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Art Vandelay

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  1. Art Vandelay

    R179 Discussion Thread

    The R46s were mated as pairs prior to overhaul, then overhauled, and later made into 4 car sets and renumbered. (Disclaimer, I may be confusing them with the R44- All of the same events happened to both fleets, but not in the same order.) Here's a riddle for you: Between the Pitkin and 207 R46 fleets: Median age is the same. Mean age is different.
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    86th Street, CPW-Manhattan, NY Subway Station Tour

    The Astoria project was absolutely needed, and was of a scope which actually justified shutting down the stations. I can't say that for any of the other ESI projects. There are so many other things that the money could have been better spent on.
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    Enhanced Station Initiative

    The whole wall is boarded over- You can't see if there is anything beyond that covering the stairs.
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    Enhanced Station Initiative

    The closed staircase was previously behind a tiled wall on the upper level. It remains so, with slightly less of a seam. On the lower level, it is boarded up, much like a sizable portion of the rest of the platform.
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    Enhanced Station Initiative

    Checked it out today. The work on the IND stations is incredibly shoddy compared to what they did on 4th avenue. Tiles are already falling off the wall on the 72nd end. (The same was true at 110, and they fixed it, but still.)
  6. Art Vandelay

    M-9 Discussion

    Or on either peak or off peak trains. Or weekend trains. Or weekday trains.
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    M4 vs. M6

    Three differences which jump to mind: M4- Normal M1-3 windows. M6- Black framed windows. M4- Small restroom (Not the same as M1-3, had two part sliding door). M6- Large ADA restroom. M4- Normal M1-3 door closing bell. M6- R44-68 like bell. (Different, but somewhat similar sounding)
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    R32 Fleet Swap Discussion Thread

    Closer, but not entirely true- Mileage of individual cars is directly related to both span of service, and consistency of service. Having a high peak frequency but low off peak frequency results in lots of trains sitting around for much of the day getting little use. Having a line with consistent service, regardless of whether it is short and infrequent, or long and frequent, results in trains with high mileage. Short vs long, and frequent vs infrequent both affect the number of trains you need, but not so much the overall usage of those trains.
  9. Art Vandelay

    R32 Fleet Swap Discussion Thread

    Length of lines is not related to car mileage at all. An example: In 1987, the C was the longest route in the subway. I believe the C fleet also had the lowest usage rate in the system as well.
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    R179 Discussion Thread

  11. Nitpick: Increasing headways is decreasing service frequency. Otherwise, I agree.
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    Yes, but the Queens Boulevard CBTC contract only converts R160s.
  13. Art Vandelay

    R211 Discussion Thread

    They will not go to the B D. They will almost certainly return from where they came- the J.
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    Rockaway Beach Branch

    If you want to build a stub line through low density areas which will actually serve somebody on an existing right of way, reactivate the SI North Shore.
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    Systemwide CBTC - Planning and Implementation

    The B division system is a LOT less reliable than the A division. The data feed is much more limited- the transponders are only at stations, and it also cannot tell the difference between local and express tracks. Unless somebody reprograms what a train is doing in the system, a local diverted to the express tracks still shows up on the displays on local tracks. An express running local does not show up on the displays, unless somebody tells the system it is local.


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