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Old October 23rd, 2008, 10:46 PM   #781
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Does (or did) New York have a tram network?
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Old October 24th, 2008, 12:39 AM   #782
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Old October 24th, 2008, 07:16 AM   #783
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YES! A very extensive one. It was discontinued in the 1950's in favor of buses.
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Old November 3rd, 2008, 06:16 AM   #784
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Granite Construction gets $161 million contract to revamp 5 subway stations in Brooklyn, NY
31 October 2008

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Granite Construction Inc. said Friday its Northeast subsidiary received a $161 million contract to perform improvement work at five subway stations in Brooklyn, New York.

The civil construction firm said the project, which is scheduled to begin next month, entails reconstructing platform areas including foundations, floors, windscreens and canopies.

Granite will also repair and rebuild staircases, control areas, lighting and drainage systems.

The station work, at Avenues H, J, M, Kings Highway and Newkirk along the Brighton "B" Line, is expected to take just over 3 years to complete.

The award is funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Transit Authority.

Shares of Granite closed up $5.56, or 18.5 percent, at $35.67.
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Old November 15th, 2008, 07:26 AM   #785
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NY subway riders face service cuts, more fare hikes
10 November 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City subway riders and motorists could have to pay higher fares and tolls and endure service cuts to close the state mass transit agency's growing budget gap, officials said Monday.

The biggest U.S. mass transit agency has already begun planning to raise tolls and fares by 8 percent. On Monday, it listed an additional 1 percent increase and asked its staff to recommend deeper cuts than the 4.5 percent reductions previously planned.

Another remedy, charging drivers tolls on what are now free East River bridges owned by New York City, should also be considered, Gene Russianoff, a transit advocate with the Straphangers Campaign, told reporters after a meeting of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's finance committee.

The agency, unlike the city, already charges tolls on its East River bridges and tunnels, and everyone should bear the pain, Russianoff said.

Local news reports, including Sunday's New York Post, said a commission report due Dec. 5 might propose charging drivers a $5 toll on the city's East River bridges to raise $1.5 billion.

The agency estimates next year's budget gap at $1.2 billion, a $300 million increase from its July forecast because the economy's slide has splintered its share of corporate and real estate tax revenues. An agency official noted its debt service will balloon to $2 billion by 2012.

Neither the city nor the state appear able to afford an increase in aid.

"Addressing the fiscal challenges facing the MTA and the state over the next several years will require shared sacrifice, difficult choices and cooperation from all funding partners," Democratic Gov. David Paterson said in a statement.

Like many transit agencies around the nation, the MTA is re-examining equipment leases that used insurer American International Group as a counterparty.

Because AIG's credit rating has been downgraded despite a federal rescue whose cost has climbed to $150 billion, the MTA has terminated one deal with the company and is looking at several others, including one with Ambac Financial Group , said Gary Dellaverson, chief financial officer of the MTA.

Over the next couple of years, the agency likely will have to pay 6.5 percent interest rates on new bonds it sells, up from 5 percent, Dellaverson predicted.
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Old November 15th, 2008, 01:40 PM   #786
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Are there any bridges for the subway?
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Old November 16th, 2008, 12:03 AM   #787
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The subways piggyback on the existing road bridges across the lower East River. They have their own tunnels elsewhere.
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Old November 16th, 2008, 05:53 AM   #788
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Example : Manhattan Bridge

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Old November 18th, 2008, 01:46 PM   #789
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Brooklyn bridge also had subway tracks in the past
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 04:18 PM   #790
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More New York subway cars heading to final resting place off Ocean City, Md coast
20 November 2008

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - More New York City subway cars are heading to their final resting place in the Atlantic off the coast of Ocean City.

More than 40 subway cars are expected to be placed Tuesday at Bass Grounds, about 10 miles southeast of the popular beach resort. The reef will be the second built off the Ocean City coast this year using old subway cars.

In addition to Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, South Carolina and Georgia are among the states that have also used New York subway cars to create marine habitat. The Delaware reef has become a popular fishing spot.
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Al-Qaeda discussed attacks on New York subway: US
26 November 2008
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The FBI has warned New York authorities that Al-Qaeda had discussed attacking the city's subway and transportation system, but said it was an unsubstantiated threat, US officials said Wednesday.

The FBI has received "uncorroborated but plausible information that Al-Qaeda may have discussed a target at the transit system in New York City," Amy Kudwa, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security told AFP.

"Neither the Department Homeland Security nor the FBI has any specific information to confirm that this plot has developed beyond aspirational planning," she said.

