Transportation

Citywide Ferry Expansion To The Bronx Will Skip Major Hub

For thousands of residents of the East Bronx and transit deserts of Soundview, Castle Hill, and Throggs Neck, the much-anticipated expansion of ferry service scheduled to begin in 2018 can’t arrive soon enough.

The ferry, which will cost the same as a subway ride, will whisk commuters from Soundview to Wall Street in just 43 minutes inclusive of two stops on the Upper East Side (East 90th and E 62nd Streets).

The problem is that it will skip 34th Street, which currently serves the existing East River Ferry service, and go straight to Wall Street/Pier 11. Meanwhile, the new Astoria and Lower East lines will have access to this important midtown hub.

Bronx Residents Fearful Treacherous Stretch of Road Will Lead to Fatalities

For several years, Bronx residents—along with Community Board 10 and the City Island Civic Association—have been begging for New York City to fix a hazardous stretch of Shore Road which goes from the Pelham Bay Landfill and into Westchester County.

Water—whether groundwater or from a water main (determination has yet to be made)—not only creates crater-like potholes but also freezes over over in the the winter forcing drivers to swerve and veer into the opposite lane of this two-lane road to avoid the potholes and patches of dangerous ice.

MTA Reveals Possible Subway Cars of The Future

We won’t be seeing them anytime soon and at the very earliest only 2, ten car prototypes will be ordered for delivery by 2020—ish. That ‘ish’ means we probably won’t see them anytime soon until perhaps 2025 or beyond given the MTA’s track record with advancing technology.

But the future will be interesting and looks like New York City is on pace to joining the rest of the modern world by testing articulated subway cars that will be just one long, open train from end to end where passengers can roam freely.

3 Bronx Subway Stations To Get Elevator Access In Proposed MTA Capital Program

For decades, residents have been demanding that the MTA restore elevator service that was once available at 149th Street and Grand Concourse on the 2, 4,and 5 subway lines—the borough’s 4th busiest with 4,536,888 riders in 2014 which saw a 2.5% increase from the prior year.

Now, in the MTA’s proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program, 149th Street and Grand Concourse, along with Bedford Park Boulevard and Grand Concourse on the B and D line, and Gun Hill Road on the 5 Dyre Avenue line, stand a chance at finally getting elevator access at these critical locations in our borough—if approved.