I have finished updating Eye On Transit today. The update includes the results of last week’s dual “Question Of The Week”, updated poll archive page, & this week’s question(s). Like last week, I have decided to have 2 questions serve as this week’s “Question Of The Week”. This week’s questions focus on cell phone use in the NYC subway. As always the polls are open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday so get your votes in now by clicking here!You might enjoy reading these related entries:
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- Question Of The Week 08/29/07 – 09/02/07
- Question Of The Week 09-17-07 – 09/23/07
While I was on the 1010 Wins, I came across an article about an idiot who died at the Metro North’s Riverside station in Connecticut. While some might find it offensive, I am calling the man an idiot because that is what he clearly was. The man who has yet to be named while relatives are informed about his death, died yesterday afternoon.
The man was trying to entertain his family while waiting for a train at the station. His idea of entertainment involved placing a penny on the track to show his wife & 3 daughters how it would be flattened by a train. According to the MTA Sgt. John Rizzitelli, the man jumped onto the tracks to place the penny down. As his family tried to help him back up, a Stamford to Grand Central bound express train struck him. The train was reported to be traveling 75 mph. The man died instantly after being hit.
I hate to say it but this is not a tragedy. The word tragedy should not involve deaths that occurred due to blatant stupidity. I would expect this sort of idiocy from a kid or a teenager. However I am baffled that an adult with a wife & kids would be so stupid! How could you be so foolish & engage in an experiment like this? What makes it worse is that you engaged in this experiment in front of your kids! We all know how kids tend to follow their parents lead yet he still went through with it anyway!
So now his wife is now a widow & his 3 daughters no longer have a father & for what, a stupid experiment meant to serve as entertainment? People like him should have never been allowed to reproduce! I feel sorry that those kids will be scarred for life due to their father being a thoughtless bastard!You might enjoy reading these related entries:
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I would like to take this time & thank my sister for sending me a tip for this blog. She e-mailed me a short time ago from work & shared a link to a story on 1010 Wins about a Long Island Railroad (LIRR) vigilante. She assumed I would want to blog about it & she was 100% on her assumption!
John Clifford is a former NYPD officer turned lawyer who has some serious issues! He is obsessed with tormenting Long Island Railroad riders who he feels make his commute from Long Beach to Penn Station a nightmare. The man dubbed as a “train terrorist” by his friends has admitted to punching a woman in the head, pouring coffee on another woman, interrupting cell phone conversations, yelling, & more… during his commute or while at Penn Station.
Mr. Clifford is already a well known character due to his actions. He has been arrested or issued a summons a total of 8 times by the MTA Police since March 2003. He feels his actions are justified due to the fact he finds these commuters rude. However Gerry Bringmann of the Long Island Railroad Commuter’s Council strongly disagrees. He lables Mr. Clifford as a “vigilante whose aggressive actions should not be tolerated.”
So far none of the charges have stuck due to the victims not showing up in court. Hopefully this changes next month as Mr. Clifford has a scheduled court date. This latest court date stems from an incident in March where he smacked a woman & yelled at a man on his train.
What would Mr. Clifford like to see? He would like to see the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) introduce at least one quiet car per train. He would like to have this car introduced so that riders who wish to not hear cell phone conversations or loud talking could ride in peace.
Well you know what Mr. Clifford, fuck you! I apologize for my underage readers but I’m pissed off right now. Who does this guy think he is? When will idiots like this learn that any form of public transportation is not your quiet oasis. Mass transit was not created so people can have a peaceful & quiet journey to their destination. The purpose of mass transit is to take many passengers from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible.
Unfortunately idiots like Mr. Clifford feel that mass transit was created for them to ride in peace & tranquility. I find it absolutely idiotic that we have people in our society who think this way. While I’m not encouraging people to throw parties inside any form of mass transit, I do feel that noise is just a part of the process which one must accept. If you want peace & tranquility while getting to your destination, drive!
