Subways are for sleeping: NYC Transit survival thread

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So I get a monthly MetroCard through the work-discount TransitChek thing. I seem to have lost the new one; first time ever. It was unused, as I'm about 3 weeks 'ahead' when the new ones are distributed. Can I get it replaced, via some sort of ID number? (The human resources chief is out today, so I dunno.)

Dr Morbius, Friday, 3 August 2007 16:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yes there's a 1-800 number to call.

hstencil, Friday, 3 August 2007 16:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

thx stenc

Dr Morbius, Friday, 3 August 2007 16:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

just have the credit card you purchased it with handy.

poortheatre, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sorta-related question: Can one buy a seven-day MetroCard at La Guardia Airport? I'm visiting soon and would like to take care of that when I arrive.

mike a, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i don't know, but i can't imagine doing so wouldn't be more complicated than taking a cab from the airport and buying the metrocard in the subway station nearest your destination

gabbneb, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

taking a cab from the airport

or the bus (which takes forever)

gabbneb, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i would suggest just getting a $10 metrocard (6 rides) instead of the weekly pass. it's a better value in most cases.

edb, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

just FYI, i do not recommend fallign asleep on the subway unless you like being woken up by cops in Jamaica at 5am.

ian, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sorta-related question: Can one buy a seven-day MetroCard at La Guardia Airport? I'm visiting soon and would like to take care of that when I arrive.

-- mike a, Friday, August 3, 2007 6:31 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

yes you can buy them at lga.

hstencil, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

but you can't take the subway directly from there :(

poortheatre, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

btw, in answer to the original question, I am Shit Outta Luck.

Under the TransitChek® Program a lost or stolen MetroCard® cannot be replaced.

Dr Morbius, Sunday, 5 August 2007 14:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

How much do you save with TransitChek?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Sunday, 5 August 2007 14:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i think transit check is pre-tax dollars -- so you're paying for the metrocard with, well, pre-tax dollars (and your tax bill goes down). you may want to check with your HR people, though.

Eisbaer, Sunday, 5 August 2007 15:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i think it's somewhere in the neighborhood of a 40% savings? something like that?

hstencil, Sunday, 5 August 2007 16:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Fortunately, my card 'lagged' behind the expiration of the last one (ie, unused during vacations etc) I only have to pay for about 8 days. Why it isn't where I always store it I can't figger.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 6 August 2007 13:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i have a similar problem, this is going to sound ridiculous.. but at my old job i started getting those transitchek credit cards, all exactly for $78 or whatever a monthly costs these days. i was out of work for a while so i started intermittently using them for single rides and daily passes. i have three in my wallet that have like $4-$8 on them. is there anyway i can get the money back or move the credits into one purchase?

sanskrit, Monday, 6 August 2007 14:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

somebody bump this thread when the trains are running.
apparently it's a mess. so not leaving for work until it's fixed.

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I went to the station, and then another station, before learning that ALL trains are fucked. Home now, think I'll make a big breakfast instead.

Laurel, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

exactly!

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yes!

(had a dentist appt, cancelled!)

Surmounter, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://www.livescience.com/images/050114_subway_flood_03.jpg

gabbneb, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

12 noon BK FAP?

sanskrit, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Sadly I'll prob be at the office by noon. :(((

Laurel, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

But first I'm making bastard jambalaya w andouille. Sadly, out of shrimps.

Laurel, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i need to get in by 1 for a meeting. i'm going to give it another hour or so before i try....

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

1st floor of my condo (neighbor's section) flooded and I am meant to not flush until they know that the sewers haven't routed into their house.
Meanwhile no ac at work means I work from home again.
End of the world.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

okay scary: i woke up at 4 or whenever it really came down and my fucking cat

was outside

on our windowsill (three flights up!) in the storm

this is Brooklyn, mind you. she's never supposed to get out - she must have climbed past me while i was in the office (that window doesn't have a screen).

it was incredibly surreal. the sky looked absolutely gorgeous and amazing but my fucking cat was tiptoeing around for her life! to top it off, she's SUPER SCARED of storms and always runs under the stove when it rains.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I made it in via bus and 3 trains, wimps.

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Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

L = fail
G = fail
B48 -> JMZ -> walk ~1 mile = win

sleep, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

B67 + M + D + F as E

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

But first I'm making bastard jambalaya w andouille. Sadly, out of shrimps.

-- Laurel, Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:14 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Link

girl, we know you got a bike, GET PEDALING.

sanskrit, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

4-5-6 still not running, so i dont know if it's even worth bothering to try to get up to the UES yet?

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i had no problem with L. F was really backed up but still got me to work. now i am angry because i'd much rather be home getting ready for 6 am departure to buffalo tomorrow.

tehresa, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

between this morning and B*adrum, WORST NEW YORK SUMMER SINCE '77

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

8-8-07, never forget!

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

it's a damn-you-hadda-be-there urban legend.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

No bklyn bound ACE.

God damn the L for being the one running fine, I could be at home right now with the dogs.

