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  3. This isn't the thread for this question, but I'll answer it. Neither of them failed. The double decker actually passed tests outside of height restrictions. 37 buses were originally going to be ordered for the x17J and some of the other via Jersey routes, but that plan was eventually dropped, reason being that those buses would be permanently at Charleston, and they would rack up miles really fast. It made more sense to order standard 45ft coaches. The D45 CRT LE also passed tests, they were in the bidding wars with Prevost Car Inc. for the latest order for MTA Bus and NYC Bus collectively. Prevost Car Inc. lowballed MCI by 13 million and won the contract, which makes me very skeptical about this new order and how long they will last, because the current batch of 2500s, 2600s and 2700s on Staten Island aren't holding up as well as some people would say.... Rumor is that the MTA didn't want to be the first big buyer of the D45 CRT LE, but I'm not quite sure how true that actually is.....I think AC Transit will be the first big buyer of those CRT LEs with 150 units, but I could be wrong. Prevost was also awarded the contract because the buses will be built in upstate New York, which would allow for more New York State content into the fleet. On the topic of the D45 CRT LE, we recently had an engineering test bus in the city about a month ago, covered in wires. They were testing the bus out in various areas of the city and collecting data on it, perhaps for future consideration for an order.
  4. Not for a long time. They very rarely run 45fters on the 181 or 188.
  5. Yes! This is exactly what I’d do. People underrate the capabilities of WTC (look at 8th or SF ) as well as the operational convenience of having your QB-53 service be a short line.
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  7. Thanks Snowblock . I was hoping that someone would see the point of my post. Perhaps I value human life differently than others. As far as the argument about Broadway and the avenues goes IMO it might be safer to walk a few blocks rather than being cooped up in a crowded subway car. Of course I’m focusing on Manhattan rather than the outer boroughs. To each his own I guess. Carry on.
  8. It largely has to do with the local/express perception (that, admittedly, has some merit, especially over longer distances, but is perhaps a bit too much of a driving force), but there's also the issue of where the trains go. The is an especially bad offender, seeing where it goes in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
  9. They even have two 10 car R160s out and about on the . Also, what are these dots on select A cars of R46s? They are above the numberboard on the #1 end. Heres an example: R46 dot sticker
  10. trains are running 8-car trains to address social distancing, seen on video .
  11. You give someone a choice - ride the express train but the likelihood of picking up the virus is there, or ride the local and be absolutely safe but it might be a couple more minutes, and that tells you why the and are the packed ones. I can only imagine how the Flushing riders are dealing with no express whatsoever.
  12. On top of the reduction in crews, part of it too is because it's more likely that people in Jamaica and SE Queens are considered essential workers compared to people in most other neighborhoods along the QBL (with the exception of maybe Jackson Heights, which is an express stop), and that's why you see greater amounts of people on the express vs. the local.
  13. Well the express tends to be more crowded anyways and was running on longer headways, so that pretty much explains it. The system is literally designed for people to transfer to the express at the first opportunity. Under normal circumstances, here's how I choose between the local or express, excluding cases where the local is the only option and I can't use the express at all, even with a transfer: Express station to express station: Always express Local station to local station: Always local Local station to express station: Local unless I see the express at a cross platform transfer, in which case I transfer Express station to local station: First train that comes. If it's the express, I transfer to the local at the last opportunity. Local station to express station past where lines split: Local then transfer to express at first opportunity. I would guess that many people will transfer to the express even more than I do. I don't care if the train is local or express. I'll just take whatever train or trains get me where I'm going the fastest. One exception is if I'm on the local and have a seat, but I see the express train across the platform is packed, I'll probably just keep my seat and not transfer.
  14. So wait you're saying my original idea to run the as a WTC to Forest Hills local with as many trains per hour as physically possible (and the on the express) was actually a good idea? I got roasted badly when I suggested that lol
  15. What’s an essential employee look like?
  16. Thing is, given that anybody working a grocery store, liquor store, plumber, home health aide, whathaveyou counts as essential, lot of people still going in and out to work.
  17. It could also be the locations to which the go vs. where the go. As for the vs. , with the exception of 53 St vs. 63 St stations, they both go to the same trunk line (6 Av), so its likely an express vs. local debate. As for almost all other comparisons, its depending on how many people are really going to 8 Av vs. Broadway vs. 6 Av line stations, or are they going to 53 St, 59 St, or 63 St Stations. If the belief is that the are still crowded because they are express, then the solution would be to make all the QB trains local until we have some control over coronavirus. This way, we remove the express/local crowding issue and just focus on ridership/where people need to go, and maybe redistribute train crews as necessary as a last resort.
  18. No one who is already on the express wants to ride the local from Jackson Heights so they can get to 53rd. You'd have a tsunami of complaints if that happened. There's already an incentive for customers who got on at local stations between Forest Hills and Jackson Heights to stay put that's the fact that they probably will have a seat vs having to pack in like sardines on the express.
  19. It’s just my take but if the local trains are running almost empty and the express trains are running crowded one would have to be rather stupid to get on the express, no ? I wouldn’t want to be crowded on any public conveyance these days. Especially if I have a choice. Am I missing something here ? Just curious. Carry on.
  20. It's impossible to know who exactly who is essential, so I wouldn't pass judgement. Clearly the issue is they can't run normal headways because they are short crewmembers. I certainly wouldn't want to be on the trains now unless I absolutely had to.
  21. There’s been two sets roaming around, but as crews start dropping like leaves in the dead of autumn, the next plan is to have the OPTO 24/7
  22. More than half those people don’t look like First responders or “Essential” employees. Plus the trains are small and running on 20-30 minute headways as opposed to the normal 6-12 minute headways.
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