A Train Derailment Near 125th Street

When riders boarded a Queens-bound A Train train this morning, they assumed it would just be another regular commute to their destination. Unfortunately that was not the case after a minor derailment this morning just outside the 125th Street station that caused as of press time 34 injuries. Andrew Siff & Jennifer Millman of NBC New York have more:

 A subway derailment and power outage near the 125th Street station in Manhattan has suspended service on multiple train lines, stranding terrified riders in darkened, smoke-filled cars for two hours in some cases.

At least 34 people had injuries including smoke inhalation, though all were expected to be OK, fire officials said. About half of the victims were taken to hospitals while others were checked out at the scene.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said at a news briefing shortly before noon Tuesday that the brakes on the A train somehow went into emergency mode, propelling the first two cars of the train into a concrete wall. Sparks erupted, fueled by garbage and other debris along the subway tracks, which caused the smoke condition, Lhota said.

The derailed train was evacuated, along with two other trains — one ahead of it and one behind it. The train derailed very close to the 125th Street station, Lhota said, and some riders were able to get off on the platform. Other panicked straphangers looked for alternate means of escape.

Click here for the complete report.

For starters I am glad to hear that no fatalities or serious injuries occurred because of the derailment. For those that are dealing with minor injuries, I wish you a speedy recovery.

This incident will definitely cause a nightmare commute for the rest of the day & perhaps the next couple of days depending on the damage. As of press time these are the service changes happening due to the derailment:

There is no A Subway train service between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 168 St in both directions.

There is shuttle A Subway train service between 168 St and Inwood-207 St in both directions.

A Subway trains are running local in Brooklyn and between Canal St and 59 St in both directions.

There is free shuttle bus service operating between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 145 St in both directions.

B Subway train service is suspended between Brighton Beach and 145 St in both directions.

C Subway train service is suspended between Euclid Av and 168 St in both directions.

There is no D Subway train service between 59 St-Columbus Circle and 161 St-Yankee Stadium in both directions.

There is shuttle D Subway train service between 161 St-Yankee Stadium and Norwood-205 St in both directions.

Some northbound F Subway trains are running on the G Subway line from Bergen St to Court Sq then via E Subway line to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.

Some Forest Hills bound M Subway trains are terminating at Essex St.

Expect delays in A Subway, B Subway, C Subway, D Subway, E Subway, F Subway and M Subway train service.

Allow additional travel time.

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MTA Announces LIRR Fare Reduction Plan

With the LIRR Summer Of Hell set to begin soon, the MTA has announced a fare reduction plan. The plan which will feature discounts averaging 25% for those commuting to certain terminals such as Atlantic Terminal & Hunterspoint Avenue. Here are more details via the official press release I received:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today responded to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s call for a discount for Long Island Rail Road riders as a result of Amtrak’s summer service cuts at Penn Station. The Long Island Rail Road will offer on average, a 25% fare reduction for all passengers traveling to Hunterspoint Avenue and Atlantic Terminal during Amtrak’s repair work. The discounts apply to all passengers traveling to Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue – including those on trains diverted to these stations from Penn Station. All LIRR riders will be given a free transfer during the morning rush to New York City subways at Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue which have direct and easy connections to multiple subway lines. The reductions – which are based on the distance passengers are traveling – will be in effect from July 10th to the completion of Amtrak repair work.

The discount will apply to monthly, weekly and daily tickets. Starting today, Tuesday, June 20, the discounted monthly tickets will be available via ticket windows, ticket vending machines and mail and ride. Discounted tickets will be available via MTA eTix starting on July 1.

“Governor Cuomo has asked us to provide greater value to our customers while Amtrak conducts repairs this summer. In response we’re adding to the mitigation measures we’ve already announced by providing a discount that will give customers who travel to key transportation hubs an average discount of 25%,” said MTA Interim Director Ronnie Hakim. “We believe that this move will mitigate the inconvenience that our customers may experience, and have the added benefit of drawing customers away from Penn Station while Amtrak performs repair work.”

The discount will also be available to customers traveling to Long Island City, Nostrand Avenue and East New York.

The discounted fares are in addition to the previously released transportation plan that restores rush-hour commuter capacity to and from Manhattan, and alleviates anticipated delays and disruptions for LIRR commuters (link: http://nymta.civicconnect.com/LIRR-PennStation).

Free Subways Transfers During Morning Rush

As previously announced, LIRR ticket holders who take trains to Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica, and Hunterspoint Avenue will also be able to transfer to the subway for free during the morning rush hours.

At Atlantic Terminal riders will be able to use the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q & R.

At Hunterspoint Avenue riders will be able to use the 7.

At Jamaica riders will be able to use the E, J & Z.

Customer Outreach

The MTA is alerting customers to the discount through a wide range of platforms, including e-mails alerts; twitter messages; Facebook posts; electronic signs located in outlying stations; electronic message boards located in key terminals, including Penn Station, Jamaica Station and Atlantic Terminal; messaging on the Train Time app. In addition ticket clerks will alert customers to the discount at ticket windows.

Mail and Ride customers will receive an email letting them know that they can return unused mail and ride tickets for a full credit by simply placing the unused tickets in the return envelope, and placing it in Mail and Ride drop box at Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal or Jamaica Station. They can then purchase a discounted ticket to Atlantic Terminal or Hunterspoint Avenue at a ticket window or a ticket vending machine.

I wish the agency posted a list of actual prices as I am very curious to see what these discounts actually are. I also feel they made a big mistake in not providing discounts across the board for all riders as the planned work will be an issue for riders throughout the entire system.

While the MTA is in a tough situation due to Amtrak, they should be doing even more to appease LIRR riders who have routinely been bent over & punished with inadequate service while paying more at the same time!

