Transit Sam, Week of June 5, 2014


River-lock strikes Lower Manhattan once again with closures at the Hudson and East River crossings.

In the Battery Tunnel, one tube will close 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction in the other tube. Expect delays at the neighboring bridges – the Brooklyn and Manhattan namel

Another Thursday night of Hudson River tunnel trouble: in the Lincoln Tunnel, the New York-bound tube will close 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, as will one New York-bound lane in the Holland Tunnel. The Lincoln Tunnel closure will send drivers down to the Holland, which will be slow because of its own closure.

Public schools are out on Thursday for Anniversary Day, which will make for lighter a.m. commutes. Take note that they’ll be back on Friday, as the summer break doesn’t start until June 26.

M.T.A. service changes on the Broadway line: there will be no trains at N, Q, or R stations 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. N trains run only in Queens and Brooklyn. Q trains run via the D line to and from the 57th St. F station. R service ends early in Manhattan and Queens. Make transfers at Queensboro Plaza, 5th Ave/42nd St.-Bryant Park, Jay St.-MetroTech, and Atlantic Ave.

The Little Italy Pedestrian Mall will close Mulberry St. between Canal and Broome Sts. and Hester St. between Mott and Baxter Sts. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through September.

The Gumball 3000 Rally will close the pedestrian plaza at Fulton St. between Front and South Sts. and the curb lane on South St. between Beekman and John Sts. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

From the mailbag:

Dear Transit Sam,
I’m one of the early Citi Bike adopters and signed up for an annual membership last May. I received an email from Citi Bike Thursday, May 29 notifying me that “[My] Membership Expires This Week!” I figured I had a few more days before it actually expired. Later that day, I tried to take out a bike from a station on Grand St. at West Broadway, and got a red light. I tried three other bikes – all red lights. What gives?
Marie, Lower East Side

Dear Marie,
I had the same problem! I got that email on Thursday as well, and tried to take a bike out from the Petrosino Square station. Red lights for me too. I called Citi Bike, and they told me my membership expired on Wed., May 28. I told them their notification email came too late, and they agreed that they should’ve sent it out earlier – for example, “Transit Sam, your membership expires next Wed., May 28.” Get this – they also told me I should have called them when I had the trouble getting the bike out and they would’ve allowed me to take one! So an F for lousy notification, but a better grade once you get someone on the phone.

Stay tuned for my full Citi Bike review, one year later, online next week at!
Transit Sam

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One Response to Transit Sam, Week of June 5, 2014

  1. minerva durham

    I wrote this poem this morning, dedicated to you, Transit Sam:
    To Transit Sam/ / Rolling your bike/ Down the ramp at / Petrosino Square / Are you a triumphant General / Rolling along the/ Champs-Elysee? / / / The plundered Art/ Do you already regret it? / / / As for the future: might the / Elderly problem be solved / By cyclists running them down / And rolling over them / For two extra points on their citi@cards?

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