Worst Train System in US, PATH Train Increases to $2.75


I’m 100% completely and utterly confused about the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train line and what it is that the organization does in their working hours. Did that 25 cent fare hike yesterday just give half of PATH employees a 3 week paid vacation? Two weeks ago, PATH trains from Journal Square to 33rd Street were shut down for two days, forcing riders to go to WTC or to take the ferry or bus. Today, the PATH train running to 33rd Street was once again suspended with “signal problems.” Reading through tweets from riders, it was apparent that PATH uses cops and dogs to fix their so called “signal problems.”

Just for fun, let’s just do a quick comparison of PATH to the NYC Subway system:

Total Length of Tracks
PATH – 13.8 miles
Subway – 232 miles

Number of Lines
PATH – 4
Subway – 34

Number of Daily Riders
PATH – 240,000
Subway – 5.5 million

Most would think that it’s much more complicated to run the NYC Subway system, than it is the PATH system. Well, they’re absolutely right. But when you put a bunch of incompetent people in charge of something, you get the experience that PATH provides its riders.

Here are some questions that the riders of PATH train have for the PATH organization:

1) Why do you not communicate the truth about reasons that the PATH train is down?

2) Why are you not giving frequent updates to issues via the intercom on the trains and Twitter updates? For every 10 mins that the PATH is suspended, there should be at least 3 updates via the intercom and Twitter. Silence and poor communication is one of the PATH’s greatest weaknesses.

3) What exactly is the PATH train increase of 25 cents for? Especially when the PATH has frequent suspensions.

4) Why does it cost almost 3X more to run the PATH than it does to run one of the world’s most complex train systems, the NYC Subway? (FACT)

I think it’s time that the people in power (yes, we’re talking about you Chris Christie, Steve Fulop and Dawn Zimmer) start thinking about giving their communities alternative routes to work before the people get fed up with the public transportation infrastructure and take their tax paying dollars and lives somewhere else–like to New York. Wonder if a walking bridge from Jersey City to Manhattan could be the answer?

Electric Fist Pumps — NJ Should Welcome Tesla, Not Shun Them

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Our Garden State actually made Tesla Motors’s stock drop today…literally. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (@NJ_MVC) voted today (March 11, 2014) to ban the direct sale of Tesla’s vehicles in NJ. For now, Tesla will be forced to sell their vehicles through dealerships. NJ is sadly joining two other states on this banning, following TX and AZ (not to be confused with Texas Arizona, the bar in Hoboken).

Let’s discuss a few things here:

1) Possible ways that the NJ MVC could have come to this decision
– Did the current NJ dealerships lobby against Tesla entering the market here? It’s obvious that car companies (and oil companies) are starting to feel (if not already feeling) threatened by Tesla and the thought of cars not needing gas.
– Did the oil companies have a play in this decision?
– Does the NJ has a deep, deep desire to be grouped into a threesome with TX and AZ?
– Very not-so-bright people were put in charge to make this decision
– NJ would rather have its residents drive to CT, PA, DE and NY to buy Teslas

2) Reasons why this is a terrible decision
– NJ moves in the opposite direction of the US in terms of being more environmentally conscious
– NJ gets a bad reputation overall
– NJ shuts down the idea of entrepreneurship & innovation–the two characteristics that Elon Musk drove Tesla Motors toward success with
– NJ is giving sales taxes to CT, PA, DE and NY (when NJ’ers go there to buy their Teslas)
– Christie loses more points in his potential pre-presidential run

3) Potential Solutions/Reactions
– The feds jump in to reverse this decision (should the State really have a voice in this decision anyway?)
– Tesla fights (which I’m sure they’re already doing)
– NJ residents go out of state to buy Teslas
– People tweet/post on Facebook about how ridiculous the NJMVC is for making this decision

Please comment with your thoughts, questions and any other facts you can share. Also, we added a poll to our homepage to gather the resident’s view on this decision–vote away! More news on this can be found at CNBC and TechCrunch.