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Name That Bus Thing #3 - Yellow Bus Stop Identifiers
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« on: October 13, 2006, 09:50:22 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 11:45:28 AM »

An old-fashioned colored band on a wooden telephone pole that signified a bus stop.

In the Boston area, these bands were typically orange and were normally found along suburban routes.  Regular urban routes had proper 'No Parking - Bus Stop' signs, although I remember seeing signs on Washington St. in the Roslindale area in the early 1970's that still read 'No Parking - Trackless Trolley Stop' (more than 15 years after the last trolley coaches operated there).

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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 07:37:28 PM »

I think Jim has it right on the money. I think I remember seeing such poles in Eastern Queens years ago.
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2006, 01:15:39 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2006, 11:21:54 PM »

Sorry! Forgot about this :-)

Jim is 100% correct. It's your ordinary street corner utility pole plastered with yellow paint. The yellow paint signifies where a bus stop MIGHT be.

Many years ago, before the TA took over operation of some of the outer-borough bus companies, bus stop signage for these company routes were few and far between. The quick and dirty solution was a dab of yellow paint striping a utility pole that would inform both passengers and bus drivers it was a bus stop.

Today, you'll still see signs of them floating around, especially in southeastern Queens. If you've ever wondered why some utility ploes have yellow paint on them, now you know.
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2006, 11:43:26 PM »

RIPTA in Rhode Island used to have sign markers a bit like this. They consisted of the old "TA" logo painted onto a telephone pole.

I also noticed one that said something along the lines of "Fare Zone Boundary."
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2006, 12:31:14 AM »

Those yellow markings also hold true for the pillars under the 7 train of the Q 32. It is very helpful to the operator because it gets very dark under the EL and the bus stop signs are obstructed by the pillars.
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2006, 01:05:12 PM »

Those yellow markings also hold true for the pillars under the 7 train of the Q 32. It is very helpful to the operator because it gets very dark under the EL and the bus stop signs are obstructed by the pillars.
Some el pillars on both Westchester Ave.and White Plains Rd. in The Bronx also had them, as I recall.
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2006, 01:14:13 PM »

Can anyone tell me the location of the above photograph?
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2006, 01:16:36 PM »

Those yellow markings also hold true for the pillars under the 7 train of the Q 32. It is very helpful to the operator because it gets very dark under the EL and the bus stop signs are obstructed by the pillars.
Some el pillars on both Westchester Ave.and White Plains Rd. in The Bronx also had them, as I recall.

Any route where private buses ran should have some of these painted poles visible, though most of them will be washed-away due to age, weather and sunlight effects.

How many of them can you (our photofans) snap and post?
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2006, 08:34:33 PM »

All those rusty staples made it a giveaway as to what it was in the original picture.
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2006, 10:21:31 PM »

Can anyone tell me the location of the above photograph?

Is that along the Q46 route, a few blocks north of Utopia Parkway, across the street from SJU?

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You mean like the pole above?  Or just pillars/poles/support beams that have the yellow paint?  If so, then you'll find plenty along the A el along Liberty Ave. for the Q112 and the N el along 31st St. for the Q102.

Speaking of which with the Q102 and the yellow beams, this is the new "bus stop" under the el's that were in the middle of the street.  Just behind and to the right of that pic, there's a fence that cordons off the parking area so cars cannot enter nor block the area.
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2006, 01:16:36 PM »

I think I may have seen one of the painted poles on 46th Ave. and 167 St.
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2006, 01:20:21 PM »

All those rusty staples made it a giveaway as to what it was in the original picture.

You're right, but I couldn't make it too difficult.


Is that along the Q46 route, a few blocks north of Utopia Parkway, across the street from SJU?


No; I don't believe there are any painted utility poles anywhere along the Pike, but I could be (and often am) mistaken. Anyone else have an idea where the picture was taken? It was along a QV route, if that helps.
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« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2006, 01:20:43 PM »

I think I may have seen one of the painted poles on 46th Ave. and 167 St.

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« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2006, 08:51:20 PM »

I think I may have seen one of the painted poles on 46th Ave. and 167 St.

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Unfortunately, I did not have a camera with me at the time :-)
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« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2006, 09:46:38 PM »

The CCTA has recently put up all new "BUS STOP" signs around the county, some with the equivalent of the (old?) Guide-A-Ride. They painted over almost all the bands on the poles, but I know where one or two unpainted are. I'll snap a pic. Generally, it's a white band all the way around the pole (about a foot tall) with the words BUS STOP (stacked) crappily stenciled in blue. We're a little behind the times. Wink
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2006, 12:02:42 AM »

I think I may have seen one of the painted poles on 46th Ave. and 167 St.

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Unfortunately, I did not have a camera with me at the time :-)

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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2006, 10:52:01 PM »

Here's one I found last week:



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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2006, 05:10:00 AM »

I couldn't tell you where it is, but that's definitely a bus-stop identifier.
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