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Re: Save the Food Trucks of Jersey City
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fat-ass-bike wrote:
Obviously some people have no idea how to do market research...

What does that have to do with anything?


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I still believe the city should step in and create a level playing field.....

1) Food trucks are already regulated.
2) It's not the job of government to interfere in this way.
3) Food trucks are at disadvantages, since their kitchens are much more limited, and they offer no seating.


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Parking is time restricted for all stakeholders of an area...

If you've got a city parking permit, you can stay in a spot for days in a row.


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image if I was a competitor to YOUR business and parked my vehicle (be it 4 or 5 trucks) for a period of time that directly impacted YOUR high transaction customer turnover period

Then I'd better step up, and offer something the trucks don't.

Face it, you cannot eradicate competition, and it's not the job of government to protect one commercial interest over another. Business is business. If you don't like it, find another line of work.

Posted on: 2013/8/9 11:35
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Re: Save the Food Trucks of Jersey City
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fat-ass-bike wrote:
I like the idea of social justice, a sense of fair play, stopping bullies, preventing small businesses from collapsing, opportunists that create victims, parity etc.

1) Food trucks are small businesses.
2) It is not "fair play" to use the law to favor one group of businesses over another.
3) There's nothing wrong with competition.
4) If I open a cheap take-out restaurant next to two other more expensive restaurants, am I an "opportunity" who "creates victims?"


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I don't mind food trucks so long as they don't affect other businesses in the immediate area.

We live in a society that allows competition. It's not the job of the government to micro-manage the types of competition businesses can face.

Should Home Depot have been denied a permit because of the smaller hardware stores in the area? Have those stores all been put out of business? Should we shut down the ShopRite in Newport, because it potentially affects other businesses in the area?


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I like the idea of a food truck association being developed for JC that buys land and sets-up a location off street....

I.e. you want the vans to open miniature restaurants? You really aren't clear on the concept, are you?


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At the moment JC needs to control an unbalanced playing field as they have and done in many other cities across the US and abroad....

No, they don't. It's not the job of the city to pick winners and losers in commercial endeavors.

Their job is to make sure the vans are clean, and don't become a nuisance.


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How often do JClister whine about restaurants closing dt....

Given how much JCListers like to whine? Not much.

No one blamed the closure of It's Greek to Me on food trucks. People are apparently quite happy about new restaurants like Roman Nose, Orale, Thirty Acres etc, all of which compete with existing restaurants, and according to your standards, are thus "creating victims."

Posted on: 2013/8/8 13:23
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Re: Save the Food Trucks of Jersey City
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Bricks and morter restaurants and cafe owners should be given priority over the food vans.

This is not about "priority." It's about writing rational laws that fit the situation, as well as recognizing that restaurants should not "win" because they use the law to eliminate a competitor.


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I see food vans as nothing more then 'hit and run' opportunists....

Many of these vans stick around for years. If it were possible, they'd stay in the same spots indefinitely -- they can be quite territorial.


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that add nothing to the community and only exist to benefit their own needs....

Obviously that's not the case, otherwise no one would patronize them.

Or, on the flip side, restaurants aren't charities. Restaurant owners want to profit just as much as the van owners.


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you will also discover that SOME don't even reside in JC or even NJ

And I'm sure there are several JC restaurant owners who don't reside in JC or NJ.

So what?

Are we really going to be so parochial that we don't want anyone who doesn't live here to be able to do business here? That's just absurd.

It doesn't matter where you live. What matters is that you provide clean food that your customers enjoy. And while the law can be used to ensure that those restaurants and vans are clean and orderly, it shouldn't be used to kill off the competition.

Posted on: 2013/8/7 11:27
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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Arguing that because we use gas, we shouldn't complain about a 30-inch 200-1200psi (PSEG uses 2 inch service lines of about 6psi by comparison) high flow transmission pipeline right through the middle of the city is a textbook uninformed argument at best.

And if you actually look at pipeline stats, and recognize that they will be inspecting the line, and you realize that hauling fuel via trucks is both less safe and more expensive, and you understand that people are actually pretty bad at evaluating risk, then you have an informed argument.


