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HubTalk Chronicles Podcast

HubTalk Chronicles Podcast

By N Miller (Creator Of The Transportation Hub)
Hello and welcome to Hub Talk, a podcast of the Transportation Hub. Here, we talk all things transit and transportation based in New York City and around the world. There will be discussions of what happens in the New York City Transit system, drama, & experiences. It will be raw, uncut, and uncensored. So please, grab your earphones and subscribe to Hub Talk today. This podcast was designed with you in mind. In order to follow the Hub visit the linkpage @
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IND Crosstown (G) Line Gets R160 New Tech Trains – Good News For (G) Train Riders
In this episode of the HubTalk Chronicles, we will be talking about the Crosstown (G) Line. For all the (G) line customers, you guys are in luck. The SMEEs 4-car consists of R46 and R68/As will be swapped with 5-car consists of R160s. The (G) will be going back home from the Coney Island Yard to the Jamaica Yard, the first time since 2010 when the (G) was severed from Queens Blvd in the 2010 cuts. Good news for riders. Bad news for the (N), (Q), and (W) line straphangers as they will see more of these R46s and R68/As until the new R211s arrive later on in the decade. This is done due to CBTC installations on Culver (which is going on now) and on Crosstown (which will start later on) as part of former NYCT-President Andy Byford’s plan to modernize the entire subway system in less than 40 years. Listen and enjoy.
October 11, 2021
Metro-North’s Penn Station Access And Its Projected Four New Bronx Stations Receives Environmental Review
MTA announced the environmental review process for the Metro-North Penn Station Access Project is now fully complete. Four New stations will be built in the Southeastern section of the Bronx, serving Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park, and Co-Op City. All the stations will be ADA Accessible. It will be named the Hell Gate line, which will be connected to the New Haven line. Also, sounding off about the transit employees entering the workforce, retirees returning to work, and the arrival of the new OMNY (One Metro New York) cards. Please listen and enjoy.
October 6, 2021
TA Announces Sui Ling Ko To Become First Female Head of Subway Car Maintenance; 5 Suspects Threw A Stolen CitiBike Onto The Subway Tracks Causing A Massive Explosion Underground
Sui Ling Ko, a 34-year veteran of NYCT’s Department of Subway Car Equipment has become the first female head of Subway Car Maintenance. She will oversee the subway fleet of 7,092+ cars and the 24/7 operations of the 13 maintenance, two overhaul and locomotive shops. 5 suspects have showed up to the Steinway Street subway stop in Astoria, Queens with a stolen CitiBike and dumped it on the southbound platform track. A S/B (R) train arrived at the station and hit the bike, causing the explosion. No injuries were reported (not that I’m aware of). Police are still seeking the suspects in question. An update will be given on a future podcast episode. Also, explaining my two-week absence due to a sore throat condition and the events caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Ida as well as the woman who forced herself into a crowded subway car, questioning proper subway equities. Please enjoy.
September 30, 2021
Kathy Hochul's Full Week As Governor; Frank Annicano-The MTA Bus President/SVP Of NYCT Bus; Senator Schumer Praises (L) Project; Access-A-Ride Issues; DART's Bus Redesign Plans
Governor Kathy Hochul addresses the power outage that transpired in the NYC underground subway system from this past Sunday. Frank Anncano, a transportation industry veteran, has been appointed to be the Acting MTA Bus President and Senior Vice President of NYCT Bus. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) gives praise and a push for federal funding for the (L) Train Tunnel Project. Disabled riders have issues with their Access-A-Ride not showing up to take them from Point A to Point B. DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), a transit agency from DTX (Dallas, Texas) has created a bus network of their own that will be launched early next year. Also, a silent tribute to the 13 fallen soldiers who passed away this past week. P.S.A – If you know someone that lives in California, tell them to vote NO! on the recall. Thank You.  Please listen and enjoy.
