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  1. Electrification is 600 volts third rail for everything except the light rail. The "BRL" and Second System both have the same loading gauge (maximum car length 67') and standard track gauge (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in). Second System trains are optimized for crowding so they have more doors per car than the other divisions but otherwise can run anywhere on the network that uses standard gauge. The MFL and Light Rail divisions both use Pennsylvania Trolley gauge (5 ft 2 1⁄4 in) except for the NHSL which is also standard gauge.
  2. It's been a while folks but no I have not forgotten about this thread lol... More in depth posts to come, but for now a brief summary of some changes I've made to my SEPTA system: The Rapid Transit division has been split into smaller subdivisions for service delivery purposes. They are as follows: Market-Frankford: Market-Frankford Line Broad/Roosevelt/Lindenwold (BRL): Broad Street Local Broad-Ridge Express Roosevelt Blvd Local Roosevelt Blvd Express Lindenwold Line (former PATCO High Speed Line) Second System: Fifth-Passyunk Line Parkway-Gloucester Line South Street-Glassboro Line South Street-Moorestown Line Light Rail (LRT): Subway-Surface Trolleys Route 15 (and all future light rail in the city) Suburban Trolleys (101/102/103/104) Norristown High Speed Line -------------------------------------------------------------------------- As for rolling stock, I have rationalized that somewhat for parts standardization. All new trains will have open gangways. The Market-Frankford uses 51' cars with 3 doors, starting with two three car sets and expanding to two five cars sets. The BRL division uses 67' cars with 3 doors. The Broad Street local and all Roosevelt Blvd services use 6 car sets with an "urban" fully longitudinal seating layout and the Broad-Ridge Express uses 4 car sets with an "urban" fully longitudinal seating layout. The Lindenwold Line (former PATCO) uses 6 car sets with a "suburban" mixed longitudinal and transverse seating layout (similar to the London Underground S8 stock) The Second System uses a third fleet of 60' cars with 4 doors. Two four car sets make a full train, with a fully longitudinal seating layout (similar to NYCTA NTTs) Light rail vehicles are three section articulated vehicles, roughly 80' in length, with two full size two pane doors near the center of the car and a single pane door at each end directly behind the operators cab. City cars have mostly longitudinal seating while suburban cars have mostly transverse seating. NHSL cars have not been designed at this time.
  3. The two main faces of transportation on Staten Island are seen here at Eltingville station. 8605, a 2019 Novabus LFS, is on the S79 SBS to the Staten Island Mall and 2616, a 2015 Prevost X3-45, is on the SIM1 to Eltingville Transit Center.
  4. The first two buses, 4950 and 4951, have entered service today. 4950 has plate BC 3997 and 4951 has plate BC 3998 (photos by the MTA)
  5. If there were themes for feature photo submissions, this post's would be the blowing winds of change... First, we have brand new 2019 XE60 4950 traveling down Lexington Avenue at 68th Street about to pass under the Hunter College skybridges on a driver training run. The MTA has three of its 15 XE60s on property and while they've yet to see passenger service, they're earmarked for M14 SBS service on the new highly popular 14th Street busway. Also the MTA began a large fleet swap this Wednesday with Coney Island's R160s being transferred to Jamaica and Jamaica's R46s transferred to Coney Island to support the coming implementation of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) on the Queens Blvd Line. As it stands now, two R46 sets have been in regular service at Coney Island on the G, N and W lines this week. Seen here are two R46 N trains at 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens and 8th Avenue in Brooklyn's Chinatown respectively. (I had a very hard time trying to choose between the two images so I'll let the mods pick lol)
  6. Recently reassigned from MTA New York City Bus to MTA Bus as a result of the purchase of new Xcelsiors and the retirement of the remaining RTS's, 2005 Orion VII Hybrid 6545 turns from Woodhaven Blvd onto Queens Blvd while operating on the Q21 route.
  7. An impromptu photo op at Neck Road station of the Brighton line during this year's Parade of Trains event produced this shot of "BU" elevated cars from 1907, R33 World's Fair cars from 1963 (in their original livery) and an in service Alstom R160 (Q) train from 2008.
  8. With the ongoing delivery of New Flyer XHE60 articulated buses, we can now roll out the Better Bus program to Routes 21 and 42 which will be converted to articulated buses. As with the new Nova Bus LFSA buses on Route 33, these buses have three doors and support all door boarding with SEPTA Key validators at each door. The press release/brochure text is in the spoiler to save space
  9. Ex. Grand River Transit 1998 Orion 06.501 534, now privately owned, takes a spin in the Big Apple and is seen here in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn
  10. Two photos today: MTA New York City Bus 2887, a 2002 Motor Coach Industries D4500, turns off Vesey Street onto West Street in Lower Manhattan after making its last pick up stop at Brookfield Place on an Eltingville bound SIM7 to Staten Island. MTA New York City Bus 4272, a 2009 Orion VII Next Generation Hybrid, travels up Madison Avenue in Murray Hill on a Harlem bound M1. This bus is of note because it was transferred from Staten Island to Mother Clara Hale depot in Select Bus livery and ran in Manhattan with that livery for about two weeks; it is now unwrapped.
