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 (twelve years ago) link

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

hstencil, Friday, 3 August 2007 16:41 (twelve years ago) link

thx stenc

Dr Morbius, Friday, 3 August 2007 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

just have the credit card you purchased it with handy.

poortheatre, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:24 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

taking a cab from the airport

or the bus (which takes forever)

gabbneb, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:34 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

poortheatre, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:42 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

How much do you save with TransitChek?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Sunday, 5 August 2007 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

hstencil, Sunday, 5 August 2007 16:24 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

exactly!

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:46 (twelve years ago) link

yes!

(had a dentist appt, cancelled!)

Surmounter, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:48 (twelve years ago) link

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

gabbneb, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:05 (twelve years ago) link

12 noon BK FAP?

sanskrit, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:07 (twelve years ago) link

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

Laurel, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:13 (twelve years ago) link

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

Laurel, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:14 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

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Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:11 (twelve years ago) link

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

sleep, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:37 (twelve years ago) link

B67 + M + D + F as E

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:38 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:51 (twelve years ago) link

8-8-07, never forget!

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:54 (twelve years ago) link

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

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:55 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

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 (twelve years ago) link

have fun in your 100-degree afternoon, new yorkers

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:07 (twelve years ago) link

Where are you now in your travels, Tracer?

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

white city!

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:13 (twelve years ago) link

Lisboa?

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

MTA > viceland > blogger's sense of entitlement

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:24 (twelve years ago) link

Wait, you live on the 7 line?

Casuistry, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:31 (twelve years ago) link

I usually take the E or F at Roosevelt Avenue.

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

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 (twelve years ago) link

going to invest in industrial scissors to destroy all backpacks worn on the back

― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:47 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

fuckin hate backpacks

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 10 January 2020 05:19 (two weeks ago) link

too leggy for 4
5 often involves sitting at an awkward angle while ppl squeeze by to sit in 4
gotta be 3, 2, or 1
probably 3

Josefa, Friday, 10 January 2020 05:22 (two weeks ago) link

backpacks really are the worst of the subway annoyances since the urban hikers wearing them usually have no clue whatsoever that they're doing anything annoying

Josefa, Friday, 10 January 2020 05:26 (two weeks ago) link

by far the single worst change to my quality of life in the past decade has been relying on the 1/2/3 rather than the N, which is a neverending parade of hell even when you don’t end up on a fucking shuttle bus, DOWN BROADWAY, AT RUSH HOUR

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 13 January 2020 15:10 (two weeks ago) link

it has now moved to west end, an improvement in that it is now going 2 blocks per minute rather than 1

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 13 January 2020 15:16 (two weeks ago) link

the urban hikers wearing them usually have no clue whatsoever that they're doing anything annoying

they have permanent earphone implants too

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 13 January 2020 15:31 (two weeks ago) link

Indeed. Believe I just saw James Franciscus unearth just such a fossilized specimen in Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 January 2020 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

meanwhile, the n/w, as usual, is almost comically pleasant (I was worried more than one person would realize the 57th stop is not much farther from columbus circle than the actual transfer, but that turned out to be moot since nobody’s fucking getting as far as columbus circle)

wonder whether the m4 or m5 would have saved me time, on the one hand they’re 40-60 minutes to/from Times Square on a good day, on the other hand my commute was longer than that, on the other other hand this is not “a good day” (and they’re rerouted anyway; for once the m4 might have been the faster choice). only other things I can think of is the m96 (but considering that’s the 1 terminus it seems like people would have thought of that too) or as a long shot the m60 (probably not, the time it would take to go crosstown enough to reach a line that isn’t the ABCD likely isn’t worth it)

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 13 January 2020 15:49 (two weeks ago) link

meanwhile, the n/w, as usual, is almost comically pleasant
I always think this, and when I lived in Downtown Brooklyn always preferred taking the N/R. Even remember being on this line the morning of 9/11 and it was still like that while we were waiting to be moving shortly. Wasn’t aware of anything amiss until a little while later when I got off and saw some NYU security guard gesticulating and pointing down Mercer Street.

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 January 2020 16:20 (two weeks ago) link

Conductor on 7 train keeps making jokes and reminding us to watch Awkwafina on Comedy Central. Maybe she’s just a fan but starting to think she actually is Awkwafina.

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:40 (one week ago) link

If so, I am not aware of a similar stunt being done before, although now that I think about it maybe I did read about such a thing.

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 January 2020 13:53 (one week ago) link

Kind of glad I got to experience that without having read about it beforehand. Delayed SPOILER ALERT

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:22 (one week ago) link

Jesus, that sounds like hell

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:28 (one week ago) link

I hate the subways being used for advertising and pretty much everything about this kind of marketing stunt but I still woulda been stoked to imagine for a few minutes that Awkwafina was actually on my subway train making announcements.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:28 (one week ago) link

This delay brought to you by kitkat... take a kitkat break!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:30 (one week ago) link

ugghhhhhhh

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:33 (one week ago) link

At first I thought it was just one of the would-be MTA comedians and then I actually did think it was her on the train for a bit.

