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

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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

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

Yerac, Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:06 (two months 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 (two months 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 months ago) Permalink

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

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

Ha, yes exactly

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

two weeks pass...

OK where did they find this off-brand woman to read the broken L train announcement like she's never heard of boroughs? "For service to... man... hat ten?"

Not removing my noise cancelers till she's gone.

mick signals, Saturday, 11 May 2019 04:11 (one month ago) Permalink

i know you're joking but fuck everyone wearing noise-cancelers anyway

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 May 2019 04:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Dude, they are saving my sanity

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 11 May 2019 05:52 (one month ago) Permalink

what happens when the F turns into a G and you're the last to know?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 12 May 2019 14:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Wait, this just happened to you?

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 May 2019 14:11 (one month ago) Permalink

no, bcz I don't use headphones on the train; I laff when it happens to others

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 12 May 2019 14:14 (one month ago) Permalink

I look up occasionally, hasn’t been a big problem

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 May 2019 16:37 (one month ago) Permalink

I only hate the people with noise cancelers/loud headphones on the subway because they don't get the fuck out of the way when you yell at them to.

Yerac, Sunday, 12 May 2019 16:42 (one month ago) Permalink

And I would never wear them while moving in the city because I don't want to die that way.

Yerac, Sunday, 12 May 2019 16:44 (one month ago) Permalink

i am okay with dying that way i guess? it's been an adjustment and i don't leave them on all the time but it alleviates the nonstop intrusion of the world into every goddamn moment and turns the train from a traveling asylum back into a conveyance. I'm aware it may ultimately be a problem to be a true disconnected bystander but i feel like i may also have avoided several confrontations because i genuinely can't hear the guy cursing at everyone in the car, so I don't have to deal with it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 13 May 2019 06:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I am okay with dying that way.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 13 May 2019 12:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Being held momentarily

Careless Love Battery (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 13 May 2019 12:13 (one month ago) Permalink

can’t live in new york without headphones

have p good spatial awareness

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 13 May 2019 12:14 (one month ago) Permalink

I wasn't joking

mick signals, Monday, 13 May 2019 13:44 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm going to be that anecdotal person and say that a woman from my hometown died at a train station (in Chicago iirc?) bc she had headphones on and stepped in front of an Amtrak train.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 13 May 2019 14:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Here's how a clogged toilet disrupted five subway lines during rush hour this AM https://t.co/7BYc8M1Sz8

— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) May 17, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 17 May 2019 16:21 (one month ago) Permalink

jesus christ

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 17 May 2019 16:27 (one month ago) Permalink

dont take much

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 17 May 2019 16:37 (one month ago) Permalink

New Yorkers giving a shit breaks the system shocker

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 17 May 2019 16:53 (one month ago) Permalink

If you're listening to music on headphones on the subway in NYC you're almost certainly going to be dealing with hearing loss later in life. Noise down there is super crazy.

Position Position, Friday, 17 May 2019 17:05 (one month ago) Permalink

whatja say?

doesnt matter, the Ramones got there first

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 17 May 2019 17:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Thank you Dr Position

calstars, Friday, 17 May 2019 17:37 (one month ago) Permalink

almost like one should be using.... noise-cancelling headphones

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Friday, 17 May 2019 18:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Bus service cuts.

Talk about a death spiral. This is one area of MTA transit policy where the mayor can take the blame. https://t.co/THEeu0OaJT

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) May 20, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 20 May 2019 19:36 (one month ago) Permalink

We suspect someone has intentionally disrupted thousands of commutes on the 2/3 lines today by activating multiple trains’ emergency brakes. If you see any suspicious behavior, please @ or DM us details ASAP, including car #, so we can get trains back on schedule.

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) May 21, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:15 (four weeks ago) Permalink

googling where de Blasio was today.

Yerac, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:17 (four weeks ago) Permalink

favorite morning headline typo:

The MTA is on the hunt for the "idiots" who are pulling emergency brakes on subway trains, snarling tush-hour commutes.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 May 2019 12:03 (four weeks ago) Permalink

This person has an established M.O., the source said, and Jalopnik confirmed this by reviewing internal incident reports. There are at least three so far.

The suspect disrupts service primarily on the 2 and 5 lines from Flatbush Avenue in central Brooklyn to midtown Manhattan. He climbs aboard the rear of the train as it departs a station, unlocks the safety chains, somehow gets into the rear cab, and triggers the emergency brakes. Then, he disappears, most likely through the subway tunnels and out an emergency exit.

Despite striking on average once a week for several months, the person has not been caught.

mookieproof, Thursday, 23 May 2019 16:16 (four weeks ago) Permalink

those dang mole people

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 May 2019 18:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

otm

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:17 (four weeks ago) Permalink

AKA the molè people

calstars, Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:27 (four weeks ago) Permalink

F the MTA
I’m just going to start hopping turnstiles

calstars, Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that's the spirit
if you get the monthly/weekly, always swipe someone in when you leave if you can
leave the emergency doors open as you leave too

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wonder of the the 7 train world: the Junction Blvd overpass elevator system.

TS The Students vs. The Regents (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Southbound F Subway trains are getting back on schedule after we isolated a train car with a soiled interior at 57 St.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 12:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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