Americas

New York Today: Snow Commuter Chaos, M.T.A. Fare Hikes, and Danny DeVito Day

(Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)

It’s Friday.

Snowvember record: The 6.4 inches that fell in Central Park was the biggest one-day November snowfall in at least 136 years.

1. Your commute may be a nightmare again

Brace yourself. Last night’s snow could be this morning’s delays.

Subways are running fine in the city, but as of 6 a.m. city buses are delayed systemwide, two New Jersey Transit train lines are suspended, and there are widespread lags in transit throughout the region.

In the city, the snow on roads is mostly melted. The sun will slowly poke through the clouds and temperatures will climb up to 44 degrees. A small relief — but wind gusts could reach 36 miles per hour.

Here’s how the commute is shaping up:

NYC subways: Normal. Check status.

NYC buses: Delays in every borough. Check status.

NJ transit trains: North Jersey Coast Line suspended. Gladstone line suspended for the day. 30-minute delays on other lines. Check status.

PATH trains: Normal. Check status.

NJ Transit buses: Widespread delays and cancellations.

Other bus lines: DeCamp buses are suspended. Check with your carrier.

Metro-North: Minor delays on many branches. Check status.

LIRR: Fine. Check status.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended.

In Thursday’s New York Today, we said the weather wouldn’t be so bad. But it was, and it caused chaos.

On Thursday night, the Port Authority Bus Terminal was too crowded to enter. New Jersey and Long Island trains were delayed in every direction.

Pedestrians stomped through icy cold slushy streets. Trees fell. Drivers skidded.

Traffic in much of the region stopped dead.

A bus full of special education students in the city was reportedly stuck for 10 hours. It took a city councilwoman nearly nine hours to drive home to the Bronx from Manhattan.

Also, at least 15,000 public-housing residents in the city lost heat and hot water.

What happened: Weather patterns changed and snow piled up, turning the roadways into slick slush trails.

I also didn’t remind you how finicky weather is this time of year, because I didn’t want it to be true. Blame Old Man Winter. Blame me.

2. Fares might go up. Service is going down. (That’s the good news.)

New: M.T.A. officials on Thursday announced details of proposed fare increases that they plan to enact in March.

To make matters worse, they warned of an additional 15 percent fare increase to plug a growing budget deficit. And yes, the fare increases may come with service cutbacks.

No wonder Jeff Bezos negotiated to get his own helipad.

Current M.T.A. costs:

Base fare: $2.75

Single-ride MetroCard: $3

Monthly MetroCard: $121

Express bus: $6.50

What the M.T.A is considering:

Option one: Eliminate the bonus for buying a pay-per-ride MetroCard, effectively increasing those costs by 5 percent.

Base fare: Keep at $2.75

Single-ride MetroCard: Keep at $3

Monthly MetroCard: Increase to $127

Express bus: Increase to $7

Option two: Increase the bonus for pay-per-ride MetroCards (buy 10 rides, get one free).

Base fare: Increase to $3

Single-ride MetroCard: Increase to $3.25

Monthly MetroCard: Increase to $126.25

Express bus: Increase to $7.25

Analysis: Your ride will get worse.

Threats of a 15 percent fare hike are rooted in reality. Uber, Lyft and unreliable M.T.A. service are combining to push down ridership.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo controls the M.T.A. He is also giving money to Amazon.

He’s going to be under pressure now to put together a new rescue package and to get the Legislature involved. And the Legislature is now completely controlled by Democrats, the party he leads.

In August, Mr. Cuomo promised, “I would support canceling the fare hike because the service is not what people deserve.”

But that was when he was campaigning for re-election.

3. Stat of the day: 100,900

That’s the number of fast-food jobs in New York City as of October, according to the Federal Department of Labor, The Times’s Patrick McGeehan explains.

Context: That’s down slightly from September, when the figure was 102,400. Fast-food jobs had hit new highs for six straight months before slipping a bit in October.

Why it matters: Employment in fast-food joints (the feds call them limited-service eating places) is considered the best gauge of the effect of the rising minimum wage.

New York’s has gone up fast — to $13.50 an hour from $8.75 just three years ago — and is scheduled to rise to $15 on Dec. 31. So far, the increases have not led to significant job losses.

4. The Newsstand

5. Can you support the Amazon deal, and be a progressive?

Colleagues J. David Goodman and William Neuman look at Mayor Bill de Blasio, who casts himself as a progressive champion.

“Yet Mr. de Blasio’s positions on real estate development, including his efforts to rezone large areas of New York City, have often put him in direct conflict with his political base, and stretched the distance between his rhetoric and the reality of governing.”

In an interview, Mr. de Blasio said blocking the Amazon deal would be a “huge mistake.”

6. What else is happening

R.I.P. Kim Porter: The former model, actress and mother to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ children died yesterday. She was 47. [Daily News]

Personal politics?: A city councilman who is pushing to abolish the position of public advocate is married to a woman who once sought to work there. [NY Post]

Amazon deal: An incoming state senator who previously worked in the Cuomo administration likened the Amazon deal to a “bribe.” [NY Post]

7. Looking for things to do?

Check out the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages, covering the whole week.

8. Metropolitan Diary: Spoonful a day

Dear Diary:

I was lucky to get a seat at Rite-Aid, where I was waiting in line to get a flu shot. An older couple ahead of me were being quizzed by the clerk who was reading from the Medicare paperwork. There was a section that required the listing of an emergency contact should things not go well during the procedure.

Watching them, I made two assumptions. First, that they were married; second, that each had listed the other as emergency contact.

The man collecting the paperwork, who must have gone through this routine a thousand times, turned to the woman.

“You didn’t fill in the blank describing your relationship to the person you’ve identified as your emergency contact,” he said somewhat mechanically. “What is that relationship?”

The woman took a short breath.

“Love-hate,” she said.

— Donald Hyman

9. And finally: It’s always Danny DeVito Day in Asbury Park

Here is a never-before-seen grade school picture of the Garden State icon Danny DeVito.

He’s the shortest one, obviously. (Thank you, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, for providing the photo.)

This Saturday, Nov. 17, is, literally, Mr. DeVito’s day in Asbury Park, where he was born and raised.

In April, the mayor and governor announced that they were honoring Mr. DeVito.

He celebrated the occasion by talking to our New Jersey correspondent Nick Corasaniti (a fellow “jadrool from Jersey,” he called him).

The actor said “there’s a little bit of Jersey” in everything he does.

So when power brokers in New Jersey said they wanted to honor Mr. DeVito, he knew how it would go.

“Of course, they first told me I could have a beach,” Mr. DeVito said of the honor. But, he said, “they reneged. So I said, ‘Oh, that’s perfect. It’s New Jersey.’”

Enjoy your Friday, you celebrity.

New York Today is published weekdays at 6 a.m. Sign up here to get it by email. You can also find it at nytoday.com.

We’re experimenting with the format of New York Today. What would you like to see more (or less) of? Post a comment or email us: [email protected].

Source: Read Full Article