Jon Lewis, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i don't know if i bother trying - it sounds like the L is running but i imagine i will be fucked at union square.

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah I think you're right.

We failed to give enough props yesterday on Sea Serpent Day so now they're running amok in the tunnels.

Jon Lewis, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Number 7 to Times Square then Number 1 one stop to 34 Street and then I walked downtown.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

have fun in your 100-degree afternoon, new yorkers

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Where are you now in your travels, Tracer?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

white city!

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Lisboa?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

MTA > viceland > blogger's sense of entitlement

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wait, you live on the 7 line?

Casuistry, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I usually take the E or F at Roosevelt Avenue.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eeww it's supposed to be that hot here today? i rly don't know how much longer i can do this. it's gotten to the point where i can't SIT DOWN IN MY OFFICE with HEADPHONES on. i'm actually afraid the humidity will ruin my headphones. it's driving me crazy. where the fuck did the days of central air go? HUH?

Surmounter, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

my commute involves three trains and improbably ALL THREE OF THEM lacked air-conditioning

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 14:38 (one month ago) Permalink

vote Nixon

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 7 September 2018 14:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Moving trains a full avenue block away from most of the subway lines while keeping MSG in its current place so that we can have a nice headhouse is NYC's approach to transit in the 21st Century in a nutshell. https://t.co/4YgTKMBPak

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) September 6, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 7 September 2018 14:52 (one month ago) Permalink

xp -- regardless of one's thoughts on nixon vs. cuomo the air conditioning issue is something neither of them can fix, because it's an issue with cars specific to the 1 and 6 lines, and those cars don't get replaced for about six years (it presumably takes a while to get a replacement of train cars, and they can't pull from lines that run different kinds of cars)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 7 September 2018 15:14 (one month ago) Permalink

wait, i thought all A-division stock was interchangeable... what would be specific about the 1 and 6? versus the 2, 3, 4, and 5?

but anyway though, cuomo has been governor for eight years - he could have said day one "i am going to build on the recent turnaround in the subway system and prioritize catching up on maintenance and replacing old rolling stock." he didn't. or more recently he could have looked at byford's report-back and said "yup, this is the visionary thinking we need to kick the system into the twenty-first century - we need to fund this urgently, top priority" - he didn't. so at least nixon, by virtue of not being cuomo, hasn't already demonstrated that she doesn't give a shit about teeing up medium- and long-term investments which would include replacement cars.

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:01 (one month ago) Permalink

the cars with the frequently broken air conditioning are R62A cars, almost all of which run on the 1 and the 6 lines (64 cars out of 69 total)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:08 (one month ago) Permalink

(I haven't been able to find anything that says *why* they only run on the 1 and 6 lines, but I assume there's a reason given that they're the local trains.)

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:11 (one month ago) Permalink

aha, got it, thanks!

wonder if they're just like really old and rickety and consequently no one wants to test them at express speeds...

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:18 (one month ago) Permalink

according to signal problems not really, which is counter-intuitively the problem (since that means they're not a priority to be replaced):

Unfortunately, this means the problem isn’t going away any time soon. Although hot cars are a nuisance—or during heat waves like this week’s, actually dangerous—R62As are still serviceable foot soldiers with a mean distance between failure of 100,475 miles. That’s below the system average of 119,908, but well above the ancient R32s (31,114), R42s (34,217), and R46s (71,357). Those will have to be replaced first.

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:20 (one month ago) Permalink

man, sounds like a lot of cars have needed replacing for a while. if only new york state had had a governor during the past!

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:39 (one month ago) Permalink

but again, i do appreciate you doing my homework for me on the cars!

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Dude the R32s were built in 64/65!!

I love em but it’s so insane that they still run them.

chinavision!, Friday, 7 September 2018 16:41 (one month ago) Permalink

sounds like they need to be sunk in the sea like the old 'redbird' cars

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:46 (one month ago) Permalink

i think that's illegal now. but pile them all up in fresh kills park and you have endless opportunities for annual instagrammable artistic installations!

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:52 (one month ago) Permalink

or wait, i've got it - chain them all together, stick pontoons on them, and claim it's a new combination ferry/subway line across the east river. wait for it to fill up with selfie-taking williamsburg condo dwellers on opening day, then sink the whole works.

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 September 2018 16:54 (one month ago) Permalink

They were still ‘reefing’ old cars up until a few years ago I think? Not actually sure why they stopped.

chinavision!, Friday, 7 September 2018 17:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Dude the R32s were built in 64/65!!

Wonder if they were showcased at the World's Fair as "The Subway Car of the 21st Century"

Josefa, Friday, 7 September 2018 22:25 (one month ago) Permalink

^ This is why I carry a headlamp in my bag.

Yerac, Friday, 7 September 2018 22:42 (one month ago) Permalink

I think R32s were just a bit too late for the worlds fair. Though the worlds fair train was the r33, confusingly built earlier (the numbers just represent contract order).

