5 People Sickened By Pepper Spray

Yesterday was anything but a typical ride along the Lexington Avenue lines after 5 people were sickened by pepper spray. 4 of the 5 victims were MTA workers.

The incident started around 7pm last night when a train pulled into the Grand Central station. When the doors opened, a man sprayed pepper spray on a rider he was fighting with. 4 platform conductors ended up being sickened by the spray while trying to help diffuse the situation.

Here is more via John Annese of the New York Daily News:

A rider blasted another with pepper spray on a crowded Manhattan subway Tuesday night, sending straphangers running and sickening four transit workers, polices said.

The chaos unfolded on a Downtown No. 4 express train pulling into Grand Central at about 7 p.m., cops said. Two men started fighting, and one of them sprayed the other with pepper spray, then ran off.

Four Metropolitan Transportation Authority platform conductors inhaled the noxious chemicals, and were taken to Bellevue Medical Center for treatment, officials said.

The man who got sprayed made his own way to an area hospital, cops said.

One of the platform conductors said she saw people running off the train in a panic, according to officials with the Transport Workers Union Local 100.

Click here for the complete report.

Sadly these kind of incidents are the types of things transit workers face on a daily basis all over the system yet many look down on these ladies & gentlemen who keep the city moving based on the actions of a small percentage of individuals.

In terms of this case, hopefully the suspect is caught & receives the stiffest penalties applicable by law.

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7 Train Riders Face 2nd Day Of Delays

7 Train train riders once again faced a nightmare of a commute on Tuesday as the line was plagued by delays. The first issue began shortly before 6am when a train’s emergency brakes were automatically activated.

Nearly an hour later, Manhattan-bound express service was suspended due to a train being stalled near Queensboro Plaza. Afterwards the delays went up & down the line leading to severely over packed cars & some trains skipping stops altogether.

The last 2 days of nightmarish commutes are the last thing riders want to come back to from their Thanksgiving vacation. Hopefully the commute will be smoother tomorrow.

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MTA Holds First Fare Hike Public Hearing

In what my opinion comes as nothing but theater, the MTA held the first public hearing on what will most likely be the latest fare hike aka financial burden for the region.

My good friend Greg Mocker of Pix 11 has more:

Since 2009, fare and toll increases have been budgeted by the MTA. At the November meeting, the board reviews the next budget and announces the proposals.

The Board will discuss and vote on the plans in January. It is set to take effect in March.

There are two options for subway and bus riders. The base fare could increase to $3 or stay the same. The bonus from pay-per-ride swipes would be eliminated in that case.

Railroad riders would see a 3.85 percent maximum increase for weekly and monthly tickets. There would be a cap of $15 for monthly and $5.75 for weekly tickets with no increase for passes above $500.

Click here for the complete report.

I find it hard to believe we won’t see a fare increase as it seems overdue based on the MTA’s history. Now whether the increase is justified is a completely different story when you look at the amount & quality of service received. While I find the subway still a bargain at its current prices, the real losers are suburban commuters who pay extremely high prices for subpar service with no end of such misery in sight.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I would like to take this moment & wish each & every person a Happy Thanksgiving! May you all have a great holiday filled with great food & even greater memories!

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Plastic Wrap Causes Travel Nightmares

The day before Thanksgiving is always one of the heaviest travel days of the year. In a region like the tri-state area, this is just more added chaos to what is already the norm. Riders who especially deal with Penn Station know all about the chaos as it is a regular occurrence for them due to the inadequacies of Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road & NJ Transit.

Sadly riders of Amtrak & NJ Transit had to deal with an extra dose of chaos on their commutes Thanksgiving Eve that saw service delayed for as much as one hour due to plastic wrap being caught in the catenary power wires. Noah Cohen of NJ.com has more:

Plastic wrap caught in overhead wires caused major delays on Amtrak and NJ Transit lines Wednesday, slowing riders on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

“There was a plastic wrap in the catenary power wires and we were holding trains until it was removed,” Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in an email shortly after 6 p.m. “Trains are now on the move, but residual delays are expected.”

Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast Line service was initially suspended because of the Amtrak wire problem near North Elizabeth, but later resumed with hour-long delays, according to NJ Transit.

Hour-long delays were also reported on NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line.

Amtrak reported delays on some of its trains near Metropark and Newark airport stops.

Photos on social media showed a packed waiting area at the already busy New York Penn Station.

Click here for the complete report.

I feel for these riders as dealing with service in & out of Penn Station is frustrating enough when things are decent much less on one of the busiest travel days of the year!

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