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  1. Jchambers2120

    Rockaway Beach Branch

    Trains do get “pushed” out of terminals early if both pockets are full and they have a train sitting outside the station that needs to get in. I can’t speak for the B div since I don’t work over there, but atleast over here in the IRT if you’re running hot especially if it’s something crazy like 5+ mins RCC is going to harass you over the radio to hold at a station with your doors open, or if you’re at a gap station they’ll (ATS) give you lights. They generally like to stick to the schedules/supplements though. & if you’re on the it doesn’t matter if both pockets are full at VC if you’re running hot. Your butt will sit st 238 until you’re scheduled to arrive at VC, forget about a push.
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    T/O #7604 Hiring Process

    Bus operators can take a promotion to train operator and return to their title within 1 year if they wish. Someone off the street who gets hired off this list can't just do what that person described to you. You need a CDL to become a B/O, for this title you need a regular drivers license. I don't know why that person gave you that info, but whatever. To put it short if you get hired off the street from this list ypu can't take a demotion to B/O Honestly the job isn't for everyone and it will be a major lifestyle change if you're coming from a regular 9-5, but the beauty of the MTA is you don't have to stay in one title forever you can always move up. I'm finding that I don't enjoy being a conductor and I plan on taking the next promo list to T/O or any other test I can to get off the road. There's ample opportunity down here to move up if that's your thing. "Fortunately" for me I have to be down here 30+ years just to meet the 25/55 requirement and I refuse to pound the road for that many years.
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    holding doors

    3) get taken out of service by a TSS for violating the rules and possibly get days in the street. I wish passengers knew how much they contribute to delays by holding doors, while by no means is the system perfect I'm willing to bet that 70% of time when a train is given a skip it's because of folks holding doors along the line. Thank god for local recycle.
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    Conductor 6601 Hiring Process

    Your last statement is also a point/tip. Always ask questions, especially when you're unsure about something. It's always better to ask what you may feel is a stupid question and get clarification than to wing it make a mistake and have a TSS waiting for you at the next stop and a Superintendent on the phone waiting to speak to you at the dispatchers office. To the hopefuls waiting just remain patient, there's been calls over the radio for conductors to work their RDOs in the A division. They need people. Understand what you're getting into too this job can be very demanding and dealing with the public isn't easy, especially when you're an introverted person like me. I see why people say take all the tests and move up asap, i can't wait to go up front.
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    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    As cash strapped as this agency is I doubt they'd be able to justify the cost of purchasing and installing FINDS when as Lance said the 2/5 lines are the exception not the rule in terms of sharing fleets. The combined strip maps aren't perfect, but they get the job done well enough. As a new hire working down here made me realize how "special" some of these passengers are and trust me a display ain't gonna help. Last week when I was working on the 5 the announcements were working fine and yet people still come to my window and ask me what train this is directly after the announcment finished playing. Ridership is typically lower during overnight hours and I'd assume that the majority of people traveling during those hours know where they're going and aren't tourists who need a map to guide them. @Trainmaster5 see why you like the 5. The crew office spoiled me last week with a straight job that was a trip and a half and cleared in Brooklyn. I plan on bailing to the B division the first chance I get, but in the meantime I'm going to say a prayer everytime I check the sheets lol I wouldn't mind working there.
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    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    How do you know the crew wasn't instructed via radio to hold at such stations form for x amount of time because of a problem on the road? @S78 via Hylan connections are viewed as a courtesy. During rush hours when headways are low it's discouraged since there's usually another train directly behind and holding for connections can plug up the road. We're encouraged to make them when headways are extended like during off peak hours whether or not there are holding lights in the station. Connections are especially important during overnight hours when trains typically run on 20 minute intervals.
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    Conductor 6601 Hiring Process

    There is no blood test/blood work. The urinalysis they use for medical is to check your blood sugar.
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    T/O #7604 Hiring Process

    Just have patience it's worth the wait. Just a heads up as a new hire you shouldn't be asking for OT especially since from what was told at orientation that you new T/O's off this list will have to start your probationary period over once the list is certified/established. If something happens on your RDO depending on the situation it will come back to bite you and can possibly get you terminated. There will be times where you will get forced OT for things like late clears and such, but don't jump out the gate with looking for OT. Learn your job and make it off of probation.
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    Conductor 6601 Hiring Process

