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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:…

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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…

Opinion
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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…

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Now you don’t have to wonder what exactly you’re touching — or avoiding — on the subway because there’s a comprehensive map of almost every type of species (of bacteria, food remnants and other organic material) there, and its conveniently organized by train station. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College spent 18 months collecting, documenting…

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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Local elected officials praised Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $55 million plan to expand the city’s ferry system – including stops in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook, and Brooklyn Army Terminal – which will provide fast access between all five boroughs for the fare of a MetroCard by 2017. “Today I applaud Mayor de Blasio for his $55…

Opinion Source: Wikipedia
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THE COMMUTE: Did Governor Andrew Cuomo make the correct decision to shut down the subways because of an impending blizzard that just missed New York City? No. Did Mayor Bill de Blasio make the correct decision to close all roadways to non-emergency traffic? Yes. Why the discrepancy? Because the mayor erred on the side of…

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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