Archive for April, 2016

I Missed Two NJ Transit Delays Today

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.

No #7 Train Delays for Me This Morning

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?



Time Lapse Flushing Bound 7 Train From 42nd Street Times Square To Flusing Main Street

April 4, 2016

From Times Square to Flushing in 7 minutes.  I can only dream about it.

Realities of New York City Commutes

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.