30 Issues in 30 Days: The State of the MTA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

subway reading (Mo Riza/flickr)

It's Transportation Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Transportation Nation's Andrea Bernstein and Jim O'Grady discuss the MTA's capital projects, planned fare increases and what the next mayor can, and can't, do about it.


Andrea Bernstein


Jim O'Grady

Comments [14]

Carolyn Horsam from Brooklyn, NY

Hello Brian - I listen to all your shows through the web, so my listening and this follow up is delayed. Want to respond to the caller noting that they wish people would exit from the back of the bus. Although I am not disabled, I have disabilities. I exit from the front of the bus, so that the driver can see me. I want to driver to see that I am on the sidewalk and standing upright.

Thank you, and all the folks at WNYC, for your public service. (I am a contributor)!

Nov. 03 2013 09:47 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

There needs to be Subway maps by the token booth and on the platform so we plan our trips before getting on the train.

Not every station has a map on a bulletin board. I'm talking about the A train.

MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT is we MUST have Subway conductors who speak UNDERSTANDABLE English.

I was on the D train in Summer and the conductor had a thick Indian accent who made announcements that were totally UN-UNDERSTANDABLE. What happens if there is an emergency? Who would understand his instructions???

He needs training or reassignment. There needs to be standards for critial jobs.

Oct. 30 2013 11:06 AM

Can they please offer direct transportation from lower Manhattan to the airports? When the WTC was still standing, there was a airport bus in front of Tower 1. You'd be able to get to LGA, EWR or JFK within an hour. Now traveling to the airports is either a major expense and/or a schlep.

Oct. 30 2013 11:01 AM
Katie from NYC

"But, the ONE thing the mayor should advocate is, getting rid of the metro card in its current swipe form and replace it with a tap version"

The tap cards are used in Montreal, Toronto & Seattle

The MTA did a tap card pilot program years ago but they never really promoted it.

Oct. 30 2013 10:54 AM
Amy from Manhattan

The MTA should put Metrocard readers places besides subway stations. People who live too far from stations to get there conveniently can't find out how much time or money is left on their cards, & whether they need to refill them, until they get to the subway or bus. For many people, esp. outside of Manhattan, this is difficult. We don't need as many standalone readers as there are ATMs outside of banks, but if they can put ATMs in stores, why not card readers in more scattered locations?

Oct. 30 2013 10:48 AM

Yes, the first word in my post should read Recently.

Oct. 30 2013 10:46 AM

Recnently, I took a crosstown bus to go to the Target, etc. big box center on 116th ST.

While walking up 1st AVE I noticed that the BRT(express) buses above 96th ST don't convert to regular pickups to their 125th ST terminus.

Since they go mostly passengerless to their turnaround, wouldn't it make sense to have them pickup customers, especially at night?

Oct. 30 2013 10:43 AM

I completely agree with antonio. Our lack of streetcars is ridiculous.

A perfect place for streetcars is the areas near the waterfront (i.e. Williamsburg, DUMBO).

Oct. 30 2013 10:39 AM
austene from north brooklyn

remove the placards at stops listing bus times, since they are never, ever right. (i'm talking to you, B62.)

Oct. 30 2013 10:39 AM
Stephen from prospect heights

Notifications at entrances. Notifactions between transfers (trains at Atlantic/Pacifi or Fulton St.)

Oct. 30 2013 10:38 AM

Dedicated, direct public transportation from Manhattan to LGA.

Oct. 30 2013 10:38 AM
Louise Fink from uws

Lhota worked for MSG for almost ten years. Can he really re-do Penn Station

in the best way?

Oct. 30 2013 10:36 AM
antonio from baySIde

Connections for the areas which don't have options (i.e Red Hook, Staten Island, Eastern Queens), but no BRT, We should be using Streetcars. They're cleaner, cheaper (we could have at least 5 lines with the price for the SAS IMO!!!)

Is NY anti-streetcar? Every city is booming with Streetcar projects...(DC, Portland, Charlotte etc)

Oct. 30 2013 10:35 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

There is nothing the mayor can do, because he has little power over the MTA.

But, the ONE thing the mayor should advocate is, getting rid of the metro card in its current swipe form and replace it with a tap version, as it is in London. A tap version card will make boarding buses faster, will be easier to refill, and will cost less to maintain.

Oct. 30 2013 10:33 AM

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