Saturday, July 25, 2020

Rutgers Street Tunnel - The Last One To Get The Fix And Fortify Recovery Work

* Original Post for 07/23/2020.

By N Miller (Creator Of The Transportation Hub)

NEW YORK, NY - The (F) Line Rutgers Street tunnel is the last tunnel from the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Work. This work will be eerily similar to the (L) Canarsie tunnel work. If you are an (F) Train rider between Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn, you are in for a brutal commute of a lifetime, as if the weekend suspended (F) service between Church Avenue and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn was not enough. As I mentioned in my late 2016 article post, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we apologize for the unavoidable delay......for the next year or so". 

Work on the Rutgers Street tunnel, the final subway tunnel under the East River that needs to be fixed and fortified after Superstorm Sandy, will start next month. The same strategy that was used to fix the Canarsie tunnel will be implemented on the Rutgers tunnel. Canarsie’s rehabilitation began in April 2019 and was completed in April 2020.  This work cost between $50 and $100 million. Prep work is expected to begin on the tunnel, which stretches from Brooklyn’s York Street station to Manhattan’s East Broadway stop, in August and major work is slated to start in mid-September, before wrapping up next spring. We also can’t forget the Culver Modernization Project which will continue all throughout this year and next year. The next two years will be something the (F) line riders will never forget.

The official announcement comes after years of anxious speculation from the (F) line’s 30,000+ riders, who watched for nearly a half-decade as state transit honchos pressed forward with various plans for the (L) train tunnel, which was initially scheduled to be shuttered for more than a year, until Gov. Andrew "Evilize, Grandma-Killing, Control Freak, Hypocrite" Cuomo abruptly halted that plan in favor of a partial closureLike that scheme, the Rutgers Tube Project will rehabilitate systems and components within the tube that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy and will replace other parts that have reached the end of their useful lives. The project will also see the installation of a cable management racking system, much like the one installed in the (L) line’s Canarsie tunnel, and feature track, signal equipment, and various other communication upgrades. Structural repairs and platform accessibility work at the East Broadway station and the addition of cellular service within the tube is also a part of the new proposal. Full details is on the MTA NYCT Website. For other news regarding our prestigious transportation network from this week, please refer to the to Press Release.

The Rutgers Fix & Fortify Recovery Work comes with service changes during overnights(system closed from 1 AM to 5 AM) and weekends;

  • (F) service will be rerouted over the (E) in both directions between 36th Street(Queens) and Canal Street, and then via the (A)/(C) to/from Jay Street-MetroTech.
  • (E) service will be rerouted over (F) line in both directions between 36th Street(Queens) and Delancy-Essex Streets, the projected last stop and temporarily terminus. York St and East Broadway Stations will be closed. 

What do you guys think about the plans for the Rutgers Street closure? Please let me know in the comments down below. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Our Ex-NYCT President Andy Byford No Claims Title London's "Tube Daddy" ; OMNY Fare Payment System Expands

By N Miller (Creator Of The Transportation Hub)


NEW YORK, NY - Andy Byford was one of the best NYCT Presidents to ever grace New York City's transit system. Back on June 29th, he became the brand new commissioner of TfL (Transport for London). Byford has had a lengthy career in transportation management. He was the CEO of the Toronto Transit Commission, the President of New York City Transit, and now the current commissioner of TfL (Transport for London), where oversees the daily operation of trains, buses, taxis, streets, and ferries.

He oversaw the Big Apple’s subways before abruptly resigning in February. He demurred when asked by the Evening Standard whether his nickname would live on in London, where the underground is known colloquially as “The Tube.” The popular New York City Transit Authority president was given the nickname “Train Daddy” last year after an offbeat piece of Brooklyn street art depicted his face superimposed on a subway car in the style of Thomas the Tank Engine, with the caption: “Train Daddy loves you very much.”

Byford said this in a statement;
“I want to just, behind the scenes, quietly get on with two main priorities which I’ve set myself.”

I respect that statement. Byford is at his new post overseas out in London. The term “Train Daddy” will not apply to him overseas because Transport for London deals with the daily operations of land, rails, and sea. He seems to be really enjoying himself as commissioner of TfL, and the people of London will appreciate Byford and all that he brings to the table. I just hope and pray that Byford works his with Transport for London and makes Cuomo's a$$ feel so guilty that he ever mistreated Byford the way that he did. 

