The more I travel on the subway the more interesting it gets, recently I had to travel in the early hours of the morning and was intrigued that the trains are trnsformed into bedrooms for the weary or homeless each night. Watching these unfortunate people during their slumber I couldnt help noticing how when some of them stirred how they were forced to cover their eyes because of the bright light in the carriage. I do think if the ticket price rise does occur then the MTA should at least use dimmer lighting for night travel so as not to inconveinience these travellers. The fact that some take up eight seats for their slumber makes me think tha at night the MTA should designate certain carriages for sleeping only, that way us trvellers that do actually have to get somewhere wouldnt disturb them. Im my wildest dreams NO daughter of mine of any age would travel on the subway for all the worst reasons, The subway needs security guards lke most cities to ensure safety or at least the feeling of safety. Im sorry for the people who have to sllep on the subway trains but thats another problem for another department Mr Bloomberg. You want more cleaners well youve already got them, make the people who sleep there cleanup if you cant fix it. You sure know how to waste money on the wrong things. Does anyone that administers the MTA ever actually ride on it and look at all aspects and co-ordination of trains and the discomfort of waiting passengers try ing to make connections at certain stations. Personally I dont think so. Blind Freddie can see you dont have a clue what youre doing. So increase the fares waste the money on your salaries and do nothing to for the general public that keep you in business……….What a bloody shambles……
Well I can certainly understand the frustrations of travellers on this system and the abhorance to a rise in the cost of a ticket, I for one as an overseas visitor and traveller around the state have cause to tate luggage with me and at times a lot of it. Thats my own choice of course but in my case I do try to think ahead when I know where I am going or where I am coming from. To or from Penn station JFK airport whatever, so I have a rough idea where things are like elevators escalators etc. So after a trip to Rochester for its Park Avenue Festival I was returning to New york by Jet Blue which was a good flight and then the Air Train also first class andd then Jamaica Station FULL STOP. NO ESCALATOR going down thats is. Now I know things break down and or power problems arise but its downright disgusting for the traveller to encounter a problem like this when there is no visible sign of anyone trying to rectify the problem, thats if there was one at all. Who knows? Were they saving power maybe they didnt think it was needed to have it working, I bought a ticket to travel on the MTA and factored into the cost of that ticket is the cost of maintainance so is it too much to expect a sign telling travellers what the problem is or maybe having some personnel on hand to assist the elderly with their luggage down the stairs. There are countless flights arriving and departing JFK daily, a modern remote rail system in the Air Train ultimately to encourage travellers to use it thus using the MTA subway system. It beggars belief that in this city where I assume the brains of the MTA actually operate to disguss and co-ordinate its present and future operations that nobody there thinks its neccessary to co-ordinate all these operations between Trains planes and the subway and make sure the neccessary facilities are operation to its fullest. I will think very hard in future as to whether I use that system again Im over 70 and reasonably fit but Im not bloody samson. A BLACK MARK IN MY BOOK FOR THE MTA.
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.
MTA TICKET PRICE INCREASE
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?