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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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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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New Haven Line runs saved by Connecticut

June
17

Three daily New Haven Line runs that were set to be eliminated have been saved by Connecticut, which pitched in $200,000 to keep them running.

Metro-North Railroad plans on eliminating trains across the system as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s cost-saving Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 17th, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
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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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Transit bill would bring $345 million to region

May
25

New York’s two U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bill today that would bring $345 million to transit in the New York City region, helping to restore services that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority cut, Schumer’s office said.

That sum would be the New Jersey-New York City-Connecticut region’s share of some $2 billion that would Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 5:33 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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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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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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Schumer’s no dummy

March
16

When Sen. Charles Schumer stopped by the New Rochelle train station to spread good news for commuters today, I couldn’t resist asking him about the issue that’s weighing heaviest on the minds of rail and bus passengers:

What about those rescue measures that are supposed to help stave off Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
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New Haven Line riders none too happy

January
15

Our transit buddies over in Connecticut — those who ride Metro-North’s New Haven Line — are not very happy with the service, if you ask the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council.

The group just put out it’s annual report, complaining about crowding, rude Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
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Henry Hudson Bridge work

December
15

If you take the Henry Hudson Bridge into Manhattan, get ready for a new, but temporary traffic pattern starting Wednesday morning.

Workers will begin making the switch 9 p.m. Tuesday and it should be done for the morning rush.

Take special note of these instructions: Cash customers going Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
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One late train

November
18

Turns out Metro-North Railroad’s advisory that Harlem Line trains were running late yesterday morning was a bit exaggerated, which of course is good news.

Especially since it followed a day when New Haven Line trains were late because of wire problems.

Yesterday’s snag was a short circuit and small flame caused Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
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Commuter tax coming back?

November
18

Lately, do you the sense that New York City isn’t going to stop until it gets more money out of suburban residents who work there?

First it was Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan, which died in the state Legislature. Now it’s a new look at a commuter tax. For years, Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
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Prices Up Today on New Haven Line

May
8

Just a reminder: Starting today, it costs more for a bottle of water, a beer or a drink on Metro-North’s New Haven Line and on the bar carts in Grand Central Terminal.
Here’s the price list:

Wine and hard liquor:
Top shelf liquor (Absolut, Jack Daniels, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Dewars.): $6.50 (up from $5.50.)
“House” liquor: $6.25 (up from $5.25.)
Wine: $5.50 (up from $4.50.)

Beers:
Foster’s beer (25 ounce): $4.75 (up from $3.75.)
Heineken, Amstel: $3.25 (up from $2.75.)
Molson: $3.25 (up from $2.25.)
Budweiser, Coors, O’Douls: $2.50 (up from $2.)
Miller: $2.50 (up from $1.75.)

Other:
Soda/water: $1.50 (up from $1.25)
Fruit juice: $1.75 (up from $1.50)
Juice (mixer): $1 (up from 75 cents.)
Snacks: $1 (up from 75 cents.)

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 at 9:03 am |
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Suburban Riders Have Been Surveyed

May
1

I got my answer from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The agency conducted a survey of transit riders from Metro-North territory (that’s us here in the Lower Hudson Valley) recently, to be combined with the results of a new survey being mailed to 170,000 New York City residents about their riding habits. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 10:54 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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