The affable Brit was only NYCT President for 25 months, and has done more for MTA Transit than that sleazebag Cuomo did in a full term as governor. I don’t understand Cuomo, and I never will. How are you going to get mad jealous at somebody who’s doing their job right, exceeding expectations. Andrew Cuomo is nothing more than an underhand, sniveling, weasel a$$ control freak. He did a whole bunch of shady s*%! that made Train Daddy step down the way that he did. Cuomo made Byford’s job intolerable. He is the reason why Byford is gone and Sarah Feinberg here. He treats her with more respect than Byford because Cuomo and Feinberg are buddies. I already talked about Feinberg and how she ran the transit sub-agency during the height of the pandemic. Later on, down the line, the Transportation Hub will make a podcast video about both Byford and Librera’s resignations and how it steered in the worst direction for New York City Transit. 
Story for 07/09/2020

NEW YORK, NY - MetroCards will soon be obsolete as New York City will go contactless. OMNY (One Metro New York) is a contactless payment system and will accept payment from any NFC-enabled contactless card. Here’s a little background on OMNY; In June 2018, the MTA revised the timeline for implementation of the then-unnamed new payment system. The first stage of implementation took place in May 2019. All subway stations would receive OMNY readers by October 2020, in preparation for the launch of OMNY cards by February 2021. OMNY vending machines would be installed by March 2022 and the MetroCard would be discontinued in 2023.

Here is a full list of all the OMNY equipped stations, so far:

Primary services
IRT Eastern Parkway Line
Borough Hall/Court StreetNevins StreetAtlantic Avenue–Barclays Center
2, 3, 4, 5
May 2019
IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Bowling Green to Grand Central–42nd Street
4, 5, 6, <6>
Staten Island local and express bus routes
BMT Fourth Avenue Line
86th Street/4th Avenue
December 2019
BMT/IND Archer Avenue lines
Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport
E, J, Z
IND Eighth Avenue Line
34th Street–Penn Station
A, C, E
IRT 42nd Street Shuttle
Times Square and Grand Central
S (42nd Street)
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
South Ferry/Whitehall Street to 59th Street–Columbus Circle
1, 2, 3
IRT Jerome Avenue Line
138th Street–Grand Concourse to Woodlawn
IRT Lexington Avenue Line
Lexington Avenue/51st–53rd Streets to 125th Street
4, 5, 6, <6>
Staten Island Railway
St. George and Tompkinsville
Staten Island Railway
IND Sixth Avenue Line
47th–50th Streets–Rockefeller Center to Broadway–Lafayette Street
B, D, F, <F>, M
January 2020
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
66th Street–Lincoln Center to Van Cortlandt Park–242nd Street
1, 2, 3
IND Eighth Avenue Line
Inwood–207th Street to High Street
A, C, E
Jay Street–MetroTech
A, C, F, <F>, R
Seventh Avenue-53rd Street
B, D, E
IRT White Plains Road Line
Third Avenue–149th Street to Wakefield–241st Street
2, 5
February 2020
IRT Pelham Line
Third Avenue–138th Street to Pelham Bay Park
6, <6>
Manhattan bus routes
March 2020
IND Fulton Street Line
Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets to Euclid Avenue
A, C
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
Wall Street and Clark Street
2, 3
IRT Dyre Avenue Line
Morris Park to Eastchester–Dyre Avenue
IRT Eastern Parkway Line
Hoyt Street
2, 3
IRT Flushing Line
Mets–Willets Point and Flushing–Main Street
7, <7>
IRT Lenox Avenue Line
Central Park North–110th Street to Harlem–148th Street
2, 3
IRT Flushing Line
34th Street–Hudson Yards to 111th Street
7, <7>
June 2020
BMT Astoria Line
Queensboro Plaza to Astoria–Ditmars Boulevard
N, W
BMT Broadway Line
49th Street to Fifth Avenue–59th Street
N, Q, R, W
BMT Franklin Avenue Line
Prospect Park to Park Place
IND Sixth Avenue Line
York Street
IND Rockaway Line
Howard Beach–JFK Airport

Recently, OMNY readers have been implemented along the 2, 3, 4, and 5 lines as well as all Bronx stations except the IND Concourse Line. Next, will be the IND Queens Boulevard Line. The whole subway system will be OMNY by October of this year. OMNY readers accept contactless cards from companies such as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover, as well as digital wallets such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and Fitbit Pay. OMNY time-based options, comparable to the current 7-day and 30-day MetroCards, will be available in the first quarter of 2021, after the activation of OMNY across the entire NYC Transit system. Following the completion of OMNY installation at all subway turnstiles and on buses, the MTA will introduce all remaining fare options, including unlimited ride passes, reduced fares, student fares, and more. In other news, the Trump Administration has put the congestive pricing, which was supposed to revenue funds to help fix the subways, is on hold for a year. All of MTA's projects, procurements, and deliveries are all on standstill.

