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Old April 8th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #261
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East Side Access fit-out contracts awarded
17 Apr 2014

USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced on April 16 that it has awarded two East Side Access fit-out contracts.

Frontier-Kemper Constructors is to build permanent structural concrete lining in the newly excavated tunnels north of Grand Central Terminal between 50th Street/Park Avenue and 63rd Street/Second Avenue. The contractor will also rehabilitate the segment of the 63rd Street tunnel under the East River, completed in the 1970s. The $294·2m contract also covers underground work on two ventilation shafts, at 50th Street and 55th Street.

The second contract was awarded to Tutor Perini Corp and is valued at $333·6m, with options increasing the value to $550·4m. This covers the communications system and infrastructure support for the low-level concourse at Grand Central Terminal, including telecommunications, digital signage, ventilation, drainage, lighting, and fire detection and protection.

The East Side Access project will allow Long Island Rail Road services to run into a new concourse being built beneath Grand Central Terminal.
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Tappan Zee report suggests some rail system revamps
03/30/14, by Judy Rife


The Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force report suggests possibly adding some stops, such as at the Ramsey/Route 17 station; and reintroducing passenger service on CSX's West Shore line, among other options. Above, a Metro-North train pulls into the Harriman station

Orange County riders might see improvements

At Rockland County's insistence, the final report from the Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force includes recommendations for improving rail service on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines.

Some of the recommendations, such as promoting Amtrak's Gateway project, would benefit Orange County. Others, such as adding stops to Port Jervis line schedules, would not.

These "midterm" recommendations are pegged as potential improvements up to 15 years after the new TZB opens in 2018, but the report suggests "starting the conversation among key agencies" in the short-term — a victory of sorts for Harriet Cornell, the long-time chairwoman of the Rockland County Legislature.

"I don't understand why we can't start now" was Cornell's standard refrain whenever she was rebuffed in pressing for, say, a simple and immediate endorsement of Amtrak's Gateway project.

Teamwork may be the answer

But Cornell ignored the rolling eyes and prodded the task force time and again to think in terms of improving all of Rockland's transit options, not just those over the new bridge and through Westchester. In the process, Cornell, along with Planning Commissioner Thomas Vanderbeek and then-County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, coincidentally advanced some of Orange County's interests, too.

Now, freed from a nine-year stint as leader of the county Legislature (albeit not voluntarily), Cornell intends to use her post as chairwoman of a new transit committee to pursue those conversations.

"I don't think many other people have the passion for these issues that I do, and it's going to take a real push if these recommendations aren't going to just stay in a report on the table," said Cornell.

"Push," she conceded, is perhaps an understatement, given the past year of upheaval at Metro-North and NJ Transit, which brought new leadership to both agencies in February. Joseph Giulietti, the new Metro-North president, and Veronique Hakim, the new NJ Transit executive director, have their hands full.

However, Thomas Prendergast, the chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, has embraced Amtrak's Gateway plans — the Bergen loop, the second Hudson River tunnel and the Pennsylvania Station expansion — as "a very important project" for both Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road.

Susan Metzger, Orange County's representative to the MTA, said she and her Rockland counterpart, Carl Wortendyke, have already asked Giulietti about reaching out to Hakim independent of the task force's recommendations. Metro-North contracts with NJ Transit to operate its west-of-Hudson service.

"We want them to ride the train together, with us, on the Port Jervis line and the Pascack Valley line," said Metzger. "We're the smallest component of the MTA, and I think if we stick together, if we form a team and help each other, then we've both got a better shot at getting more service."

Metzger cautioned that "the real problem" with any initiative is going to be funding, since the MTA is still piecing together financing for its 2015-19 capital plan and is awash in cost overruns and delays with East Side Access, the megaproject to bring the LIRR into Grand Central Terminal.

"The economy's still soft, and funding isn't going to get easier for a long time," Metzger said.

The New Jersey Association of Rail Passengers is also using the changing of the guard to advance two proposals, one calling for Amtrak stops at Secaucus and the other for a subway extension to Secaucus. The proposals were presented to the task force after it had formulated its recommendations, but Rockland and Orange counties could benefit from both of them.

"Real people have made real suggestions, and now it's important for us to see that these ideas remain top of mind," Cornell said.

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The Tappan Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force has recommended pursuing these improvements to west-of-Hudson rail service after the new bridge opens:
  • Endorsing Amtrak's proposed $15 billion Gateway Tunnel project and construction of the "Bergen loop" in Secaucus, N.J., to give Pascack Valley, Port Jervis and Main/Bergen line trains access to the new tunnel for a one-seat ride to Pennsylvania Station. Amtrak hasn't secured funding for the tunnel yet, and NJ Transit and Metro-North haven't committed to funding the loop.
  • Reviving passenger rail service on CSX's West Shore line between West Nyack and Hoboken, N.J. NJ Transit and Rockland County studied the feasibility in 1999, but CSX has balked at sharing the right-of-way on the increasingly busy freight line. Revival north of West Nyack and ultimately into Orange County is considered problematic because of tunnels.
  • Adding stops at the Ramsey/Route 17 station, which is popular with Rockland commuters, to evening rush-hour schedules for Port Jervis trains that now run express to Suffern from Secaucus. Orange commuters have advocated fewer stops at Ramsey/Route 17.
  • Adding more passing sidings along the Pascack Valley line to advance the true double-tracking that would enable Metro-North and NJ Transit to increase service. The railroads collaborated on building some in 2007, to boost weekday service 50 percent and offer weekend service for the first time. The project fell short of its goals because several New Jersey towns rejected the sidings, and NJ Transit has not revisited it.
The New Jersey Association of Rail Passengers has proposed these improvements:
  • Adding Amtrak stops at Secaucus, eliminating the need for North Jersey and Orange and Rockland travelers to transfer to reach an Amtrak boarding station. Amtrak trains pass through Secaucus en route to/from Penn Station, but their first stop is Newark. Amtrak, which did stop at Secaucus for the Super Bowl, is cool to the idea.
  • Extending the MTA's No. 7 line to Secaucus to give west-of-Hudson commuters access to the subway system. New York City recently extended the line to the Far West Side from Times Square at its own $2.4 billion expense. A preliminary city study found a further extension, to Secaucus, feasible, but the proposal has no present champion or funding.
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Old April 25th, 2014, 02:03 PM   #265
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MTA Testing Solar-Powered Kiosks with Real-Time Info
April 22nd, 2014

