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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Man Fatally Struck by Train Disrupts 6 Train Service, Officials Say

MANHATTAN — A man laying in the track bed of the 77th Street subway station was fatally struck by a train ahead of Tuesday morning's rush-hour commute, police said.
He was hit by a northbound train about 4:30 a.m. in the station near Lexington Avenue, an NYPD spokesman said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
It wasn't immediately clear how he came to be lying in the tracks. Police are still investigating, they said.
Northbound 6 trains ran express in the immediate aftermath, but regular service resumed about 7:40 a.m., with residual delays, officials said.
Southbound 6 trains were running local from Parkchester to Third Avenue-138th Street, the MTA said.
Commuters should expect delays on the 4, 5 and 6 lines, the MTA said.
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MTA Inches Closer to Phasing Out MetroCards

By Gary Kane | April 12, 2016 5:50pm
 The MetroCard design has remained virtually unaltered since its introduction back in 1997.
The MetroCard design has remained virtually unaltered since its introduction back in 1997. 
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NEW YORK CITY — Replacing MetroCards with technology using bank cards and smartphones is still years away, but moved closer to reality Monday as the MTA began seeking bids for the project.
The new "contactless" system will allow subway riders to flash credit cards, mobile devices or MTA-issued cards at turnstiles to gain entry in a manner similar to the E-Z Pass devices on toll roads.
The system is expected to be in place by 2020 and MetroCards will be completely phased out 2022, according to the MTA’s timetable.
The request for bids to install the system is being made a year later than planned — MTA officials said in January 2015 that they would see bids the following March.
The MTA stated last year that once a company is hired for the project it would take 15 months to install the system on buses and eight months at subway stations.
The project was estimated at that time to cost $450 million.
The contract to design, install and test the system will span 69 months, according to the request for bids.
The MTA anticipates it will save about $6 million a year by eliminating the need to produce MetroCards and maintain the ticket vending machines.
The MTA did not immediately respond to request for more information.