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

no way man, gabbneb *earned* that space by the door

mookieproof, Monday, 10 September 2018 14:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Multiple lols

St Etienne Is Real (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 10 September 2018 14:57 (four months ago) Permalink

they need to change that to "hey idiot, if you are standing inside the car and blocking an available door, move out of the goddamn way so people can occupy the massive wedge of open space you are bottlenecking"

This would be a good idea for an annoying subway ad!

badg, Monday, 10 September 2018 15:23 (four months ago) Permalink

they need to change that to "hey idiot, if you are standing inside the car and blocking an available door, move out of the goddamn way so people can occupy the massive wedge of open space you are bottlenecking"

― got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Monday, September 10, 2018 10:37 AM (forty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

what is this "massive wedge of open space" on the subway

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 10 September 2018 15:24 (four months ago) Permalink

massive wedge of gathered humanity maybe

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 10 September 2018 15:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Andrew Cuomo, the man we are supposed to hold our noses and vote for because he's "tough" enough to manage our rough and tumble state government, is scared to ride the subway because he knows a normal New Yorker would heckle him https://t.co/4NG0m8q5II

— Italian Alex Pareene (@pareene) September 10, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 10 September 2018 15:59 (four months ago) Permalink

varies by line, but on the 1/2/3 I regularly find spacious open cars transformed into cramped misery by a formation of headphone-wearing oblivious columbia undergrads, luggage-toting tourists, et cetera, acting like the random bits of flotsam that turn a cool mountain stream into a mighty, sweaty reservoir

got the scuba tube blowin' like a snork (Doctor Casino), Monday, 10 September 2018 17:24 (four months ago) Permalink

maybe in brooklyn or after 9 pm

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 10 September 2018 17:28 (four months ago) Permalink

Good morning. A cord was pulled on a train at 14 St-Union Sq causing delays and changes in service. We know this is frustrating. Please know we are working on fixing things within the next 5-10 years with our Fast Forward Plan. ^CB

— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) September 13, 2018

lol?

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:16 (four months ago) Permalink

i see u Cuomo

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:59 (four months ago) Permalink

this isn't the subway's fault so much as subway ridership, but if someone has headphones in and is typing furiously on a laptop, on the subway, DURING RUSH HOUR, while visibly stressed to the point of panic, this is not a time to strike up a conversation with them!

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 13 September 2018 17:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Yet Another Worrisome Subway Statistic: More People Are Going on the Tracks

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/nyregion/nyc-subway-tracks-delays.html

mookieproof, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:14 (three months ago) Permalink

die for yer phone

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Nearing an end to his 8th year as Governor, Cuomo says dealing with the MTA is "what's next" for his infrastructure program.

— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) October 4, 2018

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 October 2018 13:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Riding my bike is a great way to avoid the subway, but I don't love occasionally riding over puddles of mystery liquid

badg, Friday, 5 October 2018 21:20 (three months ago) Permalink

crossposting... I saw all these Jokers at 18th Ave last Saturday

TMZ reports that while filming a recent scene inside a Brooklyn subway station, extras were locked in a train car and allegedly denied their break after two hours of work. "The extras started banging on the subway doors asking to be let out because people needed to use the bathroom, but they were kept inside and eventually resorted to pissing on the tracks through the small spaces between cars," TMZ writes.

http://gothamist.com/2018/10/10/joker_movie_extras_subway_trapped.php

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Southbound A and C trains are running with delays while we perform urgent track maintenance at Fulton St.

you're so extreme
you can be so temperamental

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

found as i was clearing out a recent notebook, quotes from before and after a "showtime" performance a few months ago: "nobody moves, nobody gets hurt" and "Positive, not negative - everyone was safe, no one got kicked in the face." these were delivered amidst the rest of the genial carnival-barker's "step right up" tone, so they are threatening only in their literal content, but what a bizarre world we live in.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 12 October 2018 20:53 (three months ago) Permalink

ive heard those guys (i never look up from the paper during showtime)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 October 2018 21:06 (three months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Joe Lhota's work is apparently done. The chairman of the MTA announced on Friday that he has resigned from the position, a surprise to many after he insisted last month that he wasn't going anywhere. The 64-year-old Cuomo appointee was rumored to be considering an exit, after facing scrutiny for potential conflicts of interest posed by his numerous side gigs. He will continue to serve as chief of staff at NYU Langone Health, director of the board at Madison Square Garden, and board member of the Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector.

In a statement, Lhota told the Wall Street Journal that he accepted the public position last year for the "sole purpose of halting the decline of service and stabilizing the system for my fellow New Yorkers." While it may not feel like it, that ambition was in fact achieved, according to a man who has not ridden the subway since President Obama was still in office, five hundred thousand or so years ago.

