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For Manhattan express bus, now comes the $7.50 fare.

July
14

You’ll remember the big to-do earlier this year when County Executive Robert Astorino proposed scaling back Bee-Line bus service to save money, including the elimination of the Manhattan express bus many commuters use to get to work.

The upshot was that the service was saved, but reduced, and that the fare would be increased. Well, on July 27, the county will hold a hearing on the proposal to increase the fare to $7.50 for a one-way ride. (It’s now $5.50.)

The hearing will be at the Westchester County Center on Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
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MetroCards on sale in various communities.

June
24

To ride the Bee-Line bus or New York City’s subways and buses, it pays to have The Card. That’s MetroCard. And you can buy them at the MetroCard van that makes rounds through Westchester. Here’s Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 11:22 am |
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Is there another way to get to work?

June
21

I was thoroughly envious when I was researching and writing Sunday’s article about two Rockland guys who get to their jobs by kayak.

It must be a great way to commute. Unfortunately, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:46 am |
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NYC subways are dirtier, but it depends on the line

June
21

The Straphangers Campaign, a watchdog group, says half of all New York City subway cars were dirty according to a survey they took last fall, down from 57 percent a year earlier.

But the conditions differ from line to line, according to the report, called “subway shmutz.” Among the lines convenient to commuters who take Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal, the 6 train, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am |
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Awards given for fewer car trips.

June
17

MetroPool, the organization that looks for commuting alternatives, has given out its annual awards to employers in the region who have cut down on their cmployees car trips, and Westchester County government was a big winner.

The county came in first or second in three categories of the awards, which are given to those companies and goverments who take on MetroPool’s challenge to reduce Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
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Real-Time Train Info on MTA’s New Web Site

January
13

On the new MTA Web site, unveiled today, you can check some Metro-North stations to see whether the next few trains are on time or late.

A trip planning corner allows you to map your route from one place to another. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
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Yonkers-Manhattan ferry never got the riders needed

December
23

The New York Water Taxi service from Yonkers to Manhattan, ending Dec. 31, simply never drew the customers it needed to stay afloat. (Sorry. It’s a pun no one can seem to resist.)

The company announced the end of service on its Web site. I’ll include the text below.
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The ferry service was run with millions of dollars in grants and loans and originally was part of an effort to get people back into lower Manhattan following 9/11. Because it used a Lower Manhattan Development Corp grant, it was limited to only serving lower Manhattan, rather than Midtown.

When that money ran out, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
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Feeling green and ambitious? Build your own plug-in car

July
17

One of my favorite surprises is when I get books in the mail. Well, the one that came recently is not so much a literary treasure (though the writing is perfectly fine) as it is of practical benefit.

It’s Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, by Briarcliff Manor resident Seth Leitman.

I know Leitman. I wrote a column about him last October, when he came out with the latest version of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, which was originally published in 1993 by another author.

Plug-in hybrids are cars that Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 9:52 am |
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Report: Congestion wastes billions of $s, gallons, hours.

July
8

Traffic congestion dipped ever so slightly in 2007 — even before the current recession — but don’t take heart, says the Texas Transportation Institute, which studies traffic nationwide. Those maddening traffic jams robbed us of $87.2 billion in wasted fuel and lost work time.

That was more than 2.8 billion gallons of wasted fuel, or three weeks’ worth of gas for all of us drivers. And the time wasted came out to 4.2 bilion hours, or a full work week for every traveler.

All this is in Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 at 10:10 am |
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Hudson Line schedule changes coming

June
24

Riders on Metro-North’s Hudson Line will see some schedule changes July 13 because of track work. Temporary changes that had been in effect since April 5 will end.

If you ride the Harlem Line or the main New Haven Line, don’t worry. No changes Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 9:05 am |
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Transit association says transit saves

April
9

You can save $8,670 by riding trains and buses — if you give up your car altogether.

That’s the word from the American Public Transportation Association with its Transit Savings Report.

They reach the conclusion based on the average national gas price and the average cost for monthly parking against the purchase of a monthly train or bus pass.

