Archive for October, 2009

Need a proctology clinic? Check your Metrocard.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Metrocard: Proctology Clinic - Say No to Surgery

Metrocard: Proctology Clinic - Say No to Surgery!

I couldn’t believe that I had found a real Metrocard when I picked it up off a reader in a midtown subway station this evening. But it seems to be legit. A proctology clinic advertising on a Metrocard.

A google search reveals that billboards of a similar design have appeared recently around New York City. Except that the billboards use a peach where the Metrocard shows an apple. So there’s a line – a peach/butt crosses it, but proctology itself does not. Good to know.

Vintage Lo-V subway cars running to Yankee Stadium for World Series

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

MTA New York City Transit will be running a set of 1917 Lo-V subway cars to Yankee Stadium this Wednesday evening in honor of the Yankees being in the World Series. For both the ALDS and ALCS this year, the Lo-V cars ran along the (4) subway line from Grand Central-42 St to 161 St-Yankee Stadium.

Ride the subway to Yankee Stadium for the World Series

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

As I have for both the ALDS and ALCS, now that the Yankees are in the World Series, I’m once again reminding you that MTA New York City Transit would like you to ride the subway to get to Yankee Stadium. I took their advice and ended up riding a set of vintage Lo-V subway cars from 1917 on the day of the first game of the ALDS. I wasn’t able to get up to the Stadium on the day of the first game of the ALCS, but if I had, I also would have ridden the Lo-V subway cars. So you can be sure that I’m planning on riding up to Yankee Stadium tomorrow evening, which is when the first game of the World Series will be taking place.

NYCT Yankees World Series Service Advisory Poster

NYCT Yankees World Series Service Advisory Poster

Debris on the tracks at 191 Street Station causes (1) line delays

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
191 Street Station on the (1)

191 Street Station on the (1)

I received an MTA Text Message Alert about this while I was on a Bx20 heading for the 207 St terminal of the (A) train. Looks like I made the right choice this morning! [I usually take the (1) train through 191 St.]

(1) line Service Alert at MTA.info

(1) line Service Alert at MTA.info

Take the subway AGAIN to see the Yankees play in the ALCS

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Just as I did last week, I’m again letting you know that MTA New York City Transit wants you to ride the subway to get to Yankee Stadium later this week and next week* to see the Yankees play in the ALCS vs. the Angels. I got there on a train of 1917 Lo-V cars. Seems like the only way to go…

Poster updated for the ALCS

Poster updated for the ALCS

*If necessary

Take the Subway to see the Yankees play in the postseason

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

MTA New York City Transit reminds you that taking the subway to Yankee Stadium is the best way to get there. No word yet on whether MTA Metro-North Railroad would dispute that claim.

MTA NYCT Special Event poster

MTA NYCT Special Event poster

LIRR improves its Meadowlands service and information

Monday, October 5th, 2009

The Long Island Rail Road recently made two notable improvements to its “Take the Train to the Game” Meadowlands Rail program. First, it changed its joint LIRR/NJT ticketing policy. Second, it added excellent schedule information to its website.

The original joint LIRR/NJT ticketing policy was that such tickets could only be used on football game days, and not on days for which rail service was running to the Meadowlands for any other event or reason. That policy has now been changed to allow the LIRR/NJT joint tickets to also be used for a limited number of non-football events. This is likely a result of the the huge lines seen at the NJT ticket machines in Penn Station before the U2 concerts, and should help to reduce those lines in the future.

LIRR limited events meadowlands

The joint ticketing policy change reflected on the LIRR website

Since NJT must adequately staff the Secaucus turnstiles to manually process the joint ticket holders (the joint tickets, printed on LIRR ticket stock, do not have the correct magnetic stripe and encoding to work in the turnstiles), this policy change could not have come about without NJT’s input/permission. So if NJT ok’ed it, it is curious that Metro-North has not yet updated their policy about the use of MNCR/NJT joint tickets to the Meadowlands. As of now, MNCR’s website text and detailed brochure (PDF) both continue to state that “[the MNCR/NJT joint] tickets are only good for travel to football games and not for any other event at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.”

The LIRR has also done what NJT should have done from the beginning – publish a simple one-page schedule of all the trains to and from the Meadowlands. The LIRR now allows you to click on the game time of the football game you are traveling to, and then they present you with a table of trains times for traveling between Penn Station and the Meadowlands Sports Complex station.

LIRR get me to the game on time

This is a huge help for people trying to understand how often the trains run, how long the rides and transfers take, and what their options are for getting home from the game. Bravo LIRR!

Click the links below to see the game time timetables, or look at the screen shots below them.

1:00 PM Games —- 4:15 PM Games —- 8:20 PM Games

MTA LIRR - Get Me to the Game on Time- 1 PM Game Start

1:00 PM Games

MTA LIRR - Get Me to the Game on Time- 4 PM Game Start

4:15 PM Games

8:20 PM Game

8:20 PM Games