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ihateusedusernames t1_jb0dmkd wrote

I live in an elevated line, and for about 9 months we didn't have uptown local service because of track replacement. The yanked out the old segmented track and replaced it with continuous track. It's a massive improvement to the quality of life in the neighborhood. The clacking noise of the wheels hitting the seams between track segments is gone, it was well worth the wait.

My only complaint is that when they upgraded the station (a separate year-long closure), they weren't able to install an elevator to either platform from the street. Our station remains inaccessible, which is, I think, a failure on the part of the redesign plan.


cleverpunnyname t1_jb0ebvf wrote

I’ve been harping on the lack of continuous rail since I moved to NYC. So glad they are finally making a change


ClamatoDiver t1_jb0n77s wrote

Dunno where you've been but CWR has been going in for a long time now. It's not everywhere, but it's been installed in lots of places in the system.


notqualitystreet t1_jb5exxa wrote

Is that something they should do on just the elevated lines or the underground ones as well


cleverpunnyname t1_jb5fc5e wrote

Everywhere. It’d be smoother, quieter, and less maintenance on the cars themselves, not that they do that work. But for sure elevated/open trench lines should be first as it would be the biggest quality of life impact there.


JordanRulz t1_jb15ngs wrote

wasn't there some issue with being unable to install CWR on the elevated tracks due to thermal expansion/contraction issues?


ihateusedusernames t1_jb1boic wrote

Was there? I don't know. I believe there are stretches of continuous welded rail on the line near me, if not the entire line.


cleverpunnyname t1_jb1x9hm wrote

The issue would be the ties. Continuous rail is all over the world in all sorts of climates undergoing freeze thaw cycles without issue. But on the NE corridor Amtrak lines for example they had to relayre-lay rail bed and replace ties with concrete to install it. Idk if that was just overlapping upgrades or if one required the other


TeamMisha t1_jb2powk wrote

> Our station remains inaccessible

Every station in Astoria on the N was renovated over the past few years and just one out of six got an elevator added. Add onto this that of thirteen stations on the local M/R in Queens, just three are accessible. There's so much more work to do, especially in the outerboros. At least Queensboro is finally getting one soon.


smcivor1982 t1_jb3jzh6 wrote

If there’s no elevator, it may not have been feasible. I used to work there in the design office. Believe me, they have studied accessibility compliance for every single station.


ihateusedusernames t1_jb5a61p wrote

A friend of ours was involved in an adjacent agency and had seen some of the issues that proved insurmountable. So I know that they looked at it, but it is still frustrating that there wasn't a solution. My guess is it involved acquiring property on the street for the additional infrastructure required, but I don't know.


smcivor1982 t1_jb5eujf wrote

Some of the stations have no space. Smith/9th St is positioned over the road with a concrete plant behind it. Every station is different and most of them can be updated with the elevators or ramps, but some are just super difficult because of their design or how they are positioned in relation with the street above or below. It’s also incredibly expensive and takes forever to coordinate with adjacent owners and related agencies, especially when excavation is needed.


ihateusedusernames t1_jb6yyae wrote

>...positioned over the road ... positioned in relation with the street above or below.

This is the part that I find most frustrating because it implies that surface street vehicles should take priority over accessible public transit. That's a view I reject as being against the public interest, but I recognize that I'm in the minority.

Meanwhile every parent with a stroller, every person with mobility issues, every person who's just plain dead tired after a day of work, every person who got a crap night's sleep because they are working 2 jobs, is forced to use the stairs so that cars drivers of vehicles aren't inconvenienced.