The Westchester section of the NY Times was downright packed with commuter articles yesterday. The lead story, Ken Belson’s A Turning Point For Transit, was all about what the trip to and from Manhattan will look like in the coming months and years, for drivers, flyers and train people alike.
Then came a story on commuting by bus, as opposed to car, before separate stories on what’s ahead for New Jersey Transit (fixed up stations and more food selections than a filthy Roy Rogers in Trenton), Long Island Railroad (a $500,000 online system for finding your lost umbrella and new armrests that don’t tear your trousers) and Metro-North (revamped stations for several river towns, a 4% boost in price come March, and–as you’ve all been waiting so patiently for–”more trains will be running from Hartsdale to Scarsdale during peak hours,” better linking a pair of stations that are all of 1.6 miles apart.
Metro-North riders can also look forward to cleaner cars, thanks to a “fully-automated cleaning center in the Bronx.” “We’ve had nothing like this before,” says Metro-North ace spokesman Dan Brucker. “The trains will be cleaned more often, and with more cleaning to them.”
Metro-North also announced a new “pantograph monitoring system” to oversee the connection between the shitty old New Haven Line trains and the overhead wires. The story doesn’t mention those old cars being phased out; I thought the New Haven Line was up for the modern pants-ripping M-7s in 2009.
Finally, this gem was unearthed up in the Metro-North story: Metro-North is working on a new signal system for the Danbury Line, as its trains “are currently dispatched by written and oral messages.”
That, and a hearty slap on the back from Sir Topham Hatt.