South Ferry Progress

This past Friday, the MTA led a tour of what will become the new South Ferry Terminal. According to the MTA, they are in the home stretch in terms of completing the construction. NY1’s Bobby Cuza had a nice piece about it. So here is that article courtesy of NY1:

Next year, the MTA will open a brand-new subway station for the first time in almost 20 years. NY1’s Bobby Cuza filed the following report on the South Ferry terminal station.

It may not get as much publicity as the Second Avenue subway, but near the tip of Lower Manhattan another ambitious and expensive construction project is humming along. When complete, it will provide riders on the Number 1 train a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility.

“Unlike many of our stations that were built a hundred years ago, this will meet all of the 21st-century standards,” said MTA Capital Construction Company President Mysore Nagaraja.

Friday, MTA officials led a tour of what will become the new South Ferry Terminal, now moving into the home stretch of construction. When it’s finished, it will serve as a replacement for the existing South Ferry station – an antiquated structure with just one entrance, a tight curve that requires the use of mechanical gap-fillers, and a short platform that requires riders to move up to the first five cars in order to exit, slowing down trains all the way up the line.

“This has a domino effect on all of the 1, 2 and 3 trains that gets delayed because of this,” said Nagaraja. “So now having a two-track, full-length platform over here, we are going to eliminate that delay.”

The MTA hopes to open the new station about this time next year. At that point, these tracks will be used only for storage and to turn around trains. The platform itself will be closed off to passengers, along with the entrance upstairs inside the ferry terminal.

The new terminal will not only save riders an estimated two to five minutes on their trips, it will also be fully accessible, provide a connection to the R/W station at Whitehall Street, and pump cool air onto the platforms in the summer.

“It’s not 100 percent air-conditioned, but the temperature in the station will be at least about 10 to 15 degrees below the outside temperature,” said Najaraja.

The price tag for the project isn’t cheap – almost a half a billion dollars. But that’s being paid for out of federal September 11th rebuilding funds, which for straphangers is about as close as it gets to a free ride.

I can’t wait to see the new South Ferry terminal as this project was sorely needed. I’m sure once it is done, straphangers will be very thankful. Hopefully the pigs who ride the subway do not ruin it!

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Arrests Made In Astoria Subway Murder

Sorry for the delay in blogging but I was not around most of the weekend. Anyhow lets start to catch up on recent transit events. On Thursday September 7, three suspects were arrested in connection to the murder of 19 year old Jose Sierra. In case you missed the horrific story, you can catch up by viewing my entry about the incident.

Here is a quick story about the arrests courtesy of 1010 Wins:

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Three suspects were arrested Thursday in connection with the subway shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead in Astoria, police said.

Jose Sierra, of the Bronx, was found dead Labor Day morning from a gun shot wound to the head at the Broadway stop on the N line in Astoria, authorities said.

Jose Alvarez, 20, Emanuel Ramirez-Hernandez, 23, and Nicolas Reyes, 20, were arrested and charged with murder, gang assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Lets hope that these assholes will get the book thrown at them. Also if anyone else is out there who is connected to this crime, that they also get the book thrown at them!

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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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