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Old Posted Nov 5, 2017, 8:37 PM
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They need to figure this cashless BS out right though. I rarely go through them, but it seems like I always get a $50 fee tacked on for not paying the toll in time, but that's the first letter I ever get from the idiots.
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Old Posted Nov 5, 2017, 10:30 PM
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They need to figure this cashless BS out right though. I rarely go through them, but it seems like I always get a $50 fee tacked on for not paying the toll in time, but that's the first letter I ever get from the idiots.
The administrative fee. Yeah easy way to do that with EZ-pass is that if you have existing account, go on the site, input your tag #, and it will just be the fee for the toll and no admin fee which is $50.

With EZ-pass, if your car is registered to the tag/plate, even if you blow through the toll or left your tag somewhere, it will go to your license plate and whatever the toll is. 35 mph seems to be the cutoff for a ticket. Not 34, but 35.

You know whats crappy though in NYC, and thats those f'n speed cameras. If you see one, or a sign, slow the hell down. They will give you ticket minute you hit 35 mph in a 25. Also look for those large white camera stands. Same with the bus lane cameras.

Red light cameras take two snap shots, before the line and after. So if its yellow, and your part the line, you'll be good. Need that before the line snap shot, otherwise you can easily dismiss it in court.
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Old Posted Nov 5, 2017, 10:38 PM
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Also take my experience, when going through the GWB, watch out because they will give you a ticket for going too fast through the cash/ez pass toll. 25 mph is the cutoff, even though it states 15mph. I got one for doing 26 mph on the far left, EZ pass only lane.

Sometimes it can be easy to do if there's low traffic. Often though, you'll find heavy traffic, but slow down around that toll. Its not like the turnpike where its fine and dandy.
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The administrative fee. Yeah easy way to do that with EZ-pass is that if you have existing account, go on the site, input your tag #, and it will just be the fee for the toll and no admin fee which is $50.
I don't get it. I thought the whole point was to not require people to have a tag? WTF sort of scam is this that they tack on a $50 fee you can't avoid if you don't have an EZ-Pass? Sure, a lot of people in the region have them, but a lot of people going over the Tappan Zee (for instance) aren't from New York State.
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I am confused about your blog. Please give me some idea about it.
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I am confused about your blog. Please give me some idea about it.
this site is ssp. this thread is all about nyc metro transit news. other threads are about construction, photos, etc.

welcome aboard.
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this site is ssp. this thread is all about nyc metro transit news. other threads are about construction, photos, etc.

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Ok dear firstly thanks for giving me response. If i am not wrong here. SSP is the supply side platform and SSPs are most often used by online publishers to help them sell display, video and mobile ads.
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Dude, SSP stands for Skyscraperpage, the forum you are posting on.
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Old Posted Nov 8, 2017, 7:03 PM
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trolled again by the russians -- ah well, dosvidaniya alanloughlin lol!
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new contactless payment system should make fares more equitable:



MetroCard’s replacement could lead to more equitable fares, experts say

By Vincent Barone vin.barone@amny.com November 12, 2017



As the MTA begins its slow phaseout of the MetroCard, experts and advocates hope its successor can provide a more equitable fare system.

A common criticism of the current MetroCard system is that only those wealthy enough to afford the single-purchase $121 monthly pass benefit from such savings. Low-income commuters have no choice but to pay the more costly per-ride option. The contactless system — set to completely replace the MetroCard by 2023 — could change all that.
“... With the [new] technology, if you in fact swipe through enough times in a month you could automatically be given the 30-day benefit,” said David Jones, president and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York and MTA board member. “The backend of this technology is sophisticated enough that it can tally how many times you are using the system.”

This policy is called fare capping. Cubic Transportation Systems, the company replacing the MetroCard, already has implemented such a feature in London, where it operates Transport for London’s fare system. On the Underground, Transport for London offers daily and weekly capping. So riders no longer have to decide if a daily or weekly pass would be most cost-effective for them. They can pay per ride until they reach the daily or weekly capping rates, at which point they could then continue riding the system for free.

“If you look at why the Oyster Card and contactless is so popular, one of the reasons is because of capping,” said Shashi Verma, TfL’s chief technology officer. “There is no way to really overplay it.

“What contactless allowed us to do is let us think more carefully and cater to the needs of the people using our system and the choices they need to make on a day-by-day basis,” Verma continued. “The daily cap also incentivizes people to use the public transport network, instead of using the road network. We don’t want them to be in taxis, to be driving, anything of that kind.”

While Transport for London has a significantly different distance-based fare structure, experts believe capping in some form could improve equity and affordability at the MTA — similarly to how the MetroCard transformed city travel by allowing for free transfers. The new technology would also allow the MTA to institute lower fares during off-peak hours, which Verma said has also increased ridership on the tube.

