MTA Bus Renames 8 Express Routes

Yesterday afternoon, MTA Bus announced that it will be renaming 8 of its express bus routes serving Queens & Manhattan. Here are the complete details via the presser I received:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus Company is renaming eight express bus routes that serve Queens and midtown Manhattan, where they travel along two corridors, 6th Avenue and 3rd Avenue. The change will provide more clearly identifiable route numbering and minimize customer confusion. The new route numbers also allow the route branches to be easily identified at-a-glance by customers waiting at the bus stops as the buses approach.

All eight lines serve 6th Avenue between 34th and 57th streets and provide service to 3rd Avenue during peak hours. In Manhattan, each trip operates either on 3rd or 6th Avenues as noted by scrolling destination signs with text indicating “via 3 Av” or “via 6 Av.”

Currently, these express bus routes use the same route label number for both 3rd Avenue and
6th Avenue trips. This labeling makes it difficult for customers traveling to Midtown to identify the specific branch at a glance. All trips on each route makes the same bus stops in Queens, and then in Manhattan each trip either serve 3rd Avenue or 6th Avenue; therefore, at the bus stops in Queens, customers must carefully watch the scrolling bus destination sign to determine which branch the bus serves. Similarly, it takes an extra effort to differentiate the route branches on the various new customer facing and internal technological applications, such as Bus Time.

The renaming of these express routes will make clear to customers which bus will operate on 3rd or 6th Avenue once it arrives in Manhattan. Buses that travel along 3rd Avenue are renamed with a double-digit route number beginning with “3” or “4.” Buses that travel on 6th Avenue retain their current route numbers.

Service patterns, hours of service, travel paths and stops remain unchanged for all eight express routes. The timeline of implementation and new route labels are listed below:

July 2016:

Current route number – New 3 Av route number:

QM4 – QM44

QM24 – QM34

September 2016:

Current route number – New 3 Av route number:

QM1 – QM31

QM2 – QM32

QM5 – QM35

QM6 – QM36

QM10 – QM40

QM12 – QM42

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Buses Substitute Metro North Service

Some MTA Metro-North Railroad Harlem line riders should make note that buses will replace trains between Southeast & Wassaic this weekend. Here is more via the official press release I received:

After 10 p.m. on Friday, April 8, buses will replace select trains on Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line at all stations between Wassaic and Southeast. From Saturday, April 9, through 2 a.m., Monday, April 11, substitute bus service will be provided for all trains between Southeast and Wassaic.

Buses will operate 15-30 minutes earlier than scheduled trains. Customers should listen for announcements and check local or express bus service to their destination while boarding.

Southbound, Friday, April 8:

Buses will replace the last train from Wassaic to Southeast, making stops at the following stations: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Pawling and Patterson. Bus service will connect with the 12:18 a.m. train at Southeast and will operate up to 30 minutes earlier than normally scheduled train times.

Northbound, Friday, April 8:

The 8:52 p.m., 9:52 p.m. and 12:10 a.m. trains from Grand Central to Southeast will connect with bus service departing from the Southeast station at 10:23 p.m., 11:23 p.m. and 1:44 a.m. respectively, making stops at: Paterson, Pawling, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic.

Southbound, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10:

Substitute bus service will be provided for all trains departing Wassaic and the following station stops: Tenmile River, Dover Plains, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Appalachian Trail, Pawling and Patterson. At Southeast Station, customers will connect with continuing train service to Grand Central Terminal. Buses will operate up to 30 minutes earlier than normal train times.

Northbound, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10:

Customers will connect with substitute bus service at the Southeast station for the following station stops: Paterson, Pawling, Appalachian Trail, Harlem Valley-Wingdale, Dover Plains, Tenmile River and Wassaic.

This weekend’s service change will help ensure the on-going reliability and safety of Harlem Line trains. Weekend work includes: replacing the grade crossing at Dover Furnace Road, performing bridge inspections, installing a safety walkway on a bridge in Dover Plains, replacing a third rail sectionalization switch in Southeast and raising track in Pawling to prepare for the upcoming replacement of two railroad bridges.

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MTA Names New Capital Program Leader

Just a short time ago, the MTA announced a new leader of its NYC Transit Capital Program Management. Here is more via the official press release I received:

MTA New York City Transit has named John F. O’Grady to the permanent position of Senior Vice President of Capital Program Management, an interim position he has held since 2015 in conjunction with his role overseeing Transit’s ongoing recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy.

O’Grady has been employed with NYC Transit for more than 27 years, most recently as Vice President of Capital Program Management. In 2013, he added responsibilities as Program Executive of Infrastructure & Facilities/Recovery & Resiliency, a position created after Sandy flooded parts of the system in October 2012. In that role, O’Grady oversaw NYC Transit’s storm recovery and resiliency efforts, including the complete overhaul of the severely damaged Montague R Tubes, which reopened for service after 13 months of around-the-clock work, ahead of schedule and under budget.

Altogether, in his recent dual roles at Capital Program Management and the Sandy recovery program, O’Grady managed more than $7 billion in various recovery/resiliency efforts and capital improvements to existing Transit assets such as infrastructure, maintenance shops and depots. In his new permanent position overseeing NYC Transit’s capital improvement programs, he will work on finding new ways and technology to deliver Transit projects in the 2015-2019 MTA Capital Program. Those challenges include using design/build to accelerate construction schedules and find cost savings and efficiencies, and incorporating any new recommendations and best practices to modernize the 112-year-old subway system.

“John has demonstrated the ability to embrace innovation and find new ways to improve how we make investments throughout the system,” said MTA NYC Transit President Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim. “We are fortunate to have a proven, forward-thinking professional like John to oversee the exciting new projects coming to New York City Transit.”

O’Grady succeeds Fred Smith, who retired in 2015.

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