Elliot Does Better Than Expected…..

A little under a month ago, news came out about a raise for MTA CEO/Executive Director Elliot Sander. After the news came out, there was outrage shared by many including myself. When MTA Board Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger was questioned about the timing of the raise, he kept justifying it by comparing Mr. Sander’s salary to his peers. Well Caitlin Millat and Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News have done some digging to see how valid Dale’s claims were. Here is their report:

The MTA’s $350,000 CEO is one of the highest-paid public transportation honchos in the country, a spot check by the Daily News shows.

Six of the nine largest mass transit authorities in the United States grant less-lucrative economic packages to their top administrators, while two pay more than the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The issue of what constitutes appropriate pay for the MTA’s top executive flared recently after current MTA boss Elliot Sander received a $10,000 raise. The increase raised eyebrows because it came as the authority’s finances are deteriorating so much that fares and tolls could go up again next year.

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MLB All-Star Parade To Affect Subway & Bus Service

The MTA will soon be posting a press release regarding how the MLB All-Star Parade scheduled for tomorrow will affect subway & bus service:

Due to Major League Baseball’s All Star Procession tomorrow, Tuesday, July 15th on 6th Avenue between 34th Street and 59th Street, subway and bus service along the route will be affected from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m. as follows:

Uptown-bound M5, M6, M7 and BxM2 will run on 8th Avenue instead of 6th Avenue, making corresponding street stops on 8th Avenue.

Crosstown QM1, QM1A, QM2, QM2A, QM3, QM4, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, QM10, QM12 and QM22 buses will stop at Madison Avenue instead of 6th Avenue.

In addition, officers of the NYPD’s Transit Bureau may request that we close certain subway entrances in the following stations during the parade: Times Square-42nd Street, 42nd Street-Bryant Park, and 57th Street (F line).

Customers who rely on any of these bus routes are advised to allow extra travel time for their commute tomorrow. The may also call our Travel Information Center at 718-330-1234 between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., or log onto www.mta.info to use our Trip Planner feature.

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Transit Blogger Changes Coming Soon

Within the next 24-48 hours (possibly sooner), you will see a new & improved Transit Blogger.com Be on the lookout!

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Service Diversions Updated

I just wanted to inform everyone that the service diversions page has been updated with the latest planned service diversions starting this weekend & cover next week (beyond for some).

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LIRR Service Alert Update

I apologize for not posting this when I heard a couple of hours ago.

Ronkonkoma Branch Customers:

LIRR service on the Ronkonkoma Branch has been restored between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma with residual delays of up to 45 minutes. Earlier, service was suspended when an unauthorized person on the tracks was struck by a train east of Deer Park.

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