Transportation

M14 Bus Route Change Meets Resistance on the Lower East Side

Posted April 11, 2019 at 5:03 am

Come June, the bus landscape on the Lower East Side will totally change. This is when Department of Transportation and the MTA implement a drastic change to the M14 bus route, which could have significant repercussions. The proposal is christening a Select Bus Service plan for the M14A and M14D to speed up service along […]

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Digital Subway Swipe Scanners Spotted at Broadway–Lafayette Station

Last modified April 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

The future is now. MetroCard swipes are gradually transitioning to contactless paying, twenty-five years after the former was first introduced. We spotted the addition of Cubic-branded digital readers mounted to turnstiles in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. Not yet ready for primetime, though, with a “coming soon” teaser message. EV Grieve also noted the arrival of […]

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Tell the MTA How You Feel About Changes to M14 Bus Route

Posted April 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

In two months, Department of Transportation and the MTA will drastically change the M14 bus route. It’s a new Select Bus Service plan that will eliminate several “local” stops along the line. Local politicians subsequently blasted the proposed changes to the crosstown bus line. They demanded supplemental local service similar to the M15 route along […]

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Could the Empty Newsstand at 2nd Avenue F Station Become Vending Machine?

Posted March 28, 2019 at 5:03 am

The newsstand nestled on the mezzanine level of the 2nd Avenue F station is dark. Shutters are drawn, as the last operator apparently went out of business months ago. Now, the MTA seeks another newsstand vendor to helm the spot, situated on the Allen Street entrance of the subway stop. A torn poster advertises “retail […]

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City Council Bill Hikes Fines on LED Billboard Barges

Posted March 27, 2019 at 5:04 am

It’s a day of reckoning for the fleet of floating billboards. City Council is mulling a new bill to increase fines on the LED barges, advertising which officials believe to be illegal under zoning code. These floating billboards first started appearing in the New York waterways last October. It’s an intrusive 60-foot screen that usually […]

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Tensions Mount as L-Train Construction Zone on 14th Street Reduces Hours

Posted March 19, 2019 at 5:02 am

The roadway of East 14th Street between Avenue B and First Avenue has been a construction zone for months, emitting plumes of dust and constant noise (and mysterious ooze). At work is an L train entrance at Avenue A, elevators on the north and south sides of 14th Street, as well as a new substation […]

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Should NYC Install ‘Zombie Traffic Lights’ to Battle iZombies?

Posted March 7, 2019 at 5:04 am

As the plague of iZombies continues to spread and infect unabated, cities are forced to adapt to this relatively new reality. The phenomenon of staggering human beings sucked in by the glow of white light from their smartphones. At the expense of the world at large. Enough to cause headaches for sidewalk denizens, and even […]

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Essex Crossing KO’s Delancey Street Subway Entrance

Posted February 21, 2019 at 5:02 am

Beginning next week, straphangers will do without the southeast entrance to the Delancey Street subway station (at Essex). The temporary closure is due to subterranean construction for Essex Crossing. According to the community notice posted to the stairwell by Site 2 contractor T.G. Nickel, access is restricted for 95 days starting February 27. The three-month […]

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After Years of Construction, this M103 Bus Stop Finally Returns to the Bowery

Posted February 13, 2019 at 5:09 am

The bus stop is back and it’s better than ever, hey-la, the bus stop is back. On the Bowery, that is. It took about three months of cage-rattling by neighbors before the city finally reinstated the northbound M103 bus stop on the Bowery, just north of Delancey. The new signpost was installed in the sidewalk outside […]

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Two Weeks After Bowery-East Houston is Repaved, Digging Resumes

Posted January 4, 2019 at 5:05 am

Now, this was downright predictable. No sooner did the city complete and cap roadwork in the Bowery-East Houston intersection than another work crew start digging anew. It’s only been two weeks since this leg of the reconstruction project wrapped and received a new layer of asphalt. Just goes to show the apparent lack of coordination […]

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