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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…

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 21, 2013

Image,_MTA_MetroCard,_New_Design_Front_&_Back_2-20-13.JPGWe 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.

Filed under: Buses,MTA MetroCard,Subways — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 12:41 pm

NYC TrafficEvery 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 23, 2013

NYC bus MTA busI 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…

Filed under: Buses — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 5:06 pm
December 25, 2012

The NYC MTA has been testing ‘countdown clocks’ on NYC bus shelters so riders can see the arrival time for the next bus. These digital clocks will post status such as ‘Due’ or ‘8 Min’. Unfortunately, the MTA is discontinuing these Countdown Clocks because of high costs and the clocks not being accurate.

Instead, NYC bus riders will use ‘Bus Time’, a mobile app and computer program that will let you track the NYC buses and know where they are. You won’t be able to get an estimate of when your bus will arrive, but I supposed you could guess based on where the bus is and how fast or slow it’s moving.

Bus Time is supposed to be available by the end of 2012. Only 6 days left…

Filed under: Buses — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 2:57 pm
November 4, 2012

NYC MTAIt’s that time again, when the NYC MTA is considering raining fares for NYC subways and NYC buses.

What are the changes?

  • 30-Day Unlimited MetroCard — increase from $104 to $125, a 20% increase
  • NYC Bus & NYC Subway Fare — increase from $2.25 to $2.50
  • 7-Day Unlimited MetroCard — potential increase from $29 to $34
  • MetroCard 7% bonus when you put at least $10 on a pay-per-ride card — may be eliminated
  • Long Island Rail Road — potential 8% increase
  • Metro-North Rail Road — potential 8% increase
  • NYC Bridges — increase from $6.50 to $7.50 for cash tolls

These NYC subway and bus fare increases expect to bring in $450 million a year. The MTA Board will hold hearings in November and will vote on the proposals in December 2012.

These NYC bus and subway fare increases could be avoided in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo increases state funds for public transit.  The state comptroller’s office has said fare and toll hikes continue to outpace inflation, placing a burden on commuters across the metropolitan region.

September 29, 2012

Crain’s New York Business has published some fascinating statistics about NYC, ranging from travel to social media to health care. Here’s what we found about NYC transportation.

MetroCard — Introduced in 1994 and available on all NYC subways and NYC buses in 1997. NYC is sure that the MetroCard helps account for a 64% rise in subway ridership since 1991, from 995.2 million rides to 1,634.2 million in 2011 . NYC bus ridership was 529 million rides in 1991, 754.7 million in 2002, and 665.3 million in 2002.

NYC Subway Stations — they’re busy, dirty, and handle millions of passengers every day. The chart below shows that NYC Union Sq-14th St station has seen a 34% increase in traffic from 2001 – 2011.



Filed under: Buses,Subways — Tags: , — mtohn @ 1:54 pm
September 25, 2012

The East side of NYC is in a major gridlock this week with the UN General Assembly, with checkpoints, gridlocks, and closed streets. When you add in all the meetings, dinners, TV shows, and parties that the world’s leaders are going to, the entire city becomes a maze of detours and frustration. Just last Saturday night after midnight, a NYC police officer did not allow me to cross 6th Ave at 54th St because ‘6th Avenue was being closed’. Undeterred, I calmly walked across 54th St and hopped in a taxi up 6th Ave, then waved to the police officer as I passed him.

WNYC has done a great set of interviews covering how technology can help us improve NYC traffic and transportation.

Types of Technology Being Used

NYC has spent $300mm on hightech ‘toys’ that make transportation better. An interview with Transportation Nation’s Alex Goldmark shares information about:

Midtown in Motion — this program comprises NYC’s most congested 200 square blocks. Read more…

August 20, 2012

NYC MTA logoThe MTA budget released in late July 2012 includes fare increases in 2013 and 2015. That means you’ll be paying more to ride a NYC bus or NYC subway.

We don’t know the amount of the new fares, but the budget shows that combining MTA fares and tolls is expecting to bring in $450 million in 2013, and $500 million in 2015.

Don’t like another fare increase? You can voice your objection at MTA public hearings in November.

The NYC MTA Board will vote in December, and any fare increase will be implemented in March 2013.

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