The city's Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said the police were "aware of an unsubstantiated report indicating that Al-Qaeda terrorists discussed targeting mass transit in New York City and vicinity."

He added in his statement that although there was no evidence to suggest the discussions had advanced any further, as a precaution "the NYPD has deployed additional resources in the mass transit system."

The US terror alert level has not been raised, but riders on the New York subway are likely to see increased security, including uniformed officers and canine teams over the coming days, which include the Thanksgiving holidays.

"It is not uncommon for the department to receive threat information and to adjust our resources accordingly," Browne added.

ABC News, citing law enforcement officials, said the plot involved a "Madrid-like attack," a reference to the bombing of Spanish trains in March 2004 that killed 191 people.

Spanish courts last year ordered 21 people jailed for life in connection to the synchronized wave of bombs left on Madrid commuter trains on March 11, 2004. Four have since been acquitted after appeals.

Those attacks came less than three years after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States in which Al-Qaeda members riding hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

Just under 3,000 people were killed in those attacks.
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NYer calls for boycott of transit fare increases
22 November 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - One New Yorker has a plan to protest fare increases for buses and subways that are expected to wallop commuters next year: He's calling for a one-day boycott.

Louis Kenny has been passing out fliers calling for a boycott on the day fares are expected to go up -- June 9, 2009. He says people should walk, take a bike or call in sick to work that day instead of relying on public transportation.

The Metropolitan Transportation Agency says it needs to raise fare revenue by 23 percent because of a massive budget shortfall.

In calling a boycott, Kenny says, "It's time to show the MTA who really runs New York City's public transportation."

Kenny says the agency should reinstate the 50-cent fare on the Staten Island ferry and charge more for advertising.
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NYC commuters get to catch classic buses from 1956
1 December 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The agency that runs New York City's public bus system is bringing back some classic coaches that commuters can ride for the price of a regular fare.

New York City Transit's vintage fleet consists of 19 buses such as a 1917 wood-bodied double-decker called the Queen Anne and a 1956 model that was the first to have air conditioning.

Department of Buses Senior Vice President Joseph Smith says the older buses have a lot of charm but the current ones offer tremendous improvements in comfort and efficiency.

The vintage buses are in service on several Manhattan and Queens routes weekday rush hours during the holiday season.

Subway riders also are being treated to trips back in time. The transit agency is running a subway train featuring vintage cars on Sundays until the end of the year.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 12:41 AM   #794
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Is this to relieve overcrowding or to offer an interesting heritage ride?
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 04:14 AM   #795
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Is this to relieve overcrowding or to offer an interesting heritage ride?
It's for the holidays, same goes for the subway as well.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 04:51 AM   #796
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NEW YORK (AP) - One New Yorker has a plan to protest fare increases for buses and subways that are expected to wallop commuters next year: He's calling for a one-day boycott.
What's a one-day boycott going to do? They'll get all of their business back the next day. There is no competition to the subway really. It's a shame that consumers really don't have a choice here. Any boycott will be totally ineffective.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 03:43 AM   #797
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What's a one-day boycott going to do? They'll get all of their business back the next day. There is no competition to the subway really. It's a shame that consumers really don't have a choice here. Any boycott will be totally ineffective.
you're right, but think of it this way:


6,432,700 subway rides take place eachday. Multiply that by 2, as a trip is 2 dollars. 13 million dollars a day doesn't hurt...
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Can someone in the know explain why the SI ferry is free?
Seems ridiculous to me, so I imagine there's something I'm not understanding. Are these people paying higher fares elsewhere (such as for bus service to get to the ferry)? Boats are hardly cheap to run... Even a 50-cent fare is a bargain.
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Can someone in the know explain why the SI ferry is free?
Seems ridiculous to me, so I imagine there's something I'm not understanding. Are these people paying higher fares elsewhere (such as for bus service to get to the ferry)? Boats are hardly cheap to run... Even a 50-cent fare is a bargain.
The only direct bus routes between Staten Island and Manhattan that I can remember are the express routes which charge a premium for the service. The only other option would be to catch a bus across the Verrazano to Brooklyn. From there it another bus or subway into Manhattan. Given how isolated Staten Island is from the other boroughs, I guess it's the MTA's way of compensating.
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6,432,700 subway rides take place eachday. Multiply that by 2, as a trip is 2 dollars. 13 million dollars a day doesn't hurt...
But you're not really going to cut out all of those rides. And besides, you're probably going to make that money back at some point (people still need to work and they will probably have to make up for that missed day of work). It's why the one-day gas boycotts did nothing.
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