September 5, 2021
Remembering The Union Square Wreck-30 Years Later
Today is the 30th anniversary of the tragic 1991 Union Square Derailment Wreck that has left 5 people deceased and 161 people injured. The motorman in question was intoxicated while on duty operating a southbound (4) train. He overshot two stations in the Bronx and caused one of the worst accidents in NYCTA history. The disgraced, drunk operator was found not guilty of murder but was found guilty of five counts of second degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 5-15 years in prison and then sentenced for 1-7 years for assault of 26 of the injured passengers. He was released in April 2002, and was on parole until 2007. The operator got a dose of karma when he became the victim of a hit-and-run accident by a drunk driver in 2015. Plus, a tribute to the late singer Aaliyah. Please listen and enjoy.
August 28, 2021
Discussing This Weekend's G/O & Most/Least Congested Subway Lines/Stations, Motorman Released From Job, Increase Of MetroNorth Service, Change Of West End (D) Service, Relaunch Of Bus Redesign Network
This past weekend’s General Order for the headways (gap in service) for the (F) & (G) trains have been horrendous to say the least despite of the #TakeTheGToTheSea rally. A Motorman (Train Operator) is in hot water for allowing his girlfriend to drive a subway train in Brooklyn. Some subway stations and lines have been pointed out to be the most congested in the subway system. The (D) train will have no service between Bay 50th Street and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue. The MTA & NYCDOT has relaunched the groundwork for the Bronx Bus Redesign plan. MetroNorth will have an increase in service, starting August 29th. How do you feel about the service gaps, change with the West End (D) line, and increase in MetroNorth service? What are your most/least favorite subway line/stations? Do you think that the T/O should be terminated or suspended? How do you feel about the Bronx Bus Redesign plan coming back? Please listen and enjoy.
August 19, 2021
The Change & Future Of MTA Leadership; Discussion Of The Infrastructure Plan
The leadership of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York had a huge shakeup this past week. Also, with Andrew Cuomo stepping down as Governor of New York, will his plan to split the Chairperson/CEO roles (normally held by one person) will be split into two by the state Senate? What will the MTA be like under incoming Governor Kathy Hochul? Lastly, the $1.2T infrastructure plan has been apporved by the U.S Senate and will make its way to the House of Representatives for a final vote. Part of that plan includes a whopping $3.5B in mass transit funding. Are you ecstatic about what the future holds for the MTA? Please listen and enjoy. 
August 13, 2021
Take The (G) To Sea-(G) Trains Are Going To Coney Island
(G) Trains are going to/from Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue during the weekends of August 6-9 and 13-16, which is from late Friday to early Monday. This is due to electrical improvements on the (F) line between Jay Street-MetroTech and Bergen Street. As a result, service changes are also coming to the (C), (E), & (F) lines. How will your weekend travels be affected by this? Well, the Hub explains this in this episode on how you can benefit from the one-trip, non-transfer ride to Coney Island. Please listen to the latest episode and enjoy. 
August 6, 2021
S2; E4| R211As Arrival, Hometown Heroes Parade, & A Change In MTA Leadership
What a month July was. The 1st R211A cars arrived on property. The agency’s employees took part in the Hometown Heros parade. $109B went for mass transit funding in the INVEST In America Act. Service changes coming to (C), (E), (F), & (G) lines next month for two weekends and a huge shift in MTA Leadership (That will be on the next HubTalk episode). Read all about it on the latest Hub Chronicles post and listen on the HubTalk’s newest episode. Please enjoy the episode. For more Transportation Hub, please go to to follow for more content. 
July 31, 2021
S2|E2 City Bus Crashes Into A Brooklyn Brownstone Building; Plan To Split Two Top MTA Roles Killed In The State Senate
A Southbound B49 Bus crashed into a brownstone building at Bedford Avenue & Lincoln Road. All involved in the accident are fine with mild injuries, non-life threatening. The bus was pulled from the building this past Friday. Andrew Cuomo appoints Sarah Feinberg to be the next MTA Chairperson, the first female to ever hold the position. He also appointed current MTA Construction & Development president to be next CEO, thus splitting the two MTA top leadership roles, replacing Patrick Foye in the next month. The plan was later killed in the state Senate out in Albany. Please listen and enjoy. 
