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  1. This job isn’t for everyone. Or maybe he has other circumstances where he needs to go back to his former title. The material isn’t hard - just a large amount of things to memorize. You should speak to the school & your instructors. They will direct you to the proper person to talk to. Idk about how long it takes to place you back in your former title, but it shouldn’t take long (TA always works fast when it comes to saving their money).
  2. It seems like this happens every time a new YX class comes out.
  3. If you say so. Either way - it's not a regular technique I use anyway.
  4. I beg to differ. I've done pop & stops on R68's and boy those suckers slammed the brakes hard when I got under 5 mph. Every train brakes differently, even if it's the same type.
  5. Here's something you can do to get used to stopping at speed. Grab as much brake as you feel you need depending on the speed, and when you feel the brakes kick in, gradually release brake (not all the way). Do this enough, and eventually, you'll start feel how much you need and what speed your train should be going at a certain point in the station. This depends on your ability and comfort level. Example - for me; I can still be around 20 mph by the 8 car marker on new tech and be confident I'll stop. For SMEE, I prefer to be under 15 mph by the 8 car, then manipulate the brake as necessary. When they say "1 brake" in school car - they don't mean grabbing the perfect amount of brake to stop at the mark without adjustment. They just mean grab brake, and adjust it without going into coast. I suggest that you play around with this during road ops. Go into a station hard as you can, grab as much brake as you see fit, then start releasing slowly - if you feel like you released too much, you can grab back more. It's certainly a skill that you need to learn - so don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get it right the first hundred times. Also, when you're doing road ops, if you overrun a station - it's no big deal - so if it helps you get accustomed to the train, punch it and test the limits, I sure as hell did.
  6. You’ll find that a lot of material is not up to date.
  7. Those are old signals. Everything has been streamlined and all the signals are the same now. Only difference is which side of the track the stop arm is on.
  8. You will also spend a good amount of time in Queens. But for sure, less uptown & Bronx reports than the A.
  9. Definitely agree. I don’t encourage people trying to hide a mistake - that would just make the discipline worse if you’re caught in the coverup. Like Jchambers said; all it takes is the wrong person riding on your train and you’re caught. With all these ppl and their cameras, you’ve gotta be on your toes.
  10. Schoolcar for B div is longer than A div by approximately 2 months. Idk about turnover - but people can make more mistakes in the B division due to the sheer amount of points of no return. However, in that same vein, you can get away with more in the B division because it doesn’t have ATS like the A div which allows RCC to track you. Due to the B division being exponentially larger than the A div, I assume that it’s easier to pick a regular job. I don’t understand what you mean by flexibility.
  11. I agree that you have to be VERY lacking to fail the exam - BUT it has happened. Someone in my induction class failed, don’t ask me how. To what @adam223 said about seeing some dumb people pass and complete schoolcar - I see that and ask myself the same thing every single day.
  12. I know that from experience yeah. Sucks but what can you do.
  13. The answer to all of your questions depends on your TSS. Some TSS like the rulebook/signal guide definitions verbatim, while others like to edit out the “fluff”. As you well know - the definitions are written in lawyernese. From my experience - we hit up signals almost everyday. If we finished something and we have free class time - my TSS would start hitting us with verbal signal quizzes (no books allowed). During road days - 1 TSS would be in the cab with whoever is operating, and the other would be w/ the rest of the class reviewing whatever it is they feel necessary. Idk about the phone recording - but I’m gonna say that the chances of them allowing it are slim to none.
  14. Means Work As Assigned. Means they can have you do whatever is needed as long as it doesn’t exceed the WAA timeframe. However - a lot of the time - it just means you chill for a bit.
  15. You’ll get the rulebook as soon as you swear in, then maybe the 2 or 3rd day at the school - you’ll get all your school car books.
  16. It’s always good to have a base understanding of the signals. Just don’t delve too deep into it because the signal guide/rulebooks might not have it down how the TSS wants you to remember them. Also - schoolcar is a lot, but it’s certainly not that hard as long as you study and put the effort in.
  17. Don’t overthink it too much. The shade of gray doesn’t matter - as long as it passes as gray. Yes - wear your boots at all times on the clock - even if you’re just sitting in the school. Later on, when you go back to the school, they will expect you to bring everything (rules & tools), during schoolcar it’s best practice to bring all your books when you visit the school.
  18. Man I know that’s right lol. My partner on Friday WAA’d for 4 straight hours while I was doing a double transfer between JYD and CIY. Ended up 2+1 cause of that move.
  19. You about to be out on the road, don’t be too nervous if you end up with one of us rookies as your partner. Good luck!
  20. Be careful picking the division based on 1 line lol. Though, you might not even have a chance to pick. Someone in the July class was talking to me about how they put him in the A div while he lived in CI.
  21. Go get the gray shirts and dark blue pants. Why even risk getting called out for something so simple?
  22. Good luck to all the ppl starting Monday. My induction class will be @ the school on Tuesday for the final exam. Good chance if you want information about schoolcar from people who are about to finish.
  23. Alternate side parking right in front of the school. If that fails, you wouldn’t have issues finding a spot within a 2-3 block radius. Residential area to the west of the school, so you could find a spot there. I just suggest getting there early (0600-ish) to see if you can snag some of the spots in front of/behind the school, that’s what I did until I got my parking permit.
  24. That’s what I was going to guess.
  25. Patience and persistence. Keep in mind that you’re one of many people calling her for updates on medical emails and preemployment calls. She’s not gonna call everyone back.
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