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    It's also not normal to have a serious health and economic threat, only to have the feds do f*ck all to address it beyond a one-time check of a paltry sum to the people and constant giveaways to corporations (leaving individual states and families to fend for themselves), but here we are.
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    They were all last in service last Thursday, except for 6825, which was last in service last Tuesday.
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    That's a good point. I always forget how early those signs were printed without any double letters. As we know, even the R46s that ended up on the received only sticker signs rather than new rolls. It would make sense that they didn't too much with permanent signage during those years of flux, particularly given the fact the system was a mess anyway. I went to my list to check for dates on those rolls, and while I didn't find a date for the white N-Q-R rolls, I do know the black N-Q-R rolls are dated 1984. And there are pictures of R38s wearing new rolls as early as winter 1983, so the white ones would probably date to 1982 or so. And you're right, not a trace of a double-lettered route on either of those rolls – they were definitely planning ahead. I'm still mad I missed that 59th Street sign when it was briefly revealed. For what it's worth, a ton of those style signs (enamel attached to a steel mounting bar) are still in place, just covered by a couple years of new signs. That style was used beginning in the 1980s and into the 1990s, first with the 11" bullets and later with the new-style smaller bullets. Along QBL those signs are still in place with Standard text, just covered by a few metal signs. Along 7th and 8th Ave at some stations it's the same story with the newer later 1980s/1990s version of those signs, like that picture at 59th shows while they were doing replacements. And then there's the later-1990s style of enamel overhead signs that you see at a lot of lines still in place (for instance, 7th Ave on the or 207th St. on the ). I think the kept its 1967 color until even later, actually. I read somewhere that the 1967 PMS300 bullet was carried over after 1979 color switch and used for the AA/CC/E, and later in the 80s they modified it to PMS 286 (the slightly lighter blue used today). Who knows why or when.
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    Right, and in that same one, it shows about 3% of the accidents were actually caused by unsafe speed (even less than the percentage caused by pedestrian error). And driver inattention is the top cause, followed by failure to yield. The other thing is that I doubt in all of those cases, there was only one contributing factor for every single one of those 97 cases. (e.g. Unsafe speed and intoxication. You can maybe assume the person was driving fast because they were intoxicated, but that's not necessarily the case).
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    It would be more responsible to use actual statistics rather than anecdotes here. According to the NYPD's numbers, pedestrian or biker error was cited in less than 5% of fatal accidents last year. These accidents are primarily caused by drivers, point blank. The trope that 'bikers and pedestrians are at fault' has been disproven by police statistics year in and year out. For what it's worth, I drive in the city. I own a car, and I drive for work. The first six months of the year, I was driving a box truck or converted van 12 hours a day. You see a lot on these streets. I'm aware of the recklessness of bikers and pedestrians. Believe me that I didn't appreciate it driving a commercial vehicle without windows. But I also witness an incredible number of reckless drivers failing to yield or blowing lights on a daily basis. I constantly see cars cut off bikers, people open doors into the bike lane, taxis stop short, texting drivers not paying attention. If we're just doing pure anecdotes, I would say that the worst drivers far and away are Uber/Lyft drivers, who are even more reckless than cabbies since they believe it's their right to stop anywhere on the street. But that's just personal opinion.
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    I love those early design this version signage since i was little. I would design my own custom digital art from the present.
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    ALL OF THIS!!! I used to work at 19th/6th. I'd walk from the 18th St on the over. Everyday, this one bike rider would see the light at 19th/6th turn green for 19th and never stop. Then he'd see me entering the intersection and not stop. Once he almost hit me and cursed at me. Once he got off the bike and stepped to me to tell me how he felt. That was a painful conversation for him, in the end - if you catch my drift. ----- One night I was at that bar right by the Lorimer stop - the one across from the park (same block as Union Pool). Typical W'burg hipster on a cruiser bike decides the red light for Union Av doesn't matter, and she was riding the wrong way, and got hit by a box truck at ~5-7 mph. She rode away after cursing the driver out. ----- Every time I got off the ferry during the AM rush, there's always someone on a bike in that bike path that sees ~1500 people walking to State & Whitehall to either walk to BG or to their offices up Water St. And everyday these riders try riding through the throngs instead of stopping for us to pass. Few times they've hit someone and kept going. Then it's regular that there's some rider who sees people walking from BG downtown platforms to the ferry and ride through them - almost hitting people - instead of stopping or even slowing down. And the ones who don't use the bike path get even more mad that pedestrians are "in the way". Granted, NYPD not enforcing jaywalking ordinances gave us the pedestrian culture we have, and few of us would want to change that. But I'm not opposed to the idea of riders/cyclists having both enforcement and licensing imposed since they're just blatantly ignoring the whole requirement to obey traffic law - especially when a good number of car vs bike incidents can be attributed to riders/cyclists choosing to ignore the rules of the road. Same with car vs pedestrians since they're trying to cross between parked cars or behind visual obstructions that makes it impossible in many circumstances for drivers to avoid that collision.
