The #7 Train Also Sucks on Weekends

March 25, 2017

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It is bad enough when we encounter train delays during the week, but they actually suck more when they happen on weekends when we are on the way to leisure activities that start at a specific time.  This weekend the #7 train ended at Queensboro Plaza so riders had to change for the N or W train there to continue to Manhattan.  We planned to go to a Broadway show that started at 2 PM.  I even told Karen that we should leave a little early since you never know when there will be a train delay.

Everything was fine until the train stopped just before the 33rd Street station.  It just sat there for 20 minutes.  When it got to 33rd Street, it sat for another 5 minutes.  Since we had to be at the show by 2 PM, anxiety started to set in.  It finally reached Queensboro Plaza where we changed for the W Train.  We arrived at the theater about 10 minutes before show time.

Murphy’s Law – You will always encounter a train delay when you have to be at your destination on time.

Amtrak Derailment in New York Penn Station

March 24, 2017

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At 9 AM this morning while I was already at work an Amtrak Acela train derailed and collided with a New Jersey Transit Train in New York Penn Station.  Fortunately, only two people suffered minor injuries.  Of course, havoc on Amtrak, NJ Transit, and the Long Island Railroad followed.  Partial service on NJ Transit resumed at 4 PM.

When an incident like this happens PATH and private bus lines cross-honor NJ Transit tickets.  I left my office a few minutes early and luckily made good time on the PATH Train.  I assume that the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Report from NY1 News

NJ Transit Dropped the Ball Today (So What Else is New)

March 15, 2017

NJTransitLogoI was scheduled for a vacation day today so thankfully I didn’t have to face the nonsense that NJ Transit imposed on its customers today.  There was a big snowstorm in the NY/NJ area, but most people stayed home.  For today, the “powers that be” at NJ Transit decided to run a modified weekend schedule.  This article written by Larry Higgs in NJ.com best describes the misery imposed on customers today.

I will be retiring at the end of 2017. So only 9 1/2 months more of this nonsense.

More Service is Needed on the 7 Train on Weekends and Holidays

February 21, 2017

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People like to spend their weekends pursuing leisure time activities without the aggravations entailed during the work week.  We decided on Monday which was President’s Day to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 82nd Street and 5th Avenue.  We took the #7 train from Flushing to Grand Central Station and changed to the #4 to 86th Street.  The trip there was OK, but on the way home the #7 train was so jam packed.  It was worse than it is on most work days.

Hey MTA, can you please add more off-peak service on the & train?  You are hitting us up with a fare increase, so can you please add more service to alleviate the crowding.  It will get worse when many of the large apartment buildings in Flushing and Long Island City are completed.

Bad Day on the #7 Train – Both Ways

January 25, 2017

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This morning, the announcement was signal problems at 33rd Street.  There was no express service, so I took the local which was normal until it got to 74th Street.  From there to Queensboro Plaza the train was sluggish.  I arrived at work about 20 minutes late.

Going home the delay was much worse.  There was a bad fire at the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing.  Since water used to fight the fire came into the subway station service on the #7 train had to end at Willets Point by Citifield.  The train was extremely slow from 33rd Street to 61st Street.  At that point, I had the option of transferring to the Long Island Rail Road, but I decided not to do that. I stayed on the #7 which at least speeded up and arrived at Willets Point.  There was a long line for substitute bus service. so I decided to walk the 2 miles home.  The traffic was horrendous as many streets were closed to traffic.  The walk turned out to be the right decision.  I arrived home at 6:40 PM after leaving Newark at 4:00 PM.

You just can’t win.  When NJ Transit is running on time, the 7 train screws up.  When there are no problems on the 7 train, NJ Transit is bad.

11 months to retirement.

 

Rainy Day Train Delay#12 and #35

January 23, 2017

I think it’s about time that I added some humor to this blog.  Before I left work I received this message from NJ Transit. “NEC and NJCL service are suspended due to an overhead wire problem.”  There are overhead wire problems no matter what the weather is, so rain is not an excuse.  There were heavy winds associated with this storm as well.

I was lucky and was able to get good service on the PATH.  Thankfully, my delay was minimal.  People who know me are aware that I am a big Bob Dylan fan.  Below is a Youtube video of his hit Rainy Day Women #12 and #35 performed at Live Aid in 1986.

Let’s call this one Rainy Day Train Delay #12 and #35.

MTA Contract with Union Expires

January 16, 2017

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It’s not time yet for an oy vey, but the contract with the MTA and the Transport Workers has expired.  As of now, there is no threat of a strike, but one would be disastrous for myself and millions of others in the region.  My gut feeling is that the workers will not strike since the union learned their lesson in the past.  I think if there is a strike the union and its individual members would be fined.

I do feel that the workers deserve a fair settlement and hope that an agreement is reached soon without a crippling strike.

A few hours after I wrote this entry, the two parties reached a tentative agreement.

 

Double Delay on NJ Transit Caused Me To Miss a Professional Meeting In Piscataway

January 6, 2017

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I was planning to go to the VALE Librarians meeting at the Rutgers Busch Campus in Piscataway today.  I was going to travel to NJIT is Newark as usual and meet up with my collegue Joe who would drive me to central New Jersey.  I got to the 7:44 Long Branch train as usual.  The train pulled out and stopped after a couple of hundred yards out of Penn Station.  I waited and waited as the train just sat there.  Finally they announced there were mechanical problems on this train and that it was going to return to Penn Station.

By the time we got to Penn it was 8:20 and saw that the next train that would stop at Newark was to leave at 8:27.  I boarded that one, but it just sat at the station and didn’t pull out until 8:45.   The announcement was there were signal problems. I phoned Joe to tell him to leave without me.  I just didn’t want to hold him up.  I finally arrived at NJIT in Newark at 9:20 over 1 hour late.  I worked there instead of going to the meeting.

OY Vey.  It just never fails when there is a train delay on the way to a special event.  Next December New Jersey Transit loses its most reliable customer when I retire.  I wish they were reliable.

First Panhandler of the Year

January 5, 2017

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This evening I was in my favortite place the waiting room on Track 1 of Newark Penn Station which does not look at elegant as the photo above.  A pandhandler comes up to me with a smart phone and shows me a picture of his son.  He says I need money to see my son in Hackensack.

He had money to pay for the phone and the monthly charges, but not for a train ticket of about $10.  Go figure.  I really think most of these panhandlers are looking for drug money.

 

Today I Got Into a Delay on the E Train

December 15, 2016

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This morning I had an appointment with my dentist in Forest Hills.  I was finished by 9:30 and boarded the E train at Continental Avenue.  It move sluggishly until it got to Queens Plaza.  At that point it stopped for several minutes at each of the following stations:

  • Court Square
  • Lexington Avenue
  • 5th Avenue
  • 7th Avenue
  • 50th Street
  • 42nd Street

Finally the train arrived at 8th Avenue and 34th Street where I got off to get to NJ Transit.  What normally should have taken 25 min took almost 1 hour.  We constantly heard the recorded announcement “We are being delayed by train ahead”.

No matter what line or system you take, there are always delays.