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

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DeWYRNbWsAAGs-n.jpg:small

mookieproof, Tuesday, 29 May 2018 21:41 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

uh oh

A brief thread: Hard to believe we're down to an average weekday ridership of under 5.6 million, but here we are. This is bad for NYC one way or another. pic.twitter.com/wAkJ0d4YrU

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) June 18, 2018

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 18 June 2018 17:04 (one month ago) Permalink

PHOTO: Ceiling collapse in subway station at Court St & Fulton St. pic.twitter.com/kdbPtip3Jj

— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) June 20, 2018

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 19:58 (one month ago) Permalink

The ceiling just collapsed at Borough Hall. @MTA @ny1 pic.twitter.com/Pmlo9wkEC5

— James Giovan (@JamesGiovan) June 20, 2018

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 20:54 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

When the NYC subway vending machines go down, there's apparently only one guy who knows how to fix them.

His name is Miguel, he lives in Port Jarvis (3 hrs from NYC), & apparently he likes to turn his cell phone off on the way home.

Via William Finnegan https://t.co/7Zbg3mgyMd pic.twitter.com/YFCaCpI9wY

— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) July 9, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 July 2018 18:25 (one month ago) Permalink

andy byford sounds like a good dude

, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:53 (one month ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DiZXxLEW4AECw3S.jpg

mookieproof, Wednesday, 18 July 2018 15:06 (four weeks ago) Permalink

What if all our infrastructure work costing 1000% of the international average wasn't only due to incompetence but was also part of an organized scheme of corruption and kickbacks? I mean, hypothetically https://t.co/Xt2HzTZlzb

— Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) July 18, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.mod16.org/imagemacros/emot-iiam.gif

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:57 (four weeks ago) Permalink

MagnifyingGlass.jpg

Isora Clubland (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 19 July 2018 01:58 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Cuomo now touting the MTA's experimentation with facial recognition technology at bridges and tunnels, and then adds: "They're now experimenting with technology that just identifies a person by the ear, believe it or not" cc @Steph_Beasley

— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) July 20, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 20 July 2018 15:29 (four weeks ago) Permalink

seems right https://t.co/SEhBpvbVZu

— alex pareene (@pareene) July 23, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 July 2018 20:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i keep saying this, but people, including our leaders in government, literally do not understand that the subways carry more people than the bridges do. they do not understand the numbers https://t.co/Y5ameZXrJb

— Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) July 24, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i know the metro card readers are shitty and temperamental but peoples' behavior with them is so often mindboggling

you cannot whip the card through as fast as humanly possible (it will even tell you to slow down!)
you cannot move the card one millimeter per second
you don't have to wait 10 seconds after the person in front of you has gone through
show some common fucking sense

mookieproof, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

My chief problem is the card always gets a crease or pimple in the stripe, often making 5-10 swipes necessary.

Need the contact style very badly, betting on 2025.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I used the same 12 month metro card for an entire year with no noticeable deterioration whatsoever so tbh I don’t even know how one ends up creased or damaged.

And everyone knows you put them through at walking pace right?

chinavision!, Wednesday, 25 July 2018 10:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I just have bad pockets, apparently.

And what's strange is some readers have no problem, one swipe and that's it.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 July 2018 11:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And excuse me, now I am at 59th Street and this blue wall is literally blocking the N express line. Yet utterly no explaination why? There is not even basic signage. WTF is this? How can anyone plan their trip “accordingly” with a literal wall like that just being there?!? @NY1 pic.twitter.com/5kt1GW6S0k

— Jack Szwergold (@JackSzwergold) July 30, 2018

Here’s what went wrong on the D, N, and R lines this morning and the actions we’ve taken to drastically cut delays moving forward. pic.twitter.com/T76PRNDddb

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) July 30, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 July 2018 20:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp but when I'm in a rush I am too frazzled and terrified of being fired to painstakingly measure the exact speed of swiping a metrocard, sorry

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 30 July 2018 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

comments like this are why the subway is among the single most anxiety-inducing things in my life, to the point of having actual anxiety attacks on the train on a regular basis. for another example, I have a very poor sense of balance and the rapid jerking of the subway often causes me to fall, as in literally get knocked off my feet, especially if I'm carrying bags or groceries, which is virtually all the time (my laptop bag alone is heavy and bulky, since it has a laptop in it on top of all my other stuff.). but people yell at you if you "hug the pole." they also yell at you, of course, if you fall. there is no way to win

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 30 July 2018 21:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i feel u on the balance issue. the old C trains actively hurt my knee if i'm positioned incorrectly

i was not suggesting that you painstakingly measure the exact speed of swiping; i was noting that experience teaches *nearly* all of us that super-fast or wicked-slow will not work. there are also other reasons why a card won't work -- i guess morbs uses his as a hanky or something

but if you stand there and repeatedly whip the card at the highest possible speed and become incensed at its failure to work -- as the dude who prompted my original post did -- then i don't know what to say

mookieproof, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

My card works smoothly on the F line, like shit at the Prince St R/W

not gonna go into my hour-plus JUST USED travails tonight with an idiot booth clerk involved

