Transit Failures

MTA Rejects Free Shuttle Bus Plan

This past weekend was the first of 11 consecutive weekends where line riders were without service between Manhattan & Queens due to multiple projects ongoing. Part of the alternate travel plans for riders included a free shuttle bus offering riders a connection to other subway lines heading into Manhattan. However one of the major issues […]

Reappointment Is Truly A Blow To Mass Transit

Last June, one of the biggest transit stories was the defeat of a major transportation bill in Albany. The bill called for the installation of bus-mounted cameras to deter cars from using bus-only lanes. The main culprit behind the defeat of the bill was New York State Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman David Gantt. Many transit […]

Straphangers Campaign Announces 2008 Pokey & Schleppie Award Winners

The Pokey Award The Schleppie Award Earlier today the NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign handed out their annual “Pokey” & “Schleppie” Awards. The “Pokey” is awarded to New York City Transit’s slowest local bus route. The “Schleppie” is awarded to New York City Transit’s least reliable local bus route. Here is the complete press release which announced […]

Next Subway Arrival Board: 3 Years Away

One of the biggest technological advances in mass transit for riders was the implementation of arrival boards which tell you when the next train in each respective direction will arrive. The technology has been in place all over the world in places such as London, Rome, & in our own country in Washington D.C. Unfortunately […]

MTA’s New Escalators Off To A Bumpy Start

Yesterday the MTA debuted the 35 variable speed escalators installed at 4 subway stations in Manhattan & Queens. The escalators which use infrared motion sensors to determine what speed to operate at were put in place to help cut down on energy consumption. As one would expect from anything new especially coming from the MTA, […]