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  1. I have a better idea. Delete My Account. Anything is better than listening to whiny NYCT personnel deny the inevitable.
  2. Just thought I'd check in and see how you guys are doing down there, and rethink how you approached me when I tried sounding the alarm. Do you still believe I was fear-mongering?
  3. I agree. I feel like Cassandra right about now. I'm done.
  4. The shutdown of commerce would be devastating to the WHOLE state's economy. I would never wish that upon anybody. Those conditions alone could cause an explosion in poverty (which has happened before). You guys KNOW your situation isn't financially tenable. Stop pretending that it is. I wish things turned out differently for you guys. I think y'all got a raw deal. You completely ignored my Rockefeller remark. I thought that with Byford, maybe you would see some much needed change, but given that he was pushed out, it's clear you cannot. Don't ignore Byford's departure as if it doesn't factor in. It absolutely does. If you're going to rebut my concerns, do so without assuming how I think. I know that some of you are employees. You're less inclined to believe me because I no longer have a stake in the city's affairs (which I admitted in my status earlier this week). You don't have to. But at the very least, stock up on some precious metals because there's a reasonable chance your pensions could be at risk. I wish I was wrong. I really do. I don't do this to spread fear. I'm saying this so you can prepare. But if you don't want to, "this is fine."
  5. I spent three years up close and personal with the city, its residents and transit system. My bias is informed by real suffering and real-world experience, not second hand comments. My experience, however, does make me understand why Upstate resents the MTA so much. I just wonder why you guys allowed Rockefeller to do what he did. This is why the MTA's hella insolvent. While the lights will be kept on, this isn't sustainable financially, and I repeat, your debtors will come for you.
  6. I never said service was going to get cut by order. I have absolutely no one in my ear. I literally admitted that in the first reply. My concern was the dynamic. Given Byford's departure, the Coronavirus pandemic, the MTA and Cuomo's denial in what led to his departure, a series of unfortunate events will occur by which the MTA will be cancelled. If it doesn't occur by order, it will by actuality. What I meant by debt vultures are those who hold MTA bonds. The moment any of them waver, those pensions will go the way of St. Clares, but one hundred times worse.
  7. MTA workers are already beginning to get sick and there's a huge drop in ridership. I was just in NYC this past Monday. My bias does not make the reality any different for those below I-287. People are gonna get "railroaded". https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/new-york-e2-80-99s-mta-takes-a-ridership-hit-as-investors-hang-on/ar-BB11pZLE https://www.forbes.com/sites/marleycoyne/2020/03/20/23-new-york-area-transit-workers-have-tested-positive-for-coronavirus/#3cd7565129a5 I'm not making anything up. Stop pretending that this isn't real.
  8. It's clear that this topic hits close to home for many of you, and you're correct, my concerns aren't substantiated. I stand by my suspicions, however. The debt vultures will swoop down eventually.
  9. Pretty soon public transit is gonna be shut down in the city. I hope none of you took my prior warnings too lightly that the city is experiencing a manufactured crisis. https://www.nyctransitforums.com/profile/15602-masstransithonchkrow/?status=30470&type=status
  10. There's one here: https://www.berkshirerta.com/PDF/BRTA-shelter poster.pdf
  11. Pittsfield's Train Station is member to the Lake Shore Limited class, which facilitates connections between Chicago and Boston, making stops in the Mohawk Valley and Finger Lakes.
  12. I found a resource here. It seems to be an archaic drop down based version.
  13. I haven't lived in the Berkshires since 2012. I've only been to Pittsfield Intermodal once. However, I will attempt to locate resources on their site and see if I can plop them here.
  14. A further testament that New York City is where dreams get stolen (as opposed to becoming true). We're so far gone from Carrie's New York. Another theft is bound to happen in three weeks of EPIC proportions. Again.
  15. It's possible I didn't. Could you give me the index so I can catch up? Thanks.
  16. Making money was never the goal. The [very rich] people holding onto that $40bn of debt are gonna get rich at the expense of the MTA by this summer. Byford's actions would threaten their payday. It's why he's out. Kiss those pensions goodbye. St. Clare's was a warning shot to the sorry state of retirement in New York State. A similar dynamic is playing out in Miami, Honolulu and Seattle.
  17. One way to explain the lopsidedness of the subway system...
  18. The upward mobility of Boroughers is at grievous risk.
  19. The city nor the MTA is not interested in dealing with its homeless problem. Even the attempts at cracking down on fare evasion are being labeled by advocacy groups as 'poverty crime enforcement'. How can they not notice? Such conditions make it ripe for a coronavirus outbreak. This is by design. As I said in previous posts, NYC is in a controlled breakdown. I was previously homeless and sought the subway as a refuge, but as a paying customer. Those who pay should never be forced to leave. I was still receiving help to pay for my rides so I could meet employers and landlords. Found myself in an inescapable Catch-22. I fled Upstate because the cost of living is lower and the transit system is not a mess. NYCT bleeds three times the size of CDTA's budget in fare evasion every year. With a good paying job, you could have $23K left over AFTER taxes. #FleeNYC
  20. I raised a similar concern in Subway Off-Topic. At this point, with all the dysfunction in the MTA, it's not a good standalone move. What needs to change is the guidance previously given by Cy Vance with regards to fare evasion, which is a blow to any attempt to curtail it. IMHO, I felt that service needed to be cut where fare evasion was most rampant (great business move, but advocacy groups will cry racist and poverty discrimination). Absent any radical intervention, y'all will suffer the same fate as St. Clare's. Further, the management structure of the MTA makes it seem alien to both the city that depends on it and the suburbanites who are forced to fund it. Let's be frank - the MTA isn't going to get better. I see you guys going bankrupt in three years, tops.
  21. Then I guess it's an ASN block (which is reasonable, as it it wards off DDoS attacks, which often use ASNs like Leaseweb. I just don't feel OK giving local DNS overlord MCI my information.
  22. At this point, one of three things is gonna happen: 1) Deep service cuts are going to happen, prompting mass outrage. 2) Pensions will be cut, prompting mass outrage. 3) Fares will go up steeply, prompting mass outrage. If the MTA remains insolvent for one more fiscal year, one or all of those things will come to pass. Something's Gotta Give.
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