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  1. Those contactless readers were installed as part of the EMV upgrade to the ticket vending machines, which the MTA is four years late to the game on. It is not related to OMNY. All of the ticket machines on LIRR and Metro-North will be replaced with "Configurable Vending Machines" as part of OMNY around 2023. The MTA's maintenance contract for the TVM's expires in 2022, at which point the machines will be about 10 years beyond their design life.
  2. The UniTickets should just be flashed to the bus driver. There is an endorsement on the front of the ticket that differentiates it from a normal ticket....where you see the printed "MTA" logo on the face of the tickets is replaced with a block with text in it, like this: I'm not surprised nobody seemed to know anything about the UniTickets, with such poor coordination between trains and buses, hardly anybody uses them. Just 422 monthly NYCT/MTA Bus UniTickets were sold in all of 2018.
  3. The responsibility disclaimer does complicate their case, but in no way invalidates it. Just because the LIRR says they're not responsible it doesn't mean those few sentences absolve them of any potential guilt. If I put a sign on the door to my office that says I can't assume responsibility for any inconvenience, expense or damage resulting from me shooting you in the foot, and then I shoot you in the foot, am I now free of any responsibility, because I had the sign on the door?
  4. There is some merit to the idea...the LIRR does have the most expensive one-way fares in the country...if fares were brought down to the same level as express bus fares (where a one-way fare is close to $5.86) and commuter rail commutation pass holders were given transfers to subway or bus routes, then it can be pretty reasonable. Lowering fares to $2.75 like the City Council suggested last fall is a little too much, I think. By my figuring, lowering LIRR fares to express bus levels within the city (and to all the other fare zones on Long Island as well) would result in about $82 million in lost revenue each year. That could be more than offset if the LIRR ditched their 18th century fare collection system and went to something like Proof of Payment.
  5. Again, who cares? All those other people in the other public sector jobs you claim this happens in also have no standing at all to complain once they return to work that next day after the first time they've been 'falsely accused', they've given their implied consent that they've weighed the pros and cons and consider this acceptable going forward. If it's not something that makes you want to look for another job, then who cares? In my line of work I bear tremendous liability for what I do, and I take on far more risk and have a lot more too lose than someone who works for a public agency, since the ultimate liability for railroad workers rests on the railroad itself, not the individual person, since you'll always have someone you can try to point your finger at. But I'm confident in my training and experience, and I consider it an acceptable risk for the work that I do, so you won't hear me complaining on and on about it. Nope, that doesn't fly. You represent the company you work for in the performance of all of your duties and in everything you do, on and off the job, and therefore, you bear just as much responsibility for the actions of the company you willingly work for and the way your company conducts business as anyone else above or below you. If you don't like the decisions your company makes or the way your company conducts business, you're free to seek employment elsewhere with a different company that has goals and values that are more aligned with yours.
  6. If it's that concerning, then why don't you find work elsewhere? If you think that management is out to get you and that's such a pressing problem that you resort to complaining about it and purchasing secondary insurance to 'protect yourself', then surely you can find a job elsewhere where you can be more comfortable in your work. If you've weighed the pros and cons and still decide to continue working for an agency that you think treats you unfairly, then that's the decision you've made on your own, and you've forfeited any standing you had to complain about it. Last time I checked nobody was forcing you to work for the railroad and you could leave at your pleasure.
  7. Again, who cares? All you need to tell them is to do their job in a correct, safe, professional, and customer-friendly manner, and they'll have nothing to worry about.
  8. What's the big deal? Who cares how many people are watching you...if you don't do anything wrong, the entire train can be managers or supervisors and you won't have anything to worry about. If you go about your work in a safe, courteous, and professional manner at all times, it makes no difference at all. For people who are supposed to be working in safety-sensitive positions you and Mr. Truckie seem awfully concerned about getting caught doing things wrong and what happens when you get caught....
  9. A public agency is supposed to hold their best interests with the taxpayers, not the employees, so don't go thinking it's going to be an entirely different world. Even if you think that their best interests might not be with the taxpayers at this moment in time, that's the way it's supposed to be, and it can be forced to revert to that at any instant. Remember that the public agencies are still in business today only because of substantial financial subsidy from the state, a substantial subsidy that the state is not required to provide. While the waste and excess may be considered acceptable now, there may come a day when the state can no longer support such large subsidies, and then all the fun will end very quickly.
  10. Out of service insurance is secondary insurance that pays out when people are removed from service without pay for failing to follow the rules that they are expected to follow. It's entirely voluntary and not necessary if one follows the rules. Did the conductor in this example ask the passenger in a polite, courteous, and customer-friendly way? Probably not, which is why the passenger complained. The conductor shouldn't be enforcing things that aren't against the rules. If you don't like the rules you're expected to follow, perhaps you should find a different line of work...
  11. The transportation agencies do not have a monopoly on difficult jobs. You're far from the only person working on holidays, during severe weather, or outside of normal working hours. There's been many times I've been in my office or at a hospital into the early hours of the morning, during storms, or on Thanksgiving or Christmas, and I do that because it's what's best for the people I work for, not because I'm getting paid overtime (because I don't).
  12. Overtime for things like special events or an overall shortage of people is one thing, but lots of overtime because they're "covering for absent coworkers" or for staying during "frequent service disruptions" is unacceptable, and should be minimized whenever possible. But businesses in the private sector do not to any of this with taxpayer money. When your company receives substantial governmental subsidies, you're rightly expected to play by different rules. If the various agencies wanted to become financially solvent on their own to the point where they no longer require taxpayer subsidies, they could do whatever they wanted and I wouldn't care. But until then...
  13. Both Hunterspoint Avenue and Long Island City stations are already on the Main Line.
  14. LIRR service effectively stops a little after 1:00a and doesn't resume until around 5:00a. The only difference is there are a few extra trains right around 3:00a that close the gap slightly, however those trains don't service all stations. Since the gaps between those trains is longer than the Maximum Vehicle Headway outlined in the Title VI service standards (which is 60, 90, or 120 minutes off-peak depending on where your are), you cannot really consider the LIRR a genuine 24-hour system. Continuing typical off-peak service throughout the night would not be impossible... since nowhere near the entire fleet is necessary for off-peak frequencies, getting trains cleaned and inspected will not be an issue.
  15. What do you not understand? This is not difficult. It's multiplication and rounding, things you should have learned in grade school. Half the time things are rounded up, half the time things are rounded down. Ticket Vending Machines give change in dollar coins and quarters. They're not going to modify the TVM's to dispense dimes and nickles for change just because someone doesn't want to grasp the elementary concepts of multiplication and rounding.
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