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 3, 2012

NYC Henry Hudson BridgeThe NYC MTA earned nearly $940 million in 2011 from tolls on its seven bridges and two tunnels. Some of that revenue was used to pay the toll-takers in the toll booths.

But now the MTA is working to eliminate the NYC bridge and tunnel toll-takers, which means you’ll either have to use E-ZPassNY or E-ZPassNJ. ‘Cashless Tolling’, as it’s called, was implemented on the Henry Hudson Bridge connecting the Bronx and Manhattan in mid-November 2012.  If you don’t have an E-ZPass, then cameras on the toll barrier will record license plates and the MTA will mail you a bill for the unpaid tolls. The bill will go to the address on the vehicle’s registration. If you don’t pay after the MTA sends you a second bill, you will get a $50 penalty and the bill could be turned over to a collections agency. You can look up your bill here by Violation, EZPass Tag Number, or your License Plate. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Henry Hudson Bridge was selected for the cashless pilot in part because so many of its drivers — more than 87 % — already used E-Z Pass.

If you’re crossing the Henry Hudson Bridge to get from the Bronx to Manhattan,the toll rates are:

If you don’t have an EZ Pass NY or EZ Pass NJ, drive through the toll. The cameras on the toll barrier will record license plates and you will receive a bill in the mail for the unpaid tolls.

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October 18, 2012

NYC MetrocardJust when you were getting used to the NYC subway and bus MetroCard with it’s signature yellow background and angled blue writing, it’s time to get used to the ne-looking NYC MetroCard.

These new MetroCards now boast advertising from local retailers as a way for NYC’s MTA to generate more revenue. The first one launched (photo, right) offers a 20% discount at any Gap store and is being used to promote the newly remodeled Gap store at 34th St & Broadway. Read more…

Filed under: MTA MetroCard — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 6:27 pm
July 24, 2012

NYC MTA logoThe NYC MTA wants to know what you think. The MTA is looking for regular NYC subway, bus, and railroad riders or bridge and tunnel users to participate in periodic public opinion surveys for the agency. The surveys help the MTA better understand its customers’ opinions of existing service and priorities for areas for improvement.

If you’re interested, click here to register. We signed up and it takes about 2 minutes at most. For every survey, the NYC MTA will randomly select a few customers to receive either a free Metro Card or a free 10-trip ticket on the MTA railroad of their choice.

Filed under: Buses,MTA MetroCard,Subways,Taxis — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 6:58 pm
July 12, 2011

MTA Subway Map, R LineIt happens to me often. I’m going to a new neighborhood and I’m not sure of the subway lines and stops, so I push aside the tourists and squint at the very confusing, and massive, NYC subway map on the train platform. Then the train comes, and I’m forced to figure it out once I’m aboard.

I know, I can use HopStop, which I do. But I have no sense of direction and still need to double-check where I’m going.

There may be a solution! NYC’s MTA is testing out some new NYC subway maps.

The maps are being tested on the 4, 5, and R lines. The signs are similar to what I’ve seen in South Korea and Taiwan — two to four feet high and they list only the stops ahead, rather than the stops on the entire line. If all goes well, the MTA will roll out the signs to the entire system.

Read the full article and see more signs in The New York Times City Room.

Filed under: Subways — Tags: , , — mtohn @ 7:31 pm
September 5, 2010

The MTA is at it again — talking about raising MetroCard prices. Right now, we’re paying $2.25 for a single ride, $27 for a weekly card, and $89 for an unlimited monthly card.

Just last month, in July, the MTA was talking about a $104 unlimited monthly card, a $99 monthly card with 90 rides, and a $29 weekly card.

But on August 23rd, the whopping cost of $130 for a monthly card was being tossed about — that’s a 46% increase! And the MTA also mentioned a $38 weekly card and a $2.50 single card ride. Check out the Public Notices, like the one below.10-08-23_mta_unlimited_1301

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