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Friday Facts: Gratuates, Fish Sandwiches, Little Rascals

Friday Facts: Gratuates, Fish Sandwiches, Little Rascals

:: Number of City-Suburban Transit Authority (CSTA) buses whose digital signs read “CONGRADULATIONS GRATUATES” earlier this week: 658 :: Reason given for the spelling error, by a CSTA spokesperson: “Just having a little fun.” :: Number of hours after this statement that the CSTA copped to it being a spelling error: 3 :: Number of…

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City’s First Subway Car Found

City’s First Subway Car Found

The second week of June 1901 saw the formal opening of the City’s first subway- what was to become today’s Brown Line- a modest straight line connecting the old Central Depot (across from Old City Hall, now Ludlow Plaza Station) and the Ostahanoc River, taking in the Downtown/Central Corridor areas, as well as the bustling…

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The Brothel Five Levels Below the Street

The Brothel Five Levels Below the Street

The old Central Depot, which sat across across Ludlow Plaza from Old City Hall from 1896 until its demolition in 1968, was a wonderful, massive gothic structure, covered in ornament and decoration which one doesn’t find much in today’s construction. It certainly isn’t found in its replacement, the City Centre Square building, a long rectangular…

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Snapshots: Last Days of the Riverfront Transit Center, 1933

Snapshots: Last Days of the Riverfront Transit Center, 1933

April, 1933 – This photo was taken one week before construction was “temporarily” halted on the City Transportation Company’s (Now the City-Suburban Transit Authority) planned transit center on the Ostahanoc Riverfront. To be built in stages, the center would have facilities for regional and local buses, planned subway and elevated train lines and even an…

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Dockside Residents Will Finally Ride Like The Rest of Us

Dockside Residents Will Finally Ride Like The Rest of Us

The City-Suburban Transit Authority has agreed to add full-length buses to lines serving the Dockside community, in a reversal of current policy and in response to harsh, ongoing criticism from local activists. For years, the CSTA had maintained that Dockside’s narrow streets made maneuvering full-size buses dangerous and difficult, while residents charged that the Authority…

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South Side Motorists See Red Over Orange Lights

South Side Motorists See Red Over Orange Lights

Many of the laws of physics quantified by Isaac Newton in the 17th Century were of great service to inventors in the centuries after his death in 1727. Even so, Sir Isaac probably never imagined that the kinetic energy released by the inherent explosive properties of fossil fuels would lead to a world nearly overrun…

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Don’t be Afraid of the Humpback Buses

Don’t be Afraid of the Humpback Buses

You may have noticed the City-Suburban Transit Authority’s fleet of buses are all starting to grow humps on their roofs. It is nothing to be alarmed about, since it is all part of the CSTA’s conversion to compressed natural gas-powered buses, something that sounds like an especially good idea with increased CSTA ridership (due to…

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Code 54 – Possible Body on the Tracks

Code 54 – Possible Body on the Tracks

No light rail or subway dispatcher in this city ever wants to get a Code 54, but that’s just what City-Suburban Transit Authority (CSTA) officials received when the 314 Orange Line local hit, then ran over what appeared to be “skeletal human remains” just past the Vespid Avenue stop Monday afternoon. The driver was virtually…

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Go There: American Insurance Holiday Model Railroad

Go There: American Insurance Holiday Model Railroad

Go There is a feature in which our writers tell you about tourist attractions and other places of interest around the city. The annual American Insurance Co. holiday model railroad display at Central Station has delighted kids since 1952. Each year, Warner Mendelsohn hunches over his soldering gun and recreates the city, in ever-increasing scope…

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Friday Facts: Graffiti, Flying Ravioli, Native Alabamans

Friday Facts: Graffiti, Flying Ravioli, Native Alabamans

:: Adelmorst is the longest city street name with all the letters in alphabetical order. :: Authorities still do not know who has been heavily tagging numerous Downtown, Central Corridor and Northside buildings with the phrase “Rock-n-Roll” over the last two months. :: Number of barriers erected in the West Sugar neighborhood to prevent speedy…

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