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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

federalism, ain't it great!

, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"do you want to live in a world without pyramids?"

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 23:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

re https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/nyregion/subway-station-booth-agents.html

Ok this obviously bothers me a lot. Let's talk a little about the American Cult of Innovation. pic.twitter.com/5AWybawRAI

— Michael T Sweeney (@mtsw) December 28, 2017

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 03:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

aka 'not invented here' aka the reason why we haven't replaced metrocards yet

chinavision!, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

we couldn't just... copy a system from elsewhere

chinavision!, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

we're moving to contactless! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/nyregion/metrocard-subway-new-york.html

, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 14:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

one of my local station's turnstile swipe units goes out about once every few weeks for a good day and there's generally a pile up until someone props the emergency gate open

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xxpost ... in 2023. for fun, read all entries marked 'metrocard' on second avenue sagas and see how long its replacement has been discussed and in so many forms.

http://secondavenuesagas.com/2008/01/31/the-end-of-the-metrocard-is-somewhat-near/

or in 2007, when it was lamented as a 13-year-old "nearly obsolete" technology!

chinavision!, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like obsolete technology, mostly

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 15:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

First great commute of the year this evening

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 January 2018 00:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that nyt link mookie posted is pretty good

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 4 January 2018 02:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Have you seen the 3 little arrows now appearing on the floor just in front of the doors of some cars, presumably meant to get the immobile dunces to move in? Isn't that DARLING?

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 4 January 2018 02:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so what the fuck happened today?

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:36 (one week ago) Permalink

broken rail on the Manhattan Bridge

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:45 (one week ago) Permalink

outstanding

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Idk because luckily I was done w my commute by 8am thanks to a painfully early schedule this week. Was it gruesome?

xp oh jesus help us

Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:58 (one week ago) Permalink

my gf got caught in it and had to keep checking stations to figure out what was/wasn't moving. i deleted twitter and i suspect not having a real-time MTA feed will be the only great loss

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:09 (one week ago) Permalink

officially a "rail CONDITION"

https://www.amny.com/transit/mta-subway-delays-1.16028518

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:15 (one week ago) Permalink

I skipped 3 Q trains at Atlantic because they were crammed, the 4th was still super full, must have been hellish for people who need to get to work on time

badg, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 17:17 (one week ago) Permalink

i was wedged into a Q

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 17:39 (one week ago) Permalink

my commute only took 1.5 hours extra this morning

chinavision!, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:33 (one week ago) Permalink

today the conductor apologized for the 3 train being crowded, which was nice, but on the other hand when the fuck isn't the 3 crowded during rush hour

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:48 (one week ago) Permalink

our conductor walked the cars during one of our 20-minute periods that we spent between each station to apologize and check if everyone was feeling ok, and whenever we were in a station he made an announcement that amounted to 'get off this thing now while you've got the chance'

chinavision!, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:58 (one week ago) Permalink

those words should be over the door of every car

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:03 (one week ago) Permalink

I weighed my chances with the roads and rode to work today. Thankfully. I was extra cautious so it "only" took an hour which apparently is 40% of the time it would have taken on the MTA.

Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Good call, I should have done the same

badg, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:11 (one week ago) Permalink

nothin much wrong with the Q today, where did I go right?

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink

unfortunately my commute doesn't really work with a car -- the only way to save time is to spend $20 on a cab down the west side highway to the 72nd st. stop, and that's only if traffic on the west side highway is actually moving

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Is it wrong that the number one reason I am putting off going to NY and dealing with my apt is because of the subway situation? I read this thread and get anxious all over again.

Yerac, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:22 (one week ago) Permalink

(and even that only saves you about 5 minutes, and that's assuming you get to the 72nd St. stop exactly when an express train arrives, so really, why bother)

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:23 (one week ago) Permalink

that "visit door to door to show a human face of the MTA" tactic appears to be their new thing. it's nice enough but it's like the free wifi. please stop providing lace and doilies and fix the goddamn sewing machine

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink

I've never seen it -- with the level of crowding on the subway I don't see how it's even possible

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:52 (one week ago) Permalink

unfortunately my commute doesn't really work with a car -- the only way to save time is to spend $20 on a cab down the west side highway to the 72nd st. stop, and that's only if traffic on the west side highway is actually moving

― algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:20 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The traffic on West Street is greatly improved from the back of a motorcycle. Then it doesn't matter if traffic isn't moving.

Admittedly if I worked in Midtown it wouldn't make sense for me to ride, I guess. I mean it would still be more fun than the subway but it probably wouldn't be any faster.

Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:56 (one week ago) Permalink

that "visit door to door to show a human face of the MTA" tactic

The other morning I was feeling kind of rough and then I was held momentarily by the train's dispatcher. It was nice.

mick signals, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:06 (one week ago) Permalink

you are being held momentarily due to train traffic ahead

Screamin' Jay Gould (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:43 (one week ago) Permalink

there is another ___ train directly behind this one

lies

mookieproof, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah the Next Train displays now provide an instant readout of how big a lie that invariably is

mick signals, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:53 (one week ago) Permalink

increasingly frequent novelty: two countdown clocks on the same platform displaying different information.

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:05 (one week ago) Permalink

i was under the impression that the countdown clocks got info from a bluetooth oriented doohickey at the front of the train so that it COULDN'T be wrong but yeah, they are continually fucking up somehow. magic!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:15 (one week ago) Permalink

I think the ones on the b division trains work with a different technology maybe... like I thought I read that it involved cameras actually identifying the trains in the tunnels instead of transponders on the trains themselves, and would thus be more prone to error.

but this was a while back and maybe they ended up using another method.

chinavision!, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:33 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

where's that from?

chinavision!, Thursday, 11 January 2018 19:14 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

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

, Friday, 12 January 2018 18:09 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink


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