Originally Posted by SobroGuy
At this point I want to avoid the fare being raised again. And if possible, I would actually prefer closing the subway from 3-5am (for example, it can be 2-4am or something similar) to save money/clean and maintain the station rather than cut any regular service or raise the fare.
I am willing to be without the train for a couple hours at the dead of night and just take a cab or make alternate arrangements. What do you think?
I would rather the MTA eliminate all unnecessary services, and if they can't fill the gap with that, then they should raise the fare.
For example, in my neighborhood, there are buses running down Richmond Avenue every 3 minutes or so during rush hour. If they reduced the service to operate every 5-6 minutes, that would reduce the peak
ff-peak ratio, and reduce costs.
I also think that the MTA should be trying to maximize ridership on express bus routes, by offering off-peak discounts to, again, reduce the peak
ff-peak ratio (say, lower the off-peak fare to $4.50). A lot of express routes run virtually empty off-peak because nobody wants to wait an hour for a bus when the local bus that brings them to the subway runs every 10 minutes.
Out of all of the service reductions that were made in June, I think that these were the only ones that shouldn't have been made:
The elimination of the X16, X18, and X29
The elimination of the X37/X38 (they are being brought back this summer)
The elimination of the weekend Bx34 (the Bx16 should've been extended to Fordham Road all times as a replacement)
The elimination of the B71 (it should've been extended to South Ferry to increase ridership)
The elimination of the eastern section of the B4 and B64
The elimination of the B39 (it should've been combined with either the M15 short-turns or the B24)
The elimination of the weekend B24 (it should've been split at Woodside and had the southern portion combined with the B39)
The elimination of the southern portion of the M98.
The elimination of the weekend M50
The elimination of the weekend Q31
The elimination of the Saturday Q76
The elimination of the Q79.
While this may seem like a long list, most of the service reductions were justified ridership-wise.