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 (ten years ago) Permalink

yes there's a 1-800 number to call.

hstencil, Friday, 3 August 2007 16:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

thx stenc

Dr Morbius, Friday, 3 August 2007 16:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

just have the credit card you purchased it with handy.

poortheatre, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:24 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

taking a cab from the airport

or the bus (which takes forever)

gabbneb, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:34 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

but you can't take the subway directly from there :(

poortheatre, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:42 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

How much do you save with TransitChek?

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Sunday, 5 August 2007 14:59 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

exactly!

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

yes!

(had a dentist appt, cancelled!)

Surmounter, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 12:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.livescience.com/images/050114_subway_flood_03.jpg

gabbneb, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

12 noon BK FAP?

sanskrit, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sadly I'll prob be at the office by noon. :(((

Laurel, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

But first I'm making bastard jambalaya w andouille. Sadly, out of shrimps.

Laurel, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 13:14 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

L = fail
G = fail
B48 -> JMZ -> walk ~1 mile = win

sleep, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

B67 + M + D + F as E

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:38 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

between this morning and B*adrum, WORST NEW YORK SUMMER SINCE '77

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

8-8-07, never forget!

bell_labs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

it's a damn-you-hadda-be-there urban legend.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 14:55 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

have fun in your 100-degree afternoon, new yorkers

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Where are you now in your travels, Tracer?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

white city!

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lisboa?

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

MTA > viceland > blogger's sense of entitlement

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wait, you live on the 7 line?

Casuistry, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I usually take the E or F at Roosevelt Avenue.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Wednesday, 8 August 2007 15:32 (ten 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol nevermind, you're exactly right about bluetooth: http://secondavenuesagas.com/2016/11/14/b-division-countdown-clocks-set-arrive-2018/

but it is a different system than on the a division

chinavision!, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:35 (three months ago) Permalink

TIL a space case is when a person gets caught between a train and the platform: "They're still alive but when you move the train they'll die." pic.twitter.com/HBkh7pJHrn

— Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) January 11, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:31 (three months ago) Permalink

where's that from?

chinavision!, Thursday, 11 January 2018 19:14 (three months ago) Permalink

UH legit scary experience @MTA just now on an uptown C train. Stuck underground for 30 min in car that had TILTED OFF THE TRACKS

— Ariana Tobin (@Ariana_Tobin) January 11, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 January 2018 01:48 (three months ago) Permalink

how many more years has the subway got? 5? 3?

, Friday, 12 January 2018 18:09 (three months ago) Permalink

it's a race with trump to see who fails out completely first

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:00 (three months ago) Permalink

hudson river tunnel(s) will go first, apparently

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-01-10/the-most-awful-transit-center-in-america-could-get-unimaginably-worse

mookieproof, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:17 (three months ago) Permalink

Every time I ride the subway I vow never to again

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:49 (three months ago) Permalink

re the "power outages" and other lies/failures

All these different but equally damaging types of data manipulations — purposely fudging numbers versus collecting bad data by accident — combine to make New Yorkers distrust the MTA to inform us honestly about its functionality. Consider the most basic of questions: Is the subway getting better? The MTA and Cuomo have been arguing it is since September, but people who ride it find that hard to believe. As the transit authority invests hundreds of millions of dollars into triaging the failing subways, how will we know if this money is going to good use? What could the MTA possibly say that would make us trust it now?

https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/01/23/mtas-power-outage-fib-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 18:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Can't wait to pay a toll to drive across the bridge into the city

ian, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

you will feel good about subsidizing the subway!

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 18:17 (two months ago) Permalink

i will feel penalized for not opting in to a shitty system.

ian, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

from strength to strength

saxophonist at 14th street (A/C/E) last night was playing a medley of game show music -- i heard the jeopardy and price is right themes before my train came

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 February 2018 16:42 (two months ago) Permalink

"Price is Right" seems p demanding, like Flight of the Bumblebee

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 February 2018 16:44 (two months ago) Permalink

i was mildly amazed that i recognized it

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 February 2018 16:45 (two months ago) Permalink

MTA Listens to Public, Delays Breaking All MetroCard Machines Until Next Weekend

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Xpost that must not have been the young guy with the long dreads, I can’t imagine him pulling off a game show medley

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 1 February 2018 23:24 (two months ago) Permalink

MTA: construction is extremely expensive in NYC, the most expensive city in the world.

