MTA Considering Reduced S.I. Overnight Bus Service

This past July, the MTA released a preliminary budget which included some cost cutting measures. Fast forward to more recent times which saw NY State Thomas P. DiNapoli release his State Comptroller’s 2019 Financial Outlook for the MTA  which contains something that if it becomes a reality, will be a major thorn for Staten Island residents.

The unfortunate scenario that might occur would see the MTA reduce overnight bus service to the Staten Island Ferry. Eric Bascome of SI Live has more:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Late night ferry riders could need to find a new connecting route.

The MTA is considering a reduction in overnight bus service to the Staten Island Ferry, according to the State Comptroller’s 2019 Financial Outlook for the MTA released recently.

The report highlights potential cost-saving measures outlined in the MTA’s preliminary budget report released on July 25.

Among the potential measures outlined is, “reduce bus service to the Staten Island Ferry during overnight hours to one bus per hour (eliminate nine positions for savings of $1.1 million annually).”

In 2015, the city launched 30-minute, around-the-clock Staten Island Ferry service.

The MTA emphasized that all listed measures in the comptroller report are based upon existing revenue and are subject to change based on future revenue streams.

“The proposed service change highlighted by the comptroller’s report is from a preliminary budget forecast made in July that is based on existing revenue streams and doesn’t count potential new revenue streams that are being discussed,” said MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek.

“As we’ve said, we’re focused on improving service, aggressive cost-containment initiatives, and seeking sustainable, reliable new sources of funding to help fund future transit service,” Tarek continued.

If this becomes a reality, this will serve as a huge blow for bus service which is already operating subpar based on the complaints from customers throughout the island. I have seen the crowds that the ferry gets during the overnight hours and believe me, it was a great idea to create more overnight service.

However getting to & from the ferry during the overnight is just as important. I think the MTA needs to find alternative ways to save money as cutting such service is not the answer.

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Staten Island Half Marathon Service Info

The MTA just released a service advisory in relation to Staten Island half marathon taking place this weekend. Here are the details that I was sent:

The Staten Island Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 from 8 a.m. to noon.  Scheduled just three weeks before the TCS New York City Marathon, the Staten Island Half is a perfect tune-up for NYRR’s flagship event and features fabulous views of New York Harbor and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. 

The race will begin near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal on Bay Street south of Slosson Terrace, continues along Bay Street to Fort Wadsworth and Father Capodanno Boulevard, along the South Beach shorefront down to Midland Avenue.  At Midland Avenue, runners will then make their way back toward the ferry terminal to Bay Street, and cross the finish line at Bay Street near Slosson Terrace.

The following NYC Transit and MTA buses that serve the area will be affected by reroutes and customers should consider adding extra time for their trip: S42, S46, S48, S51, S52, S53, S61, S62, S74, S76 and S78.

To get to the race from other boroughs, take the rw train to Whitehall St, the 1 to South Ferry, or the 45 to Bowling Green and connect to the Staten Island Ferry.  Additionally, Staten Island Railway (SIR) will operate on a regular schedule, however the St George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, and Clifton stations may experience higher ridership volumes than usual.  In order to prevent overcrowding on stairways and platforms at subway stations and SIR, some stairways may be designated as “entrance or exit only.”  Customer Service personnel will be present at the St. George terminal from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to assist riders. 

In addition, MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ Bay Street and Father Capodanno/Lily Pond exit ramps from the westbound (Staten Island bound) plaza at the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be closed to all traffic because of the half marathon from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Metro North To Install PTC On Harlem Line

The MTA Metro-North Railroad announced earlier today that it will be installing Positive Train Control (PTC) equipment on the upper portion of the Harlem Line next week. Here are more details via the press release I received:

MTA Metro-North Railroad crews will install Positive Train Control equipment between Wassaic and Southeast from Wednesday, October 17, through Sunday, October 21, which will result in service changes on the upper Harlem Line.

Crews will install two antenna poles and two radio boxes that are required in order to make Positive Train Control (PTC) operational on the branch.  Metro-North will perform a fiber optic splice that allows this newly PTC installed equipment to communicate with the rest of the system.  Positive Train Control is a technology designed to reduce the potential for human error that can lead to train-involved accidents.

In addition to making this safety upgrade, Metro-North crews will replace the highway grade crossing at Tenmile River Station on Sinpatch Road in the town of Wassaic. Elsewhere along the branch, crews will surface track, cut brush and trees, weld joints and renew drainage ditches.

