abandoned subway stations

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clburton
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abandoned subway stations

Post by clburton »

Does anybody know about any LEGAL trips or excursions to abandoned Subway stations.

JoshKarpoff
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Re: abandoned subway stations

Post by JoshKarpoff »

Occasionally the Transit Museum will offer tours of abandoned platforms (for a fee, obviously).
Check their events calendar often to see what tours are coming up in the next few weeks.
http://mta.info/mta/museum/programs.htm

Museum members get a discount.
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Allan
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Re: abandoned subway stations

Post by Allan »

clburton wrote:Does anybody know about any LEGAL trips or excursions to abandoned Subway stations.
Visits to abandoned stations was discontinued some years back. This occurred mainly due to some individuals being injured on some old equipment being stored on the platform. It was decided that the risk was to great (as well as so,e security issues) so the tours were stopped.

The only abandoned station that is visited is the IRT City Hall station and you MUST be a Transit Museum member in order to take this tour.

The next ones are scheduled for May 25 and June 19 (both are Saturdays). There are 2 tours on each day - Noon to 1 PM and 2 PM to 3 PM.

The cost is $25 in advance. You can still join the Museum and take the tour (if there is any space left) or future scheduled tours of City Hall station.

http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/#membership

Roadgeek Adam
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Re: abandoned subway stations

Post by Roadgeek Adam »

Damned political correctness, much?

They aren't falling on the tracks, and flashlights should be in good hand if people are so worried. If I ran the MTA, after services were done, I'd restore 91st Street as a museum honestly.
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Allan
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Re: abandoned subway stations

Post by Allan »

Roadgeek Adam wrote:Damned political correctness, much?

They aren't falling on the tracks, and flashlights should be in good hand if people are so worried. If I ran the MTA, after services were done, I'd restore 91st Street as a museum honestly.
Political correctness has nothing to do with it. The issue is safety and potential risk.

Someone fell over some old equipment on the platform of one of the stations (I think it may have been 91st St) and wound up suing the MTA. I don't know if they won or not. I think it is a good assumption that everyone on the tour had a flashlight (I know everyone did on all the tours I took).

"after services are done" - what does that mean?

91st St is a side platform and only 5 cars long - it would not be use useful as a museum since there are active tracks (24/7) next to it. The cost of putting up soundproof plexiglass at platform edge and other restoration would be prohibitive.

I'd like to see the lower level of City Hall (BMT) be used as an annex of the Transit Museum.

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