Today’s Headlines

  • Feeling the Squeeze of $100-a-Barrel Oil (NYT)
  • Debut of 2nd Avenue Subway Pushed Back to 2015 (News, NY1)
  • 7 Line Slated to Receive Tech Upgrades (AMNY)
  • Oddly Priced Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards Part of Fare Hike Package (News)
  • Markowitz Leads in Early Dem Mayoral Poll (News, Post)
  • Number of Bidders for Hudson Yards Drops to Four (NYT)
  • Finalists Unveil Plans for Major Gowanus Development (Curbed, Post)
  • Rival Demonstrations at Odds Over Green Carts (Wonkster)
  • SUV Plows Into Bronx McDonald’s (News)
  • Coney Island Boardwalk Going Wood-Free (Post)
  • DC Metro Disses Cleanliness of New York Subways (City Room)
  • Josh

    (The City Room link is wrong. It should link to here.)

    Umm, the DC Metro IS cleaner. It’s a natural result of people not being allowed to eat or drink on it. I continue to fail to see why it eludes people that OUR subway system could also be cleaner than it now is, if they would only… gee, I don’t know… NOT LEAVE THEIR TRASH EVERYWHERE. But no, New Yorkers feel like it’s someone else’s responsibility to clean up after them (This is really one of the things I hate the most about this city.)

    Regarding the oddly-priced pay-per-ride cards, I’d rather spend $17.39 and have exactly ten rides than spend $20 and have eleven rides plus a small, useless amount of money left on the card. Who the hell pays for this stuff with cash anymore anyway?

    (Of course, even better would be to have non-disposable smartcards like the PATH does, but that’s apparently way beyond the MTA’s mental capacity.)

  • Ben Fried

    City Room link fixed. Thanks Josh.

  • jmc

    Hmm. Maybe the MTA could pass a ban on food and drink and then use the revenue from ticketing to finish the second avenue subway some time before the year 2597.

  • lee

    hopefully the oddly priced metrocards will result in more people refilling cards instead of throwing them on the floor.

  • john deere

    Why is it considered “dissing”? Having used both subways, it’s a no-brainer: the DC subway is cleaner. Not only is consuming food/drink banned, but the customers on the DC metro have a better public ethic of not using their system like it was a giant public trash can. Sorry NY, we can’t have it both ways: we can’t relish our culture of public boorishness, then complain that we’re being “dissed” when someone points out the one of the glaring consequences of that boorishness: our subway system is like a landfill. Not only that, but the litterbugs delay everyone else when their garbage collects on the tracks and starts a fire or shorts out the brakes on a train (that’s good for 30 minute delay).

  • I’ll take 24 hour service over the difference in cleanliness. Having a subway system shutdown at midnight, particularly on the weekend is a real problem for folks that don’t own cars.

    NYC could have a much, much cleaner system if it shut down at night a cleaning crews could do their work without people and trains in the way…but then NYC is the town that never sleeps not that town that gleams…

  • jmc
  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Well, to my recollection the MTA did try to eliminate food and drink from the system and they were shouted down by the politicians and the rider advocates (like so many of the “good ideas” that bloggers have concerning mass transit).

    Also, regarding system cleanliness, in addition to the 24 hour service issue addressed above there is the little fact that our system predates the DC system by about 80 years. No big deal.

    Then, there is the fact that the DC system is to a large degree a commuter rail system as well serving areas pretty far flung from the inner city. Also, the DC system is much, much smaller and the fare structure charges by length of ride. That funding makes it easier to pay for things like car cleanliness.