New York’s subway ridership has been up in recent years, but so are delays thanks to ancient infrastructure in desperate need of upgrading.
One major system component that needs to be modernized is their signaling equipment. Signals coordinate the movement of trains — kind of an important thing for riders if you don’t want trains crashing into each other.
Modern, computerized signal systems are more dependable and exact, which means trains can travel with less space between them, allowing for more frequent service. It’s also safer because trains can be stopped automatically.
Unfortunately, upgrading the signals has been an uphill battle. Finding money is one issue. The other is finding time to get the work done:
Mr. Barone, of the Regional Plan Association, argues that New York should schedule longer closings to finish the work more quickly. Mr. Van Bramer agreed that it would be better to simply “rip the Band-Aid” off by doing all the work at once.
Wynton Habersham, head of the subway department at the transportation authority, said he would prefer longer closings, too, but the agency has to weigh the impact on riders.
“The reality is, if we had our druthers, we’d probably shut an entire line down to do a signal project,” he said. “But to do that brings a lot of inconvenience and brings a lot of pain to our customers.”
Metro also sees its fair share of maintenance. Our system isn’t quite as old as New York’s, but it’s not young anymore either, and we’re trying to keep ahead of issues that could lead to major shutdowns — even if it means the maintenance work must sometimes be done during off-peak service hours. It’s also worth noting that Measure M has funding set aside specifically for state of good repair. And while I know from personal experience that maintenance schedule can be a pain in the rear, it’s worth it if we can one day become the wonderland that is the London Tube.
Flying Taxis Will Be More Like Taking the Bus (Bloomberg Technology)
So like…an airplane. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A Simple Change to Make the Walk to Transit Feel Within Reach (Streetsblog USA)
Since a majority of people reach their bus or train stop via walking, wayfinding signs showing how near or far stations are should go a long way toward leading more people to transit. I, for one, appreciate seeing them around Pasadena. Let me know in the comments: are there transit wayfinding signs in your neighborhood, and if not, would you like there to be?
From the Socialmediaverse
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Check out the new and improved @metrolosangeles trains running on the Blue Line starting today.
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The new Blue Line rail cars at 5:08 am DTLB Station pic.twitter.com/weF5KOdGNr
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