Browsing: commuting

Opinion
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THE COMMUTE: We wrote about this subject numerous times. In 2012, we caught the MTA with their pants down. In 2014, we documented jam-packed B36 buses at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z, while the B44 and B44 SBS buses operated in both directions virtually empty during the morning rush hour. On Sunday, March 8, while…

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THE COMMUTE: In Part 4, we discussed installing true Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for the Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Now we will look at general problems with Select Bus Service (SBS), which the MTA and DOT ignore in their “infomercials” misnamed community involvement. The Problem With Transfers You are allowed to transfer between a local and…

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THE COMMUTE: In Part 3, we discussed community involvement. SBS Future Plans New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced at a February 10, 2015 City Council hearing that the next Select Bus Service (SBS) route would be 86th Street in Manhattan because it will be “easy.” It will not include exclusive…

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THE COMMUTE: Last week, in Part 2, we discussed the misrepresentation of facts, contradictions, and how so many are fooled. We now continue that discussion. Separating Fact From Fiction None of the problems that current Select Bus Service (SBS) routes have encountered are mentioned at these sales pitch infomercials dubbed “workshops.” Problems, such as fare…

News & Features mm_subway_sweetspot_roman_kruglov
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It’s not your imagination. Trains are indeed more crowded, which makes them late, which makes them crowded, as Gothamist paraphrases in one brilliantly succinct headline. But the situation is only bound to get worse unless people learn some basic rush hour etiquette, according new data published by the New York Post. Here are some figures:…

News & Features sludge
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Ever wonder what that black gunk dripping from the ceiling of your subway station is? Subway platforms – particularly on the bombed-out N line – are often sprinkled with massive, black Rorschach blotches of goo, that can be traced directly to tiny stalactites emerging from cracks in the ceiling. It is a little unsettling to…

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THE COMMUTE: The B44 Nostrand Avenue Route was one-year-old in November 2014. Yet we still don’t have the first year assessment for that route. Its implementation was plagued with problems. There still has not been a single report that shows SBS has been beneficial. By that I mean that people have been more helped than…

Opinion A Metro-North train on the Harlem Line. Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: First we had massive delays on Metro-North last Monday due to snow and ice. Passengers were stuck on a cold train for two hours when they were promised a train would arrive for them in 10 minutes. Then we had the “umbrella incident” on the #7 Flushing Line, which knocked service out for more…

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