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Source: Flickr/haagenjerrys

Source: Flickr/haagenjerrys

Once again, the MTA has announced plans to raise fares and tolls - this time by 2 percent a year for the next two years. The 30-day MetroCard will definitely jump from $112 to $116.50, but the MTA is deliberating on whether to raise the price of the single ride MetroCard to $2.75, or keep it the same, effectively eliminating the bonus on the 30-day card.

Here’s a chart via Gothamist:

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As you can see, both options kind of suck.

Fares on the LIRR and Metro-North will also see varying increases, as will bridge tolls – including the dreaded Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll, which may jump a dollar. You can read more about that on the MTA website. The MTA plans to make a decision in March after hearing from commuters next month.

If you’d like to tell the MTA to take their fare hikes and shove it, be at the Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, 2900 Campus Road (near the Flatbush junction), on Thursday, December 11. Registration is open from 5pm to 9pm. The hearing begins at 6pm.

Comments can also be submitted online through the MTA website, or by letter to MTA Government Affairs, 347 Madison Ave., New York, 10017.

Sheepshead Bay train platform. Photo by Roman Kruglov

Sheepshead Bay train platform. Photo by Roman Kruglov

B LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

Q LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Thursday, and from 9:45am to 2pm, Friday, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Q trains in Manhattan are rerouted via the D 6 Av line to/from the 57 St F station

F LINE

There are no subway service advisories scheduled at this time.

Photo by Mary Bakija

Photo by Mary Bakija

Q LINE

From 10:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 7am to 9pm, Saturday, and from 9am to 7pm, Sunday, Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd.

F LINE

From 9:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the M after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av.

  • To 57 St, take the Jamaica-bound F to the nearby 5 Av/53 St station. Or, transfer at 34 St-Herald Sq to an uptown N, Q, or R for service to nearby 57 St-7 Av.
  • To Lexington Av/63 St, take the Jamaica-bound F to Lexington Av/53 St and transfer to an uptown 4 or 6 to the nearby 59 St station.
  • To Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge, take the Jamaica-bound F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
  • From these stations, take a Coney Island-bound F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.
A car accident at Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue (Photo by  Tom Paolillo)

A car accident at Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue (Photo by Tom Paolillo)

BETWEEN THE LINES: Beginning last Friday, New York City motorists, and anyone passing through the jurisdiction, are required to drive at a leisurely 25 miles per hour on most streets or face the consequences. It’s even slower — though more fitting — at 20 mph near schools.

Kind of brings to mind the opening line from the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Feelin’ Groovy”: Slow down, you move too fast.

I’m a safety proponent, especially when I’m behind the wheel of a 2,000-pound vehicle. I drive more cautiously as I age, as I’m fully aware my response time has correspondingly diminished. Yet, I regularly see drivers carelessly and, occasionally, recklessly motoring along local streets, which is likely the principal intention for the speed limit reduction. And, ultimately, to save the lives of pedestrians and motorists.

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Source: DOT

Source: DOT

Starting tonight, there will be several nighttime closures on eastbound and westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway to accommodate construction. The work is part of the Seven Bridges Project, a renovation of the highway’s seven bridges and overpasses that began in 2009, and will continue through March 2015.

Bay Ridge Avenue (Exit 1)

At 11pm, the westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway at Bay Ridge Avenue (Exit 1) will be shifted right, to the newly completed section of the Belt Parkway Bridge at Bay Ridge Avenue. The two lanes of the eastbound roadway will remain in their current configuration. This traffic shift will allow for a work zone in the center of the bridge in order to begin the second stage of the bridge rehabilitation.

Source: DOT

Source: DOT

Gerritsen Inlet Bridge

Beginning tonight at 10pm, and continuing for approximately three weeks, overnight roadway paving will take place on both the eastbound and westbound Belt Parkway at the Gerritsen Inlet Bridge (between Exit 9 and Exit 11).  Closures will begin in the first lane at 10pm, followed by the second lane at 11:30pm. During the paving operation, one lane will remain open to traffic at all times, however delays should be expected. All travel lanes will re-open at 5am each morning, and all work will be completed in one direction before the opposite direction begins.

Work will be suspended for the holidays, on Friday, November 21, from 6am to 11:59pm, and again from Monday, November 24, 6am through Thursday, January 2, 11:59pm.

Source: Flickr/notarim

Source: Flickr/notarim

Happy Monday! There are a few changes to your daily commute this week. The southbound Q train is running express while the B going local–and the F line is screwy due to FasTrack work.

Here are the details:

B LINE

Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.
9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, November 12-14

Q LINE

Downtown Q trains run express from Kings Highway to Prospect Park.
9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, November 12-14
Take the B train for local service. Note: This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. Please call 511 for help with planning your trip.

F LINE

No F trains at B’way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway, and York St
Late nights, 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, November 10-14
Trains run via the A in both directions between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech. Free shuttle buses and D an J trains provide alternate service. Shuttle buses operate along two routes: 1. Between B’way-Lafayette St and East Broadway, stopping at 2 Av and Delancey St; and 2. between York St and Jay St-MetroTech.

These schedules will occasionally change, so check MTA.info for the latest updates.

Source: hannibal1107/Flickr

Q LINE

10:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Nov 7 – 10
Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

F LINE

There are no service adjustments scheduled at this time.

Source: peds.org

We don’t have these. But wouldn’t they be cool? (Source: peds.org)

A citywide speed limit reduction goes into effect tomorrow, November 7, dropping from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour.

Part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and make streets safer, the speed limit bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support over the summer.

The new 25 MPH speed limit will affect all streets in the five boroughs, except those where a different speed limit is posted. Speed limits on highways will remain the same, and some “big streets,” which the DOT says have been designed to accommodate faster speeds, will remain at 30 MPH. Other streets — like those near schools — may have lower speed limits posted.

Eighty-nine new speed limit signs arrived at the city’s sign shop in Queens today, and workers will begin installing them on bridges, highways, and at city borders–all the “gateways” of the city. Over 3,000 signs are set to go up in the next year, costing the city over $500,000.

Initially, some local politicians criticized the bill. Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents portions of Midwood, Flatbush, and Ditmas Park, argued it was too broad to implement citywide, while Councilman Mark Treyger, representing Coney Island and Gravesend, argued it would negatively impact working class people on their daily commutes. But no one is more furious than Denis Hamill, who suggested in a fiery Daily News editorial this week that road rage over the law may cause traffic deaths.

The NYPD vowed to use “discretion” while enforcing the law, but warned that anyone who exceeds the 25 MPH limit after today may be issued a summons.

Source: shveckle/Flickr

Q LINE

No service adjustments scheduled at this time.

F LINE

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the A from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St.

Source: kezze/Flickr

B LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

Q LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

F LINE

From 10:30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, F service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 179 St and Avenue X.
  2. Between Avenue X and Coney Island, every 20 minutes.
    • To continue your trip, transfer at Avenue X.

From 10:15am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Avenue X-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

From 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, F trains run local in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and 71 Av.

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