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Image of Second Avenue Subway construction update on April 7, 2011, at the Launch Box. With the west tunnel excavation completed, workers operating the tunnel boring machine have begun mining the east tunnel. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority completed tunneling for the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway when a tunnel boring machine (TBM) reached the Lexington Avenue-63rd Street station, breaking into the existing tunnel. The completion of tunneling marks a major milestone in the $4.45 billion project that will provide service from 96th Street to 63rd Street as an extension of the Q train.

The TBM began its journey in March and completed the east (northbound) tunnel after making a tight, westerly curve into the existing 63rd Street Station. The tunnel will now receive the concrete lining, which provides the permanent tunnel structure. The work is part of the initial $392 million tunnels and shafts contract that was awarded in March 2007 to Skanska, Schiavone and Shea Tunnel Constructors, JV.

The 485-ton, 450-foot-long TBM used a 22-foot diameter cutterhead to mine 7,789 linear feet averaging approximately 60 linear feet a day. The average depth of the tunnel is 70 feet. During the first 200 feet, the TBM mined through ground which has been frozen, a technique which engineers employ to harden soil, or decomposed rock, enabling the excavation process.

The TBM began mining the 7,209 linear-foot west (southbound) tunnel in May 2010 from the launch box at 92nd Street and was then disassembled and pulled back to 92nd Street where it started its second run this spring to mine the east tunnel.

Work is currently underway to rehabilitate the Lexington Avenue-63rd Street station to accommodate the future Q extension. It will now take approximately three weeks to partially disassemble and pull back the TBM through the tunnel by locomotive. The TBM will be completely dismantled once it returns to the launch box and will be sent back to the contractor's facilities.

Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway will serve more than 200,000 people per day, reducing overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue Line and restoring a transit link to a neighborhood that lost the Second Avenue Elevated in the 1940's.

When Phase I is complete in December 2016, it will decrease crowding on the adjacent Lexington Avenue Line by as much as 13 percent, or 23,500 fewer riders on an average weekday. It will also reduce travel times by up to 10 minutes or more (up to 27 percent) for those on the far east side or those traveling from the east side to west midtown.

The line is being built in phases, with the Phase I of the Second Avenue Subway providing service from 96th Street to 63rd Street as an extension of the Q train, including three new ADA-accessible stations along Second Avenue at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets, and new entrances to the existing Lexington Avenue-63rd Street Station at 63rd Street and Third Avenue.

Further phases of the project will extend the line from 125th Street in Harlem to Hanover Square in the Financial District. The configuration of the tracks will allow for possible future extensions into Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Funding for this critical improvement to the MTA's transportation network is being provided by MTA local sources and federal ($1.37 billion) sources.

Photos will be posted later today at:

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After using the piss poor search engine on this site I have decide that I'll take a chance that this may not have been mentioned. Based on the date of the article it would appear this happened around the beginning of September to September 25th. HBO had a wonderfully brilliant advertising idea for their Boardwalk Empire show. They were able to secure the use of a circa 1917 subway. Through the various videos and photos I've seen fleet numbers 5292, 5290 5443 and 5483. All four of these cars are owned by Railway Preservation Corp. I think it's fantastic that these nearly 100 year old vehicles are still in such great working condition. I've seen several other videos that indicate this is not the first time these cars have been used, so I suspect that they are taken out to show off every once in a while for other special events etc. Here is an article I found from September 8th.

Some interior shots on someones flickr account. This is where I first learned of the Boardwalk Empire promotion.

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Here's a sadly poor recording in 4 parts on YouTube.

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The whistle in part for sounds good.

Exterior photo from Wikipedia.

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MTA Bus Operations Overview November 19, 2011

All Current Confirmed & Proposed Orders

385 New Flyer C40LF's

90 New Flyer DE60LFR's

90 New Flyer XD40's

90 New Flyer XD60's(Pending Acceptance)

90 MTS RTS Express Coaches(Pending Acceptance)

328 Nova LFSA's

66 MCI D4500CT Cruisers

90 Orion VII E10/3G's

90 Prevost X3-45 Commuter Coaches

74 New CNG's (Pending Award : Orion or New Flyer)

Regular Line-Haul Fleet

New Flyer C40LF : 40 Foot Low Floor CNG

Delivery In Progress

Preliminary Assignments

• 185-229: College Point

• 230-285: West Farms

• 286-319: Jackie Gleason

• 320-569: TBA

Novabus LFS Articulated : 60 foot diesel

Delivery In Progress

Preliminary Assignments

• 5770-5798 : West Farms

• 5799-5835 : Michael J. Quill

• 5836-5878 : Tuskegee Airmen (Formerly 100th St. Depot)

