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Old January 7th, 2016, 08:09 PM   #921
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New Hudson rail tunnel project would dwarf initial plan < read the article here

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ARC vs. Gateway

Both the current Gateway proposal and the canceled ARC project would put two new sets of tracks under the Hudson River and build a loop that bypasses Secaucus Junction to provide a one-seat ride from North Jersey. Here are some of the key differences:

COST

ARC: $8.9 billion

Gateway: $20 billion

NEW YORK TERMINUS

ARC: New transit hub under West 34th Street between Eighth and Sixth avenues.

Gateway: Expansion of Penn Station one block south between 30th Street and 31st Street.

NEW TRACKS

ARC: Additional tracks between |Secaucus Junction and Manhattan.

Gateway: Additional tracks between Newark Penn Station and Manhattan.

ADDED TO GATEWAY
  • Rehabilitation and rebuilding of existing Hudson tunnels.
  • Replacement of century-old Portal Bridge in Secaucus with twin, two-track, high-level bridges.
  • Replacement and renewal of 105-year-old, two-track rail embankment between Newark and Secaucus. Also, building of two additional rail lines running parallel to the embankment.
  • Replacement of Sawtooth Bridge over |Passaic River, plus expansion of railway line from two to four tracks.
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Old January 9th, 2016, 01:50 PM   #922
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Old January 15th, 2016, 02:52 AM   #923
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Beginning 2016.01.17, three LIRR stations (Bethpage, Merrick and Wantagh) will lose all connecting public bus service.

Bethpage is currently served by N81 bus.
Merrick is currently served by N51 bus.
Wantagh is served by N73 and 74 buses.

The operator, Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) is eliminating all of these routes beginning this Sunday.

http://www.nicebus.com/Passenger-Inf...e-Changes.aspx
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Old January 15th, 2016, 05:26 AM   #924
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Old January 16th, 2016, 06:48 PM   #925
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From NEW YORK | 30 Hudson Yards | 387m | 1268ft | 89 fl | U/C

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Old January 20th, 2016, 03:20 AM   #926
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Wood-Ridge commuters left waiting for a train station

Hundreds of people have bought homes or moved into apartments in the development called Wesmont Station, on the site of a former Curtiss-Wright *airplane engine factory in Wood-Ridge. Unlike most suburban subdivisions, which are intended for car commuters, Wesmont is built around a new train *station on NJ Transit’s Bergen County Line.

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Now, NJ Transit has moved the date back again. And the agency left the door open for even more delays if construction does not proceed as planned.

“The station is currently projected to be open in spring 2016,” NJ Transit spokes*man Jim Smith said in an email.
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The folks who run NJ Transit were born without a brain. Give them some slack!
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 01:40 PM   #928
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 01:45 PM   #929
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I can't give them slack when they keep raising the fares...
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Old January 24th, 2016, 12:59 PM   #931
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Amtrak Estimates Penn Station and Hudson River Tunnel Projects Will Cost $24B

When Governor Cuomo announced his $3 billion revamp of Penn Station earlier this month, skeptics were quick to point out that all the glassy new structures and reconfiguration of waiting rooms won’t do anything to help the fact that the Hudson River rail tunnels are crumbling. Clearly on the same page, Amtrak announced yesterday a detailed overview of the entire infrastructure project, and it comes in at a whopping $23.9 billion.

According to the Times, “the largest share of about $7.7 billion [will go towards] building the new Hudson tunnel and repairing the existing tunnel. The project includes a host of other elements, including expanding Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan at an estimated cost of $5.9 billion, and replacing rail bridges in New Jersey.”

Known as the Gateway Program, the project includes many improvements in New Jersey, such as a new circulation plan at Penn Station Newark, repairs of several bridges, and an expansion at Secaucus Junction. The most major components are the expansion of New York Penn Station and the Hudson Tunnel Project, which will bring a new two-track tunnel into the station and rebuild the existing, century-old tunnel. The old tubes, built in 1910, couldn’t handle current ridership (which has grown by 155 percent since 1990) even if they were in pristine condition, but since flooding during Hurricane Sandy they’re being eaten away by saltwater residue. Though no start date was given for the project, Amtrak says it will take a decade. They provided a more concrete timeline for adding additional tracks to the south of Penn Station, predicting work could start in 2024 and wrap up in 2030.

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LIRR Monday Service

On Monday, January, 25 regular weekday service to be provided on Babylon, Ronkonkoma, Pt. Washington and Pt. Jefferson branches as well as in LIRR diesel territory on the Oyster Bay & Pt. Jefferson branches, between Greenport & Ronkonkoma, and Montauk Branch west of Speonk.

