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Re: Subway route letter uses

Posted by randyo on Tue Oct 22 16:45:51 2019, in response to Re: Subway route letter uses, posted by Joe V on Tue Oct 22 07:10:24 2019.

Correct. That was part of the NYCTA’s “Manhattan centric” attitude that eliminated the Bkln branch names from the Southern Div signs on the R-32s and up. The cesspool of incompetence that passes for TA planning argued that the IRT and IND divisions did not have the branch names on the roll signs so why should the BMT be any different. It was pointed out that the BMT was the only division that had multiple routes going to a common terminal, Coney Island but that didn’t seem to make a difference to the so called TA management. Even including the designation “Bway” on the rollsigns didn’t make any sense since all the souther Div routes with the possible exception of the Sea Beach had service that operated to both Bway and Nassau St. The only correct sign was the “TT/West End Lcl” since it gave only the branch name and not the Manhattan trunk line. Also missing was provision for a single letter “R” for the 4 Av Express or “Bankers’ Special” which continued to operate until Chrystie. The TA’s response was to misuse the letter “M” for both the Brighton and 4 Av Bankers’ Specials.

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