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Old August 31st, 2010, 06:04 PM   #1141
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Great Wired.com article on the 2nd Avenue Line construction!

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 08:21 PM   #1142
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Jump on the NYC subway shuttle to catch playoff highlights of previous day's games
22 September 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Riding New York City's Times Square Shuttle subway cars will be a lot more interesting next month.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will be airing video clips from Major League Baseball broadcasts on the shuttle that runs between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal.

The campaign is an effort by the MTA to raise its advertising revenue. The cable network TBS is paying to air the highlights of the previous day's playoff games to promote its coverage of the playoffs.

MTA Chairman Jay Walder says it is the first time the agency has offered video images on subway screens.

The playoffs begin in October.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 02:03 AM   #1143
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I hate to break it to you, but no system in the world can or will make a 100% farebox recovery ratio, and that includes Tokyo and Hong Kong. However, the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong does make a profit, but is also a private company that makes a fortune of of real estate above its stations. It's an interesting model that could plausibly solve the MTA's problems although it will never be implemented. Let's say that the landlord of any building that lies on the block of a subway entrance must give 10% of its rental income to the MTA as a "subway-promixate bonus." If we say that in Midtown the average office space price is $30/sq ft and we take a building the size of the Hearst Tower (861,000 sq ft), then the MTA would make $2.6m off of that building alone. If there are 10 buildings on that block, then it's $26m, and 30 blocks, that's $780m, and so on. You can see how that'd work out, and that's in Midtown alone. Unfortunately, there's no way anything like that could get passed, although any new development could have such a premium levied upon it.
That would be against the American spirit of free enterprise.

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I'm sure there's a way to implement turnstiles which monitor the time of day and charge accordingly. Of course prepaid MetroCards such as Unlimited Ride and School cards would be fixed at a different price while we could perhaps have $2 during the off peak hours $2.25 at peak times and $2.50 at late nights.
There are other likely inefficiencies to take on, like extremely heavy users of monthly travelcard plans to work as couriers, for instance.

Furthermore, the fare difference should be higher than .25 in 2.00 to make a difference.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 03:40 AM   #1144
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2 NYC Subway videos i took yesterday..

Manhattan bound M Train and Brooklyn bound J Train on the Williamsburg Bridges



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Old October 20th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #1146
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NY MTA hikes bus and subway fares starting Dec. 30

NEW YORK, Oct 7 (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said on Thursday it would raise bus and subway fares to help close another huge deficit.

The base fare for one ride will remain at $2.25, but the cost of a monthly pass will rise to $104 from $89, effective Dec. 30, MTA Chairman Jay Walder said at a news conference.

Holders of monthly passes will not face any limits on the number of rides that can be taken in one day, an option that had proved unpopular during public hearings, agency officials said.

The MTA, the nation's biggest mass transit agency, on Oct. 27 will decide how to raise tolls for its bridge and tunnel crossings. The options for the major crossings include trying to entice more people to use an EZ Pass electronic transponder by keeping the price for its use at $4.57 and raising the cash fare to $7 from $5.50.

While this approach would cut pollution from idling cars, the MTA is also weighing whether to raise the EZ Pass fare to $5.04 and increase the cash price to $6.
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 05:01 AM   #1147
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Holders of monthly passes will not face any limits on the number of rides that can be taken in one day, an option that had proved unpopular during public hearings, agency officials said.
Why would they have limits with an 30-day unlimited Metrocard?

MTA really has messed up priorities.
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Old October 24th, 2010, 12:17 AM   #1148
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**** these people. no wonder so many jump the turnstiles, oftentimes i have done the same. is there really no other way to keep the prices stable? at least until MTA recovers from the recession, they should put SAS and 7th ave extension on hold along with pther capital construction projects. people cant afford this
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The Subway in Pictures - New York Times

Thought you all would enjoy this wonderful photo essay showing over 30 images taken from 1917 to present of the New York City subway system:
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/201.../24subway.html

Great shot of the station under City Hall:
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/201...subway-22.html
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Old December 6th, 2010, 05:49 AM   #1150
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I recently took the 6 and 5 trains , heres the 5 train departing Fulton Street.

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Old December 15th, 2010, 08:19 PM   #1151
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**** these people. no wonder so many jump the turnstiles, oftentimes i have done the same. is there really no other way to keep the prices stable? at least until MTA recovers from the recession, they should put SAS and 7th ave extension on hold along with pther capital construction projects. people cant afford this
Capital projects usually have a different source, like general state/city budget and/or federal grants and/or project-specific bonds.

As for your question, in a market economy there is no way (indeed, is not even desirable) to "keep prices stable". Prices should reflecting changing costs (in case of an agency striving to break even, not make profits), not "be stable".
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Capital projects usually have a different source, like general state/city budget and/or federal grants and/or project-specific bonds.

As for your question, in a market economy there is no way (indeed, is not even desirable) to "keep prices stable". Prices should reflecting changing costs (in case of an agency striving to break even, not make profits), not "be stable".
I know, what I'm saying is that they should be put on the same budget, because they need to have priorities.

And I dont think the fares will ever be brought DOWN even if revenue increases in the future.
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Capital projects should NOT be put on the same budget as operating costs.

Operating budget are usually committed for a limited time period (4 years), whereas budgets for capital projects are committed to an important phase of the project, that could take more than four years to complete.
You don't want to mix those two; suppose the operating costs might suddenly rise and there's less money available for the next four-year period. That might endanger the capital project. Or the other way around: the capital project might go over budget (something that's common with projects of this scale); that might put the operational budget at risk.
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As for your question, in a market economy there is no way (indeed, is not even desirable) to "keep prices stable". Prices should reflecting changing costs (in case of an agency striving to break even, not make profits), not "be stable".
so what's tax for? care to explain?
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so what's tax for? care to explain?
Taxes are meant to funding government activities. Just because something like MTA is a public service doesn't mean it should have a stable price. From the first you can't derive the second.
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