    Today was a bit frustrating. I wish trainers would actually take students because they actually want to teach/help them, not just for the extra 2 hours of OT. Thie guy I had today basically only watched me for my first 3-4 stops and once he saw that I knew what I was doing he let me operate two trips for the most part without saying anything and didn't even pay attention to me he just looked at thr other side od the cab, or if he did it was basically criticizing me for doing what's taught in school car like the sweep, or "taking too long" during my platform observation. Smh. I hope to have more trainers like the guy I posted with on the 6 yesterday he was awesome. We pingponged stops and he kept talking throughout the 3 trips we did giving me pointers. If you don't want to teach then don't take students, don't act like you're on a mini vaca and let me work your job.
  10. The monitors are usually used at curved stations where it's hard if not impossible to observe the platform and close down safely without them. It would probably be hard to justify the cost of installing them at every single station when they don't need them. And even with the monitors it's still recommended to look outside of your window and observe because yeah it may look clear in the rear of the train, but you may have some passenger who bolted last minute to the next car from your position and and stuck their arm in the train (because lord knows my train is the last train on earth) now you're looking at the monitor and see the doors closed in the rear but you don't have indication for the rear section of the train. It happened to me today at Union Square. Also not surprised to see someone in here justifying an employee getting assaulted, yet they complain about the service smh.
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    Conductor 6601 Hiring Process

    It's alot different than what I expected, especially after getting talked to by the union ane the way they made supervision to be out as our literal enemies. So far I only had a problem with one TSS and even then he turned out not to be so bad since he was the one who ended up giving me my practical and he gave my class some good tips on how to be sucessful on the practical/down here for the rest of your career. I'll call him mr M. Since one of my TSS's went on vacation for a week we've had multiple TSS's come in and teach along with our other regular instructor and each person teaches different. One day I made a stupid mistake trouble shooting an improper zone because I wasn't paying attention and the substitute TSS mr G tore into my ass lol. I'm glad he did because it made me stronger in that area and helped me pass my practical, and one of my classmates ended up failing their practical because they weren't paying attention to their MDC. Mr G, other TSS's and even dispatchers when we went on tours to places like RCC were adament about me moving up the latter and taking every promotion available due to me starting at such a young age. I guess I can say that I like and am surprised at how much some people care about you and want you to succeed. Everything isn't ginger peachy though. As you can probably tell by the username I wanted the B div but I didn't have a choice since there's apparently a massive shortage in the A div. It's annoying traveling close to if not more than 2 hours each way to make it to my reporting location on time and going home, and I live close to the Livonia avenue/Eastern parkway lines already. Also dealing with the public isn't easy, but even if they're in the wrong you can lose your job if you slip up. There's alot of rules/bullentins that must be followed and ignorance is not an excuse. Overall I'm happy, I'm just trying to enjoy these last 3 weekends I have off since I won't see them again for years haha. Thank you! It's worth the wait time will fly once you come on down. Goodluck to you as well.
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    Conductor 6601 Hiring Process

    Scored 100 on my midterm passed my Yard Practical and recieved my posting papers. Hard to believe that my school car journey is almost over, it felt like yesterday when I was getting sworn in sheesh.
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    I keep seeing discussion about R142's from the beast going to the 6. So what happens when the road blows up on the west side and they need to reroute trains up Lex? Back to the R179's, I forgot if it was last week or the week before but when Inwas at Jamaica Yard I saw some 179 layups signed up as (M).
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    Conductor 6601 Hiring Process

    Some people drive there. Be advised though, if you get into a traffic accident on your way there or your car breaks down or something they aren't going to accept that as a valid excuse and you will have to write a G2. After two latenesses that's it, terminated. If you can take the train there you should do that instead, so long as that train was scheduled to get you there on time and a delay happens you'll be covered. Congratulations and welcome aboard just remember to avoid being late I can't stress it enough, especially at the days when you're at 248 since there's alot of Tss's and Superintendents there who will come visit.
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    Conductor 6601 Hiring Process

    Congrats to the June class and a special shoutout to @Bmpo7 for getting your letter for medical. Are most of y'all in the B div? I started in the July class and we're doing road ops on Monday.


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