College Students Are Back

Posted on August 27th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Tourists

The freshmen are in town.  I’ve seen a lot of tour groups riding the subway.  I know they are tour groups because one kid has a t-shirt on that says “orientation leader.”
I guess part of the orientation process is learning how to get around the city.  If so, that’s pretty cool that they take the [...]

Have you ever been riding to subway and heard an over energetic subway conductor that looooves to use the PA system?
There’s one guy on my line that gets into his little announcements way too much.  On the one hand, it’s awesome because you can always hear him loud and clear.  On the other hand, it [...]

Well, I guess that’s at least half way cool.  It seems that the up escalator at the 59th Street/Columbus Circle station has been restored.  After what’s been about 4 months or more (?), that thing is finally getting back up and running.
Unfortunately, I can’t get on the MTA’s case for this because it is not [...]

Anyone have some Double Mint gum?

Posted on August 18th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Video

A funny improv mob hit the 6 train to create the human mirror.
Fifteen sets of twins, dressed identically, boarded a train and sat directly across from each other.  They mimicked each other’s every move.  They then waited for people on the train to notice the real life human mirror, then taped their reactions.
Pretty funny.  That [...]

I’m in an R train at city hall.  We’re being held here because of a track fire south of  Rector St.  They said FDNY is on scene.
They’re telling us to get off and go uptown to canal.  All downtown traffic on the Broadway line is going over the bridge.
Side note, apparently NJT and LIRR are [...]

Just when you finally managed to stop pondering all of the things that could go wrong when riding the NYC Subway, it turns out that the computer system that controls the trains crashed for a few minutes yesterday.
It was only “down” for a few moments.  However, when it came back online, the system was unable [...]

Thanks though!
Wouldn’t you know it.  Just as the MTBA up north digs into their own issues with computer geeks hacking the CharlieCard, it turns out we have our own homegrown hackers right here in NYC.
I had written a post wishing the MIT students would come down here and beat up on the Metrocard system, but [...]

Apparently there is a strange odor at the 53rd and 7th station that has caused it to be evacuated.
B, D, and E trains are bypassing the station at this time, and last we heard, passengers are not being allowed to enter the station.  However, the MTA says the V train is running with residual delays.  [...]

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