Woman Attacked At 34th St Subway Station

The MTA is doing its best to entice riders to come back & use the system throughout the region with various discounts that will begin in the coming months. However all the discounts in the world will not be enough to get them back riding if the crime especially on the NYC Subway is not addressed by the city.

The latest incident to garner attention is the attack of Thai model Bew Jirajariyawetch at the 34th Street station in Manhattan last month. Nikolas Lanum of Fox News has more:

An aspiring 23-year-old Thai model spoke out on Friday after being viciously attacked and robbed on a New York City subway platform in November.

“What happened to me is not supposed to happen to anyone at all,” said Bew Jirajariyawetch during an appearance on “Fox & Friends First.”

Jirajariyawetch said she hoped the man responsible would be arrested “as soon as possible” so that further attacks would not happen to anyone else.

Despite MTA surveillance footage of the attack from two separate cameras, Jirajariyawetch said she often wonders why no arrests have been made in connection with her attack.

Click here for the complete report.

What is highly concerning is how easily this lowlife was able to commit the heinous act. The camera footage is subpar at best which is something the agency needs to address overall. The biggest issue in terms of identifying the suspect is the fact his face his hidden behind a stupid face diaper. Enough is enough, stop wearing them as they NEVER protected you from a damn thing. Secondly it is a severe safety concern when it comes to criminals wearing them while committing crimes in the system.

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MTA Board Approves Discounts

In what can be considered a Christmas miracle for riders, the MTA Board has approved fare discounts across its various agencies such as a 10% discount on LIRR monthly tickets. Here are more details courtesy of the press release the agency asked me to share with you:

New Fare Capping Pilot Feature of OMNY, Modeled on ‘Fare Capping’ Concept, Will Automatically Give Full-Fare Subway and Bus Customers the Best Fare Possible – Eliminating Question of Whether to Pre-Purchase an Unlimited-Ride Plan or Pay Per Ride

To Assist Those with Flexible Work Schedules and Encourage Ridership, LIRR and Metro-North to Offer New 20-Trip Tickets and 10% Discount of Monthly Tickets

To Encourage Use of Commuter Railroads for Travel Within New York City, MTA to Extend Weekend ‘City Ticket’ Pricing to All Weekday Off-Peak Trains

MTA Commits to Keeping Fares Off Peak for All LIRR and Metro-North Trains Through Feb. 28

New Fare Offerings Take Effect March 1

To encourage New York’s ridership recovery and reduce costs and uncertainty for public transportation customers, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced a pilot program to test a series of temporary promotional changes to fare structures for New York City Transit, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. The pilot will begin March 1 and last for at least four months.

Fare Capping Pilot for New York City Transit – a Weekly Cap on Charges

Under the pilot, the MTA would use the enhanced flexibility provided by OMNY to offer subway and local bus customers, along with those of the Staten Island Railway, the best possible fare for all trips. Under this pilot, customers who tap and go with OMNY would be charged the standard $2.75 pay-per-ride fare for their first 12 trips starting every Monday. Any further trips through the following Sunday would be free of charge. As a result, no OMNY customer would pay more than $33.00 per week, which is the current price of a seven-day unlimited-ride MetroCard, and customers would receive the benefit of a seven-day unlimited-ride card without paying upfront.

“Our fare structure is an important tool we have to win back riders,” said Janno Lieber, MTA Acting Chair and CEO. “Business logic says it doesn’t make sense to increase the price just as you’re trying to rebuild your customer base. So, we’re leaving the basic fare alone for now and rolling out a slate of new pilot fare promotions.”

The MTA is retaining free transfers between subways and buses for all customers. Two-part trips that are linked by a free transfer between a subway and bus are considered a single trip toward the 12 needed to reach the fare-free threshold each week.

Three Big Fare Changes for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad

For Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers, the pilot will offer promotional fares designed to encourage railroad ridership, especially for trips within New York City, and to provide ticketing options more closely aligned with the evolving needs of those with flexible work schedules. The MTA will offer three major changes to railroads fares.

