Saturday, July 31, 2021

Take The (G) To The Sea-A Major Weekend Change Shake-Up That Will Transpire Next Month On The (C), (E), (F), & (G) Lines

By The Hub

Planned Service Changes for two weekends in August

NEW YORK, NY- If you are a weekend passenger on the (C), (E), (F), & (G) Lines, then you are in for a commute of a lifetime. MTA New York City Transit announced last week that service changes during a pair of August weekends on these lines mentioned above, which will bring “the G to the Sea” by extending the line more than 5 miles, to Coney Island. The train normally terminates at Church Av in Kensington, Brooklyn, since the line was extended there from Smith-9 Sts in June 2009 in planning of the Culver Line rehabilitation, later made permanent on July 16th, 2012 by then MTA Chairman/CEO, Joe Lhota.

The temporary service change will take place during the weekends of August 6-9 and 13-16 and is being made to support the final portion of critical post-Superstorm Sandy work to rehabilitate the tunnel the (F) train uses when traveling between Manhattan and Brooklyn. During these outages, crews will also install cables in the vicinity of Jay Street in order to support the ongoing signal modernization work between Church Avenue and Coney Island. In order to support customers, the MTA will provide several alternative service options. Transit has begun displaying posters and relevant service change information on digital screens throughout the impacted areas to inform customers of the changes. The agency will also send alerts to email or text message subscribers, and via social media.

The bulk of the tunnel work was completed during the spring after crews spent 17 weekends and dozens of weeknights working to install new tracks, signal equipment, communication cables and tunnel lighting. Workers also performed considerable upgrades to the East Broadway station in Manhattan, including nearly 12,000 square feet of platform renewal, 13,000 square feet of wall tile replacement, 1,360 feet of platform edge removal in addition to a range of leak mitigation work. The construction timeline on the Rutgers tube was the fastest of all the Sandy-related tube rehabilitation projects.

I know that I have not done an article for the month of July, but I do have news and events that did transpire for this month. Let us recap on what happened shall we? 

The Kawasaki R211As Credit:

  • In late June, the first 5-car sets of the Kawasaki R211As (4060-4064) were delivered on a truck bed to the South Brooklyn Railyard in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. On July 1st, an unveiling ceremony was held. The R211As were sent to the Coney Island Yard through the South Brooklyn Railyard and the West End (D) Express line. Two weeks later, unit #s 4065-4069 were delivered. The future is here and it is now. The trains will go through rigorous testing and will be placed into service next summer.
  • Outgoing MTA Chairman/CEO Patrick J. Foye applauds the United States of Representatives for passing the INVEST In America Act, which will provide $109B in mass transportation funding nationwide. Foye said this in a statement: “The House of Representatives has taken an important first step toward new, once-in-a-generation levels of funding for public transportation. The $109 billion in the INVEST In America Act to fund transit agency state of good repair and expansion would help the MTA fund the historic $51.5 billion capital plan. But more needs to be done. Robust federal support is also needed for MTA's huge portfolio of projects to expand accessibility, modernize signal systems, finish the long-awaited expansion of the Second Avenue Subway to Harlem, build Penn Station Access and its four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx, and help transition the MTA bus fleet to zero emissions by 2040. Federal funds also should be made available to kickstart efforts to reconstruct existing Penn Station and expand Penn Station to increase capacity between New York and New Jersey in tandem with the Gateway Hudson Tunnel Project. We urge Congress to ensure this level of funding is at a minimum, preserved as both the House and Senate come to a final deal that will work for all transit agencies."

BRT Gate Cart 1273 & 2019 XE60 Xcelsior used
in the parade for the MTA employees on July 6th.
Credit: Marc A. Herman/MTA
  • On July 7th, New York City threw a parade of "Hometown Heroes" for the essential workers who really pulled through during the height of the pandemic. Among the parade the crowd were the MTA employees. A group of 70 MTA workers participated in the parade announced by city’s mayor on June 14, were featured in two MTA floats and on City Hall’s essential workers float. The heroes cruised down the Canyon of Heroes as New Yorkers thanked them for all the work they did to get the city to the other side of the pandemic. The parade followed the traditional ticker tape parade route, beginning in Battery Park, and slowly proceeding through the Canyon of Heroes, up Broadway, towards City Hall. The floats chosen for this parade should resonate with New Yorkers as they symbolize the past and future of transit. One float featured Car 1273 of the New York Transit Museum’s Vintage Fleet. Car 1273 has been through two world wars, and now two pandemics, and is proof that even at the lowest moments of this city and the country, the subway is there. The second float points towards the future, a zero-emissions bus that represents where transit is headed coming out of this pandemic, towards a cleaner future and one where mass transit must be at the center of it. The common theme in past, present and future is that through it all, transit workers will lead the way and keep New York City moving.

  • WiFi is now assessable through the Atlantic Avenue LIRR tunnel. Accessibility came available to two subway stations along the (Q) line; Avenue H in Midwood, Brooklyn and 57th St-7th Av in Midtown Manhattan.  The agency announces the future of accessibility on Roads and Rails on 31st Anniversary of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You can read the full article here. LIRR continues process with the construction of the new Elmont station despite challenges displayed by COVID-19. LIRR now leads Global Car Technology on Google Maps. The agency held its 13th ‘Mask Force’ event, with MTA leaders, local elected officials, staff, and volunteers distributing thousands of free masks throughout the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and NYC Transit subway system. Since its inception, approximately 1,100 New Yorkers have volunteered for the MTA Mask Force, handing out more than 750,000 masks. The 175th St (A) station now lies a memorial for longtime transit accessibility advocate Edith Prentiss, who died in March at age 69. Prentiss, who used a wheelchair for the last 25 years of her life, was a daily transit rider and leading voice in the fight to ensure equality and accessibility for people with disabilities in New York City and throughout the transit system.

  • Lastly, a major change in MTA leadership. Patrick Foye steps down as MTA Chairman/CEO this past Thursday. He will become Interim President of Empire State Development. It was also Sarah Feinberg's last day as Interim NYCT President. Craig Ciapano, President of MTA Bus/VP of NYCT Bus, will take over as temporary NYCT President. Janno Lieber, President of Construction and Development, will take over as temporary MTA Chairman/CEO. At this moment, the changes of MTA's leadership is at hand on the state Senate floor. If approved, then Sarah Feinberg will be chairperson and Janno Lieber will be CEO of the board. Will this change happen? Only time will tell.