Sunday, October 19, 2014

Service Change: NYC, Part 7 - The F, G, N, Q, and R (Including the Highest Elevated Train Station in the World)

"Gosh, Miles, why would you put so many lines in a single post?" Well, blog reader, it pays to check the MTA website beforehand to see what service changes (no pun intended) are in effect on weekends. As you'll see in the post, we ended up taking a lot of pointless train rides just because of weekend service changes. It all started with a trip to Smith - 9 Streets...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Service Change: NYC, Part 6 - The Q44 (Between Jamaica, Queens, and Bronx Park South)

As you may be able to tell, this is a long route. The Bronx Zoo to Jamaica is a pretty large distance, and therefore gets a lot of ridership that necessitates using articulated buses. The buses are fairly new and nice, yet they still don't have automatic announcements! Get your game on, New York! I couldn't understand what the driver was saying for the life of me! Anyway... getting off the 7 at Flushing - Main Street, we found we had just missed a Q44. Luckily, it still runs about every 10 minutes on Sundays, so another bus came soon.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Service Change: NYC, Part 5 - The J (Nassau Street Local)

Though it was elevated almost the whole way, this was not a very nice ride. We went through some pretty bad neighborhoods on the J that were really badly maintained: graffiti, abandoned buildings, total wreckages of buildings. There was a nice view over the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan, but that came much later...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Service Change: NYC, Part 4 - Jamaica Station

This was such a cool station that I decided to dedicate an entire post to it! Jamaica is the hub of the Long Island Railroad, has a connection with the Airtrain to JFK Airport, and has a subway station (with the overly long name of Sutphin Boulevard - Archer Ave - JFK Airport) served by the E and J lines. In fact, it's one of the busiest railroad stations in the world, with over 200,000 daily boardings and over 1,000 trains passing through every day.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Service Change: NYC, Part 3 - The 7 (Flushing Local)

When Googling which New York subway line is the most scenic, I ended up on some forum. Everyone said to ride either the 7 to Flushing or the F/G to Smith/9 Streets, and we decided to do the 7 (though we did Smith/9 Streets on my more recent trip to New York - post on that coming soon!). The line is nicknamed the "International Express" because of all the ethnic neighborhoods it passes through, as well as the fact that it served the 1964-65 World's Fair. It only has five underground stops before going elevated the rest of the way to Flushing. And it's a really fun ride, too.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Service Change: NYC, Part 2 - The E, S, 4, and 6

We took some interesting elevated lines on our trip to New York, but we also took a lot of underground lines. This is a post that covers all of the trips we made in the boring subterranean world.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Random Photos: Portal of Power

I figured I'd get one more post out before going to New York this weekend - again. I haven't even written about my subway rides from the last trip, and we plan to take some more on this one. As you can see, I'm really on top of things.

But anyway, this was taken from the Portal Park, right next to North Station. It was a pretty cool view.
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