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Re: Subway route letter uses

Posted by Dyre Dan on Sat Oct 26 18:47:08 2019, in response to Re: Subway route letter uses, posted by BusRider on Sat Oct 26 15:42:15 2019.

I can't speak for the MTA, but "K" just never felt right to me as a replacement designation for the AA. I would have preferred "I", no one would really confuse an IND train with the 1, especially if they wrote it with serifs. Then the 8th Ave. line would have been the A-C-E-I. Three vowels. It fits a lot better than A-C-E-K. But they went with K, and I think they regretted it from the start. Many K trains were not signed as K at all. So they dumped it and made the C the main 8th Avenue local. For a time, it terminated at 145th St. non-rush hours, meaning the A had to make local stops at 155th and 163rd when the B wasn't running to 168th. Then they swapped north terminals of the B and C and the C effectively became an extended version of the old AA.


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