in New York and for our region’s transportation equipment cluster. Onward and upward!”
(Source Nova Bus)