Evolution of a MetroCard

As anyone travelling from Jersey City or Hoboken to somewhere outside of Lower Manhattan knows, using PATH and then the subway can be an irritating and expensive affair. Because both are operated by different agencies, the Port Authority and the MTA, users of both for a single trip must pay two fares. Compounded by the … Continue reading

A new revenue source

The MTA’s financial problems aren’t new. For decades, fares have had to increase while service has declined, a loss for all users. Part of this is that the agency simply cannot make a profit while its required expenditures increase faster than it can make money. Only so much money can be gained from fares and … Continue reading

Countdown clocks and after

It’s finally happened, almost all of the IRT (apart from the 7) has received countdown clocks and they’re working pretty well, with a hiccup every once and a while. They may be up to four years late and well over-budget, but they’re certainly a welcome improvement to New York’s unfortunately outdated system technology. That brings … Continue reading

Subway up, bus down, but why?

The following fact is making heads spin at the MTA’s headquarters: there were 1.6 billion subway and 696 million bus rides in 2010. Those numbers seem pretty high, and they are. However, a chronology of public transport ridership in New York City reveals something interesting. Compared to 2009, subway ridership is up 1.5% to the … Continue reading