Some New Yorkers worry that the new fare tech will shut out commuters who do not have bank accounts or smartphones. But the MTA has pledged to meet the needs of all riders. Tap cards will be available to purchase with cash at station machines or in convenience stores. Changing fare policy, though, the MTA said, is a matter that must be resolved by its board when the time comes.

“The MTA’s new fare payment technology will be among the most advanced in the world, and accessible to everyone with both electronic and cash payment options,” said MTA spokesman Shams Tarek in a statement. “As for fare policy, the contract is independent of that and no decisions by the MTA Board have been made.”

Jones believes the new technology would also more easily allow for fare discounts for low-income riders, a policy CSS and the transportation advocacy group Riders Alliance have backed. His main focus at the moment is ensuring that MetroCard vending machines remain in working order during the card’s phaseout over the next few years.

“Breakdowns of machines at particularly isolated stations could leave people really in the lurch, and we’re worried about that. Essentially, you’ll have a subway station and a broken machine and people will just be out of luck,” Jones said. “This already happens now.”


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Peek inside a life-size model of the Brooklyn-Queens streetcar

https://ny.curbed.com/2017/11/13/166...tcar-prototype

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- The cars themselves are open gangway—a design that has yet to be rolled out throughout the New York City subway—and will have 23 seats, along with plenty of handrails. There are also a few “leaning bars,” similar to the ones found in the MTA’s recently revamped subway stations in south Brooklyn. Route maps didn’t offer specifics on station locations, but rather noted the neighborhoods the route would serve—from Astoria down to Sunset Park.

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Nice. That curbed article is so clueless though, they make it sound like the train is 43 feet long and seats 23, when its just the prototype of 2 modules of a much longer design (probably 5-7 modules). And of course the curbed comments are filled with ignorant doom and gloom naysayers.
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Old Posted Nov 15, 2017, 3:04 PM
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the half posts in the middle of the aisle have to go -- or turn into full floor to ceiling posts. otherwise, looks good.
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Old Posted Nov 17, 2017, 3:42 AM
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more airtrain like it or not:



LaGuardia Airport AirTrain moves toward fruition, despite criticism

By Vincent Barone vin.barone@amny.com November 16, 2017



Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s LaGuardia Airport AirTrain continues trudging along.

The Port Authority’s board approved $55 million in spending Thursday to move the project into its second planning phase — a move that left transit experts confounded.

Despite drawing criticism on nearly every aspect of the proposal, including the AirTrain’s route and travel speed estimates, the Port Authority’s executive director and chairman defended the project as being vital to a region where 86 percent of all LaGuardia travelers access the airport by car.


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it's model train show season!



New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Train Show returns to Grand Central Terminal

By Rajvi Desai rajvi.desai@amny.com November 17, 2017



The New York Transit Museum (GCT Annex) is once again delighting train buffs with the return of its Holiday Train Show.

The 16th annual display, featuring Lionel model trains running along a 34-foot-long, two-level, “O” gauge track layout, rolled into Grand Central Terminal on Nov. 16.






Here are some other train shows in the city that you can check out this holiday season:

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show
When: Nov. 22, 2017 - Jan. 15, 2018
Where: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection
When: Oct. 27, 2017 - Feb. 25, 2018
Where: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (West 77th Street entrance)



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Toronto Transit Chief Is Tapped to Run New York’s Ailing Subways

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- With New York’s century-old subway system engulfed in a crisis brought about by years of neglect and poor political decisions, a transit official from outside the United States was named on Tuesday to take over the management of the city’s subways and buses. The decision to name Andrew Byford, the chief executive of the Toronto Transit Commission, the president of New York City Transit followed a series of recent changes in leadership at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the subway. The aim has been to restore accountability and change a culture that for years has left the system lacking adequate funding or support.

- While he earned wide praise for restoring Toronto’s once-troubled transit system, Mr. Byford may find himself hostage to forces that have in recent years proven beyond the control of any one official, with the political whims and calculations of elected officials, including governors and mayors, driving critical financial decisions that have resulted in today’s woeful state of affairs. --- He has been considered a rising star in the transportation world with a deep resume that includes stops in Sydney and London before he went to Toronto, where, Mr. Lhota said, his record of achievement convinced officials that he was up to the task.

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[B]Toronto Transit Chief Is Tapped to Run New York’s Ailing Subways[/B]

This is the 2nd time the MTA has tapped a head of the TTC. As a New Yorker constantly frustrated with subway service here, I can only wish him well. He might have a ghost of a chance if he early on realizes how the weak middle management throughout a top-down military sort of structure, and serious animus between union and management are 2 of the biggest underlying causes of NYCT's chronic service fails.
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^ and then there are the whole levels of underlying corruption and stalling...

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