Whoa! Spotted at the Allen Medical Station. I encountered these new turnstiles wrapped and staged...for implementation? I need to Google this.
For the non-Buffalo reader, currently NFTA (Niagra Frontier Transit Authority) uses the honor system for fares. These pictures suggest we're going to a more conventional turnstile system.
We're going to get turnstile jumpers! More and more like New York City each day around here.
Click on each for the full-sized image.
Buffalo has two (Amtrak) train stations. One is called the Depew station, and is certainly interesting. But the other is located downtown on Exchange Street, which is my lifeline to New York City -- as if I'm always rolling back and forth there, which I do not these days because it's always expensive to go, and because, well, now COVID. But, I like the idea of being in some way at New York City's doorstep.
Last weekend I stopped by the new station which opened the weekend before and took pictures and videos. You can view the result at the New Exchange Street Station Google Photo Album.
The train to New York is both comfortable yet suspiciously impractical. Booked well enough in advance, some flights out of Buffalo to New York are actually about the same cost, or, certainly not much more expensive, than a two-way Amtrak ticket. And flights are usually listed as taking just an hour and a half, though, in practice, it takes about one hour. The train takes a whopping nine hours and it is generally accepted that in fact it will take longer. There's always some issue in the journey that causes a delay.
But that comfort thing is a big deal if you're in no particular hurry. There are no stifling crowds and none of the airport-grade security checkpoints. You just show up about a half hour before the train's arrival, board, then take advantage of plenty of leg room, wi-fi, and the occassional jaunt to the cafe car for drinks and snacks. It's nine (advertised) hours, yes, but they are actually pleasent making plane versus train worth the debate. The other real advantage is that the train slides into New York's Penn Station which is smack in the middle of where you likely want to be if you're going to New York, and connections to any other place you might.
When you consider the airport endpoint hassles, and the time getting from the airport to the places you want to actually be in the city when you arrive, the total time you need to spend in a discombulated transition state dramatically narrows the time gap advantage between the plane and train. For many, the comfort factor then settles the argument.
I made a few tweaks to my personal vehicle.
In a Facebook video I posted I talked about how I was not gradually turning my car into a fantasy cop car. Well, this weekend I added a few things and tweaked the exterior a little, as you can see.
But I promise, I still deny turning my vehicle into any such thing.
And since you dared "go beyond the Twitter", I'll confess: This is an actual law enforcement vehicle who I surmised belonged to a plain-clothes officer I spotted while in the Walgreens. He was conspicuously packing his firearm above a loose fitting shirt, which suggested to me he was probably a peripheral officer of some sort (say, a probation officer, fire investigator -- in Tampa, the transportation code enforcement officers even carried guns). So, in a way, you could say the actual officer was likely doing some fantasizing...kind of hamming himself up needlessly (dude, like, for the sake of the kids that might be in the store, put the shirt over the gun, please).
If a time traveler in 2010 had handed me a picture of 2020 me toting a shopping bag on my way TO the store ... while wearing a medical mask, I'd marvel LESS over the fact he was a time traveler!
And while I'm griping...
How horrifying is the "interviewer visit" that the prospect of one is wielded like some kind of threat? I mean, are they gonna show up with baseball bats?