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JustLok

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  1. Thanks for that info, though I wish I could any info on the job protections with this position (layoff clauses, civil servant and such), can't find anything, not even a bargaining agreement! Also, is it known if you pass (outside of the tests) after serving the 12 months? Or someone needs to sign off on you to be bumped up to Engineer? I see it says a minimum of 12 months, so I wasn't sure if that means you "float" as a Trainee until someone retires or they call you into service as a full rate. Is the Phase two alone 12 months? Or is 12 months, including the Phase 1 training? I rem
  2. Hey, does anyone remember what the the starting pay is for Trainee? And what it goes up to and when? Can't find anything on this position, not even a CBA or contract for BLE and the engineers online, to see what the pay/salary is and job protections. And I can't check the job posting on BSC, since it's closed.
  3. Oh yeah, forgot to mention you can tell the difference between guard rails and EPRs by their distance to the running rails. Guards rails are usually no more than 1in-2in from the running rail. EPRs are usually 2ft-3ft from the running rails, laid in the gauge.
  4. Wow, the NY Daily News just did an article on him a few months ago, with the full story of what he did and what happened. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/man-posed-train-operator-reflects-teen-thrill-article-1.1335852
  5. You're getting guard rails confused with emergency protection rails (EPRs). Guard rails are installed on the low side of curves parallel to the running rail as to reduce the wear on the high side rail from the force of the train taking the curve due to superelevation. The inside of the flanges on the car wheels literally grinds against the guard rails and help to prevent side wear on the high rails. EPRs are installed in locations where there is no structural protection on the sides of the train in case of a derailment, to prevent a catastrophic derailment. Those EPRs are placed where
  6. I can't comment on the wait, as it all depends on the title and how quickly that Dept is hiring or starting classes. But when they do call you, it will be for the next step down at 180 Livingston with just a few days notice. It would be for a full physical and comparing that package they gave you with one they have and so forth. It's an all day process starting at 7:30AM till about 5 or even 7PM in some cases. I know there was a class that just came out this month, but I do not know if there's one currently or soon. You can try calling them, but I don't remember what the number is
  7. This year's FasTrack is different from last, as when FasTrack first started, they were REALLY coming down hard for good numbers and productivity. We gave it to them, but we also didn't stay till 4AM. Yeah, that ended when Supt's came out to the job asking where the men were. End of "Get it and go" from then on... Now, as you said dp142, across ALL departments, it's normal productivity and work now. The bean counters downtown make the numbers look great, everyone pats each other on their backs and smoke their cigars. That guy you mentioned from Safety, you probably already know, but he
  8. You are correct, that it is both. I've seen people climb onto the train via the car ends, between cars, when they just missed the train, mostly on the R32's and older, not so much on the 75ft cars or the NTT's. And I remember hearing about that DJ, climbed down between the cars at 241st, got electrocuted and then run over when the train pulled out.
  9. Actually, it's to prevent C/R's from mistakenly thinking the train has made a full station stop and opening the doors, with half the train out in the tunnel, passengers possibly, and most likely, falling onto the tracks. Yes, I know they're suppose to point at the C/R board, but that rule is supposed to be for the ONE time a C/R doesn't, looks up, sees the station and pops the doors open with half the train in the hole.
  10. I have NEVER seen the cat walk grates used as ANY emergency exit whatsoever. More often than not, they are the heavy steel doors painted yellow with the words "SUBWAY KEEP CLEAR" around it. There are some that are actual doors on buildings, little outhouses or pop out onto other passenger platforms. BTW, not only are the emergency exits wired with motion sensor alarms, they also have a magnetized alarm system on the doors themselves that set off an ear piercing alarm when they are broken/opened. The alarm desk is suppose to send PD out to investigate ANY alarm, but, yeah... There's som
  11. We can work in open cuts, such as Prospect Park on the Q and so forth at night, I've done it before. Of course, you gotta watch out for the canned vegetables and BB guns... I've also seen work done out on structure at nights, using portable site lights to light up the work area. But that involves a noise mitigation plan and lotsa other variances... Last I heard on June 28th, this July's Concourse FasTrack is still on. Also, reason FasTracks fall off during the summer has nothing to do with ridership. It's due to the weather (hot, humid) and its affects on workers, but its affect on wor
  12. Ummm... No? Trk A1 is used for layups/storage with the A/C. Matter of fact, they had a R32 C stored there just last night on A1, right up to the bumper. BTW, trk A2 was the layup they NEVER used. It was just recently cleaned of loads of garbage and waste, was literally about 5ft high mound of refuse, stretching about 15-20ft just before the E Exit, approximately 150ft from the bumper block (would prohibit train laying up there). I do believe that that was the reason why they didn't use A2 and will shortly. Damn cleaners just dumping all that refuse out the open car doors onto the trks....
  13. I know of that damage, this is not in the station but in the TUBE. It just happened a little over several hours ago.
  14. Expect further delays in resumption of N/R train service via the Montague tube. Portion of the tube collapsed onto track last night, confirmed with management. Unsure of extent of damage, but Structure to perform another inspection of the tube and quite possibly other tubes that had been flooded previously. No further details at this time, only occurred several hours ago.
  15. Some people don't seem to realize (not saying anyone in particular on this forum, generally), that the MTA seems to think that it is a military organization, which it isn't. With that mentality, comes the arrogance. Those who work with the MTA know exactly what I am speaking about. The strict rules and adherence to them. Not safety and well-being rules (those should be ALWAYS be followed), but attendance, sick call-outs, paperwork, uniforms, various other multitudes of nit-picking rules and regulations. And all the First-Strike-You're-OUT! disciplinary actions from supervisors and the level up

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