  • When purchased through eTix, a new 20-trip ticket, which will offer 20% off the comparable 20 peak one-way fares.
  • Monthly tickets, which are currently discounted between 48% and 61% of the price of a comparable number of one-way peak tickets, will be discounted by an additional 10%.
  • ‘City Ticket’ – which offers a reduced, flat fare for travel within New York City on weekends – will be extended to all weekday off-peak trains at a fare of $5.
    • This is a $2.25 or 31% discount from Metro-North’s current weekday fare between the Bronx and Manhattan, which is $7.25. (City Ticket must be purchased and activated before boarding the train. Metro-North’s off-peak fare between the Bronx and Manhattan remains $13 when purchased on board the train.)
    • This is a $2.75 or 35% discount from the LIRR’s current weekday fare between eastern Queens and Manhattan or Brooklyn, which is $7.75. (City Ticket must be purchased and activated before boarding the train. The LIRR’s off-peak fare between eastern Queens and Manhattan or Brooklyn remains $14 when purchased on board the train.)

The MTA today also announced it would keep all LIRR and Metro-North fares off peak through Feb. 28, 2022.

Next Steps

The MTA will evaluate the new fares’ impact on operations, the customer experience and farebox revenue. If the pilot proves successful, the new fare structures could become permanent, be discontinued, or be adjusted.

This is excellent news for riders as any money saved is a welcome relief for those who have suffered under the fake resident in chief’s bogus administration.

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MTA Conductor Punched In The Face

The dangers of working for the MTA are always on the mind of the thousands of employees who keep riders moving 24×7. Stories like these hit home for me more as my dad & his dad both worked for the MTA as bus drivers for over 30 years. The latest incident happened shortly after midnight on a Pelham Bay Park bound 6 at the Whitlock Avenue station in the Longwood section of the Bronx. CBS2 NY has more:

An MTA conductor was punched in the face during a stop at a Bronx subway station.

It happened around midnight at the Whitlock Avenue station in the Foxhurst section.

Click here for the complete report.

I hope the low life who is responsible for this senseless act is caught & brought to justice. Sadly I doubt that will happen though with the liberal policies of letting criminals right back onto the streets of NYC.

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Cuomo Ineptness Led To Rise In OT Costs

The ineptness of the worst governor in U.S. history still rears its ugly head today even with the piece of shit out of office. I am referring to Fredo himself, Andrew Cuomo. The latest of his failures comes in the form of MTA Police overtime coasts soaring due to his failed policies according to the MTA Inspector General. Jose Martinez of The City has more:

The MTA police force’s overtime jumped over 20% last year — to $33.3 million — due to a mismanaged surge of “special projects” pushed by the Cuomo administration, the transit agency’s inspector general charged.

The report, obtained by THE CITY, accuses the MTA of failing to properly monitor both regular and overtime costs that came with efforts to police fare evasion and homelessness in the subway between 2018 and 2020.

High overtime costs among the agency’s 1,000 police officers — who until recently only patrolled Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, the MTA’s two commuter railroads and the Staten Island Railway — have repeatedly been flagged by watchdog groups and MTA board members.

“It needs to be fixed once and for all, if the MTA is going to have any credibility at all in convincing riders and taxpayers that they are spending money in a wise and frugal manner,” Larry Schwartz, a Cuomo appointee who chairs the MTA board’s finance committee, told THE CITY. “Overtime needs to be under control.”

In 2019, the report says, the governor’s office and management at the transit agency directed the MTA Police Department to help outreach workers direct homeless people in subway stations into other forms of shelter.

Click here for Jose’s complete report.

I am not the least bit surprised to see coasts soar as I knew his idea was a terrible one from the jump after speaking with insiders at MTA Police & former NYC police officers who did transit work at some point during their career. The problem with idiots like Fredo is that they won’t listen to those with experience as it is all about them & their ego. Who gets left holding the bag, the tax paying public.

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Elevators Coming To Broadway Junction

However the question is when? Let us first get into the initial details as the scumbag piece of shit New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries were out touting the federal government disbursing $15M to help install elevators at the Broadway Junction A, C, J, L & Z station. Clayton Guse of the New York Daily News has more:

Federal funds will boost the MTA’s plan to build elevators at Brooklyn’s busy Broadway Junction station — but it may still take the better part of a decade before the work is complete.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Monday trumpeted a recent disbursement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that sends $15 million to help pay for the project, which will add seven new elevators to the station to serve the underground A and C line platforms and the elevated L, J and Z line platforms.

Click here for the complete report.

I just have to say that elevators are long overdue at this station. However it is complete bullshit by all parties involved for the completion of this project to take as long as it will. Why will it take over a year to award a contract much less begin work on the project? Stories like these are why the MTA is so frowned upon by New Yorkers. In this case, can you blame them?

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