As far as this idiot goes, can someone explain to me why he is not banned from riding the Long Island Railroad (LIRR)? The man is openly admitting that he will continue to partake in these vigilante actions. Why let this situation get more out of control than it already is? It is a shame that the victims did not show up to help get this guy thrown in jail.
I am a man who does not support hitting a woman unless your life is truly in danger. I know for a fact that this man’s life was not in danger at any point when he decided to smack one woman & punch another because they annoyed him. This man is not someone we need in our streets. I seriously think he should be mentally evaluated & thrown into some sort of prison afterwards. I would like to think that supporters of a quiet car do not support this man’s actions! If so, you should be banned as well!You might enjoy reading these related entries:
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Yesterday’s Daily News provided some MTA comic relief. The relief was so funny, it could last for awhile! The New York Daily News’ transit reporter Pete Donohue wrote about a request/warning the MTA will pass on to straphangers. The request/warning has to deal with the use of cell phones or other electronic devices underground during extreme emergencies.
According to MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin, the MTA does not want straphangers to attempt to contact anyone during an extreme emergency. Their fear is the use of cell phones or other electronic devices could trigger explosive devices. Mr. Soffin explained the MTA’s stance:
“In the immediate aftermath of an incident, our employees need the full attention of our customers to ensure the fastest and safest communication of information and potential evacuation. We also exercise extreme caution in limiting use of any electronic device that could potentially serve as an accidental detonator during such an incident.”
Mr. Soffin also shared a comment about the potential calling of 911 or other emergency services during an extreme emergency. This was his comment in regards to the MTA’s line of thinking:
“These are situations when there is clearly an MTA employee responding and communicating with emergency responders.”
I have to die laughing (no pun intended) at the MTA’s request/warning. Lets just use a little common sense & examine a possible extreme emergency scenario. When such a scenario would take place, the first initial thoughts are how to get out alive, & to contact loved ones as soon as possible. This would all take place while trying to pick up information from employees. Assuming the scenario is of a possible doomsday scenario, do you really think communication between employees & straphangers will be that good to begin with?
Does the MTA really think people are going to just sit or stand around twiddling their thumbs? No, people will attempt to contact loved ones as that action is wired into one from birth. While I can understand the fear to some degree about possible detonation, the predetermined mentality of contact will override the MTA’s request/warning.
I seriously think the MTA should move out of the transportation world & enter into the world of comedy. They have truly missed their calling!You might enjoy reading these related entries:
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This past Friday, a coalition of business, civic, & labor organizations known as Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free released alternatives to Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan. The goal of the coalition’s plan is to ease traffic in Manhattan’s central business district. Their plan calls for the following:
- Increased meter parking (Including introducing metered parking on streets where you can currently park for free)
- Expansion of taxi stands
- Raising parking ticket fines (Mainly increases to fines that cause congestion such as double parking, blocking intersections, etc…)
- Reducing the number of parking permits issued to city employees
- Adjusting traffic signals to help traffic flow smoothly
- Creating traffic information updates that can be sent to electronic devices
The coalition sent their plan to the same commission in charge of studying Mayor Bloomberg’s plan. The coalition claims their plan would generate more money for mass transit than the mayor’s plan. They claim their plan would cut congestion anywhere between 7 to 11 percent compared to only 6.3% in Mayor Bloomberg’s plan.
Mayor Bloomberg was quick to respond to the coalition’s report. He ridiculed the report on his weekly radio address hours after it was released on Friday. He argues that the coalition’s plan only looks at half the equation while his plan encompasses the entire situation. He also shared the following quote:
“So people that come up with a solution say there’ll be fewer cars coming in _ yeah that’s great, but that’s half the problem. Where’s the money come from for the other side?”
Walter McCaffrey, a spokesman for Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free had this to say:
“Real and better alternatives exist to reduce traffic congestion more effectively and comprehensively without any need to implement a drastic plan which will disrupt the lives of many residents, senior citizens, working people and small businesses in our city.”
Personally I do not support any sort of congestion pricing plan. I have made my feelings known in this entry.You might enjoy reading these related entries: