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Re: Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System

Posted by Joe on Thu Dec 28 19:56:01 2017, in response to Left Behind by the Nationís Largest Subway System, posted by Michael549 on Thu Dec 28 00:18:03 2017.

The description of Nazir Zahid's quandary needs geographical exactness. Admittedly, Bronx rapid transit routes resemble the fingers of a hand, and the trick is to get from one line to another. However, the four buses he requires to get from Kingsbridge to West Farms must have some other wrinkle, as the Bx9, the former "Bronx & Van" streetcar route C, connects Kingsbridge with West Farms, and I rode that tedious one-vehicle ride often over six or seven decades.
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Two months ago, a well-traveled transit fan visited our city and attempted a Bronx tour, first up White Plains Road to East 241st Wakefield, then across town to the #1 train for a view of the 207th Street yard. The adventure consumed far too much time, especially with traffic jams on the Bx12 SBS. On the way south, an assault took place on the train arriving at 110th street, and following trains ran express as the police investigated. Thereby, he learned more of our city's transit.
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For a year in the 1960's I found myself making the weekly trip from Kingsbridge to Baychester Avenue on the Dyre Avenue line. Neither the crosstown buses nor the train to 96th Street and back up were satisfactory. The Uber estimate at this time is $18 to $25. The MTA estimate is $2.75.
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Fingers on a hand? The Third Avenue route, a Bronx finger has been amputated, to nobody's advantage.


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