Discussion relating to the past and present operations of the NYC Subway, PATH, and Staten Island Railway (SIRT).

Moderator: GirlOnTheTrain

  by Paul1705
There wasn't any reason to do that in the 1940s because the Pelham IRT (now the #6) pretty much served the same area.

But the Second Avenue subway plan of the 1970s would have used that route; I think there were plans to redevelop the Harlem River Yards (as housing?), and a new station on the subway would have served that. The northern end of the line would have used the old NYW&B station at East 180th Street. The point of that was so riders from the northeast Bronx could transfer to a fast bypass route into Manhattan.
  by Passenger
About FRA compliance -- Did that apply before NYC took it over, and is it now?
  by Kamen Rider
the FRA didn't exist until the passage of Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. § 103, section 3(e)(1)). the line had been part of the subway for about 15 years by that point.
  by Paul1705
In any case, a right-of-way or even a particular track can be, I think, transferred from an FRA-regulated railroad to a non-FRA transit operation.

In Bayonne, for example, the freight track on the east side of the ROW is FRA-regulated but the two Hudson-Bergen light rail tracks on the west side are not regulated. There is a fence with warning indicators (in case of a freight derailment) between the two.