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MTA launches new bus service
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- The MTA is launching a new plan to get cross-town buses moving along 34th Street.

Select buses are now rolling cross town meaning commuters can pay their fare before boarding.

Officials believe this is an important step because 35 percent of the M34's travel time is wasted by buses idling and riders putting their metro cards in the fare box one at a time.

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Oh boy, what exactly gonna do for now? What about those passengers is trying to catch the train during late-night hours.
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Subway Beating Suspects Caught On Video
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Police are looking for three men after an assault on a subway train last week.
Police released amateur video of three men arguing with the victim on the L train at the Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues station.

The incident happened last Tuesday around 2 a.m.

The argument escalated and the men are seen punching and kicking the victim as passengers ran for safety.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.


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This report finds that a disproportionate share of the city's recent job growth, transit ridership gains and population growth have occurred in the four boroughs outside of Manhattan, yet transit service in the boroughs has not kept pace-and the biggest losers have been the city's working poor. We argue that New York's bus system could step in and fill the gaps, but not without major improvements.


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Just looking at maps of the bus routes in Brooklyn and Queens, there are too many routes that are too short, which necessitates lots of transfers for passengers. There are a number of routes which could be combined to make fewer, longer routes which run all the way north-south or east-west through the combined area of the two boroughs.
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After Tolls Rise, Less Traffic and More Train Riders Into Manhattan


December 2, 2011

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/03/ny...ders.html?_r=1

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The rise in tolls on Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and tunnels in September may have caused many commuters to leave their cars at home and switch to public transportation, early reports from the agency show. About 890,000 fewer cars and trucks used the crossings from Sept. 19 through Nov. 22 compared with the number that did in roughly the same period in 2010, a 4 percent drop. During that period, ridership on PATH, the Port Authority subway connecting Manhattan and New Jersey, rose by about 560,000, or 3.7 percent, the agency said.

New Jersey Transit buses also had slight ridership gains, said a spokesman, John Durso Jr., though the agency could not provide actual numbers. Figures for ridership on New Jersey Transit trains were incomplete, officials said, though early signs pointed to a modest increase. On Sept. 18, cash tolls rose to $12 from $8 for the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, and three crossings between New Jersey and Staten Island. (The toll is collected from cars coming into New York; going to New Jersey is free.)

E-ZPass tolls during peak travel times rose to $9.50 from $8. By 2015, the cash toll will be $15 and the E-ZPass toll will be $12.50. About 3.5 percent more riders started using E-ZPass and, over all, the Port Authority received 20 percent more in toll revenue than it did the year before. While advocacy groups like the Tri-State Transportation Campaign are pleased that use of public transportation is up, they also hoped it would give government agencies more reason to spend on mass transit.

“Shifting more transit is definitely a good thing for the economy and the environment,” said Veronica Vanterpool, associate director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “While transit across the region and especially across the Hudson River has seen tremendous growth in ridership, there hasn’t been a comparable level of financial investment in transit service.”

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^ My God it's been so long since I've been to NYC that I remember the toll for the Lincoln Tunnel was $3! I thought it was outrageous at the time!
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News 12 The Bronx

Bill to legalize livery street hails runs out of gas in Albany

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(12/08/11) THE BRONX - A bill that would allow livery cab drivers to legally pick up street hails has hit a snag in Albany.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) says that there's still no agreement on the measure and that he expects to veto it until the Legislature reconvenes next year. The debate surrounds the number of wheelchair accessible cars and whether livery drivers should have the right to make airport pickups.

If the proposal goes through, 30,000 livery cars would be able to accept street hails in the outer boroughs and in upper Manhattan. It also would call on the Taxi and Limousine Commission to release 1,500 new medallions in a move that would raise $1 billion for the city.