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Theres no reason that Spectra couldn't route the pipeline under the Hudson directly from Bayonne.

I'm guessing there is, since they did re-route into the water in Bayonne. I can't imagine Bayonne has more pull than JC.


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Hopefully JC doesn't become an industrial wasteland like it was during the coal era of railroad-dominance....

Good news! That's not going to happen.


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Embrace renewables !

Oh? The RITE project will install 30 turbines in the East River, and will generate... a whopping 1MW.

It's a good project, but it can't possibly replace LNG in a reasonable timeframe.

Posted on: 2013/7/31 20:57
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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Not a majority. Not even close.

So it's just an illusion that the PATH trains to NYC are jammed in the morning. Got it. ;)

JC's economy is closely linked to NYC. Besides, if we take that attitude, then why should Boonton's water wind up in Jersey City faucets?


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citations, please.

Global fossil fuel subsidies, $523bn globa, p1
Global renewable, $88bn, p6
http://www.iea.org/publications/freep ... s/publication/English.pdf

In the US in 2010:
Fossil fuel generation subsidies: $1.8bn
Renewable generation subsidies: $6.5bn
Nuclear: $2.5bn
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy_in_the_United_States


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Not without investment in R&D, it won't. Maybe making it harder to frack and pipe fossil fuels will spur that along?

Maybe, but probably not.

? If we don't produce NG domestically, and the demand is there, we'll buy it from somewhere else, or switch to another fossil fuel (coal, oil).
? Wind and solar are intermittent. The US will need fossil fuels for a long time.
? Taking NG out of the picture means more strain on the existing electrical grid.
? Even with increased R&D, it's going to take years for renewable to cost the same as fossil.

We should be developing renewable resources, as well as reducing energy consumption. Ultimately that takes political and individual will, not reductions in supply.

Posted on: 2013/7/31 11:40
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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JCbiscuit wrote:
this pipeline will service NYC exclusively.

And how many JC residents work in NYC...?


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also, if renewable energy got a fraction of the subsidies and kickbacks bestowed on our fossil fuel overlords, there would be solar panels on every rooftop for miles.

Actually, it does. Renewable subsidies were roughly 1/6 the amount of fossil fuel subsidies in 2011.

Sadly, renewables cannot provide all the US's energy needs. More investment in renewables won't change that.

Posted on: 2013/7/31 3:49
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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jcguy05 wrote:
It is a fact those extremely high pressure gas pipes will leech out toxins into the ground and eventually the water supply over time as they deteriorate.

The new pipeline transports natural gas, not oil.

LNG is not toxic; it's an asphyxiant. Oil, in contrast, is toxic.

Besides, the reservoirs within city limits were decommissioned in the 80s. Jersey City's water comes from Boonton.

Posted on: 2013/7/31 2:14
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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hero69 wrote:
why can't they have double-decker path trains which run on low wheels/ low to ground.

They won't fit in the tunnel.


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also, why doesn't nj transit run double decker buses - megabus does it

They won't fit in Port Authority.

Posted on: 2013/7/30 2:33
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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It wouldn't bother you that you have to leave the conveniences of being next to work etc....

If I was the tenant, sure, I'd be upset. Who wouldn't?

However, that's part of life. Renting an apartment does not guarantee you will be able to live there forever, or that the neighborhood won't change.

I don't see why it is impossible for those individuals to move somewhere nearby. As far as I know, rent and/or home prices in JSQ haven't skyrocketed beyond control over the past few years. Those residents should be able to find housing without too much trouble.

Posted on: 2013/7/24 11:04
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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CuriousCat wrote:
That is true, but where are the hardworking middle class people that have lived there for years supposed to go?

They'll move to another apartment, neighborhood or town.

You can't freeze a city in amber.


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Especially if they were here before the newcomers.

Why does that matter?

