MTA Official Calls For Orwellian Plan

In what can only be described as an Orwellian plan, MTA Financial Chairman Larry Schwartz is calling for the MTA to flood the system of its buses, subways & railroads with more security cameras along with facial recognition technology.

Here is more via a report from CBS 2 New York’s Marcia Kramer:

Fed up with the insanity on buses, subways and commuters rails, the head of the MTA’s finance committee is calling for the installation of surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology to catch and deter criminals.

A homeless man threatening subway passengers with a hammer, an emotionally disturbed person cutting the rubber accordion that connects two sections of a bus, a train operator left with a black eye and bruises after a rider attacked her, a man throwing a cup of urine at a bus driver, someone throwing a shovel and hazardous material on the subway tracks, which could have caused a derailment.

MTA finance chair Larry Schwartz says it’s time to stop the insanity and install surveillance cameras everywhere — on buses, subways and commuter rails.

“I want the riding public and our MTA employees to feel safe at every location within the MTA,” he said.

Schwartz says he will demand that the agency’s new capital plan include the tens of millions of dollars necessary to flood the system with cameras, CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer says.

Click here for the full report.

Larry Schwartz is yet another clueless individual looking to intrude on the civil liberties of people under the bullshit disguise of safety. Flooding the system with cameras is not going to serve as a deterrent to criminals.

The system has cameras all over & that has not stopped people from committing crimes. Plus most of those who do commit them tend to have mental issues. Tell us again how more cameras or facial recognition technology is supposed to help with that? I’ll save you the time Larry…. by letting you know that it for 100% fact will not help.

So Larry & the other clueless brainless sheep who believe in such intrusive nonsense, go read up on history & gain some actual knowledge to wake up your clueless minds!

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MTA Extends LIRR Atlantic Ticket Program

In what is great news for some riders (including myself!),  the MTA Long Island Rail Road has announced it is extending its Atlantic Ticket program for another year. Here are the details via the press release I received:

Long Island Rail Road President Phillip Eng today announced that the LIRR will continue its Atlantic Ticket field study for an additional year.

Atlantic Ticket offers discounted LIRR fares for customers traveling between Brooklyn and seven stations in Queens. The study, which began in June 2018, is measuring the impact the lower fare is having on ridership on the LIRR and New York City Transit’s subways and buses.

“We are seeing some promising results from Atlantic Ticket,” Eng said. “We hope this continues to support our common goal of providing more public mass transit options and giving our customers a better commute.”

With connections to nine subway lines at Atlantic Terminal, travel time to Lower Manhattan is comparable to traveling from Penn Station. As part of the metrics it is evaluating through the study, the LIRR is monitoring customer volumes at Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal to gauge whether there is a notable shift of travel habits.

“We have seen riders move from Penn Station to Atlantic Terminal,” Eng said, “balancing riders out across the western terminals.”

Under the study, the fare for a one-way LIRR ticket between Brooklyn and seven Queens stations is $5.00 at all times of day, a reduction of 51% from the baseline peak fare of $10.25, and a reduction of 33% from the baseline off-peak fare of $7.50.

The combined one-way fare covering the LIRR and NYC Transit portions of a trip is $7.75 ($5 for the LIRR Atlantic Ticket and $2.75 for NYC Transit pay-per-ride fare).

Atlantic Ticket also offers a $60.00 joint weekly unlimited-ride ticket valid for LIRR travel between the selected stations and transfers to NYC subways and buses. Compared to the current fares in Southeast Queens, this joint weekly ticket offers a 42.5% discount over the baseline two-system fare of $104.25.

The 10 LIRR stations covered under the field study are listed below along with convenient subway connections.

Brooklyn

Atlantic Terminal

East New York

Nostrand Avenue

Queens

Hollis

Jamaica

Laurelton

Locust Manor

Queens Village

Rosedale

St. Albans

Customers can purchase the Atlantic Ticket at ticket machines or from ticket sales offices and have the option to add a $5.50 New York City Transit fare to their one way or round trip tickets. The Atlantic Ticket is not available via the MTA’s eTix app or from conductors on board trains.

