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  1. I just double checked the NOE for #7604, and qualifications are HS diploma or equivalent, drivers license valid in the state of NY and the one year work experience with the same employer. So looks like MTA lowered the required work experience but added the drivers license requirement.
  2. IIRC, the requirements for the last exam which was held by DCAS were HS diploma or equivalent and five years full time work experience. Seems like MTA lowered the requirements for the most previous exam only requiring a drivers license and one year full time work experience with the same employer.
  3. YX means yard extra. You’ll be out on your own working in the yards or station switching for about 2 months. You can use this time to work OT/RDO if you so wish. Whenever a dispatcher asked me to stay, I stayed lol Road ops you will be back with your class and instructors (may or may not be your original instructors) and operate a different line each day for 2 weeks. One week on midnight another week on AM.
  4. Yeah like a few have mentioned, the instructors want you to pass. One wants you to be “warrior status” and wants those signals “platinum” (those who have Lois as an instructor will understand). If you do bad or fail it also looks bad on them. Like my class we still have 9 out of 10... one left for personal reasons
  5. It’s subjective. If you put in the time, both signal tests will be a breeze. If you don’t, then well, you will struggle. During YX, I just reviewed the material once or twice a week, like while riding the train or while eating (I used a flashcard app on my phone so I didn’t need to take out my rulebook or any index cards.) TBH, just like after my first practical, after my first signal test, I was like whew it’s finally over and wow that was easier than I expected. For me the hardest part of the second signal yet was physical, my hand cramping when writing out all the definitions lol. Good luck to all you guys out there.
  6. Gotcha. I’ve seen some folks use a tool pouch or small toiletry bag (running joke in our class we call that a murse) to keep their tools together so it’s all in one place.
  7. When you get assigned your instructors they can assist with getting the leather holster for your brake handle, cutting key and reverser. Some TA guy makes it on the side. Im the opposite of you. I didn’t get one because that’s extra weight on my belt (I use a duty belt) and when I’m on the road I will always have my bag with me.
  8. Oh I meant the class number when they separated you all into groups of 10. Like TA-9X or TB-9X. Maybe I’m jumping ahead and they didn’t assign you class numbers and instructors.
  9. When you were at 180 did you look on the wall to see if they had the work history form? They usually have blank forms on the wall for all kinds of things. But me personally since I needed more work history sheets than what was given to me, I removed the staple, scanned the forms, printed whatever additional sheets I needed, filled in my info, scanned them and placed the staple back in with the extra printed sheets “loose”. When I handed it in to the HR personnel interviewing me, I just told her I needed more sheets so I made copies and they didn’t say anything.
  10. Congrats! Just curious, what is the highest class number? Wondering if they went into the hundreds or started back in the single digits.
  11. You should do that after you’ve signed on because if anything happens, you could be SOL.
  12. This is one of the reasons why some dispatchers are reluctant to assign solo work to folks in YX. It’s unfortunate but if you’re unsure or not comfortable ask the dispatcher, TSS or a senior T/O. I’ve encountered a dispatcher where they will just task you the tedious job of changing signs on train(s) because they’re not comfortable with YX folks doing anything else. I’m sure you’ve heard this a hundred times but you really are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t take notes during schoolcar station switching, yard posting and yard familiarization... or at any point during your training/career. When in doubt, take a full service brake, take a deep breath and reassess.
  13. They will redirect people to Montague if they show up at Livingston.
  14. I felt the same way. There was no way (at least for me) that I was going to remember all that material in 3 weeks. An that’s just to get into the phase 1 of unpaid training.
  15. I got this bag. Just an FYI, empty the bag is already fairly heavy like 4 lbs. But I would use it when I travel as well since it’s got a padded compartment and enough room for a few days of clothes. https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Outdoor-Products-Jumbo-Modular/dp/B0051OTSN0/ref=mp_s_a_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1543559447&sr=8-11&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=fox+outdoor&dpPl=1&dpID=511e7kLFj2L&ref=plSrch
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