Friday, June 27, 2014

Armageddon is Coming

Reported in Newsday earlier today: A Long Island Rail Road strike is now more likely than ever, union officials said after a hostile bargaining session with MTA that broke off abruptly in less than two hours.

Both sides should be ashamed of themselves.  Get your sorry asses back to the table and hammer this out.  Stop playing with thousands of livelihoods.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

There are RULES! Subway Edition

I've spent a lot of time talking about the Long Island Rail Road, and haven't given nearly enough attention to the NYC subway system.  Therefore, in this post we'll explore some subway rules.  But before we get started, here's a photo of the interior of a typical subway car, for those who do not regularly ride mass transit.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

LIRR Workers Potential Strike

Long Island Rail Road workers are threatening to walk off the job if they don't get a new contract and a big fat raise. I'd like to see them get jobs in the private sector and try this tactic.

I know little about unions and how railroads operate, but I really wish there was some competition.  Seems to me that most everyone lives lean and a few fat cats get fatter.  

Maybe it's more like the private sector than I thought.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Have a Seat

Today on TheTrainInVain, we're going to talk about train seat maladies.  Every now and then, whether you're on a newer M-7 train, a double-decker, or an older train, you'll come upon seats that are not desirable for your derrière.  Let's look at a few.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thoughtless in Stereo

On the train, suffering in stereo. A lawyer behind me is conducting trillion dollar deals on his phone, and a woman in front of me is detailing relationship problems.

Not in the mood for it, I've asked both to keep it down, and received smiles of appreciation from others. The quiet lasted a minute before their voices crept back up. 

Headphones aren't helping. My best hope for peace is a targeted two-pronged meteor strike.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Ironies Of The Quiet Car

I sat in the quiet car to Manhattan on Friday.  The quiet car is usually pleasant in the morning, given that the majority of riders are veteran commuters.  Calls and electronic noise are at a minimum.  People respect the RULES.

I've noticed that the quiet car has several ironies.  But before I explain what I mean, I need to clarify some things for the non-commuting reader.  The quiet car is always the west-most car.  Since trains go in two directions, the quiet car is the first car on west (NYC) bound trains, and the last car on east (Nassau and Suffolk County) bound trains.