Man Falls Down Subway Grate

Some people just never learn that anything involving the NYC Subway can be dangerous. Hopefully this is a lesson now understood by an unidentified man who fell down a subway grate this morning in Queens. Samantha Tata & Greg Mocker of Pix11 have more:

A man fell at least 20 feet into a subway grate in Queens Tuesday after opening the grate in an attempt to grab his keys which had fallen through the slats , emergency officials said.

The call came in about 10:50 a.m. about a person who tumbled down the opening at 24-20 Jackson Ave., EMS said.

The unidentified man has been rescued and taken to a hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately know.

Fire officials at the scene said the man dropped his keys into the grate and opened it himself to try to grab them. But when he did, he plummeted down the chute.

I understand that your keys are important. The same can be said for things like a cell phone, wallet, etc… However instead of trying to play the hero & retrieve it yourself, call in for help so it can be properly & safely retrieved. Hopefully the injuries suffered will be minor at best.

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MTA Begins Training On New 7 Line Extension

With the debut of the 7 line extension to 34 Street-Hudson Yards nearing, the MTA has started to train staff on the new extension. Here is more on that training:

MTA New York City Transit has started training tower operators, train dispatchers and train operators how to safely route and operate trains to and from the new 34 St-Hudson Yards station, one of the last steps as the MTA prepares to open the newly constructed 7 Line Extension later this summer. Video of an early training run is available for download at https://youtu.be/gZ6L4RcHzQU.

Two-day training courses for tower operators and dispatchers began May 26 and will continue through June 4. Tower operators are responsible manipulating signals and switches to safely route trains, and dispatchers oversee train crews as well as the movement and even spacing of trains along a route.

MTA New York City Transit began training train operators May 28 and will continue during the morning and afternoon shifts for several weeks to come. In all, 12 tower operators, 8 dispatchers, and as many as 672 train operators will be trained on the 7 Line Extension by the end of June.
“Providing this training for our subway personnel is one of the last steps toward opening the 7 Line Extension for revenue service,” said MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco. “The 7 Line Extension will open up the far West Side to mass transit for the first time, and the new station and additional tail tracks for train storage will also improve service for customers using the line in Queens and Manhattan.”
“We are in the final 50-yard sprint of this project,” said MTA Capital Construction Company President Michael Horodniceanu. “We expect to announce an opening date in the next several weeks.

Work to open the 7 Line Extension for revenue service continues to progress well. Integrated testing of communications systems and the mobile radio system has been completed, and testing of other communications systems and the fire alarm system is progressing according to schedule.
Work is also continuing at the station’s secondary entrance on Eleventh Avenue between 34th and 35th streets, which is approximately 45% complete. Waterproofing and preparation for caisson work is ongoing at the shaft area. This entrance is not required for the 7 Line Extension to begin revenue service, but will serve thousands of projected customers in coming years as the Hudson Yards area continues to develop.

Here is a cool video that shows some of the training.

Video credit: MTA/J.P. Chan, Jon Maus & Will McCord

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Service Diversions 05-29-15

Get a start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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Service Diversions 05-23-15

Get a start on your Memorial Day weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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NYC Subway Memorial Day 2015 Service Info

Here is the Memorial Day 2015 holiday weekend service plan info for the NYC Subway:

On Monday, May 25, New York City Transit Subways will operate on a Sunday schedule. Customers are reminded to use the ACD or Q instead of the B and the J instead of the Z. Express service is not available on the 6 and 7. In addition, on Sundays, some subway routes are shortened.

The following diversions are in effect on Memorial Day through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26:

• Manhattan-bound 1 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St. Bronx-bound 1 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.

• Brooklyn-bound 2 trains run express from 14 St to Chambers St. Bronx-bound 2 trains run express from Times Sq-42 St to 72 St.

• 3 & 4 trains skip Rockaway Av and Van Siclen Av in both directions.

• Brooklyn-bound 4 & 6 trains skip 103 St.

• Bronx-bound 4 trains run local from Grand Central-42 St to 125 St.

• 5 trains are suspended between E 180 St and Bowling Green in both directions. 6 service is extended to Bowling Green.

• Far Rockaway/Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd bound, A trains skip Rockaway Blvd.

• Manhattan-bound A & C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 125 St.

• Brooklyn-bound C trains run express from 59 St-Columbus Circle to Canal St.

• Brooklyn-bound D trains are rerouted on the N line from 36 St to Coney Island-Stillwell Av.

• E trains run local in both directions between Roosevelt Av and Forest Hills-71 Av in Queens.

• Brooklyn-bound F trains are rerouted via the E line from Roosevelt Av to W 4 St-Wash Sq, and then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech.

• F trains run local in both directions from Roosevelt Av to Forest Hills-71 Av.

• Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St.

• Coney Island-Stillwell Av bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

• Brooklyn-bound R trains stop at 53 St and 45 St. R service is extended to the Jamaica-179 St F station

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