Freezing Morning Commute Attempt

This morning I suffered the WORST commute I’ve ever had in my life! The temperature was at the freezing mark, but it felt like -5F with the windchill factor when I woke up. When I headed out to work, it felt like 7F. I was running a bit late because I left something & had to go back for it, but it was just a few minutes. I missed a train as I approached the station. There seemed to be delays but that’s no surprise to me anymore. I just didn’t expect it to be like it was.

The next 2 train came in packed like a sardine can. There was just enough room for one person to get on, but Bag Man, who I hadn’t seen in a while, bypassed me & got on. After that a string of 5 trains ran on the local track & stopped at my station (it doesn’t stop during rush hour). I lost track of how many stopped, about 10-15 minutes between each one. I could’ve gotten on one, but then I would’ve had to either switch to the 7 train which has the passage of hell to get to my job, or walk from Grand Central, which would force me to put up with the freezing temperature longer. Plus, a woman who was waiting with me part of the time kept going back to the station worker who told her a 2 train was coming. They were all 5 trains that came.

When yet another 5 train arrived, I lost it. I let out a colorful string of choice words I had to the subway system. I had waited on the elevated platform, exposed to the elements for an hour!! I called my boss on the verge of tears because I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes. I ended up going home to warm up & took half a personal day. Even by the time I made it to work, by feet were cold.

Today has been the coldest day this winter, hopefully this isn’t how the rest of it will be.

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Happy New Year 2016!

Hope you all enjoyed yourselves as you rang in the New Year & that you had minimal subway headaches, if any.

Yesterday, I went to my sister’s new condo for the first time. She needed help with my toddler nephew while she worked from home. My other sister & I got up super early to make the trek up there, since we had to take the Metro North in addition to our subway line. When we got to her station, we decided to cab it since it was a 20+ minute walk to her house. We ended up ringing the New Year there & stayed the night.

Coming back home we ran into a couple of hiccups. My sister was going to Long Island so she called a taxi to take us to the Metro North station. It took longer to arrive than the dispatcher had told us, but she managed to catch the express train to Grand Central. KM & I had to wait for the local train, which luckily was only 3 minutes away. We walked to the back of the platform to avoid getting on a crowded car. Apparently we went to too far back. When the train came into the station, the conductor told us we needed to go further to the front. We got on & settled in our seats. When the ticket collector (don’t know what else to call her) came to punch our tickets, she told us the train wasn’t stopping at the station we planned to get off. The station she suggested would’ve left us on the opposite side of the Bronx, so we decided to get off at the stop we used on our outbound trip. But that meant we needed to be two more cars towards the front, so we walked between the cars.

Once we got on the 2 train, we thought the rest of our ride would be smooth, but no. At East 180th St, the conductor announced it would bypass the rest of the elevated stations in the Bronx. Supposedly, there was another 2 train directly behind it. That proved to be a lie, the next train was a 5 in 7 minutes, with a 2 train estimated for 10 minutes. I was cold, tired, & starting to get hungry. We ended up grabbing some fast food after getting off the train & were glad to be back home.

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Subway A-Holes!

I posted earlier on getting around during the July 4th festivities. Well apparently the people thought this weekend would be great to not have the 2 or 5 trains run between 3rd Ave-E 149th St to E 180th. That means no train service at my station.

Of course the shuttle buses offered as an alternative doesn’t run on a schedule. I ended up taking the BX19 bus, planning to take it to 3rd Ave-E 149th St. As it approached Hunts Point, I realized I could take the 6 train to 59th St, then switch to the N or R trains to my destination. Even with all those transfers, it would be faster than staying on the bus & dealing with chaos at 3rd Ave-E 149th St. 

Luckily the 6 train didn’t have any service changes, other than skipping 103rd St. But when I got off at 59th St I saw signs saying there was no N/Q/R train service. I managed to get back on the 6 train I had gotten off, but in another car. I was the last person who could fit in it. I got off at 28th St & walk over to my destination. Somehow I managed to get there earlier than the original time my best friends & I planned to meet. They were both running late because of service changes on their train lines, too. I just waited for them at the north end of Madison Sq Pk. 

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Weekend Train Woes

Yesterday it took me almost TWO HOURS to get to midtown from the Bronx. Why? Because the 2 & 5 trains weren’t running by me. Why? Because they were doing construction in my section of the lines, in both directions. Instead I had to take a #2 shuttle bus (the 5 trains weren’t running at all & I was going to the west side anyway).

The thing about taking the #2 shuttle bus in my area is that those buses run along a portion of the BX19 bus line, so it causes traffic congestion. Not to mention that they don’t run on a schedule. Which means you can wait ridiculous amounts of time because they are few shuttle buses running or they get packed like sardines so you have to wait for the next bus (or the second, or third bus). If you’re lucky, two or three #2 shuttle buses arrive at the same time, but that makes for inefficient service. Sometimes you end up taking the BX19 bus just to get going, but that’s a long ride to the 3rd Ave-East 149th St. Not to mention you’re paying an extra fare, though I use an unlimited metro card so it doesn’t affect me.

I ended up taking the second #2 shuttle bus, since the first one had the “Next Bus Please” sign (even though a some people, including a couple with a massive stroller, managed to squeeze in as people got off). When we approached the intersection where the bus would turn onto E. 149th St, we saw the massive traffic jam with several #2 shuttle buses, as well as the BX4 buses whose route goes down that street. I was running late already, so I got off & walked the two blocks to the train station. I reached the station before the shuttle bus did. When I went downstairs there was chaos & crowds of people trying to get past the platform doors. I bypassed them by swiping my metro card at the turnstile. Someone yelled at me that I didn’t need to pay, but I got onto the platform faster than if I had gone along with the crowd thru the open doors. I got a good spot & got on the train, which arrive three minutes later.

I was late to meet my best friend, KM, but arrived just in time for the show we went to see.

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Incoming Uptown & Downtown 5 Trains

Today I took my dog, Julie, to get her nails trimmed, after several postponements. I take her to the grooming salon at the Union Sq Petco. That service is extremely limited in my area of the Bronx & I wouldn’t trust the one place I found close to my apartment.

So I took the 5 train, which is finally running on weekends again, though only at 20-minute intervals. Here are pictures of incoming uptown & downtown 5 trains at my stop. You can see the next downtown 2 train at the previous stop.





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