• 5879-5926 : Flatbush

• 5927-5941 : 126th Street

• 5942-5991 : Gun Hill

• 5992-6007 : Kingsbridge

• 6008-6097 : TBA

MCI D4500CT : 45 foot diesel Express Coaches

• 2251-2316 : TBA : Delivery scheduled to begin late 2012, and commence January 2013

Depot Assignments TBA

Confirmed upcoming orders & demonstrations. (Months shown reflect current award "due by" date.)

-December

Award order for 74 Standard 40 foot CNG buses for MTABC

-December

60-66 Express coaches. The first 48 buses are due to be delivered by late summer 2012, with delivery to be complete by December.

-January 2012

459 Standard 40 foot buses. 34 are for MTABC. This order is rumored to be for Orion VII E10 "3G" hybrids. I will post more information as it becomes available.

121 Express coaches. 32 are for MTABC. Delivery schedule TBA

-Februrary 2012

90 New Flyer DE60LFR's for Test & Evaluation

-March/April 2012 (Pending)

42.5 Foot RTS Express High Floor Demonstrator

-September 2012

99 Express Buses. Delivery schedule TBA

-November 2012 (Preliminary & Pending)

42.5 Foot RTS Extreme Low Floor Demonstrator

-December 2012

104 40 foot buses. Delivery schedule TBA

*The 40 Foot NovaBus LFS Battery Electric Demonstrator is due sometime in the early part of 2012 for evaluation.

*The 90 New Flyer Xcelsior artics are delayed, and now due to begin delivery by the end of 2013.

Note: All bus orders above have been confirmed. Dates of award, delivery schedule, depot assignments, and technical details all subject to change.

The Bus Test & Evaluation Program

Nova Bus TL-40102A

• 8000-8029: Castleton

• 8030-8059: Ulmer Park

• 8060-8089: Queens Village

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Photo Courtesy Above

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Orion 07.501 "3G" EPA10

• 7000-7029: Castleton

• 7030-7059: Ulmer Park

• 7060-7089: Queens Village

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Photo Courtesy T. Logan Jr.

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New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD40

• 4810-4839: Queens Village

• 4840-4869: Ulmer Park

• 4870-4899: Castleton

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Photo Courtesy R44 CNG @ NYC Transit Forums

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Prevost X3-45 Commuter Coach

• 2400-2449: Ulmer Park

• 2450-2464: Yukon

• 2465-2489: Charleston

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Photo Courtesy Curtis A. Roach

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New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60

• 1000-1029: Michael J. Quill Depot

• 1030-1059: Kingsbridge Depot

• 1060-1089: The Tuskegee Airmen Depot (100st Depot)

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Rendering Courtesy T. Logan Jr.

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New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60

• Depot Assignments & Fleet Numbers To Be Announced

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Rendering Courtesy T. Logan Jr.

Each of the three models in the 40' Bus Test & Evaluation Program will be equipped with EPA 2010 compliant Cummins ISL power plants. Each bus model will be subject to fuel economy and dynamometer tests, as well as specification compliance and performance testing.

Major areas such as fuel economy fleet availability, reliability, maintenance costs, and vendor responsiveness will be monitored for a 12 month period.

The results of the program testing will be incorporated into the evaluation criteria of a future RFP for the upcoming 40 foot diesel bus requirement.

The 45', and 60' BT&E programs will be carried out similar to the 40' program.

Main categories for the BT&E program include, but are not limited to:

Unit Costs

Performance

Fuel Economy/Emissions

Maintenance/Costs/MDBF

Unscheduled Maintenance

Major Subsystem evaluation

Optional Equipment evaluation

Driver response

Customer response

NY State build content

Novabus LFS $40,454,918 est.

-60 standard configuration($446,000), ZF Ecolife 6AP1200B, Carrier HVAC, hydraulic cooling system, and sealed beam headlamps.

-15 optional configuration($446,809), ZF Ecolife 6AP1200B, Carrier HVAC, electronic cooling system, and sealed beam headlamps.

-15 optional configuration($453,319), Allison B400R, Thermo King HVAC, hydraulic cooling system, and sealed beam headlamps.