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DCP Advances Promising Manhattan Parking Reforms, Fixes Flawed Study


January 3, 2012

By Noah Kazis

Read More: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/01/0...-flawed-study/

PDF Study: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/mn_c...core_study.pdf

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When plans to reform parking policies in the Manhattan core leaked out of the Department of City Planning last fall, the documents presented a riddle. The proposed changes were solid reforms to successful policies, closing loopholes in the existing parking caps and rationalizing the current system. The draft study which accompanied the reforms, however, seemed to play fast and loose with the facts while arguing for the city to allow parking to eat up more of Manhattan’s valuable space. One hand didn’t seem to know what the other was doing, and with New York’s powerful real estate industry lobbying against the parking maximums, parking reform was in a precarious position.

At the end of the year, though, DCP released the final version of its Manhattan core parking study. The internal conflicts seem to have been resolved, and the results are far more encouraging. The sloppy and misleading analysis is gone and the positive reforms remain. Assuming that DCP continues on its current path — and that the City Council eventually agrees — Manhattan’s precedent-setting-but-decades-old parking regulations are on track to be updated for the 21st century. Specific language for the new regulations is due in the next few months, according to DCP.

In the final version of its Manhattan core study, DCP says unequivocally that the 30-year-old system of parking maximums has been successful, an endorsement nowhere to be found in the earlier draft. “The Manhattan Core parking regulations have proved to be compatible with population and job growth and a thriving Central Business District,” the authors write. “In almost three decades since the Manhattan Core regulations were enacted, the Manhattan Core has added population and jobs and has strengthened its position as the vital heart of a world city. Travel into the CBD has shifted toward transit and away from private vehicles.” Those trends aren’t all the result of parking maximums, of course, but the regulations have helped shape the areas below West 110th Street and East 96th Street.

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Transit Workers Call For Action Against Rats In Subway Stations
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Members of the Transport Workers Union and community leaders rallied in Washington Heights Thursday to call attention to rat infestations in subway stations, a problem that they say is getting worse. NY1’s Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.

NY1’s cameras captured no rats on the train tracks at the busy 181st Street station in Washington Heights Thursday, but that doesn't mean they're not a problem. Subway riders say the situation is getting out of control.

“I saw a lot of them in the train tracks," said one subway rider. "They're nasty.”

That's why the Transport Workers Union turned out at the station Thursday night after an informal survey by a community group revealed passengers reported a growing number of rats there.

The union encouraged riders to sign a petition demanding action from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“It's a constant struggle to juggle the cleaning. The problem is we don't have enough cleaners, and they're trying to use WEP and they're coming up with all initiatives and it's just not working,” said Derick Echevarria of TWU Local 100.

“Rats and trash is an issue that has been affecting our community, and we believe that it is time for the MTA to put more resources, to hire more workers, so that our station should keep clean. Rats should be out of the train station,” said City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

The TWU has visited stations all over the city that are notorious rat havens, and the MTA has responded to some of those stops by thoroughly cleaning them.

MTA officials say they’re following some suggestions offered by the TWU to fix the problem, but they’re aware that the rats persist. The agency said while it looks for a long term solution, in the short term, some stations are being cleaned more often.

“Rats carry germs. They can carry things ranging from hantavirus to other types of very serious illnesses can be communicated through them, and apart from just the fear factor, there are health issues that you have to be concerned about,” said one subway rider.

The TWU says it will continue its campaign until the rat problem is under control.

It is still encouraging subway riders to visit a website it created, ratfreesubways.com, to post their rat stories and videos.



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Ex-MTA chief has harsh words for transit system
Thursday, January 05, 2012

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Jay Walder is being a lot more harsh about the MTA now that he's no longer in charge.

Walder is the new chief of mass transit in Hong Kong.

He's making close to $1 million there, which is nearly three times what he made in New York City.

Walder told Chinese reporters the MTA infrastructure is terrible.
He says the system doesn't have enough money to operate or to replace equipment.


