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NYC Transit Board Agenda:
The November 1995 NYC Transit Committee Agenda for the MTA Board contains the
following information of interest:
EAST RIVER BRIDGE REHABILITATION
* Manhattan Bridge
The rehabilitation of the west side of the Manhattan Bridge by Yonkers
Contracting Company is currently scheduled for completion in October 1996.
NYC DOT has verbally informed the NYCT that lead abatement measures will delay
the opening of the 'H' tracks until 1999.
PARATRANSIT ACTION PLAN AND POLICY ISSUES
* Denial Rates
NYCT should adopt an acceptable denial rate to LOWER DEMAND FOR PARATRANSIT
SERVICE [emphasis added --DC]. Price Waterhouse notes that regulations may
permit a reasonable denial rate, although FTA has not provided specific
guidance as to what constitutes an acceptable denial rate, and that the matter
may ultimately be settled in court.
TIMES SQUARE INTERIM ENTRANCE
The board was asked to approve spending $1,190,752 to construct an interim
entrance to the Times Square/42 St Station on the south side of 42 St between
Broadway and 7 Av. This will be incorporated into a two story retail building
being erected on the site to provide an easily recognizable centralized
entrance which includes an elevator.
TRAIN OPERATION SIMULATOR
Hughes Training Inc is going to be contracted to furnish, install and provide
training for train operator simulator at a cost of $1,749,357.
The expected benefits of the simulator are:
NYCT was interested in simulation devices that are realistic and provide the
- Enhancement of system safety by permitting the early identification of
adverse trends in the performance of certified operators.
- Reduction of field training by four days, since operators no longer have
to wait for available trains.
- Allow trainees to experience rain and snow conditions since they are not
permitted to use the trains under these conditions.
- Teach train handing techniques for full and short length passenger car
equipment trains in very high volume subway rail operating corridors.
- Teach schedule attainment as a critical parameter in all train
- Provide the skilled train operator with difficult operating problems that
require in-depth understanding of signals, braking, rules and other train
- Improve the instructor-student ratio to at least 1:2 and/or allow
unsupervised operation of the simulation devices.
This recommendation was not sent to the Board as a result of discussions at
this meeting concerning the selection of Huges. The train operator simulator
was placed back on the agenda in June 1996.
CAPITAL PROGRAM STATUS
Those of you griping about the often broken escalators at the Lexington Av/53
St Station are in for a treat. A contract was just let to replace these
Signal equipment modernization on the Jamaica and Myrtle Av Lines in Brooklyn
just achieved Beneficial Use in October.
NYCT MAINTAINS STREETS FOR BUSES
NYCT's Department of Buses is issuing a contract to purchase four years worth
of rock salt (approximately 8,000 tons) from the NYC Department of Sanitation
for $440,000. The salt will be used by NYC Transit to spread on secondary
roads in all five boroughs to allow uninterrupted bus service during winter
storms. The salt is picked up from DOS facilities by NYCT equipment on a 24-
hour, as needed, basis.
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