Service remains suspended on Far Rockaway, Hempstead, Long Beach & West Hempstead branches, and east of Speonk on Montauk Branch due to Saturday's blizzard.

There will be no service between Jamaica Station & Atlantic Terminal. Take LIRR service to Penn Station where tickets will be cross-honored by NYC Transit on '2' & '3' trains to Brooklyn.
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Some Long Island Railroad Blizzard clean up photos from the MTA

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Great Neck Station


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Hempstead Station


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Jamaica Station


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Metro-North at All-Time High; LIRR, Highest Since 1949, Remains Busiest Regional Railroad in Nation

February 02nd, 2016


LIRR after Belmont Stakes

Ridership is up on the MTA's regional rails. Numbers increased significantly on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad in 2015, giving a significant boost to the economic health of the regions they serve. Metro-North reported all-time record ridership of 86.1 million customers, an increase of 1.6% over 2014, while the Long Island Rail Road remained the busiest regional railroad in the nation, carrying 87.6 million customers, a 2.1% increase over the prior year and the railroad’s highest total since 1949.

The LIRR’s total breaks the modern record set in 2008, when the railroad carried 87.4 million customers. Metro-North’s total ridership growth means that it has more than doubled the ridership the railroad carried when it was founded, in 1983.

“When ridership set records back in 2008, many said it was because of high gasoline prices, and that certainly is one factor,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “But gas prices have sunk to low levels and the trend is continuing. We are seeing the confluence a strengthening regional economy, healthier downtowns around the region, a new generation of millennials who values public transportation, and greater productivity on board our trains through the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and laptops. Customers are also responding to improvements we have made, including more frequent trains, improving on-time performance, a fleet of modern new electric cars, expanding availability of real-time information, and more channels for customer communication.”

LIRR and Metro-North ridership is positioned for even further growth in the years ahead because of investments included in the MTA’s 2015-19 Capital Program, funded through a record contribution from the State of New York made by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The program will fund the construction of four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx and the expansion of Metro-North’s New Haven Line to Penn Station, a major expansion of the LIRR’s Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, enabling significant reverse commuting to Long Island for the first time, and the construction of new LIRR stations in Queens, in Elmhurst and Sunnyside.

The LIRR’s growth was fueled in equal parts by commuters, who increased 2.1% to 50.4 million customers, an increase of 1.04 million riders, and non-commuters, who increased 2.0% to 37.3 million customers in 2015, an increase of 734,000 riders.

“We’re pleased by the growth, but we’re more pleased be able to provide the best service we can provide and to be a valuable, useful service to more people,” said LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski. “Looking toward the future, we’re pleased that we’re poised to increase our value to the region further, and grow ridership accordingly, through increased reverse-peak service that would result years down the road from the Main Line Expansion program that Governor Cuomo announced this month.”

Continuing previous trends, Metro-North’s non-commutation ridership increased faster than its commuters. In 2015, Metro-North non-commutation increased 2.3%, while commutation increased 1.0%. Metro-North broke ridership records on all three of its main lines east of the Hudson River; the prior records had been set in 2008 on the Harlem Line and last year on the New Haven Line and Hudson Line.

“We spent 2015 working hard to improve Metro-North’s safety record, to restore confidence in Metro-North’s safety culture, and to rebuild our tracks,” said Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti. “We’re delighted to see the increase in ridership because we think it indicates that our attention to safety and improved reliability are encouraging more customers to ride the train.”

Ridership west of the Hudson River increased at a faster rate than east of it. On the Port Jervis Line and New York State portion of the Pascack Valley Line, Metro-North expects 2015 ridership will have increased 4.9% over last year, to a combined total of 1.8 million customers. The volume of customers carried on the two lines is just 300,000 shy of the all-time record set in 2008. The Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line are operated by NJ TRANSIT under contract to Metro-North.

Ridership on the three connecting services operated under contract to Metro-North also increased, by 3.8%, to 556,000. Ridership on the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry rose 7.1%, while ridership on the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry declined by 3.8%. Ridership on the Hudson Rail Link, a bus service in the Bronx that connects to the Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale Stations, rose 4.2%. The ferries are operated by New York Waterway. The Hudson Rail Link bus is operated by Atlantic Hudson, Inc.

New Haven Line service is operated in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
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Why there is no direct access to railroad in downtown?
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