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  1. Here's the TLDR version of this: the IND focused way too much on putting the competition out of business, so much so that once they replaced the IRT and BMT equivalents of their services, they ran out of money for the actual expansion part they planned back in the '20s and '30s. Let's take a quick look at everything the IND built in its decade of true existence: The granddaddy of them all, the 8th Avenue line, was built primarily as a replacement to the IRT's 9th Avenue elevated. It only becomes its own line above 155th Street where it practically flanks the upper Broadway line to its terminus at 207th Street. The Fulton St line, especially its original section between Court St and Rockaway Av, was a direct replacement for the BMT line running exactly above the subway line. The last trunk line opened by the IND, 6th Avenue, followed the exact same plan where it was built to replace the existing elevated line above. In a similar vein, the Concourse line was built to replace the IRT Jerome Ave line, just as the Culver line between Bergen St and Church Av was built to eventually replace the BMT's version that ran partially via the West End line. In fact, the only true expansions of the subway built by the IND were the Queens Blvd line and the Crosstown, the latter of which aligned in such a bastardized way that it misses all of the important connections. Sure, many of these lines are well used today and have much more capacity than their original counterparts. The fact remains however that very few of those lines really expanded the system beyond its pre-1930s borders. Had the city actually made more of an effort towards subway expansion rather than kneecapping the IRT and BMT with subway lines practically on top of the then-existing elevated lines and a five-cent cap on fares across the board, we might actually have seen a more expansive subway system.
  2. That's true, but doesn't it then become a last leg issue? I mean, cool beans if the final destination is within walking distance to the ferry terminal, but I imagine there would be plenty of those who still have to hop on a bus/train to get beyond the waterfront, which doesn't really solve the problem but rather just shifts it elsewhere. Also, on a side note, the ferry network really needs to be tied into the MetroCard system. Yeah, I don't really care that its replacement is "a couple of years away". Nobody's going to pay double for a ferry -> bus/subway ride because the city and state can't play ball together. That sounds good on paper. As it stands, Forest Hills is the primary limiting factor for the line here, so as long as those extras do not terminate there, it shouldn't be a problem on that front. However, the holding delays problem does rear its ugly head once again due to track layout. While Manhattan-bound locals can switch from the express track to the local one west of 71 Avenue, that is not an option for outbound service. All local service to Jamaica must arrive on the outbound local track, which runs right into the presently terminating locals there. Had there been a similar track layout to the Manhattan-bound tracks, this would be a non-issue. The problem is that the planners never envisioned a scenario where Queens Blvd locals would become Hillside expresses. As for your other point, this all sounds like another case of "we can't change how we do things because that's how it's always been done", which is a really ignorant way to run things. As long as those train doors remain closed, it really shouldn't matter than the "out of service" trains would still use "non-revenue" track.
  3. While that may be an option for some, shelling out $13 on the daily for the express bus is likely not an option for most present riders. You're right in that there are no perfect solutions to this. However, I don't see how sending everything and the kitchen sink to 179 Street is a better one. Also, I don't know why you're so dead-set on this split thing. It was slightly amusing at first. Now it's just plain annoying. Nobody's going to call for this split service to stop the service from being reduced. Not when there are perfectly better alternatives like sending a few trains to 96 Street to keep them out of the way of the Queens-bound trains. Also, if that is not an option, they can send some trains to 95 Street. There's absolutely no reason to rearrange the entire system to fix a problem that does not exist.
  4. Maybe she has some investments she's really concerned about. Seriously though, that's what happens when announcement recordings are done years apart with little concern on how the newer recordings will mesh with the older ones. Most likely out of towners. People are way more familiar with Houston, TX than they are with little old Houston St in Manhattan.
  5. Lance

    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    I'm going to respectfully disagree with you there. I highly doubt the average rider is paying that much attention to the map that they'll notice the Livonia Ave line is above the Canarsie when it should be vice-versa. Isn't it that "watch the gap" announcement that makes the whole sequence extra long? Remove that, push the playback cue about fifty feet back and it should resolve the issue where the arrival announcements are still playing after the doors open. It's not impossible because they fixed this before. This was an issue back in 2010 when the transfer got separated for the out-of-system transfer at Lexington Av-63 St and it was resolved about a year or so later by doing exactly this. That's how it plays on every other line with slight variations for services. When the competition (Transit, CityMapper) is already providing this information, they have to step up their game. Otherwise they'll be left in the dust. Directions that do not account for changes in service are almost entirely useless.
  6. Lance

    SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    It used to be timed to play well before entering 59 Street. One of the fairly recent updates back in 2016 knocked it back to playing just as the train enters the station. Most people are not going to notice or care about such trivialities.
  7. Agreed. If that train is returning back to service immediately after relaying at 71 Avenue, there should not be any reason for a full fumigation process. We need to start treating these relay points less like Bowling Green where the train may idle for an indeterminate amount of time and more Brooklyn Bridge where trains are actually returning back in service.
  8. There are switches from the Manhattan-bound local track to the middle one just south of 161 St-Yankee Stadium. Trains can enter there and reverse back onto the Norwood-bound track and still hit all local stops, all without leaving the Bronx.
  9. Isn't that more due to a lack of marketable underground spaces than anything else? Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the overwhelming majority of retail space available to rent from the MTA just large enough for those newsstands that are so prevalent? The Turnstyle (or however you spell that) at Columbus Circle seems to be the exception rather than the norm as it pertains to large enough convertible dead space for anything truly remarkable retail-wise.
  10. Lance

    Planned Subway Service Changes

    Here's a small twist in the usual Queens Blvd one-way express service change: TRACK REPLACEMENT | May 14 - 18, Mon to Fri, from 9:45 PM to 5 AM World Trade Center-bound trains skip Briarwood TRACK MAINTENANCE | May 14 - 18, Mon to Fri, from 11 PM to 5 AM World Trade Center-bound trains run express from 71 Av to Queens Plaza TRACK REPLACEMENT | May 14 - 18, Mon to Fri, from 9:45 PM to 5 AM Coney Island-bound trains skip Sutphin Blvd and Briarwood For those who aren't seeing it, all Manhattan-bound service is express-only from Parsons Blvd to Union Turnpike and 71 Avenue to Queens Plaza. While it's nice that 75 Avenue retains its Manhattan-bound service during this service change, I imagine all that weaving between the express and local tracks slows down the line more than a straight-shot express run all the way to Queens Plaza. I understand why they're keeping normal service there as there is probably nothing happening at that station. It just stood out to me.
  11. You know, most people end their questions with a question mark in the thread title, but you do you. In regards to the actual query, unless something changed in the intervening time, assume what DJ Hammers stated in several other posts pertaining to the upcoming car assignments has not changed.
  12. Adjusted the thread title as that word salad was tough to swallow.
  13. You'd think that with those fancy new signals, they'd be able to turn trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff Avs. You'd also be excused in believing they could run Manhattan shuttles for the duration of the service change.
  14. It's probably an error in the coding. It sounds like that should be inverted since the running on the (a service change to the Broadway line) would no doubt cause delays in 6th Avenue service.
  15. Lance

    Extra B/D service for Yankee Games

    It's easier to justify those post game extra trains as there is a massive number of people leaving the stadium at the same time. That isn't the case before the game, where people can and will arrive up to an hour before the game actually starts. It's the same thing for any major event that occurs in the city.


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