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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 442-06
December 19, 2006


MAYOR BLOOMBERG UNVEILS FIRST NEW BUS SHELTER AS PART OF COORDINATED STREET-FURNITURE FRANCHISE

$1.4 Billion in New Revenue for the City


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today unveiled the first of 3,300 new bus shelters to be installed under the City's Coordinated Street Furniture Franchise. The 20-year contract with Cemusa, Inc., will also furnish 20 new public toilets, replace 330 newsstands and generate roughly $1.4 billion in new revenue for New York over its lifetime. Cemusa installed the new bus shelter on Queens Boulevard at 82nd Avenue. Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding Dan Doctoroff, Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall, Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and Cemusa CEO Toulla Constantinou also attended the announcement.

"For years, New Yorkers have been waiting for new street furniture, and today, they will finally begin to see the results of this agreement," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Not only will our partnership with Cemusa create 3,300 new bus shelters, 20 new public toilets, and 330 newsstands, it will generate more than $1 billion in revenue for the City."

Over the past two decades, the City tried unsuccessfully to provide street furniture to its residents. Today's unveiling is another example of the Bloomberg Administration's pragmatic approach for providing solutions for longstanding problems. On June 26th, Cemusa began implementing the coordinated street furniture franchise and delivered the first $50 million cash payment to officially begin the terms of the contract. The agreement calls for Cemusa to provide New York City with $999 million in cash and $398 million worth of in-kind services, including advertising space on street furniture elements around the world, which will help promote New York City as a tourism destination. Cemusa has assumed responsibility for maintaining the existing bus shelters and has already painted and repaired more than 600 of them. It is also replacing broken and graffiti-covered glass.

"Cemusa's first new bus shelter marks the end of decades of inertia for street furniture," said Deputy Mayor Doctoroff. "This is about improving our quality of life, enhancing our image, and generating revenue for the City. It's a win all around."

"The new street furniture will generate revenue, enliven City streets, and enhance public transportation," said DOT Commissioner Weinshall. "The bus shelters offer improved lighting and route information, both of which will benefit the 2.5 million people who use the City's bus system everyday."

Like all of the new street furniture elements, the bus shelters have a simple, contemporary design that allows them to blend seamlessly into the varied streetscapes of New York City. The design, created exclusively for New York City by Grimshaw, features a stainless-steel portal frame, extensive use of tempered glass, and an elegant glass roof that filters light onto the sidewalk.

"Cemusa is committed to New York and is proud to be working with communities around the City," said Cemusa, Inc. CEO Toulla Constantinou. "We anticipate creating more than 100 jobs, and are off to a strong start, with offices in Manhattan and manufacturers in Queens and the Bronx. The new street furniture will serve residents throughout the five boroughs, and we will continue building local partnerships."

In 2007, Cemusa will continue to add bus shelters, begin to replace City newsstands, and start to build the new public toilets. The majority of the replaced street furniture's components will be recycled.

"The street furniture design is contemporary and modern. It is purposeful and compatible with the feeling you get in New York City," said Grimshaw head of industrial design, Duncan Jackson. "The use of high quality materials like stainless steel and glass provides structures that add to and reflect the city streets without dominating their surroundings, sitting comfortably in any neighborhood."

"Cemusa's emphasis on design is evident in the elegant, functional bus shelters," said Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects' New York Chapter, Ric Bell. "New York, with Mayor Bloomberg at the wheel, is a city where design matters. The exciting new street furniture is the perfect complement to the City's vibrant streetscape."

Cemusa is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of urban outdoor furniture and out-of-home advertising. As part of its commitment to New York City, Cemusa maintains its North American headquarters in the historic Graybar Building in Midtown and has hired staff for corporate-level positions that will benefit the local economy beyond the duration of its agreement with the City. The street-furniture contract is expected to directly create more than 100 jobs and provide an additional 30 through subcontractor partnerships throughout the five boroughs.

Cemusa currently delivers a range of municipal services to Miami, San Antonio, Boston, and New York, as well as to 120 cities and municipalities throughout Europe and the Americas. Founded in 1984, Cemusa has designed, built, installed and maintained more than 110,000 urban furniture elements, which include bus shelters, clocks, public information panels, newsstands, news racks, bicycle racks, automatic public toilets, trash containers, and electronic panels. Cemusa is an affiliate of Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) -one of the largest Spanish groups in the construction and municipal services sector with 67,562 employees.


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These are the new Automatic public toilets and the new Newsstands mention on the article aswell...


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I like the idea, but it would be a right pain if you run down the street to the bus stop only to be offered a fresh newspaper or automatic toliet as the bus goes sailing by...
 

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its awsome and great to enhance the city's bright and awsome future go mass transit by the way i was born and raised in NYC now i live in Miami but i miss the city greatly but yeah it looks very beautiful in design i like where this is going thanks MTA and Mayor Bloomberg with your help NYC will be a very awsome city thanks for the photos post more man
 

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the bus shelter needs to protect waiting commuters from deathly cold winds!
I don't know about that. I don't think people will die of cold winds in NYC while waiting for the bus. We are not that far north to get deadly cold winds that might kill you in a few minutes.
 

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I like the idea, but it would be a right pain if you run down the street to the bus stop only to be offered a fresh newspaper or automatic toliet as the bus goes sailing by...
Yeah well what is confusing are the restroom and the newstand. I am sure that could happened.
 

