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  1. Nearly certain they were removed in late 2017 as an effort to introduce a single strip map that could be used on both the & lines. Equipment between those two lines were frequently exchanged and static strip-maps for each line often caused confusion for passengers, especially during rush-hours and service changes. There was an amber light used for each stop. The lights remained a steady until the train was in close proximity of that stations specific light. It would then begin a blinking interval as the train enters the station. The light would then completely turn off once the doors are opened at the stop.
  2. I wish the BL would drop the "Welp, it's Sunday" attitude regarding service. I get that ridership drops hard on Sundays, but it's not non-existent. Perhaps headways designed around ridership loads and a re-tooling of acceptable loads for Sundays. For Christ's sake, the 55 runs every hour on Sunday, which suggests "Only ride this freaking route if your travel plans are absolutely necessary." /endrant
  3. These devices will most likely not be in place until it is completely rolled out through the MTA network. OMNY will need to be fully interoperable at all stations for connecting customers before NICE/BL will be willing to put the payment system in place.
  4. Totally agree..this is completely unacceptable.
  5. Woah...wait...they're finally addressing the 55? The line that is usually crushloaded in the AM is finally getting an extra run? Wow. I've been on packed 55 runs between 8-9am and on 41 runs during the same time that carry air to White Plains.
  6. Any idea why there are hourly short-turns to/from Crestwood on weekends? Is there really a need for 20-minute service south of White Plains?
  7. Considering today's announcements to push forward with "West Side Access" plans, what equipment would be used on this branch?
  8. Until there is a Metro-Card that is not easily demagnetized and doesn't require 20 swipes to only have the screen read "just used"... Until it takes less than 4 weeks to receive a replacement Metro-Card after you've filed a claim... Until there are multiple self-service metro card machines at every station and at least one at every major bus hub... ...don't be fooled into thinking this is anything more than gaslighting. Yes, fare beating is a massive strain...but aren't there bigger fish to fry?
  9. Instead of starting a new thread, I was hoping someone here could explain the "Brake Test" procedures trains endure before their schedule departure. Some specific questions: 1. How many people are needed to conduct a brake test? From what I've heard over the PA, I've assumed there needs to be second person to proceed with a test 2. What outcomes are desired for a successful test and conversely, what would constitue a failed test? 3. I know Metro-North does this test before each departure from GCT. Does this happen at outlying originating stations as well? Does LIRR also conduct these tests, and if so, are there any differences?
  10. I was onboard this train, in the car ahead of the one that had the pole pierce through. A simply chaotic night. I think the Arrow was in service to meet the demand of travelers coming from Met Life. I'm still waiting for the "complimentary" tickets NJTransit sent me as an apology for the blunder.
  11. Good stuff! I can only imagine they will get a pretty penny for the MAN’s they will age out. For the most part, they were pretty well maintained. But I fear they will go low-floor much like the MTA. Get your rides while you can!
  12. Any murmurs on any new equipment or advancement on the Central Ave Corridor? This tread has been pretty quiet...
  13. There is a definite need for at least 1 or 2 trains between 1:50 and 5:30. If you've ever experienced waiting at the GC/Subway entrance, you'll know waiting for that first train of the day is a modern-day hellscape. THIS. The first outbound trips don't leave damn-near till when the first inbound trains arrive. I can't remember when, but I remember a sort-of press release that touted Metro-North experiencing "exploding" reverse commuting trends. Northern suburbs don't count huh? The last major shift MNR has done recently is adding 1/2 hour service on Sundays.
  14. If the 171 ran more often, the GWB - Paterson jitney route wouldn't be as popular. 40-minute headways on the 171 makes the jitneys the obvious choice. I took the 171 for nearly 4 years and only rode the jitneys when I had to deviate from my normal schedule. One ride on a jitney always stuck with me. I had to leave work early and was forced to take the jitney because I needed to make a dentist appointment (first root-canal). While riding, I got so worked up thinking about the procedure, that I neglected to put my wallet back in my pocket after I paid the driver. I noticed that my wallet wasn't in my pocket and went back to check the seat. The jerk, I mean driver, wouldn't give me 30 seconds to check the seat to figure out where it was. No wallet meant no metro, which meant no subway. No wallet also meant no Metro North, which in turn also meant I couldn't get home or to the dentist appointment. Luckily, I purchased my NJT ticket on my phone and Google Wallet had my card info saved, but the only TVM's that accepted NFC were in GCT. So I had to ride back into Jersey, take another bus into the Port and purchase my Metro North ticket via Google Wallet at GCT. All due to the driver not willing to let me look. I'm all but certain that the wallet hit the ground en-route and slid to the back of the bus. Never again.

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