Free Metrocards?

Back in April of this year, council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Inez Barron proposed a plan that would give free Metrocards to CUNY students. The proposal includes having CUNY put money in its next budget to be able to give away free Metrocards. Currently there are around 270,000 full time and part-time CUNY students, which means that if the proposal is approved, then this would cost from around $30 million to $375 million.

However the catch for the proposal is that CUNY administrators have to agree to take part.

While CUNY currently offers the Accelerated Study in Associates Programs which offers free Metrocards (among other perks) for community college students, I think giving Metrocards to CUNY students is a good idea. There are few dormitories at CUNY, so most students can’t walk to class with ease. Most have to take the subway, which can become costly. As someone who takes the subway to school, it can add up. With the MetroCard fare being $2.75 a ride, $20 barely lasts me a week. I sometimes find myself not wanting to use my Metrocard when I go out because I don’t want to waste train fare that could be used for school. With CUNY giving free Metrocards to students, it would be one less thing for students to worry about.

NYC Ads Target Reckless Drivers

The Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that while traffic deaths are down, pedestrian deaths have increased almost 16% since 2011. According to NYS DMV data, reckless drivers are both a danger and menace to society. There are three types of reckless drivers: distracted drivers, speed racers, and those not following traffic rules. This results in innocent pedestrian and bike-rider fatalities.

The DOT has since then launched a new ad campaign after The Post has reported a spike in pedestrian deaths in the city this year. This campaign features two heartbroken New Yorkers standing at the tragic place where their loved ones were struck and killed by vehicles. The advertisements show a Queens mother and a Bronx fiancée holding photos of the victims.

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The ads will be placed in locations known for high rates of reckless driving. They will be featured on bus shelters, ad billboards, and on the streets, as well as be reinforced by radio and other social media. Keep an eye out and please drive safe!

NYC Subway’s 1930s Vintage Train and Bus Rides

Get onboard the “MTA Nostalgia Train” which runs only on Sundays in December as a holiday event. The train runs on the M line from Queens Plaza to 2nd Avenue only on Sundays between 10am and 5pm. This event features different train rail cars and buses from the early decades of NYC transportation history – particularly the 1930’s.

“It’s time for MTA New York City Transit to dust off the vintage equipment and roll out the historic buses and subway cars that served as the foundation for the largest mass transit system in North America,” says the MTA.

So take a ride on the vintage train and get a feel of just how far transportation has evolved through new technology. It is a great break from the real world, especially after a “real train ride.” A beautiful and educational experience for all ages!

Electric Car Chargers to Hit NYC

The picture below shows what the future may hold for New York City. It is an electric car charger which may be implemented into the streets of this great city. The best part of it is that these chargers will not look cheesy or “in-your-face.” The wireless charging stations will simply be disguised as car charging stations.

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Hevo Power designed this system so that it can be bolted or embedded into the street’s pavement. A receiver pad then connects to the electric vehicle’s battery. The driver will then be able to use a smartphone app to dock the vehicle and begin the process.

According to Green Car Reports, Hevo’s manhole charger is rated at 220 Volts and up to 10 kilowatts. The company says their system can be capable of more than 10 kW of output, though for now they are strictly focusing on short-range electric vehicles.

Hevo plans to begin setting up its first manhole chargers as early as next year, 2014, in Washington Square Park (the center of Greenwich Village).

This may possible lead to talks with Pepsi, Walgreens, and City Harvest regarding possible fleet use as well. Since most delivery vehicles have set routes, these charging units could be strategically placed at predetermined stops. The vehicles could then charge while they’re being unloaded, to avoid possible inconveniences later.

So keep an eye out city-dwellers! This is the future.

Pedestrians vs Vehicles: Who Has The “Right of Way”

Around the boroughs of NYC some may have wondered what the bright orange outlines of bodies on the streets were. Under the cover of darkness, the community organization, “Right of Way Riders” rode over 50 miles and stenciled the outlines of eight children killed by bikes14n-3-webmotorists. They included the name of the victim and a plea of  “Why. Ray. Why?”

This plea is in response to the bikers perception that the pedestrian and biker are often blamed by the NYPD without a complete investigation.

Using commando tactics, they are attempting to bring to light the danger both pedestrians and bike riders have while navigating the busy city streets.  One of the organizers Keegan Stephan, 29 of Williamsburg told the Daily News, “Right now it seems like it’s not safe to be a child in the streets of this city.” Many New Yorker’s may agree. Often the tensions between bikers, cars and pedestrians can be very volatile. right of way

The trifecta of this tension came to a head in August when Sian Green, a British tourist enjoying the summer day had her leg severed while enjoying her time in NYC. A cab came out of nowhere jumping the curb and barreling into her. The cab driver claims a bicyclist beat on the hood of his cab causing him to lose control, while witness claims differ. The altercation seems to have happened but the cab responded aggressively to the bike and lost control as a result.

While the debate is open and there are many perspectives, the cyclists who honored the children though, while breaking the law made their point, loud and clear.

Banned from selling discarded subway signs

Last month the police confiscated 96 old subway signs that Billy Leroy was selling in his antique store in Lower Manhattan. Mr. Leroy used to sell the signs for $10 to $2.000, depending on the station they represented, but he sold a Yankee Stadium sign for much more.

The MTA, which sells the old signs through its website, decided to sue Mr. Leroy, who didn’t steal the signs but bought them from a contractor who was hired by the MTA to remove the old signs.

M train changes its color and route

The V line which is the  youngest subway line in the city will loose its name for the benefit of the M line that will keep the name, but not its color or route, MTA said on Friday.

In a result of the service cuts announced by MTA to cover the company’s 400 million budget gap initially considered eliminating the M line and extending the V line. The changes introduced on Friday call for keeping the same route of the new combination of M and V lines, but instead of naming it the V line, MTA will create orange M line.

The orange M line will start its route on Metropolitan Avenue in Queens, it will take the route of the old brown M line until Essex Street in Manhattan and then will take the V train route back to Queens, to Forest Hills.

If accepted the combination of two lines will take effect in June this year. The solution will hurt the present M train commuters who travel to Downtown Manhattan, because the M train will no longer stop below Essex Street station. Passengers will have to transfer for the J train that will make all M train stops in Manhattan. There will be no M or J service from Board Street in Manhattan to southern Brooklyn.

M train commuters will have direct transportation from Queens to many major stops in Manhattan: 14th street, 34th street, 42th street or 49th street.

MTA decided to keep the letter M, because this line has longer history than created in 2001 V line. The orange color specified by the rule established in 1979 is given according to the avenue in Manhattan that the train goes under. The new M train will join B,D and F lines that go under Sixth Avenue.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/20/nyregion/20train.html