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    Well, it's not exactly a company of heroes. (I expect the joke to fly over your head, but you really don't have to look far for one of Columbia's operators. In fact, one of said operator's clients is NYU.)
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    Damn, these are nice finds. Like MHV, I saw some of these pop up on your Flickr feed and had to investigate myself. Regarding the Queens Blvd signs at Briarwood and Union Tpke, I'm curious why it looks like the latter originally had three services and the former four when the number of services running to those stations was inverted at the time. Van Wyck Blvd had the E and F through 1988, which then became the R and F with the G added in 1990 as a late night service after the R was cut back to the 4th Avenue shuttle that autumn. I guess they could've covered over one of the lines with a blank at some point and then sometime after the Hillside Ave services were consolidated to only the F in Oct. 1992, the sign was cleaned up with a left-justified F. I do wonder if the G was ever on that sign though. The sign at Kew Gardens is even stranger as there was no reason to replace the original E and F that was already there as neither line was slated to discontinue serving that station. That bullet replacement at Broadway-Lafayette looks like it was a service sticker mistakenly used for an entrance sign. Note how the inner shading is slightly brighter than the surrounding bullet. For Hoyt-Schermerhorn, it looks like those service signs replaced ones similar to those found at Jay St in this photo. Jay St-Borough Hall (IND 6th Avenue / 8th Avenue) Collection of NYCSubway.org On a side-note, I wasn't aware those side platforms at Hoyt-Schermerhorn were in service at that point. Nothing ran on the outer tracks at that time to justify opening the doors to the outer platforms. @MHV9218 I believe there's a reason why there aren't many enamel CC signs floating around or captured on video, etc. The plan to eliminate the double-lettered routes was thought of way before 1985. The first batch of signs for the 16s - 38s after the trunk color redesign came out in 1981. This is the version that had the Broadway lines with white text on the signature sunflower yellow color. I wouldn't be surprised if the plan dated back to the Diamond Jubilee map design change, but wasn't implemented then due to budget concerns at the time. Too many trains were running with signs dating back to at least the Chrystie St connection, if not before. While the colors on some of those signs would be wrong when the trunk color design was put info effect, the route letters would still be the same if the double-lettered routes remained in operation. In regards to some of these signs' longevity, the ones at out of the way stations tend to stick around for a while. There were a couple of old service signs on the Pelham line that lasted until the 2010s renovations. Sometimes, they stick around well after station renos, like this one at 59 St-Columbus Circle: 59 St-Columbus Circle (IND 8th Avenue) - 04/22/2018 Flickr: Coney Island Av On another side-note, the reason behind some of the signs retaining their '67 colors well into the '80s was that it was close enough to the '79 design. There were plenty of gold N's scattered around with the teal E's. And if you looked close enough, one could find slightly different shades of A's and D's, but those were less noticeable since the '67 and '79 versions were almost the same.
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    The last heavy fog accident in Sacramento on Interstate 5 happened in my rear view mirror. I'm at the rear of a convoy of folks trying to get to Stockton in the morning. Maybe 1/4-1/6 mile visibility but we're doing 70 in a 70 in a stretch where it's 5 miles between exits. We're passing a truck convoy in the slow lane, and a Toyota Prius gets behind me - I just passed it and it jerks behind me like a cabby trying to get a fare on Madison Av. Right when we pass the truck in front, the fog rolls in heavy - we're down to 1/8 mile visibility or worse, the Prius panics, drops to 60. We all get clear of the convoy, we're staying in the fast lane to avoid conflicts with anyone merging in in the fog (safer that way), and I see the Prius swerving slightly in the fast lane behind me; then high beams flashing behind it. Prius swerves to the right, hits the first truck, then starts the chain reaction wreck. Point is that it isn't speed that causes wrecks or kills - it's people not paying attention or driving with others' safety in mind. Whether speeding, pedalling a bike, or doing 30 or 55 to save lives, if you don't operate thinking how to avoid hurting others, Vision Zero or any other road safety participation program will never work.
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    That's the problem, that there's a lot more to it than "Speed kills" and "Fast = Bad". There's reckless behavior on both sides (for example, bicyclists who run red lights or drive against traffic, pedestrians who jaywalk in clearly dangerous situations, or cross without looking both ways, and then distracted drivers who aren't paying attention and get into accidents, and then the super-aggressive drivers who do last-minute lane changes without signaling.