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Official from MTA:

http://www.mta.info/news-select-bus-service-sbs-m60-bus-laguardia-airport/2014/05/23/select-bus-service-makes-its-debut

Select Bus Service Makes Its Debut on the M60 Starting Sunday, May 25
May 23rd, 2014

If you’ve been waiting for a faster way to get to LaGuardia Airport, the wait is over and your bus has come in. M60 Select Bus Service (SBS) route, which connects Manhattan’s Upper West Side and LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal arrived on May 25.

The M60 becomes the seventh SBS route to be installed along busy bus corridors around the city, in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation and the New York City Police Department. Additionally, the upgrade to the M60 also required the cooperation of the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, which manages the airport.

M60 SBS extends from 106th/Broadway in Manhattan, across 125th Street and along Astoria Boulevard to LaGuardia Airport. The route has a growing ridership that now tops 17,000 on an average weekday. About 32,000 customers each day board and alight from the five bus routes serving the 125th Street corridor, which is a major stop on 12 subway lines and Metro-North Commuter Railroad.

“The continued expansion of SBS services throughout the city is changing the way our customers think about taking the bus and the M60 will now change the way customers think about getting to and from LaGuardia. Select Bus Service is designed around the philosophy of speed, efficiency and convenience which combine to make bus riding more pleasant and less time consuming,” said MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. “We have seen tremendous support and positive feedback for SBS and look forward to working with our partners to expand it to other high-capacity routes.”

“This new service will save customers precious time and provides an easy connection to several subway lines as well as Metro North. It will benefit Harlem residents who rely on efficient bus service along 125th Street every day and will make getting to the airport a breeze from upper Manhattan,” said NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco. "The City’s economy depends heavily on our mass transit system and making improvements like SBS provides enormous benefits in the area of time saved.”

SBS utilizes high-capacity articulated vehicles with distinctive exterior graphics that make the buses easily identifiable. The idea behind Select Bus Service is the implementation of a high-performance bus system, incorporating the efficiency and capacity of light rail transit without the limitations and construction costs of a fixed-rail system. Other major elements of SBS include designated bus lanes and the application of a distinct graphics design. Combined, these service components could produce decreased travel times of up to 20% for M60 customers, while also benefitting riders of the local routes that travel crosstown via 125th Street.

M60 SBS stops at each airport terminal and in addition to our array of SBS machines, arriving air travelers are able to purchase MetroCards in the terminals upon their arrival at LaGuardia.

The introduction of Select Bus Service to the M60 will speed trips to LaGuardia and across 125th Street, an often congested thoroughfare that slowed bus rides to a crawl. Helping to create this faster service is the requirement that customers pay their fares prior to boarding using MetroCard or Coin Fare Collectors at the Select Bus Service bus stops along the route. The fare remains the same as a local bus.

This fare payment method is unique to SBS routes and allows customers to board through any of three doors without stopping at the fare box, greatly reducing dwell time at each stop. When paying at the collection machines, customers are issued a receipt which must be displayed upon request.

To make the trip even easier, customers are reminded to take advantage of MTA Bus Time, which enables them to use computers, or cell phones to keep track of the expected arrival of their bus.
And photos from introduction:

M60 Select Bus Service Arrives by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

M60 Select Bus Service Arrives by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

M60 Select Bus Service Arrives by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

M60 Select Bus Service Arrives by MTAPhotos, on Flickr

M60 Select Bus Service Arrives by MTAPhotos, on Flickr
 

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East River Skyway - aerial gondolas for New York

Since there is no specific thrad I'm posting here

The East River Skyway is a proposal for a multi-phase urban gondola to connect the growing residential and commercial corridors between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The proposal calls for an aerial transit system to be built out in stages, with the first line connecting the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. Subsequent lines might include a connection between Lower Manhattan, Dumbo, and Brooklyn Navy Yard, as well as a line threading between Midtown, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, and Williamsburg.

While an urban gondola might sound rather fantastical for Brooklyn—or all too fitting, depending on your read of the place—it's a transit option that's increasingly viable. Oregon Health & Science University operates and largely funds the Portland Aerial Tram, which ferries riders from Portland's South Waterfront neighborhood to the university's Marquam Hill campus. While that's the only other urban gondola system in the U.S., Frog Design sketched up a mass-transit gondola system for Austin called the Wire two years ago.

"Running subway lines under a city can cost about $400 million per mile," said Michael McDaniel, a designer with the firm looking to bring the gondola to Austin, in an interview with Marketplace. "Light rails systems run about $36 million per mile. But the aerial ropeways required to run gondolas cost just $3 million to $12 million to install per mile."

"Running subway lines under a city can cost about $400 million per mile," said Michael McDaniel, a designer with the firm looking to bring the gondola to Austin, in an interview with Marketplace. "Light rails systems run about $36 million per mile. But the aerial ropeways required to run gondolas cost just $3 million to $12 million to install per mile."


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"Running subway lines under a city can cost about $400 million per mile," said Michael McDaniel, a designer with the firm looking to bring the gondola to Austin, in an interview with Marketplace. "Light rails systems run about $36 million per mile. But the aerial ropeways required to run gondolas cost just $3 million to $12 million to install per mile."
 
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