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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…

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…

Opinion
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THE COMMUTE: Ever since I started riding buses more than 50 years ago, I noticed that service is erratic. I never knew the extent of the problem until I analyzed our origin and destination data as part of the study of southwest Brooklyn bus routes, which I directed for the Department of City Planning beginning…

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THE COMMUTE: Now that Queens College has released its year-long study of the feasibility to rebuild and reactivate the long dormant Rockaway Beach Line between Rego Park and Howard Beach, momentum to reuse the line for transit purposes is gaining traction. The New York Daily News is now a supporter. Other alternatives include the building…

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