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Opinion Source: The Scepter
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THE COMMUTE: The MTA has a problem and they know it. How do you most efficiently transport 1,500 passengers by bus from Kingsborough Community College to the subway every afternoon during the peak 30 minutes between Monday and Thursday? I wrote about this problem numerous times, citing very long waits for Manhattan Beach and Brighton…

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THE COMMUTE: Last week, we criticized the MTA Reinvention Commission Report for the lack of specifics it provided. Rather than discussing how to reinvent the MTA, the report provided justification regarding past and current MTA projects and suggested some new directions the MTA should take. This is hardly a reinvention of an agency that was…

Police & Fire Kings Highway and East 18th Street, the scene of the accidents (Source: Google Maps)
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An MTA bus struck a pedestrian on Kings Highway near East 18th Street yesterday afternoon, dragging him a short distance and leaving him seriously injured. News 12 reports that the accident, which took place around 3pm, involved a B82 bus hitting a man in his 30s as he was crossing the street. Passengers told the…

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THE COMMUTE: Last week, we started speaking about reinventing the MTA, a subject we should have gotten to in 2014. We started criticizing the MTA Reinvention Committee’s report. One of those criticisms was that the report lacked specifics. Lack Of Specifics For example, on page seven, the report states that the MTA must “commit to…

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THE COMMUTE: The MTA didn’t receive the nickname “More Trouble Ahead” in the 1970s for no reason. Deadlines are routinely missed and capital projects are over budget. The MTA is like a lumbering elephant slowly moving forward. That is except for during times of crisis, when the MTA becomes a model of efficiency, such as…

News & Features
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THE COMMUTE: It’s time again for our yearly wrap-up as The Commute ends its fourth year. So just as we did in 2013, we will summarize the Commute’s top stories. Vision Zero The biggest story of the year was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, which includes slow zones of 25 mph on arterial…

Opinion "Mermade/Dionysus and the Pirates" (1999). Photo by Jeremiah Cox / Subway Nut
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THE COMMUTE: What is a transit advocate? Is it someone who always proposes mass transit solutions to all transportation problems? No, it isn’t. Mass transit solutions are not always the appropriate solution for every transportation problem. Mass transit only works well when there are enough trips along specific transportation corridors between origins and destinations to…

Opinion
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THE COMMUTE: Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach are prominently featured in a new series of MTA public service announcements denouncing texting while walking, cycling, and riding the city’s buses. I doubt it if the MTA realizes how ironic some of the locations that were chosen are. The cyclist begins his ride just 100 feet from…

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