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Service Diversions 05-19-17

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

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MTA Seeks Subway Station Proposals

The MTA announced today that it is seeking proposals for work on 4 subway stations in Manhattan. Here is more via the press release I received:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has issued a Request for Proposals for four reimagined stations in Manhattan: 163 St C Train, Cathedral Parkway (110 St) B Train C Train; 86 St B Train C Train; and 72 St B Train C Train. The stations are part of an ambitious program to undertake extensive renovations at 33 stations on subway lines across the city.

“These four stations are part of an initiative that represents a fundamental transformation for how the MTA does business, and deals with its customers,” MTA Interim Executive Director Ronnie Hakim said.  “Rather than doing a few component repairs, and stretching the work out over nights and weekends, we are taking a new top to bottom approach, renovating stations to bring customers a dramatically enhanced experience, and providing them with the tools they need for a better commute.  This includes countdown clocks, Wi-Fi, USB ports, more intuitive way-finding, and better lighting.  We are also embracing more rapid time frames, using temporary station closures to enable our contractors to get in, get the work done fast, and get out as quickly as possible.”

Station enhancements will include: 

  • Improved signage for easier navigation, including digital, real-time train arrival information at subway entrances, before customers even enter the station;
  • Informational totems at street level and dashboards in the control areas and on platforms;
  • Inclusion of amenities, such as improved cellular connectivity, new art, as well as security cameras;
  • New LED light fixtures throughout the stations;
  • New terracotta tile at entrances;
  • LED handrails at entrances;
  • A new canopy at street level and granite flooring on the mezzanine at the 110 St Station;
  • USB ports and Wi-Fi;
  • New tactile warning strip at platform edges;
  • Glass barrier at fare array;
  • Removal of paint from ceilings at all stations;
  • Renovations will also consider the architectural legacy of each station, and remain sensitive to historical elements as the stations undergo redesign.

State of Good Repair

In addition to the new amenities and features, the top-to-bottom renovation will also involve state of good repair renewals of concrete, steel, waterproofing, paint and repair of existing entrance railings and refurbished stairs.

Get In, Get Done, Get Out

At the start of the projects, minor construction activities will be performed while the stations remain operational. However, in order to fast track the renovations, the stations will be temporarily closed, enabling the contractor to get in, get the work done, and get out in the shortest possible time frame. Contractors are incentivized to keep closures as short as possible. All major construction will be completed during the closures, and a contractor’s ability to limit the duration of closures will be a major factor in awarding contracts. Work at all four stations is slated for completion within 14 months of the date of award.

Other Stations in Initiative

The announcement follows the March 27th commencement of work on the first station in the initiative, 53 St in Brooklyn. Other stations in the program include Prospect Av, and Bay Ridge Av, on the R Train line in Brooklyn; and Broadway, 30 Av, 36 Av, and 39Av stations on Astoria N Train W Train  Line in Queens. The program will include a total of 33 stations on subway lines across the city.

Initial Announcement of Station Design Plan

Governor Cuomo unveiled the ambitious design plan for stations during a July 2016 event at the Transit Museum in Brooklyn, and the MTA issued a Request for Proposals for the first three stations in the program: Prospect Av, 53 St, and Bay Ridge Av. At the completion of the project, the station enhancements will be distributed across the five boroughs. Renderings of the station enhancements are available here.

Design Build Contracts

At the direction of the Governor, the MTA is using design-build contracts for all of the stations. Design-build contracts place construction in the hands of private construction firms with the expertise to assure successful construction that is completed within the shortest possible time frame. The contractor assumes the risk for cost overruns and maintaining time schedules. A single team is responsible for both the design and construction of an entire project in order to ensure that coordination is seamless.

Design Consultants

In developing the standards for the reimagined stations, the MTA worked with distinguished and world-renowned design consultants who possess extensive experience creating transit facilities. The lead designers, Grimshaw Architects, and Arup, both with offices in London and New York – spearheaded the stations’ initiative.

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Harlem Line Track Work This Weekend

Just a short time ago, MTA Metro-North Railroad announced that they will be performing $100,000 worth of track improvement work this weekend on the Harlem line. Here are more details via the official press release I received:

MTA Metro-North Railroad today announced that crews will perform $100,000 in track improvement work on the Upper Harlem Line between Wassaic and Southeast this coming weekend to ensure the on-going reliability and safety of the railroad. Workers will improve the Corbin Road railroad crossing in Pawling, replacing the crossing surface, rails and ties, and elsewhere along the tracks they will cut brush and weld rail joints.

As a result, buses will substitute for trains on the Harlem Line at the seven stations between Southeast and Wassaic after 10 p.m. on Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21. Normal train service will resume with the first scheduled train of Monday, May 22. Train service at the 31 stations between Grand Central and Southeast will not be affected.

Service details are below:

Southbound

Starting with the usual 11:28 p.m. departure from Wassaic on Friday, May 19, and for all departures on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, buses will substitute for trains from Wassaic to Southeast, making stops at the following stations: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling and Patterson. Selected buses will also stop at Appalachian Trail. Bus service will operate 15-40 minutes earlier than normally scheduled train times. Customers can view scheduled bus departure times at this link: http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_bus511_Layout_1.pdf.

Northbound

Starting with the 8:52 p.m. departure from Grand Central on Friday, May 19, and for all departures on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, trains from Grand Central to Southeast will connect with bus service at Southeast. Buses will make each train’s stops at: Patterson, Pawling, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic. Selected buses will stop at Appalachian Trail. Trains will operate on their regular schedules, but customers using the bus should anticipate later arrival times of between 20-30 minutes. Customers can view scheduled bus arrival times at this link:

http://web.mta.info/mnr/pdf/Wassaic_bus511_Layout_1.pdf.

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