June 19, 2021
S2; E1 | A Return To New York City Normalcy
With COVID-19 cases dwindling down, masks mandates are being lifted (for the most part), restaurants, and public venues are slowly returning to full capacity. The New York City Subway system has also brought back full 24/7 service recently due to supply and demand. Also, there is an uptick increase of crime underground, making the subways unsafe in the process. How do you feel about NYC's return to normalcy? Please listen and enjoy.  
June 4, 2021
NYC Democratic Mayoral Candidates Take On Transportation
The 2021 Mayoral Democratic Race underway and with the primaries in less in two months. The candidates talk about all things transportation in NYC in terms of Control of the MTA, Bus Access & Bike Lanes, and Commuting Plans, Cops in Subway, & BQX (Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown Streetcar route). We will discuss their answers and analyze their responses. Please listen and enjoy. 
April 28, 2021
OMNY Reaches 339K Taps After Launch & The Triboro RX Review Plan
This month, the rising fare-payment system OMNY has reached over 339K taps. We take a dive into the new and rising fare payment that has gotten popular with New Yorkers and discuss the development of OMNY, the distribution of OMNY cards, and the history of the fare payment system in NYCT. Also, a review of the Triboro RX route plan, where the operation will be between Co-Op City, The Bronx and St. George, Staten Island. Please listen and enjoy. Please stay connected with all things Transportation Hub on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Anchor/Spotify, and Discord: 
March 18, 2021
Andy Byford vs Andrew Cuomo: What REALLY Happened-Coming From The Hub's Point Of View
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is under hot water as of recent; ranging from the nursing home scandal to being accused of unwanted advances by six women to threatening State Assemblyman Ron Kim from Flushing. But the one thing that eludes from the mind of fellow New Yorkers is the way he treated ex-NYCT President and current TfL (Transport for London) commissioner, Andy Byford. In this episode, I explain the undermined, egotistical, dictatorship, jealousy, micromanagement behavior that Cuomo displayed, that made Byford’s job “intolerable” and pushed him to resignation.  I went off on Cuomo for his actions and defend Byford’s deeds and accomplishments during his time with NYCT. Please listen and enjoy this very special episode.
March 10, 2021
Queens Bus Redesign Review
The Queens Bus Redesign Bus Network is currently on hold due to this pandemic. In this episode, we discuss the draft plan for the bus network for Queens. It incorporates the various discontinued routes from 2010 and as well as reroutes, shortenings, and extensions. They are also routes that has non-stop segments and all bus stops will be 1,000 feet apart for better coverage. For more information about the temporary routes, go to
March 4, 2021
The (A) Train Serial Stabber; New Elevators Soon To The 14th St-6th Ave Stop In Manhattan; NYCT Interim President Sarah Feinberg Blames The Media For Low Ridership
Rigoberto Lopez aka the (A) Train Serial Stabber had everyone in New York City on edge. He stabbed up four people, ultimately killing two homeless people. In this episode, we take a look back at last weekend's crime in the subways that shocked us to the core, and people still saying that crime is down; SMH. Anyways, also discussing the MTA's plan to hire a company to bring accessibility to a complex of three interconnected stations that serves the (1), (2), (3), (F), (L), & (M) lines also NYCT Interim President Sarah Feinberg blaming the media for low ridership. Please listen and enjoy. 
February 22, 2021
The R179 Order Review, R211 Procurement Update, & R262 Brief Touching Commentary
The R179s have been around for a while. In this episode, we will take a look back of the order that cost the MTA both time and money. The R179s ranged problems ranged from door malfunctions to a drawbar couple being de-linked. This car class was labeled as "LEMONS" due to the amount of problems that this class encountered over the last couple of years. The R211A's base order will be running on the 8th Avenue/Fulton Street line due to 8th Ave CBTC and be discussing the timeline delivery schedule for the R211As, R211Ss, and R211Ts. Also, a brief discussion of the R262s, which will run on the 2,4,5, and 6 lines later in this decade. Please enjoy. 
