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My Commute To School This AM


Luis1985

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I was on my way to school....LATE. I was supposed to wake up at 7AM, and ended up waking up at 8:15. So i got up, took a quick shower, got dressed and headed to the train station. I get to the train station, the following happens:

 

-A Manhattan-bound R68A (:P train pulls in at Parkside Ave. I get on thinking it was running normal...it TERMINATES at Prospect Park and heads back to Brighton Beach because of some problem they had on the 6 Ave Line forcing some (:P(D) trains to operate via Broadway. Then...

 

-A Manhattan-bound R68A (Q) train pulls in, and i get on that train. Everything was fine until we left Atlantic Av. Once we left Atlantic Av, i noticed the train was moving extremely slow and wasn't on the right track. What happens? It ends up running on the (R) line because of a sick passenger on the (N) train at Canal St. They said there was another R68A (B) train behind the R68A (Q), which was making regular stops. (that was when 6 Av service was back to "normal".) Soi get out and wait for that R68A (B) train that pulled in at DeKalb Av. Thank God it was an empty train.

 

-I get on that train and it runs over the Bridge like it normally does. I saw a few (B)(D)'s running on the Broadway side of the bridge heading back to Brooklyn. Everything was perfect until we hit Broadway-Lafayette St. We get held there for about 20 mins until they make the announcement "ladies and gentlemen, we've just been informed this train is running on the (C) line. After West 4 St, the next stop is 14 St." im like "ok, w.e., i still need to get to Columbus Circle". So i stay on, and i see the R160A (E) train pulling in at Broadway-Lafayette St. That (E) train was making (V) stops into Queens.

 

-We get to West 4 St on the (C)(E) platform, everything was fine until we hit 14 St. Again, we get held there for almost 40 minutes this time. No trains were going uptown for some reason. An R46 (A) train pulls into the station at a very slow speed on the express tracks, and im like "what is going on? why are all of these trains acting up today?" After those long 40 mins, the R68A (B) train starts moving again stopping at 23 St, 34 St-Penn Station, and 42 St-Times Sq/PABT. Again, we get held there for about another 20 mins this time. Im like "What The ____!!!!.... (you kno the rest)". "Ladies and gentlemen, due to a signal malfunction, we will be held here momentarily". That pissed me off big time. Keep in mind im like 60 mins late as it is.

 

-The R68A (B) train finally pulls slowly out of 42 St-Times Sq/PABT and stops at 50 St. That was a quick stop. Then they made the announcement saying the (E) wasnt going to Queens via 8 Ave because of a Rail condition at 5 Av. w.e. the (B) train pulls out of 50 st and stops between 50 St and 59 St for another 15 mins. All the conductor said was "we will be moving shortly. Please be PATIENT". i was extremely mad.

 

-The train finally reaches 59 St-Columbus Circle and i get to school. When i got there, the teacher was worried cuz 1/2 of his class didnt show up. i got to school 90 MINUTES LATE and all because of these train screw ups this morning. by the time i left class, everything was back to normal, with the exception of the R68A (Q) train running local from 57 St to Canal St. i was on that train.

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Oh Well Shit Happens, and sometimes it come all at once. There nothing anyone working for the TA can do about it. You sould learn to leave home alittle early just incase.

 

yea i was goin to, but i ended up waking up late.

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That is a case of epic bad luck due to service changes. Let me get this straight. You had four things happen to you.

 

(:P terminating at Prospect Park.

(Q) running via tunnel.

(:P running local on the (C).

(B)(D) running via Broadway.

 

Oh man, yeah that happens, just leave at least 2 hours early.

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That is a case of epic bad luck due to service changes. Let me get this straight. You had four things happen to you.

 

(:P terminating at Prospect Park.

(Q) running via tunnel.

(:P running local on the (C).

(B)(D) running via Broadway.

 

Oh man, yeah that happens, just leave at least 2 hours early.

 

lol maybe 3. i have class at 9am, leave at 5:45, lol.

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Subways are generally susceptible to service tie-ups, breakdowns, diversions, and even suspensions of service from time to time, for reasons.

 

1. Rail condition.

2. Smoke condition

3. Sick passenger.

4. stalled train (train with mechanical problems)

5. signals not working properly

6. track switch malfunction.

7. police investigation.

 

All those I can think off the top of my head. I've been in that situation too a few times myself. My only suggestion is to be patient and deal with it as such. I'm sure other passengers can relate, however going early reduces your chances of being late (just in case these things happen)

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Subways are generally susceptible to service tie-ups, breakdowns, diversions, and even suspensions of service from time to time, for reasons.

 

1. Rail condition.

2. Smoke condition

3. Sick passenger.

4. stalled train (train with mechanical problems)

5. signals not working properly

6. track switch malfunction.

7. police investigation.

