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Old February 4th, 2015, 08:09 AM   #381
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Seems like Metro North is awfully accident prone although it sounds like this one probably wasn't its fault.
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Yeah, this was due to a car that got stuck when the railway gate came down on her car. Her car was stuck, so she got out and manually lifted the gate, then proceeded to drive TO the tracks, where she was struck by the train. She was reportedly calm and not flustered so I guess it was poor judgement or something...

Also, apparently, one reason why Metro North has been seeing more accidents lately is because many of the people who worked there since its inception in 1983 have begun retiring more or less en mass. They knew how to run the system well and Metro North was probably the best commuter rail in the New York metro. The people running it now are new and inexperienced. But again, this accident was not MN's fault...terrible situation overall.
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Horrific scene. 3rd rail totally through front train. Heavy fire and smoke damage. At least 7 dead and 10 hurt. Pray for the deceased.
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Plans for Renovated Nostrand Avenue LIRR Station Revealed

By Camille Bautista on January 15, 2015 3:59pm
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Nostrand Avenue’s Long Island Rail Road station may soon get a facelift, according to MTA officials.

LIRR representatives revealed rehabilitation plans for the Atlantic Branch’s two-track elevated station at a community meeting Tuesday during which they detailed new staircases and glass canopies.

The proposal includes security cameras, improved LED lighting fixtures, new platforms and pedestrian overpasses composed of stainless steel to prevent rusting.

“The project will modernize the station and make it very attractive,” said Javier Toro, senior project manager for the agency.



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and that is why we shouldn't throw our trash on the tracks.
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LIRR Grand Central Terminal contract awarded
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Impression of Long Island Rail Road platforms beneath Grand Central Terminal

USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded the GCT Constructors joint venture of Schiavone Construction Co and John P Picone Inc a $404·8m contract to build the future Long Island Rail Road concourse at Grand Central Terminal.

The work is part of the $10bn East Side Access project, which will see trains from all 11 branches of the Long Island Rail Road using new platforms beneath Grand Central Terminal

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Metro North accident

Preliminary NTSB findings show the railroad employees acted professionally and did all they could to save their passengers.

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Third Rail Also Split Into 12 Pieces That Pierced Train Car, Investigator Says
February 6, 2015 6:01 PM

VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board on Friday said the engineer and conductor in the Metro-North accident and fire this week went out of their way to bring as many passengers to safety as possible.

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt also said 12 pieces of the electrified third rail – each of them measuring 39 feet, penetrated the floor of the front train car in the Harlem Line accident in Valhalla Tuesday evening. The accident killed five people on the train and the driver of a sport-utility vehicle it struck.

The engineer – identified previously as Steven Smalls Jr. – had been on duty since 9:37 a.m. Tuesday and had driven three trains that morning. The train that was involved in the accident was his fourth, and he had verified that everything was working properly before pulling out of Grand Central Terminal, Sumwalt said.

As Smalls – whom Sumwalt did not name – approached the crossing, he noticed that there was a vehicle on the track at Commerce Street in Valhalla. He immediately put the train into emergency braking, and at that point, he saw the car advance fully onto the track, Sumwalt said.

The engineer said he realized that a woman was in the vehicle, but could not see anything else. He then noticed the vehicle disappear beneath the train and felt the collision, but did not hear any explosion, Sumwalt said. He did say he noticed sparks, but did not notice the third rail had pierced the car, Sumwalt said.

The train stopped, and Smalls immediately began getting smoke in the engineer’s operating compartment, Sumwalt said. He made an emergency call on his radio, and got out of the compartment as the smoke thickened, Sumwalt said.

At that point, Smalls saw a fire in the rear part of the first car, behind the lavatory in the car, Sumwalt said. The fire was moving quickly toward the front, and Smalls assisted with evacuating five or six passengers, Sumwalt said....



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Any chance we'll see any real proposals to exend the LIRR into lower Manhattan in the next decade? Would definitely put the "hub" in the WTC transportation hub.
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Any chance we'll see any real proposals to exend the LIRR into lower Manhattan in the next decade? Would definitely put the "hub" in the WTC transportation hub.
Not for now, I'm afraid
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Any chance we'll see any real proposals to exend the LIRR into lower Manhattan in the next decade? Would definitely put the "hub" in the WTC transportation hub.
Highly unlikely , that idea has been dead for a decade. Although passenger numbers were high for the proposed route , the cost is what killed it. I think it was priced anywhere between 5 and 8 billion. I rather see the I-287 Rail corridor built then this project , or having LIRR service be able to run up into Westchester and to Stamford via the Hell Gate line.
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Man struck at Purdys station; trains halted

The man suffered chest and leg injuries, officials at the scene said.
A tactical rescue team was called to the station to assist with the response; the victim was initially described as being under the train.
He was taken by ambulance from the scene and expected to be transferred to a medical helicopter, which was to bring him to Westchester Medical Center for treatment.
Power is off on both tracks antrains d travel remained stopped in both directions as of 5:15 p.m. Shortly thereafter, the railroad warned commuters to expect up to 50 minute delays in both directions.
The 4:34 p.m. southbound train from Southeast was being held. Three northbound trains were stopped in Katonah, Bedford and Mount Kisco.
In September, a 20-year-old Goldens Bridge woman was killed at the same station when, authorities said, she deliberately jumped in front of a southbound train on a Saturday morning.
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Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 8:15 pm | Updated: 9:45 pm, Fri Feb 13, 2015.

By ROBERT KOCH
Hour Staff Writer
"Commuters have suffered under unacceptable conditions as unnecessary obstacles are thrown before the workforce we depend on as the engine of our state economy," O'Dea said. "These bills will take us through the critical first steps of changing those conditions, and providing the necessary investments which will ensure safety, reliability and efficiency."

