2006_06_transittrax.jpgProbably realizing that many of its riders are listening to their iPods and not conductor announcements, the MTA has its own podcasts - TransitTrax:

We keep New York and you moving, and we're excited to offer you a variety of Podcasts that include service change information, getaways and deals, and behind the scenes interviews - all to help you get the most out of your ride or just to get to know us better. We'll be continually updating so there'll be something for everyone - whether you ride NYC Transit's subways, buses, Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North. Listen from your iPod, MP3 player, or similar portable device and let us know what you think.

Aw, it's all about relationship building - we can't wait for the podcasts about fare hikes, train diversions during storms, and what to do during a transit strike. So far, there five podcasts in three categories: Customer Safety ("Sick Passengers" and "Slip, Trips, and Falls" podcasts); In the News ("Preventing Track Fires" and "Lost and Found"); and Building for the Future ("Battery Park Wall"). We took a listen to the "Sick Passengers" podcast. Here's a partial transcription:

..But as you head down the stairs to the platform, something isn't quite right. Maybe it was the take out last night or lack of sleep. No matter, it hits you, that sickly feeling. so when the train pulls in the station, you've got to make a decision. should you or shouldn't you get on....
...In 2005, there were 911 sick customer incidents. responsible for 3,861 delayed trains...
...[NYC Transit] has EMTs posted at 6 busy stations across the system during rush hour - Grand Central-42nd St, 125th St-Lexington Ave, Bowling Green, 5th Ave-53rd St, Queens Plaza, and Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue...

It has MTA spokesman Paul Fleuranges narrating, along with actual radio transmissions of conductors diverting trains for sick customers and interviews with EMTs and nurses. Pretty informative stuff.

[Via Corie]