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:38 (one week ago) link

I think I heard this too, the announcement was something like “next stop manhattan so hold your breath...just kidding” but f all advertising, especially in small, enclosed inescapable spaces

calstars, Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:21 (one week ago) link

yeah, she said something like “Next stop, Manhattan, which means we’re going underwater so hold your breath.”

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:28 (one week ago) link

think we are in for a week of this

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:29 (one week ago) link

Also, who the f is awkwafina?

calstars, Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:35 (one week ago) link

tsk tsk

screamed at the conductor for helpful announcements [/snark] during 20-minute sick passenger delay

i can't take this much longer

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:58 (one week ago) link

let me google that for you
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awkwafina

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:22 (one week ago) link

It’s unclear how much Comedy Central paid for the takeover, but MTA officials said they hope to open up their public service announcements for more sponsorship opportunities in the future.

this is a fucking nightmare waiting to happen
i listened to the video with her comments; even this, lighthearted as it is, utterly sucks

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:24 (one week ago) link

yeah no fucking thank you, even if they're all as charming as awkwafina

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:34 (one week ago) link

they tried that with the taxi announcements and everyone hated it!

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 16 January 2020 20:44 (one week ago) link

Oh no

calstars, Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:16 (one week ago) link

howbout when there are two trains opposite each other, and there's a HIGH VOLUME announcement that "this train" is going express, so loud that you can't tell which train it's coming from

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:17 (one week ago) link

“All the stops, baby!”

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 17 January 2020 13:34 (one week ago) link

Just passed a neighboring family talking appreciatively about this.

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 January 2020 17:01 (one week ago) link

howbout when there are two trains opposite each other, and there's a HIGH VOLUME announcement that "this train" is going express, so loud that you can't tell which train it's coming from

something similar happened yesterday, luckily didn’t need to take either one

Disco Cladistic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 18 January 2020 17:02 (one week ago) link

The 70s & 80s, now in living color on a subway platform near you. A true sign of decay, one that we worked so hard to eradicate decades ago. The taggers had plenty of time to cover this entire train, because they know there are no more consequences. #backtothefuture pic.twitter.com/7uWmg8YdzU

— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) January 21, 2020



lol

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 20:04 (one week ago) link

for many of us, that's a past/future sorely desired!
anyways, that train never went into service, you're not fooling anyone

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 20:09 (one week ago) link

that thread's responses are all pretty great but i particularly like this top one:

@AlexandraErin
If you think allowing a broken window to go unaddressed encourages lawlessness, I invite you to consider what happens when we let the cops get away with murder.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 20:10 (one week ago) link

I’m no fan of subway graffiti but I’d take it over advertising

calstars, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 23:20 (one week ago) link

Bed bugs. pic.twitter.com/wMLNA3AttA

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) January 23, 2020

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 January 2020 02:03 (six days ago) link

andy byford has resigned

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:33 (six days ago) link

welp.
at this point i think the only man for the job is dwayne "the rock" johnson

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:26 (six days ago) link

NYT page 1 story says Prince Andrew considers himnself a "master builder"

I guess the 2nd Ave subway riders might say so

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 January 2020 15:16 (five days ago) link

the governor who drove the most respected and competent leader in the MTA to resign (twice) is reported to be interested in being President Biden's chief of staff https://t.co/e0zeBbkufF

— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@pareene) January 23, 2020

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 24 January 2020 15:20 (five days ago) link

One of the MTA's enduring problems is retaining top tier talent; not just at the top, but entry level, too. So many young, talented people want to work for the New York City subway system. Very few stay. Today was a very public window into why. https://t.co/9O4mV2T30B

— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) January 23, 2020

mookieproof, Friday, 24 January 2020 15:33 (five days ago) link

The proposed line that goes from Bay Ridge to Astoria sounds pretty great (though I won't have kids to enjoy it considering how long it takes anyone in the MTA to do anything other than raise fares).

Yerac, Friday, 24 January 2020 18:59 (five days ago) link

i imagine if you had kids, their kids might see that line but i wouldn't put money on it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 January 2020 19:03 (five days ago) link

'signals guru' pete tomlin also resigns

mookieproof, Friday, 24 January 2020 21:02 (five days ago) link

rip mta

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 24 January 2020 21:05 (five days ago) link

I had no use for you took you nearly every single day of my life, but rip anyway

TS: Kirk/Spock vs. Marat/Sade (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 25 January 2020 01:15 (four days ago) link


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