Wierd Transfers?

Posted on February 14th, 2009 by The SUBWAYblogger in Live Blogging On the Subway

For a few weeks now, the 1, 2, 3 lines have been making weird connections.  There is some construction happening on the 1 line, but that’s nothing unusual at all.  For some reason, the trains are waiting extra long at the joint platforms.  Are they waiting to make connections with express trains?

Sometimes the local train waits for two express trains to come by.  It’s getting really annoying.

It’s definitely not train traffic.  How do I know?  Because I had to wait 2o minutes for the train to come in the first place.  I know there isn’t another train ahead of us for at least 8 stops.

“We are being held in the station by the train’s dispatcher.  Please be patient.”

Once in a while, I can be patient.  Every trip is getting a bit much.

Also, isn’t “dispatcher” a bit much for this person’s title.  They aren’t dispatching trains anywhere.  The extent of their dispatching includes:  1) Stop.  2) Go.  That’s it.

The person on the other end of the police and fire radios are dispatchers.  They’re actually doing work.  Not sure that a “train dispatcher” does besides keep the trains from running into each other.  Its not like they’re telling them to take a left or something.

I guess the only time they need to spring into action is when they have to divert trains around incidents or construction at which point they are just transferring tracks.  Anyway, I digress.

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  1. Chris said on February 15th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I think subway dispatchers do operate switch tracks however.


  2. EmptyA said on February 15th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    What makes you an expert on being a dispatcher?

    [Not sure that a “train dispatcher” does besides keep the trains from running into each other.]

    Uh..I’d see that as important…if you got trains lets say that are late, they shift them to express but if you got 2 express trains that were late, the local’s on hold and they’re all going to the same stations, you cant just have them all go out one after another. Also if it was a train running on the same track with another train up head you wouldn’t have seen, you really don’t want to crash into them. How do you know theres no train for 8 stops? I assume the dispatcher has access to see what trains are where on a grid so they’re not just holding your train for their health. And its possible the trains are held on one track and not another because something could have happened at a station ahead or there’s track work going on while keeping the track in use for the day’s trains. If you don’t like waiting, then don’t take the train and blog about something else. Blogging is one thing but complaining about something you will never be able to fix is just pointless.

  3. Max said on February 15th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    The dispatcher doesn’t keep trains from colliding, the signal system does that.

    Dispatchers enforce schedules, operate the switches, and manage alternate routings in emergency events.

    If you notice the orange lights on the platform at the front of the train and where the conductor is, those are holding lights. When they are on, the dispatcher is holding the train in the station for some reason. Sometimes it is for a connection, but a lot of the time it is because the train is simply ahead of schedule.

  4. SEC said on February 17th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    They weren’t working because the trains were sucky this weekend and yesterday. No trains were going past Franklin Ave in Brooklyn, so there was shuttle buses and alot more traffic than usual because everyone had to get off and on at the same stop.

    An example of yesterdays nightmare-ish commute would be. I got on the 3 train at Sutter Ave in Brooklyn, got off at Utica ave (next stop) to take a shuttle bus (yes BUS) to Franklin (which was the last stop of the shuttle bus) and then again got on the train AGAIN to take the 2 train from Franklin, just for it to go local to Nevins Street AND to catch the 4 train going to the East side..and to make the connections less painful than they were on the weekend, they held up trains to stuff as much people in the trains as possible.

  5. Kelsey said on February 17th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I have also been experiencing strange train schedules on the 1-2-3 lines. It is happening more and more frequently and I am getting incredibly frustrated. It’s not just this weekend’s transportation nightmare, it’s progressing even during the week as the weeks go on.

    More often than not, now, I have to wait for multiple trains to go by before I can catch one. I used to be fine getting on the 1, and then at most have to get on the second express train at 72nd. It’s now impossible to get on the 1 on 79th, and then even more impossible to get on any express train at 72nd. It’s incredibly crowded and the time between the trains is getting longer. Today I waited for 15 minutes to finally get on a 1 at 8:15 in the morning. That’s absurd. 72nd was so crowded that I stayed on the 1, knowing I had a better chance to get on the express at times square. Very disappointing. I’m not feeling very patient anymore.

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  7. Living Low Impact said on August 23rd, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Ya, those waits are really beginning to bug me to. I guess it must be increase in population in the area or something. A body would think with all the layoffs and stuff the traffic would be considerably less. Come to think of it, may that is reason it is so high. No one is working and can travel all day long. IMHO

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    I cannot believe that is really happening. In Chicago we have our own problems like many trains going off their tracks. I think a lot of these subways are just not being updated with better technology because the city departments are cutting back.

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