Due to a complete cluster f*ck of the MTA financial systems, the Daily News reports that the MTA has drawn up plans to shut down the W and Z lines as well as turn the J into a local train.
These plans are not official, but they seem like they’ll have to be put into place.
Additionally, as many as 1,500 jobs could be cut, overnight waiting times up to 30 minutes, and a fare hike making a single ride $3.00 seems to be right around the corner.
Here lies the problem. The MTA is a bureaucracy controlled by the State up in Albany that really only impacts the lives of people in New York City. (Yes, I know the MTA runs services in the burbs such as buses, etc. But I’m concentrating in the bulk of the issues which are here in the city.)
So there really isn’t enough outrage on behalf of the citizens of New York. For example, people living in Utica, NY could give a crap if the subway runs on time, or if the W and Z lines continue to be around. So they aren’t going to say anything. Actually, they’re probably against financial support of the MTA because it has nothing do do with them really.
Mark my words, major sh*t is about to go down.
So we have been kicking around the idea of expanding SUBWAYblogger to include other cities around the country and around the world. However, we would keep each city separate.
SUBWAYblogger.com would remain the New York City portal. However we would create additional subsites. For example:
In essence, a network of SUBWAYblogger sites would be created, but you wouldn’t lose your local flavor.
There are some challenges, mostly having to do with money. We wouldn’t be able to pay someone to run the other sites from a content point of view. However, we could easily provide all of the hosting, technical space, coding, etc.
So we would probably want to find existing subway sites to absorb into SUBWAYblogger. The publisher could still have complete control over content and advertisement revenue.
It would be nice to find, for example, some Blogger.com sites that wanted to make the jump to WordPress and become a more legit player in the space.
Perhaps the idea is a bit too ambitious.
If you went to the MetroCard machine today to buy a new monthly card and felt an odd sensation in your rear, that was the MTA raping you.
Ok, perhaps a bit strong, but the point remains the same.
The new fare increase kicks in today. That means your $76 monthly card just jumped to $81.00. Meanwhile, the single ride card didn’t go up a dime. I’ve always supported the fare increase because I think something needs to be done about the crumbling system, but I think that all the fares should have gone up…to be fair.
Here’s the new rates: