FASTRACK Returns To Central Park West

Next week FASTRACK will be returning to the A Train, B Train, C Train & D Train along Central Park West. Here are the complete details:

On Monday, July 28, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK program returns to Upper Manhattan along the ACBD lines. A trains will be suspended in both directions between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Inwood-207 St and D trains will be suspended between 59 St Columbus Circle and 161St-Yankee Stadium from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for four consecutive weeknights from Monday, July 28 to early Friday morning, August 1. B and C service will end early each night.

A and D trains will operate as follows:

• A service will operate between Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd or Far Rockaway and 59 St-Columbus Circle.

• D service will operate in two sections, between Norwood-205 St and 161 St-Yankee Stadium and between 59 St-Columbus Circle and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.

Travel alternatives:

As an alternative, customers should take the 124 trains, the Bx12 or Bx19 buses and free shuttle bus service.

• A Customers should take the 1 for service between Midtown and Washington Heights/Inwood.

• D Customers should take the 2 and 4 for service between Midtown and the Bronx.

• For Central Park West, customers may use nearby 1 and 2 stations along Broadway.

• In Harlem, customers may use nearby 12 stations or take free shuttle buses to/from the 110 St or 157 St stations. Bx19 buses run along 145 St.

• In Washington Heights/Inwood, customers may use nearby 1 stations along St Nicholas Av, the Bx12, or free shuttle buses instead.

• The 42 St S Shuttle will operate through the night.

• 2 trains run local between Times Sq-42 St and 96 St.

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MTA Announces LIRR Strike Contingency Plans

Just a short time ago, I got off the conference call where the MTA was discussing their contingency plans in case of a LIRR strike. Here are the details:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced plans to provide limited transportation to New Yorkers in the event Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service is disrupted by a labor action as early as July 20. Buses, ferries and park-and-ride lots would all be mobilized to help New Yorkers travel in the event trains stop running.

The MTA estimates all the forms of alternative transportation can serve more than three times more people than were assisted during the previous LIRR labor dispute. The MTA encourages Long Islanders to telecommute if possible, but for those who must travel to work, these alternative options provide a far more robust plan than two decades ago.

“When the LIRR unions went on strike in 1994, Long Islanders had very limited options. There were no park-and-ride lots, no ferries, no real-time monitoring, no telecommuting,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “Today, the MTA has a far stronger, more robust, multifaceted plan. Working with the State and elected officials from across Long Island and the City of New York, we are providing more shuttle buses, thousands of parking spots near subway stations, a ferry service, real-time traffic management and real-time parking monitoring.”

“We have reached out to 1,400 employers across Long Island and the City to encourage their employees to telecommute if at all possible,” Chairman Prendergast said. “More than a week away from any threatened labor action, we have commitments for at least 18,000 workers to telecommute.”

Details for each mode of transportation follow:

Buses:

The MTA has worked with Long Island bus companies to establish a network of 350 buses that will shuttle customers from eight locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties to three major subway stations in Queens. The shuttle bus locations include seven LIRR stations and Nassau Community College.

The MTA expects the buses would be able to carry 15,000 customers – twice as many as the 7,000 people carried by buses during the 1994 LIRR labor outage.

The buses would operate during rush hours only, and only in the peak direction of travel. They will run into New York City between 4-7 a.m. and return to Long Island between 3-7 p.m. Disabled customers will also be able to use Access-A-Ride vehicles available at those locations.

Buses would travel along these routes:

In Suffolk County:

• Buses would pick up passengers at the Ronkonkoma and Deer Park LIRR stations and connect to the 7 subway station at Mets-Willets Point / Citi Field.

In Nassau County:

• Buses would pick up passengers at the Manhasset LIRR station and connect to the 7 subway station at Mets-Willets Point / Citi Field.

• Buses would pick up passengers at the Seaford, Bellmore and Freeport LIRR stations, as well as Nassau Community College, and connect to the A subway station at Howard Beach

• Buses would pick up passengers at the Hicksville LIRR station and connect to the M and R subway station at Woodhaven Boulevard

Ferry:

A free ferry service would operate from Glen Cove to East 34th Street in Midtown. The ferry would do three westbound runs in the morning and three eastbound at night. They would be able to carry 1,000 customers and trips would take 40 minutes.

Parking at Glen Cove is very limited. The MTA recommends that passengers carpool or arrange for dropoff and pickup.

Park-and-Ride Lots:

Dedicated park-and-ride lots would be established in Queens as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties, to provide more transportation options than were available in 1994. These lots would be monitored by spotters using social media to send real-time alerts about how many spaces are available.

• CitiField, where customers can connect to the 7 subway, has 4,000 available parking spaces

• Aqueduct Racetrack, where customers can connect to the A subway, has 3,000 available parking spaces.

We are also providing 8,400 parking spots in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, where friends and colleagues can meet to carpool together:

Suffolk County:

• Farmingdale State College

• Belmont State Park

• Sunken Meadow State Park

• Heckscher State Park

Nassau County:

• Valley Stream State Park

• Hempstead Lake State Park

• Bethpage State Park

All of these lots will be secured by MTA Police, Port Authority Police, the NYPD, New York State Police and other police agencies.

For Those Who Choose to Drive

There are also more than 100 public and private parking lots available within five blocks of subway stations in Queens and Brooklyn. Links to them are provided on our website.

The MTA is working closely with the State and Nassau and Suffolk counties to ease traffic as much as possible. The High Occupancy Vehicle lane on the Long Island Expressway will be expanded to require three people in a vehicle, not just two.

Nassau and Suffolk County Police will step up their enforcement on major routes to ensure smoother traffic flow. The State Department of Transportation has 50 portable variable message signs ready to guide customers to the carpool and shuttle lots in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Those messages will be updated in real time with travel times and parking lot capacities to give motorists maximum flexibility.

State DOT will also have tow trucks, Highway Emergency Local Patrol trucks and roadway maintenance crews at key locations to keep the roadways clear. All non-emergency construction and highway work will be suspended.

Here is a link to a map of the contingency routes.

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Service Diversions 07-03-14

Get a head start on your July 4th (Independence Day) holiday weekend plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

Remember the following in terms of service plans for July 4th:

LIRR: Operates on a Saturday schedule

Metro-North: Operates on a Sunday/holiday schedule

NYC Transit Buses & Subways: Operate on a Saturday schedule. Please remember certain routes do not run on weekends so they will not on Fri July 4

Staten Island Railway: Operates on a Saturday schedule

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