Utica Avenue Is a Fast Station

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Utica Avenue Is a Fast Station

Postby eastwind » Sun May 28, 2017 8:21 pm

In a YouTube video I'm watching ("NYC Subway HD: Budd R32 A Train Railfan Window RFW Ride (Dyckman St - Lefferts BLVD) 6/24/15" posted by FanRailer on Jun 26, 2015), at time mark 57:15 I notice an unusual sign.
An eastbound A express has stopped at Nostrand Avenue on the Fulton Street line. On the east wall of the station in plain view of the train operator is this sign:
"ATTENTION T/O'S / THE NEXT STATION / UTICA AVE / IS A FAST STATION / START BRAKING EARLY / BEFORE ENTERING"

I had never noticed this sign before. Is it new?
What precisely does it mean? That is, what is a "fast station"?
I have never heard this term before. Is it applied to any other station?
Also, what is the need for the sign, when presumably a series of timed S signals would accomplish the same thing?
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Re: Utica Avenue Is a Fast Station

Postby trainbrain » Sun May 28, 2017 8:51 pm

Is there possibly a down grade leading into the station? That might cause trains to enter faster than normal.
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Re: Utica Avenue Is a Fast Station

Postby rr503 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:03 am

That's correct -- there's a good downhill coming into the station. It's famous for being an overrun hotspot. The sign's been there for a while, idk when it was installed though. I'm also pretty sure they've put timers in on the grade which obviates the need for it.
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Re: Utica Avenue Is a Fast Station

Postby eastwind » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:31 pm

Thanks for the explanation, rr503.

Are there any other "fast" stations?
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