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Old March 23rd, 2017, 09:34 AM   #4261
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MTA's $72M subway renovations will begin with three Brooklyn stations

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...now the agency has announced that the first set of 30 subway stations to receive a facelift will be three stations along the R line in Brooklyn.

The Prospect Avenue, Bay Ridge Avenue, and 53rd Street trains stations on the R line will each close for a six-month period to receive “extensive renovations” as part of the MTA and Governor Cuomo’s $72 million Enhanced Station Initiative. Once the work is complete, each station will debut with new platform edges, LED lighting, granite floors, improved station signage, new stairs, increased security cameras and Help Points, as well as upgraded electrical and communications systems. Commuters will also get to enjoy electronic charging stations, new benches, and new station art.

Beginning March 27th, the 53rd Street Station will close for service in both directions; the Bay Ridge Avenue station is scheduled to close on April 29th for six months; and the Prospect Avenue station is scheduled to close on June 5th for six months.

Renovations for all [30] stations in the project are expected to be complete by 2020.


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Old March 23rd, 2017, 03:43 PM   #4262
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All of this is pointless if they dont address the rain runoff issue. On rainy days, water pours into these stations from the street level vents, damaging the ceiling, columns, track bed and rails over time. It's a real mess.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 04:47 PM   #4263
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They should renovate the stations with highest ridership first, preferably in the Financial District. It is sad that the IRT/BMT station tiles will be removed. It will be a great endeavor to remove the supporting columns.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 06:05 PM   #4264
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They should renovate the stations with highest ridership first, preferably in the Financial District. It is sad that the IRT/BMT station tiles will be removed. It will be a great endeavor to remove the supporting columns.
Since its a "new" design where many changes are made, its better to test it out in real world at small places and the roll out to big stations. That way they can modify things a little of it's necessary. And don't it's not always top guy first/ bottom guy last.
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Old March 23rd, 2017, 06:32 PM   #4265
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I hope this is a success. I noticed European systems tend to close their stations for renovations so this could very well be more efficient.

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They should renovate the stations with highest ridership first, preferably in the Financial District. It is sad that the IRT/BMT station tiles will be removed. It will be a great endeavor to remove the supporting columns.
That makes no sense. Test it in low ridership locations first, then move up. I feel like if this is a big success, Chambers Street on the Nassau Street Line will finally get renovated.

Also, these tiles are just the tiles currently in place along most of the 4th Avenue Line and Lower Broadway. The original tiles are actually under the 70s era ones. It would be nice if they exposed those original tiles again like they did on Upper Broadway.
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Old March 24th, 2017, 11:04 PM   #4266
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Sources: MTA Capital Construction President Retiring

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NEW YORK - A critical figure at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hanging up his hard hat.

Sources tell NY1 that MTA Capital Construction President Michael Horodniceanu is retiring.

He had been at the helm of the authority's construction wing since 2008 where he oversaw major expansion projects in the city's transit system including the Hudson Yards 7 train extension, the Second Avenue subway, and the Fulton Center station.

Before joining the MTA, the Romanian-born engineer had served as the city's Traffic Commissioner in the late 80s.
Video: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/...-retiring.html

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Old March 30th, 2017, 05:33 AM   #4267
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Old March 30th, 2017, 04:11 PM   #4268
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Updated map of the NYC subway:

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Old March 30th, 2017, 08:33 PM   #4269
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R17 Redbird Car 6688 was saved and currently resides at The Shore Line Trolley Museum in Connecticut. The car was recently chartered for use in NYC, so here it is being prepped for highway transport from East Haven, CT to Brooklyn, NY:
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That was, A LOT of fanfare and long time for part of the GW being closed for a couple subway cars.
I hope it's not this bad for all 200 or so, and for the 1500 R211s.
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Old April 7th, 2017, 11:10 AM   #4274
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Didn't they use to float cars into 207th yard on a barge?
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Old April 7th, 2017, 01:17 PM   #4275
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It could have been a concern about weight? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Old April 7th, 2017, 05:11 PM   #4276
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Didn't they use to float cars into 207th yard on a barge?
-- I don't know, but given that there was a float bridge on that site, I would assume so:

http://members.trainweb.com/bedt/indloco/nycta207.html
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Old April 7th, 2017, 06:28 PM   #4277
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A bit odd, considering that they designed the bridge to carry IND subway trains in the first place.

At one point, cars were brought by rail over the Hell Gate Bridge or via the Greenpoint/Bay Ridge carfloats. Until the 1970s, they came in on their own wheels.
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Wide loads in general are handled this way over the bridge. I edited out the other loads that crossed along with the R179s, but there were lots of bridge beams, other pieces of rail equipment, excavators, etc.
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Old April 8th, 2017, 11:13 PM   #4279
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When can we expect these R179s to enter service?

And is it too soon to ask about Phase II of the Second avenue Subway?
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