2nd Phase of Second Avenue Subway Construction Delayed, Frustrating East Harlem Officials and Residents

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expressing dismay in a decision to delay construction on a new subway line.

The MTA announced that the second phase of the Second Ave. subway would be delayed beyond 2019.

The delay of that phase, which will stretch between 96th and 125th St. in Manhattan, outraged transit advocates and local officials. Construction on the second phase of the three East Harlem stations won’t start until 2020, despite assurances from de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo last week that it was on track.

Comptroller Scott Stringer said “promises have been broken,” as elected officials blasted the MTA for suddenly moving money out of the capital budget.

“This speaks so resoundingly of inequality,” said state Sen. Jose Serrano.

De Blasio on Thursday called for the delay and the MTA’s decision to cut $1 billion from its capital plan to be “reconsidered.” The mayor recently increased the city’s contribution to the MTA to a record $2.5 billion.

“Suddenly East Harlem gets cut out,” said state Sen. Liz Krueger. “It’s a bait and switch. I don’t even get it.”

A MTA spokesman said the phase was delayed because a tunnel boring machine wouldn’t be available. He added that time, not cash, is the real issue.

“If we had all the money in the world, we couldn’t have those tunnel boring machines moving by 2019,” said Adam Lisberg.

Meanwhile, those who live and work in East Harlem must continue their frustrating commutes.

“I walk to Lenox every day, back and forth 20 minutes,” said resident Alexa Laiacona.

“It would be helpful to have a station right here instead of walking two miles,” said Eric Barbosa.

The first phase of the Second Avenue subway, from 63rd St to 96th St, is slated to open next year.

MTA Service Bump Next June Won’t Keep Up With Growth in Subway Trips

Talk about running in place: At current growth rates in subway ridership, the service increases that NYC Transit is promising to roll out next June will probably be used up by April.

That doesn’t mean the increases are a bad idea, of course. Rather, it underscores the need for transformational increases in subway capacity, rather than incremental moves like the bump announced by the MTA last Friday.

Here’s the deal: Annual subway ridership increased every year from 2009 to 2014. (Data for 2015 aren’t in yet.) The 11 percent rise, to 1.75 billion trips last year from 1.58 billion in 2009, works out to an annual average increase of 2.1 percent. There are now 6 million subway trips on a good weekday, with some 90 percent of those trips, or 5.4 million, happening between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Just a single year’s growth, at 2.1 percent, amounts to 113,000 rides during that 15-hour peak.

By comparison, the 36 additional trains that NYC Transit intends to run on weekdays — 10 on the 1/2 line, six on the A/C/E, six on the J/M/Z, and 14 on the 4/5/6 — will add room for 45,900 additional passengers (multiplying 36 trains by 10 cars per train by 127.5 riders per car). Throw in 5,000 to 10,000 more spaces for the greater frequency promised on the 42nd Street Shuttle, and the total gain in capacity reaches 55,000 — enough to handle a mere six months’ worth of ridership growth.


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Second Avenue Subway Progress Versus Rest Of The World

The Europeans love their trains, but as station managers, they face nothing like the Japanese challenge: Shinjuku Station in Tokyo sees some 3.6 million souls pass through its doors on an average day — more than the entire sum of daily passengers on the London Underground. Shinjuku Station, even more so than Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof, conforms to the famous, frequently cited, and even more frequently ignored advice given by Metro de Madrid boss Manuel Melis Maynar on the subject of building efficient transit systems: “Design should be focused on the needs of the users, rather than on architectural beauty or exotic materials, and never on the name of the architect.”

The “starchitect” is almost always and everywhere the enemy of the public good, but American public planners, keenly aware that despite its many charms Philadelphia is in reality no Paris, have a terrible weakness for celebrity architects and public grandiosity. Add in corrupt and inefficient U.S. municipal institutions and you end up with our current perverse situation: American cities frequently spend much, much more than their European counterparts on transit projects, but get a lot less for it.

Despite some technical problems, Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof opened five years after ground was broken; New York City’s Second Avenue subway line has been under construction since 1919, and no one knows when it will be fully operational. As Stephen Smith points out in Bloomberg View, the first two miles of the Second Avenue subway will cost $5 billion, and New York will spend at least $3.8 billion on a single subway station, designed by celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava. “If New York could build subways at the prices that Paris and Tokyo pay, $3.8 billion would be enough to build the entire Second Avenue subway, from Harlem to the Financial District,” Smith writes.

