Wow—Finally Some Honesty From the Government

Brendan O'Connor · 03/16/16 09:55PM

The trains around San Francisco (the BART, or “Bay Area Rapid Transit”) is a mess tonight, as it is most nights. Just ask anyone from San Francisco! Tonight is such a mess, though, that whoever runs the @SFBART Twitter account decided to be very honest with its indignant followers.

Late for Work? You Don't Need to Torch the Train

Jeff Neumann · 05/03/11 04:15AM

It's safe to say that anyone who commutes to work gets a little annoyed with train delays. Fair enough. But there are ways to handle that frustration, and ways to not handle that frustration. In the video above from Argentina, we see the latter.

If Someone's Talking in the Quiet Car, Just Throw a Tantrum

Jeff Neumann · 01/10/11 08:28AM

New Jersey Transit's "quiet car" program is good. By choosing the front or rear car of a commuter train during peak hours, you don't have to listen to obnoxious cell phone conversations. But what if someone breaks the rules?

Mass Transit Will Never Be Safe (Sorry)

Hamilton Nolan · 12/27/10 01:12PM

Mass transit will never be safe from terrorism, so it's not worth worrying about. You can't keep bombs off trains, buses, and subways and still expect them to function properly. It's best not to even contemplate the following statistics.

New York City Just Gives Up on Subway Service

Pareene · 11/20/09 02:17PM

The new $11 billion operating budget is actually just an ominous warning that in a year—or maybe a few months—the Transit Authority will once again cite the need to hike fares in order to strong arm Albany in finding a newer, more regressive way of funding operating costs.

Pareene · 10/24/07 11:35AM

Give it another decade and Penn Station may no longer compete with Port Authority for the title of Most Depressing Place in America. The state of New York submitted its plans for the area, centered around turning that nice post office across the street into "Moynihan Station," and the whole deal, including a new Madison Square Garden and a complete refurbishing of the old Penn, is scheduled to be completed by 2018. Of course, that depends on the state of New York, the city, Amtrak, the MTA, Madison Square Garden, New Jersey Transit, and various development companies all getting along, so actually give it another like three or four decades. Maybe once the Freedom Tower opens? By then we'll have rocket trains! That will be forced to run on the same shitty 150-year-old northeast corridor tracks and therefore still go like 30 mph the whole way. [NYDN]

Westin Ads Junglify The Subway

Joshua Stein · 08/02/07 03:40PM

Grand Central station today was hijacked... by Westin ads! The hotel company covered S trains with pictures of rainforests, saunas and a coral reef. We sent Nick McGlynn down to survey the scenery and interrogate New Yorkers about their feeeeeeelings.