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Old January 12th, 2012, 06:42 AM   #1581
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The overnight shutdown of the 4/5/6 trains between Grand Central and Atlantic Ave this week for maintenance work includes sprucing up and cleaning the stations:

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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:13 PM   #1582
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Great they do that! But wont it be smarter not only to paint but also to fix it and then paint?
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Old January 13th, 2012, 02:27 AM   #1583
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Is that baffling slotted between the pillars, is it new?
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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:45 PM   #1584
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Great they do that! But wont it be smarter not only to paint but also to fix it and then paint?
to the MTA, painting over it IS fixing it!

but nice to see them at least making an effort.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 04:58 PM   #1585
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Old January 14th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #1586
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Old January 15th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #1587
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Old January 19th, 2012, 06:51 AM   #1588
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Seen It All on Subway? Look Under This Seat

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

It was a few minutes before 4:30 a.m. when the call came in: a suspicious passenger was aboard a Manhattan-bound subway train. Other riders were alarmed. The suspect was said to be making furtive movements.

And there was something else: this suspect had a tail.

Last Friday — yes, it happened to be the 13th — the straphangers on a late-night D train were startled to discover that a nonhuman creature was in their midst. An opossum, to be precise.

The intrepid marsupial, which had apparently boarded after the train departed from its Coney Island terminus, had curled up beneath a seat, comfortably close to a radiator, as the train rattled through the wilds of Brooklyn.

There were several reasons this was rather strange.

For one thing, opossums tend to like trees. They are not big burrowers, although they have been known to venture below ground in search of food or warmth. And unlike rats or pigeons (often seen on A trains in the Rockaways), they do not commonly carouse within the city’s mass transit system.

But the opossum, as it turns out, is a nomadic creature — which perhaps explains its decision to hitch an interborough ride on the rails. And the animal disembarked only after some significant urging from the authorities.

The D train was evacuated after arriving at the West Fourth Street station in Manhattan, where a group of police officers, armed with heavy-duty gloves and a canvas bag, were on hand to nab their perp. The officers were turned back, however, after the animal bared its teeth and snarled, the police said.

This, apparently, was a job for the experts. The officers arranged for animal control agents to meet the train in a subway yard next to the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, according to Paul J. Browne, the chief police spokesman. Normal D train service was then resumed, after a 27-minute delay.

Neither the Police Department nor New York City Transit keeps statistics on subway animal incursions. But officials from both agencies said that such an occurrence was rare.

“A wild animal? This is the first anybody could remember,” said Charles F. Seaton, a transit authority spokesman, who sounded quite amused by the tale.

Anecdotally, however, the opossum seems to have its predecessors. An official at the transit workers’ union said he could remember seeing raccoons hanging around the D train platforms in the Bronx. One veteran subway worker recalled the presence of “subway cats” in the 1980s, but those, he said, frequented the tunnels, not the trains.

Pigeons often fly into open train doors in the Rockaways, where the stations are near the beach. Rats, of course, might as well be considered permanent residents of the system.

But opossums?

“It’s not surprising that one would wander into a train because they are so comfortable living around people,” said Patrick Thomas, the general curator at the Bronx Zoo. “It might have been drawn to the train by heat, or the smell of food.”

Mr. Thomas said he wondered if the opossum had slipped onto the train through an open door, before passengers came onboard. “They would look for a dark area where it’s quiet,” he said.

There remains one prevailing mystery regarding this particular opossum: what exactly became of it?

Officials from New York Animal Care and Control did not return repeated calls, and the city’s health department, which oversees animal control, said that the group was not involved in the removal. Transit officials could shed no further light on the matter.

The lesson for straphangers is clear: the next time you ride a D train, wear shoes.


An opossum that rode on a D train early one morning last week might have been drawn by heat or the smell of food, an animal expert said.
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Old January 19th, 2012, 06:48 PM   #1589
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Supposedly, the subway union there has recently drummed up a compaign, being a contest among their members to produce the most dramatic photograph of a rat to date, for the purpose of bringing their management teams up to speed, because their pleas to them that they become more proactive with any rat-eradication programme they might've adopted there keeps falling on deaf ears so far, keeps being dismissed. It's now become a concern of safety. (There's a video floating out on the Net; showing a sleeping man with his outstretched legs rapidly climbed onto and up by some frightened, on-board rat that clambered all the way up to the poor passenger's face; thus jolting him awake into a sheer state of panic.)
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Old January 20th, 2012, 12:28 AM   #1590
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I really like the refresh of the stations. Its exactly that what makes sense. They clean the rails from this ugly mud and repair a lot of things.
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Old January 20th, 2012, 08:12 AM   #1591
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It was the case of the missing marsupial.

