Man Stabbed At 161 St-Yankee Stadium Station

Earlier this afternoon, a man was stabbed in the chest inside the busy 161 Street-Yankee Stadium B Train, D Train & 4 Train subway station. The incident which took place around approximately 2:15 pm at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the turnstile area.

The 30 year old victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he is currently in serious but stable condition. Thankfully I can report that he is expected to survive.

At this time, the suspect is still on the loose. Hopefully he gets caught soon.

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M79 Select Bus Service Postponed To May

Upper East Side residents will have to wait a little while longer for the launch of Select Bus Service on the M79. The crosstown service running from East End Avenue to Riverside Drive will be postponed until next month. Shaye Weaver of DNA Info has more:

Commuters will have to wait another month for Select Bus Service to begin on the crosstown M79 route, the MTA said.

In February, the MTA announced the new service — which will travel crosstown from East End Avenue to Riverside Drive with fewer stops, off-board ticket purchasing and new bus lanes — would begin sometime in April.

But officials at an MTA board meeting Monday said the launch date had been pushed to May 21.

Agency spokesman Kevin Ortiz said that preparation for the service, including the installation of ticket machines, began this month and that the actual rollout of the service would begin next month.

Click here for the complete report.

I have a feeling this service will be a big hit for riders on a corridor that sees a good share of riders. Hopefully this helps boost ridership even further as it has on other lines with the service.

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Service Diversions 04-21-17

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

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Thief Targeting L Subway Line Riders

Police are telling riders of the L Train to be on the lookout for a thief who is targeting sleeping passengers. Tim Fleischer of ABC7 has more:

Police are warning subway riders to stay awake while on the train after a series of robberies targeting sleeping passengers.

The suspect took wallets and cell phones from his victims after cutting their pockets open with a sharp object.

Surveillance video shows the suspect police believe is responsible for at least seven incidents where he steals valuables from subway riders who have fallen asleep on overnight or early morning L-line trains.

The suspect is wanted for grand larceny in seven cases on the L-line.

The first incident was on February 18th. The last was on April 2nd.

The incidents occurred near the Sutter Avenue station, the Glenwood Road and Rockaway Parkway station, and the Farragut Road and East 105th Street station. Once the train stopped, the suspect fled.

Click here for the complete report.

This story resonates for me in a big way as I recall riding a packed 7 train around 3am one Sunday morning. I was sitting in the corner of the train & saw a guy get on & purposely sit next to someone opposite of me who was sleeping. I found it odd as it was a bit of a tight fit but within minutes I noticed why he chose to do so.

He covertly pulled out a sharp knife and gently started to cut into the guy’s pants to rob him. When I noticed him, I immediately woke the guy up & the thief got rattled and got off at the next stop. The rider thanked me as I saved him from that robbery. The thief was smooth so I am 100% confident he had done this successfully before. This is why I tell anyone I know to try their best to never sleep on public transportation.

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Buses Replace 2 Port Jervis Trains

This Friday, buses will replace 2 trains on the Port Jervis line so the agency can perform some work near Tuxedo. Here is more via the press release I received:

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that buses will substitute for two trains on the railroad’s Port Jervis Line between Port Jervis and Ramsey Route 17 from Friday evening, April 21, through Saturday morning, April 22. Buses will depart at the same time as scheduled trains.

The substitute busing will allow Metro-North crews to perform trackside drainage improvement work near Tuxedo to ensure the on-going reliability and safety of the Port Jervis Line.

Service details are below:

Friday Evening/Saturday Morning, Northbound:

Customers traveling to all stations from Sloatsburg through Port Jervis aboard the 12:40 a.m. train from Hoboken will be able to ride that train to Ramsey Route 17 to connect with buses arriving at those stations.

Saturday Morning, Southbound:

Buses will partially substitute for the 4:45 a.m. departure from Port Jervis. Customers seeking the train at all stations from Port Jervis through Sloatsburg will find buses that will travel to Ramsey Route 17, where they will connect at 6:14 a.m. to the regularly scheduled train making local stops to Hoboken, arriving at 7:19 a.m.

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