Archive for April, 2008

new york city transit musuem “train of many colors” to run on tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Leaving Times Square, Flushing Line platform, at 11:30 AM. Will be in revenue passenger service.
Here is the possible consist, from a source on

Car#: Car type

9306: R-33WF
6239: R-15
6609: R-17
5760: R-12
9068/69: R-33
9010/11: R-33
9016/17: R-33

keep your clothes on if you want to be a lifeguard

Saturday, April 5th, 2008


Lifeguards with no clothes on? Hey now. This could be interesting. I spotted this sign on the West Side.

charter a subway train for $4000

Saturday, April 5th, 2008


A Catholic high school in Queens is chartering a full length (8-car) subway train, similar to the one pictured above, to take them from Queens to midtown. The price is $4000. Not a bad deal. The article notes that Tom Cruise did something similar in 2006 to promote his new movie Mission Impossible: III. He was charged $10,000 for that ride since it was “more involved.”

a history of the seat pitch (legroom) on jetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008


Since 2004, jetBlue has been my favorite airline, and the one I fly the most. So I notice when they change things. Well, it seems like every day now they’re changing the seat pitch in their Airbus A320 aircraft. I decided to do a little research into what the seat pitch has been over the years. Here is what I’ve come up with. (All dates are approximate.)

Prior to November 2003 (source)
Rows 1-27 = 32 inches of seat pitch
Seat pitch was roughly identical for every row on the plane.

November 2003 to February 2007 (source)
Rows 2-10 = 32 inches of seat pitch
Rows 1 and 11-26 = 34 inches of seat pitch
One row of seats was removed from the plane, and 17 rows (mainly in the rear of the plane) received an extra two inches of seat pitch. A trade off was created – sit in the back and get extra legroom, or sit in the front and get off the plane quicker.

February 2007 to March 2008 (source)
Rows 1-11 = 36 inches of seat pitch
Rows 12-25 = 34 inches of seat pitch
Yet another row of seats was removed. This allowed the rows in the front of the aircraft to gain additional legroom, thereby ending the trade off. Sitting in the front of the plane was now a win-win, more legroom and quicker deplaning.

March 2008 to Present (source)
Rows 2-5 and 10-11 = 38 inches of seat pitch (called Even More Legroomâ„¢)
Rows 1, 6-9 and 12-25 = 34 inches of seat pitch (called Lots of Legroomâ„¢)
Some rows in the front gained legroom, other rows in the front lost legroom, and the rows in the back didn’t change. Now it costs extra to choose to sit in one of the rows with the greatest legroom, whereas previously you could make the choice for free.