Archive for October, 2014

Bad Commuting Day Both Ways

October 30, 2014

It was one of those days.  This morning I arrived at the Main Street Subway station at 7:00, but the #7 train just  sat there for 15 minutes before it moved out.  What can you do?

In he evening I arrived at the Times Square station at about 4:55.  There were people lined 5 deep waiting for the #7 train.  An announcement said that there was a stuck train at Grand Central.  I walked over to 8th Avenue and took the E train.  It was as slow as molasses from Lexington Avenue to Court Square.  I changed for the #7 at 74th Street and the rest of the journey was relatively normal.  I didn’t get home until 6:25 which was about 35 minutes late.  Oy vey!

New Jersey Transit Fare Inspectors are Really Doing Their Job

October 7, 2014

For the second day in a row I saw fare inspectors on the Newark Light Rail after not observing them for 4 months.  I was working on the late shift as I arrived in Newark Penn Station at about 11:30 AM.  There was a crowd of about 30 people waiting for the light rail as 3 fare inspectors were on the platform.  When the car arrived everyone including the beloved fare inspectors boarded.  Did the fare inspectors bother to check for tickets?  No.  The train proceeded and I left at Warren Street as usual.  The 3 fare inspectors (at least there were not 5).  The fare inspectors did absoultely nothing.

These people are absolutely worthless!  They should get rid of them and use the money saved to build a tunnel under the Hudson River.

The Fare Inspectors Return to the Newark Light Rail After a 4 Month Absence

October 6, 2014

I have quietly noticed that the fare inspectors had “disappeared” from the Newark Light Rail since June.  Today I left work at about 11:30 AM to attend a meeting in Manhattan.  I noticed on the outbound platform at Warren Street there were 5 fare inspectors doing their “high tech” duty of checking tickets and giving out summons to fare evaders.  One car had discharged passengers while I waited and every rider had paid the fare.

Why must NJ Transit keep this primitive method of collecting fares? Why do they need 5 while 2 are enough?  How much money is lost by paying these people?