Monthly Archives: December 2008

My Transit-Related New Year’s Resoultion

2009 is only hours away! Can you believe it? Me, either!

My goal for 2009 is to use transit even more – I “cheat” sometimes and use a taxi or bum a ride with a friend, which makes me feel kind of guilty.

So, my resolution is to stop using taxis and bumming rides unless absolutely necessary, such as transporting large boxes or shopping bags or when traveling to places that aren’t accessible by transit (yes, there are places in the tri-state inaccessible by transit). Otherwise, no taxis and car rides for me! All transit, all the way!

What is your transit related New Year’s resolution? Do you plan to walk more? Bike less? Start using the bus instead of the train?


Commuting by Bike in the Winter

I found a neat article at ultimate geek girl titled, “Commuting by Bike in the Winter”.

Here are the tips, but read the article for more information on each tip for making winter commuting easier.

1) Protect your hands and face from the cold and the wind.
2) Pick your clothing wisely.
3) Know how to handle your bike in cold, icy and snowy conditions.
4) Check your lights.
5) Take care of your bike.

Photo credit: Sytske_R

I’m looking forward to getting a bike and adding it to my daily commuting and transportation options. Not only is biking faster than walking, but there are usually stronger biking communities than walking communities. When was the last time you met a walking enthusiast?

One of my reasons for being car free is the monetary savings – I do not have a car note, insurance and car maintenance to worry about. A secondary reason is my desire to add more time to my day to read, listen to music or even nap. You cannot safely do this while driving!

Do you commute by bike? Do you have any tips/tricks to add?

Make your voice heard for or against $3 Subway and Bus Fares in NYC

The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (NYC MTA) will be having hearings in early 2009 on proposed fare hikes and toll increases, the services provided to citizens and tourists, and even suggested station closings in the City.

All hearings listed below begin at 6 p.m. Read more on the MTA’s proposal and go and make your voice heard (for or against)!

Wed Jan 14, 2009
Hilton NY, Trianon Ballroom
1335 Ave of the Americas, Manhattan
Directions: E V to 5 Av/53 St, B D F V
to 47 – 50th Sts/ Rockefeller Ctr.; M5, 6, 7

Tues Jan 20, 2009
Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
Phoenix Ballroom, 135-20 39th Ave, Flushing, Queens
Directions: 7 to Flushing-Main St;
Q12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20A, 20B, 25, 26, 27, 28,
34, 44, 48, 58, 65 , 66, QBx1, N20 or 21;
LIRR to Flushing-Main St.

Wed Jan 21, 2009
The Garden City Hotel, The Grand Ballroom
45 Seventh St, Garden City
Directions: LIRR to Garden City; LIRR to Mineola,
then N40/41 (SB); LIRR to Freeport, then N40/41 (NB)

Mon Jan 26, 2009
College of Staten Island
CSI Center for the Arts, Springer Concert Hall
2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island
Directions: X10 and 11; S62, 92, 53 (transfer to S62
or 92 at Victory Blvd and Clove Rd), or S93.
Shuttle Bus will be provided between College of
Staten Island bus stop and Springer Concert Hall

Wed Jan 28, 2009
Westchester County Center
Rooms A – C, 198 Central Ave, White Plains
Directions: MNR to White Plains,
then any of these Bee-Line buses: 1W, 5, 6, 13, 14,
15, 20, 40

Wed Jan 28, 2009

NY Marriott at the Bklyn Bridge
333 Adams St, Brooklyn
Directions:A C F to Jay St-Borough Hall, M R to
Lawrence St, or 2 3 4 5 to Borough Hall;
B25, 26, 37, 38, 41, 45, 51, 52, 54, 57, 61, 65, 67,
75 or 103

Mon Feb 2, 2009
Palisades Center, Raso Community Room
1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
Directions: MNR to Tarrytown, then Tappan ZEExpress
Bus to Palisades Center; Community Center is next to
ice rink.

Wed Feb 4, 2009
Lehman College, CUNY, Lovinger Theatre
250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx
Directions: 4to Bedford Park Blvd – Lehman College
or B D to Bedford Park Blvd; Bx2, 10, 22 ,28;
BxM4A, 4B

Bike and Pedestrian Conflicts in New Brunswick, NJ

I want to share with you a paper I wrote my first year in the Planning program. This brief, informal report covers the bike and pedestrian conflicts in downtown New Brunswick, NJ.

Read the entire report by downloading it at MediaFire(.pdf).

See photos:

Would you Kayak to Work?

An area teacher kayaks to work instead of taking the ferry.

Sean Patch is ready to paddle his kayak across the Hudson to work, which is no easy feat. Patch says he has to navagate around, “…oil barges, tankers, cruise ships.”

Patch, an algebra teacher at a high school in Manhattan, used to take the ferry, but it became rather expensive.

His commute has become a classroom lesson. Patch says it goes like this. “Mr. Patch kayaks to work. He bought the kayak for $850. He no longer has to pay for the ferry $7.75 each way. How much has he saved?”

In addition to the savings there’s also the serenity. Patch says, “It’s really peaceful.”

I’ll bite – if Mr. Patch commutes via ferry, a round-trip would cost $15.50/day – or $310/month (assuming he doesn’t go to NYC on the weekends).

The kayak cost $850 up front, so it is essentially paid for after about 3 months!

Would YOU kayak to work? Or is this just a novel idea that can only work for one guy? Personally, I can’t see crossing the Hudson in a kayak on a daily basis, no matter how much money I’d save!

Taking a ride on New York City Transit’s “Nostalgia Train”

Of course, no transit geek in the tri-state area could possibly show his or her face after the New Year if they didn’t take a ride on the New York City Transit’s “Nostalgia Train” which is running on every Sunday in December.

(Photograph by animalvegetable on Flickr)

From the MTA website:

You can catch a ride on this classic subway car at stations along the V train icon line between Queens Plaza and 2 Av.

Departure times:

  • From Lower East Side 2 Av station on the V line at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • From Queens Plaza station at 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:45pm.

Station Stops:

Queens Plaza
23 St-Ely Av
Lexington Av/53 St
5 Av/53 St
47-50 Sts Rockefeller Center
42 St Bryant Park
34 St Herald Sq
23 St (6 Av)
14 St (6 Av)
W 4 St Wash Sq
B’way-Lafayette St
Lower East Side 2 Av

I’m going on December 21! If anyone wants to ride and have a Car Free meetup, let me know in the comments, or send me an email to !

Bus Stops Need Updates

We don’t necessarily need bus stops that look like this designer one in New York City, but every bus rider deserves a dry place to stand out of the wind and rain on winter days.

The weather here in NJ has been dreadful since early this morning. It is cold and raining.

Ironically, most of the bus stops near my home are either leaky or totally lack space for more than three people to stand out of the weather.

It would be nice on a day like today to have some shelter from the rain, especially since buses only run once an hour on Sundays due to budget cuts! My main complaint in the summer is that it is hot, and there’s no shade from the sun.

Could transit operators offer free advertising to companies if they install bus shelters at bus stops? Would that help increase ridership? What are your thoughts?