Ahh, December and the MTA. Remember 2005 when they were giving holiday bonus rides because of some fabulous surplus? Then the transit union was on strike mere weeks later? Oh, if only this blog existed then…I get misty just thinking about it.
Various fares are scheduled to go up December 30, but in the spirit of the season I want to say something positive about the MTA. Starting last Friday, it is now possible to transfer from Lawrence Street – MetroTech to Jay St. Borough Hall in one fell swoop. It means that all the folks in Brooklyn taking the A, C, or F can transfer to an R, and magically they will be at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in two more stops.
Will this transfer make your Manhattan friends say, “Oh, I heard about this new transfer. I will totally come out to Brooklyn to visit you now.” Probably not, but on the other hand, there are far fewer stairs at this new transfer point than there are at the 9th St-4th Ave stop in Brooklyn when transferring to the F. And if you previously ventured into the outside world to walk between the two downtown Brooklyn stations, you can stay underground and reasonably warm.
And for those of you who just took an F to A and then transferred to a 4 to get to the Museum, an entire train has been eliminated.
During these harsh days of winter it is good to plan ahead so that you spend the least possible amount of time outside. And if you are really cold, look at the information about the increasing fares. That should raise your temperature a few degrees.
Photo: Taken Dec. 21, 2005, this was my traveling outfit during the strike. Santa hat resulted in rides with strangers to work everyday, and kept me warm on the cold walks home.