7 Train Service Alert

The MTA has just posted a service alert regarding the 7 train. The service alert reads:

Due to a train with mechanical problems at the 5th Avenue Station, there is no train service in both directions between the Hunters Point Avenue Station and the Times Square-42nd Street Station.

Please expect delays in service on the train at this time.

The good news is the service alert contains no errors! The bad news, well you know…..

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Question Of The Week 09-17-07 – 09/23/07

I have updated the “Question Of The Week” section on Eye On Transit. The update includes last week’s poll results, update of the archives page, & most importantly this week’s question. This week’s question focuses on a topic I recently blogged about here.

As usual the voting ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. EST so get your vote in now! To cast your vote go here!

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More Safety Lapses……

Well it seems that a lot more work is to be done in regards to improving track worker safety. According to an article on the Daily News’ website, three workers were almost run over by a train in Astoria. The incident took place on September 6th but it is now becoming public knowledge. Here is the article about the incident courtesy of the NY Daily News:

A subway supervisor and two track workers were nearly run over by a subway train rumbling past a stop signal in Queens, the Daily News has learned.

NYC Transit said yesterday it is investigating the Sept. 6 near miss in Astoria, which came after two veteran track workers were killed in separate incidents this year.

“We are taking this very seriously,” said NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton.

The workers in the train’s path were able to get out of the way, according to their report of the incident. But they said the supervisor froze in place as the train neared.

“I looked directly at the train flying through [the signal] and breaking the red flag,” one of the workers recalled in a report obtained by The News. “I thought we were about to be killed by this train.”

Luckily, the train was halted by a safety device called a tripper, which activated the train’s emergency brakes.

“If the the tripper did not work [the supervisor] would have been cut in half right in front of me,” the worker said. “He never moved an inch during this whole scenario.”

According to the trackman, the train came to a stop about 75 feet in front of the supervisor. Other transit sources said it was closer to 100 feet.

Both track workers said the supervisor joined his men in doing manual labor and allegedly was distracted.

“The supervisor was not supervising. He was working and not in tune with keeping us safe,” the second worker wrote in his report of the incident.

After the deaths in April of subway workers Daniel Boggs and Marvin Franklin within days of each other, NYC Transit President Howard Roberts temporarily halted nonessential track work and enacted some new safety regulations and procedures.

“The MTA has long had an anti-safety culture,” Transport Workers Union President Roger Toussaint said. “The new leadership is trying to fix that, but it’s clearly going to take some time.”

Lets just say some heads will be rolling once this situation is taken care of. Who knows how many workers are going to face some major punishment. Thankfully the portable tripper was in place to prevent what would have been sure deaths. I can only imagine how much trouble the T.O. will be in as he/she committed one of the most serious offenses possible, running past a red flag or lantern.

Here is a link to an interesting thread on Subchat that will break down the incident more. I’m sure the thread will have a bunch of responses in the next few days.

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Monday Was A Bad Day For NJ Transit

While browsing the local news sites, I spotted a story about NJ Transit. According the article, 2 separate accidents occurred involving NJ Transit trains led to the death of 3 people. Here is a brief article about the accidents courtesy of the NY Daily News:

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Three people are dead following two separate incidents involving NJ Transit trains.

Authorities are investigating a crash around midnight that killed two occupants of a car that was on the tracks at a crossing in Rutherford.

And around 7 a.m. Monday, a train struck and killed someone who was on the tracks on a bridge over the Navesink River in Red Bank. That accident is causing delays of 20 to 30 minutes.

In the earlier accident, NJ Transit spokeswoman Courtney Carroll said crossing gates and flashing warning lights were functioning properly at the Park Avenue crossing in Rutherford. It was not immediately clear why the car was on the tracks, she said.

Service on the Bergen line was back to normal by 6 a.m. following that crash.

It seems some will never learn these two equally important lessons:

    Don’t play on railroad/subway tracks
    Don’t think you will beat a train at a grade crossing
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5 & M Train You’re Up

So the MTA has updated the rider report card image on their homepage. A few days ago I posted about the image being strange to me because the 4 was grouped with the J & Z. This week the image makes a little more sense but not completely. This week the image features the 4, 5, & M trains. Why is the M included in this batch of grading? Why not just group the lines by their trunk so the M would be with the J & Z while the 4 & 5 would go with the 6?

Lastly why even update the image when they could have said all the lines are up for grading since at one point they were. I guess they update the image to reflect lines they are handing out cards on. I am waiting for the 6 train to be up for grading. I plan on going to my local station when it does & fill out my card.

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