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Sunday, August 3, 2008

MetroCards and the Transit System

MetroCards. You love them, you hate them. You're on top of the world until you swipe it one day and read "SEE AGENT" on that turnstile screen. Suddenly, your world becomes a mess. Other times, you walk by a MetroCard recycling box and drop your useless one in, only to find out that someone forgot to close the bottom of the box. In other words...

MetroCards have become obsolete garbage.

In other countries, transit cards are thicker, which gives it less of a flimsy feeling. Their subways are more efficient. In Japan, one doesn't even have to take their transit card out to pass through the turnstile. This is true in several countries. In such a country as this, why don't we have it here yet?

In a city as famous and full of tourists, why is our transit system so inefficient? In other countries, people can calculate arrival times of trains down to a second. Here, trains can be late by up to twenty minutes and riders are supposed to accept it. Honestly, many New Yorkers are too accepting of things.

The 2 train did not deserve the ratings it got on the latest Rider Report Card. Last year, the 2 train was delayed several times a month during rush hour, making me and thousands of others late for school and work. The 2 train deserves no less than a 70% for on-time arrival in the Bronx. This is also true for the 5 train.

MTA, cut back on those high 6-7 digit salaries and use it to give us good service. Also, stop wasting millions on cruddy MetroCards and give us a thicker, credit-card sized product like Japan's Suica.

That's all for today.
Until next time!!!

1 comment:

THRILA said...

"MTA, cut back on those high 6-7 digit salaries and use it to give us good service. Also, stop wasting millions on cruddy MetroCards and give us a thicker, credit-card sized product like Japan's Suica"

i wish. people are too greedy here. they want their big paychecks no matter what. as long as they can pay to have a house and a sumer house, who gives a crap about some new yorkers late for work? i get up an extra 2 hrs just so i'm not late for anything.

thanks to the mta, i have a crummy sleeping schedule because of their stupid trains.

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