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Foreign Language Instructions on SBS Machines

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I have noticed that SBS machines have instructions posted in both English & Spanish, with the ones for Q44 having Chinese & Korean as well (due to the fact that Q44 traverses through neighborhoods where many people can read Chinese and/or Korean but not English).

 

However, I have also noticed that although the B44 traverses through neighborhoods where there are many Russians, the B44 machines do not have Russian-language instructions, despite the fact that the MTA has some literature published in Russian. I wonder why that is - could it be because most Russians living in NYC can read English, while many Chinese/Koreans cannot?

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I have noticed that SBS machines have instructions posted in both English & Spanish, with the ones for Q44 having Chinese & Korean as well (due to the fact that Q44 traverses through neighborhoods where many people can read Chinese and/or Korean but not English).

 

However, I have also noticed that although the B44 traverses through neighborhoods where there are many Russians, the B44 machines do not have Russian-language instructions, despite the fact that the MTA has some literature published in Russian. I wonder why that is - could it be because most Russians living in NYC can read English, while many Chinese/Koreans cannot?

I think the Q44 was the first line to feature a language other than spanish on the machines.

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I have noticed that SBS machines have instructions posted in both English & Spanish, with the ones for Q44 having Chinese & Korean as well (due to the fact that Q44 traverses through neighborhoods where many people can read Chinese and/or Korean but not English).

 

However, I have also noticed that although the B44 traverses through neighborhoods where there are many Russians, the B44 machines do not have Russian-language instructions, despite the fact that the MTA has some literature published in Russian. I wonder why that is - could it be because most Russians living in NYC can read English, while many Chinese/Koreans cannot?

I think it's because the Russians are driving more than anything.  They seem to ride the subways more than the buses anyway, with the exception of lines like the B36, but I've never known the B44 to have lots of Russian passengers.  

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I think it's because the Russians are driving more than anything.  They seem to ride the subways more than the buses anyway, with the exception of lines like the B36, but I've never known the B44 to have lots of Russian passengers.  

....because they're all on the B68! :lol:

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I have noticed that SBS machines have instructions posted in both English & Spanish, with the ones for Q44 having Chinese & Korean as well (due to the fact that Q44 traverses through neighborhoods where many people can read Chinese and/or Korean but not English).

 

However, I have also noticed that although the B44 traverses through neighborhoods where there are many Russians, the B44 machines do not have Russian-language instructions, despite the fact that the MTA has some literature published in Russian. I wonder why that is - could it be because most Russians living in NYC can read English, while many Chinese/Koreans cannot?

 

The M15 SBS stops at Allen/Grand and Madison/Catherine Sts also don't have Chinese-language instructions on the machines, even though it's a predominately Chinese neighborhood.

 

I've never seen the Q44 machines, so I can't say if this is an oversight on the M15 and B44 machines, or if the MTA put the Chinese and Korean instructions on Q44 machines due to requests by the community.

(According to Google Street View https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7603955,-73.8306039,3a,15y,259.84h,70.4t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAn1leNWSZk4B0G1pzoRtUg!2e0!5s20140601T000000!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1, on the Q44, it's Spanish, Chinese, and Korean all on one side and English on the other side. So maybe the 3-language labels are custom-ordered for the Q44, and the English and Spanish-only labels are the standard.)

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The M15 SBS stops at Allen/Grand and Madison/Catherine Sts also don't have Chinese-language instructions on the machines, even though it's a predominately Chinese neighborhood.

 

I've never seen the Q44 machines, so I can't say if this is an oversight on the M15 and B44 machines, or if the MTA put the Chinese and Korean instructions on Q44 machines due to requests by the community.

(According to Google Street View https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7603955,-73.8306039,3a,15y,259.84h,70.4t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAn1leNWSZk4B0G1pzoRtUg!2e0!5s20140601T000000!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1, on the Q44, it's Spanish, Chinese, and Korean all on one side and English on the other side. So maybe the 3-language labels are custom-ordered for the Q44, and the English and Spanish-only labels are the standard.)

 

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I think the Q44 was the first line to feature a language other than spanish on the machines.

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Yeah, I saw that. They could've installed new labels retroactively though.

The MTA is slow

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