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    With New Slant on Subway Elevators, Expect Delays

    The fate of the newest addition to the New York City subway system could be traced last summer to the foothills of Appiano Gentile, at a work site beneath the northern Italian sun. After six years of construction, the No. 7 train extension to the Far West Side of Manhattan was to open before the end of 2013, in time for the departing mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, whose administration paid for the project, to take a ceremonial ride.

    But there was a problem: A custom-designed, diagonal elevator for the new No. 7 train station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue had unexpectedly failed its factory test at the manufacturer’s headquarters in the province of Como. Transit officials peppered the company, Maspero Elevatori, with questions. Could the issues be resolved quickly? Would they have to adjust the station’s opening date? Answers were elusive.

    “It failed in July,” said Michael Horodniceanu, the president of capital construction at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “What happens in August in Europe? They said, ‘O.K., we’ll see you after vacation.' ”



    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/ny...expansion.html

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    Why couldn't they just have an escalator?

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    Why couldn't they have designed less elaborate, more affordable stations?

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    Will there be stairs/escalators at all for the kinetically inclined?

    Two minutes just to get from street to platform? Yikes! Add in the fact that the same 7 train arrives later at the 42nd St platform (and that most people would transfer at Times Sq to another train anyway), and the appeal of walking to this station instead of, say, Times Sq or Penn Station for West Side passengers is severely diminished.

    I'm guessing that the incline escalators are in order to fulfill ADA compliance.
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    Am I missing something?

    It's my understanding that there will be stairs and escalators from the street to the subway platform. The two inclined elevators are for ADA compliance - wheelchairs, baby strollers, etc.

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    That makes sense and I figured that the elevator was for ADA compliance, but then why should the elevator snafu hold up the whole project, if whatever other means of entering and exiting the station have reasonable capacity?
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    According to Second Ave Sagas, three problems were identified that have delayed the station opening:

    The hand rail motor for the high rise escalators at 34th Street failed the Factory Acceptance Test; the transmission backbone system which operates all major systems including HVAC, fire alarms and the elevators and escalators were delayed; and the inclined elevators at 34th St. have twice failed Factory Acceptance Tests.
    http://secondavenuesagas.com/2014/01...-a-few-months/

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    By law baby strollers are supposed to be furled before taking the stairs to the subway turnstyles.

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    And dogs are supposed to pee at the curb.

    New Yorkers often don't play by the rules -- or play well with others.

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    Default On the elusive finish line for the 7 line extension


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    "the planned extension of the No. 7 train to the Far West Side of Manhattan ... which had been scheduled to open
    by the end of this year, will not be completed before February 2015, even on a newly accelerated timeline, an
    engineering consultant, Darlene Rivera, told board members. If contractors cannot meet the new timeline,
    the project could drag on until spring 2015."


    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/ny...ew-delays.html

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    not surprising

    what's surprising is that they still haven't fired the MTA dude with the difficult-to-pronounce Romanian surname

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    The rosy Bloomberg view of his New New York is starting to dim ... very quickly.

    Must be glad to be back in Bermuda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    The rosy Bloomberg view of his New New York is starting to dim ... very quickly.

    "The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits
    on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and handing a major victory
    to the American soft-drink industry, which bitterly opposed the plan."


    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/ny...arge-sodas.htm


    Just wait until DeBlasio starts shopping for a bailout

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    No. 7 subway line extension to West Side on track to open in February: official

    EXCLUSIVE: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the project’s general contractor have signed an agreement that includes up to $4.75 million in incentive payments if the job is completed by Feb. 24, according to a copy of the pact obtained by the Daily News.


    BY Pete Donohue
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:30 AM




    Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily NewsThe No. 7 subway line extension to the far West Side is on track to open for riders in February.

    The No. 7 subway line extension to the far West Side is on track to open for riders in February, a top transit official said Tuesday.

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the project’s general contractor have signed an agreement that includes up to $4.75 million in incentive payments if the job is completed by Feb. 24, according to a copy of the pact obtained by the Daily News.
    Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily NewsThe extension of the No. 7 west from its current terminus at Times Square-42nd St. will create a new station at 34th St. and 11th Ave.

    The extension of the No. 7 west from its current terminus at Times Square-42nd St. will create a new station at 34th St. and 11th Ave. The station will help serve the West Side’s redevelopment, provide a subway link to the Javits Center and give straphangers a much different experience than they are used to.

    Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily NewsThe station will help serve the West Side’s redevelopment, provide a subway link to the Javits Center and give straphangers a much different experience than they are used to.

    The station features two “inclination” elevators, which have glass compartments that travel along a 170-foot route at an angle of 27 degrees, and an air-cooling system, which reduces platform temperatures 10 degrees below the mercury level outside, officials said.

    Warga, Craig New York Daily News/New York Daily NewsThe $2.4 billion project originally was scheduled to be completed by last December. But that target was pushed back to the end of this year, and moved back again, to early 2015.

    “People are going to be impressed,” said Michael Horodniceanu, MTA capital construction division president. “This is a station that’s very airy and modern. You don’t have any claustrophobic feeling. The experience is going to be dramatically different.”

    Anthony DelMundo/New York Daily NewsThe city-funded construction was part of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to redevelop the West Side. The original schedule called for the extension to be open before he left office.

    The $2.4 billion project originally was scheduled to be completed by last December. But that target was pushed back to the end of this year, and moved back again, to early 2015. Most of the more recent delays were the result of key equipment failing during factory tests for the two inclined elevators and five ventilation fans used in the air-cooling system.

    After the Italian manufacturer identified software changes expected to solve the elevators’ problems, the units were installed and will undergo final testing in the station in the coming weeks, Horodniceanu said. Three of the five exhaust systems have been installed; the other two could be in place later this month, he said.

    Riders aren’t surprised or particularly agitated by the project’s delays, problems with the inclination elevators or not, said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign. “Many subway riders are already inclined . . . to expect delays on big MTA projects.”

    The city-funded construction was part of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plans to redevelop the West Side. The original schedule called for the extension to be open before he left office. But the delays forced the MTA to stage a subway ride along the still-closed extension for Bloomberg during one of his final days in office.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.1958783

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