The Future Of Mass Transit In NYC

Today’s issue of AMNY has an interesting look into 6 major transit projects that will change the life of millions of straphangers. The 6 projects are ranked as followed:

    South Ferry Terminal
    Fulton Street Transit Center
    East Side Access
    7 Line Extension
    First phase of the Second Avenue Subway
    Moynihan Station

Here is the opening paragraph of the 2 page article:

Straphangers are hopping on the T train at Second Avenue, Long Islanders are ending their commute at Grand Central Terminal and the majestic James A. Farley Post Office is a major transit hub.

These scenarios are expected one day to be a part of New York’s transportation network. Some projects are taking shape while others have yet to break ground, yet all are set to serve a growing population set to boom by 1 million in the next 20 years, by the mayor’s estimates.

“This is probably the greatest spate of transportation projects since the 1920s when we’re talking mass transit,” said Clifton Hood, professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and transportation author.

At the 75th anniversary of the A train this week, MTA chief executive Elliot Sander noted that as famed line served booming north Manhattan communities in the 1930s, its reach serves three boroughs today. He also nodded to the five major projects’ on track now.

“The investments we are making in the system today will pay dividends not only to us but to future generations of New Yorkers,” he said.

For the entire article, click here.

If I had to rank the projects in terms of what I feel is most needed to least needed, here is how I would do it:

    Second Avenue Subway
    South Ferry Terminal
    Fulton Street Transit Center
    Moynihan Station
    East Side Access
    7 Train Extension

To be perfectly honest, I would be just fine if only the first 3 projects were done. I have the Fulton Street Transit Center & South Ferry Terminal being tied for the second most important project. I am not a fan of East Side Access or the 7 train extension.

I feel the East Side Access only benefits Long Island commuters & that kind of money could be spent better elsewhere. Long Island commuters do not make up the majority of straphangers so why should so much money be spent on them? One project I would support is the installation of more tracks on the mainline to improve Long Island Railroad service. I would also support the electrification of some diesel only LIRR trackage.

The 7 line extension is a complete waste. The 7 has issues with crowding as it is & you want to add stops to the line? Yeah ok, that sounds like a great idea! Instead of wasting money on this project, how about creating subway service in many areas of Queens where it is severely lacking! Unfortunately I doubt I will ever see many if any of these common sense projects created or completed in my lifetime.

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4 Train You’re Up; But……

I noticed the MTA updated their “Report Card” image on their homepage a few days ago. I have to admit I found the update strange. The reason I found it strange is because the lines that were listed as being up for grading. The lines currently listed are the J, Z, & 4. I have a few reasons as to why I am scratching my head.

The first reason is why are the J & Z listed as being up for grade now. They have been up for grade since the last week of August as I mentioned here. Another question I have is what happened to the L report card? Should we expect the report card to be announced soon? The last thing that got me wondering is the choice of the 4 being grouped with the J & Z. I would have assumed that the Lexington Avenue lines would have been graded together.

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Possible Pattern?

Today’s AMNY had a very interesting article relating to subway shooting that took place in Astoria on Labor Day.

The article goes into detail about how the murder might be part of gang related activity. We also learn that the name of the victim, Jose Sierra turned out to be incorrect. The new name listed is Jose Nava. Here is the entire article courtesy of AMNY:

The slaying of an immigrant dishwasher in a Queens subway station may be part of a larger pattern of gang attacks, police sources told Newsday.

Jose Nava, 19, was attacked in the early morning of Sept. 3, Labor Day, as he headed home to the Bronx from his job at a Greek restaurant in Astoria.

The Mexican immigrant, whom police initially identified as Jose Sierra, was set upon in the mezzanine of the Broadway station by up to six gang members who beat, stabbed and shot him before fleeing.

The suspects — who police sources said are members of Los Traviesos, Spanish for “The Troublemakers” — saw that Nava was wearing rosary beads and mistook the religious items for his membership in a gang, as some gangs wear such beads, the sources said.

Nava had no criminal record and was not in a gang, police said. He spent his days working 11-hour shifts, sending whatever money he could back to his family in Puebla, Mexico.

Three Bronx men — Jose Alvarez, 20, Emanuel Ramirez-Hernandez, 23, and Nicolas Reyes, 20 — were arrested later in the week, and all were charged with second-degree murder. They are being held without bail. Their lawyers could not be reached for comment.

Since then, the sources said, Alvarez has admitted to involvement in the June 4 shooting of a man at the Elder Avenue station, along the No. 6 line in the Bronx.

Jesus Soto, 29, who was shot once in the chest and suffered a collapsed left lung, survived. Police said Soto was shot after he and a friend accidentally bumped into the gunman and an accomplice on the train. The sources said detectives expect to charge Alvarez in that incident next week.

Nava’s killing in Astoria remains an open case as detectives press the search for up to three more suspects, including the man believed to have shot Nava.

In an unrelated gang killing in Jackson Heights, police arrested Gregorio Naxi, 23, of Elmhurst, on Tuesday night. Naxi was charged with second-degree murder and criminal weapons possession in the shooting Sunday night of Ceasar Romero, 27, on Roosevelt Avenue.

The shooting, which sources said may have involved a drug dispute between two gangs, occurred in an Operation Impact zone, one of a number of areas throughout the city that the NYPD floods with rookie police officers to create a visible presence and try to deter street crime.

What a shame that people have to be careful with what they wear! The world we live in today is so sad!

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A, B, C, & D Service Alert

The MTA has posted a service alert which pertains to the , , , & trains. The service alert reads:

Due to emergency track at the 81st Street Station, Inwood-bound trains and Norwood-bound trains are running local between the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station and the 145th Street Station.

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

I am assuming a lack of & trains are running if the & are forced to run local.

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More Subway Drama….

Unfortunately the drama of the subway surfer detailed here was just the beginning.

Yesterday, The Subway Blogger broke the story of being by the scene of more transit chaos in what turned out to be a subway stabbing. Here is an article about the incident courtesy of Newsday:

A multiple stabbing on a subway platform on an otherwise perfect late summer day stunned Morningside Heights residents, who crowded around the Cathedral Parkway stop looking for answers.

Three men, described as around 18 years old, got into a fight on an uptown train at 59th Street that eventually spilled out onto the sidewalk at 110th Street and Broadway.

Parents nervously called their own teenagers as middle school students from the nearby School at Columbia University, a K-8 school sponsored by the university, recounted to police officers and reporters what they had witnesses as classes let out for the day.

“A guy with a red shirt ran out, he’d been stabbed in the side and he stopped right there,” one of the youths said, pointing to his school down the street. “I guess he thought it would be safe or something.”

For some, the incident revealed a larger problem.

“This is a grassroots problem,” said Shira Dicker, 45, of Morningside Heights. “Anybody who rides the rails knows that the kids are a real menace.”

For others, it was merely a nuisance.

“Ah!” said an elderly woman who would only give her name as Barbara when she saw the yellow police tape around the station. “This is the train I take to get to Macy’s.”

I guess I picked the right day not to ride the subways!

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