Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bank of America offering Transit Rebates through January 31, 2009

For every $100 you spend in qualifying purchases on New York area transit from now until January 31, 2009 you will earn $10 cash back from Bank of America.

NYC area transit includes:

  • NYC Subway & Buses
  • Staten Island Railroad & Ferry
  • Long Island Railroad & Bus
  • Metro-North Railroad
  • Port Authority of NY/NJ
  • Independent Ferries
  • Bridge & Tunnel Tolls
  • EZ Pass (if you use your Bank of America® Visa® credit or check card to replenish).

Visit for more details and to sign up.


New Yorkers: How much would you pay for the subway?

A single ride? $2? $3? Something else?

A monthly pass? $81? $90? $100? Something else?

Let’s hear it in the comments!

The Cat in the Hat saves Transit

If Japan can have a cat in a hat who saves transit, why can’t we have one, too?

All jokes aside, transit in the US is disgustingly underfunded. And many cities are suffering because of the current economic downturn. While cats in hats might not be the solution to solve the transportation funding issue in the US, we definitely need to think outside of the box to finance improving our infrastructure.

While I’m willing to pay much more for a MTA NYC MetroCard than the current cost, but how many other New Yorkers are willing to do the same? (Note: A current unlimited ride MetroCard is $81/month, and if you only use the card 60 times a month, that’s a fare of $1.35/ride!)

I pay almost $300/month for unlimited rides from my home in NJ to New York City – and honestly, it’s worth every penny and then some! I very rarely have to stand, the service is usually on time (give or take 10 minutes) and I feel safe and comfortable.

The subway might be crowded and uncomfortable at times, but if the MTA increases fares, they could invest these funds back into improving service. New subway cars, more frequent service, FINALLY finishing the Second Avenue subway line would all be worth the additional investment by riders. We deserve better service, but we MUST pay for it. We can’t wait for a cat (rat?) in a hat to show up and rescue the region this time. It’s up to us!

Top ten signs you are a mass-transit geek

From Seacoast NRG:

Top ten signs you are a mass-transit geek

You know you are a mass transit geek if…

10. You get almost giddy at the idea of a compressed-natural-gas-hyrbrid-electric-powered city bus.

9. The number of transit maps you own exceeds the number of cities you’ve actually visited.

8. When visiting a new city, you make a point to ride its light rail, subway, bus, or ferry system. Even if–especially if–you have no where to go, because, well, duh.

7. You know that intra-city buses are not much better than cars in terms of per-passenger-mile fuel efficiency, but still love them anyway.

6. You used subway tiling in your latest home renovation project. In the living room.

5. You keep a running list of the transit systems you’ve ridden. With pictures.

4. You know what a PCC car is, and where you can still ride one.

3. You’ve had the yes, but the highway system was subsidized, too argument more times than you can count.

2. Your entire knowledge of the Spanish language consists of: No se apoye contra la puerta (Do not lean against the doors.)

1. You are convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, but wholeheartedly believe in the National City Lines conspiracy.

Are you living in an affordable area?

Transportation and Housing are the two largest expenses of most American households. How does your area stand up to scrutiny?

The Center for Neighborhood Technology‘s Housing + Transportation Affordability Index is a calculation of housing and transportation costs as a percentage of income. It is an easy to use tool. Zoom in and zoom out to see more details, and use the options to generate different maps.