Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The New York Transit System Is One Big Amusement Park

Sure, it's easy to criticize San Francisco's Muni. It's less reliable and extensive than New York's MTA system. And the escalators at BART/Muni stations get clogged with human feces.

But at least it doesn't charge by height.

In San Francisco, kids only have to pay a transit fare after they turn 5 years old. The price is 75 cents  or free depending on your income level (vs. $2 for an adult fare).

In New York, kids have to pay a fare simply for being too tall  specifically, 44 inches. And there doesn't appear to be a discount for youths. (Someone please correct me if I'm reading this wrong.)

The MTA's slogan is basically, "You must be this tall to pay for this ride."

Because Elliot is a little tall for his age, he's already dangerously close to the 44-inch cutoff. (The picture above was taken several months ago, when he was safely under the limit.)

You also can't bring more than three kids on the subway without triggering the fare requirement: "Up to three children 44 inches tall and under ride for free on subways and local buses when accompanied by a fare paying adult."

So if one of our three kids brings a friend, I guess I'm paying full fare for them. That seems unfair, since bringing four small children onto the subway is definitely punishment enough.