Bradley Brashears

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100 Days & 100 Nights: Man Tracks Subway Issues During Daily Commute

March 14, 2019 - 1:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New Yorkers all know that the subway system is an unreliable mess most days, but one man has taken to documenting and categorizing all the problems he faces on his commute.

For 100 days, Bradley Brashears tracked every element of his commute from Astoria to Bowling Green, and back.

According to him, this included: “Train travel times, travel speeds, platform crowds and waits, station dwell times and the transfer time and extreme platform crowding at this station.”

Brashears is a transit advocate and says that far too often, between slow trains and long waits, the platforms became gridlocked.

“The stations were so crowded and so were the trains, that it was difficult for people to get on and off the trains,” he explains.

His travel documentation was released Thursday but the city’s Transit Riders Council. It details over 200 rush hour trips and highlights specific steps that could be taken to “vastly improve the journey for tens of thousands of riders every day.”

The report also includes analysis that “shows improvements under the Subway Action Plan and the Save Safe Seconds campaign” and includes a series of recommendations that “make the case for funding the Fast Forward plan.”

However, before the recommendations can move forward, the financially burdened MTA needs to find a way to dramatically increase funding.

In their plan to fix and fund the MTA, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have proposed a congestion pricing plan, which would toll drivers entering Manhattan’s central business district.

However, the plan has faced a slew of backlash from state senators upset that the plan does not seem to benefit the Long Island Rail Road or Metro North.

The state Legislature has until April 1 to consider congestion pricing as part of the budget.