Friday, September 3, 2010

Signs, signs, everywhere signs...

...fucking up the scenery,
 breaking my mind.
do this, don't do that,
can't you read the signs?
                             ---Tesla

The city has gone completely batshit lately, adding new traffic signs all over the place, making life miserable for us cabbies.  We always have to keep the signs in mind while driving, so we can make sure we choose an efficient route.  A mistake can cost several blocks of   a detour, and create a pissed off customer.

Just the past week, NYCDOT has added several No Left Turn signs, which are: from Park Ave So. onto 23rd Street, from 34th Street onto 1st Ave, from 34th Street onto 2nd Ave, from 23rd Street onto 2nd Ave, from 96th Street onto 2nd Ave, from Park Ave So. onto 17th Street, from Park Ave So. onto 19th Street, and from 23rd Street onto 9th Ave.  Did I miss any?  I"m not sure, kind of tough to keep this all in mind.

Of course, we've had signs forever.  No turns from 5th Ave onto 42nd Street, from 42nd Street onto Madison Ave, from 57th Street onto Madison Ave, from 14th Street onto Union Sq East, from 3rd Ave onto 25th Street.

We also have the timed signs, which say no turns from 7AM to 7PM such as: from 34th Street onto 7th Ave, from 57th Street onto Broadway or 7th Ave, from 42 Street onto Vanderbilt Ave, from 23 Street onto 5th Ave, from 23rd Street onto 7th Ave, from 6th Ave onto 34th Street, from 34th Street onto park Ave, from 57th Street onto park Ave, from 57th Street onto 8th Ave, from 57th Street onto 3rd Ave.

You get all that?  Do you have it all memorized? Did you even read it, or did you just skim it over with glazed eyes.  We have to keep this shit in mind all the time, so we can make the most efficient detour if necessary.  Many times, a passenger will tell us to ignore the sign.  Don't worry, they say, you won't get a ticket.  Whatever, it's not your license, Asshole.

2 comments:

  1. I definitely just skimmed. Wow, I can't believe you have all of that memorized (and more, I'm sure). Do you have to study these and pass some sort of test before you get started as a driver?

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  2. I had to go to school for two weeks and take a test, but it had nothing to do with these signs. we had to study water crossings, landmarks and parks. Parks! No one has ever jumped in my cab and said, "Quick! Take me to Damrosch Park!" But, I had to study it. The real useful information wasn't taught at all, for the test was designed by people who've never driven a cab.

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