Here’s an idea that’s uniquely New York: Vote while riding the subway.  You know how the MTA does it’s semi regular rider report cards?  Let’s do that for voting.
I can only imagine how long the lines are going to be tomorrow.  There’s going to be way more people than anyone expected voting tomorrow, so I [...]

Top 10 Subway Bullsh*t

Posted on September 17th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Bums, Rider Strategy

Heat (or lack of AC): Can’t we poke some holes in the ceiling of the train lines to allow more ventilation?  Is it that hard to do?  And I’m sure there’s a way to do it and keep the rain out at the same time.
Security: Well, there isn’t any.  Random cops sometimes standing around talking [...]

When was the last time you were waiting on the platform for what seemed like an eternity only to have the next train blow right past you?
I’ve witnessed it a lot lately.  At least 3 times in the last 5 days actually. Luckily for me, I was already on board the train doing the bypassing.  [...]

Auto Refill MetroCard

Posted on September 15th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Rider Strategy

Anyone have the new automatically refilling MetroCards that the MTA released a few weeks ago?
It works like an EZPass almost.  You fill it up with $40, then when the balance gets low, it automatically refills itself (aka charges your credit card).
Sounds convenient if you are a pay-as-you-go rider.
As you know, SUBWAYblogger is a monthly unlimited [...]

On my way home today, I checked out what I had predicted to be insanity in Columbus Circle…the NFL Kickoff show.  I shot this quick clip of Keith Urban performing on stage.

I didn’t stick around long.
Shockingly, the subway was not at all busy.  This morning, I asked a transit cop if the entrances would be [...]

If you haven’t seen or heard, the NFL has taken over all of Columbus Circle.  Tomorrow, it grows even more.
It’s all for the “NFL Kickoff” celebration tomorrow featuring performances by Usher, Keith Urban, and Natasha Bedingfield.
There’s an enormous stage taking up the width of Central Park South.  The stage is set up on Columbus Circle [...]

Holy crap!  Was the MTA listening to us?
Remember back in June when we were talking about how cool it would be to have train cars without seats (aka standing room only)?  Yeah, guess what?
They’re doing it!  (Read Here)
In about 6 months, retrofitted cars will hit the rails as part of a pilot program.  Among the [...]

So I have a new favorite spot to ride the train, but it is a tough spot to get.
I like to stand right on the very end of the train by the door that leads from one train car to another. I find that you can get lean on the door a little and [...]

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