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  • Ian Turner

    “Stranded”… because there’s no way to get out of the city except by car!

  • Anonymous

    Happy to see Citibike has now reached the “vapid Thursday Styles piece” level of integration and acceptance.

    Next up: Trendy people discover bikes more pleasant than inhaling urine on subway platforms.

  • Anonymous

    If you just came out of a play and it’s almost midnight, there’s no Metro-North etc. until the next morning. Although I suppose you might be able to persuade a livery cab driver to take you all the way to Connecticut for less than what it costs to book a room in NYC! (The downside is that then you’d have to make another trip to NYC to pick up your car, and they were apparently not commuters but visitors.)

  • vnm

    They got there at 11:30 p.m. Metro-North trains leave for Connecticut until nearly 2 a.m., so they had two hours to get from Times Square to Grand Central.

  • vnm

    They got there at 11:30 p.m. Metro-North trains leave for Connecticut until nearly 2 a.m., so they had two hours to get from Times Square to Grand Central.

  • Anonymous

    Oops, you are right. I actually checked the schedules online before posting my previous comment and saw that the “last run” was 11:22 PM, but I didn’t know that the Metro-North website only show you runs within a given calendar date, despite the misleading claim that it’s showing “your time selection as well as the trains 2½ hours before and 2½ hours after.” (I had selected 11 PM. If you select 1 AM, then it shows you that the last run is really the one at 1:47 AM. I was using the New Haven line as an example.).

    Still, while not “stranded” in the sense of not having any way of getting out, these visitors were “stranded” because they didn’t want to have to come back and pick up their car some other day.

  • Bronxite

    How compromised are the 4th Ave safety improvements?

  • Driver

    I love this quote
    “It’s annoying . . . definitely annoying. It’s been expensive too, $450
    for the room, $165 for breakfast,” Susan said outside the garage.

    There’s nothing worse than being stranded in your remote NYC hotel and being forced to pay exorbitant prices for food.

  • Joe R.

    Maybe next time they’ll just take the train. We have a great commuter rail system. Most stations have park-and-rides. There’s little reason to drive all the way into the city, regardless of where you live. As others have mentioned, trains run well past the hours when most people visiting the city will need to leave.

  • Anonymous

    I would recommend going to the nearest Donkin Donuts or food cart for breakfast, which would cost about $5 per person.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, and when I lived in CT and had a car, I took the train most of the time when I visited NYC. But people can also respond to economic incentives, and driving is often the cheapest choice. For a group of five, the train fare might be $150, which may still be cheaper than parking plus gas (plus a tiny toll).

  • vnm

    I’ve always found the best way to get Metro-North schedules is to use the PDFs that show you the full day (incl. after midnight) at a glance. Agreed on your point on the stranding. Once you take your expensive property with you somewhere, you’re stuck with it.

  • Anonymous

    They really couldn’t find breakfast for less than $165? Really? In Manhattan?

  • Joe R.

    I always use the PDFs. It’s a lot easier to see all the runs at a glance than to keep inputting different times on the website. I wonder if a lot of people nowadays don’t know how to read train schedules any more? To me the website apps are pretty silly and useless.

  • Bolwerk

    Tri-State: Older People Are 18.7% of Region’s Population, 33.3% of Region’s Pedestrian Deaths

    So, we should keep drivers around in the hope that they’ll reduce the cost of public pensions? Austerity for the win!

    I feel bad for whatever Republikan wins. The Democrats’ secret weapon, Christine Quinn, may as well be a Republikan and the joke’s on the rest of us. (Still not convinced Toni Weiner will win, but if he does that would be pretty appalling too.)

  • Bolwerk

    I don’t have much trouble, but I’m going to guess I’m the only quasi-regular Deutsche Bahn user here.

    I like the idea of “The next train will arrive in…” push apps, but searching apps really seems ridiculous to me too. This stuff should be posted in stations, either digitally or on paper. At least on lines like the G Train, where “it comes when it comes” just isn’t quite good enough.

  • Daphna

    What happened last night at the Tribeca Committee of Manhattan Community Board 1? The DOT was supposed to present a plan for bike lanes on Church Street, West Broadway, Varick Street and Sixth Avenue. Did this committee approve this plan?? Will they bring the plan to the full CB1?

  • Daphna

    Two places where there should have been left turn restrictions, there will not be. That means two places where the pedestrians will not have the benefit of the wider median, and pedestrians crossing will not have the safety of not being in conflict with left turning vehicles.

    Two blocks that should have been on a road diet from three lanes to two, will retain the three lanes. This means for those two blocks, pedestrians will not have the wider median for shorter crossing distances, and for those two blocks bicyclists will not benefit from a 13′ wide parking lane which could have functioned like a de facto bike lane.

    It is a shame it was watered down.

  • Driver

    In fairness, there is probably a greater likelihood of being stranded taking the train. Plenty of commuter rail riders have found themselves stuck in difficult situations because of power outages, track problems, or an accident.

  • Daphna

    That Post story is such a non-story. An elevator broke down at a parking garage at 11pm and was not fixed until noon the next day. The garage operator is going to reimburse everyone who had to stay overnight as a result for both their hotel and meals. So no one is out any money. This is not news worthy.

  • Daphna

    That Post story is such a non-story. An elevator broke down at a parking garage at 11pm and was not fixed until noon the next day. The garage operator is going to reimburse everyone who had to stay overnight as a result for both their hotel and meals. So no one is out any money. This is not news worthy.

  • Daphna

    That Post story is such a non-story. An elevator broke down at a parking garage at 11pm and was not fixed until noon the next day. The garage operator is going to reimburse everyone who had to stay overnight as a result for both their hotel and meals. So no one is out any money. This is not news worthy.

  • Daphna

    The link to the Bedford and Bowery article is not working.

  • Joe R.

    I rode both the subway and NJ Transit for years. Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, when the subways were really bad, about 1/10th of the time the train I was on was pulled from service for mechanical failure. Usually this meant a delay of less than ten minutes. I think NJ Transit was more then five minutes late twice in the 2.5 years I rode it in the early 1980s. Most of the time it ran like clockwork. Nowadays both commuter rail and the subways are much better. The subways usually run right on schedule, except during rush hours where there might be delays up to a few minutes.

    There are instances like you mentioned, but they’re relatively rare, like maybe once or twice a year. Blizzards probably make roads impassable at least as often. More often than not trains run right on schedule even during inclement weather which significantly slows car travel.

  • Driver

    I think we have a new contender for the absurdity awards.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/mma-fight-citi-bike-safer-article-1.1396382

  • Andrew

    They could have found breakfast for less than $165. But once they realized that they were being reimbursed, why not pay $165?