Countdown Clocks Come To E & G Lines

Countdown clocks are now here for the & lines. Here is more via the official press release I received:

Countdown clocks at all stations on the  & lines are now live, thanks to MTA New York City Transit’s use of beacon technology as a new, innovative way to bring real time train arrival information to customers at stations that still lack countdown clocks.  Countdown clocks will be installed at all lettered line stations by the end of 2017.

This accelerated effort to bring real time train arrival information to the rest of the system is part the MTA’s Subway Action Plan to stabilize and improve the system and lay the foundation for modernizing the New York City Subway. A key component of the Action Plan calls for improved customer communications and providing train arrival information system-wide allows customers to be kept fully informed of regular service, delays or emergency situations, should they arise.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said, “The days when customers on our lettered lines are forced to peer down a subway platform looking for headlights will soon be over.  Bringing real-time train arrival information to all stations is part of our aggressive and immediate efforts to improve the customer experience through increased reliability and capacity, enhanced stations and safety, and clear and accurate communication.”

MTA Managing Director Veronique Hakim said, “Beacon technology does not involve invasive modifications to station infrastructure and can be deployed at a fraction of the costs associated with the countdown clocks already in the system.  More importantly, it’s part of an Action Plan that puts our customers first.”

The beacon technology has already been deployed on the  and  lines and involves placing four low-energy Bluetooth beacons on each train set and two receivers on each platform. LCD display screens at each station provide customers with real time train arrival information.

The addition of countdown clocks to the  & lines brings the total number of stations with countdown clocks to 296.  This includes 156 stations on the numbered lines and 24  stations with countdown clocks, connected to the line’s Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signal system.  The  line will also get countdown clocks after the installation of CBTC is completed later this year.

This will be a great tool for commuters on these lines to help make the commute a tad easier which is something we all can appreciate.

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Woman Pushed Onto 2nd Av Station Tracks

Cops in the Lower East Side are on the lookout for a man who pushed a woman onto the Queens-bound subway track at the 2nd Avenue F Train late Tuesday evening.

Thankfully no train was approaching the station during this time & the 49 year old victim only suffered a laceration to her head. Hopefully the cops catch the lowlife responsible for this despicable act!

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Service Diversions 08-18-17

I have just updated the Service Diversions for the weekend through the end of the next week.

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Service Diversions 08-05-17

I have just updated the Service Diversions for the rest of the week.

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Metro North Schedules Public Hearing

In continuing with the Metro-North news theme, the agency has announced that it has scheduled a public hearing for August 23rd on the possibility of making additional service at the Melrose & Tremont stations permanent. Here is more via the official press release I received:

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that it will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 23, inviting customers to comment on a plan to permanently increase service levels at the Melrose and Tremont stations on the Harlem Line. The hearing will be held at 5 p.m. at agency headquarters on 2 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

In an effort to build ridership and provide Bronx residents with more convenient travel options, on October 2, 2016, Metro-North implemented a pilot program that increased service at the Tremont and Melrose stations from a two-hour frequency to hourly frequency during off-peak and weekend travel times.

The public hearing on August 23 is a necessary step in making the pilot expansion program an enduring schedule change, and service at Melrose and Tremont will remain consistent with other Bronx stations.

 

In addition to the increased frequency, the service day will stay extended, with earlier inbound service on weekdays and significantly later outbound service on weekdays and weekends.

Details of increased service at Melrose and Tremont stations are below:

  • Weekday inbound service will be expanded from: 7:20 a.m. – 10:41 p.m., to: 5:51 a.m. – 12:47 a.m.
  • Weekday outbound service will be expanded from: 5:38 a.m. – 9:25 p.m., to: 5:38 a.m. -1:20 a.m.
  • Weekend inbound service will be expanded from: 6:44 a.m. – 10:44 p.m., to: 6:44 a.m. – 12:44 a.m.
  • Weekend outbound service will be expanded from: 6:25 a.m. – 9:25 p.m., to: 6:25 a.m. – 1: 20 a.m.

Details on the date, time and location of the hearing are below:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Registration is from 4:30 p.m.to 6 p.m.

 

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

2 Broadway

William J. Ronan Board Room, 20th Floor

New York, NY 10004

 

Directions to 2 Broadway:

By rail: Metro-North Railroad to Grand Central Terminal, then transfer to the subway to Bowling Green.

By subway: to Bowling Green; to Whitehall St;  to South Ferry; or  to Broad St

By bus: M15 (Local or SBS), M20, X1, X10, or X17

By ferry: Staten Island Ferry to Whitehall Terminal

For more information, to pre-register to speak, or to submit comments:
Those wishing to be heard must register in advance, either by telephone by calling 646-252-6777, registering online or in person at the hearing. Verbal presentations will be limited to three minutes. You may present verbal testimony or submit written statements in lieu of, or to supplement oral testimony concerning the proposed project. Email comments will be accepted online.

Comments may also be submitted via postal mail to:

MTA Government & Community Relations

Attn: MN Melrose & Tremont Stations Pilot Program

2 Broadway, 20th floor

New York, NY 10004

All written statements must be submitted by 6 p.m. on August 23, 2017. Comments received after that date and time will not be considered.

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