And if we expected form to follow function — or if we were simply to acknowledge that the world already has one Sydney Opera House — then Calatrava’s downtown subway station might seem to us superfluous. You be the judge.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426148/celebrity-worship-corrosive-influence-politics-archcitecture

FINAL: Comets 2 @ Sound Tigers 3 (OT)

The Utica Comets completed their three-in-three weekend with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Sunday evening at the Webster Bank Arena. The game came to an odd conclusion when it put the on-ice officials in a position where the results of a reviewed play in overtime would decide who won the contest. Ultimately, the referees waved off a potential Comets goal, which awarded the Sound Tigers the win.

Travis Ehrhardt (1-0-1) and Alexandre Grenier (1-0-1) scored for the Comets, while Joe Cannata made 25 saves in the loss.

Halfway through the first period the Comets struck first with Ehrhardt’s first goal of the season. From the corner, Linden Vey slid a backhand pass to Ehrhardt as he streaked in from the blue line. Ehrhardt chipped the puck over the blocker of Chris Gibson for his 10th career American Hockey League goal. Linden Vey extended his point-scoring streak to four games with the assist.

For the second time in as many nights the Comets allowed a 5-on-3 power-play goal. Ryan Pulock hammered a one-timed slap shot from just inside the blue line past Cannata. Joe Whitney added an assist on the goal for his league-leading 13th point.

One of the wackiest goals of the season gave the Comets the lead once again with 4:17 left in the second period when Andrey Pedan broke his stick on a slap shot attempt. With half the stick flying towards the net, Grenier redirected the off-target puck into the Sound Tiger’s net before Gibson could reposition himself. With the secondary assist, Taylor Fedun ran his point-streak to three games.

Once again on the power play, the Sound Tigers tied the game back up when Justin Vaive redirected a Pulock shot past Cannata.

In overtime, the Comets came out on the wrong end of a crazy play. A shot from Hunter Shinkaruk found its way behind the Sound Tigers’ goaltender. The Comets celebrated the would be game-winning goal. However, the referee immediately waved it off. A quick-thinking save from a Sound Tigers defenseman sprung Alan Quine on a coast-to-coast breakaway where he would score the game-winning goal.

The final play would be reviewed by the officials but the call on the ice stood.

The Comets power play failed to convert on three opportunities, and the penalty-killing unit killed just two of the four Sound Tigers’ power-play opportunities. The Comets were outshot 28-19, the fourth straight time they have been outshot.

With the loss, the Comets dropped to 3-4-1-0 on the season. The win improved the Sound Tigers record to 8-3-0-0.

The Comets return to the Utica Memorial Auditorium for a three-game home stand that starts on Wednesday, November 4 against the Portland Pirates. Puck drop is slated for 7pm.

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Albany Devils trick Utica Comets for win

The Comets’ futility against the Devils continued Saturday night as Albany cruised to a 6-1 Eastern Conference North Division victory at the Times Union Center in Albany. The Comets have lost all seven games they have played against the Devils.

Taylor Fedun’s second-period power-play goal was the lone tally for the Comets (3-4-0-0). Hunter Shinkaruk and Linden Vey each had an assist on Fedun’s goal and have a point in three consecutive games for the Comets, who were coming off Friday’s 7-5 victory over Binghamton.

The game was locked in a scoreless tie until Devils’ forward Ben Thomson wristed a shot past Comets’ goaltender Clay Witt with just 48 seconds left in the first period. Joseph Blandisi and Matt Lorito recorded assists on the game’s first goal.

Less than three minutes later the Devils doubled their lead when Blandisi forced a Comets turnover in their own zone and quickly fed Mike Sislo a pass in the slot. Sislo took two steps before he fired a shot past Witt for his team-leading fourth goal of the year.

The Devils made it 3-0 when they took full advantage of a 5-on-3 power-opportunity. After the team worked the puck around the zone, Lorito let loose a one-time shot from down low that rocketed past Witt’s glove for the team’s third goal of the game. Marc-Andre Gragnani and Sislo tacked on assists on the goal.

The Comets finally got on the board When Fedun’s slapshot on the power play rifled past Yann Danis for his second goal in as many games. Linden Vey and Shinkaruk recorded assists on the goal.

The Devils added to their lead once again with 8:08 left in the third. Off of a 3-on-1 odd-man rush, Thomson put a shot on net that Witt had an answer for. The rebound bounced to Ryan Kujawinski who tapped it into the net before Witt could get back into position.

Sislo added his second goal of the game when he pitchforked a backhanded shot over a sprawled out Witt, on a partial breakaway to extend the Devils’ lead to 5-1.

The scoring for the Devils mercifully ended when Blake Coleman chipped in a goal on a breakaway with 2:15 left in the game.

The Comets power play converted once on three opportunities, and the penalty-killing unit killed four of the Devils’ five power-play chances.

With the loss, the Comets dropped to 3-4-0-0 on the season. The win improved the Devils record to a 4-3-1-0.