The MTA is showng just how bad it manages its business or come to that if it manages it all. The proposed fare rises and re-scheduleing is an admission of its failure and lack of ideas to fix a problem that they have brought on themselves. The trains themselves are a joke, filthy, windows scratched, commuters that use it as an overnight doss house, daytime commuters that use it as a mobile diner, bringing their food to consume on the train and leaving the smelly rubbish behind when they leave…….. Its a disgrace. The MTA should ask themselves what the ssem is all about and who the main users are and for what purpose. Maybe I can enlighten them somewhat. I make 4 trips a day from Queens to manhatten and return naturally so I see the trains at different times of the day and the difference in the type of commuters. Does anyone from the MTA ever take the time to do this and get some idea the needs and possible wastage. I bet they dont. The easy fix is always to put up the fares and cut the service, job done. The commuter pays for the MTA’s inneficiency. So why not look a little deeper into better ways to manage the situation and bring things into perspective. The “Rush Hour” is exactly what it says commuters rushing to get to their places of employment and believe me there is no comfort in the trip. Maybe you can get a seat but thats in the lap of the gods but that goes with the territory. Thes commuters are heading to a place of employment and that place is a place that makes a profit from there being employed there. Wouldnt t be more just for the employers to contribute to the system which their employees have to use to get to work. Would it not make more sense that you get the money from those that can afford it or at least have it. The billions of dollars that is needed to operate the system and the losses that are obviously occuring must show up and can be pinpointed to a particular area or areas so what are they and where are they. Tell us. Retraining of the guards might be a good idea, announcements are a joke, closing the doors seems to be a task thats played as a game to try and close the doors while commuters are still trying to get off and then try and trap anyone trying to get on. The MTA system is undoubtably in a mess and so are the people that run it. Make a start, prohibit food on trains, let people eat it where they buy it. If you are going to cu services then create a timetable to stick to so people dont have to stand on a station platform and pray for a train to come. Let them KNOW when its coming, better co-ordinate transfers from one train to another. Not five “E” and “F” trains arriving at Roosevelt and trying to fit on one “R or “V” train. Encourage weekend commuters to use the system by inceasing the service not having cliens standing around not knowing when a train is coming at anytime. Start getting professional and earn the wages you get. Mr Bloomberg you are not worthy of another term you are losing your leadership direction for the people of New York unless maybe you want to be a train guard that is. Cancelling trains is not an option and only goes to show how incompetent the MTA administration is.
The mind boggles for a visitor to your city when it comes to reading what your powers to be actually want put in place by law or intent that is supposedly for your benefit. I previously posted a blog regarding in regards to the MTA and its price increase, I mentioned in that blog the cleanliness or lack of it on the subway trains, now it seems your Mayor who seems to have total control of everything here is going to increase the number of cleaners on the subway by 11% I think I read. Is this man NUTS, he recently went to London to look into security cameras in action on their subway system and I suppose security cameras in general. Incidently I read that in the UK there is one camera for each 14 people and thats an incredible statistic if thats true. Anyway back to the subject, the subway commuter day start around 6.30am I would think and if you travel at that time the trains are reasonably clean and tidy. Thats the beginning of the day for those commuters to bring their breakfast on the train because they cant leave home a bit earlier or get up a bit earlier to actually consume their food before they get on the train, of course it would be ridiculous to think they could get up in time to actually eat like a human being before they leave the house. So progressively through the day the commuters bring and eat their food and dispense their newspapers and junk on the seats and floor of the train. The Mayors answer to the filthy unhygenic problem is to employ another 11% more cleaners to pick up the crap. This guys the Mayor? he s in charge of things here, boy does New York have a problem with him in charge. I visited Taiwan a few years ago and was impressed at the cleanliness of their subway system, and they achieved it in a way thats beyond comprehension in the city of New York with a Mayor that has the power to put things into operation yet doesnt have the brain power to find the correct solution to a problem. Im going to suggest to him a solution to the problem and it seems to work in Taiwan, STOP COMMUTERS TAKING THE CRAP ON THE TRAINS……..enforse rules or laws prohibiting food and drink beyond a certain point at the station and provide adequate recepticles to receive the rubbish. Transform your cleaners or a proportion of them plus the 11% you intend to employ if needed to ensure and enforce the law of cleanliness and hygene, its beyond all belief that anyone can enforce laws that ban smoking on trains and most other places yet cant stop them eatin and disposing rubbish on subway trains……………Fortunately Mayors in Australia dont have the same powers that they have in the USA which is a good thing in my eyes, I havent seen any bright ideas come from your Mayors thats actually benefit the general public. Your Mayors are politically active enough to run for President so lets face it if this Mayor has his eye on the White House in the future which might lead to cleaning up the world like the present one then make a start for the high office by cleaning up the New York subway system…………Thanks
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?