Woman Killed By MTA Bus In Queens

Late Wednesday night, a 55 year old woman was struck & killed by a Q47 bus at the intersection of Astoria Blvd & 80th St. Alison Fox of AMNY has more:

A 55-year-old woman was hit and killed by an MTA bus in Queens late Wednesday night, police said.

The woman, Melania Ward, was crossing the intersection of Astoria Boulevard and 80th Street about 10 p.m. when she was struck, police said. She was a few blocks from her home in the Ditmars-Steinway area.

The bus, the Q47, was rounding the corner and turning right onto 80th Street when the two collided, police said.

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My condolences to the friends & family of the victim.

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Subway Booth Clerk Rubbing The Wrong Way

I guess someone was feeling frisky late on Tuesday as Harold Sisselman, a 51 year old subway booth clerk was caught rubbing his penis out in the open by 2 passengers. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more:

A subway token booth clerk was charged with public lewdness for allegedly polishing something more personal than turnstiles in a Queens station, police said Wednesday.

Two riders who approached the booth at the 61st St. station in Woodside late Tuesday observed clerk Harold Sisselman, 51, handling his privates, a police spokeswoman said.

The riders, a 19-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, called the police. Officers charged Sisselman with public lewdness and released him with a desk appearance ticket ordering him to appear in court at later date, the spokeswoman said.

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To be honest, I am torn about this story. On one hand, I do not feel playing with your penis out in the open is a wise idea. However on the flip side, was it really necessary to call the cops & potentially lead to this guy no longer having a job? Truthfully if he was doing what we think he was, tell me of an adult of either sex that does not do that in general? The answer is no one…..

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Service Diversions 09-11-14

Get a head start on your weekend travel plans as I have just updated the Service Diversions through all of next week.

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Bedbugs Strike Again

At the rate this is going, I will probably need to make a category for all these bedbug stories! The disgusting & useless animals have once again been sighted on a NYC Subway. This time the unfortunate victim is the R Train.

Since last Wednesday, MTA NYC Transit has had to take 3 R Train trains out of service due to bedbug sightings. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more:

Bedbugs have jumped over to the R train — one subway line that had not been affected by a series of recent sightings of the dreaded bloodsuckers riding the rails.

Since last Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken three R trains out of service after receiving reports of bedbugs on board, transit sources said.

“The MTA is losing the war on bed bugs,” said Joe Costales, a chairman with the subway workers union, Transport Workers Union Local 100.

The MTA confirmed that it fumigated 16 trains after bedbugs were found on board last month.

In addition to the September sightings on the trio of R trains, an A train was sent to a rail yard after a bedbug sighting was made within the last week, the sources said.

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This is becoming a huge nightmare for the agency. Sadly I can picture the TWU using this as an issue to attack the much maligned agency. However I don’t know how much can be expected from them as it is the riders who are bringing them into the system. So fumigating on a regular basis would probably be a big waste of financial resources.

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Fiction That Is So Real….

Normally it is all about the news here on Transit Blogger but I just had to share this video a friend of mine posted on Facebook. I can’t believe I have never seen it before. While it is fiction, it sure feels real to us NYC Subway regulars!

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