Transit Issues

December, 2010

Today’s commute — enjoy new transfer from Lawrence Street R to the A/C and F at Jay Street

Transit: Brooklyn commuters will greet the new workweek with a new free transfer — but the $164-million question is whether anyone really needs it. Comments (7)

Nice quiet weekend on the rails

Weekend Watch: Here are the service changes affecting you this weekend (12:01 am, Saturday, Dec. 11 to 5 am, Monday, Dec. 13, unless otherwise noted). Comment

Minor inconveniences this weekend

Weekend Watch: Here are the service changes affecting you this weekend (12:01 am, Saturday, Dec. 4 to 5 am, Monday, Dec. 6, unless otherwise noted). Comment

November, 2010

More F-ing work

Weekend Watch: Big service changes for our F, G, A and C riders. You’re welcome. Comment

An ‘F’-ing nightmare

Weekend Watch: Big service changes for our F, G and C riders. You’re welcome. Comments (4)

The D-Q headache

Weekend Watch: Here are the service changes affecting Brooklyn this weekend (12:01 am, Saturday, Nov. 6 to 5 am, Monday, Nov. 8, unless otherwise noted). Comments (1)

Beep cash could get Fourth Ave F station back on track

Park Slope: A stalled plan to refurbish the dour Fourth Avenue F-train station — and perhaps jumpstart a renaissance of the roadway beneath it, too — is back on track, thanks to Borough President Markowitz. Comments (6)

October, 2010

Jay Street to drop ‘Boro Hall’ and add ‘Metrotech’

Downtown: It’s a new name for an old subway station. Comments (11)

One ‘L’ of a weekend! No train service to or from Williamsburg!

Williamsburg: This weekend, the “L” is for lousy. Comments (9)

September, 2010

MTA finally paints over its Jay St problem

Downtown: The entryway to the Jay Street train station is going from eyesore — to sight for sore eyes. Comments (1)

August, 2010

Diamond still rails for Brooklyn trolley route

Downtown: Another decade, another attempt to return streetcars to the borough that made them famous. Comments (6)

Diamond in the rough! Tunnel legend needs city help to dig for history

Downtown: Mrs. Transportation Commissioner, tear down this wall! Comments (5)

Ferry good news as city seeks more East River boats

Williamsburg: The city will start construction on a new Williamsburg ferry landing next month, a sign that long-troubled water taxi service may return to North Brooklyn — but underfunding by the city over the past few years has planners worried about the future. Comment

Vans are needed to fill gap

Perspective: Mayor Bloomberg recently announced a plan to facilitate livery group-ride van services to help the many thousands of New Yorkers scrambling to replace lost commuting options. The idea is a simple one: Passengers will pay $2 per shared ride — about the same as the bus and subway — and the communities hardest hit by transit cuts will be the first to receive the service. Comments (2)

Reject ‘Wal-Martization’ of transit

Perspective: For years, “dollar vans” have operated on the fringes of New York City’s transport system, picking up passengers primarily during rush hours when our buses were filled to capacity. In the 1980s and ’90s, scandals involving unlicensed and uninsured dollar van operators created a public backlash, resulting in the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s licensing crackdown. But even if licensed, “dollar vans” are not a solution to the city’s expanding need for more bus and subway service. Comments (8)

July, 2010

With the MTA, there’s plenty of blame to go around

Perspective: This week, rush-hour riders on the D and R trains — the section which runs through southern and Downtown Brooklyn — were packed in like sardines, while also having their wait times doubled. Comments (3)

The MTA is doing better

Perspective: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has had to make a series of difficult decisions to address our $800-million budget shortfall in 2010. Riders are feeling the pain of service cuts that went into effect this week, but it’s important to understand why these cuts are needed and what the MTA is doing to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible. Comments (2)

June, 2010

MTA service cuts make it a Monday from hell

Transit: Mass transit became mass confusion on Monday, as the most severe service cuts to the city’s transit system in 30 years took hold in Brooklyn, where 26 bus lines were restructured or eliminated, a subway line vanished, and service became slower and more crowded. Comments (12)

Straphangers, unite! Here’s what your fellow riders are saying

Transit: For commuters from Coney Island to Red Hook, Sunday was indeed bloody, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority enacted sweeping changes across the transit system, slashing service, reorganizing lines and eliminating some routes entirely in an effort to close a $800-million budget deficit. As the agency tries to get into the black, Brooklyn bus riders are expected to be red-faced: the borough is losing a whopping 298 bus stops out of 570 system-wide. Here’s how transit riders reacted. Comments (7)

Protestors: Save our vital (and always empty) bus lines!