Also the MTA: we need temporary office space. Better blow up some earth and build it underground! pic.twitter.com/u9Gw8ovovG

— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) February 6, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Power outage at Queens Plaza?

Psmith, Pharmacist (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Some northbound F trains are stopping along the G line from Bergen St to Court Sq then via the E line to Jackson Hts-Roosevelt Av.

Some northbound F trains are stopping along the D line from Coney Island-Stillwell Av to W 4 St-Washington Sq.

Some southbound F trains will end at 2 Av.

These service changes are because of a dog on the tracks at York St.

mookieproof, Friday, 16 February 2018 20:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Year of the dog indeed

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 16 February 2018 21:37 (two months ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWL_D7mUMAELERs.jpg:small

little dude ran from york street to bergen i guess

mookieproof, Friday, 16 February 2018 22:46 (two months ago) Permalink

What a naughty

Lockhorn. Lockhorn breed-uh (Jon not Jon), Friday, 16 February 2018 23:17 (two months ago) Permalink

“As of now, we do not know where this W train is terminating. We do know the next stop will be Court St. After that, we don’t know how far we’re going.”

— Doug Newman (@donewman) February 28, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:24 (one month ago) Permalink

hey it turns out there *is* a countdown clock at my (home) station -- but at the other end of the platform. the one at my end just has the date and time

no usb charging ports either. ANDREW!

mookieproof, Thursday, 1 March 2018 04:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Still waiting for MTA to extend the subway to Santa Monica. I thought this was the greatest city in the world.

Moo Vaughn, Thursday, 1 March 2018 04:45 (one month ago) Permalink

turns out that there *is* a countdown clock at my home station -- but only at the other end. the display at my end helpfully shows the date and time

mookieproof, Friday, 2 March 2018 22:12 (one month ago) Permalink

don't worry, they are often bullshit

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 March 2018 22:15 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DYvdqTrUQAA1RMl.jpg:small

mookieproof, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:37 (one month ago) Permalink

"burgeoning communities"

Moo Vaughn, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:41 (one month ago) Permalink

the other day I saw a countdown clock listing the time til the next L as "NaN Mi"

lol dis stance dunk (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 15:43 (one month ago) Permalink

That reads like a chemical compound

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh look the candidate was on my train! She’s talking to the other stuck commuters. Debating now what to do — do we walk? Or wait and hope the train comes? pic.twitter.com/nQZMQPkn1B

— Laura Nahmias (@nahmias) March 20, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Apropos of nothing I recall Cynthia Nixon played the role of subway vigilante in a Law & Order reworking of the Bernie G0etz story

badg, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 02:39 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZ8QJZtWkAMIR6f.jpg

mookieproof, Wednesday, 4 April 2018 14:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

glad i'm unemployed

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 14:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

loose or formed? i need a longread on this

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

where's the poop chart, I'm not googling it at work

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Wednesday, 4 April 2018 15:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ICYMI Friday

Earlier today, we identified a critical fix to the Bergen St signal and made the call to do repairs during midday, with the goal of preventing a major interruption during the evening rush. Unfortunately, rush hour service was still impacted, and we apologize, truly. (1/2)

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) April 6, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:39 (one week ago) Permalink

"no problem, Harry, how could it possibly take that long?"

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:40 (one week ago) Permalink

they apologize, truly, madly, deeply; the train will lay like this forever until the sky falls down on me

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 9 April 2018 14:58 (one week ago) Permalink

this morning the Husky Busker was playing 'creep'

not the tlc song

he's a noticeably better singer now than he was a few years ago, but i don't need to hear that shit at 9am

mookieproof, Friday, 13 April 2018 18:37 (one week ago) Permalink

scenes from 145th st/broadway. @NYCTSubway @MTA @NY1 #justalittlerain pic.twitter.com/vUYed8Se6g

— josh guild (@jbguild) April 16, 2018

mookieproof, Monday, 16 April 2018 14:25 (six days ago) Permalink

Times Square wasn't much better

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 16 April 2018 15:01 (six days ago) Permalink

my feet were tragic when i got to the office. currently wearing the pair of crocs I keep hidden under my desk, with no socks

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Monday, 16 April 2018 15:06 (six days ago) Permalink

dry and jobless at home here

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 April 2018 15:10 (six days ago) Permalink


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