Events, Restaurants, Transportation

Photo courtesy of Jessie Mislavsky/MTA on Flickr

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has partnered with legendary New York City sandwich shops Katz’s Deli and Alidoro to create a limited-edition sandwich in celebration of the subway’s 118th anniversary. The sandwich is being sold at four Alidoro locations in Manhattan from September 29 through October 31.

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Construction Update, Design, Midtown West, Transportation

MTA selects design team for Penn Station renovation

By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, September 22, 2022

Photo by Danazar on Wikimedia

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected a group of architects and engineers for the $7 billion redesign of Penn Station, with the agency’s board voting to approve the contract on Wednesday. The agency tapped FXCollaborative Architects and WSP USA to bring their Penn Station Master Plan to life, with further assistance from London-based John McAslan + Partners as collaborative architects. According to Gov. Kathy Hochul, work will begin “in the coming months.”

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Central Park North at 110th Street was rated the worst subway station by commuters; Photo by Adam Moss on Flickr

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday announced the results of its spring 2022 customer satisfaction survey for New York City transit. According to the survey, just 48 percent of respondents were satisfied with the subway system, with safety and security as the top issues for disatisfied riders. When looking at specific subway lines, straphangers rated the D as the worst and the L train as the best.

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Policy, Transportation

MTA to install security cameras in every subway car

By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, September 20, 2022

Photo courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr

Two security cameras will be installed in every subway car in New York City, under a new initiative announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul and the MTA on Tuesday. The $5.5 million project, paid in part by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, includes the installation of nearly 13,000 cameras on 6,355 train cars by 2025. The enhanced security measure is an expansion of a pilot program that launched this summer following a mass shooting on the subway in Brooklyn in April. There are surveillance cameras in the more than 470 subway stations across the city, but none in cars before the program.

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Policy, Transportation

New York lifts mask mandate on public transit

By Aaron Ginsburg, Wed, September 7, 2022

Image courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit on Flickr

Masks are no longer required on public transportation in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday. During a press conference in Harlem, the governor said masks are now optional for riders traveling on New York City’s subways and buses, as well as MetroNorth and Long Island Rail Road. The state’s mandate has been in place since April 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Policy, Technology, Transportation

Photo by Arun D on Flickr

After 23 years of service, the New York City subway system’s iconic MetroCard vending machines will be replaced. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will start swapping out the classic machines for OMNY (“One Metro New York”) vending machines during the first half of 2023 after finalizing hardware and software testing, as NY1 reported. The entire MetroCard system is expected to be replaced by the end of 2023.

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Image courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr

The Metropolitan Transporation Authority on Wednesday launched an enhanced version of its TrainTime app that combines ticket purchases for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad and includes a seat availability tracker, real-time train movement, and in-app customer support. The app allows users to log in using their Apple ID, Google account, or through text message, and purchase tickets using Apple Pay.

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Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, Transportation

Photo by Jenna Day on Unsplash

The plan to extend the 7 train to the far west side of Manhattan announced more than a decade ago included building a subway station in Hell’s Kitchen. But because of budget cuts, the station was never built. New York City officials this week renewed calls for a subway station at 10th Avenue and 41st Street, claiming the neighborhood’s growing population needs better access to public transportation. The 7 line currently runs straight from Times Square to Hudson Yards, without stopping in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Manhattan, Policy, Transportation

Photo courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr

MTA officials on Wednesday released the highly-anticipated environmental assessment of the Central Business District (CBD) Tolling Program, known as congestion pricing. The analysis says that the program could cut traffic congestion in Manhattan’s busiest areas by nearly 20 percent while raising $1 billion a year to fund mass transit improvements. Under the proposal, the plan could cost drivers who enter the borough south of 60th Street anywhere between $5 and $23, depending on the time of day and type of vehicle.

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Construction Update, Midtown East, Policy, Transportation

Photo courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA on Flickr

Let there be light! The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Tuesday unveiled the first section of new 18-foot ceilings at Penn Station’s Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) concourse. Installed by Skanska/AECOM, the new soaring ceilings consist of lighted panels supported by an inventive structural framing system that allowed work crews to remove “head knockers,” aging structural beams that limited the height of passageways within Penn Station, earlier this year.

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