M T A (Misery Torture and Agony)

this is what a subway rain looks likeThe MTA serves as a commuter service for thousands of patrons during any week of the year, going and coming home from work etc. It has its highs and lows as do most forms of transportation. There are many critics of the service and the reliability comfort and cleanliness but most patrons are just glad to get on and get there and get off till the next time they have to use it. So saying all that rather kindly I thought we will now go to the weekend service or chaos for a better word. As a person that relies on the service (ha ha) to get to and from places around town for my leisure purposes then I can only say the service is atrocious or non service that is and the lack of co-ordination and schedules are nothing more than a joke. I know maintenance has to be carried out and that no doubt is the excuse that would be given if I complained but surely someone in the MTA actually has a look and perhaps travels as an hands on person to see what is necessary for the minimal comfort of patrons at the weekends. To travel in the wrong direction to actually get to a train to take you in the right direction might be acceptable to a degree and to have to use an express train to take you to a point where you need a to catch a local might also might seem acceptable BUT and a big BUT at that when you get to the transfer point it is totally unacceptable to have to stand there in horrendous temperatures while five more express trains arrive and spew their loads onto the platform to wait for a single local train. There would have been in excess of 300 people standing on that platform waiting at Rooservelt for an “R” train on Saturday evening and the conditions were appauling to say the least. People with small children could get no relief from the heat, when a train finally appeared I was so pleased I applauded. So MTA, your little notices on station walls asking for comment and thought about your service I can tell you right now. IT SUCKS………………..thank you

Track Down The Joker


A picture is worth a thousand words said somebody. Well this one is worth thousands perhaps millions of dollars if it what it represents could ever be implemented. This sign is on some posts at intersections in the New York area of Rego Park and probably other places to for all I know. But I ask you really, how do you enforce such a ridiculous law or regulation or whatever it is. Do the police lay in waiting for the dreaded honkers and if there are four cars at the junction how do they identify who honked. Lets face it we often use the term beaurocracy gone mad and of course this is the case in this stupid situation, but lets look deeper into it. Who is/was the person responsible for having the signs produced and erected also what was the cost of the folly. Furthermore is there a report that shows how much revenue has ever been collected for the purpose of inclusion into future budget expenses as revenue available for projects ahead. I doubt it, what a waste of time and money and the mind boggles at the thought of a car honker spy lying in wait for an unsuspecting honker to press his car horn when frustrated or just plain impatient because of the car ahead. Is there anyone likely to own up as the instigator of this stupid sign, I have just been told it would have come from the traffic department so I guess that says it all, just look at the mess the traffic is in, everyone is a law unto themselves and honk their brains out (perhaps brains isnt the correct word), cyclists dont have to obey traffic lights or if they do they dont bother to but nobody does anything to bring them in line with the rest of the road users they just flaunt the law and dice with death. So Mr Backstreet honker sleuth I suggest you do something useful for your wages and enter the 21st century with us unhappy frustrated impatient horn honkers.Toot Toot.



As Ive said in the past Im not a resident of the US but I am a commuter to the city fairly regularly using the subway and just recently by bus. So its with some thought and observations I will enter my opinion on the proposed MTA price rise which is evidently expected to occur in the near or distant future. $2 gets me around quite well without much fuss and bother, in other countries fares are usually set by the distances travelled, the further you go the more you pay and the quality of the trip isnt any better from memory than the subway here. Except for Taiwan. Here your subway is a means to travel from points in all directions to your workplace or entertainment destinations it is also a vehicle for eating your breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks etc depending on the time of day you travel. But incredibly its a vehicle for you to dispose of the wrappers and plastic bottles on the floor or the seats for someone to clean up at some time after you have departed. Bottles rolling around the floor is a common site and burger wrappers and containers that held fries are the norm to leave behind. So my guess is the MTA have to employ a virtual army of people to clean these trains and at an enormous overall cost in wages etc. I admit there are no recepticles made available for disposing of rubbish in the train carriages but I guess thats another story for another time should they ever be installed. So has anyone at the MTA’s seat of power cross referenced the increase needed to maintain the present standard of service if commuters were educated to not act like slobs and didnt turn the trains into mobile garbage containers. I know the cries will go up about people losing their jobs but really they only have a job because Mr/Mrs/Ms Average are not very clean and tidy people and think that patronising the MTA gives them licence to be slobs. I did mention Taiwan earlier, I have travelled their subway and its the opposite to the New York subway, it is clean, and tidy and a pleasure to ride, notices at entries to the subway platforms inform you that no food or drink is to pass beyond that given point. The trains are clean and theres no sign of rubbish so it can be done its just a matter of self discipline and personal hygiene and thinking of others. So why cant we be like that, they are no better than we are. What do you think?