November 15, 2016
The #34 bus arrived at the Main Street station at 6:55 AM as usual. When I got down to the platform I noticed that the train on the platform was already crowded. Finallythe train departed at 7:05 and crawled until we reached Willets Point as the conductor announced there are signal problems. I won’t shoot the messenger as I am grateful that announcements of delays are much more regular these days. Finally the train reached Times Square at about 7:50 AM (45 minute ride instead of the usual 30 minute trip). I missed my connection at Penn Station and arrived at work late.
When, when, when will they fix the signals on the MTA.
October 27, 2016
I usually leave my house at 6:40 AM and take the bus to the #7 line, transfer at Times Square to the 1, 2, or 3 train to Penn Station where I pick up a New Jersey Transit train. If I make excellent connections I get on the 7:36 to Jersey Avenue (Northeast Corridor Line). The only thing I don’t understand is why that train does not stop at Newark Airport. On most days I catch the 7:44 to Long Branch (North Jersey Coast Line). Here are two recent incidents with this train:
One day I boarded the train and the conductor announced that an Amtrak train was blocking it and we should transfer to the 7:53 which would be leaving first. Kudos to this conductor.
A few days later the 7:44 stopped at Secaucus when th conductor announced that there were minor mechanical problems and that the crew was working on it. This took about 15 minutes, but the 7:53 from NY Penn came by and passed us. This time the conductor did not tell us that we could move over to this train. When the repair was completed we had to wait for an Amtrak train to pass.
Most, but not all, NJ Transit delays on the northeast corridor are cuased by Amtrak.
All in a day’s commute.
October 2, 2016
I have complained many times in the past in this blog about antiquated fare collection methods and derelicts in Newark Penn Station, but safety on the rails is a much more important issue. There was an article in today’s New York Times that there was an increade in safety violations. This article stated “A spokeswoman for New Jersey Transit did not respond to a request for comment.”
So what else is new? There must be transparency in the operation of a commuter railroad that handles thousands of passengers a day. I think the state legislature must investigate these safety issues thoroughly. The man on top must take responsibility when things go wrong.
September 29, 2016
There as a terrrible accident in Hoboken today as a New Jersey Transit train entering the terminal crashed. One person was killed while at least 74 were injured. The details may be found in this article on the CNN web site. The accident will be investigated thoroughly as it needs to be determined if it was caused by mechanical failure or human error.
The line I take from NY Penn to Newark Penn does not go to Hoboken so I was not affected. From 1979-82 I worked at Schering in Bloomfield, NJ and commuted there from Queens. Back then I took the PATH to Hoboken and changed to the Montclair line which was part of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. New Jersey Transit did not become an entity until a few years later.
September 20, 2016
Yesterday I brought my son to the dentist early in the morning. My original plan was to bring him home and then go to work for a half a day. Overnight there was a bomb found near the Elizabeth, NJ station. This obviously wreaked havoc on New Jersey Transit. I read on the web site and my phone app that there were extensive delays. With that thought in mind, I decided not to come in as who needs the aggravation. Today my boss said I did the right thing as I had plenty of time off that I eventually need to take.
The next time I may not be so “lucky”.
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.