Downtown: An MTA plan to cut a key Brooklyn-to-Manhattan bus line would leave disabled people stranded, handicapped people and their supporters charged on Tuesday afternoon. Comments (5)

MTA’s Jay Street paint chip disaster

Downtown: Agency spent $110 million to rehab Downtown’s busiest station, yet won’t finish the job with a little paint. Comments (6)

May, 2010

Tonight! L-train weeknight outages return!

Williamsburg: Better catch that midnight train to Bushwick — because there won’t be another one after it. Comment

More F ‘n’ G shuttles this weekend

Transit: The F and G trains will be quite a hassle again this weekend, as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues track work on the beleaguered lines for what may be months. Comments (1)

To B37 or not to B37 — it’s really not much of a question

Bay Ridge: To seniors, it’s a vital link to Downtown. To the MTA, it’s an easy way to save $3 million. Comments (1)

‘Shuttle’ diplomacy — again! Buses to replace F train this weekend

Transit: Shuttle buses will replace weekend F train service between Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn and Church Avenue in Kensington this weekend — the latest inconvenience along the troubled line. Comment

March, 2010

Unkindest cuts! Boro subways and buses are slashed by the MTA

Transit: Here’s our roundup of the damage. Comments (11)

Unkindest cuts! MTA makes its austerity plan official

Transit: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority ratified its slash-and-burn service cut package on Wednesday morning, hoping that Draconian bus and subway alterations will close a $383-million shortfall in the agency’s 2010 budget. Comments (8)

Lucky B13! MTA takes part of lightly used bus off scrap heap

Bushwick: The B13 bus has been saved — somewhat. Comment

MTA to Brooklyn: The cuts aren’t as bad as they were when they were really bad!

Transit: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has curtailed some of its Draconian transit cuts, including the Z train and a handful of bus lines, but now have their sights on curtailing nighttime service on Park Slope’s beloved B67, officials announced at Wednesday’s community meeting at the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1)

February, 2010

More reason to love snow! F and G trains will have normal service!

Transit: The snowpocalyptic blizzard of Friday has yielded another upside: G and F trains will run normally this weekend! Comment

F train shuttles — they’re baaa-aaack!

Transit: Just in case you weren’t frustrated enough with last year’s F train service, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is scheduling another round of weekend service cuts for 2010. Comments (3)

January, 2010

What if the G train gets worse?

Greenpoint: The MTA is planning huge service cuts, including worse service on the G train. Senior transit reporter Andy Campbell staked out Brooklyn’s much-maligned line to find out how riders will use all the extra time on the platform! With video … Comments (2)

Reason to R-ejoice for Ridge straphangers

Bay Ridge: Work has finally begun to overhaul the 86th Street R train station in Bay Ridge. Comments (3)

G whiz! Weekend service eliminated from Church Ave to Greenpoint

Greenpoint: Greenpoint was cut off from the rest of the city last weekend — and will be again for the next three weekends as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority eliminates service on the G train until Feb. 8. Comments (5)

Roofus: LIRR has ringed new terminal with coffins

Perspective: Our cartoonist weighs in. Comment

Bay Ridge to MTA: Stop dead

Bay Ridge: The neighborhood rallies to save its bus lines. Comments (5)

December, 2009

This new LIRR terminal is on a roll

Fort Greene: After nearly six years of construction, the new entrance to the Long Island Rail Road’s critical Atlantic Terminal at Flatbush Avenue is finally open to straphangers. Comments (23)

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