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  1. You're very welcome. The first time for me it was hard because I'm short but after sometime it becomes second nature. Just remember you have to keep three points of contact when you get on. The will show you how to do it. I'm not going to tell you not to be nervous because i was a wreck the first week. Just take your time, listen because the transit talk is going to be the most difficult (for me it was), and take notes. Those notes will help you later on when you are out on your own. Once your done with training and out by yourself everything that you learned in those six weeks will make so much sense. Trust me lol. Keep in touch.
  2. I'm sorry. Husky is the brand. I got one from Home Depot. You can google it and they have plenty to choose from. You can use a backpack but it has to have a removable strap because when you go onto the tracks in the yard, you have to carry it in your hand. I bought a bag from Amazon. Koolertron Canvas Rucksack. It's a nice bag with a removable strap. Monday-Thursday is pretty much orientation and you will meet your instructor on Friday to start. Training is only 6 weeks. Towards the end of your training you will post(hands on training) on the different lines in your division. You will have a midterm and final at the end. Like I said STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. I started in October and was out and on my own in the field the end of December. I'm on AM's and I love that your. I was nervous at first but I've gotten used to it. When you first start you're going to be all over the place on different lines everyday. It will be frustrating but take your time. Don't let anyone rush you and as soon as you sign in tell them that you're new to the line and they will usually have a supervisor ride with you.
  3. Ok so you should be good. I know when some people started they weren't allowed to pick. I guess some classes are different. I took everything with me everyday until they told me otherwise. When you go to the school (ps 248) you will get two more books that you will carry with you everyday and then your equipment will follow later. Get a bag that is comfortable to carry everything. I bought one of those Husky bags to start because your not allowed to have a backpack. You need something with removable straps cause you will be crossing the tracks in the yard. Once you get out on your own you can change it.
  4. I was able to pick my own division. I'm in B which is he letter lines. I'm closer so it works for me. They go by list number from lowest to highest. After everyone is assigned you get split into different classes in that division. It will be about 10 people per class per division. There are different classes for Conductors and Train Operators. When I first started I just wore some black timberlands and some people wore those ACG boots but once you go and select boots you have to wear them from day on. I wore them for months but I recently purchased a new pair that's a lot less heavy and more comfortable. They will explain how you can get alternative footwear.
  5. Hi, when I started I found me some button up shirts from the men section in the gap and I got some navy blue slacks from target. I suggest getting a few pairs of each because the uniform will take some time to come. I started in October and i'm still waiting for some shirts. The boots that you'll get will be heavy and hot and be prepared to carry a lot of equipment. Make sure you have everything with you everyday because they will check it. Also have a watch. Preferably digital because they only use military time in transit but any watch will do. BE EARLY, NOT ON TIME. They will drill that in your head from day one. If you are not familiar with the train system get familiar because you will going places that you probably have never traveled. Get a map and always have an alternate route because they will not accept you didn't know how to get here, there or anywhere. If you choose to drive, leave early cause you have to find parking at some of these locations. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY. Ask questions. Take notes. It's going to be hard at first because they speak transit talk but once you get in the field it will all make sense. Congratulations and Good Luck
  6. Does it anyone know the hours when you're training?
  7. Thank you sooo much Nae20. I've started reading the book I received when I was sworn in but it doesn't make much sense lol. I'm excited and nervous but i'm ready to start.
  8. Thanks, I definitely will They want you to get everything done as soon as possible. For me it took a few weeks cause I had to see my doctor and a doctor they (MTA)wanted me to see. As far as the blood pressure, I have no clue lol.
  9. @Prosperousguy89 I started the process in August but was on Medical hold. Had to get clearance from my doctor then I was sent to see a doctor that the MTA recommended. After weeks of going back and forth I finally got the call to come in for final processing. I don't remember my exact list number but it was in the 3700's.
  10. So its official. I was sworn in and I will start classes on October 26th. I'm so excited and nervous all at the same time . Anyone that has started the classes can you please give me a heads up as to what to expect. Thanks
  11. @stepurgamup, I did get the letter from my physician but for some reason I was still told that I have to see one of their doctors. I had an accident many, many moons ago. I guess they want to double check to see if I'm ok.
  12. had an accident years ago. I got clearance from my doctor and bought in the letter but they still want me to see their doctor.
  13. So there is going to be an October class? I really hope so. I went to 181 Livingston and did all the paperwork but now I'm on medical hold. They want me to see TA doctor. Waiting on an appointment now. Please, please, please. Fingers crossed.
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