Between Brooklyn and Jamaica, the LIRR offers direct rush hour service of roughly every 10 minutes, and off-peak service every 30 minutes.

From Hollis, Laurelton, Locust Manor, Queens Village, Rosedale and St. Albans, the LIRR offers rush hour service roughly every 20 minutes and hourly off-peak service. Off-peak trains serve Brooklyn stations directly. For some peak-hour trains, customers traveling to Brooklyn on Atlantic Ticket need to change trains at Jamaica. Customers on these trains who remain on the train and travel to Penn Station are charged the normal, higher fares during that portion of the trip.

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New Harlem & Hudson Line Schedules

Earlier today, the MTA Metro-North Railroad announced that new schedules for the Harlem & Hudson lines will begin on Sunday, June 30th. Here are the details:

Metro-North Railroad today announced that new schedules on the Hudson Line and Harlem Line will take effect on Sunday, June 30.  The new schedules bring the return of full weekend service to and from Poughkeepsie on the Hudson Line, as well as additional trains in the morning and afternoon. Major infrastructure projects will be underway on the Harlem Line this summer, resulting in minor schedule adjustments and more reliable and dependable service for customers.

Hudson Line:

Metro-North crews completed this season’s work towards the replacement of a critical track-switching center south of Poughkeepsie, resulting in the restoration of full weekend service on the Hudson Line.  When the Hudson Line schedule change takes effect, customers can expect hourly weekend service to and from Poughkeepsie, as well as three additional trains on Saturday and two extra trains on Sunday. This increase in service comes just in time for summer visits to popular, well-known attractions in the Upper Hudson valley.  There’s good news for Yankee fans, too; the completed track work also means the return of extra “Yankee Clipper” trains on weekends between Poughkeepsie and Yankees-East 153rd Street station.

Harlem Line:

Metro-North crews will be out in force on the Harlem Line this summer making aggressive infrastructure improvements in the Bronx.  The railroad will put its new SMARTRACK program into action, strategically shutting down a continuous segment of track between Woodlawn and Mott Haven so that multiple work groups have uninterrupted access to maintain and enhance the system. Crews will make drainage improvements, replace rail and install new ties.  As a result of these upgrades to the Harlem Line in the Bronx, the following service adjustments will be in place:

  • Station stops at Melrose and Tremont will be suspended on weekdays. Substitute bus service will be provided to and from Fordham.
  • The current 8:01 a.m. local from Mt. Vernon West to Grand Central Terminal will not operate. The 7:57 a.m. train from North White Plains, will add stops at Mt. Vernon West at 8:15 a.m. and Wakefield at 8:17 a.m. the 6:55 a.m. train from Southeast, will add a stop at Woodlawn at 8:01 a.m.  The 7 a.m. train from Goldens Bridge, will add stops at Williams Bridge at 7:59 a.m., Botanical Garden at 8:02 a.m. and Fordham at 8:04 a.m.
  • Most peak-hour trains will have minor adjustments of 1-2 minutes.

Weekday trains return to serving Melrose and Tremont effective with the September 29 schedule change.

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Man Flashes Weapon On Bronx Bus

Last night chaos broke out on a Bx15 bus just before 9pm after a man flashed a weapon on board. The man who cops are still looking for, flashed the weapon to all the passengers to purposely cause a scare. Two people were reportedly injured during he whole process.

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Homeless Man Arrested For MTA Attack

Two days ago I wrote about an unprovoked attack on a MTA worker at the 145th Street line station. The attack which occurred last weekend started with a man on the Bronx-bound platform shouting at workers who were on the Manhattan-bound platform. The man proceeded to exit the station, cross the street & reenter on the downtown side and hopped the turnstile before punching the worker in the face.

Thankfully I can report that the man who was identified as Mike Ortiz, a homeless ex-convict has been arrested by the NYPD due to a tip they received. He is schedule to be arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court.

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