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Old 12-03-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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Also, if anyone has noticed lately, more than likely the NYC system will be facing HUGE HUGE service cuts ... they are more than $1 billion in the hole, and there has been talk about shutting down two subway lines entirely.
The NYC subway sans two subway lines would still be infinitely superior to the "L". Here's why:

1. The NYC subway system has much better coverage than the "L" in terms of distance and station spacing.

2. The NYC subway allows for multi-directional travel, including criss-crossing routes. The "L" is a star pattern, making cross-town travel difficult.

3. The NYC subway has more trains running more frequently on a longer schedule.

4. The NYC subway is faster. Much faster. I don't think I've ever seen a "slow zone" there.

5. The NYC subway connects neighborhoods that are denser and more walkable than many Chicago neighborhoods along the "L". This is a city planning issue, but it is deeply interconnected with transit planning as well.

6. The NYC subway cars are now more high-tech (though I miss the old stainless/orange seat interiors).
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:57 PM
 
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^^ oh, i don't disagree, i was just pointing out that the Super Awesome NYC System is also in financial dire straits.

now that i look at it, i guess it didn't exactly go with the comment.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Lincoln Park
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There is no denial that the current state of the economy has had its toll on the MTA. The difference between NYC and Chicago is that although the financial crisis has crippled nyc's financial system, the backbone of manhattan, there is still a lot more money in NYC than Chicago. As such, nyc will have an easier time to deal with the MTA's budget issue. Hell, just look at the mayor of NYC, $1 billion is just pocket change for a man named Mike Bloomberg of $10 billion.


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^^ oh, i don't disagree, i was just pointing out that the Super Awesome NYC System is also in financial dire straits.

now that i look at it, i guess it didn't exactly go with the comment.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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you ALWAYS seem to have problems with the Addison bus. it's always there within 5 or so minutes for me.

it just must not like you!

and yeah, what someone else said about the bunching ... there'd be a lot less if there weren't a bunch of crazy drivers in the way.
I saw the bunching yet again today. I see it about half the time I take the Addison bus (at all times of year.) Some CTA drivers heads need to roll.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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After a few years of express bus favoritism, I'm back on the Red Line almost every day. I just feel like it's more consistent. But I only take it at night now.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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This deal gets more disgusting as each new detail is revealed. Not only are there no more meter holidays, but we'll now have to feed the damn things on Sundays too. And if that's not enough, they are going to "standardize" the times when the meters are enforced. Translation: the meters that used to be enforced through 6pm will now be enforced through 9pm.

Add this to the list of "stupid things the city has done" that is pushing me toward the suburbs.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Sometimes, I think Daley is mismanaging the city big time when he has to rely on selling big assets of the city for quick budget money. I wonder if lots of money is going to cronies...
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:11 PM
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The lease was approved

Aldermen approve Chicago parking meter lease | Clout Street - local political coverage
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Lincoln Park
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Many of the meters in lakeview and lincoln park have required feeding on sundays until 9pm since a long while ago.


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This deal gets more disgusting as each new detail is revealed. Not only are there no more meter holidays, but we'll now have to feed the damn things on Sundays too. And if that's not enough, they are going to "standardize" the times when the meters are enforced. Translation: the meters that used to be enforced through 6pm will now be enforced through 9pm.

Add this to the list of "stupid things the city has done" that is pushing me toward the suburbs.
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:16 PM
 
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Roads are maintained by public funds..can they just turn that into a private parking lot? I'd be curious how this would hold up in court.
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