Service Diversions 09-25-14

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FASTRACK Returns To The R In Brooklyn

MTA NYC Transit’s FASTRACK program will return to the R Train in Brooklyn next week. Here are the details:

On Monday, September 29, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK program returns to the R Train Fourth Avenue line in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. For four consecutive weeknights from Monday, September 29, to early Friday morning, October 3, R Train trains will be suspended between Bay Ridge-95 St and 36 St. D Train & N Train trains and shuttle buses provide alternate service.

Travel alternatives:

R Train service operates between Forest Hills-71 Av, in Queens, and 36 St in Brooklyn, in both directions until approximately 11:45 p.m.

R Train trains skip Union St, 4 Av-9 St, Prospect Av, and 25 St, in both directions.

• Late night R Train shuttle service is suspended.

• Free shuttle buses operate between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St, stopping at 86 St, 77 St, and Bay Ridge Av.

D Train trains run local between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 36 St.

N Train trains run local between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 59 St, in Brooklyn.

• Transfer between free shuttle buses and N Train trains at 59 St.

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MTA To Purchase 120 New Buses

Earlier this morning, the MTA announced that they will be purchasing 120 new buses. Here is more via the official press release:

As part of the ongoing effort to modernize the nation’s largest municipal bus fleet, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking Board approval next week to award federally funded contracts to bus manufacturer New Flyer of America (New Flyer) for the delivery of 120 new low-floor transit buses, to be used by MTA Bus Company. The award consists of two contracts for 75 low floor 60-foot articulated diesel buses and 45 low floor 40-foot diesel buses.

This will be the first time that low-floor articulated equipment will be used on MTA Bus Company routes. Low-floor bus design makes it easier and faster for customers to board and exit, both speeding service and eliminating the need for customers to negotiate steps. Customers who must use wheelchairs also find low-floor buses to be more convenient as they utilize a front-door ramp rather than a rear-door lift.

“These new buses will be a real benefit for our customers who will find them more comfortable and convenient than older models,” said Darryl Irick, President of MTA Bus Company.

The combined total award to New Flyer is $80,072,520. The price per bus for the 40-foot bus is $496,267 and the contract includes special tools, manuals, training and spare parts for a total contract amount of $22,737,553. The price per bus for the 60-foot bus is $755,074 and also includes special tools, testing, manuals, training and spare parts for a total contract amount of $57,334,968.

The delivery of the low floor 40-foot diesel production buses is scheduled to begin in June 2015 and be completed in September 2015. The delivery of the low floor 60-foot articulated diesel production buses is scheduled to begin in October 2015 and be completed in June of the following year.

This contract is subject to the review and approval of the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) and the contract award will not be made prior to this approval.

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Service Diversions 09-18-14

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People Climate March Service Advisory

With the turnout expected to be big this Sunday for the People Climate March, MTA NYC Transit will be adding extra service to the E Train & S Train. Also some bus routes will be rerouted. Here are the details:

The People’s Climate March will be held on Sunday, September 21, between 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in midtown Manhattan. The March’s route will begin at Central Park West, between 65 St and 86 Sts, with participants travelling through Midtown and Times Square, ending at 11 Av between 34 St and 38 St, near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Attendance could reach upwards of 60,000 people for this event.

The following NYC Transit and MTA Buses that serve the area will be affected by reroutes and customers should anticipate some delays: M5, M7, M10, M11, M12, M20, 34 SBS, M34A SBS, M42, M66, M72, and M104.

From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bronx-bound D trains will run local between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 125 St. Additionally, due to scheduled weekend work, subway commuters are reminded that 7 train service will be suspended between 74 St-Broadway and 42 St-Times Sq in both directions.

However, additional service will be provided on the E line between Manhattan and Queens as well as on the S 42nd Street Shuttle.

In order to prevent overcrowding on stairways and platforms at subway stations along Central Park West, 34 St-Penn Station and 34 St-Herald Sq, some subway stairways may be designated as “entrance or exit only.”

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