TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: Tomorrow (October 29, 2013), the MTA will waive fares at R-train stations in Brooklyn and A-train stations in the Rockaways to “commemorate” the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and we’ve got four reasons why this is a really bad idea.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT: Several weeks of full-court-press lobbying efforts from elected officials and transit advocates have earned Bay Ridge and Sunset Park commuters a very small, temporary victory. Starting Monday – the first workday after the Montague subway tunnel closes for its 14-month construction project – ferry service will connect the 58th Street pier at the Brooklyn Army Terminal with slips in Downtown and Midtown Manhattan. But that service will only last for a month, while the Montague construction carries on until October 2014.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT: Enjoy that thru R-train service while you can, because it isn’t going to be there for much longer. On Friday night, shortly before midnight, the MTA will shut down the Montague Tunnel – the portion of the R-line route under the East River – to begin a long-term construction project to repair damage inflicted on equipment from Hurricane Sandy floodwaters.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT: Last Thursday morning, two straphangers jumped down to the subway track roadbed at the 77th Street station to pull another rider who had fallen onto the tracks to safety. Earlier this week, rescuers John Gearity and Richard McDonald were honored for their fast-thinking action with a state proclamation by State Senator Marty Golden.