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Old 12-28-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Plandome, NY
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after so many pages, i am surrprised no one here brought this up

This MAY be true but i think the conductor is full of it more times that I can count

-There is a train directly behind you
-There is train congestion ahead
-We are delayed because of signal problems

others
-Trains are delayed due to police investigation
-We are delayed because of a sick passenger

I remember once I was on west 4 street. I waited for the D train for about 20-25 min with no trains. When the train came, the conductor said there was train congestion ahead! Looking at the front side, there was no trains in front the one that came into the station.

As for rude asians....it stems from china. If you go there, mild pushing & shoving seems to be the cultural norm there. Go try buying food in chinatown the night before chinese new yr....you would think its end of the world!
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Pole leaning is THE numero uno dead giveaway that someone's not a native New Yorker. Case closed. It's like screaming "I'm a super doosh! and I'm totally new to NYC!!! Hey!"
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Bumping b/c I have a story and b/c this thread is epic and should be seen by all.

Folks, the train car is NOT your personal restroom. In the past week, I've seen someone paint their fingernails AND their toenails (yes, in February) with nail polish that had such a powerful smell, it would've knocked out Mike Tyson in his prime.

Woman sitting across: "Miss - I'm not sure if you know this but that polish smells really strong."
"Oh, I'm sorry."
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:19 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Bumping b/c I have a story and b/c this thread is epic and should be seen by all.

Folks, the train car is NOT your personal restroom. In the past week, I've seen someone paint their fingernails AND their toenails (yes, in February) with nail polish that had such a powerful smell, it would've knocked out Mike Tyson in his prime.

Woman sitting across: "Miss - I'm not sure if you know this but that polish smells really strong."
"Oh, I'm sorry."
Some years ago, a coworker of mine was polishing her nails on the NJ Transit train that morning and the conductor came over and asked her to please not do that. People were complaining about the smell. I found it amusing that she actually told us that.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Not subway per se but in the stations with escalators, people will sometimes not obey the unwritten "keep the left side open for people to actively walk up or walk down law." I find the perpetrators are usually a harmless but clueless tourist or a douchy kid.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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Default Bicycles during rush hour

There is no way this should be allowed. They take up 3 seats plus extra aisle room.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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Not subway per se but in the stations with escalators, people will sometimes not obey the unwritten "keep the left side open for people to actively walk up or walk down law." I find the perpetrators are usually a harmless but clueless tourist or a douchy kid.
This is especially true in the major transit hubs ( Grand Central, Times Square, Penn Station, etc.)
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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People who have to read their big books and big newspapers on a crowded train. Either get the kindle app on your phone or wait till you are off the train,ugh.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Long Island City, NY
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This seems to have stopped now (whew) but did anyone else ever witness the fruit snacks guy in Grand Central in the walkway between the 7 and the 4/5/6? Every day durning the morning commute... "fruit snacks one dollar one dollar one dollar" over and over. Who on earth buys fruit snacks at 9am?
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:57 AM
 
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after so many pages, i am surrprised no one here brought this up

This MAY be true but i think the conductor is full of it more times that I can count

-There is a train directly behind you
-There is train congestion ahead
-We are delayed because of signal problems

others
-Trains are delayed due to police investigation
-We are delayed because of a sick passenger

I remember once I was on west 4 street. I waited for the D train for about 20-25 min with no trains. When the train came, the conductor said there was train congestion ahead! Looking at the front side, there was no trains in front the one that came into the station.

Train congestion doesn't necessarily mean you will see the train that is causing the congestion..you usually won't. A lot of times it means that trains are being held in the stations ahead because of an incident that happened up the road.

There is ALWAYS another train coming up behind the one you are trying to get on..in most cases they run with eight to ten minutes between (less during rush hours) and much less time than that on the L line, which runs very frequently.

Signal problems are actually a huge factor in causing delays. A malfunctioning signal means it is not safe to proceed until the train operator gets the go ahead from the rail control, which can take some time, because rail control then gathers information and has to send people out to fix said signal. With personnel on the tracks making repairs, you then have trains slowing down for safety, causing further delays. The salt water from Sandy damaged a lot of signals in some areas, people thieving copper from the railroad damaged them in other areas. Plain old age and wear and tear causes other malfunctions.

"A police investigation"/"customer injury" a lot of times means someone has gotten hit by a train. All you have to do is read the paper to know how very, very often that has been happening. They have to divert trains, clean up the scene, and then get trains back to normal operation. The rest of the time, it is because the police are looking for a suspect or there is an armed/belligerent/threatening pasenger that needs to be removed via the police.

People get sick all the time on the trains..all types ride the trains. Elderly, frail, people with chronic illnesses (epilepsy/diabetes/heart disease/whathaveyou.) Most of the time when a train is delayed because of a sick passenger, it isn't just because that person threw up. It is because that person really needs medical attention in the form of EMS.

It isn't a conspiracy. Train crews don't like the delays anymore than passengers do, and most just want to get home on time. Involuntary overtime gets really old, really fast.
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