Solar Kiosk at Metro-North Station by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

Solar Kiosk at Metro-North Station by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

Solar Kiosk at Metro-North Station by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

The MTA is continuing its earth-friendly efforts -- this time by piloting new solar technology that allows customers to access real-time train, subway and bus arrival information without connection to the electrical grid. The MTA, Metro-North Railroad and New York City Transit are testing the performance and reliability of two solar-powered kiosks that use MTA Subway Time™ and MTA Bus Time™ to provide Metro-North customers with real-time arrival estimates for connecting subways and buses at Metro-North’s Woodlawn station. The kiosks also display Metro-North upcoming scheduled train arrivals, and they will display real-time estimates for Metro-North arrivals later this spring.

Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti said, “We are pleased that despite one of the harshest winters on record, with multiple days of sub-freezing temperatures and at least a half dozen severe ice and snow storms, the kiosks have continued to operate as intended. These kiosks have the potential for deployment in any above-ground station where running conduits for electrical and data connectivity pose a challenge.”

Powered 100% by sunlight, the kiosks draw no power from the electrical grid and can remain active for 10 days without needing to be recharged by the sun. Because they are completely solar-powered and receive the real-time information wirelessly, the kiosks are not dependent on any external wiring for installation and operation. This makes them fully self-contained and easy to install with no required street closures, electrical connections or cable installation. While solar-powered kiosks are extensively used in Europe, this pilot is the one of the first fully solar-powered application displaying real-time information in the United States.

Governor Cuomo also praised the pilot plan. “These new kiosks utilize energy efficient technology to deliver much-needed information to straphangers, and represent another step the State is taking to make our transit system more convenient for New Yorkers. We will continue to make smart and innovative investments in technology that help empower the MTA’s eight million daily riders," he said.

The MTA is evaluating the performance of the kiosks to assess whether the solar panels, batteries and screens can withstand New York’s year-round weather. Kiosks are topped by a photovoltaic panel and consume 70 watt hours per day, and the screens refresh every 15 seconds
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Old April 26th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #266
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The Metro North part of the solar-powered screen doesn't tell you anything a schedule wouldn't - it doesn't say if the train is delayed or what track it stops on (though I believe that station only has two platforms, one inbound and one outbound, and irregular use is rare).
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Old April 26th, 2014, 06:27 PM   #267
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Does anyone know the percentage of the track of all three operators that is electrified as opposed to non-electrified?
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Old May 1st, 2014, 10:12 PM   #268
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Photos of mudslide in Yonkers, which caused delays on Metro-North's Hudson line:

Mudslide along Metro-North's Hudson Line by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

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And video of aftermath:

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Metro-North bar cars (New Haven Line)

The end of an era...

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We've been preparing for this day but it still stings like that first shot of hot train gin after a long work day: the Metro-North bar cars are no more. The MTA will decommission the final four bar cars in its fleet this week as they get ready to switch over to the new M-8 trains on the New Haven line. Gone will be the hokey plastic cup holders and faux-wood bar tops; in its place, larger seats and digital stop readouts. And so the Era of the Flask begins.

Rumors of the bar car's demise began in 2010, when the MTA introduced the new fleet of sleeker trains. There were glimmers of hope that the bar cars would live on, even if it meant a more streamlined design that would have eliminated the forced mingling of the '70s-era models.

Instead, the on-board booze program has been nixed all together, with just a vague "consideration" about retrofitting some of the new cars to operate as bars or perhaps create new, dedicated bar cars. “But there is no funding currently in place to do either option," Connecticut Department of Transportation communications director Judd Everhart told PIX 11. With on-board gross bar revenue at just $357,000 last year, we're not holding on breath for any special treatment.

The bar cars have been something of a unicorn for many Metro-North riders. I've taken the New Haven line to and from CT for 11 years and have only stumbled upon a bar car once. It was filled with middle-aged men, their shirtsleeves scrunched to their elbows as they played dice, shot back gin and tonics and loudly barked insults at each other. In short, it was magical. Tipplers can still bring booze on board, as the MTA didn't win the teetotaler battle and with revenue from platform bar carts totalling $6,733,000 last year, they're definitely safe for now.

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Thanks! That's clear. Let me ask again - do you know any map of New York tracks in internet?


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ESA June progress:


East Side Access Update: June 3, 2014 by MTAPhotos, on Flickr


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I liked the solar kiosk. Haven't seen it with my own eyes so far though
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Hoboken Yard viewed from the Hudson Bergen Light Rail in Jersey City.New Jersey
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Morris&Essex Signal Bridge viewed from an Inbound Northeast Corridor Train
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Main/Bergen County #1165 with ALP45DP # 4514 at Ridgewood Station - Ridgewood,New Jersey
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New Jersey Transit Main line in Ridgewood,New Jersey
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New Jersey Transit Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken,New Jersey
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Northeast Corridor at Newark Penn Station - Newark,New Jersey
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