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  1. ...and then the MTA would have a local example they could point to, to help convince other parts of the city that new elevated lines aren't going to destroy their communities. Since we sadly can't seem to build new underground lines for less than $2 billion / mile in this screwed-up city, elevated lines are going to need to be an option if the system is going to expand at all in our lifetimes.
  2. It makes sense to extend or branch the W, since that is currently the shorter line compared to the N. I really think the MTA should work harder to educate communities (like Astoria) on how much nicer an elevated line can be with new construction techniques. A new elevated line built today can be dramatically quieter and prettier than the old ones we currently have. I wonder how much easier of a sell the extension would be if they also replaced the whole Astoria line with a new concrete viaduct, like SEPTA did a while back in West Philly.
  3. There are some things that can be done on their end that help with security, like enabling newer Wi-Fi standards and disabling older, less-secure ones. But that is generally not the right way to think about it. Any public Wi-Fi network shared with other people carries some risk, unless you are using a VPN. You're absolutely correct that the relative ubiquity of HTTPS does make most things much more secure than they used to be, but... This is all false. It's closer to 90% of web sites that default to HTTPS. Public Wi-Fi carries way more risk than your home internet. And you are vastly underestimating the creativity of bad actors; they invent new ways to trick people into visiting the wrong web site every day.
  4. We don't. Not yet. But Cuomo leaving right now is just in time to open up that possibility, and serious people are wasting no time agitating to get it cancelled. One can hope.
  5. ...where everyone can get cellular service just fine. So again, what's the point?
  6. I don't understand how that will work or what the point is. What connects the train to the internet? There's no cellular or Wi-Fi in the tunnels. And if there were, passengers could just connect to that directly, so what is the point of putting Wi-Fi on the train?
  7. I can think of two reasons: It may have to do with viewing distance. LCDs are good for smaller text and closer viewing distances. LEDs — with much greater brightness and contrast — are better for viewing at a distance. I'm not sure an LCD screen would be as readable from the other end of the car. Also, I'm not sure anyone makes LCD panels in that size/shape. If anyone does, they're very rare. It could be difficult or even impossible to source replacements in a few decades. LED matrices, on the other hand, are very common in small modules that can be put together to form almost any size/shape.
  8. The digital displays in the interior (LCD and LED) all seem relatively low-resolution. Higher-res displays are not particularly expensive these days. With that said, they seem to have sufficient resolution to be highly legible. (Unlike the digital maps on platforms.) It will be interesting to see what they do with the square displays on the walls... whether they will just show ads or other info. I'm glad they went full-color with the LED signs on the ceiling. That's kind of a no-brainer given current technology, but still a big improvement over the current tri-color LED displays. Combined with the new full-color LED displays on the outside, now they can always show each line in the correct color circle/diamond throughout the train, which should help reduce tourist confusion. However I'm disappointed that the interior LED displays seem mis-aligned with the window, so the bottom gets cut off when viewed from below. The MTA should insist that Kawasaki fix that.
  9. I couldn't disagree more. I've been all over the world, and open gangways have long been standard most other places. They're great and people love them. When friends visit overseas, they wonder why we don't have trains like that. Other cities have homeless people and crime; NYC doesn't have any kind of monopoly on those things. Yet somehow open gangways work just fine everywhere else. I just don't understand that particular brand of exceptionalism that says "what works everywhere else couldn't possibly work here." It's why our "healthcare" system is such shit compared to every other country in the world. And I don't understand your specific arguments at all. If there's a stinky person, open gangways make it easier to move to another car without waiting until the next station. If you feel unsafe, open gangways make it easier to move to another car instead of being trapped in an unsafe situation. I'd rather have places I can go at any time... options. If the AC is out in one car, the other cars will help cool the whole train. It's actually better for all of those situations, IMHO. Or at least a wash, right? And a 15% capacity gain? Yes! Why wouldn't you want that? I predict most people that ride the open gangway test train will absolutely love it.
  10. The MTA has a habit of over-engineering things — its rails cars, especially — to be super durable. I imagine they found a material to cover the screens that's reasonably resistant to breaking and scratches. Such materials do exist. I agree that the yellow poles are hideous. But apparently there is an accessibility benefit, so there's that. I don't like the dark seats. IMHO, the small windows + dark seats are a bad combo for making this interior feel more dark and cramped than it should.
  11. That is interesting. I didn't know that. I also hate how the yellow poles look; too much visual noise for me. But I hate them less knowing it might help some people with poor vision.
  12. Thank you! I agree 1000% I cannot understand why the MTA wants to build a whole new line through that part of town and have it effectively duplicate the 6 instead of actually serving Alphabet City. Alphabet City is one of the largest transit deserts in Manhattan; this is a once-in-a-century opportunity to correct that.
  13. Hard agree. They keep getting smaller with each new train model, and the MTA simple does not seem to care one iota. The windows are practically portholes at this point. Will people even notice when their train is above ground? I wish someone at the MTA cared about natural light. There is no meaningful technical reason for this. There are plenty of ways to have larger windows with just the tiniest of engineering changes. It just takes someone giving a crap and making it one of the design priorities.
  14. I think it's 15 minutes at most places, and I'm pretty sure all vaccine locations do this; it's required. It's in case of an allergic reaction. It's extremely rare, but if it happens, it's obvious within 15 minutes. Some people are literally allergic to vaccines. That kind of allergy is extremely rare. Most such people already know they have that allergy and will be screened out before getting the shot. But just in case someone slips through, the 15-minute waiting period will catch those people so they can get an epi-pen, etc.

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