Posted on March 10, 2022 at 11:03 a.m. by West Side Rag
By Molly Sugarman
Tube safety is improving, Andrew Albert told the Community Council 7 transport committee on Tuesday, March 8. Although unpleasant incidents still occur, they are less frequent, he said. Albert is co-chair of the committee.
The police, he said, will enforce the code of conduct: no loud music, no selling, no feet on the seats, no life on the trains. The code of conduct will also be displayed on electronic screens in stations so that everyone knows what is expected of them.
The key to this app is the 30 inter-agency collaboration teams who will meet the trains at their final stop and talk to any homeless people still on board. The objective of the teams will be to get people to find suitable housing and the services they need. They will even physically escort them to the shelters.
The question posed by committee member Jay Adolf remains unanswered: what happens if people refuse to go to a shelter? For now, said Albert, he doesn’t know.
Overall, metro ridership is up — 3.1 million — exceeding post-Covid projections, Albert said. But to attract runners, the MTA is considering offers for high-volume runners. Some of the ideas discussed are:
- After 12 rides in a week, subsequent rides are free until the following Sunday.
- A 20-trip commuter ticket for Metro North will save 10% off individual fares.
- OMNY card vending machines won’t be available until October, so purchases must be made at a chain pharmacy until then. This only applies if you want the actual card. If you use your phone, you can recharge it online.
- Eventually, OMNY will take over and the Metrocard will go the way of the token, but its lifespan has been extended until 2024.
- Discussions are underway for maps that will be suitable for commuter trains, metros and buses.
- Discount cards are not yet available with OMNY but should be this year.
To finance the accessibility of stations, facilities near metro stations will be asked to provide the necessary money. The 5th Avenue and 53rd Street station will become accessible through this program. It will be financed by the developer of a building on 57th.
Pedestrian protection by raising crosswalks by four inches will be discussed at the next Transportation Committee meeting, as requested by Committee Member Rich Robbins. The project would enhance the white stripes, forcing cars to slow down and making pedestrians more visible.
Where raised crosswalks aren’t possible, such as along bus routes, Robbins wants to install reflectors, “cat’s eyes,” that will remind drivers to slow down.
Committee members want to hear from an expert about restrictions on the location of these security measures. Department of Transportation representative Colleen Chattergoon suggested the committee select five intersections for a feasibility study.