Nostalgia Train via MTA on Flickr
If you’re looking for fun outside of the neighborhood this weekend, and have a young (or old) train fan in your life, be sure to catch the MTA’s Holiday Nostalgia Train, running along the M line between 2nd Avenue and Queens Plaza on Sundays (10am to 5pm) through December 28.
The cars, originally in service between the 1930s and 1970s, ran along the lettered lines from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island and have everything from ceiling fans and padded seats to incandescent light bulbs and vintage advertisements.
It’s definitely a great (and inexpensive…there’s no admission outside of your normal subway fare) family activity to check out this holiday season.
For more information on the nostalgia train, and other special events taking place this month, visit the MTA website.
Photo via the MTA
- Christine Bush
Due to ongoing construction, there are major service changes on the B, Q and F lines until next Monday, December 1. Making things a little crazier this week is Thanksgiving on Thursday, when most buses and subways operate on a Sunday schedule – meaning no B service whatsoever on that day.
Until December 1: there are no B trains between Brighton Beach and Kings Hwy – take the Q instead. Additionally, there will be no service on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
All times until 5am Monday, December 1: there are no Q trains between Brighton Beach and Stillwell Av. Q service operates between 57 St-7 Av/Ditmars Blvd and Brighton Beach. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service, stopping at Brighton Beach, Stillwell Av, Ocean Pkwy and West 8 St.
All times until 5am Monday, December 1: there are no F trains between Avenue X and Stillwell Av. F service operates between 179 St and Avenue X. Free shuttle buses provide alternate service, stopping at Avenue X, Stillwell Av, Neptune Av and West 8 St.
In an image from the 1950s, the Rockaway Beach Rail Line used to run from Rockaway to Rego Park. Source: The Forum Newsgroup
THE COMMUTE: Now that Queens College has released its year-long study of the feasibility to rebuild and reactivate the long dormant Rockaway Beach Line between Rego Park and Howard Beach, momentum to reuse the line for transit purposes is gaining traction. The New York Daily News is now a supporter. Other alternatives include the building of a High Line-style park named “Queensway,” and doing nothing. According to the study, restoration would cost between $600 and $900 million and would generate as many as 500,000 daily riders.
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Track work (Source: MTAPhotos/Flickr)
Southern Brooklynites are set to have their commutes bungled for the next two weeks, as the B, Q and F lines all see major service suspensions in the area while the MTA replaces a critical track switch at West 8th Street.
For two consecutive weeks, beginning at 11:00pm tonight and lasting until 5:00am Monday, December 1, the following changes will be in effect.
- B trains will operate between Kings Highway and Bedford Park Boulevard only. For service between Kings Highway and Brighton Beach, riders will have to swap to a Q train at Kings Highway.
- Q trains will not operate between Brighton Beach and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in either direction. Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service at Stillwell Avenue, West 8th Street, Ocean Parkway and Brighton Beach stations.
- F trains will not operate south of Avenue X in either direction. Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service, stopping at Avenue X, West 8th Street, Neptune Avenue and Stillwell Avenue stations.
The suspension are in effect s.o that the MTA can replace a critical track switch just south of the West 8th Street station, necessary for the safe operation of trains along the Sea Beach (F line) corridor. The switch was installed in 1987. There will also be maintenance work that includes new track panels along the elevated structure, all as part of New York City Transit’s Capital Rebuilding Program.
“We appreciate the community’s patience as we complete this important switch replacement project, and necessary track maintenance work. Our goal is to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible,.” said NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco in a release.
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:
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
From 9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.
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
There are no subway service advisories scheduled at this time.
The famed Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which connects Queens and Manhattan. Source: Wikipedia
THE COMMUTE: In Part 1, we asked if the real purpose for the new 25 MPH speed limit is increased safety or increased revenue. If the city is as concerned with increased safety as much as it claims, let us look at some traffic safety hazards the city has not been paying adequate attention to.
It took more than two years to repair the lighting on the Belt Parkway between Flatbush Avenue and Knapp Street after Superstorm Sandy. Dark dangerous stretches of highways with non-reflective exit signs were a problem long before Sandy, and will continue to be a problem.
Street markings are allowed to virtually disappear before being repainted. Lanes mysteriously merge into each other without any notice, and left and right turn lanes appear out of nowhere, forcing motorists to try to switch lanes in heavy traffic or make a turn they didn’t want to make in the first place, and risk getting lost. These are accidents just waiting to happen.
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Photo by Mary Bakija
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.
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.
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:
Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.
9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, November 12-14
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.
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.
THE COMMUTE: The 25 mile per hour (MPH) default speed limit is now the law. What proponents of this legislation fail to realize is that with a 30 MPH speed limit, the average speed limit on city streets is only 20 MPH or less. A maximum speed limit of 25 MPH will bring the average speed limit down to 12 MPH in most cases. That means that your average automobile and truck trip (yes, we forget about trucks, don’t we?) will now take almost twice as long. That is if everyone complies, and of course few will.
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