So 30 more subway stations in NYC got fitted with cell phone service today, which is pretty great - but AT&T, you should be pretty embarrassed that Internet service is now way, way better below ground than it is at street level.
In case you missed it, a whole bunch of the west side now has underground cell service.
The South Ferry Loop reopens tomorrow, and along with it return these familiar signs to the 1 train.
See, the first subway lines in manhattan, what are today the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 trains were all built with loop terminals at their southern ends. The platform was built around a sharp curve, allowing the train to reverse direction without hassle.
But the loop platforms were a hassle, as they created large gaps between the platform and the doors. The city hall loop was closed first, there was already a station nearby. The inner track of the south ferry loop was used for a shuttle service to Bowling Green for a while, but this was later eliminated. The last loop to see service, the south ferry outer loop, closed in 2009. It was replaced with a brand new two track stub terminal built beneath the existing station.
Said terminal was under about 20 feet of water during hurricane Sandy. The MTA estimates 2-3 years to repair, so in the meantime, they’ll re-open the South Ferry outer loop to passengers tomorrow morning at 5 am.
The station uses motorized platforms, or “gap fillers” for every door of the train, and only platforms the firs 5 cars. You should check it out at some point: the next time it closes, I doubt it will reopen.
Quietly and unceremoniously - the MTA’s New York City Transit has updated their regular subway map to include the last remaining service changes caused by Hurricane Sandy - namely the closure of South Ferry station, the severing of service to the Rockaways, and the temporary H shuttle train.
After the storm, as the system limped back to life to serve its wounded city, the MTA released “Recovery Service” maps, detailing what the current state of the subways was. The MTA was moving so quickly and the scene changing so rapidly that at some points they were changing the map 2 or 3 times per day.
This, however, is the first time the effects from the storm have seen their way onto the official, normal Subway Map. If nothing else, it’s a pretty humbling reminder to those of us, who’s lives have largely returned to normal, that there are many people who have not been so fortunate.
MTA to conduct “Full Line Review” for the G train.
The G is the black sheep of the NYC subway. It’s the only non-shuttle line that doesn’t enter Manhattan, and as such, its ridership is on the low end of the scale. The G has been scaled back from its original route many times, and while it used to head all the way out to Jamaica, it was shortened to Forest Hills, and later to it’s current terminal at Court Square, only venturing two stops into Queens. It runs short, 4 car trains, and while it’s generally on time, its trains are often frustratingly infrequent.
The original design of the IND system called for local trains along the Culver Line and the Queens Boulevard Line to be routed via Crosstown, and the express trains to head into Manhattan. This plan was gradually abandoned, as people complained about having to change trains.
It’s still the fastest way from Queens to Brooklyn, mind you. For many people, it’s the only rapid transit link nearby - and many of the areas it exclusively serves have undergone substantial growth in recent years.
Pressured by community leaders and politicians - the MTA will now put the whole line under the microscope, and see what can, and what should be done to improve service.
Can you hear me now? (No, there’s a train going by)
See that sign? See those little black domes on the bottom?
Cell phone antennas, just installed Tuesday night at Columbus Circle.
The question, though: Is cell phone service underground a welcome addition to a former dead zone, or an unwelcome intrusion into a former refuge of digital isolation? I’ll leave that for you to ponder.
What you’re looking at above are excerpts from the 1970 Graphic manual for the NYCTA put together by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda.
There are 468 subway stations in New York City. Well, 421 if you count stations connected by a transfer as a single station, but the point is there are a lot. Each of them is filled with signs. Signs on the street, signs on the platform, mezzanine, trains - there could easily be over a million system-wide. The influence of this humble manual can not be overstated.
That’s not Helvetica, by the way: it’s Akzidenz-Grotesk.