Bus Accident In Midtown

There was a bus accident in midtown yesterday morning. The accident occurred at 53rd Street between Second and Third Avenues. Here is a brief story on the accident courtesy of NY1:

A bus accident on 53rd Street between Second and Third Avenues in Midtown sent two people to the hospital just after 11 a.m. today.

The Transit Authority says one of its buses hit a wooden construction divider, injuring two construction workers.

The bus driver was unharmed, but it’s unclear whether any passengers on board were injured.

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So Who Won?

A big question going around some circles in the city is “So who won”? This question relates to the 2 day taxi strike that ended this morning at 5 a.m.

The answer you will get to the question depends on who you ask. City officials claimed the strike was a nonevent. However New York Taxi Workers Alliance director Bhairavi Desai called the two day strike a success. Mayor Bloomberg felt the strike had a limited impact in part because of the city’s contingency plan. The two sides have been bickering for the last 48 hours about the amount of drivers who went on strike.

I have no idea how the strike really went down because I chose to stay off the subways as I mentioned in the taxi strike entry. Since all of my business & errands were local the last few days, the strike was not going to cause any problems to me.

I will say one thing though, didn’t the bickering between both sides about the strike statistics remind you of grade school? I know it sure did to me!

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MTA Going & Saving Green…

Subway signal at Bay50th St. 05-29-06
(Green subway signal at Bay 50th St. station in Brooklyn; resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

The MTA is going & saving green at the same time. According to an article in LED’s Magazine, the MTA has rewarded a 1.8 million contract to provide LED trackside signals for the New York City subway system. Here is the full article courtesy of LED’s Magazine:

Dialight provides LED signals for NYC subway system 06 Sep 2007

LED modules will improve safety on New York’s subway, while also reducing energy and maintenance costs.
Dialight Corporation has been awarded a $1.8 million contract to provide LED trackside signals for the New York City subway system.

The contract calls for retrofitting 13,400 incandescent units with LED modules, thereby completing conversion of all of the system’s more than 50,000 signals.

The LED signals are saving the city nearly $1 million a year in utility bills and maintenance. They are designed to retrofit two 16-watt incandescent bulbs with a robust module based on the latest high-flux LED and driver technology. With a projected service life of 10 years, the LED modules provide energy savings of 85 percent.

“The new signals are being well received by the city’s transit workers, who have indicated they are performing extremely well, and that the saturated colors of the LEDs are much more visible, resulting in greater safety on the tracks,” commented Laura Hoffmann, Dialight business development manager.

Dialight had been working with the New York City Transit Authority for the past six years in developing an LED signal that can be easily installed into a wide variety of existing enclosures without necessitating the difficult and costly removal of the lenses, some of which have been in place for more than 50 years. The result is the company’s versatile 891 Series LED modules for the retrofit of rail wayside signals.

Now one can expect a lot of service changes during this project. Will passengers be irate? Yes, a good percentage will be. However they will have to suck it up as this project benefits everyone!

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New Jersey Transit Meet The Meadowlands…..

For years sports fans have had to put up with the nightmare of driving to The Meadowlands. I’m sure many who wanted to go see the Jets, Giants, & Devils wanted to ride the train to a game. Unfortunately such an option was not available. However now their is some great news for sports fans who would like an easier option to get to The Meadowlands.

On September 5th, the new Meadowlands facility had its grand unveiling. The NY times had a detailed article about the planned 82,000 seat facility. However I will spare you the details of that & focus on the big picture, commuting options! Here is a quick paragraph from the aforementioned NY Times article:

Just outside the stadium is the location for a railway station — which connects the Meadowlands to the Pascack Valley Line of New Jersey Transit — that is expected to be completed in 2009. The addition of the rail station is similar to the plan to bring a Metro-North stop to the new Yankee Stadium.

Just imagine when 2009 rolls around, every major sporting arena in NYC & New Jersey will be next to a commuter railroad station! This is a win-win situation for everybody!

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Not So Bad Afterall?

A few days ago, I posted about the huge transit strike in London. The outlook did not seem very good for London commuters as the strike was arguably going to rival or surpass the MTA strike in 2005. However it seems the horrible possibilities did not really come to fruition.

The strike was adverted due to a productive session between the two sides which lasted over 8 hours. However this is not a guarantee that the workers will not go through with next week’s planned strike.

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