JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) disagrees about the A train and Jasper-ness


Dear f. John,

I wonder why you would offer the opinion that an A train rider would likely not be a Jasper?

I was not a daily commuter but would often go home to LI on weekends. When returning to Alma Mater from home or from a foray into Manhattan (the borough), I would frequently take the A train to 168th St. and ride the elevator to the #1 train to complete the journey. I think I read somewhere that the A train’s run from 59th St. to 125th St. is the longest uninterrupted run in the subway system – so I felt like I was getting somewhere faster. Never did really figure out if the fuss/time of the elevator transfer at 168th negated the advantage.

But I do think you would find that Jaspers ride the A train. :-)

mike toner
Buffalo, NY
BEE ’72

Toner, Mike (MC1972)

[JR: I took the A when I lived at Indian Road. I suspected non-Jasperness from taking the A to Brooklyn. Didn’t sound it to me. But it’s just my opinion. We’ll see if she’s identified.]

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One response to “JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) disagrees about the A train and Jasper-ness

  1. Well, going back a bit…. The F train from Brooklyn to West 4th, and then the A train to the 168th switchover was quite the norm. Whole trip took maybe ??75 minutes?? at a good time, maybe two hours or more at 3am on a Sunday night.

    Those late nights at 168th were amazing. I was almost always the ONLY person sitting around at that station at those hours. Does it still look the same? Antique lighting fixtures and amazingly huge white tile arched ceiling?

    Is the elevator still a dilapidated iron monstrosity?

    Michael J. McFadden
    Peace Studies, ’73