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Following the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s fifth fare hike in eight years, which left straphangers digging deeper into their pockets to board the city’s subways and buses beginning this past Sunday, March 22, riders in neighborhoods throughout our coverage area issued some choice words for both the MTA and lawmakers. According to the poll we published…

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Beginning this Sunday, bus and subway riders will see fares increase across the board, with the base fare going up from $2.50 to $2.75. (For the full list of fare increases, as well as increases on bridges and tunnels, see our previous post.) The MTA say the biennial fare hikes that have been in place…

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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…

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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…

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The law of gravity dictates that whatever goes up must come down. But, when it comes to consumer prices that rule seldom applies. Even so, for the time being, it is relevant. For weeks, drivers have received a premature holiday gift every time they fill their vehicle’s gas tank, as prices have…

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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…

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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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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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by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz Back in 2008, my Assembly colleague, Alec Brook-Krasny, and I were able to secure $10 million in capital funding for the repair of the Riegelmann Boardwalk. The purpose of this money was to give the Boardwalk the rehabilitation it deserves and ensure that generations of New Yorkers will have the opportunity…

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