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  1. Sometimes people "stick" to certain lines and train routes because that is the simplest method to get between their destinations. When I lived in the Bronx on the #6 line, and rode the #6 train to and from 23rd Street or 14th Street on the eastside - (my destination was 19th Street and Irving Place at the time) - did it really matter to me that there were trains on 8th Avenue or 7th Avenue? Nope. Yes - getting to know Manhattan or New York City is a good thing in and of itself. It is always a good thing to remind yourself that plenty of people have different travel needs, and destinations. The nature of the NYC subway requires us to be mindful that good alternatives - that are timely and not complicated - do not always exist. A person may walk a block between 7th and 8th Avenue and their stations, but it is possible that the trains at either 7th AVenue or 8th Avenue (the one the person does not often use - does not help that person get to their destination in a timely manner or without several complicated transfers - then can we say that the existence of the "other subway line" is really an alternative? Mike
  2. I'm a weird station They built me to be a terminal They built me to handle LIRR trains Then they changed their minds They built me to connect to two bridges Then they decided to connect me to a third bridge While I'm being built they changed their minds, again Then they decided to connect me to the south Then they decided to sever me from one bridge Sometimes I am north, then the center, now I guess I'm south Then my neighbor next door expanded leaving me un-even I've been neglected for years, the poster child of decay Now I'm a wreck when I used to be a contender Who am I?
  3. Please. If you hate me so much, and value that other service along our segment together, I'll just go to my brother's terminal, or to a friends terminal, but if I go to my friend's my cousin sometimes heads there to torment me. What's a cousin that keeps trying to avoid me. I meet my cousin more than once. I don't want to hear my cousin so I just go my own path, but sometimes I get diverted but if I do, I stall my cousin. Who am I, the sufferer? Who is my idiotic cousin? Who is my Brother? Who is my friend? ------------------ Who I am? The #5 line Who is my idiotic cousin? The #3 line Who is my brother? The #2 line Who is my friend? The #4 line. Several transit fans have expressed their dislike of the #5 line, saying that is simply duplicates other services, and "goes nowhere" on its own. Also for a while the MTA suspended the #5 route on weekends for weeks on end for G.O's. Plenty of transit fans have expressed their love of the #4 line which gets 24/7/365 service, fairly quick trains, and is often seen as the useful express service on Lexington Avenue. The brother's terminal is Flatbush Avenue, while the friend's terminal is Utica Avenue. The #5 route rarely if ever had its own sole terminal in Brooklyn. Sometimes #5 trains are sent to or originate from the New Lots terminal where the #3 calls home. The #3 and the #5 meet only on certain stops, with the #3 traveling the westside but not the Bronx, while the #5 travels the eastside on Lexington Avenue. When #5 trains are diverted to the westside, riders become fearful and crowd the #3 line because it is not a usual line that is expected. Just my thoughts. Mike
  4. There are a few subway platforms where the only way that passengers can enter that platform is by a train, and there are only exits to leave. Name them. Mike
  5. In each of the Fast-Track operations, the MTA did not provide alternative shuttle buses, or promote the usage of bus. In addition to organizing the workers for the Fast=Track operation, each shuttle bus requires a driver. The Fast-Track program simply re-arranges the work that would be done, as well as the workers for the task. The more shuttle buses that are used, the greater the cost of the operation, and those costs have to coordinated between the various departments. Remember that even during the hours of the Fast-Track operation, the subways still carry a great deal of people. Mike
  6. The number 6 train generally serves only the Bronx and Manhattan, however during the 1970's when both #4 and #5 trains terminated at the Atlantic Avenue station during the mid-days, a single #6 train was sent to terminate at Atlantic Avenue, as listed on the schedule. While trains that traveled the #1, #2, #3, #4 and $5 inspired lines have over time regularly without any fan-fare traveled to Brooklyn, it was and remains rare for #6 inspired trains to travel to Brooklyn. Mike
  7. Drum roll, please (just kidding). The Answer: C train. 50th St, 155th Street, 163rd Street. ---------- That was a mighty quick response, I have to make my riddles harder. The R-train would not count, since there is Canal Street, City Hall, Cortlandt Street, Rector Street, AND Whitehall Street, which until the recent opening of the new #1 terminal, and the old W-train that used to terminate there. The #7 would not count for a very simple reason, there are EXPRESS trains carried at its three stops in Manhattan, as well at every stop until Queensboro Plaza. It's all good. Mike
  8. As a local in Manhattan, I only have three platforms to myself. Who am I? Mike
  9. I was once color red then changed to another color. At the same time, i borrowed other two bullets in same color. Later i got my correct bullet and color that represent me. Who am i? ----------- Answer: The Q - red color - rush hour QB, then yellow Q, orange Q, diamond Q, now yellow Q Mike
  10. By sending the Brooklyn D-trains to Whitehall Street, those D-trains pass through the Jay Street-MetroTech station where A and F train service is available (via the R-train station). That is how the MTA is "connecting" the parts of the D-train for this Fast-Track session. Mike
