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 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.
November 4, 2012
It’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.
October 18, 2012
Just 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…
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.
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
The 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.
July 31, 2012
More cars parked next to NYC Bicycle Lane, 1st Ave & 63rd St
Cars parked next to the protected bike lane on NYC's 1st Ave
NYC Mayor Bloomberg has added 290 miles of bicycle lanes to NYC since 2002. They are most visible on 9th, 2nd, and 1st Aves, where the bike lanes are ‘protected’. A Protected Lane places the bicycle lane and a 2 foot buffer between the curb and a lane of car parking to protect the cyclists from traffic. After a little bit of market research, I believe these protected bike lanes are costing NYC revenue and parking spaces.
Full disclosure before I go any further. I am a fan of NYC public transportation. I regularly take the NYC bus and subways as well as walk. I take a taxi only when I’m in a rush, it’s late, or the subway or bus will take too long. I also drive to get in and out of Manhattan, but I rarely drive in the city. And I never ride a bicycle in NYC.
I wasn’t an early fan of the bicycle lanes because they took away one traffic lane that could be used by cars and taxis, and the new Select Service (fast) bus lanes on 1st & 2nd Aves also take away one lane of traffic.
Cars parked curbside on E 85th St
But lately, these bicycle lanes feel like they’re doing more harm than good. A few days ago I took these photos of cars parked next to the protected bike lane on 1st Ave in the 60s (photos above). Read more…
July 24, 2012
The 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.