As The Bedbugs Go Marching In

Those pesky bedbugs are hard to get rid of. The MTA can tell you all about it as once again they have appeared to cause more trouble.

The latest coming on Monday afternoon when a N train was taking out of service at DeKalb Ave after a conductor asked for medical assistance after being bitten by one. Here is more courtesy of a Pete Donohue story from the New York Daily News:

A conductor on an N train reported being bitten Monday by some unwanted riders — bedbugs, sources said.

The train was taken out of service Monday afternoon at the DeKalb Ave. station and the conductor requested medical attention, sources said. Since Friday, there have been bedbug sightings for other trains on the N, Q and No. 6 lines, sources said.

An MTA spokesman had no immediate comment on the latest series of bed-bug sightings. Officials previously down played the significance of the parasites being on a relatively tiny number of trains in the system.

Click here for the complete story.

From what I have heard & read, it seems a good percentage of people are wanting the MTA to do something about the problem. While I am sure the agency is doing what it can to handle the issue within their system, it is only so much they can do.

In a city with millions of people to go along with an increase of bedbug sightings throughout the city, it was only a matter of time before this became an issue on the subway. To be honest, I am surprised it took this long for it to start becoming one.

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A Train Heads The Wrong Way

A Train

The MTA more specifically the NYC Subway just can’t get out of the news. If it is not yet another appearance of bed bugs (more on that shortly), we now find out that an A Train train headed the wrong way on August 11th.

The incident started when a Queens-bound A Train was heading downtown towards Canal St when signal delays started to cause delays. While at the station, the dispatcher told the train operator to head back uptown which is exactly what happened.

However a major mistake was made as instead of heading towards the spur track just south of the Canal St station to maneuver to the uptown tracks via a crossover switch, the operator continued uptown on the downtown tracks. Thankfully they saw its following Queens-bound train idling at the West 4th St station.

The crew claims to have not heard the emergency radio broadcasts which is extremely alarming albeit not a new issue to those in the know. For quite some time I have personally heard about complaints with the current radios not being as reliable as the older models along with parts of the system being practical dead zones for communications.

As one would expect, the train crew has been reassigned pending the outcome of an investigation. I am real curious as to what the investigation reveals as I can’t see this being complete negligence on the part of the train operator as my gut tells me it is more to the story. Only time will tell.

We can all agree that we are thankful no one was hurt in what could have been a huge disaster.

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Service Diversions 08-22-14

Get a head start on your weekend plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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Service Diversions 08-15-14

Get a head start on your weekend plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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Metrocard Vending Machines Scheduled Upgrade

Please note that credit/debit cards will not be available to purchase MetroCards at MetroCard Vending Machines this Saturday morning due to a scheduled upgrade. Here are the full details:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to upgrade the software used for credit and debit card transactions in its MetroCard Vending Machines (MVMs) on Saturday, August 16 from 1 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The upgrade will affect debit and credit card use at all fare-vending machines for New York City Transit, as well as MVMs at PATH stations, JFK AirTrain and LaGuardia Airport.

Customers can still purchase fares at station booths and at full-function MetroCard Vending Machines using cash. Please note that ATM/debit/credit card-only MVMs will not be operational during the outage.

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