Last week, I found a notice on the seat of an eastbound LIRR train from the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen blasting the MTA for laying-off 25 Assistant Signalmen positions as a PR-motivated move to show how their saving money. The group says it comes at a big risk to riders: “The LIRR has some very old and potentially dangerous equipment and even though it was designed to keep the public safe, it does have a finite life and in time it becomes obsolete and dangerous.” Considering today’s shutdown, this has to be one of the most perfectly timed pieces of union literature ever distributed (click to enlarge).