New York figures as the second biggest city for savings; they amount to $1,045 a month, or $12,541, according to the report. Only Boston is (slightly) higher.

Here’s the body of the group’s press release:

Public Transit Saves an Individual Over $8,600 Annually – As Cost of Car Ownership Increases

WASHINGTON, DC – Riding public transportation and living with one less car in a household can save an individual $8,670 a year based on the April 8, 2009 national average gas price and the unreserved monthly parking rate.

Gas prices are up 10 cents this month, compared to last month.  However, new 2009 AAA data reports that due to the increase of car ownership costs the amount an individual can save by taking public transportation has increased more than an additional $100 each year.

The Transit Savings Report, released monthly by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) examines how much individuals can save annually by taking public transportation rather than driving.  In these uncertain economic times, taking public transportation is one way to immediately start saving money.

APTA’s Transit Savings Report calculates this month’s savings for public transit users at $723.  This is based on the cost of parking and the April 8 gas price of $2.047 as reported by AAA.

Regarding parking costs, the national average for the monthly unreserved parking rate in a city’s downtown business district is $143, according to the 2008 Colliers International Parking Rate Study.  Over the course of a year, parking costs alone can amount to an average of $1,720.

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at 11:35 am |
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Remember: MTA fare hearing tomorrow

January
13

If you’ve got something to say about the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare increases — and I imagine quite a few of you do — tomorrow is the first big chance to tell the transit giant’s leaders about it.

The first of eight hearings will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. If you’re going, look Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
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Alerts galore

January
9

It’s hasn’t been a good day for the MTA or its customers so far today.

You may have heard of the track fire that’s stopped Metro-North trains from going into or out of Grand Central Terminal. (If you haven’t, check out the Lohud site here and see the update in the list on the right.)

But check this out. If you go Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
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Fifth lane experiment on TZ Bridge declared a success; will be used for a few weeks

October
24

It’s official: The new five Westchester-bound, two Rockland-bound lane pattern on the Tappan Zee Bridge will be used during the weekday morning rush for the next several weeks.

Ramesh Mehta, the New York State Thruway Authority’s Hudson Valley director, this morning said the two trial runs had been successful and the new lane configuration would be in place until 10 joint repairs in the right Westchester-bound lanes are completed.

The five lanes into Westchester will be in place from 6 to 8:30 a.m., at which time the barrier would be moved back to add a third Rockland-bound lane. In the evening, there will be four lanes into Rockland and three into Westchester.

The change was made this week to relieve traffic jams that stretched back 15 miles into Rockland. Commuters who travel to Westchester in the evening, though, still have to struggle using three lanes and with the raised metal construction plates, their travel times increasingly longer.

Mehta said Rockland-bound back-ups reached only two miles into Westchester this morning.
Traffic into Westchester was heavy and slow but kept moving.

Several elected officials from Rockland have gotten involved in the bridge plate issue. On Tuesday, state Sen. Thomas Morahan demanded changes from Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer. That same day, County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef wrote to Mehta calling the conditions on the bridge “simply unacceptable.” Also Tuesday, Legislator Ed Day asked Gov. David Paterson to launch an investigation into the conduct and handling of the construction repair project on the Tappan Zee Bridge by the Thruway Authority.

“It is unacceptable when any state agency, who by virtue of being a separate entity within our government, seemingly believes that they have no compelling need or motivation to act appropriately on behalf of our citizens,” Day wrote in his letter to Paterson.

Read more about this story tomorrow in The Journal News and on LoHud.com.

Posted by Khurram Saeed on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 11:51 am |
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Going Places is written by transportation writers Khurram Saeed and Ken Valenti. Khurram's transportation column, "Getting There," runs Wednesdays in Rockland. Ken's column, "Going Places," runs Mondays in Westchester and Putnam. Join in the conversation and share tips on coping with fellow commuters.

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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


Ken Valenti Ken Valenti Ken Valenti covers trains, planes and automobiles - not to mention buses and ferries - for Westchester and Putnam. He's been a reporter with The Journal News and its forerunners more than 20 years and has covered all four corners of Westchester County. READ MORE


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