"Joe Lhota has dedicated decades of his life to public service culminating in two tours of duty at the helm of the MTA," Cuomo said in a statement that referred to the mass transit system as a war zone....

http://gothamist.com/2018/11/09/joe_lhota_resigns_subway_all_better.php

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 November 2018 18:31 (two months ago) Permalink

fine I'll run the MTA

— Italian Alex Pareene (@pareene) November 9, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 November 2018 19:02 (two months ago) Permalink

The MYmta app is reliable except when it isn’t

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:50 (two months ago) Permalink

NEW YORKERS: please, just fix the subway
DEBLASIO: I've got a transit plan, and I think you're going to be big [stifling smirk] fans of it
NYERS: is it goddamned fan boats
DEBLASIO: [inaudible due to fan boat noise]

— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) November 13, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:27 (two months ago) Permalink

lol

Dan S, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Ugh. I for one welcome our new passengers on the already dicey 7 train

Buckaroo Can't Fail (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 23:30 (two months ago) Permalink

The city has zero plan to move people via anything other than private or for-hire vehicles, so we're entering an era in which a small amount of snow will combine with an already crushing amount of traffic to just shut the whole system down. https://t.co/AHef7Br5Ut

— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) November 16, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 November 2018 13:05 (two months ago) Permalink

This is Amazon Cuomo's MTA: Fare hikes, service cuts, and a potential death spiral. This is what he's trying to disclaim responsibility for.https://t.co/vEZQEopIfc

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) November 19, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 19 November 2018 20:14 (one month ago) Permalink

F train had it all today: 25-minute delay, an unannounced "police activity" at 2 Ave, a 30-minute argument btwn a man and a woman featuring both "n***er" and "f***ot"

I sang a loud chorus of "Helluva Town"

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2018 16:22 (one month ago) Permalink

New 7 train signals working great I must say

What is Blecchism ? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Opted to take bus from Manhattan instead

What is Blecchism ? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 01:08 (one month ago) Permalink

This whole charade is laughably bad, but I'm sticking with this. https://t.co/FPTni6An6J

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) December 13, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 December 2018 23:44 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

RUMOR MILL this morning: Cuomo may announce L train shutdown is unnecessary later today

— TransitCenter (@TransitCenter) January 3, 2019

the portentous pepper (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:16 (one week ago) Permalink

lol

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink

that "teams of donkeys will pull the train" idea was a humdinger, eh?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I've said it before but a very Cuomo way to do this would be to delay the shutdown just long enough to lose the federal Sandy relief funds then do it anyway. https://t.co/5wUJkuGYXU

— Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) January 3, 2019

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 3 January 2019 16:30 (one week ago) Permalink

the mta equivalent of "my resolution is to go to the gym regularly in 2019'

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:02 (one week ago) Permalink

UPDATE: One source says Cuomo may switch from the 1.5 year total L train shutdown timeline to one that would last 3+ years, by partially shutting down one track. https://t.co/is7ZEfyHUf

— Gothamist (@Gothamist) January 3, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Just unbelievable

chinavision!, Thursday, 3 January 2019 17:55 (one week ago) Permalink

ffs. wonder if he'll also finally admit to being in charge of the MTA, but only during alternate nights and weekends or whenever the L is closed.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:04 (one week ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure RotoRooter would fix that tunnel

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:26 (one week ago) Permalink

the one between andy's ears, sure

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:47 (one week ago) Permalink

"I called up Tesla, I said...[blah blah blah]...you're talking about flying cars, we're just talking about moving trains." God, Cuomo, SHUT THE FUCK UP.

— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) January 3, 2019

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 January 2019 18:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Cuomo has trotted out the dean of the Cornell School of Engineering for his press conference, and as I hear it, a lot of rank-and-file MTA staffers are L I V I D at this person.

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) January 3, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:04 (one week ago) Permalink

man im trying to complain less in 2019 but this is a wildly stupid headline and it's really frustrating that the one sustainable "local" paper is this uselessly glib about city/state infrastructure and politics https://t.co/XGyA2iANUp

— Max Read (@max_read) January 3, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Asked if Judlau, the contractor that won the $477 million contract to fix the tunnel, will still be working on the project, Ferrer said, "We'll be renegotiating the scope of work and the project itself." Does he know how much it will cost?

"I don't know the answer to that question," Ferrer replied. "I don't know if anyone does...On this new project we believe it can be done within the envelope."

Cuomo refused to promise that it would take a maximum of 20 months, calling it a "silly question."

"Less time, less work, equals less money, but I am a monster to negotiate with," Cuomo said.

http://gothamist.com/2019/01/03/l_train_shutdown_wait_what.php#photo-1

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:11 (one week ago) Permalink

embedded on gothamist, worth preserving here i think

Q: What is Andrew Cuomo's favorite lunch meat?

A: pic.twitter.com/vAMyeEhE7n

— Jon Campbell (@JonCampbellGAN) January 2, 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 January 2019 21:36 (one week ago) Permalink


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