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1965 blackout (how buses were affected)

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:35 pm    Post subject: 1965 blackout (how buses were affected) Reply with quote

All:

Though only a grade school kid at the time, I well remember the infamous 1965 blackout, that brought New York to a screeching halt

Subways, els, commuter trains, elevators, escalators.....everything stopped.

I've long been curious as to how NYCTA bus operations were affected by the blackout; of course, there were no traffic lights, nor street lamps.

This, by itself, must have made driving a city bus (or any other vehicle, for that matter) quite an adventure.

Certainly, schedules must have fell by the wayside.

How were the depot/garages affected?

Did any of these facilities have emergency generators, or did everything simply grind to a halt when the power went off?

What about PABT operations?

Look forward to any input (and, perhaps, personal recollections) of that dark evening......

"NYO"
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W.B. Fishbowl



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was one picture from the blackout of a MaBSTOA Fishbowl packed like sardines, it's a wonder anyone survived that trip in terms of not suffocating. But don't forget, while the power may've been out, there were no electric cars and whatnot in those days.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W.B. Fishbowl wrote:
There was one picture from the blackout of a MaBSTOA Fishbowl packed like sardines, it's a wonder anyone survived that trip in terms of not suffocating. But don't forget, while the power may've been out, there were no electric cars and whatnot in those days.


W.B:

I THINK I recall seeing that same photo in a magazine many years ago (LIFE? LOOK?)

Again, I would imagine that schedules were simply tossed to the winds, especially with no traffic lights (nor street lamps)

Over the years, I've read a number of accounts on stalled trains, stranded subway riders, etc., but virtually nothing on how the buses were affected.

I am sure the next morning's rush hour was also quite interesting.......

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC, the city asked the TA to place several buses with the "batwing" signs in strategic spots, to benefit from their lighting......
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