Block ticket

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I haven’t seen one of these in years. But if you ride the subways in NY, you’ve probably seen them many times. So of course you’re dying to know how I acquired one of these block tickets.

I had the commute from hell going to my loctician for a hair appt. The drive usually takes about 45 min but my mom had another errand to take care of, I had to go by public transit.

If you’re familiar with the NYC subway, then you may or may not know about the “A” train to Queens. If you’ve ever rode it to Far Rockaway, then you know how long, though somewhat scenic, that ride is. The initial plan was to take one bus to the subway station, then ride the train the rest of the way there. That bus was taking too long to come so I found another bus that would take me closer but not all the way to the destination. I rode that bus to it’s last stop, then headed for the subway across the street.

I only made it as far as Arverne, but I’m thinking at least I madr it to the Rockaway peninsula. I’m on the platform for about 10 minutes when someone suddenly comes upstairs on the opposite platform and announces there’s a power outage and folks have to take the bus.

A large crowd is waiting on the platform for the train headed in the opposite direction. Of course folks are grumpy as we all file our way down to the station clerk. He’s behind the booth giving out block tickets for people to take the bus. So   preoccupied with telling folks how to get to Rockaway Blvd where they could catch the train again & continue their travel, leaving the rest of us wondering how to get to Mott Ave. Clerk blindly without thinking tells us to take the 52 bus. The same one I rode over to the Rockaways that terminated at the subway.

I take a block ticket. Haven’t seen one of them in years, not at least since riding the subways regularly in high school. MTA workers still don’t know how to give proper alternative route information, that hasn’t changed. I eventually made it to my appt, 1/2 hour late. Happy that I didn’t stick with my initial plan to take the subway & probably end up stuck on a train over the water.

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