Posted on: 2013/7/23 21:51
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Re: In New Jersey, a Battle Over a Fluoridation Bill - fluoride will be added to Jersey City water
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Compulsory mass medication is medically wrong

It's not aspirin. It's almost entirely harmless. You need to ingest ridiculous amounts of fluoridated water (or, tea with a high fluorine content) for years on end to have any serious health issues from it.

And we're in New Jersey, no one here is terrified of "socialism."



Posted on: 2013/7/19 22:35
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Re: Jersey City Shootings
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I know that JC always has it's share of shootings, especially during the summertime, but this is getting ridiculous.

What is?

Are there actually more shootings this year than in recent years? (Answer: Barely.)

Do you realize that violent crime rates have generally gone down over the last few years? Before 2005, the rate was typically above 600 violent incidents per year; between 2009 and 2011, it was closer to 425.

Are you aware that in 2012, homicides fell to record low of 13? That this was the lowest rate since 1969?

Are you aware that there have been only 7 homicides in JC so far this year? Of course, any homicide is bad. But that's fewer than in most years.

So tell me, what is it that has gotten worse, in your estimation?

Posted on: 2013/7/18 0:52
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Re: In New Jersey, a Battle Over a Fluoridation Bill - fluoride will be added to Jersey City water
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I think it now is... sadly!

I'm not sad. It's not only safe, it's beneficial.

Posted on: 2013/7/15 10:18
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Re: In New Jersey, a Battle Over a Fluoridation Bill - fluoride will be added to Jersey City water
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My tap water smells like pool water.

You can't smell the fluoride in tap water.

Any funky smells in your tap water may be related to the water main break. (http://www.unitedwater.com/jerseycity/Newscenter.aspx?id=8837)

Posted on: 2013/7/15 10:16
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Re: Future of Newport Mall
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Adonis wrote:
And how come the 99% aren't railing against all those New Yorkers engaging in tax evasion by shopping in NJ and not declaring their out-of-state purchases when they file their NY taxes.

Sales taxes aren't charged based on where you live, they're charged based on the point of sale.

If someone who lives in NYC shops in Newport Mall, they are not required to pay NYC sales tax rates.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 12:36
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Re: Is LITM up for sale for 1.5 mil?
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bill wrote:
MAE
Ox?
It's Greek to Me
Nah Trang
Cafe Nia
Rue Viet

"Ox" was replaced with "Box."

"It's Greek" literally just closed, and (afaik) is being replaced.

IIRC Rue Viet is in a spot that, for whatever reason, has seldom done well (though that could change).

It's unlikely that taxes were responsible for any business closures -- e.g. "Greek" did not have a strong business, and may have charged too much. Small businesses in general often fail, and restaurants at a slightly higher rate (though not as bad as often presumed).

Newark Ave and Grove Street are hardly turning into ghost towns over the possibility of an increase in taxes.

Posted on: 2013/6/23 10:53
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Re: New PATH train schedule
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I can't believe that anyone finds Sandy to be anything more than a pretext.

Believe it. ;) The tunnels were badly flooded, and the equipment wasn't sparkling new to begin with.


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I also can't believe that you think the MTA reaction is similar...MTA provides alternatives...MTA provides a bus, at a miniumum, not no PT.

MTA has control of an entire bus system, PATH does not. If bus service needs to step up, that's mostly a job for NJ Transit.

Posted on: 2013/6/7 10:14
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Re: New PATH train schedule
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Really...and how about the people who use the Hoboken stop that was out of service for MONTHS...

The problems that resulted in Hoboken losing service for months, and for the slow schedule now, are similar to those that will cause the MTA to close the East River for over a year.


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How about the fact that the MTA offers ALTERNATIVE SERVICE. Not, too bad so sad after 10PM.

MTA has a bus service and more train lines.

If PATH isn't working, and it's a major outage, it really ought to be NJ Transit that steps up.


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And I'd love to see the MTA hold a meeting about fare increases in a warehouse in Staten Island....

Maybe I'm missing something, but I thought PA's board meetings are at a building on 15th Street.

