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Old 07-09-2014, 08:55 PM   #21781
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I love urban infrastructure, especially those cute little mini-metro systems like DC, Chicago and St. Louis.



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R-44 was interesting, because I got a very free hand designing the cab/control consoles, so it was sink or swim all on my own efforts.
Gotcha. I thought maybe you had some insider knowledge about the cars' rather odd reputation for structural failures and fires / accidents.


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R-44 chassis were made a very long time ago, and they varied in length by over a foot from shortest to longest.
Wait, what?! I know they were the first 75-footers on the BMT, but weren't the R44's all manufactured in the same factory within a relatively short period of time? How do you get a variance of even 1cm from one car to the next, much less a whole foot?!

Is that why the seating configuration on them is so weird?

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Old 07-09-2014, 09:51 PM   #21782
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Ukrainian Astronomers Officially Name a Star "Putin is a ********"



The Kepler Astroseismic Science Consortium has a funding project called the Pale Blue Dot Project, which allows anyone to purchase naming rights to a star for the astronomically (see what I did there?) low price of $10.00. A group of Ukrainian astronomers did just that, and elected to name a star "Putin-Huilo," with "huilo" being Ukrainian slang for "********," "asѕhole," or "dipѕhit."

The astronomers got the name from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia's now-famous outburst in June, in which he yelled "Putin is a ********!" in front of an angry crowd outside the Russian embassy in Kiev. The diss may seem rather pedestrian to the rest of us, but it's rather unique coming from a government official. The Kremlin called for Deshchytsia's resignation after the outburst, to which Deshchytsia presumably replied "lol no."
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:21 PM   #21783
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I love urban infrastructure, especially those cute little mini-metro systems like DC, Chicago and St. Louis.
Mini-metro systems?

Pfft, those are goliaths compared to some.





Look at how cute.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:35 PM   #21784
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future dc metro cars under test:







the faster they replace the 1000 series, the faster they can stop worrying that a collision wont squoosh the cars flat.



Right now they have the 1000 series cars restricted to internal positions only.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:14 PM   #21785
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Mini-metro systems?
We have a monorail that has no purpose other than creating a place for hobos to hang out.


Tokyo's subway system:


Ive heard that even the locals get lost inside some of the bigger stations.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:20 PM   #21786
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Mini-metro systems?

Pfft, those are goliaths compared to some.

(Detroit)

Look at how cute.
Hahaha. I honestly have trouble taking things like the Detroit Peoplemover seriously as a mass-transit system. I mean, the JFK Airport AirTrain alone is nearly three times as large as the entire Detroit Metro rail system in terms of both trackage (8.1 mi vs 2.9 mi) and ridership (14,525 vs. 5,300 riders per day).


When you look at the NYC Subway, things start to get impressive. 232 route-miles of track, and 5.4 million riders per day. That's 79x the entire population of Detroit.

Per day.

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To spare you of long and boring stories that i don't even really feel like typing. Our public transport and metro systems are non existent in this city.

Mainly because we were the car capital of the world. Everyone owned a car here, thus the city streets were built accordingly.



A random google image of a random street in the city of Detroit. 8 lanes with a turn lane.
They're all like this and bigger. Normal random side roads 4 or even 6 lanes wide. One way streets 5 lanes wide. It's pretty cool to see and drive on. Rarely ever congestion.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:22 PM   #21788
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Tokyo's subway system:
Now that's a proper mass-transit system, right up there with Moscow, Paris, London and Beijing.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:45 AM   #21789
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Mandatory Fun is nearly upon us.







And soon, I shall rejoin the ranks of car-owners.
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:05 AM   #21790
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That system is amazing. Dude I work with is from Brooklyn (Six point Brewing is from there and they make amazing beer). He says there's a subway that goes from Manhattan to NJ?
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:49 AM   #21791
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He says there's a subway that goes from Manhattan to NJ?
Yeah, the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) subway. It's technically separate from the NYC Subway, but the two systems connect at several points, and the MetroCard is honored on both systems for pay-per-ride users.



I actually live in Hoboken, NJ and work in Manhattan, so I ride the PATH train (blue line) every day from Hoboken to 33'rd st. You can see two of the PATH lines (which go through hundred-year-old cast iron tubes at the bottom of the Hudson River) in the NYC Subway map above:





In total, we have 9 major rail systems here, all of which connect at at least one point with the exception of the SIRR, which connects to the NYC Subway (1 line, South Ferry Station) only by way of the Staten Island Ferry:

PATH
NYC Subway
Staten Island Railroad
Long Island Railroad
Metro North Railroad
Amtrak
New Jersey Transit
Newark Airtrain
JFK Airtrain


Actually, since the NJTrans train (from Penn Station in Manhattan to Secaucus Junction in NJ) also runs under the Hudson river, it could technically be considered a second subway system joining Manhattan and NJ, however it is generally considered to be a railroad system rather than a commuter subway.

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Built back in 1875, Istanbul happens to have second-oldest subterranean urban rail line in the world.

There is no map.

The whole thing is 573 meters long.
That's about half a mile.

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Built back in 1875, Istanbul happens to have second-oldest subterranean urban rail line in the world.
That's one very nice-looking station.

Sidebar: Funicular is a funny-sounding word, at least in English.


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The Riverline is scary. Full of people who won't pay the $1.50 one-way ticket price.
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I'd only feel safe in the New York Subway system with these guys watching my back.





I'm not taking any chances getting attacked by the lead singer for Rush......

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