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Re: Subway route letter uses

Posted by Joe V on Thu Oct 24 06:47:14 2019, in response to Re: Subway route letter uses, posted by zac on Wed Oct 23 21:48:44 2019.

It worked well on paper, but not intuitive to the public.

I lived in Woodhaven until 1969. I only remember RJ's northbound, at about 9am and around 7pm. When the PM RJ's reached Jamaica, they deadheaded back to ENY. QJ's were mixed in, despite what the schedule says. Then QJ's were cut to 6 car JJ's and sent back to Broad Street, with a quicky flip of the south signs at 168th Street. Whatever equipment they could stash in the 3rd track sidings they did. Then whenever 8 cars accumulated, that deadheads to ENY as well.

RJ's were simply QJ's to people on the Eastern Division, and they were really just the old "15's" with a new name. Few if anyone rode through between Court Street and Marcy Avenue, whether QJ or RJ, turning over their loads in lower Manhattan.

I think their real reason for the RJ to exist was to get the R16's out of ENY and onto RR service, which was accomplished within a month after Chrystie went into effect.

How far does the tunnel boring extend south of 95th Street/4th Avenue ?
Could it be activated to stash a few trains to help overcome the yard issue for the R ?

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