We have all been here. That thing you depend on for the important things in your life, and suddenly you keep getting kicked down the proverbial stairs. I would say the last 6 months have really been the turning point in this relationship and well… Enough is enough! As I sit and type this I am yet again reminded of how this relationship has become a one way street and I’m ready to throw in the towel. Day in and Day out, it is the same story. Does not matter what day, time or season ….. Left alone late night just waiting, rush hour let downs, stuck between stations, you take my money and run. What in theory should take no more than 20 – 45 minutes has now turned into 1.5 – 2 hours…… MTA I am tired of your foolish ways!!! A transportation system that when running efficiently takes me all over the city! Some days I even hit 4 Boroughs (sorry Staten Island). What used to be an “every so often” thing has now become an everyday occurrence .
(Ex: of just one of the dark lonely platforms)
What gives? I buy my monthly pass thinking of all the places I will go, and how wonderful it is to have a transportation system in place to take me everywhere – who needs a car? And then it happens. Bright eyed and bushy tailed I step onto the train and off we go. Express you say? Don’t mind if I do! Then the dreaded slowing down….it’s ok though because at least we are still moving right? Then we stop, and we crawl, we stop and we crawl. :::insert Charlie Brown Adult Voice::::: wah wah wah wah::::….. I’m sorry what did they just say? Signal problems? Track work? Train Traffic Ahead? Wait I’ve now been on the train for 30 mins and I’m only at the first stop?!?! Express train, I think not. Now I’ll be real – for the sick or “unruly” passenger I get it. MTA this not in your control. But all this other delay nonsense……I call bullsh*t! Hours of my day go by wasted – literally hours lost! Have you read the article about how New Yorkers spend most of their time working and commuting? (If not see HERE). Generally speaking, I’m a pretty positive person and try to find the good, but I’m grasping at straws right now. How do fares keep increasing and yet things get worse? Ok, ok, so “thankfully” there is now some limited wifi so I can occupy some of my time but really I would much prefer getting to my destination on time over some extra social media meanderings.
I’m beginning to wonder if this is some sort of divine intervention. That this is a sign that I need to make my bike my main mode of transportation. Training for 100 miles in the desert of Death Valley, CA is certainly not going to happen sitting on a Queens bound subway!
Taking the streets of Manhattan by bike is a summer goal of mine and I’m taking this subway ride as a sign. I know Memorial Day was this past weekend but summer doesn’t officially start till June 21st. So as I muster up the courage to take on Manhattan traffic, will I muster up the courage to end my relationship with the MTA???
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