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February 12, 2015

Image,_Move_NY_Plan,_TollsCongestion Pricing for anyone driving in NYC is back on the table. With the removal of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the MTA’s $15 billion capital-plan deficit, Sam Schwartz’s Move NY plan could fix both congestion and the deficit.

Move NY Plan’s premise is to increase costs of driving into Manhattan where there are good public transport options, and reduce the costs where there are limited public transportation options. As a result, the flow of traffic gets spread around the various NYC bridge and tunnel crossings.


  • East River bridges — implement tolls of $5.54 for E-ZPass users, $8 for others on the Queensborough/Koch Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge.
  • Crossing below 60th Street in Manhattan — implement toll of $5.54 for E-ZPass users, $8 for others.
  • Outer Borough Bridges — reduce tolls from $5 to $2.50
  • Off Peak Hours — lower toll rates
  • NYC Taxis and app-based services — implement a surcharge based on a distance entered below 96th St in Manhattan.



Is free parking really not free at all? If you believe the theory of Geof Glass, a Ph.D. student at Simon Frasier University, we’re all indirectly paying for free parking when we shop at nearby stores.

Glass’ hypothesis is that the cost of free parking is built into the retail store or restaurant’s overhead, and is then passed on to the consumer as part of the cost of items sold. Glass refers to this as an ‘invisible sales tax’ of about 1%.

According to The Washington Post, Glass estimates that rents account for 10% of a retailer’s overall cost, and parking accounts for about 10% of rent, giving a cost of 1% for parking. That retailer then passes that 1% on to consumers.

Glass believes that since governments require developer to building parking, it’s the same effect as if consumers paid a tax and then the government built the parking.

The Post’s article points out that  ‘This is a very simple calculation, and it doesn’t take into account for example the fact that rents are also determined by many factors beyond the cost of constructing a building (like the sudden popularity of its location). It also doesn’t consider that retailers set prices with many other factors in mind beyond fixed costs (like the desire by, say, CVS, to standardize prices across locations).’

The main takeaway from the article is that if you don’t drive, you’re essentially subsidizing drivers, since you’re paying that extra 1% to retailers and not getting the benefit of that 1%. It’s analogous to people who don’t use NYC subways or buses subsidizing those who do use public transportation through the portion of the Highway Trust Fund that covers mass transit. And it’s the same for single people or families who send their children to private school still paying school taxes.

Filed under: Buses,Driving & Traffic News,Parking News,Subways — Tags: , — mtohn @ 11:01 am
February 22, 2014

Transit Wireless, the company installing wireless access in NYC subways, has promised that there will be Wifi signals in all 277 NYC subway stations by 2017.

The next NYC subway stations to get Wifi signals are:

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If you’re one of the 250 million subway riders with cellular service on AT&T, T-Mobile, Spring or Verizon, you’ll get a wireless signal at the platforms and mezzanines. Not inside the tunnels, though.

Read more at Daily News.

Filed under: Subways — Tags: , , , — mtohn @ 11:59 am
December 20, 2013

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It’s with great joy that I welcome Walk NYC, NYC”s latest signage, which clearly shows streets, landmarks, NYC subways, WiFi hotspots, and neighborhood names.

Walk NYC’s signs meet some of the challenges of navigating our great city:

Everyone is going in a different direction, at a different pace. Some of us are in a hurry, some are walking at an excruciatingly slow tourist pace, some are heading towards a specific place, some are simply walking as the stores beckon us. Some of use want a subway, some want to walk, some want a CitiBike, some want a NYC taxi. This is so different from typical wayfinding challenges, like airports and hotels, where most people are entering and exiting from core places and at the same general pace. But in NYC, we’re all headed somewhere else.

I know more than you know.  A local may be looking for a specific address or cross-street, whereas a tourist might just be trying to figure out Read more…

Filed under: Bicycles,Buses,Getting Around NYC,Subways,Taxis — Tags: , — mtohn @ 1:03 pm
December 16, 2013

With Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio trying to improve daily life for NYC residents, Crain’s New York Business has gathered a list of ways to make getting around NYC easier. Here are some ideas for walking, NYC driving, NYC parking, subways, buses, ferries, deliveries, pay by phone, NYC Muni-Meters, bike lanes, and pedestrian plazas:

NYC Parking Ideas

Text to pay NYC Muni meters. Allow drivers to register a credit card with the city, text the number of the Muni meter to register their location, and pay the NYC parking fare, says Michael Woloz, a lobbyist for the taxi industry. No more fumbling for change, running out to feed the meter or waiting for approval in the freezing cold.

Neighborhood parking permits. Residents would pay an annual fee to park in their neighborhood. Everyone else would pay a metered or daily rate.

NYC Driving Ideas

Give NYC control of all the roads within the five boroughs. Read more…

November 27, 2013

The NYC Gridlock Alert Days for 2013 are:

  • Wednesday, November 27
  • Wednesday, December 4
  • Friday, December 6
  • Thursday, December 12
  • Friday, December 13
  • Wednesday, December 18
  • Thursday, December 19
  • Friday, December 20

You know the drill:

  • Avoid driving in Midtown NYC
  • Take NYC subways or NYC buses
  • Walk
  • If you do drive, park in a NYC Parking Garage — avoid traffic, avoid a NYC parking ticket, avoid a headache
September 4, 2013

One of the last bastions of Cell-Phone Free zones will be no longer. Verizon has just agreed to install wireless coverage in NYC subways. The other three major wireless providers — Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile — signed agreements in 2010 to provide wireless coverage in NYC subway stations.

According to Crain’s NY Business, Verizon will start the installing the equipment in select NYC subway stations in September 2013. Thirty-six NYC subway stations in the Chelsea and midtown Manhattan areas will be there first to get Verizon wireless coverage.

Transit Wireless LLC is responsible for installing antennas in subway stations, and plans to provide coverage for all 277 stations by 2017. This is a $200 million project.

Filed under: Subways — Tags: — mtohn @ 11:42 am
July 31, 2013

Bloomberg is reporting that Sprint plans to provide wireless service for mobile phones in all 277 NYC subway stations. AT&T and T-Mobile already offer mobile phone service in some NYC subway stations.

By early 2013, Sprint expects to offer service in 36 NYC subway stations in Midtown and Chelsea areas.

We reported in June 2012 that Wifi in NYC Subways would be available one these lines at four NYC subway stations:


The wireless service was sponsored by Google Offers and provided by Boingo Wireless, and was available from June – September 7th, 2012 for AT&T or T-Mobile customers.

Did you know there are 1.6 billion annual riders on the NYC subway system?

Filed under: Subways — mtohn @ 5:58 pm
April 16, 2013

NYC_Subway_Touch-Screen_Kiosk_mapping_viewIf 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.

Phase I

  • 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

Phase II

Filed under: MTA MetroCard,Subways — Tags: , — mtohn @ 5:54 pm
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…

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