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MTA upgrade – a problem or a solution?

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Transit problems are no longer sensational news and have become common for our citizens. Delays in the implementation of innovations are being blamed on contractors and the uncoordinated work of the leadership of MTA.

Many agree that it is necessary to reduce labor costs, and contractors retain a strong position in negotiations with the trade union to keep costs down. We hope that MTA will take a similar position with the unions. Of course, there are additional reasons for the financial expenditures that have nothing to do with wages: these are the terms of the contract that changed important points for the contractors themselves. One of the points is that contractors must pay 100% of the costs when delaying the implementation of one of the contract clauses. However, this is very controversial because why pay fines for failures that were caused by MTA staff?

Other factors that expand the project costs apart from long waiting for payments are changes of the tasks and a long period of closing the project and freeing the contractor from the obligations. The role of the contractors in the project is project investors, although they are not banks. All in all, this is now called the MTA tax. Participants of MTA tenders, without taking into account the delay, may be out of business before the end of a particular project.

MTA representatives have long ceased to divide projects, and create large-scale difficult-to-implement projects with the idea of delays and additional costs. Although it is possible to see with the naked eye the practice of other states on the redesign of innovations with the trend of continuous work without delays. However, the rules of procurement, the terms of contracts for projects related to public transport in New York increase the cost of such projects and contracts.

And the scheme was first discovered in 1988 when Governor Mario Cuomo and Mayor Ed Koch were ready to shell out $8 billion for the construction of the school but refused to do it later because of the long process of making decisions by the Education Council. A group was created to solve the problem, but the complexity of the reforms led to the decision to create a school building management organization that was rebuffed to introduce new laws in this area, and the time for building a school was reduced from 8 to 4 years.

This example shows that cooperation in the construction sector was working and saved time and a lot of finances. But now it’s just a legend, and it’s more convenient for people in this industry to point fingers at each other and blame others, and not to take responsibility for their part in the problems.

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LIRR Weekend Parking Guide

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LIRR STATIONS WITH UNRESTRICTED WEEKEND PARKING

Unrestricted parking refers to any lot that is open to both residents and non-residents on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of residency. Parking spaces may, however, require a daily parking fee.  

Note: Stations with an asterisk* may require a parking permit in some of the lots

Babylon Branch

  • Babylon*
  • Lindenhurst
  • Copiague
  • Amityville*
  • Massapequa Park
  • Massapequa
  • Seaford
  • Wantagh
  • Bellmore
  • Merrick
  • Freeport
  • Baldwin

City Zone Stations

  • Kew Gardens

Far Rockaway Branch Stations

  • Far Rockaway
  • Lawrence*
  • Cedarhurst*
  • Woodmere
  • Hewlett
  • Gibson*
  • Valley Stream*
  • Rosedale*
  • Laurelton

Hempstead Branch Stations

  • Hempstead
  • Country Life Press*
  • Floral Park*
  • Bellerose*
  • Queens Village

Long Beach Branch Stations

  • Long Beach*
  • Oceanside
  • East Rockaway*
  • Centre Avenue*
  • Lynbrook

Montauk Branch Stations

  • Montauk
  • Amagansett
  • East Hampton
  • Bridgehampton
  • Southampton
  • Hampton Bays
  • Westhampton
  • Speonk
  • Mastic-Shirley
  • Bellport
  • Patchogue*
  • Sayville
  • Oakdale
  • Great River
  • Islip
  • Bay Shore*

Oyster Bay Branch Stations

  • Oyster Bay
  • Locust Valley
  • Glen Cove
  • Glen Street
  • Sea Cliff
  • Glen Head
  • Greenvale*
  • Roslyn
  • Albertson
  • East Williston*

Port Jefferson Branch Stations

  • Port Jefferson
  • Stony Brook
  • St James
  • Smithtown
  • Kings Park
  • Northport
  • Greenlawn
  • Huntington*
  • Cold Spring Harbor
  • Syosset
  • Hicksville
  • Westbury
  • Carle Place
  • Mineola
  • Merillon Avenue*
  • New Hyde Park *

Port Washington Branch Stations

  • Port Washington
  • Manhasset
  • Little Neck
  • Douglaston
  • Broadway
  • Flushing/Main Street

Ronkonkoma Branch Stations

  • Greenport
  • Southold
  • Mattituck
  • Yaphank
  • Medford
  • Ronkonkoma
  • Central Islip
  • Brentwood
  • Deer Park
  • Wyandanch*
  • Farmingdale
  • Bethpage

West Hempstead Branch Stations

  • West Hempstead
  • Lakeview
  • Malverne*
  • Westwood

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Q train conductor punched in head at Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100

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Frank Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises and was hospitalized in stable condition.

A Q train conductor was hospitalized after getting sucker punched while on the job Tuesday, according to police and the transit union.

An unidentified man believed to be in his 30s or 40s struck the conductor, Frank Sbano, 60, after Sbano’s Brighton Beach-bound train arrived at the Prospect Park station, according to TWU Local 100 and an NYPD spokesman.

“I was just nailed in the head. I have no idea why,” Sbano, of Staten Island, told the union. “I was looking to make sure everyone was getting on and off and the next thing I knew, I got nailed.”

Sbano, a 21-year veteran at the MTA, suffered cuts and bruises on his head and was transported in stable condition to Kings County Hospital, where he was awaiting a CT scan.

TWU Local 100 president Tony Utano said it was just the latest in a spate of MTA worker assaults. He called for the authority to launch a voluntary body camera program for train crews in order to help police catch riders who assault workers.

“This will help authorities identify, arrest and prosecute those who are responsible for these attacks,” Utano said in a statement. “Cameras must only be used as a deterrent to criminal assaults and for evidence gathering when an assault occurs and never for worker surveillance.”

It was not immediately clear why the attack took place and no arrests have been made, the police spokesman said.

MTA chairman Joseph Lhota pledged to work to keep workers safe. The MTA did not provide statistics on worker-related assaults.

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New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition is an ode to the subway in comic form

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The New York Transit Museum is getting ready to roll out a new exhibition that takes a fun look into the history of the New York transit system in comics.

Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics” 

is being described by the museum as a “raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers and draws on satirical cartoons, comic strips, and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries.” The exhibit will include contributions from cartoonists like Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, and others that have crafted comics that illustrate the influence of mass transit on various stories.

 

“Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics”

 takes you on an incredible journey and highlights the simultaneous coming of age of the region’s mass transit systems and of comic books,” said Museum Director Concetta Bencivenga in a press release. “The foundation of each was built by immigrants who made New York their home and the influence of both mass transit and the comic book genre have expanded well beyond Gotham’s city limits. It is an honor to bring this exhibit to the public and share this rich history.”

The exhibition will also include panel discussions, gallery talks, and sketch nights. Catch the exhibition on display from June 21 through January 6, 2019.

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