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

Thank you Dr Position

calstars, Friday, 17 May 2019 17:37 (four months ago) link

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

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Friday, 17 May 2019 18:12 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 months ago) link

googling where de Blasio was today.

Yerac, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 00:17 (four months ago) link

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 months ago) link

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 months ago) link

those dang mole people

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

otm

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

AKA the molè people

calstars, Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:27 (four months ago) link

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

calstars, Sunday, 2 June 2019 20:32 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Classic or dud: platform-standing people who are not getting on the current train but nevertheless form a World Cup level wall before the door.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 23:26 (three months ago) link

one of the biggest duds, next to people surging, in wall formation, into a car the instant the doors open, nevermind everyone trying to get the fuck off.

Good morning, how are you, I'm (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 23:31 (three months ago) link

Perhaps with the additional ingenuity of displaying strappy backpacks for any loose cords to catch on as you round the wall.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 23:32 (three months ago) link

Not as dud as the entire BART where people form a line at the future location of a yet to arrive train that blocks the entire width of the platform.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 23:51 (three months ago) link

That seems similar to the experience of trying to dock a bike - or undock it- when people are lined up for the ferry.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:16 (three months ago) link

The worst are the fsckers who stand in the doorway when people are getting on and off

calstars, Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:28 (three months ago) link

I have an, um, soft spot for the types who sort of accelerate and sneakily jockey for position to be the first ones into the car, then decelerate once they are past the door while they size up the situation to decide where they want to sit.

Vini C. Riley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 July 2019 00:34 (three months ago) link

There are service changes and delays on the F line while we work to remove a shopping cart from under a train at Jay St-MetroTech.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 21:32 (two months ago) link

Yup

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 22:32 (two months ago) link

yeah that was fun

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 02:57 (two months ago) link

QNS, F Train, Offensive Vandalism

mookieproof, Friday, 19 July 2019 13:01 (two months ago) link

MANH, A Train, Dirty Train Car

mookieproof, Friday, 19 July 2019 21:59 (two months ago) link

RIP 123456

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 19 July 2019 22:25 (two months ago) link

pic.twitter.com/47doOVpQJX

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 19, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 19 July 2019 22:26 (two months ago) link

Knicks front office and MTA should switch jobs; can't do anything worse than what the others have been doing already

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 19 July 2019 22:39 (two months ago) link

RIP 123456

I had no use for you but IRT anyway

Ask Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 19 July 2019 22:43 (two months ago) link

oh I kinda missed that, mercifully

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 July 2019 12:44 (two months ago) link

"We did not know exactly where our trains were" is a beaut

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/MTA-Reports-Delays-on-Slew-of-Train-Lines-512963371.html

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 July 2019 12:47 (two months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EAIHGL5X4AEGkIf.png

mookieproof, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:10 (two months ago) link

Multiple impacts of raindrops upon track

mick signals, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 03:47 (two months ago) link

Here's a key part of the report.

Congress ordered a study of why the US wastes billions by spending 5x as much per mile of subway track as every other country in the world.

The @USGAO interviewed track builders who told them that cost comparisons are hard. So they didn't do it. pic.twitter.com/9lWe68LOId

— Brian M. Rosenthal (@brianmrosenthal) July 22, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 July 2019 11:53 (two months ago) link

The MTA hired three firms to clear subway drains.
Two donated to Cuomo’s campaign during the same period, including a fundraiser at a luxury suite at a Mets game.

We look at the governor’s donations from MTA contractors with @jdavidgoodman @agustin_NYT https://t.co/sGgPrnWpL3

— Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) July 29, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 29 July 2019 17:46 (two months ago) link

I’ll have more from this story later but from what I’ve been told, this denial by the governor is at best half-true and may be completely untrue in many cases. pic.twitter.com/oSEx3eJe2w

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) July 29, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 29 July 2019 17:48 (two months ago) link

Police Apprehend Man For Repeatedly Failing To Pay For Subway https://t.co/YE4fVKmFdk pic.twitter.com/syYdjwqiVU

— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 29, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 29 July 2019 18:59 (two months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Broken rail on 7 line

The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 26 August 2019 11:54 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

(pickups and drop-offs would still be allowed)

isn't 90% of the city's traffic rideshares or cabs anyway?

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Friday, 27 September 2019 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

i would put something like 35% for delivery vehicles whether UPS-style or rigs

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 20:41 (two weeks ago) link

apparently the answer is: laptops

https://www.thecut.com/2019/10/what-do-guys-keep-in-their-backpacks.html

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 October 2019 15:43 (one week ago) link

i switched back to a backpack abt five years ago on physical therapist's orders. but they also told me i should have no more than seven pounds of stuff in there... so once i throw in my planner, pen, camera, maybe a cell charger and a hoodie for if i'm going to some ice-cold interior, i'm pretty much done. on days when i'm teaching, i have my tablet and a little notepad and i can feel the extra weight in my lower back. and i still am hyperconscious of taking up train space.

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 3 October 2019 15:49 (one week ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/08/nyregion/Miss-Subways-NYC.html

Later, when Ms. Greenberg was asked about her agenda as the new Miss Subways, she said, “I’m going to release rabid wolves into the subway.”

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 16:59 (one week ago) link

I hate the ads on the trains and station walls. Some bloated MTA fuck wanted to build a pool in his backyard so thousands are exposed to this bullshit

calstars, Sunday, 13 October 2019 22:16 (two days ago) link

hmmmm interesting theory

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 14 October 2019 02:02 (yesterday) link


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