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NYC / CT Area Riders(7 posts)

NYC / CT Area Ridersrs1115
Jul 16, 2002 6:52 AM
Has anyone ever used the MTA North bike pass? I want to start commuting once a week from the city to West Point and take the train for the return leg. Any suggestions or comments.

Thanks,

rs
re: NYC / CT Area Ridersohmk1
Jul 16, 2002 6:58 AM
you can't ride during rush hours-but that might depend on which way you're going. Of course you'll need a bike permit (5 bucks). FYI, I'm not sure, metro north goes to west point go to:

http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/mnr/
re: NYC / CT Area RidersSintesi
Jul 16, 2002 7:40 AM
Metro North

(212) 340-2176 Permit required, available at Grand Central terminal ticket window 27 from 6am to 11pm; mail-in applications also available online. $5.00 one time fee. No bikes during rush hours (call for times for your station) and holidays. Weekday limit 4 bikes per train. Bikes permitted at all times on weekends; limit 2 bikes per car and 8 per train except special bike trains, available on all lines

That's the policy, my experience is it's all up to the conductor. I only ride weekends but I've never had a problem, they've been accomodating and have even opened up exclusive cars for cyclists if there is enough of us. However, if the train is crowded they probably will frown on bikes on board. Talk to your conductor but I think as long as you aren't obstructing people they'll let you bring the bike.
Check out NJ Transit as welljose_Tex_mex
Jul 16, 2002 8:56 AM
Bikes: http://www.njtransit.com/cs_ride_bike.shtm
Train Schedules: http://www.njtransit.com/cs_ride_bike.shtm

Check out NJ transit. I know they go from Hoboken to Harriman (Sloatsburg, Suffern, Tuxedo). You could always catch the PATH train to Hoboken.

They do not require a bike pass. You may bring your bike on during rush hour only if you are going against traffic - west bound in the AM, east in the PM.

You will want the Bergen Line.

Give them a shot - they might be able to help.
re: NYC / CT Area Ridersrs1115
Jul 16, 2002 11:06 AM
Thanks for the information.

rs
Thanks for the information. (nm)rs1115
Jul 16, 2002 11:06 AM
I have had a MTA bicyle pass for 5 yearsbuffalosorrow
Jul 16, 2002 12:45 PM
Restrictions from MTA bicycle permit:
Weekdays
Outbound from GCT
Bicycles will not be permitted on trains scheduled to depart from GCT between: 6:00am and 9:00am and 3:01pm and 8:15pm

Inbound to GCT
Bicycles will not be permitted on trains scheduled to arrive in GCT between: 6:00 and 10:00am (12:00 noon on the fridayafter Thanksgiving and New Years Day), and 4:00 and 7:00pm

Weekends
There are currently no time or train restrictions for cyclists on weekends, however, since fluctuations in ridership are greater on weekends than on weekdays, train crews may restrict bicycles if a particular train is crowded.
(meaning they can deny access, but from my experience will direct you to what train to board)

I have not had problems with the MTA conductors. NJ transit, one the other hand is difficult. I have witnessed some real messes, cops escorting unruly people and one unruly man with a bike. My girlfriend has been declined to board the train at 11pm and told to wait for the next train in the December freezing weather. Another NJ transit tip, you can not ride durring rush hours, conductor makes the call depending on passenger volume, carry a cord to tie your bike to thier sporadic bike tie mounts. From my experience NJ transit conductors have a zero tolerence for anyone.