Today’s Headlines

  • Looks Like de Blasio Has Decided to Water Down Waste Carting Reforms (Crain’s — Paywall)
  • 6 Hurt When Cab Drivers Collide, Sending Car Onto Chelsea Sidewalk (NBC, NewsABC, NY1)
  • What F/G Riders Can Look Forward to When the L Shuts Down (Voice)
  • Nice TransitCenter Piece on Diversity, and Lack Thereof, on Transit Boards
  • Michael DenDekker Wants DOT to Get to Work on Northern Boulevard Upgrades (QChron)
  • When Children Have to Be “Rescued” From Your City’s Streets, Your Streets Are Broken (News)
  • Raging Cop Charged for Assaulting Another Motorist Keeps Job (Post, BK Paper)
  • Sleeping Ambulette Driver Crashes in Pelham Bay, Injuring 17 Passengers; NYPD: Legal! (Bx Times)
  • Motorist Backs Onto Sidewalk, Into Storefront on Riverdale Avenue (Press)
  • What Driving Everywhere Does to the Soul (Advance 1, 2)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    My prediction: while cutting F service in Brooklyn, to free up cars, they will also run it express, to free up track space. You might even see some Fulton Street trains run on 6th Avenue to Queens.
    Which brings another line into play — the R. F service has gotten so bad that I switch to the R at fourth avenue and then the D/N at Pacific frequently, if the G comes first. If all the Fs run express and there are fewer of them, more people will do so, because crowding on the F will become hellish.
    Regardless, at some point the former L train riders are going to try to get to Manhattan. The more spread out it is the less harm in any one place. I’m not sure whether the risk of a mass casualty event due to platform crowding is more if they spread out — with more places for it to occur — or if they don’t.

  • Vooch

    “..6 Hurt When Cab Drivers Collide, Sending Car Onto Chelsea Sidewalk…”

    ( the photo is from another incident, but you get the idea )

  • sbauman

    They would be better off short turning the extra G trains at Bedford-Nostrand. This would not add to the unbalanced merge problems with the F and would also reduce the number of subway cars required for the additional service.

  • Jason Weiss

    Could they move the F to the express tracks and leave the G on the local tracks. Since the G is isolated, you could even run the G on the opposite track as normal (on the left side instead of the right). to allow some trains at rush hour to reverse out of Bergen St and continue on the F. You might even be able to do the same at the other end to have some reverse at queens plaza and continue. (Though there may be more capacity problems there.)

  • Larry Littlefield

    It wouldn’t get those heading to Lower Manhattan to the A/C, however.
    Too bad the G isn’t connected to the Queens Boulevard and Culver lines in the other direction too. It could have been run in a loop.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    Giving up the F for the R? You masochist you!

  • Larry Littlefield

    On the way home you get some exercise changing at 4th and 9th, though I can’t run up all the stairs the way I did 15 years ago.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    Yes, the 81 step program.

  • sbauman

    It wouldn’t get those heading to Lower Manhattan to the A/C, however.

    The L doesn’t go to Lower Manhattan either. L riders wishing to go to Lower Manhattan must switch to another train. That train might be the new transfer from the G to the J/Z, which is included in the short turn.

    Too bad the G isn’t connected to the Queens Boulevard

    The M is the key. If the number of M’s were increased by 8 tph to 15 tph, then there would be balanced merges between the F/M and E/M. The extra M’s could be relayed at Queens Plaza. That would provide an additional 16 tph going into Manhattan (8 via the WB and 8 via 53rd St). It’s not quite a loop but provides the same functionality – more trips to Manhattan in either direction. The biggest impediment to this solution are TWU fumigation and terminal relief work rules at Queens Plaza.