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R. McConnell

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  1. MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    A picture of one of the new subway station route maps, seen at Court Street ®. Of course, it's virtually unreadable due to the very small type, coupled with the fact that my cell phone's camera isn't that good in general.
  2. Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    For the record, here's a photo of the "Taking Photos On The T" sign, which is from Symphony station. Please excuse the poor image quality (cameraphone).
  3. Selling Subway Station Naming Rights

    The idea of naming rights has surfaced from time to time in New York, where the cash-strapped MTA is desperate for any additional funding they can get their hands on, but it's never made much progress. When Citi Field (named after Citibank) opened in place of the old Shea Stadium, the MTA elected not to pursue renaming the Willets Point station "Citi Field" and settled on the simple "Mets-Willets Point." However, once the Barclays Center opens in Brooklyn, there's a chance that the Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street subway station could receive a "Barclays Center" suffix. The Philadelphia example is simply egregious. The worst part of renaming Pattison "AT&T" is its position as a terminal station; anyone riding the Broad Street line is constantly reminded of the train's destination of AT&T! Although, that's good for the advertising deal; I wonder if SEPTA is paid each time subway conductors mention "AT&T" :angry:
  4. RIPTA (Rhode Island)

    An old thread, but worth a resurrection. From my observances around Kennedy Plaza this past week: - There are still plenty of RTSs (98xx and 00xx) about, although they seem to only operate on weekdays now. Weekend service mainly consists of 05xx and 09xx Gillig LFs, 10xx Gillig BRTs, and 10xx Gillig trolley replicas. - Some of the 92xx RTSs are still in service, although they're rare. I photographed 9246 on route 42 this afternoon, and I came across a transfer ticket that had been issued on 9208 yesterday. - I haven't seen any of the 99xx (30-foot Nova RTS) or 02xx (New Flyer C30LF) buses at all. - RIPTA seems to be quite liberal about what routes the Gillig trolley replicas are assigned to. I've seen them on routes 1 and 99 in addition to the traditional Providence LINK routes. (The old Chance trolley replicas only operated on Providence LINK routes, for comparison.) - In addition to the hybrids, RIPTA also appears to have purchased a small number of diesel-powered 35' Gillig BRTs, which feature the standard RIPTA livery. They're numbered in the 108x series and are presumably used on lower-ridership routes. Still haven't gotten a picture, though.
  5. Connecticut Transit

    Saw an XDE40 departing the New Haven garage this afternoon, but couldn't get the number (or any pictures) as I was on a moving Amtrak train going in the opposite direction.
  6. MTA NYCT Subway/Bus discussion

    Anyone care to explain the recent rash of R68 G trains? From my unofficial observations this afternoon the ratio of R68s to R46s seemed to be about 2 to 1.
  7. Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    I got a long stare from a G train operator on the New York subway today after taking a picture (but it's not every day that one sees a R68 G train!) and shortly afterward, a passenger mumbled something incoherent about my picture-taking but walked on toward the exit. One station later, I took a photo while in plain sight of a police officer — and absolutely nothing happened. Perhaps things are back to normal after all...
  8. Cars

    Had the chance to try out a 2011 Hyundai Sonata on Friday night. Comfortable, but it didn't accelerate exactly to my liking.
  9. The first low floor production buses for the MTA actually were manufactured one year earlier in 1998, consisting of Orion VIs 6350-6353 (the NJ Transit rejects) and the first two C40LFs, 800 and 801. The first demonstration low floor bus was a 1996 Orion VI hybrid.
  10. Toll Roads in the GTA

    When increasing numbers of drivers compete for the same amount of road space, it's only rational to implement some sort of road usage limiting method to prevent total gridlock — one such method is a tolling scheme. I'm not familiar with Toronto's current traffic situation, but if it's similar to those in most other North American cities then I wouldn't be surprised to see the problem of continually increasing traffic in action. Electronic tolling systems have developed to such an extent that the traditional tollbooth is largely obsolete. The much-discussed London congestion charge zone, for example, has no physical barriers and is controlled by cameras that record license plate numbers, sending paper or online billing to drivers who enter the zone.
  11. Reactions to Transit Enthusiasts

    MTA Maryland has long been somewhat unwelcoming towards photographers, although I've heard that it's worse on the subway than on the light rail (I haven't had any issues photographing the light rail on two separate occasions, although that doesn't really mean that much in the larger picture.) Let's hope MTA Maryland goes the way of NJ Transit and the MBTA and backs down.
  12. Your Favourite Airline?

    I haven't paid much attention to the behavior of JetBlue's flight attendants — I haven't been able to discern a significant difference between them and those of other airlines (well, except for a certain former flight attendant on Flight 1052), although I'd generally take unenthusiastic personnel over overenthusiastic ones (Southwest comes to mind.) JetBlue's biggest draw (for me) was the BUR-JFK route while I was attending college in Los Angeles. BUR was generally more convenient and less busy than LAX, and JetBlue remains the only airline with a direct BUR-JFK route. Also, there's a good collection of (mostly free) snacks and drinks! I've only flown the E190 twice; at least they don't have middle seats.
  13. Los Angeles MTA

    I assume there are still no plans on introducing TAP stored-value valid for Metro travel? [edit: double post -- oops]
  14. Your Favourite Airline?

    I've always been satisfied with JetBlue.
  15. Propane Bus

    The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has had a propane-fueled transit bus fleet (for the "DASH" shuttle network) since the 1990s.
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