Monday, December 05, 2005


Okay, I've just about had it with fucking MTA. They dick around and lose a giant surplus. They're in bitter bitter contract talks that might dissolve into a TWU strike (11 days and counting) for the second time in 3 years. They keep pulling conductors off certain subway lines and staff out of booths making travel less safe. What have they been putting their energy into?

Well, apparently, they've been putting it into BULLSHIT RULES CHANGES that went into effect today. HOW CAN THEY FIND THE TIME for this crap?

You can't have a beverage on the subway. No, I don't mean "a beverage" wink wink, but a beverage. A soda. A bottle of water. a coffeemug with a no spill top. An open nalgene. Yep, you could be subject to ejection from the system and up to ONEHUNDREDTWENTYFIVEDOLLARS in fines for your bottle of water. Shit, put some vodka in it, I say, might as well do something worthwhile for that kind of fine. While there are other new rules, the two that also really bother me are:
1) one cannot move between end doors of a subway car whether or not train is in motion, except in an emergency or when directed by police officer or conductor.
--what the fuck is this? why is this? what's the point in this? if i'm walking through a car and not bothering anyone, what's the big fucking deal? what if the car is full, but you see a seat in the next one? Or you just barely made your train, but the car with your exit is at the other end and you've got a 30 minute ride? WHAT'S THE POINT?!
2) one cannot place one's foot on the seat of a subway, bus, or platform bench, occupy more than one seat or place bags on an empty seat when doing so would interviere with transit operations or the comfort of other customers.
--okay, i can understand not putting feet up. But I pity the cop/mta officer that tells me i'm getting a ticket for "occupying more than one seat". Fuck all that. Those seats were not made with big folks in mind.

Is this what our rookie cops who will be making slightly more than minimum wage will be doing? Don't they and transit employees have better things to do with their time? 125 dollar fines for drinking morning coffee on the subway? Do they realize the damage they just did to every bodega paying premium rents by the subway? When did these rules get passed? Were there hearings? Who made these calls? Listen, Jim, this coffee thing on the 4 train is really too much, we've gotta do something (props to the 4 train from Bedford Park to Brooklyn, by the way)

I do have one theory on this: with an increasingly possible strike and economic shortfalls, this is a great way to
1) have a new income stream, and
2) get everyone in the New York City to hate the people that are about to go on strike. Remember, the jerkoffs who decided coffee was public enemy number 1 on our platforms won't be handing out these citations, its the people working for a living.

OUR FUCKING MAYOR better do something about this shit. Else I'm going to put a tail on him and perform a citizen's arrest the next time he cracks open a Poland Spring on the six.

Sonny: They're Jerkoffs... look at me. JERKOFFS!


Blogger David Kelsey said...

Ruby K,

I hate it when some idiot spills his drink all over the place, or on someone, and of course, it's not his fault, it was an accident.

1:00 AM  
Blogger BZ said...

Splitting the subway benches into discrete seats was a failed experiment, since not everyone is the same size. Fortunately, the trend with the newer trains seems to be toward flat benches.

If someone needs to take up two seats, that's fine in my book - they can straddle the seat divider and put one leg on each seat. BUT my pet peeve is when people who are the width of two seats insist on being centered on one seat, so that they end up occupying three seats. That should be illegal.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Ruby K said...

David- I hate it too, although, I've never had a drink spilled on me (or seen one spilled) in my 20 some years of riding the subway. I'm sure that just makes me lucky, but does it really happen so often that it deserves a ban and a fine?

BZ-agreed. maybe i'm being arbitrary, but two seats should be enough.

10:05 AM  
Blogger David Kelsey said...

I've seen the effects of a spill many times on a train. It can be a dangerous situation, and certainly an unpleasant one. Bet you have seen that.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Ruby K said...

I've certainly seen the affects of a spill on the train. But it hasn't happened enough that I think a ban and 125 dollar fine are warranted.

12:17 PM  

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