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-beautiful-symbols-of-the-new-york-subways-sad-decline

chinavision!, Friday, 7 September 2018 22:50 (one month ago) Permalink

I missed the whole rattan-wicker seat era. Wonder what that was like.

Josefa, Friday, 7 September 2018 23:08 (one month ago) Permalink

i dimly do... i def remember the fans near the car ceilings.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Cuomo's advisers have urged him "to ride the subway on more than one occasion, according to two knowledgeable sources. The governor has demurred. One explanation has it that the image of a “passive straphanger” doesn't align with the governor’s can-do persona." https://t.co/Nei3BInA01

— Laura Nahmias (@nahmias) September 10, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 10 September 2018 14:14 (one month ago) Permalink

important question: has any delay in the history of the MTA ever been caused by people failing to USE ALL AVAILABLE DOORS? because it seems to me like people are always using all available doors, just every door is bullshit

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 10 September 2018 14:18 (one month ago) Permalink

yes, we need to run 30 yards and find the more available door

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 September 2018 14:21 (one month ago) Permalink

they need to change that to "hey idiot, if you are standing inside the car and blocking an available door, move out of the goddamn way so people can occupy the massive wedge of open space you are bottlenecking"

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 September 2018 14:37 (one month ago) Permalink

no way man, gabbneb *earned* that space by the door

mookieproof, Monday, 10 September 2018 14:56 (one month ago) Permalink

Multiple lols

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 14:57 (one month ago) Permalink

they need to change that to "hey idiot, if you are standing inside the car and blocking an available door, move out of the goddamn way so people can occupy the massive wedge of open space you are bottlenecking"

This would be a good idea for an annoying subway ad!

badg, Monday, 10 September 2018 15:23 (one month ago) Permalink

they need to change that to "hey idiot, if you are standing inside the car and blocking an available door, move out of the goddamn way so people can occupy the massive wedge of open space you are bottlenecking"

― got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Monday, September 10, 2018 10:37 AM (forty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

what is this "massive wedge of open space" on the subway

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 10 September 2018 15:24 (one month ago) Permalink

massive wedge of gathered humanity maybe

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 10 September 2018 15:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Andrew Cuomo, the man we are supposed to hold our noses and vote for because he's "tough" enough to manage our rough and tumble state government, is scared to ride the subway because he knows a normal New Yorker would heckle him https://t.co/4NG0m8q5II

— Italian Alex Pareene (@pareene) September 10, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 September 2018 15:59 (one month ago) Permalink

varies by line, but on the 1/2/3 I regularly find spacious open cars transformed into cramped misery by a formation of headphone-wearing oblivious columbia undergrads, luggage-toting tourists, et cetera, acting like the random bits of flotsam that turn a cool mountain stream into a mighty, sweaty reservoir

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 September 2018 17:24 (one month ago) Permalink

maybe in brooklyn or after 9 pm

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 10 September 2018 17:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Good morning. A cord was pulled on a train at 14 St-Union Sq causing delays and changes in service. We know this is frustrating. Please know we are working on fixing things within the next 5-10 years with our Fast Forward Plan. ^CB

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) September 13, 2018

lol?

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:16 (one month ago) Permalink

i see u Cuomo

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:59 (one month ago) Permalink

this isn't the subway's fault so much as subway ridership, but if someone has headphones in and is typing furiously on a laptop, on the subway, DURING RUSH HOUR, while visibly stressed to the point of panic, this is not a time to strike up a conversation with them!

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Yet Another Worrisome Subway Statistic: More People Are Going on the Tracks

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/nyregion/nyc-subway-tracks-delays.html

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:14 (one month ago) Permalink

die for yer phone

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Nearing an end to his 8th year as Governor, Cuomo says dealing with the MTA is "what's next" for his infrastructure program.

— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) October 4, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Riding my bike is a great way to avoid the subway, but I don't love occasionally riding over puddles of mystery liquid

badg, Friday, 5 October 2018 21:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

crossposting... I saw all these Jokers at 18th Ave last Saturday

TMZ reports that while filming a recent scene inside a Brooklyn subway station, extras were locked in a train car and allegedly denied their break after two hours of work. "The extras started banging on the subway doors asking to be let out because people needed to use the bathroom, but they were kept inside and eventually resorted to pissing on the tracks through the small spaces between cars," TMZ writes.

http://gothamist.com/2018/10/10/joker_movie_extras_subway_trapped.php

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Southbound A and C trains are running with delays while we perform urgent track maintenance at Fulton St.

you're so extreme
you can be so temperamental

mookieproof, Friday, 12 October 2018 20:12 (one week ago) Permalink

found as i was clearing out a recent notebook, quotes from before and after a "showtime" performance a few months ago: "nobody moves, nobody gets hurt" and "Positive, not negative - everyone was safe, no one got kicked in the face." these were delivered amidst the rest of the genial carnival-barker's "step right up" tone, so they are threatening only in their literal content, but what a bizarre world we live in.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 12 October 2018 20:53 (one week ago) Permalink

ive heard those guys (i never look up from the paper during showtime)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 October 2018 21:06 (one week ago) Permalink


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