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    Well, it's Acockamamie. Don't expect anything more than disappointment.
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    Don't need to pluck out the grey if you just dye your hair grey like Anderson Cooper <points at head>
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    @WestFarms36 The BxM9 situation will be addressed soon, as Queens and Brooklyn express buses are still on schedule to have OMNY installed on them. I got a response today regarding my question. It wasn't done intentionally. Basically an oversight and they apologize for any inconvenience. We got about a month and change left before the year ends, so not much more time before we see it on all buses.
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    "We need express buses with their wasteful subsidy because we have no subways in the outer boroughs" "Don't build subways in the outer boroughs because it would change the character of the neighborhood" Okay.
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    I'm surprised that Academy's contract with NJT actually allowed oversight and auditing. (The NYC "private lines" never allowed the City to review or audit anything. In fact, the only audit I'm aware of was by the Comptroller, looked only at DOT's oversight and not at the companies themselves.)
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    Hell, I've read somewhere a good while back (not too long after the 2013 changes to some of our [as in, NYC's] bus routes) that Academy was pulling this shit with NJT, and even then I wasn't surprised..... smh....
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    Yes, I have heard about it from some BxM9 riders in the group, though not often, as College Point only covers some trips during the evening rush. Where did you hear that riders were kicked off? That should not be happening. I boarded a BxM2 the other day and the driver gave me a hard time because my phone wouldn't work with it, but when he tried the reader with his card it also didn't work. He never apologized for his behavior, so I filed a complaint against him. His tone was accusatory and I didn't appreciate him acting as if I was trying to get a free ride, as I have taken his bus for years and have always paid with no problem. Won't tolerate it. After I tried five times, I told him the reader didn't work and walked to a seat and sat down. He insisted that it was my card and not the reader, which wasn't the case. I would've happily sat on the bus if he decided to hold the bus and call the cops, and I would've said the same thing to them. Riders should not be kicked off if OMNY does not work. It's the equivalent of a broken fare box, and it is not the rider's fault if OMNY is broken. The whole point is so that people who don't have a Metrocard can pay for their fare. I had a long conference call about them eliminating coins on express buses some months ago, and even spoke before the board about it. It was not a popular decision with riders, but the 's response was not many people used coins on express buses, and thus allowing coins wasn't needed, so here we are. If they're going to make it more difficult for us to pay when we don't live near subway stations then it is what it is. There are some riders that have switched over to OMNY for their trips, and that is their right. They should not be penalized for that. I am going to reach out about this.
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    Can we arrest the murderer of T/O Gobles before we worry about the damn equipment? It's evidence in an ongoing investigation!
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    Folks. I survived the Hiring Freeze of 2010. I took the T/O Test in 2009, was number 56. Called October 2012. It has been said, ad nauseum, on this page by those of us here. Patience.
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    What are you talking about? Is this with regard to Country Clu- er, Staten Isla- uh, Floral Park's eternal bitching and moaning about public transportation?
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    To be fair this is strictly a problem with the NW as a specific extension option. And even then this was solvable given that this was a real proposal in 2001 mostly killed to pay for 9/11 rebuilding. There are numerous ways one could solve a problem with a western approach, like: LRT with its own ROW and some level crossings (only needs to be level around the runway) a dedicated two-way busway in the airport speeding up buses and allowing reasonable through connections onward to Flushing etc. But why comment your negativity and discourage others? Not everyone's on this forum for car assignments. Should we call the R211 and R262 threads "pointless" because there is no foreseeable money for those orders?
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    I am not optimistic in the least about this or other transit issues, but I feel the need to do as much as I can to demonstrate that the public is not overwhelmingly opposed to the project. While it would take a miracle to stop the project, certain things have to be in place to allow said miracle to take place. Just because it is hard to push for good transit and stop for bad transit, doesn't mean you should stop trying. I strongly disagree with the attitude of this post. Yes, the MTA, without Byford there, does not care about deinterlining. We all get it. But, if you discourage people from proposing ideas to make the system better, there will be no chance that anything ever gets better. It is unlikely that the system gets materially better in the coming decade, but there are passionate people on the forums who want to get into transit as a profession and make change. Just discouraging people from proposing solutions is a large reason we are in the awful state we are in right now.
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    The R160s include a diamond... the R160 in this video glitched to a <M> instead of Well if the MTA ever does decide to create a Culver Express service then I would presume it would be labeled as . This would probably be the only possibility where the R160s used the diamond symbol
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