What do you guys think about last/this week's stories? Please, let the Hub know in the comments section.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Sally Librera, The First Woman To Oversee The NYC Subways, Resigns; City Cuts $65M From The Fair Fares Program

By N Miller (Creator Of The Transportation Hub)


Sally Librera, The first woman to run the city's subway system, is leaving the job after overseeing four months of unprecedented challenges and changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. She addressed her staff on Tuesday that her last day of overseeing the day-to-day operations of our ailing subway system will be July 24th. Not only we lost Byford in February before the COVID-19 pandemic wrecked our city, now we lost the second best thing for our agency. Our transit sub-agency, along with our New York City is falling apart by the seams. As Andy Byford’s second-in-command, she should’ve been the Interim NYCT President, and NOT Sarah Feinberg.

Librera started her career as a teacher in California. She later joined the MTA in 2004 as a transportation planner and worked her way up over the next 16 years, eventually running the Staten Island Railway and then taking over the subways, the first woman to do so. Librera was about follow behind Byford before the Coronavirus pandemic, but stayed back to face the challenges of the pandemic to managing the suspension of overnight service for the first time in the railroad's history, overseeing the extensive cleaning and unheard of disinfecting of every subway station and train car, and keeping the subways running with an unprecedented number of workers out and amid general workforce concerns (a single positive coronavirus test could force many workers on the same subway line to be quarantined).

In her department, 86 subway employees passed away from COVID-19 compilations, and approaching the height of the pandemic, a train operator/beloved father (Brother Garrett Goble) passed away from a subway fire that occurred in late March. The passing of 130+ transit employees from the coronavirus hurts, but the passing of Mr. G hurts even harder. It hits home and hits hard. Here we have, a brother, a good man who gave his time to transport essential workers overnight and he lost his life on one of my childhood subway lines, the (2) line on an R142. The arsonist scumbag responsible for what happened that horrible night needs to be charged with 2nd degree murder/manslaughter, 16 counts of 2nd degree murder/manslaughter, arson, and damage of transit property. It happened because of Cuomo, his bail reform and this state keeps on letting out repeat offenders and violent criminals out on the streets to wreak havoc, and the same goes for DeBlasio, too. BeDlasio has enable criminals to act up and commit more crimes in the city. This is why we have a huge spike in shootings, which has gone up 27%. Cuomo's selfish, despicable, undermining, freak control actions drove the best thing that he had in transit, and that was Andy Byford. MTA Transit's failed leadership is also to blame for this as well. DeBlasio and Cuomo care more about the lives of hardened criminals than the lives of everyday, hardworking citizens who are contributing to society and are trying to make a name for themselves. Feinberg (Cuomo's gal pal) and Foye have been lazy and lackadaisical at the height of the pandemic. The fleets and stations weren't getting cleaned like they were supposed to, workers not having the proper PPE masks, and were threatening disciplinary action. In April, transit workers were dying by the numbers, while homelessness infiltrated the subways during the overnight hours. After deaths, complaints and despair, transit has been cleaning their fleet non-stop and implemented overnight closures from May and onward, acting like they're the leaders of cleanliness since day one, when really they let death and despair took over. All of this should've been implemented from March the second the pandemic started. If Byford was still around (all of the cleaning, overnight closure, PPE mask and gloves to ensure the well-being of employees would have been implemented by him), criminals/repeat offenders/hardened convicts/serial arsonists remained in prison, and had transit leadership do what they were supposed to do in March what they done in May and onward, Brother Garrett Goble and 130+ transit employees will still here with us today and breathing. MTA Transit leadership and New York has failed each and every last of you mates and loves, and I am so sorry.

