Transportation

On city buses and streetcars, you pulled a cord to request a stop.
Bus pull-cords
The cord caused a bell or buzzer to sound -- every time the cord was pulled.
Now we use "touch tape", which may ring a bell and light a "Stop requested" sign,
after which the bell won't sound anymore until after the doors are closed again.
Kinda takes away the opportunity for teenagers to be (as) obnoxious.

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Posted by paktype at 9:34 am (PST) on Thu January 25, 2018   
When I was a kid, the cord was usually pulled by multiple people to ensure that the driver knew they wanted to get off. Eventually the MTA installed a light hanging from the ceiling at the front of the bus that read "Stop Requested" after the first person pulled the cord. This way the driver wouldn't lose his mind and the cord and bell wouldn't break.
Posted by LoyalTubist at 8:47 pm (PDT) on Sat July 30, 2016   
We don't have anything on the city bus here. We simply shout, "Next stop, please!"
Posted by freddo30 at 10:17 am (PDT) on Thu March 24, 2016   
To my great delight the bus always stopped when I (age 3-5) pulled the cord. (of course only with mother's permission)
Just as great, our bus stop was at the fire station and I remember the fireman putting his boots on me (or me into his boots) and they actually had a dalmatian.
The downside was it meant a trip downtown to the cursed department stores to try on clothes, etc. although they still had elevators with a seated operator and wooden escalators.
Posted by Chuck Kopsho at 10:40 am (PST) on Mon February 10, 2014   
The transit buses here in San Diego always had the pull cords for as long as I can remember.
Posted by SUBSURF at 7:06 am (PDT) on Thu June 16, 2011   
Cords are returning. The newest buses in NYC have them. Transit agencys have finally realized the touch tape is more costly to maintain.
Posted by a former member at 3:43 pm (PST) on Tue March 2, 2010   
yeh i remember that went to high school everyday had to use it

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