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  1. Can we arrest the murderer of T/O Gobles before we worry about the damn equipment? It's evidence in an ongoing investigation!
  2. RIP to Track3 on the 42 St shuttle. Its final run was the 2358 Times Square to Grand Central for 11/6/20, car #s 1930-1946-1953-1951. This train is now getting transfered to Livonia Yard and the new platform at the Time Square end will be built over the tk 3 roadbed. Aside from some work trains over the next couple weeks, track 3 is now a piece of history, going back to 1904 when it was the uptown express track.
  3. Yes and Yes. Two reasons. #1 so that all trains still on the road can be cleaned in terminals without interference of those who refuse to leave the train preventing the cleaners access to the entire train, which leads to #2 which is to have legal standing to get the homeless out of the system (since NYPD didn't want to enforce the "subway service is for essential employees only getting to and from work) they can now enforce the "the system is closed and you are now trespassing" without any ACLU's crying that they're targetting the homeless specifically).
  4. You give someone a choice - ride the express train but the likelihood of picking up the virus is there, or ride the local and be absolutely safe but it might be a couple more minutes, and that tells you why the and are the packed ones. I can only imagine how the Flushing riders are dealing with no express whatsoever.
  5. You can speculate on what weekend service will be, but things change day to day (and the MTA website is NOT doing a good job updating things anymore) and it's all based on crew availability. I can tell you for a fact that the service headways listed on mta.info on Tuesday and Wednesday this week were completely different than what was actually running, and as we transition from AM to PM crews, it could get much better or much worse for the rest of the day. Remember that there are many crews who work the during the week and might be on the or on the weekend. The had by far the worst turn out for crews this week, but they may do better over the weekend. Also less senior people work Sat/Sun and many of them don't have an assigned job or location. Also there might be enough senior people looking for overtime to completely fill these weekend jobs. My speculation is that most lines will be running their regular weekend schedule.
  6. My random thought for the night: defying my best instincts, I've actually been reading fantasy plans on this forum the last couple days (since there really isn't anything better to do with my free time lately than screw around online). And the impression I keep getting is that many of you have absolutely no consideration for the train crews and what their job entails when they are off the train. There are certain places that can not be used as terminals. Just because you can turn a train there doesn't mean you should. Cutting back runs so that both destinations are locations that don't have crew facilities (even great men have to pee sometimes!) is cruel and inhumane. And in these times of social distancing and the city refusing to do anything about assaults against employees, how can you have an entire line worth of crews have to stand around on the platform, having no place to even sit down or eat their lunch, until they are ready to make their next trip? Even when non-terminal locations are used as temporary terminals for a GO, it will always return to a regular location and their time at that temporary terminal will be at best to drop back to the second train arriving. This is exactly why 205 on the is not a terminal and the crew change is done at Bedford Park. Likewise when the goes to 86 St (or the to Ave X for that matter), the crew change is at Kings Highway which is equipped to handle multiple crews (but NOT Kings Highway on the which I know is a miserable place for everyone involved to end at).
  7. You are talking about two extra stops which takes less than 5 minutes. The crews would also be able to use a real crew room where more than one person can use the bathroom at a time, as well as a real dispatcher's office with a computer. Also trains at Brighton Beach don't have to relay. This is the third time today where I've responded to a fantasy GO where the author isn't taking relaying time into consideration. You know with GO's like this the road T/O is gonna have to relay one end of the train. So they're gonna be on the train even longer than if you just let them continue to Brighton Beach.
  8. See above. MIght I also add that in the time it would take to relay the at 215, it could have completed the trip up to 242. So once again I ask WHY would you want it to end at 215 and force essential employees commuting home to take 2 buses?
  9. No. The Bx7 stops running at 1am and the Bx9 doesn't stop at 215. They're already scrambling to get the shuttle buses on the Lenox Ave line covered. And why on earth would you want to make 215, a location with no crew facilities and not even a dispatcher's office, a terminal?
  10. All of the NTT's work in the ABBA, ABBBA, ABBBBA unit configuration. You can also substitute a C car between an A and B.
  11. Well I hit a timer my first day working the line (which also happens to be the most overrun signal on that line) and I'm still working here. Since I was still on probation it was treated as a learning experience, along with a "now don't do it again!" warning. There are 100 different reasons for being late. Pick one and you're fine.
  12. False. R142's can run in 4 to 6 car units. The middle car in a 5 car unit doesn't actually provide anything to another car. It's always the B car next to the A car. When the C cars were ordered for the R188s, these were lighter cars missing a number of parts for the "A-B pairing". With those cars, they actually pass through on both ends so that the A and B cars between them communicate. This is why the C car is always found between an A and B car in a unit, and once again the B car in the middle of a unit don't marry with any other cars (as to the question of why they didn't just have two C cars on the new orders, my best guess is consistency with the R142A's which were converted?)
  13. In case you've been living under a rock for the last week, there was a really bad fire at 110-Lenox. With this GO, there can't be service running on the Lenox Ave line so that the station can be repaired with unhindered track access. As I stated above, there are not enough midnight crews to run 137-New Lots on a reasonable headway and at this time we're having enough trouble filling regular jobs, let alone create GO jobs. So gets suspended, the runs down the east side to Flatbush and that leaves the as the sole West Side service on the midnights, as well as the only service who can make the Park Place-Atlantic run. The M55 is already free, so can be used to go Chambers to South Ferry (and no, there's no work being done on that portion). Due to lack of midnight crews and no GO crews being hired, this 242-Atlantic service will run at a minimum of every 30 minutes.
  14. Over the weekend the was running 60 minute headways between 137 and New Lots on the midnight. All they had available were the 6 shuttle crews that are normally out of 148 to 42. Since the was running down the east side, that meant 60 minutes between trains at Park Place-Hoyt.
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