-$40,261,830 for 90 buses.

-$67,240 for qualified testing, manuals, and diagnostic tools.

-$45,000 for tailpipe emission profile testing.

-$80,848 for training

*Delivery Complete

*Fleet 8000-8089

New Flyer XD40 $39,225,880 est.

-75 standard configuration($430,269), Allison B400R, Thermo King HVAC, hydraulic cooling system, LED headlamps, disk brakes

-15 optional configuration($446,809),Allison B400R, Thermo King HVAC, electronic cooling system, LED headlamps, disk brakes.

-$38,799,060 for 90 buses.

-$275,000 for qualified testing, manuals, and diagnostic tools.

-$45,000 for tailpipe emission profile testing.

-$106,820 for training

*Delivery in progress

*Fleet 4810-4899

Orion VII E10 "3G" $40,327,525 est.

-75 standard configuration($442,572), ZF Ecolife 6AP1200B, Thermo King HVAC, reciprocating compressor, S-cam brakes

-15 optional configuration($448,750),ZF Ecolife 6AP1200B, Thermo King HVAC, screw compressor, disk brakes.

-$39,924,150 for 90 buses.

-$287,315 for qualified testing, manuals, and diagnostic tools.

-$45,000 for tailpipe emission profile testing.

-$71,060 for training

*Delivery in progress

*Fleet 7000-7089

45' BT&E Program

Prevost X3-45 $50,708,201 est.

90 standard configuration, VOLVO D13 W/SCR 13L-435 HP, 1650 lb. ft. torque output (2250 NM) at 1100 rpm, Allison World, 4th Generation, 6-Speed Auto. Trans., MCC/Carrier HVAC, All-Wheel Disk Brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS), LED Stop, Tail, Marker Lights & Turn Signals.

-$49,950,946 for 90 buses @ $549,568 each

-$353,880 for structural integrity testing.

-$287,315 for qualified testing, manuals, and diagnostic tools.

-$45,000 for tailpipe emission profile testing.

-$71,060 for training

*Delivery in progress

*Fleet 2400-2489

60' Diesel-Electric Hybrid BT&E Program

New Flyer DE40LFR $645,000,000 rough est.

-90 standard configuration articulated buses. Allison B400R, Thermo King HVAC, hydraulic cooling system, LED headlamps, disk brakes

*Award expected soon

*Pilot expected first quarter of 2012

*Fleet 1000-1089

60' BT&E Program

New Flyer XD60 $204,132,000 est.

-90 standard configuration articulated buses. Allison H 50 EP, Thermo King HVAC, hydraulic cooling system, LED headlamps, disk brake

*Award expected fourth quarter 2012

*Pilot expected first quarter 2013

*Fleet Numbers TBA

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To those who want to know about the vin numbers for the C40LFs for the MTA, here are the ones for buses 185 and 230; the two pilot buses in the fleet.

185 5FYC4FB06BC038660

230 5FYC4FB08BC038661

If anyone has corrections to make about these buses, you can gladly post it if you want.

P.S. Those C40LFs being delivered, some of them I believe run on the Q64; my old hometown route back in Queens, NY after it was renumbered from the Q65A.

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I thought it looks like Yukon is getting the 1st batch of the Xe-45 coaches.........

Correct! Thanks for the reminder to change that.

To those who want to know about the vin numbers for the C40LFs for the MTA, here are the ones for buses 185 and 230; the two pilot buses in the fleet.

185 5FYC4FB06BC038660

230 5FYC4FB08BC038661

If anyone has corrections to make about these buses, you can gladly post it if you want.

P.S. Those C40LFs being delivered, some of them I believe run on the Q64; my old hometown route back in Queens, NY after it was renumbered from the Q65A.

Stalwart23

The C40's are making the rounds to all the College Point routes. To date, about 22 are in service. One of which is at the West Farms Depot.

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The 3G's have hit the scene! Last but not least! MTA now has every Orion model from the V to the VII in the fleet.

5 CNG

5 Diesel

6 Hybrid

7 Hybrid

7 NG Hybrid

7 E10 Diesel

Pending order for 74 Base, 30 option CNG, award expected December 2011. 3G or C40LF. My money is on 3G! Especially because the NG CNG's will be with Veolia now. This gives MTA a chance to evaluate the E10 layout, and have more buses built in New York. The current New Flyer order has an option 2 for 90 Buses. It would make sense for MTA to order the 104 Orions, and exercise the 90 New Flyers as C40LFR's.