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Perhaps the problem is a focus on forcing people to take transit by making alternatives expensive and difficult, rather than by improving transit quality and customer experience?
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Perhaps the problem is a focus on forcing people to take transit by making alternatives expensive and difficult, rather than by improving transit quality and customer experience?
What realistic, large-scale alternatives to transit are there in a dense urban area? Private automobiles? LOL

And how is private automobile usage "expensive and difficult" in the U.S.? It's probably cheaper and easier than basically anywhere on the planet, even in congested areas like the Northeast Corridor.
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January 6, 2012

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN and CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY

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It is perhaps the most minor crime New Yorkers are routinely arrested for: sitting improperly on a subway seat. Seven years ago, rule 1050(7)(J) of the city’s transit code criminalized what was once simply bad etiquette: passengers putting their feet on a subway seat. They also cannot take up more than one seat if it interferes with other passengers’ comfort, nor can they block movement on a subway by doing something like standing too close to the doors.

- Police officers handed out more than 6,000 tickets for these violations in 2011. But a $50 ticket would have been welcome compared with the trouble many passengers found themselves in; roughly 1,600 people like Mr. Peppers were arrested, sometimes waiting more than a day to be brought before a judge and released, according to statistics from district attorneys’ offices. In some instances, passengers were arrested because they had outstanding warrants, or did not have photo identification. Some arrests were harder to explain, with no apparent cause other than the seat violation. In at least one case, the arrest led to deportation.

- It is not clear why Mr. Peppers was not just given a ticket. He had an arrest record that dated back three decades and involved firearm possession, robbery and the sale of crack cocaine; in 2009 he was released from prison, where he has spent much of his adult life. But he and his lawyer said there was no warrant for his arrest. In interviews, public defenders who represent many of the passengers arrested say their clients tend to be among the working class, often kitchen workers who are exhausted as they begin or end long shifts at Manhattan restaurants. Lawyers say many of the cases originate on the F train at the Rockefeller Center stop.

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So what's the next best option during that time period w/o having to go to the West Side? The M15 Select Bus from South Ferry?
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Baby born on PATH train
Monday, January 16, 2012

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- A baby boy was born on a PATH train between 23rd street and 33rd street stations.

The baby was born on the 9:49 a.m. PATH train from Journal Square to 33rd Street today, between the 23rd and 33rd street stations.

Authorities say the 31-year-old mother, of Harrison, apparently gave birth with the help of passenger. Her husband was also with her.

PATH crew turned train into an express after learning the woman, who got on at the Journal Square Station, was in labor.

Port Authority police officers met train at 33rd Street station and the newborn was already was being held by his dad.

Port Authority police wrapped the baby in a blanket and EMS arrived and took all to Roosevelt Hospital.



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What realistic, large-scale alternatives to transit are there in a dense urban area? Private automobiles? LOL

And how is private automobile usage "expensive and difficult" in the U.S.? It's probably cheaper and easier than basically anywhere on the planet, even in congested areas like the Northeast Corridor.
You completely misunderstood his post. He meant that transit authorities and DOTs seem more focused on raising the price of driving (via increased crossing and highway tolls) rather than offering an attractive transportation alternative (an improved, faster transit experience) in order to induce more drivers to switch to using transit. IMO, both strategies need to be implemented simultaneously in order to successfully break the driving commuter culture that persists in the U.S.


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So what's the next best option during that time period w/o having to go to the West Side? The M15 Select Bus from South Ferry?
The M15 doesn't run during those hours. I'm guessing that there's going to be a lot of cab sharing during the time.

It's going to be tough for after-hours commuters along the East Side, but IMO, it's a necessary evil. Think of how quickly the authorities out in LA replaced the road surface of that freeway they shut down. And then think of how annoying it is for subway riders during normal and relatively normal hours (including weekend daytimes) who have to put up with prolonged delays and reroutes because the maintenance crews can't work quickly and efficiently enough on their tasks as they have to be on the lookout to avoid a train coming by every few minutes.
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