Transit Issues

October, 2014

Mudder plucker! Downtown time capsule waterlogged

Downtown: A throng of onlookers who gathered to watch transit officials open a time capsule Downtown on Wednesday were disappointed when the capsule turned out to contain a pile of mud. Comments (5).

September, 2014

Death by F train

Park Slope: An F train struck and killed a man lying on the tracks between the Fourth Avenue–Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue F and G stations, backing up train traffic, FDNY and transit officials said. Comments (4).

Attempted Manhattan Bridge suicide closes span

Transit: A man threatening to jump off the Manhattan Bridge snarled car and train traffic between Brooklyn and Manhattan for an hour this morning. Comments (11).

Manhattan trans-gression: Beep fumes over terror-threat response

Transit: Borough President Adams blasted Mayor DeBlasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for snubbing Brooklyn when they took a short subway trip to emphasize that the subway system is safe from terror attacks, following word of a possible terror plot on Thursday. Comment.

His way is the high way

Williamsburg: A real estate executive is proposing a network of sky-scraping trams as a way to beat the crowded subway commute between waterfront Brooklyn neighborhoods and lower Manhattan. Comments (5).

R-ejoice! Montague Tunnel reopens

Bay Ridge: All aboard! Comments (3).

G-train pain again

Transit: The Brooklyn Local just can’t catch a break. Comments (1).

VIDEO: Motorist mutiny on Flatbush as drivers flout left-turn ban

Mean Streets: Talk about a hard left. Comments (35).

Councilman to MTA: Viaduct repairs have to run express

Park Slope: Here we go again. Comments (5).

Pols push MTA bedbug alert law

Transit: Bedbugs have been spotted on at least 14 subway cars in the past month — including Brooklyn’s N train — and a Bensonhurst assemblyman wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to sound the horn whenever the dreaded pests are found on a train or bus, but the state agency says there is no need to inform the public of when creepy crawlies are hitching a ride. Comments (1).

August, 2014

End of the line looms for free G transfer

Free the G: Pols and activists rallied to preserve the above-ground transfer from the Broadway G station to the Lorimer J and M station, which is set to disappear next week. Comments (10).

Save our seniors! Beep wants crossing guards to help oldsters

Mean Streets: Borough President Adams says making crossing guards full time, and having them help seniors cross the street will save lives. Comments (14).

Sand trap makes for risky detour

Mean Streets: Daring riders are making a dangerous move — on to Belt Parkway. Comments (6).

Bike-riding 101: Two-wheel safety class for newbies amid NYPD crackdown

Mean Streets: The Police Department is in the middle of a two-week crackdown on bike riders, so we figured we would drop in on a class to teach newbie cyclists the rules of the road. Comments (25).

Signal ahead! Bikers should have been taught this in pre-school

Mean Streets: Our primer on bicyclists hand signals. Comments (2).

Gear up: This bicycle hardware is required by cops

Mean Streets: Police could ticket you if you don’t get your bike up to code. Comment.

Flatbush bigs: Church Avenue station needs state intervention

Transit: The Q station is an unholy mess, politicians and business leaders say. Comments (14).

With liberty and G transfers for all

Free the G: G-train riders are getting used to the free Broadway-to-Lorimer transfer that is in place while transit crews repair the tunnel to Queens, and advocates say the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would be foolish to snatch it away. Comments (4).

Brake fast: Flatbush Avenue speed limit reduced to 25

Mean Streets: Brooklyn’s second-longest thoroughfare is getting the driver-pinching treatment this fall. Comments (36).

Smooth operation: Repaving for Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below promenade

Fixing the BQE: Brooklyn-Queens Expressway traffic will be snarled for the next few weeks as the city resurfaces the cantilevered section of the highway below the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Comments (2).

July, 2014

Ferry timely! G’point boat service restored as G’s Queens connection cut

Greenpoint: The city promises that Greenpoint ferry service is coming back this morning, hours after the G train’s Queens tunnel shutdown. Comments (2).

Ouch! Scaffolding plummets several stories onto worker

Gowanus: A construction worker was injured at the Smith–Ninth Street subway station in Gowanus on Wednesday afternoon when he was hit in the head with a section of falling scaffolding, transit officials said. Comments (6).

Pier-less! G’point ferry dock still busted, but city says fix is coming

Greenpoint: The owners of the Greenpoint ferry dock that collapsed into the East River last winter still have not repaired it but are promising it will be fixed in time for the stoppage of G-train service to Queens late this month, the city said. Comments (5).

June, 2014

Land ho! Free weekend ferry back in Red Hook

Red Hook: Red Hookers looking to take a day trip to Manhattan are in luck. Comment.

Paper wait! Smith-Ninth mosaic signs still cardboard after a year

Gowanus: The Gowanus station reopened with fake signage in April 2013 after a pricey, botched overhaul, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority still has not replaced the paper cut-out letters with actual tile. Comments (4).

Gap minded! G trains come faster, starting today

Transit: The wait isn’t over, but it is shorter. Comments (9).

More Q pain! Subway riders trapped on Cortelyou platform

Transit: A group of straphangers found themselves trapped on the Coney-Island-bound platform of a Flatbush subway station on Thursday morning after a train deposited them there despite that side being closed for repair work. Comments (4).

Stalled subway strands riders between Kings Highway and Downtown

Prospect-Lefferts Gardens: UPDATE: The third-rail problem that brought Manhattan-bound B and Q trains shuddering to a halt for four hours has been fixed. Click through to read all about the commuting nightmare. Comments (4).

May, 2014

Train sleuth to tell ghost-train stories at Transit Museum

Brooklyn Heights: This transit buff is digging deep to unearth the secrets of New York’s subway system. Comment.

G-train work means no night moves

Transit: The pain is coming into the station for night owls. Comment.

A few trains you won’t ‘C’ overnight next week

Transit: The pain is coming into the station for night owls. Comments (1).

April, 2014

City to Brooklyn Bridge neighbors upset by revamp plan: Deal with it

Downtown: The city is ignoring pleas from Brooklyn Bridge neighbors who asked to be spared a lane change that would bring bridge-bound cars closer to their doorstep. Comments (19).

February, 2014

Streetcar named expire! Trolleys trucked away from Red Hook are latest blow to rail dream

Red Hook: A train buff’s longtime dream of restoring streetcars to Red Hook went even further off the rails this past weekend when three of his beloved carriages went missing. Comments (22).

Bus, livery-cab crash bangs up straphangers at busy Downtown corner

Mean Streets: Ten people were injured, two seriously, when a livery cab driver smashed into a bus at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Extension shortly after noon on Feb. 4. Comments (12).

January, 2014

Traffic calming coming to Clinton Hill

Mean Streets: Clinton Hill drivers will soon be hitting the brakes. Comments (15).

City floats Ridge’s boat

Bay Ridge: The city is poised to extend the commuter ferry service from the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which is supposed to ease the pain of the truncated R train, for another three months, sources said. Comment.

Stop signs a go for G train

Transit: G train riders are seeing signs all over the place. Comments (5).

No night train: G quits running between Bedford and Church Avenue overnight this week

Transit: The G train is going to be even more of a pain for night owls this week. Comments (4).