  11. One problem with running a Fast-Track operation in the "outer boroughs" on the elevated lines and subways - besides the fact that there are often few nearby subway lines - is that shuttle buses cost money. A subway train needs a train operator and conductor, while each shuttle bus requires a driver. A bus can accommodate about 65 riders, while a single subway car can hold about 175 people crush loaded. Multiple numbers of buses will be needed to handle the amount of riders that a single train handles. Meaning that the cost goes way up in trying to provide alternative travel. It is a quiet secret of the current Fast Track programs - that basically no (to very little) additional spending is required. The riders diverted to the "other train lines" are simply using trains and personnel that would have been provided anyway. Even extending for example the #4 or #5 to service Brooklyn all night long for this effort - is simply using train crews that are working their regular hours. That is one reason - the secret reason - why this program is limited to midtown Manhattan - it keeps the costs down. Attempting to run such a program on the elevated lines or subways at night would drive the costs way upward. Mike
  12. The trip from Brooklyn College to Penn Station under the current #1-2-3 Fast-Track program - has a very simple travel alternative. This travel alternative involves the #2 or #5 in Brooklyn, and the Q-train. Simply change at the Atlantic Avenue - Pacific Street station between the #2 or #5 trains, and the Q-train. This alternative works for either direction - going to Manhattan or traveling back to Queens. Take the Q-train to 34th Street-Herald Square, and walk along 33rd or 34th Streets one block (from Sixth Avenue to Seventh Avenue), and enter Penn Station. The current Westside Fast-Track on the #1, #2 and #3 lines actually has some of the easiest alternative routes, compared to the other Fast-Track programs. Mike
  13. One of the things to keep in mind about the subways over the years, has been the change in the ways and times that majorities of people use the subways. In the 1960's-70's-80's and before that - more than half of the ridership rode the subways during the RUSH HOURS. After the rush hours were over there were sharp declines in ridership. What this meant was that fewer people were affected by G.O.'s and other diversions of subway traffic. These days the subways are not only heavily used during the rush hours, but also heavily used at other times of the day, nights and weekends. This means that G.O.'s that used to affect fewer riders, now affect MANY riders. Thus maintenance work that used to take place on weekends and during the evenings competes with the larger number of riders who simply want to get to their destinations. The FAST-TRACK program is really only useful in midtown Manhattan were many of the subway lines are sort of parallel to each other, making alternative travel easier for some riders. The FAST-Track style of maintenance and repair is really not useful in the other boroughs because many riders would have great difficulty with the few alternative travel methods available. The subway lines become widely disbursed, and none are really parallel to the others - except over great distances. Just think about the hassles of getting around when there is a subway outage in the Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens - major numbers of people are affected. In many cases the street-level bus network is simply not capable of handling the crowds, or in providing timely swift transit. Just some thoughts to keep in mind. Mike
  14. Poor, poor pitiful me I used to be normal I used to be orange At least Linda Ronstadt liked me Who am I? ----------- The answer is the EE, which ran during the "normal hours" in the 1970's. The EE route was completely local, running from 71st Avenue-Forest Hills to Whitehall Street, with some rush hour trains starting/end at Canal Street. The "normal hours" were 6am to 8pm, Mondays to Fridays. The map and route color of the line was orange, and the RR train's map and route color was green. The EE was paired with two "green routes" - the RR in Manhattan, and the GG along Queens Blvd, then the GG train ran at all times to/from 71st Avenue-Forest Hills and Smith/9th Street. During the fiscal crisis the EE route was eliminated and replaced by the N-train along the Queens Blvd segment. This was the beginning of the N-train becoming a local along the Manhattan Broadway segment. During the am rush hours - N-trains from Brooklyn were express in Manhattan - replicating the experience of its riders, while at the same time N-trains coming from Queens were local in Manhattan, duplicating the experience of former EE-train riders. During the evening rush hours, N-trains to Brooklyn were express in Manhattan, while Queens bound N-trains were local in Manhattan. There was also a limited rush hours only version of the N-train that was all local traveling to/from Whitehall Street. The N-train traveled to/from 71st Avenue-Forest Hills for 10 years before being replaced by the current R-train. How does Linda Ronstadt figure into this? Simple in the 1970's, after the EE was eliminated, she had a hit record called Poor Poor Pitiful Me. This record remained on the music hit charts for several weeks in NYC and across the country. This is one of few songs to actually name a subway line. Below are the lyrics. Artist: Ronstadt Linda Song: Poor Poor Pififul Me Album: The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt Well I lay my head on the railroad track Waiting on the Double E But the train don't run by here no more Poor poor pitiful me Poor poor pitiful me Poor poor pitiful me Oh these boys won't let me be Lord have mercy on me Woe woe is me Well I met a man out in Hollywood Now I ain't naming names Well he really worked me over good Just like Jesse James Yes he really worked me over good He was a credit to his gender Put me through some changes Lord Sort of like a Waring blender Poor poor pitiful me Poor poor pitiful me Oh these boys won't let me be Lord have mercy on me Woe woe is me Well I met a boy in the Vieux Carres Down in Yokohama He picked me up and he threw me down He said "Please don't hurt me Mama" Poor poor pitiful me Poor poor pitiful me Oh these boys won't let me be Lord have mercy on me Woe woe is me Poor poor poor me Poor poor pitiful me Poor poor poor me Poor poor pitiful me Poor poor poor me Poor poor pitiful me
  15. Poor, poor pitiful me I used to be normal I used to be orange At least Linda Ronstadt liked me Who am I?

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