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  1. Or, you could just tie in the current Essex bound Chrystie tracks to the 2nd Ave. line, and run the up that way. There still might be some resistance to the loss of 6th Ave. service, but it's still Midtown, and not going back to the old poorly used Nassau service. As others have said, that is too popular to give back up now.
  2. Every time I pas through there, I look for a spot they could place it, but it would be difficult, and require the removal of many columns, which then would require massive structural work (the ceiling) to replace the support.
  3. To run M via 8th still doesn't solve the problem of capacity to add back the V, because they would all still be running together through Bway-Laf. That's just one station to merge in before and merge back out after, but it would still cause the same congestion.
  4. At one point at least, they already had some trains (probably more than two) running express. That was when they were still working on the signals or something? Not sure when that finished. Didn't know if they still ran some express, "unofficially". They make it sound like such a big deal for the local stations, but it's just two trains, and as we saw, more than that have bypassed for other reasons.
  5. But it's just two each during the morning and evening rush hours. https://www.amny.com/transit/f-express-train-1.33648949
  6. What I heard is that it is a specially funded project, and it's been winding down, and not renewed.
  7. I think it was because of the aluminum side strip, as opposed o the carbon one the rest of the fleet got, which rusted and allowed rust to get to the frame.
  8. OK, so cool! Finally a layout and a time. Three years? Hope so, because that sounds like a lot of work to reconfigure all of that. I had assumed the new passageway would tie in to the "employee facility rooms", which were built where there used to be an old exit to the old building there. So according to this, it doesn't even come anywhere near that far, but ties into the end of this new platform, and from the mid-block area, where an exit was always planned (green in the top illustration). That explains why they didn't just remove the rooms and connect it already. (The passageway does extend a bit past that area, and dead ends [black area], but I'm not sure what that is). 2022 will be 13 years after the completion of the Durst building (1 Bryant Park/Bank of America tower), when the passageway was promised to tenants. Hope it stays that soon.
  9. The question was specifically "when was the first air conditioned bus first placed into regular service". It didn't ask "when New Yorkers began to experience air conditioned buses" [i.e. in earnest], or when most of the fleet was air conditioned, or how well or how many of them worked. So even with that first experimental unit, it did go into "regular service", and so was the "first air conditioned bus placed into regular service".
  10. That was roughly the turning point, when the diversions were now including weekdays, and in both directions, and so the Essex move would be far too impractical. The first emergency shutdown that used the split service was May '82. Then, they would still do individual Essex moves in the spur of the moment, or on off hours for those next few years, but the full time split service became more frequent, and finally four years later, what was for all purposes semi-permanent.
  11. They had had numerous bridge closures the four ears before the big one, but I didn't remember the '83 one was that long, or that the B was routed via tunnel. (Since they were getting so long, I don't know why they didn't think to eliminate the split B and D, and run the QB (which was identical to the rerouted D), and bring back the T, instead of the B; and they were already getting new signs around this time).
  12. That's likely tape on the windows (for protection or something) .
  13. As the technology improves and becomes more reliable and catches on. It's slowly getting there. (From a few decades ago when there were almost no EV's out there).
  14. The news this morning is that he's been caught! https://abc7ny.com/police-arrest-man-they-say-pulled-emergency-brake-on-subway/5315251/
  15. Welcome to the "Cipher Zone"! (imagine having to use that to get to Jamaica when both the and are out!) (So-called, because it feels like all the buses to Queens are like this; like the 58 being so slow, and still bunched up even with the LTD, and then similarly stopping short of the main part of Flushing, and the 54, once you get to it, made slower by the detour to Atlas, and the 39 being so torturously long, and they continued to add new kinks to it, like when streets are made one way. And no direct access to Jackson Heights or Forest Hills at all).

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