We mentioned FASTRACK in December, and how it will be coming to affect Queens – actual construction won’t be happening in Queens, but your ability to get into the city will be affected by construction that is shutting lines down in the city. Not sure what this whole FASTRACK business is? For the practical among us who are interested in the bottom line, it means no N,Q or R service in Manhattan from 10pm to 5am starting tonight and ending the morning of Saturday, February 2. (more…)
NY 1 reported on another step toward normalcy in southwestern Queens, which got hit hard during Hurricane Sandy – the return of the A train to Howard Beach, which allows for easier transit access for those on the Rockaway peninsula. Trains started back up at 7:42am on Sunday, ahead of schedule (8am was the scheduled start time).
Image source: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin
We saw that the MTA posted a fascinating set of photos to their Flickr account of the workers bringing trains to the Rockaways. This is their official description for the photos:
On November 6, 2012, employees from MTA New York City Transit loaded subway cars onto flatbed trucks for transportation to the Rockaway Peninsula. The cars will be used to create shuttle trains that will operate on the A Line in the Rockaways until full service can be restored.
Additionally, here are a couple of other very useful links.
Transit Tracker – keep up to date on the dynamic nature of getting public transit back on line.
Astoria NYC Recovers – “This is a recovery organizing site for New York’s Astoria neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The site allows people to offer/request assistance, and is coordinated by the folks at Occupy NYC and community organizations on the ground.”
Do you know other resources in this vein? Let us know in the comments, twitter, or Facebook, and we’ll include them here.
As you are no doubt aware, we’ve got a hurricane nipping at our heels. Hurricane Sandy is on its way here and it looks bad – and it will become even worse because it’s scheduled to have a meetup with a Nor’easter – the collision of these two storms have caused some weather folks to nickname the whole thing, “Frankenstorm” – this is ironic especially since we are so close to Halloween. “Turduckenstorm” has also made an appearance as well – a storm within a storm.
The NY Post wrote a piece about the continuing local resistance to changing established subway signs. New Yorkers love the old signs – what they say, not necessarily their appearance – that might not even be totally accurate anymore. The MTA attributes it to strong neighborhood identity. According to MTA spokesman Charles Seaton, “Anytime we have tried to change the name, community residents have objected. Keeping the original name of a station maintains a historic link that is important to a lot of folks.” (more…)