MTA Long Island Bus 5, 7 NG CNG's

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Hello all, I was curious whether the MTA will run vintage buses for the holiday season. I quickly did a Google search and looked at the MTA press releases and found nothing :( thanks for any response

In an about face, MTA will operate the Vintage Bus Fleet out of Quill beginning December 12th.

So they have 30 and 35 foot Orions now too?? B)

What about the Orion 6 and 7 og/Ng/3G diesel??

The oriOn 6 hybrids are long retired too..

Don't even know why I'm entertaining this post....... But anyways, I'm going to ignore the first question.... And retired or not, they still own them, and have them on the property. One of which is now part of the Museum Fleet.

What about the 6 and 7 OG/NG/3G Diesel? What are you talking about? I changed the 3G to diesel, as hybrid was a mistake. They won't have any of those till next year.

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I was looking though some interior pictures of new york MCI highway coaches and I was wondering how do you ring the bell when there is no cord?

I assume it's a similar setup to our MCIs, there is probably a red "STOP" button in the reading light/air flow control panel above each row.

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I assume it's a similar setup to our MCIs, there is probably a red "STOP" button in the reading light/air flow control panel above each row.

Its true. MCI D4500 transit buses should have the red Stop button conveniently located above your when you sitting.

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Fleet assignments updated, and information added to reflect award of the new CNG order to New Flyer.

Regular Line-Haul Fleet

New Flyer C40LF : 40 Foot Low Floor CNG

Delivery In Progress

Preliminary Assignments

• 185-229: College Point (45)

• 230-265: Jackie Gleason (36)

• 266-319: West Farms (54)

• 320-490: Jackie Gleason (171)

• 491-520: Spring Creek (30)

• 521-569: College Point (49)

• 570-599: Spring Creek (30)

• 600-643: College Point (44)

644-672: Option if awarded (30)

Novabus LFS Articulated : 60 foot Diesel

Delivery In Progress

Preliminary Assignments

• 5770-5785: Kingsbridge (16)

• 5786-5814: West Farms (59)

• 5815-5851: Michael J. Quill (37)

• 5852-5894: Tuskegee Airmen/100th St. Depot (43)

• 5895-5942: Flatbush (48)

• 5943-5957: 126th Street (15)

• 5958-6007: Gun Hill (30)

6008-6097: TBA (90)

MCI D4500CT : 45 foot high floor diesel express coach

Delivery scheduled to begin late 2012, and run through January 2013

• 2251-2316 : Depot Assignments TBA

Test & Evaluation Fleet

Nova Bus TL-40102A : 40 foot low floor Diesel

Delivery Complete

• 8000-8029: Castleton (30)

• 8030-8059: Ulmer Park (30)

• 8060-8089: Queens Village (30)

Orion 07.501 "3G" EPA10 : 40 foot low floor Diesel

Delivery In Progress

• 7000-7029: Queens Village (30)

• 7030-7059: Ulmer Park (30)

• 7060-7089: Castleton (30)

New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD40 : 40 foot low floor Diesel

Delivery In Progress

• 4810-4839: Queens Village (30)

• 4840-4869: Ulmer Park (30)

• 4870-4899: Castleton (30)

Prevost X3-45 Commuter Coach : 45 foot high floor Diesel express coach

Delivery In Progress

• 2400-2439: Yukon (40)

• 2440-2489: Ulmer Park (50)

New Flyer DE60LFR Articulated : 60 foot Diesel-Electric Hybrid

Pending Contract Award

• 1000-1029: Michael J. Quill Depot (30)

• 1030-1059: Kingsbridge Depot (30)

• 1060-1089: The Tuskegee Airmen Depot/100st Depot (30)

New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60 Articulated : 60 foot Diesel

Pending Successful Completion of Shaker Test & Contract award

• 1100-1129: TBA (30)

• 1130-1159: TBA (30)

• 1160-1189: TBA (30)

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Thanks for the update! NYC is certainly an interesting place to be right now with the various new models showing up. I wonder if down the road when the evaluations are complete the MTA will standardize their fleet, or if they will keep ordering of every model that performed adequately. I guess that give the sheer size of their fleet, they're not as handicapped by fleet heterogeneity as smaller authorities could be.

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