Transportation

Transportation

NYC tunnels finally have GPS service

By Ben Kharakh, Tue, January 29, 2019

waze beacons, waze, port authority

Image via Port Authority of NY & NJ

The days of losing your GPS signal in the tunnel are over. The popular maps application Waze announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to deploy “Waze Beacons” in New York City. As of this morning, users of the Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Queens-Midtown Tunnel, and Brooklyn Battery tunnel will be able to enjoy this revolutionary technology.

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Brooklyn, Transportation

brooklyn heights promenade, bqe, brooklyn queens expressway

Rendering courtesy of A Better Way NYC

One of the city’s plans to rehabilitate a 1.5 mile stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) includes building an elevated highway next to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. But opponents of the repair plan, which requires the pedestrian promenade to close during construction, say the roadway would block views of the Manhattan skyline. Renderings created for activist group A Better Way NYC shows how an overpass would block sweeping views of the city, as the New York Post reported.

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Transportation

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Via MTA on Flickr

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is paying outside contractors $9.5 million to clean 3,000 subway cars and 100 stations, the Daily News reported last week. While the transit agency currently employs thousands of station cleaners, the MTA is contracting the dirty job out because the cleaning, as an MTA spokesperson told the News, is a “level of work that our maintenance employees do not perform.”

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Transportation

L TRAIN, NYC SUBWAY, L TRAIN SHUTDOWN

 Image via Flickr

Beginning on Monday, the MTA is planning a series of overnight and weekend interruptions of L train service that will give commuters a glimpse at what’s to come when Governor Cuomo’s new one-track plan to fix the Sandy-damaged Canarsie Tunnel kicks in at the end of April. From January 28 and through March 18, L trains will not run between Broadway Junction and 8 Avenue weeknights from 10:45 p.m. to 5 a.m. In addition to the weeknight closures, there will be no L-train service on seven weekends in February and March: Feb. 1-4, Feb. 8–11, Feb. 15–19, Feb. 22–25, March 1–4, March 8–11, and March 15–18.

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CityRealty, Transportation

What the L beer, L train shutdown beer, Blue Point beer, Winston Tseng

Photo courtesy of Blue Point Brewing Company

The L train shutdown may be canceled, but don’t let Cuomo’s Superman tactics trick you into thinking you’ll get off unscathed. Even without a full 15-month shutdown, there will be a slew of headaches and, like beer company Blue Point Brewing Company says, “who knows what will happen next?!” And when in doubt, an adult beverage can help soften the blow, which is why Blue Point developed its new “What the L?” brew, complete with a very Williamsburg-esque label created by local graphic designer and subway artist Winston Tseng.

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Policy, Transportation

andrew cuomo, l train, MTA

Image via Governor Cuomo’s Flickr

With Governor Cuomo’s plan to avoid a total L train shutdown for 15 months in favor of a “nights and weekends” approach confirmed earlier this month, questions still remain about just what the alternate plan will entail and how riders will be affected. According to an exclusive MTA memo draft obtained by Streetsblog and the New York Post this week, it looks like the new Canarsie Tunnel repair plan will bring its own set of headaches for straphangers, including 20-minute waits between trains on weekends and an exit-only system at First and Third Avenues on weekends.

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Design, Transportation

Metropolitan Lounge, Moynihan Train Hall, Amtrak

Rendering of Metropolitan Lounge via FXCollaborative

New renderings, as well as additional details, were released this week of Amtrak’s new amenity space in Moynihan Train Hall. ClubAcela is getting rebranded as the Metropolitan Lounge and moving across the street from Penn Station to the new train hall, which is set to open in early 2021. Designed by FXCollaborative, the sleek new space offers more room, private restrooms, free WiFi, and better food and drink options.

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Policy, Transportation

MTA board delays vote on proposed fare hike

By Devin Gannon, Thu, January 24, 2019

Via Flickr

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted on Thursday to table making a decision on a proposed fare hike until February. The board was set to vote on two proposals to raise NYC subway and bus, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North fares. But board member Peter Ward said he was worried about increasing fares without looking at alternative revenue options. “I’m concerned we’re making a decision today when we need to be a little bit slower, a little more thoughtful, and consider a few more options,” Ward, who was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said during the board meeting.

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Bronx, Transportation

The Bronx is getting four new Metro-North stations

By Dana Schulz, Tue, January 22, 2019

Aerial view of Co-op City via Wiki Commons

According to Governor Cuomo, the MTA, Empire State Development, and Amtrak have reached an agreement to build four new Metro-North Railroad stations along an underutilized rail line in the east Bronx, giving this very much underserved area access to Penn Station. The “transit desert,” as the press release calls it, will receive stations at Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park, and Co-op City. And considering the Bronx had the most approved residential units last year, the news couldn’t come at a better time. The buried news here is that this will also be the first time Metro-North will come into Penn Station.

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Art, Bronx, Features, Transportation

Beacons (2018) © Rico Gaston, NYCT 167th Street Station. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Audre Lorde portrait derived from a photo by Jack Mitchell

A series of bright mosaic murals created by artist Rico Gatson was revealed last week at the 167th Street B, D station in the Bronx, which recently reopened after months of repair work. The artwork, “Beacons,” features eight portraits of figures who have contributed to culture and society and who also have a special connection to the broader New York City community. Figures honored include Gil Scott-Heron, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Reggie Jackson, and Sonia Sotomayor.

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