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The Subway Challenge

Like other great ideas, this one was borne out of a hangover, exhaustion, and the excitement surrounding the opening of New York City’s newest subway stations.

My brother, my college buddies Dan and Deaux, Deaux’s cousin Ian, and I spent the first evening of 2017 hopping on and off the Q Train to explore the three new Second Avenue Subway stations. Lined with different art installations, each station merited a stop.

At one point, as the five of us waited for the train to leave the 96th Street Station, our conversation led to the creation of the Subway Challenge.

Most people interested in a subway challenge these days just rely on it on a daily basis. Or if they are looking to get in the record books, they attempt to ride the entire system in one go.

Our’s is a more leisurely, neighborhood-y idea. Live in the city long enough and you will end up on every subway line at one point or another. But most of us get off the train long before it reaches the end of the line. And for every terminal like Coney Island that draws massive crowds, there is a 207th Street. For every World Trade Center, there is New Lots Avenue.

With this in mind, we decided that once a month, we would tackle a subway line. Meeting for a drink at the beginning of the line, stopping for food somewhere on the way, and getting a closing round at a bar near the last stop.

One Sunday a month, Dan, Deaux, Ian, myself (my brother lives in Vermont) and sometimes a special guest ride the rails. This will be the place for the stories from that ride.


7 Reasons Extending the 7 Train to NJ is a Bad Idea

7 Train is up for a promotion - Via New York Times

It must have been a nice change of pace over at MTA headquarters yesterday morning. After several news cycles of being hammered for for their poorly received pilot program to remove trash cans from platforms in two subway stations, a different transit issue captured the New York Post’s headlines.

The Bloomberg Administration pointed to a draft study touting the benefits of extending the 7 Train to the New Jersey Transit complex in Secaucus, New Jersey. Construction is on-going in extending the 7 from Times Square to a new station on the Far West Side, near the Javits Center. And one unnamed Bloomberg official said the plan to bring the 7 Train to Secaucus is “a heck of a lot better” than the cross-Hudson tunnel torpedoed by Chris Christie.

The idea of building a subway tunnel under the Hudson bubbled to the surface after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pulled the plug on the Access to the Region’s Core, a tunnel that would have increased New Jersey Transit’s capacity into Penn Station and provided a one-seat ride into Midtown for commuters coming by rail from Bergen County. Christie pulled New Jersey’s funding, which killed the project.

If I ran the MTA, The Count would most definitely be my numbers guy. "The next F Train will arrive in three minutes - ahh ahhh ahh" - Via Muppets Wiki

It is admirable that Mayor Bloomberg and his administration are interested in looking for an end-run around the loss of ARC, and in theory, extending the 7 Train sounds reasonable. On paper, however, it is far more flawed than ARC ever was. To illustrate this, I have identified seven…ahh ahh ahh…reasons why extending the 7 Train is a bad idea. Continue reading 7 Reasons Extending the 7 Train to NJ is a Bad Idea