3 Train Service Alert

The MTA has posted a service alert regarding the 3 train. The service alert reads:

Due to an ongoing rail condition at the 34th Street-Penn Station, please expect delays in service on the Flatbush-bound trains and the Utica Avenue-bound trains at this time.

Does anyone proofread these alerts before they are posted? Last I check the 3 train is always scheduled to run to New Lots Avenue. The only time it does not is for its overnight shuttle service between 148th Street & 135th Street in Harlem. Sorry it is a pet peeve to see such errors posted almost daily!

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MTA Serious About Going Green

I was browsing AMNY’s website & noticed a story that was not in today’s paper. The story is about the MTA’s latest vision to become environmentally friendly. The MTA has already been working on this vision as I blogged about last month in this entry. Here is the brief article courtesy of AMNY:

NEW YORK (AP) _ Green could literally sprout from rooftops of some bus depots in the near future as the nation’s largest mass transit system looks to become more environmentally friendly.

Rooftop gardens on bus depots and windmills at rail yards were just two ideas mulled over by a member of a panel of experts formed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to develop a green master plan for the city’s system of subways and buses. The panel was scheduled to begin meeting this week.

“The issue of global warming is arguably the most significant challenge our generation faces and it’s important that the MTA do its part,” said Elliot Sander, the executive director of the authority.

One member of the panel, Alex Matthiessen, president of Riverkeeper, an environmental organization, said green rooftops on bus depots could absorb water during rainstorms to reduce sometimes paralyzing floods of the subway system.

Wind power could be used at some rail yards to power operations, he said.

I like the idea of MTA trying to go green but rooftop gardens? Is that really necessary? I’m hoping that idea will stay just that, an idea!

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Riding & Thinking……

I had been looking forward to this past Saturday for over a month. Saturday marked the cd release party for the super talented & amazing person Jackie Pop. The party was being held at The Bitter End so this would be a one seat ride for yours truly. The plan was to take the 6 to Bleecker Street & walk down Bleecker for a few blocks.

I left a little later than I had wanted but I felt confident I’d make good time. I sat across from a man who was carrying a guitar case. Judging by the shape of it, I assumed he was carrying an electric guitar. My assumption proved right as out of nowhere he pulls his guitar out & starts practicing to himself. People were casually watching as he practiced to himself as if he was in his own private room.

While watching him, I started to think about how fitting it was to see someone playing since I was going to a show. I also started to think about how I should start playing regularly again. My guitar has sat in the corner for way too long! While thinking about this, I noticed we were at a stop that made me think even more. Someone who lives by the stop has been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe I can start writing again to go along with playing…..

I was considering getting off at 125th Street to try & shave a couple of minutes off my commute. I however decided I wouldn’t because I noticed it was about a 5 minute difference until the 4 would arrive after my train would. However when the train pulled into 125th Street, a 5 train was waiting for us with its doors open. I decided to switch to the 5. My intention was to try & catch the 6 train in front of the one I departed. We made some good time but no 6 was in sight when I got off at 14th Street-Union Square. When the 6 did arrive it ended up being the same one I had departed at 125th Street. I did chuckle when I saw the guy with his guitar again. He had it packed away though.

The ride back was interesting as well. I ended up catching the 6 at 14th Street-Union Square. I rode the train with one of my favorite friends Lisa. She got off at Grand Central-42nd Street so it was time for some music. The ride was going quite smoothly until we hit the Bronx. When we did my mind which had already been in a certain state started to overload from thinking so much. I was about to pass that stop again so I thought of that same person again. The last thing I noticed was someone sitting on a platform bench & randomly throwing up as the train entered & left the station. What is with me seeing people vomit on the platform every time I have been on the 6 at night lately!

In case you were wondering, Jackie’s party kicked ass & was a huge success. My suggestion to you after reading this is to go buy the cd as you won’t regret it! The cd can be purchased here!

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4 & 5 Train Service Alert

The MTA has posted a service alert regarding the 4 & 5 trains. The service alert reads:

Due to signal problems at the 138th Street-3rd Avenue Station, and trains are running with delays in both directions at this time.

Two notes about this service alert. I was watching Metro Traffic & Weather & they said the delays were approximately 10 minutes. Lastly I would assume the MTA meant the 138th St.-Grand Concourse station since that is where the 4 & 5 start. I can’t imagine why supposed delays at the 6 train station would hurt the 4 & 5.

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Cops Hunting For Subway Mugger

Now here is transit related story #2 from today’s Daily News. The cops are on the hunt for a subway mugger who has been targeting female straphangers. The suspect has struck 3 times since September 5 with the latest attack occurring this past Monday. Here is the brief article courtesy of the NY Daily News:

Cops were on the hunt last night for a violent mugger who targets women in Manhattan subway stations, police said.

The cowardly crook’s first victim was a 35-year-old woman whom he robbed about 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Fifth Ave. and E.23rd St. station.

The thug struck again about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Eighth Ave. and 34th St. station, swiping a 50-year-old woman’s pocketbook after shoving her to the ground.

Then about 3 p.m. Monday, he grabbed a 47-year-old woman in the 40th St. and Broadway station and wrestled away her bag.

The suspect was described as a 30- to 40-year-old black man, about 6-feet-2 and 170 pounds with a slender build.

Cops asked anyone with information to call (800) 577-TIPS.

I do have one question though. Why are we just hearing about this today?

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