Demand Action on MTA Budget Failures

Please excuse this brief public service announcement.  It’s time the MTA officials get off their asses and solve the MTA budget crisis.  It has been sitting around not getting fixed for way too long.

Your readers have already read all about MTA’s budget meltdown and the possibility of drastic fare hikes accompanied by severe cuts to bus and train service.  But have they heard what they can do about it?

On November 19th, the Campaign for New York’s Future is organizing Keep New York Moving Day. We’ll have volunteers at subway stations throughout the city, asking commuters to sign giant postcards to local leaders, telling them that now’s the time to invest in transit.

We need your help getting everyone’s attention, so our decision makers take action and save New York from our transportation crisis. Unless our leaders take immediate action, the MTA’s severe budget shortfall could soon lead to fewer trains, cuts to bus service, and double-digit fare hikes.

You and your readers can click here to find out what they can do to help Keep New York Moving and send a message urging our leaders to take action at www.keepnewyorkmoving.org. We’ll deliver the signatures on November 20th, when the MTA is holding a decisive meeting about the transit system’s desperate financial crisis.

Please feel free to also write with any questions or concerns,

Matt Derby,

On behalf of The Campaign for New York’s Future

Train running late? Take this Maserati instead.

With all the talk recently about corporate sponsorship of subway stations and other mass transit fixtures, it is no wonder that we saw a pair of Maserati on the Grand Concourse of Grand Central Terminal.  (Side note, is the plural of Maserati “maseratis,” “maseraties,” or just plain “maserati” ?   I could look it up, but ahh.)

Granted, this was a high end charitable fundraiser where a raffle ticket would set you back $1000.  So basically, if you are a bank CEO, here’s where you could spend part of your bailout check.

Corporate interests are rarely allowed on the floor of the Grand Concourse any more.  Once in a great while, you might see something, but it’s rare.  The place is basically considered a temple, so brands don’t often get access.

However, maye it will become more of a regular occurrence.

Maserati?  Ehh ok I guess.  Kia?  Not so much.

Photo Credit

Beijing Starts Security Checks at All Subway Stations

Beijing Subway X-ray security

In preparation for the summer Olympic games, Beijing has started security checks at all of their subway stations.  No, they aren’t a joke like they are in the NYC subway system.

“It’s just as strict as the airport security checks.” [Source]

They have wands to scan passengers for weapons, and all large bags go through X-ray machines.  Liquids are checked unless the passenger takes a sip from the container.

Compare that to New York City’s methods…the same NYC that is daily terror target every day of the year.  In most cases, it could be weeks before you see any formal security procedures beyond an officer standing around the platform.

The bag inspection system is laughable.  Quick survey, out of the last 50 times you’ve walked by one of the NYPD inpection tables, how many times have you seen someone having their bag inspected?  Maybe 2 or 3? That’s what I thought.

Most of the time, the table is just there for show. They only inspect a handful of people.

After years of riding the subway and carrying a semi large computer bag, I’ve only been inspected once.  I started to open the the bag, and the cop said, “Nahh don’t worry about those [smaller pockets].  Just open the large compartment.”

Ohh…ok.  So those other pockets couldn’t possibly contain anything suspect because the terrorists would never think to hide a biological weapon in the smaller, hidden pockets.  They just use the big one.

Anyway, just another example where the US is falling behind other nations.