TWU Wants Strike Penalties Lifted

MTA workers striking at the Parkchester Station on day 2 of the 2005 transit strike.
MTA workers on strike at the Parkchester Station on day 2 of the 2005 transit strike. Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

As I wrote about at the beginning of last month, the Transport Workers Union is continuing its fight to get their strike penalties lifted. The TWU is now down to only a couple of penalties with the biggest issue still being their checkoff power.

According to court papers filed on Halloween, the state attorney general & MTA supported the TWU regaining “due checkoffs” but only on a probationary basis. They want the due checkoffs privilege revoked if the TWU strikes again. Here is a comment from Mayor Bloomberg who sides with the state attorney general & MTA on the stipulation:

What they’ve submitted so far, if you read it very carefully, number one, it’s not the union, it’s the president of the union, and number two, it simply says they acknowledge that they don’t have the right. They don’t say they won’t.”

The issue is a big one to the TWU as they said they have lost over $1 million dollars due to the penalties.

I personally don’t know if they should go for such a stipulation. They would weaken their power if they were to promise not to strike again. They should seriously consider all options before such a proposal. The case is expected to be heard in the Brooklyn Supreme Court later this month.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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The MTA Wants Developers To “Be In Beacon”

The MTA’s Metro North Railroad division is looking for developers to become partners with them in a Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The “TOD” is to be situated on approximately 18 acres at the Beacon Station in Dutchess County. Here are a few comments on the project:

MTA CEO & Executive Director Elliot Sander – “Transit Oriented Development is a win-win for the MTA and New York, promoting increased transit use and helping to make the region more sustainable. We hope this is the first of many opportunities to promote transit-accessible development throughout the MTA’s transportation network.”

Metro North President Peter A. Cannito – “Clustering development around train stations is nothing new. Just look at the thriving hamlets all over the region we serve. We hope to go back to the future in Beacon. Metro-North wants to be an integral part of that city’s very bright future.”
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MTA Looks To Speed Up Bus Service….

B64 idle at the Mermaid Bus Loop in Brooklyn.
B64 idle at the Mermaid Bus Loop in Brooklyn; Resized photo courtesy of Eye On Transit

This past Tuesday, the MTA dealt with its annual embarrassment courtesy of receiving the “Pokey” award from The Straphangers Campaign. What made it worse this year is that the group debuted a new award called the “Schleppie” so it was double the embarrassment. However the MTA chose not to sit around & do nothing about it as they chose this day to announce their plans of speeding up bus service.

The agency is working with the NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) on multiple initiatives to help speed up bus service. Some of these initiatives include signal light prioritization & Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). Here is the full press release:

MTA New York City Transit bus customers could soon benefit from a series of initiatives aimed at making city bus service faster and more dependable than it has ever been. Combining technological advances with methods of bus operation new to the region, the era of slow bus service could eventually be left behind.
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MTA NYC Transit Trip Planner Goes Mobile

Catching up on news from the last few days, the MTA made a major announcement concerning their trip planner program. The agency announced a new form of service called “Trip Planner On the Go!”. The new service allows users of a cell phone, PDA, or Blackberry with internet access to obtain travel itineraries from NYC Transit. Here is the press release from the MTA about the new service:

Riders on the go who need fast, accurate travel information have a new tool to rely on: Trip Planner On the Go! Whether from a cellular phone, PDA or Blackberry, users with mobile access to the web can obtain travel itineraries from NYC Transit while standing outside a subway station or sitting in a restaurant. Trip Planner On the Go!, released in a Beta (test) version, will provide users with practically the same itineraries they would receive if they were using a desk or lap top computer.
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M23 Receives The Dreaded Pokey Award!

Today, The Straphangers Campaign handed out its annual award for the slowest local bus route in New York City. The award known as the “Pokey” is now in its 6th year & continues to point out the worst of the worst as far as slow bus service is concerned. However this year is special as The Straphangers Campaign has introduced a second award known as the “Schleppie” which goes to the New York City’s least reliable line according to official transit statistics.

This year’s winner of the “Pokey” is known other than the M23. The M23 serves as a crosstown route connecting riders from Avenue C to the Chelsea Piers via 23rd Street. The M23 earned the award by clocking the slowest bus speed at 4.0 miles per hour at 12 p.m. on a weekday. This is quite horrible considering the average person walking would clock in at 3.0 miles per hour.

The winner of the inaugural “Schleppie” is the M1 which services Fifth, Madison, & Park Avenues respectively. According to reliability statistics kept by the MTA’s New York City Transit division, 1 out of every 3 M1 buses have big gaps in service or are off schedule. This is the worst rating out of all 42 buses the agency measures with these statistics.

Manhattan routes swept both awards but the Straphangers Campaign provided a list of buses that would win the Pokey for individual boroughs if such an award was given out:

  1. Brooklyn – B63 4.9 mph
  2. Bronx – Bx19 5.0 mph
  3. Manhattan – M23 4.0 mph
  4. Queens – Q56 6.1 mph
  5. Staten Island – S61 11.7 mph

Quite frankly is anyone surprised that the winners were bus routes in Manhattan? The traffic in that borough will always lead to unpredictable & unreliable service. This is just the facts of life when dealing with buses in Manhattan. For those interested in reading the Straphangers Campaign press release, here it is:
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