August 9, 2016
When the Select Bus Service commenced last fall I wrote a blog entry predicting problems. One of these problems actually happened yesterday to my wife Karen at the stop on 31st Road and Union Street in Flushing. We had just missed a Q20 bus at 28th Avenue and wlked down Union Street. When we got to the 31st Road stop a Q44 pulled into the stop. One of the machines was out of order while the other one was in use. When the usable machine became free she purchased her ticket, but by the time she approached the bus, the doors had closed and the bus pulled away.
Instead of waiting for the next Q-44 she decided to walk to the Main Street subway stop. It was not a great calamity, but I feel that the disadvages of the SBS outweigh the advantages.
July 16, 2016
Since there have not been any entries in this blog lately it means that I have not confronted any major tranin delays. I think I have been lucky and missed delays in the middle of the day. However, my luck will run out.
I have not seen fare inspectors on the Newark Light Rail lately. I assume this means that the honor system of fare collection is working. I think New Jersey Transit is saving money by not employing fare inspectors.
June 25, 2016
I guess I was too much of a worry wart as a tentative settlement was reached with two unions of New Jersey Transit. I guess the “catch” is that the rank and file members of the unions must vote on the settlement. If they reject it, then I can worry again,
The best commute is an uneventful one.
June 24, 2016
Does that headline look familiar? Back in March there was a threat of a strike, but a tentative agreement was reached at the last minute. The unions for the locomotive engineers and conductors defeated the proposal by a narrow margain. Federal officials have asked the two parties to continue a cooling off period until July 16, past the June 30 deadline.
Let’s hope that everyone comes to their senses and comes to a settlement. Everyone is out for the almighty buck.
June 12, 2016
I am returning to work tomorrow after a week’s vacation. Monday mornings are very common for train delays especially the dreaded “switch problems.” People are usually eager to return to work to find out what they have missed and what needs to be done. Let’s see what happens.
May 25, 2016
It seems that no news means good news as I haven’t written a blog entry here in over a month. The one train delay that I encountered was minor, but it came at a bad time. The New Jersey Chemistry Olympics at NJIT was last Thursday May 19. The organizers asked everyone to come in by 8 AM. With that thought in mind I woke up 20 minutes early to guard against possible train delays. The “Murphy’s Law of transit delays” happened as a boarded the 7:27 from NYP to Newark. Door problems delayed the departure for 20 minutes. I arrived at 8:20.
April 19, 2016
Sometimes it is a matter of luck that one is able to miss a delay on mass transit. Today I had double luck as I missed two delays on NJ Transit as both occurred while I was at work. I receive emails whenever there is a delay as I found out that late in the morning there were up to 2 hour delays on the Northeast corridor caused by Amtrak signal problems. I still say someone should get a Nobel Prize for solving signal problem issues on commuter railroads.
Later in the afternoon there was a big brushfire in Secaucus just off the railroad tracks. My train going back to NYC left Newark at 4:22 and passed by the area that was charred by the fire. Thankfully, I missed two delays today.
I should not feel guilty as another day I can confront horrific delays going to and from work. I am tentatively planning to retire at the end of 2017, when I will finally be relieved of this miserable commute.
April 18, 2016
I decided to take a vacation day today and just stay home to take it easy. I must use all my vacation time before I retire in December 2017 so I feel I must use at least one vacation day a month. This past weekend the #7 train did not run from 74th Street to Times Square due to construction. It seems that every Monday after a service change there are delays on the train. Here is an e-mail I just received from the MTA:
b/d, 7 trains are running with delays, due to signal problems at 42 St-Times Sq. Allow additional travel time.
So, what else is new?
April 4, 2016
From Times Square to Flushing in 7 minutes. I can only dream about it.
April 2, 2016
I found this article of interest as it discusses commuting patterns in the 5 boroughs of NYC. 13% of Queens residents commute to jobs outside of NYC. Most of those people likely work in Long Island. It does not state what percentage of each borrough commutes to New Jersey.
I am aware of a number of people at NJIT who commute from Long Island to Newark. Their commutes are longer and more costly than mine.