Browsing: mass transit

Opinion
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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…

Opinion
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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…

Opinion
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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…

Police & Fire
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A Q train struck and killed a man at Avenue M in Midwood Thursday evening. The man was hit by a southbound Q train shortly before 7pm, the MTA told CBS News. It was not immediately clear if he fell onto the tracks or if he jumped. The outlet reports: A witness, Joey Baghdadi, took an…

Transportation
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In news that will surprise no one, a lot of the city’s subways aren’t showing up on time — and it’s only gotten worse. The MTA recently released some statistics that show you’re not going crazy when you think you’re waiting far too long for the next train. According to NBC New York, the report says that 25…

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…

Opinion
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THE COMMUTE: In answer to the question posed in the headline, it is because they don’t care enough, since they do not place themselves in the position of passengers who are making decisions. Customer service is just not a high priority. It is a theme we keep coming back to. The last time we discussed…

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