Posted on: 2013/6/7 10:10
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Re: This old factory: Buying in Downtown Jersey City's Dixon Mills
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If you do buy in Dixon Mills, and noise becomes an issue, one option is to install soundproof drywall. It won't be cheap -- it's around $40/panel, and you'd have to install it and repaint -- but it's pretty effective.

Posted on: 2013/6/2 12:30
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Re: The Dopeness
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Wow. Really? Selling tacos with images of chopped-up children?

Posted on: 2013/5/30 2:54
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Re: Liberty run a hoax!!
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bodhipooh wrote:
The organizer may have sent out an email telling people to contact him for refunds but, apparently, no one has been successful in getting in touch with him.

The guy is probably buried with requests.

Besides, someone's inability to contact them doesn't change anything. Active doesn't issue refunds, period. Your only option is to get it from the organizer.

Hopefully, he'll come through with the refunds. We'll just have to see.

In the meantime, there are at least six more running events in JC this year, including the Newport Half Marathon -- most (if not all) in LSP. We've got plenty of showcases for runners. ;)

Posted on: 2013/5/28 21:44
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Re: Liberty run a hoax!!
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vindication15 wrote:
Has the active network been issuing refunds?

Active doesn't get involved in refunds. You'll have to contact the organizers directly to get your refund.

Posted on: 2013/5/27 12:21
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Re: Flooding 5th & Monmouth - HELP
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5th and Monmouth is quite a few blocks from the river. I don't think it will get "flooded" (rain or river water), more likely is the sewer will back up. The owners may not know for sure how the water gets in.

By the way, does anyone know if there's any required disclosure for flooding or sewer problems?

Posted on: 2013/5/20 19:27
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Re: US Masters / Dixon Managment
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squeeg wrote:
So how long have you been working for US Masters?

Whatever.

I have no idea if these guys will be good or bad landlords. Nothing I've said defends any specific REIT firm. What I'm saying is -- once more, with feeling -- 70 percent or more of Jersey City are currently renter-occupied units. It's been that way for a long time, it will be that way for a long time, no single company will buy enough units to make a dent in that number, and the city will not be harmed by the existence of more rental units anyway.

And if you want to build a community, you'd better start extending a welcoming hand to the renters, who vastly outnumber owners.


Posted on: 2013/5/20 3:14
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Re: US Masters / Dixon Managment
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squeeg wrote:
They are destroying our neighborhoods...

No, they aren't. As already noted, roughly 70-75% of JC is rental units. That's around the same as Hoboken, and lower than parts of Manhattan.


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we get transient renters, drifters and folks who don't care for their property or for our community.

Renters are not subhuman. They're normal people who simply haven't chosen to buy. And if they're paying decent rents, they aren't going to wreck the entire town.


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your brownstone, townhouse, building etc., will be gutted, it will be carved up and the historic details will be demolished....

Plenty of families who buy homes in JC will gut them. If the building is in a historic district, the (exterior) details cannot be removed without permits. And if Masters/Dixon were a bunch of slumlords, they wouldn't fix up anything.


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Your neighbors and the neighborhood will then have to deal with more cars fighting for parking spots....

It's up to the city to deal with parking issues. Not departing owners.

And maybe, if you want to build a community, you should invite our new neighbors to town and make them feel welcome -- instead of insult and harangue them before you've even met them.


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Let me be clearer....they are about one thing and one thing only! Making money

Yes, you can say that about any landlord.


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I have had the opportunity to speak with many members of US Master and the Dixon Property Management team and I have learned that they are hell bent on ripping into Jersey City communities with absolutely no regard as to the outcome. It is sickening to say the least!

What could they have possibly said to you? Did they light cigars with dollar bills? Cackle evilly when you asked them questions?

Posted on: 2013/5/20 0:27
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Re: The New York Times to Jersey City: "You don't exist"
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As noted already, NYT cut a lot of its regional reporting a few years ago.

Part was budget, part is that they are trying to be a national/international paper.

And really, it's not like they would report on a mayoral election in Chula Vista, Fort Wayne or Buffalo, all cities around the same size as JC.

