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Re: Tuscarora Almanac for November 15

Posted by randyo on Fri Nov 15 18:09:42 2019, in response to Re: Tuscarora Almanac for November 15, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Fri Nov 15 12:29:39 2019.

The complete elimination of the BMT Southern Div branch lines didnít take place till the R-32s. The Eastern Div was a different story since for some inane reason, the names Bway Bkln, Jamaica and Myrtle were not used but the JJ, J/JJ and M signs simply read Nassau St either Lcl or Exp as appropriate. Pre R-27, the only BMT line that used only its Manhattan route in its name was the 14 St Line. Considering the way the BMT routes were configured, I never could understand why the word ďBwayĒ was included on the side signs since with the exception of the Sea Beach Line and earlier the Culver, all the Southern Div routes had services to both Bway and Nassau St. When the branch line names were eliminated from the R-32s and up the so called rationale for it was that since the other divisions didnít include the branch lines on their signs, why should the BMT? Even though it was pointed out that the BMT was the only division that had multiple branches with a common terminal the cesspool of incompetence that passed for TA planning didnít seem to care. Itís only recently that the TA has opted to include the branch lines on the signs of the R-46s, NTTs and earlier the retrofitted signs of the R-32s through 38s before they were scrapped.

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