This was a really cool gig for me. When I was hired I had NO IDEA it would turn out to be as fun as it was – one of the perks of being a photographer!
I was hired by the Transportation Learning Center to accompany their Project Associate as she visited various training sites for NYC Transit workers. Each of the sites had been awarded a grant as part of the Transit Green Jobs Training Partnership, and the TLC rep was visiting the sites to interview the training providers. For the first half of the day I moved quietly around the back of conference rooms taking photos while the interviews were conducted and honed my fly-on-the-wall skills.
AND THEN! I was magically transported (heh) to a secret underground lair!
Ok no, it wasn’t really like that, but it did feel that way to my overactive imagination. What actually happened was we went to the 8th Avenue and 14th Street subway station where I was given a brief tour of the Signal Training School that’s housed there. While it’s not exactly hidden per se, I’ve been inside that very station a million times and I never knew the school existed! It was fascinating. NYC’s very own Harry Potter!
Very impressive, MTA. Not too shabby. I’m glad there’s an entire school dedicated to this because I ride the subway every day and it’s good to know I’m in safe, well-trained hands!