 

All those I can think off the top of my head. I've been in that situation too a few times myself. My only suggestion is to be patient and deal with it as such. I'm sure other passengers can relate, however going early reduces your chances of being late (just in case these things happen)

 

dont forget derailments as well. (god forbid)

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the same thing happened to me this morning as well. I boarded the (:P at 8:40 a.m. so i can get to school at 9:45. however, the train got stalled between Atlantic Avenue and DeKalb for about five minutes. Then it gets stuck between DeKalb and the Manhattan Bridge for another six minutes to let the (D) go, which was far away from DeKalb when the (:P got there first. then it stalls for about 10 minutes on the bridge in three different intervals and I saw countless trains crossing the south side. Once it reaches 6th Avenue, it never stops, but goes at slow speed. then it gets stuck at 7th Avenue for about a minute or so before leaving the station and getting stuck at the Columbus Circle junction again to the let the (C) stop by. all in all, i was about 35 minutes late. luckily, my professors did not penalize me for this. what really annoys me, though, is the fact the (B) has last priority at the DeKalb Avenue and 59th Street junctions. i really cannot stand having my train stop to let another train pass even though mine got there first. The (B) is already running longer than usual because of the Brighton Line reconstruction project, why delay it even further? i have been late to school 5, 10, even 20 minutes because of this. To Luis1985, what school do you go to? i also have school at 59th Street.

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Man, these GOs must love you dearly! :P You always catch the most interesting service detours. The only interesting thing that happened to me was when an (A) train got stuck before Hoyt - Schermerhorn Streets and was held at that spot for over an hour. We wrong-railed to Nostrand and got on the B25 because the (C) was late, as always!!! I got on the B25 bus (for free!) and headed to Lafayette Avenue for a (G) to Queens. I got to Metropolitan Avenue at 8:15 and made it to school at around 8:25. This occured on Monday, March 24th in 2008 during my junior year of high school. It was the first time I was ever late to HS.

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Why has it passed over all of your heads that he didn't just DECIDE to wake up 75 minutes late? It's called oversleeping by accident, are you people HUMAN?

 

So it happens...

 

This i can tell you in RTO they dont want to "hear you overslept"..

 

You are AWOL and you are looking at days in the street...

 

Think about that....

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Sucks you had to deal with that quintiple whammy.

I have a solution for your oversleeping problem: use two alarm clocks. Have 1 next to your bed and have that one go off about 15 minutes before you need to get up, then have one on the other side of your room and have that one go off when you need to get up. Don't forget to double check for AM/PM!

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Blaming the (MTA) is just an excuse used by people to avoid admitting that they're just lazy or poor time managers. I'm not saying this personally to the original poster, I'm referring to what I hear from others. I had a professor who was late more days than not and used to always say "The MTA made me late again." Then if a train so much as waits one minute in a tunnel because of a train crossing ahead, that warrants a "delay" and an excuse to be late. From my experience going to school in the mornings, I've only been late about two or three times in the last 2 1/2 years because of problems which are beyond control of the MTA anyway, such as a broken rail or police activity.

 

But yep, you have to allow more time if you see the same "delays" taking place regularly. If I cut things at the last second (which I often do), I realize that it won't take much to make me late and I can't blame anyone else for that.

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Luis,

 

If you ever see a train getting turned back due to problems on the line that you are using, two words oughta pop in your head instantly: BAIL OUT!!! You should be asking yourself: Why is this train being turned? They only turn trains when there is a severe delay in service and/or lots of congestion. Once I see trains being turned on a line, I immediately find a different way to go if possible. In this case I would have hopped on the Franklin (S) without even batting an eye, then hopped on the (2)(3) or the (C) depending on how lucky I was feeling.

 

Chances are by thinking on your feet, you would have been only 20 minutes late instead of 90.

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Blaming the (MTA) is just an excuse used by people to avoid admitting that they're just lazy or poor time managers. I'm not saying this personally to the original poster, I'm referring to what I hear from others. I had a professor who was late more days than not and used to always say "The MTA made me late again." Then if a train so much as waits one minute in a tunnel because of a train crossing ahead, that warrants a "delay" and an excuse to be late. From my experience going to school in the mornings, I've only been late about two or three times in the last 2 1/2 years because of problems which are beyond control of the MTA anyway, such as a broken rail or police activity.

 

But yep, you have to allow more time if you see the same "delays" taking place regularly. If I cut things at the last second (which I often do), I realize that it won't take much to make me late and I can't blame anyone else for that.

 

Sometimes it is the MTA's fault though. When I was in high school I caught the (A)/© train out of Utica Avenue to 14th Street, and took the (L) to Bedford. Yup, 6:15 in the morning, and the funny part is, I didn't have school till 8 and I got to school before 7. I always took the path via Manhattan, yet I'd make it to school in 35-45 minutes, and if I took the (A)/© to broadway Junction or the (G) at Hoyt - Schermerhorn, I'm barely saving even five minutes. But I got to school one time at 8:25 because it was the MTA's fault indeed. We had to wait before the switces at Hoyt - Schermerhorn for over an hour because there was debris on the tracks and express trains couldn't get through, only locals. I saw a slurry of (A) and (C) trains passing by heading local, and I was furious! The fact that we were stuck there for over an hour before we decided to wrong-rail back to Nostrand was just absurd. You can blame the MTA, but you have to know when.

 

And Luis, wake up early next time ;)

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Sorry you went through that, but as the others have said, you should consider waking up earlier.

 

i didnt hear the alarm. idk y. usually i wake up quick when i hear it. but this time, i was literally knocked out.

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