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You’ve probably noticed the whimsical Tom Otterness Life Underground sculptures while at the 14th Street A/C/E station, but did you notice the MTA Signal Learning School? Heralded by a traffic light that actually changes colors, the official name of the school is the Charles E. Morehouse Signals Learning Center. According to a nearby plaque, Charles “exemplified the commitment to excellence that is the trademark of maintenance of way-signals” from 1953-2002.

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Inside, suddenly the transit system turns into a 1960s era school corridor, with linoleum floors, glass block walls and a paneled, dropped ceiling. There isn’t too much written about the Signal Training Center, but we do know that in December 2013 a new exit was installed to go directly to street level, along with a new fire sprinkler system.

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Charles E. Morehouse Signal Learning Center-Signal Training School-MTA-Operations Training-14th Street-A:C:E-Subway Station-NYC

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3 Comments

  1. david perlmutter says:

    This is cool! I didn’t know the Signal School was there. Have you covered the Transit School at PS 248 in Brooklyn? I was lucky enough to take the MTA’s Track Safety course there last fall, where they walked us out onto live subway tracks. What an experience! http://wikimapia.org/12803966/MTA-New-York-City-Transit-Learning-Center

  2. Ken Grant says:

    There are six 14th street subway stations – which one is this?

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