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One of the things we take for granted in this city are the tireless efforts performed by subway conductors. They oversee the same route back and forth, doing their best to get us where we want to go all day long, all while trying their best to keep us safe. Only to have some yahoo attack one of them in the middle of the day.
According to a report in the New York Post, a female subway conductor was punched at 3:00 p.m. at the Brighton Beach station this past Thursday. She was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where her injuries were deemed non-life threatening.
Now that I think about it, I left the Sheepshead Bites offices at 2:30 p.m. last Thursday. If you remember, it was really cold, wet and snowy that day. I was freezing my butt off waiting for an uptown Q at the Sheepshead Bay Road station, watching in increasing annoyance as three express B trains went by with no sight of a Q anywhere.
The train was obviously delayed because of this incident. Another reason to thank the jerk who attacked that conductor.
Visual News created a cool new graphic of the busiest subway stops in New York. I took a slice of the map to show you our area, which compared to Manhattan, is comparatively light.
Predictably, Times Square is the busiest station, averaging 182,170 riders, followed by Grand Central, 34 St-Herald Square, 14 St-Union Square and 34 St Penn Station.
Based on Visual News’s chart, the Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach station sees about 10 to 19,000 riders per day. Bensonhurst stops are comparable to Sheepshead Bay. Interesting stuff.
Screenshot from NY1 report.
The Kingsborough Community College yellow buses that have been shuttling students from the campus to the Brighton Beach subway station is now in jeopardy, as school officials threaten to cut the program following complaints that students are using the rear emergency exit to disembark.
NY 1 reports that locals are complaining about students dangerously jumping from the rear door in the packed shuttle buses, rather than make their way to the front when the buses arrive at the station.
The school launched the shuttle program several years ago to alleviate crowding on the B1 and B49, by providing an alternate way for students to get to the station. A cancellation of the program would put hundreds of students back on city buses.
But the school isn’t giving the ax to the shuttle buses, operated by SAFE Coach Bus Company, just yet. In the face of complaints, they’ve placed school safety officers on the buses and are warning students of the risks of using the back door.
The bus company, though, is also coming under fire from the MTA, which claims that the yellow buses are pulling into city bus stops, forcing the B1 to pull two car’s widths away from the curb, discharging passengers and disabled riders into the street rather than the sidewalk. The school said SAFE is now working with the MTA and the NYPD to find a better place to let passengers out.
The MTA said they’re also adding more B1 and B49 buses to the route, beginning next week.