Filthy LIRR Restrooms Are Unacceptable!

As a commuter on the Long Island Rail Road, I know what it is to pay a premium on commuter costs due to living in the suburbs. One of the things that irk me about the premium costs as compared to the subway are the conditions we are forced to put up with. I have lost count of how many dirty railroad cars I’ve been in or how many newspapers & coffee cups/stains I see all over. However the biggest complaint I notice inside the cars or on any LIRR property are the sad condition of the restrooms. So I was disgusted while not being surprised when I spoke with one of my best friend’s yesterday about this.

When I was on the phone with Dawn, she mentioned how horrible her commute was more so due to the rude people on the subway & on the elevator towards the LIRR platform in Woodside. However even with all of that, she was most disgusted by two recent occurrences while inside restrooms at two different LIRR stations. The first occurrence was at the Jamaica Station where the locks were broken on the stall doors. So she had to hold it in place while her fellow passenger had to use the restroom. The second occurrence was at the Hicksville station the next day where human feces was spotted all over the floor.

I am sorry but these kind of conditions are unacceptable for the premium price we have to pay to use the LIRR. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that subway riders deserve to put up with these conditions (which they already do). I’m just saying that for the money we are forced to pay for inadequate service, we should have better facilities at our disposal. The first step would be to have people clean up after themselves but I can’t ignore the lack of regular cleaning of these facilities. I applauded the fact that she was going to call the LIRR to complain. These conditions are unacceptable & should be taken care of immediately.

So if anyone comes across conditions like this, please don’t just complain about it to your friends, co-workers, etc…, file a complaint with the respective agency & lets hope they follow up & rectify the situations.

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LIRR To Part Ways With The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board

If the writer of this editorial had their way, the Long Island Rail Road would part ways with the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board. The call for such an action stems from the ongoing scandal which has led investigations into how over 90% of retired LIRR employees qualified for disability benefits from the board. Here is the editorial which appeared in Newsday yesterday:

New York’s federal representatives are moving swiftly to remove the rubber stamp from the hands of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, which for years has approved disability benefits for nearly everyone who applied – including more than 90 percent of Long Island Rail Road retirees. The reforms announced last week are a good start.

Officials must now turn their attention to the much more difficult task of removing the LIRR from the federal system altogether. As a commuter rail line, the LIRR is a bad fit in a federal system set up for freight transportation. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has said that he will discuss such a move with others on the committee.

Click here for the complete editorial.

While I can understand the author’s frustration with such a corrupt system, I don’t see this relationship ending anytime soon. The chances of the federal government moving the largest railroad agency in the country to Social Security is slim to none. This would open the floodgates for every other agency to attempt to do the same & too many people have a vested interest in things staying status quo. Put it this way, you will see pigs fly or hell freeze over before such a move takes place.

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MTA Turns To Koch To Help Stimulate Bond Sales

It is no secret that the credit & financial markets are suffering as part of a global financial crisis. Companies of all types are struggling to keep afloat during these tough times. The MTA is no different as it tries to raise some money through the sale of tax-exempt bonds. While the attempt to sell these is not shocking, the way they decided to pitch them is. William Neuman of the New York Times has more in this report:

With the credit markets suffering as a result of the global financial crisis, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken the unusual step of appealing directly to its riders for help in raising cash — but not, in this case, with a fare increase. The authority began running radio ads over the weekend, with former Mayor Edward I. Koch promoting the sale of tax-exempt bonds that it uses to finance its large-scale projects.

The authority typically sells its bonds to large institutional investors; the appeal to the general public is unusual and intended to generate greater demand for its bonds at a time when the credit markets have been badly shaken. The ads tell interested buyers to contact their broker or financial adviser or to go to the authority’s Web site,, where a prominent link will take them to the bond sale prospectus.

Click here to read the complete article & to be able to listen to the ad featuring Ed Koch.

I wonder if the pitch to a different type of purchaser will work for the agency. At a time where every dollar earned can help, it doesn’t hurt to try.

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MTA & TWU Local 100 Potentially Near A Deal

December 20th-22nd, 2005 are 3 days that many tri-state area residents would like to forget. For those living under a rock, those 3 days featured a transit strike by Transport Workers Union Local 100 employees which pretty much killed the use of mass transit throughout the city. Years later the TWU Local 100 is back in the news but not in a bad way. According to a report over the weekend by New York Daily News transit reporter Pete Donohue, the MTA & TWU Local 100 are potentially near a deal involving bus drivers & mechanics working for MTA Bus Company:

Top MTA and transit union officials have been holding secret negotiations to hammer out a contract months ahead of schedule – and without the usual rancor, the Daily News has learned.

In a potential sign that a tentative deal is not far off, sources said the sides were close to an agreement on raises for bus drivers and mechanics working at the MTA Bus Co., a division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Resolving wage and other issues concerning workers in the MTA Bus Co. division has been portrayed as a major hurdle that needed to be overcome before a pact encompassing the entire bus and subway workforce could be reached.

Click here for the complete report.

While there was no talk of strikes, it is nice to see both sides being proactive in hammering out a new contract in advance. Why chance any sort of hostility or war if you don’t have to do so.

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Service Diversions 10/10

I have just updated the service diversions page with the latest scheduled diversions for this weekend & next week (and beyond in some cases). Don’t forget to check in for any changes to the page. I also suggest printing out a copy of the page to use while riding the system. Have a safe & wonderful weekend!

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