To accommodate this safety upgrade and maintenance improvements to the Harlem Line, buses will substitute for trains traveling between Wassaic and Southeast from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Wednesday, October 17, through Friday, October 19.

Substitute bus service will be back in effect after 10:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19, and continues through Sunday, October 21.

On Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21,  Metro-North crews will be upgrading the railroad crossing at Sinpatch Road.  As a result of this project work, Tenmile River station will be closed on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21.  Customers can connect with bus service at Wassaic or Dover Plains stations.

Regular southbound train service resumes on Monday, October 22 with the 5:10 a.m. train from Wassaic. Regular northbound train service resumes on Monday, October 22 with the 7:40 a.m. train from Southeast.

Service details are below:

Weekday:

Southbound: Wednesday, October 17 through Friday, October 19

From 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and from 10:30 pm until midnight, buses will substitute for trains from Wassaic to Southeast, making all scheduled stops at the following stations: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling and Patterson. Bus service will operate 20-40 minutes earlier than normally scheduled train times. Buses will connect with regularly scheduled trains at Southeast for continuing service to Grand Central Terminal.

Northbound: Wednesday, October 17 through Friday, October 19

From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10:30 pm until 2 am Saturday, buses will substitute for trains from Southeast to Wassaic, making all scheduled stops at the following stations: Patterson, Pawling, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic. Customers should allow up to 30 minutes in additional travel time, depending on the destination station.

Weekend:

Southbound: Saturday, October 20 and Sunday October 21

Substitute bus service will be provided for all trains departing Wassaic and the following station stops: Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Appalachian Trail, Pawling and Patterson.

Due to Metro-North crews upgrading the railroad crossing at Sinpatch Road, buses will not be able to access the Ten Mile River station. Customers may take buses from the Wassaic station or the Dover Plains station.

At Southeast Station, customers will connect with continuing train service to Grand Central Terminal. Buses will operate up to 30 minutes earlier than normal train times.

Regular southbound train service resumes on Monday, October 22 with the 5:10 a.m. train from Wassaic.

Northbound: Saturday, October 20 and Sunday October 21 

Customers will connect with substitute bus service at the Southeast station for the following station stops:  Paterson, Pawling, Appalachian Trail, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains and Wassaic.

Due to Metro-North crews upgrading the railroad crossing at Sinpatch Road, buses will not be able to access the Ten Mile River station. Customers may take buses from the Wassaic station or the Dover Plains station.

Regular northbound train service resumes on Monday, October 22 with the 7:40 a.m. train from Southeast

For a detailed bus and train schedule, customers should visit:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/10-02-18_WassaicBus_v1.pdf 

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Happy Independence Day 2018!!!

I would like to take this moment and wish each and everyone of my readers a Happy 4th of July aka Independence Day! May you all have a safe & wonderful time no matter what you have planned.

I will be back to posting regularly soon, I promise!

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NYC Transit July 4th 2018 Service Plan Info

Here is the MTA NYC Transit service plan info for the upcoming July 4th holiday:

New York City Subway:

On Wednesday, July 4, the New York City subway will operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no 67 express service. b trains will not run, customers are encouraged to use the acd and/or q instead.

There will be increased subway service on the 47acfn and s 42nd Street Shuttle prior to and following the Macy’s fireworks celebration, which will originate from five barges on the East River between 23rd and 41st Streets from 9:25 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.

There will also be firework shows around 9:45 p.m. in Coney Island, Brooklyn and around 9:25 p.m. at Exchange Place, Jersey City on July 4.  In the event that crowds grow in Battery Park and Battery Park City as a result of this show, n service will operate via the Montague tunnel to provide additional service at the Whitehall St and Rector St stations.

New York City Buses:

Buses operated by MTA New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company will operate on a Saturday schedule on Wednesday, July 4.  There are many routes that either do not operate on Saturdays or do not run on part of the route at certain hours.  Customers traveling on the Fourth of July should check Saturday schedules, lines and routes.  The following bus routes may be affected by delays and detours:  M9; M14 A/D; M15 local, M15 SBS; M23 SBS; M34 SBS; M42; M50; M101; M102; M103; B24; B32; B43; B62; Q24; Q32; Q59; Q60; Q102; Q103.

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