Issues: Transportation

Lost link, disrupted lives

Closure leaves few options for users of Champlain Bridge    By BRIAN NEARING, Times Union Staff writer

First published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009  CROWN POINT -- Harvey and Geraldine Wood sat in their parked SUV, looking out Monday at the closed Champlain Bridge and into Vermont. There, about 25 miles away in Middlebury, their seriously ill son is in a nursing home. And the way to see him just got a lot longer, time consuming and more expensive.

October 20, 2009
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Montreal-New York City high-speed rail a priority for Quebec

By DAN HEATHPress Republican Staff WriterOctober 20, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — High-speed rail service between Montreal and New York City is one key way to make North America's first green transportation corridor.

Pierre Arcand, minister of international relations for the government of Quebec, said that was one of the topics of discussion when Quebec Premier Jean Charest and New York Gov. David Paterson met two weeks ago.

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October 20, 2009
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Vital bridge at Crown Point closed

By LOHR McKINSTRYPress Republican Staff WriterOctober 17, 2009 03:28 am

CROWN POINT — After an inspection showed it could collapse, the massive Champlain Bridge connecting New York and Vermont was closed indefinitely Friday afternoon.

Two of the bridge's concrete piers had significant erosion below the water line, State Department of Transportation Regional Structural Engineer Thomas Hoffman said.

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October 19, 2009
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Crown Point bridge closed indefinitely

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Friday, October 16, 2009 3:40 pm

CROWN POINT -- The Lake Champlain Bridge was closed indefinitely on Friday after an inspection revealed problems with the bridge's foundation.

Closure of the main traffic route between Crown Point and Chimney Point, Vt., has resulted in a 100-mile detour on Route 4 through Whitehall, and on Vermont routes 22A and 17.

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October 16, 2009
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Crown Point Bridge closed indefinitely

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 16, 2009    The state Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation closed the Crown Point Bridge Friday afternoon due to structural problems with two of the bridge's supports.

The state found that two of the piers, which are concrete supports anchored in the water, had "deteriorated to the point where they're not structurally sound to support the weight of the bridge above the pier," said Dan Mac Entee, spokesman for state Sen. Betty Little.

October 16, 2009
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SENATOR GOLDEN VISITS LOCAL TRAIN STATIONS AND DISCUSSES SERVICE

Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) this week focused attention on train service serving his district through station visits and discussions with New York City Transit Authority management and New York straphangers.

October 16, 2009
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October 29, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Senator Dilan Announces Statewide Public Hearings on DOT Five-Year Plan

(Albany, NY)—Recognizing that the state's five-year capital program is essential to our state's economy and infrastructure, Senate Transportation Chair, Martin Malavé Dilan announced today that the Senate will be holding statewide hearings on how best to move forward with a cost-effective transportation infrastructure plan.

October 15, 2009
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Senator Dilan Announces Statewide Public Hearings on DOT Five-Year Plan

(Albany, NY)—Recognizing that the state's five-year capital program is essential to our state's economy and infrastructure, Senate Transportation Chair, Martin Malavé Dilan announced today that the Senate will be holding statewide hearings on how best to move forward with a cost-effective transportation infrastructure plan. 

October 15, 2009
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Help is on the way for F train

By Gary Buiso

Feature article in Brooklyn Heights CourierA ride on the F train might be fraught with delays and commuter dismay, but New York City Transit isn’t prepared just yet to take the blame for overcrowded conditions, the agency said in a report released last week.The fault, the document infers, lies not in the agency, but in ourselves.

October 15, 2009
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Full Line Report on F Train:

This summer, after hearing from so many of you about the poor service you experience every day on the F train, I asked the MTA to do a full line review.

File: 
flinereport.pdf

File: 
F Review - Appendices.pdf

October 14, 2009
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Public Hearing: Hearing on the Proposed MTA Capital Plan

A hearing by Senator Craig M. Johnson to involve the public in discussions on the MTA's proposed 2010-2014 Capital Plan. The plan is currently before the MTA Capital Program Review Board. Senator Johnson is the Senate Majority's representative to the CPRB.

October 29, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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October 12, 2009
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F line finally on track for fixes, says NYC Transit; construction, new subway cars coming to line

By Pete DonohueFeature article in The Daily News

Relief for riders on the F line - one of the longest and most delay prone - is on the way as transit officials are targeting it for a fix, officials said yesterday.

NYC Transit is adding new subway cars on the line, which should reduce breakdowns and improve on-time performance, officials said.

October 10, 2009
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Senator Squadron, MTA Announce Release of F Line Review

Full Line Review Called for by Senator Identifies Solutions for Delay-Plagued Line

New York, NY – State Senator Daniel Squadron and the MTA today announced the release of the full line review of the F Train that the Senator called for this summer.  The comprehensive 25-page report details serious problems on the F Line, and offers strategies for improvement.  Senator Squadron praised the MTA for its responsiveness in studying the line and pledged to work with New York City Transit and F train riders to implement solutions to improve service on the line.

October 9, 2009
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On the F Train, the M.T.A. Confirms What Riders Know

By Michael M. Grynbaum

Feature article in The Cityroom Blog

The F train is slow, prone to delays, frustrating for riders and generally an overstuffed, oft-diverted mess.

October 9, 2009
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Statement from Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine regarding DOT Capital plan and Governor Paterson’s statement:

“Maintaining and improving our state’s infrastructure is vital to the economic growth we need to emerge from this downturn a stronger New York. As signs of improvement in our economy are beginning to emerge, now is not the time for the governor to walk away from a commitment we secured last May to fund road and bridge projects in Upstate New York.

October 8, 2009
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Statement from Senator Valesky About Rejection of DOT 5-Year Capital Plan

“While I agree with the call for fiscal discipline and strongly oppose any new taxes as we enter the 2009-2010 budget season, I am disappointed  that the DOT’s 5-Year Capital Plan was so quickly dismissed in its entirety without consideration of alternatives. 

October 8, 2009
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