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

F train had it all today: 25-minute delay, an unannounced "police activity" at 2 Ave, a 30-minute argument btwn a man and a woman featuring both "n***er" and "f***ot"

I sang a loud chorus of "Helluva Town"

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2018 16:22 (four months ago) Permalink

New 7 train signals working great I must say

What is Blecchism ? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:33 (four months ago) Permalink

Opted to take bus from Manhattan instead

What is Blecchism ? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 01:08 (four months ago) Permalink

This whole charade is laughably bad, but I'm sticking with this. https://t.co/FPTni6An6J

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) December 13, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:44 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

RUMOR MILL this morning: Cuomo may announce L train shutdown is unnecessary later today

— TransitCenter (@TransitCenter) January 3, 2019

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:16 (three months ago) Permalink

lol

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:18 (three months ago) Permalink

that "teams of donkeys will pull the train" idea was a humdinger, eh?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:29 (three months ago) Permalink

I've said it before but a very Cuomo way to do this would be to delay the shutdown just long enough to lose the federal Sandy relief funds then do it anyway. https://t.co/5wUJkuGYXU

— Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) January 3, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:30 (three months ago) Permalink

the mta equivalent of "my resolution is to go to the gym regularly in 2019'

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:02 (three months ago) Permalink

UPDATE: One source says Cuomo may switch from the 1.5 year total L train shutdown timeline to one that would last 3+ years, by partially shutting down one track. https://t.co/is7ZEfyHUf

— Gothamist (@Gothamist) January 3, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Just unbelievable

chinavision!, Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:55 (three months ago) Permalink

ffs. wonder if he'll also finally admit to being in charge of the MTA, but only during alternate nights and weekends or whenever the L is closed.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:04 (three months ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure RotoRooter would fix that tunnel

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:26 (three months ago) Permalink

the one between andy's ears, sure

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:47 (three months ago) Permalink

"I called up Tesla, I said...[blah blah blah]...you're talking about flying cars, we're just talking about moving trains." God, Cuomo, SHUT THE FUCK UP.

— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) January 3, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Cuomo has trotted out the dean of the Cornell School of Engineering for his press conference, and as I hear it, a lot of rank-and-file MTA staffers are L I V I D at this person.

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) January 3, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:04 (three months ago) Permalink

man im trying to complain less in 2019 but this is a wildly stupid headline and it's really frustrating that the one sustainable "local" paper is this uselessly glib about city/state infrastructure and politics https://t.co/XGyA2iANUp

— Max Read (@max_read) January 3, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:06 (three months ago) Permalink

Asked if Judlau, the contractor that won the $477 million contract to fix the tunnel, will still be working on the project, Ferrer said, "We'll be renegotiating the scope of work and the project itself." Does he know how much it will cost?

"I don't know the answer to that question," Ferrer replied. "I don't know if anyone does...On this new project we believe it can be done within the envelope."

Cuomo refused to promise that it would take a maximum of 20 months, calling it a "silly question."

"Less time, less work, equals less money, but I am a monster to negotiate with," Cuomo said.

http://gothamist.com/2019/01/03/l_train_shutdown_wait_what.php#photo-1

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:11 (three months ago) Permalink

embedded on gothamist, worth preserving here i think

Q: What is Andrew Cuomo's favorite lunch meat?

A: pic.twitter.com/vAMyeEhE7n

— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) January 2, 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:36 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

SCOOP: The MTA's service draft plans for L-train single-tracking (in lieu of the full shutdown) bring lots of bad news for riders: 20-minute headways, possible platform metering, and no inter-borough shuttle bus service https://t.co/7bfbrFNJti

— David J. Meyer (@dahvnyc) January 23, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 22:03 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

wow, andrew cuomo finally visited the subway

http://gothamist.com/2019/02/08/subway_blob_mystery.php

theorizing your yells (katherine), Friday, 8 February 2019 23:13 (two months ago) Permalink

hah

mick signals, Saturday, 9 February 2019 04:19 (two months ago) Permalink

A track from the 7 train just crashed down upon a driving car around 65th Street in Woodside, piercing through the windshield. These photos are horrifying! pic.twitter.com/fBjxItlK7Q

— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) February 21, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:39 (two months ago) Permalink

jfc

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:41 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae8_-GTf3UY

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I was in sunnyside monday night and totally thinking how the 7 seems better than most lines right now. That is a total Final Destination picture.

