Tag Archives: NYCTA

NYCTA Greenpoint Tubes Repair

For all the MTA’s  flaws — and they are legion — they have a pretty good video department that are good at describing, almost always in the words of the workers, what is being done on the system.

Got this via Second Avenue Sagas.

And yes, NYC is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy nearly two years later.

“MTA Wants to Keep Second Avenue Subway Momentum Going – WNYC”

Train to nowhere?

Article: MTA Wants to Keep Second Avenue Subway Momentum Going – WNYC.

Good news.  Phase II would take the line from 96th to 125th, where there would be a connection to the Lexington Ave Line.  At (roughly) 29 blocks vs Phase I’s 33 blocks Phase II is a little shorter but will make the line more useful given the new connection.  Plus, there are already tunnel segments from the aborted 1970s project.  Phases III and IV, far off in the distant future, would take it all the way down to Lower Manhattan.

All the project needs now is money.  Metric tons of money.

Vintage Video: Sesame Street’s subway song :: Second Ave. Sagas

Vintage Video: Sesame Street’s subway song :: Second Ave. Sagas.

Taken right from Second Ave. Sagas.  I used to watch this (yes, the show is that old) though not obsessively (I was above the “target demo”) but even I forget how New York-centric it was.  Is it still?  I mean, there is no other subway in the country where you can take the express (“it will go right by your local address!”).

And the crack about the heat?  Yep, most cars weren’t air-conditioned back in the day (1970s).

“The Many Languages of Transit Platform Signs”


Article: The Many Languages of Transit Platform Signs – CityLab.

I’ll stipulate right up front that including the NYCTA in this is silly.  Four hundred and sixty-eight stations on ten lines served by 24 different services is seriously different from any other rapid transit system in the USA.  So just ignore it.

On the subject of WMATA’s DC Metro (which at least has different services running along the same lines going to different termini) I really don’t understand the move towards directional signage.  As the article says, their system isn’t cartesian, it’s more like spaghetti; what does “westbound” even mean?  And when you’re in DC’s CBD, you’re underground anyway.

Seems to me that pointing to a service’s terminal is the simplest way. If a passenger is trying to navigate, they can see where they have to get off (Quincy Center, say) by comparing where they are (Harvard Square) to where they need to be and then following that line to its end to see which direction they need to go based on the terminal.  Yes, this assumes a line chart or map in the station but you have to give a few hints.  So you go to the platform marked “To Braintree” and get on a train that goes to the same place (not on one marked Ashmont!).

Sometimes not enough attention is paid to wayfinding but I don’t see how moving from terminal names to directions is going to help.