In 2006, ConnDOT launched the "the Danbury Branch Electrification Feasibility Study" to evaluate the feasibility of electrifying the Danbury Line as well as other alternatives to improve service. The alternatives ranged from electrifying the line from South Norwalk to Wilton to extending and electrifying the line to New Milford. Estimated costs in 2010 dollars ran from $237 million to $495 million.
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Malloy's Transportation Plan Includes Upgrades, Longer Busway


By Christopher Keating and Don Stacom

Rail Gets Priority
The five-year plans puts up money for short- to mid-term repairs to outdated railroad bridges in Greenwich's Cos Cob and above the Saugatuck River in Westport.

Both now open for boat traffic, and are at risk of crippling Metro-North and Amtrak service if they break down. The state and federal governments are already pumping several hundred million dollars into replacing the similar Walk Bridge in Norwalk, where chronic mechanical breakdowns have repeatedly crippled service.
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So the State of Connecticut is planning on pumping tens of billions into its infrastructure over the next few decades. Here's a list of Projects that were included in the plan which i'm sure will grow aswell.


CONNECTICUT’S BOLD VISION FOR A TRANSPORTATION FUTURE

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ELECTRIC FLEET REPLACEMENT
Future life-cycle replacement of existing electric fleet for use on New Haven Line
(NHL), Connecticut’s share.
$1,250,000,000

DIESEL FLEET REPLACEMENT
Replace existing diesel locomotives and coaches for use on New Haven Line (NHL).
$300,000,000

MAINTENANCE FACILITY AND YARD IMPROVEMENTS
Rehab and improve existing rail maintenance facilities and yards on New Haven Line
(NHL), including New Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford (finish catenary replacement).
$1,460,000,000

COMMUNICATIONS AND SIGNAL UPGRADES
Upgrade rail communications and signals on New Haven Line (NHL) to reach state
of good repair. Upgrades include positive train control (PTC), network infrastructure
upgrades, communication and signal system replacements and rail communications and
signal improvements for mainline and branch lines.
$1,120,200,000

CATENARY REPLACEMENTS AND POWER UPGRADES

Life-cycle replacement of superstructures and wiring (includes substations) due to age
and condition. Danbury Dock Yard is also included.
$700,000,000

FIXED RAIL BRIDGES - STATE OF GOOD REPAIR
Rehab and or replace all fixed rail bridges on New Haven Line (NHL) to attain state of
good repair. This includes all fixed rail bridges on mainline and branch lines.
$2,175,000,000

MOVABLE RAIL BRIDGES - STATE OF GOOD REPAIR
Rehab and or replace all movable rail bridges on New Haven Line (NHL) to attain state
of good repair.
$2,825,000,000

RAIL TRACK PROGRAM
Improvements and upgrades to existing tracks on New Haven Line (NHL) including
concrete tie repair, interlocking, drainage, track, ties, rail and road bed.
$1,680,000,000

EXISTING STATION AND PARKING IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements and upgrades to existing stations and parking on New Haven Line (NHL),
including mainline and branch line improvements.
$1,500,000,000

ELECTRIC FLEET EXPANSION
Expansion of existing electric fleet for use on New Haven Line (NHL).
$265,000,000

DIESEL FLEET EXPANSION
Expansion of existing diesel locomotives and coaches for use on New Haven Line
(NHL), including mainline and branch lines.
$230,000,000

NEW RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITIES AND YARDS
ON BRANCH LINES

Construction of new rail maintenance facilities and yards on New Haven Line (NHL)
branch lines will allow for expanded branch line rail service to and from mainline.
$100,000,000


NEW RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITY AND YARD FOR
INTERCITY RAIL SERVICE

A new intercity maintenance facility and storage yard in New Haven will allow for the
expansion of existing inter-city rail service to and from Washington, DC.
$500,000,000

NEW CANAAN BRANCH LINE IMPROVEMENTS

Significant improvements on New Canaan branch line service between Darien and
New Canaan to increase frequency and enhance service to and from mainline.
Improvements include Springdale siding, platform, and station improvements.
$45,000,000

ELECTRIFY DANBURY BRANCH LINE
Electrification of existing Danbury branch line service between South Norwalk and
Danbury would allow for extended one–seat ride service on New Haven Line (NHL).
$400,000,000

EXTEND RAIL SERVICE FROM DANBURY TO NEW MILFORD
This includes all of the estimated capital costs associated with extending rail service
from Danbury to New Milford without electrification.
$450,000,000

ELECTRIFY EXTENDED RAIL SERVICE FROM DANBURY
TO NEW MILFORD
This includes just the estimated electrification costs associated with extending rail
service from Danbury to New Milford.
$540,000,000

WATERBURY BRANCH LINE IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements to Waterbury branch line service between Bridgeport and Waterbury to
increase frequency and enhance service to and from mainline. Improvements include
completion of signalization, grade crossings, sidings, and station improvements.
$350,000,000

TRACK IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN MILFORD AND NEW HAVEN
Restore four–track capacity between Milford and New Haven to increase capacity and
enhance service on New Haven Line (NHL).
$300,000,000

FULL CAPACITY NEW HAVEN LINE SERVICE
Realign Connecticut’s existing tracks and stations between New Haven and New York
to provide significant frequency and speed enhancements on New Haven Line (NHL).
This project would result in a two–track local and two–track express service on the
mainline, with center island platforms at key locations between New Haven and New
York. It includes communications and signal enhancements.
$2,000,000,000

NEW STATIONS AND PARKING
Construction of new stations and parking on New Haven Line (NHL). Includes
construction of new stations in Bridgeport (Barnum), Orange, and a new parking garage
in New Haven with pedestrian connections.
$200,000,000
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