This sign was on a 6 train I rode this weekend.
Personally, I believe the sign is so right and the value we are getting for our money now a days is just out of sight.
I spent the day roaming around Manhattan and decided to go home to my dad's house in the Bronx. I haven't ridden the number 6 for a long time and wanted to relive my elevator train days. Unfortunately, the memory of the trips did not equal the trip I took.
I got on the 6 only to discover that the train was only going to 138 St. I got off to wait for the next one. The next one came and had the same destination so I took it to 125th St where I figured I could either get another 6 or change for the 5 and then take a bus ride that would be slightly longer.
No other 6 came so I hopped on the 5, thrilled to be on the real train of my youth. I looked forward to gazing out the window as the train sailed through the south Bronx. I was thrilled to remember the stops in order, Prospect, Intervale, Simson and then Jackson, the stops before the numbers began. I was eager to see what was the same and what was different.
The first half of the ride was just as expected. There were a few new buildings along the way and the train stations all have pretty stain glass windows in parts. However, the train did not run all the way to my stop and we were all forced to get off at 180th St and hop on shuttle buses for the rest of the journey. The trip that should have taken me 45 minutes now took close to two hours.
So now you can see the value I have gotten for my $2.00 ride. I got to ride on three trains and two buses. I got to travel over an hour extra and all for the same fare.
With value like this, the MTA should be charging $5.00 a ride, not the measly $2.50 they are planning to charge.