Subway Talk

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Sewell Chan, reporter for The New York Times and blogger for the City Room, tells us about other proposals made by the MTA to improve communication during a crisis in the transit system.


Sewell Chan

Comments [6]

garrick Trapp from Long Island City

1. MTA should be vacuuming the tracks at least one day before storms. We all know when they are coming.

2. There should be emergency service (911) cell phone reception throughout the entire subway system. I agree that hearing people chatting on the subway will be obnoxious, so we should block regular cell phone use and provide emergency service. How are we to say something if we see something? The best way to make this a possibility is to negotiate with cell phone companies and make them bid for the cheapest instillation of this service. The cell phone companies should want to do this because then they can advertise their altruism and their commitment to safety and 'fighting terrorism' or whatever tag line they want.

Sep. 20 2007 12:05 PM
ab from nyc

I'll have to agree with the cell phone hell sentiment....the quality of life has gotten worse ever since people have been gabbing(yelling really because cell phone recep is still crap) away on their phones...what a nightmare to have to be surrounded by that in the subway car...ugh!

Sep. 20 2007 11:59 AM
Nick from bk

if anyone at the mta wanted to do anything other then make money for bad we are humans.

Sep. 20 2007 11:59 AM

You know, the problem is that there so many inconsiderate people in this city/state/country. If everyone would stop being such [insert plural noun form of an expletive here], then we wouldn't have said garbage problem on the tracks (mentioned a few minutes ago). We wouldn't have dirty cars, we wouldn't have delays in trains (if the conductors/motormen and women get the trains to each station on time). New Yorkers are to blame as well for this.

Sep. 20 2007 11:59 AM
Bill from Upper West Side

Text messaging for alert messages is straightforward, inexpensive and easy to deploy. Many major news organizations offer news alerts now - if the MTA made this a priority, they could launch such a system very quickly.

Sep. 20 2007 11:58 AM
Nick from bk

Once in sunset park they were repairing the track and there was concrete smoke all over, the workers had masks, but everyone in the station didnt. it must be easy to let people know exactly where trains are via TECHONOLOGY, but i think they might assume terrorist will use this get home quicker? and finally, the system is dirty, how much money do they make from advertisment. how do they not have the resources to fix these problems.

Sep. 20 2007 11:54 AM

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