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R. McConnell

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  1. 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. 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
  3. 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 a
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. R. McConnell

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    Had the chance to try out a 2011 Hyundai Sonata on Friday night. Comfortable, but it didn't accelerate exactly to my liking.
  7. 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 e
  8. 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 c
  9. I assume there are still no plans on introducing TAP stored-value valid for Metro travel? [edit: double post -- oops]
  10. I've always been satisfied with JetBlue.
  11. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has had a propane-fueled transit bus fleet (for the "DASH" shuttle network) since the 1990s.
  12. If that's truly the case, then I'm surprised that the MTA wasn't able to get New Flyer to complete the D60HF order as planned.
  13. Returning back to an old topic... MTS C40LF #2801 appears to have been fitted with LED headlights. Are there any others like this?
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