New York City subway system question?

You know when the train suddenly stops, and then they announce that train disputer or traffic is ahead? What is disputer/ traffic? What exactly is going on in front of me? I have always been wondering when they announce it.

Asked By: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day - 5/2/2009
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Train movement is controlled by signals. A train will affect many signals behind it, generating a pattern of yellow and red signals. Unless otherwise directed the train operator (not driver, he does not steer) will proceed past t6he yellows until he gets to a red signal. Under certain conditions and with the... More
Answered By: bill k - 5/3/2009
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there is a train within the block of the signal...or more simply there is a red light in front of you because there is a train directly stopped infront of you.
Answered By: Maven - 5/2/2009
First of all, when a train is held by the "Train dispatcher," it mean the folks that controls the movement of the trains in the subway system radios the train driver and inform him/her to "stop and stay" at a station. This is usually done at major transfer points in the system, where the local or express train is... More
Answered By: Native New Yorker - 5/3/2009
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