- Hundreds of people - and counting - want enhanced F and V service in Brooklyn. You can sign a petition that asks for the "restoration of express service on the F line to Brooklyn and extension of the V line for local service to Brooklyn." The petition is inspired by a plan suggested back in 2003 to improve Brooklyn transit options.
- While it's not surprising to hear that the MTA has fallen behind schedule with a project, it's slightly distressing to hear that the project has to do with counter-terrorism work. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found that only two out of eight projects had been completed by the end of 2006. The MTA has been trying to "harden" various locations, from tunnels to stations, by installing surveillance cameras and improving other safety features, for the past few years. Still, DiNapoli said that the MTA is "incrementally" safer. Whoop-de-doo.
- The MTA came to an agreement on a new contract with Metro-North track workers. How long has the MTA been negotiating with Local 808? About four years. The deal includes a pay raise to make their pay comparable to LIRR track workers, according to the Daily News.
- And the MTA selected another 21 acts for its Music Under New York program. We've listed them after the jump, and you can see video of some of the auditions here.
Photograph of a cotton candy wielding straphanger by shveckle on Flickr
From the MTA press release announcing this year's Music Under New York selections:
During the auditions, approximately 70 acts performed in front of a live panel of judges, consisting of musicians, performing arts professionals, MTA and NYCT transit representatives, and others. The acts were judged on the criteria of quality, variety, and appropriateness for the mass transit environment.
As a result of the judges’ scores, 21 acts were selected including:
Break of Reality, cellos and percussion ensemble; Gabe Cummings, new jazz guitar; Dagnar 2, art-rock opera; Double Entendre Music Ensemble, classic wind sextet; Dulaney Banks, blue and folk duo; Kahn Hightower, R&B vocalist; Jason Hill, country, blue guitar; Gillen & Turk, folk singer; Una Harders, opera singer; Darryl Milton, singer and guitar; Albert Mulad, violin; NY Strings, string quartet; Patrick Wolff Trio, jazz group; Greg Pettillo, beat-box flute; Frank Achaap, jazz duo; Giovanni Suquillo, fusion guitar; Mohamadu Salieu Suso, west African kora; Yanouv & Zigmat, flute world folk duo; and ZZC, Chinese Erhu duo. For special events. Takahirotap, dance duo and Toli & the Femm Nameless, Afro one-world beat ensemble were added.