After it emerged that a stowaway opossum had been spotted aboard a late-night subway train last week in Brooklyn, forcing the evacuation of fellow riders and a delay on the D line lasting nearly 30 minutes, one key question remained unanswered:

What happened to the opossum?

Some officials claimed the creature had been given to a Manhattan animal care center, but the city insisted it had no record of having received it. The police said the opossum had been carried away in a cage, but no subway workers could recall such details.

It seemed the only place where the marsupial had unequivocally turned up was on Twitter, where a wag writing under the name of “SubwayPossum” claimed he was partying with Jay-Z and mired in negotiations for a tell-all memoir.

The truth, now that it has finally come out, is more reassuring, if not as glamorous.

But first, a few details of the opossum’s unauthorized journey must be recounted.

The enterprising animal was reported on the D train around 4 a.m. on Friday, and by 4:30 it had been contained by the police, though after some resistance involving the baring of teeth. The officers locked the opossum inside the train car, which was taken out of service and sent to the rail yards near 205th Street in the Bronx.

The train arrived at 5 a.m., at which point the doors were sealed. There the opossum sat for nine hours, with no heat, food or water, as transit officials waited for animal control workers to respond. The average temperature on Friday was a chilly 39 degrees, but one local expert believed the quarantine did not do the animal any harm.

“Assuming that possum had eaten and drank fairly close to the time it got on the car, nine hours wouldn’t really have affected it,” said Mickey Wright, president of Critter Control in Westchester County. Opossums, he added, “can go for days and days without food.”

There may even have been a perk: “He’s one of the only beings in New York City to ever have a subway car to himself,” a spokesman for New York City Transit, Charles F. Seaton, said.

At 2 p.m., police officers from the local precinct arrived to assess the situation. Initial reports had the officers taking the opossum to a Harlem shelter run by New York Animal Care and Control, which routinely handles skunks, raccoons and snakes. (One worker said a tiger showed up once.)

But city officials said they “triple- and quadruple-checked” and found no mention of an opossum’s being picked up and dropped off.

Late Thursday afternoon, an e-mail arrived from the Police Department. It turned out that officers in the Bronx had summoned a group of emergency service officers, an elite squad that handles complex jobs, including capturing rogue coyotes and apartment-invading hawks.

It was only then that the opossum was removed from the D train and, as a police spokesman put it, “released into an adjoining wooded area.”

The opossum’s rescuers also bestowed a name on the animal: Jerome, after the avenue in the Bronx that runs alongside the rail yard. Jerome has not been seen, or heard from, since.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 11:38 PM   #1593
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Tragedy rode the rails yesterday, as three men were killed by subway trains in separate incidents — and a fourth man was found dead in a Queens station, authorities said.

The day of underground bloodshed began at 8:25 a.m. as Brian Omara of Garden City was standing on the tracks between the Union Square and Third Avenue subway stops when he was struck by a Brooklyn-bound L train.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and no criminality is suspected, authorities said. It is unclear why he was on the tracks.

A 4 p.m., a Crown Heights man was hit by an A train at the Nostrand Avenue station in Brooklyn.

A friend at the station said the man worked at the station selling Metrocard swipes and that his body was discovered by a train conductor. There were no witnesses and it is unknown whether there is any criminality, cops said.

The third man was killed when he was pinned between an oncoming L train and the station platform at the Sixth Avenue station at about 10:10 p.m.

When the train stopped his head was squeezed between the train and platform with his body out of sight below him.

A fourth man was found dead in the Elmhurst Avenue subway station in Queens at about 2 a.m. Police said the man has not been indentified but that criminality is not suspected.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 06:09 AM   #1594
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Wow, time for platform screen doors or platform edge doors.
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Wow, time for people to start realizing that alcohol/drugs and trains form a lethal combination.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 11:35 AM   #1596
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Wow, time for people to start realizing that alcohol/drugs and trains form a lethal combination.
Well, of course, but in these cases i have read nothing about alcohol or drug use in those 3 cases.
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probably just stupidity.
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probably just stupidity.
Accident... medical issue... malice...
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Why TF would anybody in his right mind be standing on the tracks?
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