Archive for September, 2013

Two Major Train Delays That Did Not Affect Me

September 28, 2013

I have ony added about one post a month on this blog reported on commuting in the New York Northern New Jersey Metropolitan area.  There were two major events in the area this past week that thankfully did not affect me..

  1. The power problem on the New Haven line of Metro North.  They say that this could last for three weeks.  A few Connecticut people who wanted to go to the Oldies Radio Meet and Greet in Manhattan next Saturday have already backed out.  I really don’t blame them since who needs commuting aggravation on weekends.
  2. A track snapped on the F Train in Manhattan delaying 1300 commuters for hours.

I really think that commuters should received some restitution when they are badly inconvenienced by disasters as described above.  Will Metro North reimburse holders of monthly tickets for rides not used?  Perhaps commuters should file a class action suit against Con Edison.  Likewise, perhaps the MTA should give vouchers for free Metrocards when commuters are delayed for hours.

One New Jersey Transit Conductor was Kind to Some Tourists

September 17, 2013

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I must say that the fare collection method on New Jersey Transit is very primitive.  Conductors still walk down the aisles and collect tickets from passengers.  We are now in the 21st century, yet a 19th century method is still used to collect fares.  You would think that in the long run an automated fare collection method would save money.  Perhaps union pressure compels commuter railroads to preserve antiquated jobs.

It never fails that at Newark Penn Station people wanted to ride the PATH trains board a New Jersey Transit train by mistake.  The base fare from Newark to NYC is $2.25 on PATH while it is $5.00 on NJ Transit.  If one board NJ Transit without a ticket a $5.00 penalty is charged.  Yesterday a group of tourists with PATH tickets got on NJ Transit.  The conductor let them get away with not paying $10 each.  She was unusually kind.  I think most conductors would insist on paying the NJ Transit fare plus the penalty.