Riders this past week: 7,411
Rider miles this past week: 76,733
DOWN IN THE TUBE
Kim Kardashian and one of her sisters were seen arguing while they headed for Sag Harbor from Bridgehampton. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, was seen scribbling on a blank pad while going from East Hampton to Amagansett.
SECURITY SYSTEM BEING TESTED
Hampton Subway is going to test out a new security system during the month of February. The subway system has obtained 14 used airport security x-ray machines from the TSA at bargain prices at auction and intends to install them just before you get to the turnstiles on all 14 platforms. These x-ray machines show travelers naked in order to make sure they are not carrying any weapons onto airplanes. They were bought cheap because the TSA is phasing them out after so many complaints. During this month, riders will be asked to fill out questionnaires about the experience with the new machines. Hampton Subway is always looking for new ways to make sure that all rides are comfortable and safe.
ALVIN TRIMMERHORN HONORED
Alvin Trimmerhorn was honored as Subway Motorman of 2012 with a dinner and a trophy in the company cafeteria last Wednesday night. Trimmerhorn, 57, joined Hampton Subway six years ago as a Junior Motorman and has received three promotions to achieve the title of Motorman Second Class.
The Commissioner has announced new rules for the advertising placards that appear above the doors and windows on the subway cars beginning February 1. From now on, all placards advertising pawn shops, hemorrhoid creams, bail bonds, false teeth and ambulance-chasing law firms will be in the back car only while placards advertising jewelry, shoes, furs, limousine services and foreign cars will be in the front car. As they say in the real estate business, it’s location, location, location.
NEW STATION WORK WILL BEGIN
With the approvals given this month, Hampton Subway will begin construction extending the subway line westward to Bellport. Currently, the last stop is Speonk, so this is another four miles. Work begins Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the site of the new Bellport Station in the center of that village’s main parking lot. After completion of that station, one tunnel-boring machine will begin drilling westward from the Speonk station in July and will meet up with a second tunnel-boring machine that will begin boring east from Bellport. Many thanks to the U. S. Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Town of Southampton, the Town of Brookhaven, the county of Suffolk, the Suffolk Department of Health and the Suffolk County Water Authority for their approvals and high fives.
A Special Super Bowl Watching Train will leave from the Southampton subway station platform at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3 and will go around and around the system without stopping for five hours so football enthusiasts can watch the Super Bowl on the subway. This train, nine cars long, will have a bar car, a souvenir car where you can buy NFL hats, helmets, coffee mugs, shirts and sweatshirts, and a special first-class car with bellman service for luxury passengers.
The cost to ride on the Special Super Bowl Train will be $95 per person for regular and $195 for the luxury car. All cars will have flat screen TVs, of course, with the largest screen in the luxury car. And beer will be free.