Posted on: 2013/5/15 23:32
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Re: New PATH train schedules starting this Sunday
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The region whose real estate would benefit from more consistent and frequent PATH service is worth literally billions of dollars in new development; nobody thought to have a sit-down with the two states about that?

They did, and the plan was to build a new four-tube rail tunnel. Port Authority and the federal government were supposed to pick up most of the tab.

Gov Chris Christie axed it in 2010, claiming that the costs were underestimated, and the project would cost NJ too much money.

Posted on: 2013/5/13 16:32
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Re: New PATH train schedules starting this Sunday
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gmerc wrote:
SUNDAY NWK-WTC Line, Before 10:20 AM

SERVICE HAS BEEN CUT TO EVERY 35 MINUTES

Uh... that's not new. I'm pretty sure you're reading the old schedule incorrectly.

http://www.panynj.gov/path/pdf/path-map-schedule.pdf

That's the old schedule (effective Feb 2013). Service EWR to WTC was on a 35 min schedule until 9:15 AM.

Looks to me like with the new schedule, trains between 9:15 AM and 7:15 PM on Sunday was on a 15 minute schedule, and is now on a 20 min schedule.

I didn't notice a difference in crowding on that very train, yesterday afternoon.

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Re: New PATH train schedules starting this Sunday
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Thank you for telling me about PATH's award winning "alert system" Knowing that every problem is a signal problem or police investigation, giving me absolutely no ETA on when service will return to normal HELPS ME A LOT.

I never said it was "award winning." I'm just pointing out that notification options do exist. They're basically the same as what other transit systems use.

And yes, they don't always have ETA's on repairs. Neither do other services. Just the other day, I was on the E train when it got stuck, because of signal problems on the line. (Apparently when it rains for 30 minutes, MTA lines can go down -- who knew?) They didn't give any ETA.

Same thing if you look at the Twitter feed for the NYC subways -- they just say "allow additional time."


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Yes, they make announcements in the station because everyone who rides the PATH is tentatively listening for announcements and not listening to music on his or her iphone....

I'm sorry, but you're just getting unreasonable. If someone on a platform is oblivious to the world, how are they supposed to learn about delays?

We're talking about mass transit, not a concierge service.


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if you are not giving me relevant info about PATH service, please get rid of the TV's and use that money to umm, let's say, improve service!

PATH gets paid for ad service on the screens.


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From your comments Dolomiti, either you have never rode the PATH or you work for the PATH.

Good grief.

Again, I take the PATH and NYC subways 5-6 times a week, and I've used many other mass transit systems. I'm just not the one standing on the platform, fuming in a barely controllable rage, because it takes the train more than 30 seconds for a train to show up.

And again, I'm not saying they are above all reproach. Only that they're basically on par with almost every other mass transit system I've used, and I've used quite a few.

Posted on: 2013/5/13 16:13
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Re: New PATH train schedules starting this Sunday
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corybraiterman wrote:
You either need to ride the MTA more, ride the path more or simply pay attention more.

I ride both 5-6 times a week. I've also had experience with lots of other transit systems.


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Again, Sandy is the simplest thing to look at...

Sandy is an extreme event. Discussing Sandy says nothing about daily service. Anyway....


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Somehow, the MTA managed to have regular normal 24hr service on every single line in under two weeks.

They were fast, but not every line was back instantly. E.g. service to the Rockaways is only coming on line now. There's still a lot of damage that needs repair. (MTA also didn't refund any monthly Metrocards...)

The PATH/MTA situations aren't comparable, because the damage was worse. Plus, Hoboken AND most of the Manhattan below 28th Street had no power. Hoboken was also so flooded that it was basically impassible for several days; the station was also completely flooded. Still, a great deal of service was restored relatively quickly.

NYC residents also had numerous other options, including several bridges and bus service, which helped mitigate some of the crunch. Unless you live in Fort Lee, your only option was the ferry.

So yes, it was inconvenient and unpleasant. But the difference in recovery times was also understandable.

Posted on: 2013/5/12 21:31
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