Librera said this in a statement;

"It has been my privilege and honor to work with an incredible team of professionals for the past 16 years at New York City Transit, and lead the hardworking, brave employees of the subway for the past two years. I am incredibly proud of what we have done as a team to markedly improve performance for our riders and carry New Yorkers through the unbelievably challenging peak of the COVID pandemic this year. I will forever be inspired by the bravery and fortitude of the subways employees, each of whom are true masters of their crafts. I have made the difficult decision to transition toward new opportunities, but I am confident the talented subways team will continue to deliver for our customers."

Interim President Feinberg said this statement, praising Librera for all of her achievements;

"When you have someone as passionate and incredibly talented as Sally Librera, you know at some point she is going to continue her journey and move on. MTA New York City Transit has been fortunate to have Sally leading Subways since May 2018 and holding various roles, including VP and Chief Officer of Staten Island Railway, for the past 16 years. Running subways is one of the hardest jobs in the country and over the past two years Sally has been instrumental in improving the system's performance. In the past four months, she has proven her strength and leadership getting the system through an unprecedented pandemic, and I know she will command her next endeavor with the same diligence she has at the MTA."

Frank Jezycki, the chief operating officer for subways, will take over for Librera on an interim basis. Transit has really gone downhill since Byford's departure. We have now lost two shining stars in transit. Deaths, despair, and destruction has hover a dark cloud over our agency and its no thanks to Cuomo, DeBlasio, Foye, and Feinberg. A Facebook video from the Progressive Action appeared over the weekend. It's about a female transit worker giving birth while on duty and the baby passed away. Sickening! This what I mean when transit leadership has dropped the ball and the union (TWU Local 100) is not fighting hard enough for paid maternity leave for women. The first half of 2020 has been awful. Let's hope and pray that the second will be somewhat better to at least ease the pain and suffering.

What do you guys think about Sally Librera's departure? 
POST FOR 06/25/2020.

NEW YORK, NY- This is a total blow for New Yorkers. Not only $1B was slashed from the NYPD's
funding, but DeBlasio and the city council also approved for $65M to be axed from the MTA Fair Fares program. for the $88.1 billion Fiscal Year 2021 budget. Millions of our native New Yorkers rely on this program. For those who don't know what the fair fares program is, its for qualified NYers who falls below the poverty lineIn order to qualify for the program, participants must be a New York City resident, between the ages of 18 and 64 and is not already receiving reduced-price MetroCards from the MTA or transit benefits from other agencies. If you use a weekly card, which is $33, you'll be paying $16.50; a monthly that costs $127, will cost you $63.50. The discounted-cards can be used on all New York City subways or local buses, but are not eligible on MTA express buses, the Long Island Railroad or Metro-North.

De Blasio said this in a statement;

“I just think the reality of that program, which is a great program, it was an effective, important program. At a period of time, MTA ridership was down to 10% of what it had been on. That was a prolonged period of time. I think the whole underlying concept of the program got just disrupted profoundly by the coronavirus, and we’re not going to see that turnaround in the short term.”

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who launched the program alongside de Blasio, also said Tuesday that the funding reduction was based on a cost re-estimate and that no existing participants would be removed from the program. “We believe this is the re-estimate and it won’t result in anyone losing Fair Fares.” Johnson said. Well, you wouldn’t have to slash money from the fair fares program if you guys managed your money correctly. Trump gave us $3.9B months ago (or a portion of it) and told us to use it wisely. What happened to that?!

Interim President Sarah Feinberg dragged DeBlasio in this statement;

“The Mayor’s decision to slash the Fair Fares program will make it more difficult for tens of thousands of customers who rely on mass transit to afford to get to jobs, school and work as New York continues to reopen. “At a time when the MTA is hemorrhaging money at record levels due to the COVID-19 crisis, this cut sets us back and will further hurt our ability to provide critical services to New Yorkers.”

As much I don’t like what Feinberg has done to us and her employees for the last four months, but she does make a compelling point. There are New Yorkers who are not making the annual amount of revenue to escape poverty, and this stupid Administration just slashed $65M. We are already getting funding from D.C to keep our transit system intact, and this cut will do more harm than good and hurt the working class in the long run. Also, in August, the transit sub-agency will start collecting fares again and the plastic barrier will be behind the the driver's door. NICE has already start collecting fares this past Saturday.

How do you guys feel about the cuts to the Fair Fares program?