  11. A 42nd Street Shuttle train departs Times Square on track one heading east to Grand Central. The MTA has announced that it will undergo a renovation of the shuttle that will make Times Square an ADA accessible station built further east in the tunnel on a straightway and extend shuttle trains to 6 cars. The current platforms at Times Square will be filled in and become part of the transfer passageway to the other parts of the complex and all of track 3 of the shuttle will be abandoned. The first phase of construction begins the night of August 16th with the temporary closure of Track 1.
  12. As part of a rather large turnover of the MTA bus fleet in 2019, the 2010 Novabus LFSA's that served the M15 Select Bus Service since its inception are being displaced back into local service. The first two photos are of 1244, which has been transferred to Tuskegee Airmen Depot and is seen running southbound on Lexington Avenue as an M101 to 6th Street in the East Village. The third photo is of the replacements for the 2010 LFSAs; 2019 XD60s from New Flyer. 6144 is seen here heading south on Pearl Street to South Ferry.
  13. Faster, more frequent and more reliable service comes to Bus Route 33 on August 5th New three door articulated buses, all door boarding, transit signal priority, new bus lanes and better bus stop spacing will improve the passenger experience For passengers on Bus Route 33 this means: New articulated buses with 3 doors and all door boarding With the delivery of new 3 door articulated buses (that run on biodiesel which is cleaner for the environment), we now have enough buses in service to implement all door boarding on Route 33. Passengers with a SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Cards and Quick Trip single ride tickets can enter through any door and tap their card on the reader at each door to pay the fare. Passengers using cash must enter through the front door and pay at the farebox. The farebox will dispense a Proof of Payment receipt. Keep this with you as it is your proof that you paid your fare. Fare enforcement officers will make spot checks on board buses. Simply display your SEPTA Key card, contactless card or smart device, limited use Transit Card, Quick Trip single ride ticket or Proof of Payment receipt to a fare enforcement officer upon request. Passengers who have not paid their fare will have to pay a higher penalty fare and may also be issued a citation. Transit signal priority and dedicated bus lanes Route 33 buses will move through the streets more quickly through the use of Transit Signal Priority, which holds green lights longer or shortens red lights as buses approach them and new dedicated bus lanes on Market Street, JFK Blvd, 19 Street and 20 Street, which allow buses to move more quickly through congested streets. This will cut travel times for Route 33 passengers and get them to their destinations more quickly. The new articulated buses in operation on Route 33 are equipped with front and side facing cameras and can enforce bus lanes and issue tickets in real time. Please do not block the lanes. Improved bus stop spacing The Route 33 will continue to serve Penn's Landing, Center City, Fairmount and Tioga. However some bus stops have been removed, consolidated and/or relocated to improve reliability along the route and move buses more quickly. As part of the stop consolidation, we will be installing bus countdown clocks at all Route 33 stops and adding more bus stop shelters to the busiest stops along the route. More frequent service and improved connections to other routes The Route 33 is an important part of SEPTA's Frequent Bus Network, which means buses will arrive every 15 minutes or less Monday though Friday from 6 AM to 9PM. On weekdays, Route 33 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 7 AM, every 7 minutes or less between 7 AM and 9:30 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, every 7 minutes or less between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM, every 12 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight. On Saturdays, Route 33 will operate every 15 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 10 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight. On Saturdays, Route 33 will operate every 20 minutes or less between 6 AM and 9 AM, every 12 minutes or less between 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM, every 15 minutes or less between 6:30 PM and 9 PM and every 20 minutes or less between 9 PM and Midnight. Route 33 buses will continue to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also effective on August 5th, most Route 33 buses will be extended from 23rd-Venango loop to Wayne Junction Regional Rail station via Hunting Park Av and Clarissa Street, which will allow Route 33 passengers to connect with Regional Rail at Wayne Junction station and Bus Routes 2, 23, 53 and 75. Some buses will continue to terminate at 23rd-Venango loop during peak periods. Please check the destination signs and listen to announcements on the bus to ensure you are on the correct bus. All of the new articulated buses on Route 33 will announce the destination of the bus as the doors open and announce all the stops the bus makes along the route and are equipped with electronic screens inside the bus which list out the next stops. Plan your trip on the new, improved Route 33 Use the SEPTA App Chose "Nearby Stations & Stops" or click the bus icon and enter "33" or "route 33" Call 215-580-7800 or text "33" or "route 33" or a bus stop ID to 41411 (standard text message rates may apply) Tweet us @SEPTA_SOCIAL and follow @SEPTA for alerts and other information. We plan to bring similar improvements to routes 17, 18, 21, 42, 52, 54, 60 and G soon as more new buses are delivered, more bus lanes are painted and transit signal priority is installed at more intersections.
  14. The MTA's rehabilitation project on the Sea Beach line in Brooklyn finally concluded on July 1st. Seen here is a train of R68A cars on a Manhattan bound N train at 8th Avenue
  15. 1. A Staten Island Railway train, made up of R44 cars, approaches Eltingville station on its way to St. George Ferry 2. 8606, a 2019 LFS travels south on Richmond Avenue on an extended S59 trip to Tottenville 3. 4691, a 2010 Orion VII Next Gen recently transferred to Manhattan from Queens in the wake of the RTS's retirement, heads south on 7th Avenue on the M20 to South Ferry.
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