February 13, 2021
2021 Bus Procurement Orders Commentary
New York's MTA is expecting three new bus orders, which will be delivered this year. The 2021 Prevost X3-45 for MTA Bus & NYCT, the 2021 Novabus LFS/LFS HEVs for NYCT and the 2021 New Flyer XDE40s for NYCT. In this episode, we will break down the orders and discuss how many buses consist in each order and its cost per contract. This episode is 41 minutes long. So please sit back and enjoy. 
February 10, 2021
MTA MetroNorth Yard Worker & LIRR Assistant Conductor Arrested For Their Roles In The Horrific January 6th Capitol Hill Insurrections
MetroNorth Yard Worker William Pepe (33 from Beacon, NY) and far right-winged conspiracy theorist Steven Rosati (28 from Lindenhurst, NY) have recently been arrested for their roles in the deadly January 6th Capitol Hill insurrections. Their actions they both took that day was awful and disgusting. It compromises the values of the MTA, their sub-agencies, and the state of New York. In my eyes, both of them needs to be fired effective immediately. They took activity in domestic terrorism where five people, including a Metro DC police officer have passed away as a result of the idiotic Trumpanzees wild and vile behavior. NOTE: This is a 30-minute long episode. I highly recommend you play the episode up to 3.5x speed. We are not done with this Capitol Hill coverage.....more to come.  
January 28, 2021
Main Street Busway Commentary & The Kawasaki R211's Leaked Photos
The Main Street Busway in the downtown Flushing neighborhood of Queens is now in full effect. The Kawasaki R211 photos have been leaked and the entire NYCT community is filled with glee. In this episode, I will be explaining these topics in full details in regards of how the busway can improve the traffic flow for the busy corridor, which has the largest subway-to-bus transfer in the United States. I will also be talking more about the Kawasaki R211s as the photos of the train's final stages of production have been leaked. Please enjoy and listen.
January 23, 2021
Bronx Bus Crash, Naked Mayhem At Central Park North Subway Stop, The Gerogia Senate Runoff & Its Impact On The MTA, & MetroNorth Employee Arrest For His Role In The Capitol Hill Riot
We have a LOT to talk about in this episode. A Bronx bus operator crashed his bus onto a highway railing on the University Avenue overpass and ended dangling. A naked mentally ill man caused mayhem at the Central Park North-110th Street subway stop by pushing a straphanger onto the tracks and attacking a good Samaritan before touching the third rail and getting electrocuted. Since the Democrats have control of the Senate as a result of the Georgia Senate Runoff, will the MTA receive the funding that they are seeking? Lastly, my thoughts of the MTA MetroNorth Railroad employee who got arrested for his role in the Capitol Hill riots. Also, please read the Hub Chronicles latest post, listen, and enjoy.
January 20, 2021
The Kawasaki R211 Car Order And Its Impact On The New York City Subway & The Staten Island Railway
The Kawasaki R211s will be arriving on NYCT property in Spring of this year for testing and evaluation. There are three orders to this contract; the R211As, the R211Ts (open gangway articulated cars), and the R211Ss (for the Staten Island Railway). If all goes well, both the base and option orders will proceed as followed. This episode explains the full detail of the pricing, the delivery time, and which subway lines will have the R211s. 
January 9, 2021
Pilot (Introduction)
This is the pilot (first episode) of Hub Talk. This podcast is designed with you in mind. The way how this podcast is going to operate is I ask what you want to hear and I will talk about that particular topic in the following episode.
January 3, 2021
Hub Talk Trailer
This is the official trailer of the Hub Talk podcast. If you like what you hear, please follow this podcast so that you will be able to get access of the all of the latest episodes. 
January 1, 2021