Yerac, Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:52 (two months ago) Permalink

The N, W going up into astoria has been having all of the stations completely refurnished. My station is missing the stairs going up right now. I swear it sways a crazy amount now when a large vehicle goes by.

Yerac, Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:55 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s time NYC got it’s fair share.
The majority of MTAs capital budget has been sunk into massive projects that benefit LIRR & MNRR customers.
@nysdemocrats graph:@nicolegelinas https://t.co/WxBR8K22yH @JumaaneWilliams @RidersNY pic.twitter.com/SbiDA8O1Ab

— Joby Jacob (@joby_jacob) February 28, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 1 March 2019 19:59 (one month ago) Permalink

So I guess the NYC rats have entered whatever stage of their takeover plan is to seize control of the subway system pic.twitter.com/7uih5rqpCj

— Bailey Carlin (@BaileyCarlin) March 12, 2019

mookieproof, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:19 (one month ago) Permalink

It’s time NYC got it’s fair share.
The majority of MTAs capital budget has been sunk into massive projects that benefit LIRR & MNRR customers.

That tweet/chart combo is a tad misleading. He refers to the whole "capital budget" but the chart only reflects expansion programs within the budget. In reality it's more like 75% of the capital budget goes to NYC transit (which may still be out of whack, but not nearly to the degree suggested there).

early rejecter, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Some kind of would-be Raahsan Roland Kirk keeps blowing a whistle on the 7 train.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 March 2019 01:36 (four weeks ago) Permalink

aaron (signal problems, not basketball) gordon is great but I dread opening twitter during my commute and having the first thing I see be something by him, because it usually means shit's bad with the commute

reader, shit was bad

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Friday, 22 March 2019 14:58 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Posted: 03/26/2019 8:33AM

Northbound F Subway trains are delayed while NYPD responds to reports of a customer altercation at Ft Hamilton Pkwy.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

anyone we know?

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 12:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Garu G vs. Ricardo the Troll MTA fite!

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that's my stop!
not me though.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

going one way from court square queens to fort hamilton brooklyn took about 145 minutes last night. read the entire paper.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Subway Bathrooms: Are They as Bad as You Think?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/27/nyregion/subway-bathrooms.html

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 21:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

feel like this post is not gonna go over well but I read this and was... not overly impressed with the framing of it. very squalor-porn, some questionable details. like, if you're going to write about a bunch of subway stations in harlem and the bronx to contrast with times square and long island city, it might be a good idea to reach for different metaphors than "the monkey habitat at the zoo"

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Thursday, 28 March 2019 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, that whole pieces flippant vibe was enraging. if anything the NYT should be doing an expose on how the MTA's lack of bathrooms leads to people pissing and shitting on platforms and in cars.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 28 March 2019 21:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

what's the restroom situation in other major subways? i honestly don't recall encountering them when i lived in dc and montreal or visiting elsewhere

i don't even know what a good solution would be -- maybe one of those canister-type things in european cities that basically hose everything down after each use? people are truly incredible savages in public bathrooms, as i learned working retail

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 March 2019 22:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

In japan it is exceptionally good but almost everything bathroom related in japan is on another plane, including not being a savage in the bathroom. Acceptable here in Melbourne although not a lot of provision in most stations. London is non-existent.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

OTM japanese public bathrooms in the metro/train stations are unreal.

Yerac, Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the real genius move is locking them btwn midnight and 5am, the only times I want one

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sounds like guy sitting next to me on the number 7 local got rickrolled.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe they’re just shameless about their love for blue eyed soul

calstars, Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ha, yes exactly

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 6 April 2019 02:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

current A/C/F shitshow inbound from Brooklyn and uptown

MTA site says nothing

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 April 2019 14:40 (six days ago) Permalink

the @MTA deliberately misled us into believing the service was delayed when in fact it was non-existent for over an hour. They owe us an apology, wage compensation, refunds, & accountability by firing whatever employee failed to properly update this account @Gothamist #CuomosMTA

— Christopher Volpe (@iamChrisVolpe) April 15, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 15 April 2019 14:50 (six days ago) Permalink


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