March = Spring cleaning

Besides the opening of station Mairie de Montrouge on Line 4; this month will be filled with some cleanup tasks for my site.

As you may already have noticed, the upper navigation bar has been simplified. This was done because I changed some of the page names to make things more simple. For instance, the “About Us” page is now simply called “About“. I’ve also cleaned up the “About” page, and have spruced up the “Welcome” page. In the coming weeks, I will be working on revising older posts and cleaning up category lists. Some of my older posts no longer have working links, so I need to make sure that those types of issues are resolved as well.

I will also be laying out the foundation for my New York City and Norfolk pages, and evaluating my Tampa site to see how I can best carry out the content migration.

More to come soon!

HARTride 2012.

Reopening a closed subway station: South Ferry and Cluny – La Sorbonne

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Greetings everyone!

I know I’ve been talking quite a lot about the Paris Metro as of late. However, I don’t want to leave the New York City Subway out of my discussions, as there’s much to talk about on that system. Particularly, I will be speaking of news that the New York City MTA will be, for the first time in the agency’s history, reopening a previously closed subway station.

During the lifetime of a subway system, many stations may permanently be closed to passengers for a variety of reasons. Common reasons include: the distance of the station in comparison to adjacent stations (stations too close to each other), cost of maintaining the station (too expensive to maintain and keep open), and the design of the station (either the station is obsolete or too oddball to keep open). In any case, once a subway station is permanently closed to passengers, passenger access will be permanently sealed and trains will simply pass through the corridor without stopping.

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Daylight Savings Time – Spring Forward

I just wanted to give everyone a quick reminder to please set your clocks ahead one hour tonight. Tomorrow (March 10, 2013) begins Daylight Savings Time here in the US. So for everyone residing here in the US, please be sure to adjust your clocks. I certainly would not like to see anyone late for work, church, or whatever other functions you may have during the day on Sunday.

Cheers!

HARTride 2012.

If Line 4 was fully automated…

Greetings everyone,

As I mentioned in my Sunday posting regarding Line 4 of the Paris subway, I want to go through some possible scenarios that could play out if full automation were to take place. Right now, automation is in the planning books for Line 4, as it is the second busiest line in the Paris Metro system. With the success of Line 14 being a fully automated line, the RATP began to research automating other lines in the system. Possible candidates include Lines 4, 6, 7, 11, and 13 due to their passenger loads. Line 13 is currently being fitted with platform screen doors, making it a likely candidate for automation within the next 15 to 20 years. I would heavily suspect that once Line 4 is complete, Line 13 will be next on the list.

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Revised Grand Paris Express plan unveils a possible Phase 2 extension for Metro Line 11

Greetings everyone!

I have some late-breaking news regarding Line 11 of the Paris Metro!

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned about the upcoming project to extend Line 11 from its current terminus at station Mairie des Lillias to Rosny Bois-Perrier. Now, there is word of a 2nd phase extension that would run from Rosny Bois-Perrier to Noisy-Champs, where it will connect to the RER Line A and be partially integrated into the proposed Grand Paris Express system.

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HART introduces real-time transit updates! (beta mode)

Yes, I’m late on this one…but better late than never.

During the month of February; HART rolled out the beta version of its new real-time bus tracker. The software used by HART is OneBusAway, which is the same open-source GTFS software the the New York City MTA uses for its “BusTime” and “TrainTime” interfaces. I want to stress that because the application is still in beta mode, it is only accessible to those whom HART has handpicked to test out the service. There is no word as of yet when the final version will be released.

As you may know already; PSTA rolled out its own real-time bus tracker during the course of 2012. However, they use a different software program than HART does. Nonetheless, the use of these open-source software programs open a new avenue of opportunities for transit districts to provide transit scheduling information to passengers in real-time. These programs allow passengers to not only view schedules, but also track the status of their next bus. If the bus is delayed by more than 5 minutes, a notification will appear in the database letting passengers know that the bus is behind schedule.

If you would like to know how PSTA’s Real-Time program works, click here to visit their website. The same interface is used by the Chicago CTA.

If you would like to learn more about how HART’s application will work, click here to visit the NYCMTA website and look for the section that reads “MTA Travel Time”.

Please stay tuned for further updates.

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

Europe Transit site migration complete!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

As I mentioned before, I have been migrating all of my Europe Transit content from my Google-powered site to my WordPress blog. Because I have a busy and adjusted work schedule later this week, I decided to go ahead and complete the migration over the weekend, since there isn’t as much content to move. The hardest part was building the new rolling stock page for the Paris Metro, but everything else was very easy to move.

With my Paris, France section of my Europe Transit site now complete, I will be able to move forward with building my New York City and Hampton Roads sections, as well as expanding my Paris section, and also adding transport sections for Belgium. Once these projects have been completed (hopefully by around June), I will then begin the most complex part of my site migration…the Tampa Bay Transit sections.

Please take note of the following layout of the Paris transports section, which you will see when hovering your cursor over the navigation bar at the top of each page.

If you have any suggestions, or notice anything incorrect, please feel free to drop me a line via the contact page.

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012

Photo Galleries of Montrouge!

Greetings everyone!

I would like to share some links with you. These are links to a few photo albums from the Paris Metro Line 4 blog by Dominique Josse that depict the construction of station Mairie de Montrouge. There are three albums to view, all of which are accessible from the left side navigation bar on the homepage. Since the site is in French however, it may be difficult for some to locate the exact links to the albums.

Don’t forget to check out the virtual tour by clicking on the link ” Visite virtuelle station Mairie de Montrouge” located on the left side navigation bar. It’s very cool and very realistic!

Please stay tuned for further updates. The countdown to the grand opening is well underway, and this time (unlike Front Populaire on Line 12), I plan to really enjoy the excitement as if I was actually in Paris!

 

Warmest Regards,

HARTride 2012.

HART MetroRapid – Part 3

Greetings everyone!

Just a quick update on the construction of HART’s MetroRapid line. Roughly a dozen shelters have been set up along the route, and all 14 Gillig Low Floor buses to be used on the line have been delivered to HART. However, it is my understanding that there have been some delays with construction of shelters and concrete landing pads. From what I’ve been told by HART staff, utility poles have impacted construction of concrete landing pads and thus have had to be relocated. Other than that, things appear to be going as planned.

A couple weeks ago, HART announced that MetroRapid will likely go into service during its June service cycle. HART currently evaluates its transit services and makes changes as needed three times a year: March, June, and November. Although there was no reason mentioned for the setback, I suspect that it is nothing major. Many project completion dates are adjusted for a variety of reasons, including those that are beyond one’s control. With that said, I hope to report back soon with some photos of shelters that have been constructed. Perhaps at some point, I’ll be able to encounter one of the green/white buses in testing mode along the Nebraska Ave or Fletcher Ave corridors.

Have a great week!

HARTride 2012

Managed Lanes coming to I-4 in Orlando…what it means for Tampa.

Greetings everyone!

In a past blog post, I mentioned how the use of “Managed Lanes” were being discussed throughout the state of Florida and how they’re already in use in Miami. On February 2, 2013, the Florida Department of Transportation unveiled reconstruction plans for Interstate 4 through downtown Orlando which is poised to include the construction of “Managed Lanes” in the center of the highway. Early estimates have the cost of using these lanes at 15 cents per mile, which would increase during rush hour periods. The cost of the project is currently set at $2.1 billion and is slated to begin sometime in 2015, once funding is secured.

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