Service Alert 4 Train (Updated: 5:58 pm)

The MTA has posted a service alert regarding 4 train service in the Bronx. Here is the service alert:

Due to a police investigation at the Fordham Road Station, there is no Woodlawn-bound 4 train service from the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium Station to the Woodlawn Station.

Stations being bypassed are: 167th Street, 170th Street, Mt Eden Avenue, 176th Street, Burnside Ave, 183rd Street, Fordham Road, Kingsbridge Road, Bedford Park Boulevard-Lehman College, Mosholu Parkway and Woodlawn

For service to bypassed stations, customers are advised to take b and d train service making nearby station stops along Grand Concourse.

Please expect delays in service on the 4 trains at this time.

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Updated: 5:37 pm

The service alert is due to a 12-9 (person under train) at the Fordham Road station. The jumper who committed suicide was a female student. The power is in the process of being restored. Unfortunately this is the second 12-9 incident involving the 4 line. Exactly one week ago, a person committed suicide by jumping in front of a 4 train at the 170th Street station during the morning rush hour. I wish my best for the crew involved in this incident, especially the train operator.

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Updated: 5:48 pm

At this time, there is no Woodlawn bound service between the Burnside Avenue & Kingsbridge Road stations.

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Updated: 5:58 pm

The service alert has not been updated. However full local service has resumed with residual delays.

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A Victim Possibly Identified?

Brooklyn bound A train entering 2nd Avenue station during a G.O.; Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

Has the victim seen in the infamous train video beating been identified? There is a possibility that this might be the case if you believe 27 year old Rafael Cruz. According to the New York Police Department Transit Bureau, Mr. Cruz filed a complaint on Monday saying he was the victim seen in the video being taunted & assaulted. He said he did not fight back because he did not want to hit a woman.

I think I need to have a long talk with Mr. Cruz & any other man who feels it is ok to not fight back when you are clearly being assaulted by a “so called” woman. In certain cases, you must throw all rules out the window & protect yourself which is a right you will always have!

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Possible Hate Crime Occurs On The Q Train

 

Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue bound Q train entering the Neck Road station. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

Yesterday a disturbing story came over the AP wire. The story was about a possible hate crime that occurred on a southbound Q train at Canal Street According to the cops, four Jewish subway riders were showered with anti-Semitic comments & beaten after wishing riders “Happy Hanukkah”. Here is the full story courtesy of the AP & posted on AMNY:

An attack on four subway riders during Hanukkah last week is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police and prosecutors said Tuesday.

Four people were approached Friday night by another group who began yelling anti-Semitic remarks at them and assaulting them on a southbound Q train at Canal Street in Manhattan, police said.

Police caught up with the train at the Flatbush and DeKalb avenues station in Brooklyn and arrested eight men and two women, ages 19 and 20. They were arraigned Saturday on third-degree assault and menacing, second-degree riot and harassment, and disorderly conduct, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said. The case was being handled by the office’s civil rights bureau, and charges could be upgraded to a hate crime, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The two men and two women who were attacked had bruises and welts on their faces and heads, but were not hospitalized, police said.

One of the men charged, Joseph Jirovec, 19, pleaded guilty last year to attempted robbery as a hate crime and was awaiting sentencing, prosecutors said. Jirovec, who is white, was part of a group that yelled racial epithets and assaulted two black teenagers in the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

Jirovec’s lawyer, Peter Mollo, said Tuesday it was very unlikely his client would attack another person because he or she was Jewish. “His mother was Jewish,” he said. “It’s very unlikely he would do something like this at all.”

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents Brooklyn, said he was disturbed by news of the incident.

“Where is this coming from when young people are involved in this kind of behavior?” he asked. “You would think we’ve learned from the past. Something rotten is going on.”

I am glad that the scumbags who assaulted these innocent riders were arrested. I hope the justice system gives these scumbags a severe ass kicking to match the beating they gave the 4 riders & then some! There is no place for these kind of crimes in today’s society even if we do not agree with the faith of others.

One last thing, you have got to love the lawyer for one of the scumbags who uses the “my client could not have done this routine due to _______ enter any b.s. reason you can come up with” defense. I find it downright laughable that he mentions his client’s mother is part Jewish which would make it impossible for him to perpetrate such a crime. Last I checked wasn’t one of Adolf Hitler’s right hand men Jewish? I know someone in that regime was, so sorry buddy I would come up with a new defense. You get paid enough money so you have to come up with a better plan!

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Both Sides To Return To The Bargaining Table

Here is the latest news on the Paratransit drivers strike which has affected thousands of chronically ill & disabled riders. According to The Para Transit Drivers and Mechanics of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181-1061 & Paratransit Operators Coalition, both sides will return to the bargaining table later today. The union which has 1500 members will continue to strike while both sides try to hammer out a deal.

Lets hope both sides can come to a satisfiable agreement for both sides so full service can be available to the approximately 8000 people who depend on this service daily.

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Metro-North Finalizes A Collective Bargaining Agreement

In the last piece of Metro-North news for Tuesday December 11th, the MTA announced that the Metro-North has finalized a collective bargaining agreement with the Association Of Commuter Railroad Employees Division 166. Here is the full press release courtesy of the MTA:

Metro-North has reached agreement with the last of its 19 bargaining units, the railroad announced Monday.

The 222 members of the signalmen’s union, the Association of Commuter Railroad Employees Division 166, ratified the contract last month and the agreement was approved by the board of directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority at its last meeting.

“With wages and working conditions settled for Metro-North’s 4,900 union-represented workers through 2010, the railroad and its employees can better focus on continual improvement of the safe, reliable service we provide every day,” said Metro-North President Peter A. Cannito.

Work rule and productivity gains were achieved in this round of talks.

This contract, which is retroactive to January 1, 2007, was extended six months beyond the usual three-year term to June 15, 2010, to help pay for some of the contract changes, notably an improved pension plan similar to that offered to management employees.

The ACRE signalmen were the last to sign because of work rule issues unique to their craft, the railroad said.

It is nice to know that an agreement was reached. It is never a bad thing to have all of your ducks in a row as far as agreements are concerned. Now ladies & gentlemen, lets get to work!

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