Signage to Promote Express Metrocards

Posted on November 13th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Rider Strategy

Did anyone else see signs, literally put up on easels, at your subway station advertising the new EasyPay Express Metrocards?

At Columbus Circle, they had a bunch of them printed up and set up at the main entrance.

In case you don’t know already, the MTA has set up a Metrocard that automatically refills itself when the balance gets low.  It’s kind of like an EasyPass for your car.  Once your MetroCard balance gets down to $30, it will aautomatically refill itself with $40 more.

For the pay-as-you-go crowd, this is probably a great idea.  It will certainly save you time, and you’ll never really have to worry about refilling your card again.  I only wish they did the same thing for the monthly unlimited cards.  They should have one that automatically renews itself each month.

Anyway, this is the first time I’ve seen the MTA set up these little sign boards to promote a new program.  Wonder if it will make a difference.

3 Year Old Subway Cop

Posted on November 12th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Kids, Video

No, that’s not a typo.  Here’s some footage of the NYPD’s youngest officer.  No joke, that station is probably safer than if an adult cop were patroling it.

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Cold Outside, Hot in Subway

Posted on November 11th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Uncategorized

This transitional period is always tough when it comes to planning your outfits for the day.

The cold has finally started to come.  Yeah we had a quick cold snap earlier in the fall, but then it warmed back up again.  Now it seems to be finally settling in.

So when you are walking to the train, you’re all bundled up because it can get pretty nippy out.  Then as soon as you get underground you realize it is hot as b*lls.  You’ll just be standing still on the platform and break out in a sweat.

It all has to do with that two to three day turnaround SUBWAYblogger always talks about.  Once it is finally cold once and for all above ground, it takes about three days for it to cool down underground.  The opposite is also true in the spring.

So it’s SUBWAYblogger’s advice to wear things that you can easily peel off once you get to the subway, then put back on when you get to your stop.  Complicated coats with lots of buttons and fancy scarfs might need to wait a few more weeks.

Of course, if you’re over 65 years old, and have more than two grand children you’ve probably had your winter parka on for about 6 weeks already.  So these tips are not really for you.

Hat season?  We’re going with no.  Not yet.  Scarfs?  Ehhh maybe.  Gloves?  Suck it up you wuss.  Hat’s with ear flaps? Never ok.

Crazy Drunk Subway Dancer

Posted on November 10th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Bums, Video

You never really know what you are going to see on the subway.  That’s why I think everyone should carry a camera at all times when riding the train.  You never know what you might find.

I guess the same goes for the Internet.  Found this video on Scuzzy TV.  Never heard of this site before, but I like it.

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Turnstile Foils Tourists

Posted on November 9th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Tourists, Video

Turnstile 1 Tourists 0

This is the stuff that drives us all insane.  Swipe your damn card, then walk through.  No green light, no go.  That simple.

If you’re too slow to figure it out, then you’re a hazard and shouldn’t be on the train.

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Subway Gross

Posted on November 7th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Scary People

SUBWAYblogger readers seem to dig stories about the gross things that happen down in the subway.  I’m not sure, but I think most of you must be a little deranged.  It’s cool though, we won’t judge.

So, here’s some of the grosses subway related photos.  I highly advise not looking at this while you are eating lunch.  Just take our word for it.

Click a each photo for the description…unless you can already tell what’s wrong.

Photo Credits:  Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro

Photos: New Subway Cars Being Delivered to NYC

Posted on November 6th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in This just in

In a recent trip around the web looking for interesting subway tidbits, I found some great pictures on NYC the Blog of a parade of subway cars rolling down 125th Street.

According to the blog, the train cars were being delivered by flatbed truck on Election night around the time of the Obama win!

NYC the Blog has a lot more pictures to check out.

Mailbag – MTA Please Fix Jay

Posted on November 5th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Contribution

Got this email today from a SUBWAYblogger reader.

I wanted to let you know about my blog – MTA Please Fix Jay.

It’s dedicated to the conditions at the Jay Street-Borough Hall subway station in Brooklyn.

There are a few issues to deal with at the station:

1. the interior condition is a disaster.  Riders deserve to commute in a clean station.  Jay Street epitomizes neglect and disrespect.

2. the condition of the MTA owned building above the station is a disaster and a waste of money.  There is a sidewalk shed that has been there for a decade.  In the midst of a budget crisis the MTA has a valuable asset that they have left vacant for a decade.

3. the lack of attention outside the station means that cars (MTA vehicles included) park in the bus stops, forcing buses to double park in bike lanes and forcing riders to board in the middle of the street.

The blog is sarcastic and a bit silly, but the points are serious ones.  The MTA must serve us better.

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