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 00:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i still think trying to hide a yearlong track work project is goddamn amazing even for the MTA

http://gothamist.com/2018/07/30/surprise_subway_work_here_to_derail.php

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 31 July 2018 01:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

seem to be a lot of 'emergency brakes activating' lately

this happened a few weeks ago to a train i was on when it was about halfway into the station. we sat there for 10 or 15 minutes before someone finally went around and unlocked one door on each car by hand. which would not have been comforting in a real emergency

mookieproof, Friday, 3 August 2018 14:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What a commute I had this morning

RONG Blecch Limo Wreck (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 3 August 2018 18:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Excited for flooding content

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 3 August 2018 18:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

seem to be a lot of 'emergency brakes activating' lately

I've been noticing this too! Did somebody turn up the sensitivity on whatever activates them systemwide?

mick signals, Sunday, 5 August 2018 21:43 (one week ago) Permalink

my (exhausted, overheated) hunch that the A/C is out on the 1 more than other lines turns out to be correct

http://gothamist.com/2018/06/15/hottest_subway_guide_2018.php

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 01:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Just experienced what seemed to be an unnecessary emergency brake activation

Suspicious Hiveminds (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 01:26 (one week ago) Permalink

“Hell is other people”
No, it’s being kicked in the face by a pole dancing subway performer in a hot car while surrounded by other people

calstars, Wednesday, 8 August 2018 01:30 (one week ago) Permalink

fuckin hate the 1 car with the ac off, seems to be the first car i walk into every day

princess of hell (BradNelson), Wednesday, 8 August 2018 01:39 (one week ago) Permalink

http://gothamist.com/2018/08/09/clark_street_elevators_only.php

lol

, Friday, 10 August 2018 11:39 (one week ago) Permalink

L train shutting down completely between Man and Bk this weekend and also several other weekends in the coming months

calstars, Friday, 10 August 2018 11:48 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought the shutdown was going to be total from the get-go

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 August 2018 12:06 (one week ago) Permalink

this isn't the actual shutdown yet right

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 10 August 2018 12:33 (one week ago) Permalink

as a n/w train rider i can't get worked up about "down between Manhattan and whatever borough I live in for the weekend"

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 10 August 2018 12:35 (one week ago) Permalink

(it *is* absolute horseshit for ppl who work on weekends)

princess of hell (BradNelson), Friday, 10 August 2018 12:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Bent or deteriorated cards, you can get them replaced at the booth? I had some expired cards with money still on them and the booth attendant moved all the money to a new card.

Yerac, Friday, 10 August 2018 13:50 (one week ago) Permalink

they sometimes can and sometimes can't - if their thingy can't confirm the amount on the card you get stuck with the sad "mail this in to request a refund" envelope/form.

mortal kombats fill your eyes (Doctor Casino), Friday, 10 August 2018 13:53 (one week ago) Permalink

D trains are stopping along the N line between 36 St (Bklyn) and Stilwell Av in both directions.
There is no R train service between 36 St (Bklyn) and Bay Ridge-95 St in both directions.
These service changes and delays are because of Con Edison loss of power in Brooklyn.

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) August 10, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 August 2018 13:59 (one week ago) Permalink

btw the last time an extremely unhelpful clerk gave me one of those envelopes, i literally said to her "I don't do that shit."

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 August 2018 14:00 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't live on the L, thank god, but it's absolutely absurd that they won't dedicate a bus lane on the w'burg bridge during the shutdown

with any luck these weekend previews will help demonstrate that before the shit truly hits the fan

mookieproof, Friday, 10 August 2018 14:04 (one week ago) Permalink

I have to start work on Monday (just for a couple of months while in town) and I couldn't sleep last night because of anxiety about having to take the train again during rush hours.

Yerac, Friday, 10 August 2018 14:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Lol day 3 of a new job for me and I guess one non-hellish commute out of three is not bad these days?

chinavision!, Friday, 10 August 2018 14:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Hi @MTA last night I was on an A train stalled under the river for 90 mins (eventually we all had to walk to the front car to hop onto the high st platform) and now I’ve spent 50 mins on a C train that became an F train and is now a D train.

But congrats on the new app pic.twitter.com/bpCcvujrHq

— Kengo Tsutusmi (@kengos) August 8, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 August 2018 16:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Add this to the list of NYC infrastructure failures getting worse with climate change:

The down 4/5/6 platform at Union Square hit 104° F, making it the hottest temperature recorded in the subway. Other similarly busy stations were close behind.https://t.co/ODh21Grffo pic.twitter.com/1EegUkBLy7

— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) August 13, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 13 August 2018 15:32 (four days ago) Permalink

when I was in Chicago the other day they had an enormous fuck-off industrial fan on the O'Hare platform, and while all these platforms are so crowded I don't know where the MTA would put one, it sure seemed like an amazing idea

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 13 August 2018 15:38 (four days ago) Permalink

meanwhile

nyc subway about to risk it all pic.twitter.com/eBeUOp5pPQ

— angy mobley (@andymoney69) August 13, 2018

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 13 August 2018 18:47 (four days ago) Permalink


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