May 9, 2013
In 2012, NYC started installing Bicycle Lanes — street lanes dedicated to bicyclists. A Protected Bicycle Lane is located between the curb and a lane of parked cars. A Regular Bicycle Lane is located between a curbside lane of parked vehicles and a lane of traffic.
Whilst NYC is encouraging bicycle riding, we’re seeing more bicycles chained to poles and trees. Many sidewalk bicycle stands are overcrowded, frequently making it difficult for pedestrians to walk on the curb. And with Citi Bike’s NYC bicycle sharing program set to unload 6,000 bikes starting May 27, 2013, we’re going to need places to put all these bicycles.
NYC DOT is testing out a new Bike Parking Corral. These corrals are located adjacent to a Protected Bike Lane, right where a car would usually be parked. The first Corral is being piloted on 9th Ave and a single car space has room for 16 bicycles.
We like this idea:
- we’re not wasting any street space on cars that don’t park efficiently,
- NYC bicycle riders are protected, and
- this gets the bicycles off the sidewalk.
After a number of stops and starts, NYC’s bicycle sharing program, called Citi Bike, is set to launch on May 27, 2013.
Sign up by May 17, 2013 – you can have the privilege of being part of Citi Bike’s first week
Sign up after June 2, 2013 — you can take a Citi Bike for a spin anytime.
Some Key Facts
- 8,000 members have already signed up
- 6,000 bikes & 330 bike rack stations in Manhattan & Brooklyn to start
- 10,000 bikes at the height of the program
How It Works
1. Purchase access for a period of 24 hours, 7 days or annually (Annual membership is purchased online).
- Annual Membership: $95, 45 min rides*
- 7-Day Membership: $25, 30 min rides*
- 24-Hour Membership: $9.95, 30 min rides* Read more…
April 16, 2013
If you’ve ever been to Paris and used the subway system, you know how wonderful it is to use a kiosk to enter your destination and Voila!, your entire route lights up. You know which lines to take and where to change trains.
Hold on to your NYC MetroCards, because a similar technology is coming to the NYC subway system. According to co.design, Control Group is spearheading efforts to create touch-screen kiosks for 90 of the NYC subway system to help riders. There are 400 NYC subway stations in total.
- 47 inch touch screen (that’s nearly 4 feet)
- Delays & Outages Updates
- One-Tap Navigation Sysem
- Advertising (on top of the $100 million in revenue the MTA generates from paper advertising)
- Located near pay areas and potentially on the train platform
March 5, 2013
Yep, new fares for NYC buses, NYC subways, Metro-North Railroad, LIRR Railroad, and NYC bridges and tunnels.
Effective March 3, 2013:
NYC Subway & NYC Bus
- Base Single Ride Fare: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50 → $.25 increase
- Single Ticket Fare: Increase from $2.50 to $2.75 → $.25 increase (Sold at vending machines only. Must be used within 2 hours, no transfers included)
- Monthly MetroCard/30-Day Unlimited: Increase from $104 to $112 → 7.7% or $8 increase
- 7-Day Unlimited: $30.00
- 7-Day Express Bus Plus: $55.00
- Express Bus: $6.00
- Fee to Purchase New MetroCard $1, so save those used or expired NYC MetroCards and exchange them for a new one! Fee applies to each new MetroCard purchased at station booth, vending machine or commuter rail station.
- Pay Per Ride Bonus: An additional 5% is added to your MetroCard with the purchase or addition of $5 or more.
Effective March 1, 2013, fares and tolls are also increased for these NYC bridges and tunnels: Read more…
February 27, 2013
If you have been driving in NYC in the last few months, you probably have swerved to avoid a pothole. You know what a pothole is, but here’s the office NYC definition:
- A hole in the street with a circular or ovular shape and a definable bottom.
- The bottom may be the concrete roadway base and may be partially filled with mud, dirt, or loose gravel.
- Condition does not look man-made and usually is not sitting in an area of collapse.
These large holes — some as big as 2 feet wide — slow down NYC traffic, can be hard to avoid, destroy NYC road conditions, ruin your car and never seem to get fixed fast enough.
How do these enormous holes that can be as deep as 10 inches, just show up suddenly? There are a few different theories:
- Theory 1 says that roads need to drain water. Read more…
February 21, 2013
We posted about NYC MetroCards sporting advertising in October 2012, and we just saw our first NYC Subway MetroCard with the ads. .
This NYC MetroCard’s ad is for audible.com, which lets you read science fiction novels on your smartphone, and suggests you download a free audiobook at audible.com/NYSubway.
I have to say, at first the green card was a bit confusing. I couldn’t figure out which was the front of the card and how to swipe it at the NYC subway turnstile — this card doesn’t have the arrows showing you how to swipe or insert the MetroCard into the reader. But after a few trips, I got the hang of it.
Every day, 70,000 vehicles travel in and out of NYC’s Manhattan. Add pedestrians and bicyclists to all these regular cars, delivery trucks, and emergency vehicles, and you get quite a mess of NYC traffic.
So the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) got together with Transcore and a few other companies to create an Active Traffic Management System to improve NYC traffic. Now dubbed ‘Midtown in Motion’, this is a broad network of 100 microwave sensors, 32 traffic video cameras and E-ZPass readers initially installed at 23 intersections in NYC midtown. These devices measure traffic speeds covering a 110-block area from 2nd – 6th Aves & 42nd – 57th Sts in an effort to get NYC traffic moving faster by adjusting Midtown traffic signal patterns, unplugging bottlenecks and smoothing the flow of traffic.
Phase I resulted in an overall 10% improvement in travel times on Read more…
January 25, 2013
Through Twitter, we heard about Hailo, a new mobile app you can use to hail a NYC taxi. From the video, it looks like you list your location on the app and the NYC taxi will accept your request. You’ll get a a text when the NYC cab is approaching. The payment is made through the Hailo app at the end of the ride.
We’re not sure how this app is different from Uber’s app to hail NYC cabs. We’ve blogged before about the legal issues Uber had with the NYC TLC.
There doesn’t seem to be a charge for passengers. The drivers pay a commission to Hailo for the service. The founding team comprising taxi drivers and entrepreneur is based in Boston, and Hailo is active in London, Boston, Barcelona, Dublin, Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo. They’ve raised $20 million in funding. We wish them luck in NYC.
January 23, 2013
I wasn’t a fan of the NYC Select Service Bus concept at first, but now I’m a die-hard fan. These NYC buses are faster to load and unload passengers, and travel faster because of dedicated bus lanes and limited stops.
I regularly get on the Select Service Bus on a block where there is also a Local Bus stop, and sometimes I decide which bus to take as it arrives. You can pay for the Local Bus as you board, but you have to pre-pay for the Select Service Bus using machines on the curb before boarding. That’s what makes the boarding process so much faster.
I know which bus is coming because the Select Buses have flashing blue lights. But last night, Read more…
December 25, 2012
The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has changed its mind again about Uber’s taxi-hailing mobile app. We previously wrote about Uber in November and September 2012. This is how the Uber app works:
How it Works
NYC cabs get a smartphone that has the Uber software. Once a customer requests a pickup, the NYC cab driver that is closest to that customer gets a notification and has 15 seconds to respond to the request. The taxi then drives to pick up the customer and cannot pick up any other customer along the way.
- NYC Taxi drivers are not allowed to use any electronic devices while driving.
- NYC rules don’t allow for pre-arrranged rides in yellow taxis.
- NYC taxi drivers cannot refuse a fare (customer) if they are On Duty. Read more…