Coming Soon: @FakeAlbany

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Here’s a fun time-waster. Since Monday, @FakeMTA has been posting faux transit updates on Twitter. Examples: "Sneak peek at completed Second Ave. Subway released!" and "If passengers don’t move all the way into the car, the C train is going to turn around and go home." There are benign neighborhood-specific barbs as well, with the L line as a favored target.

Surprisingly (or not), @FakeMTA isn’t the only agency impersonator. For official, oddly engrossing transit Tweets, try @NYCTSubwayScoop.

We know what you’re thinking. As of this writing, @FakeNYCDOT is still available.

  • We already have @fakealbany, and we’ve had it at least as far back as Al Smith.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    I gotta say, since seeing this a few days ago, I’ve decided it might be the one thing that will personally get me Twittering (note: we have a Streetfilms account, but that is only for news and Streetfilms stuff.)

    It is genius. I am highly entertained by every tweet. I love it!

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