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  2. Other than this express bus fare increases and no coins stuff, why don't they just treat the SIR like a traditional subway fare-wise? Have turnstiles at every stop, which will mean MetroCard machines at every stop and would collect more revenue. People on SI would also have better access to MetroCards.
  3. You haven’t been paying attention to the recent news this week on Staten Island.
  4. Coins aren't being allowed on the express bus anymore.
  5. By tonight, all MCIs/Prevost will cover up the coin section on the farebox.
  6. If Byford leaves, I sure as hell hope that Darryl Irick doesn’t take over the reins. That guy is a bean counter to the core, ask anybody on the bus side.
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  8. Don't forget the mayors! NYC's contribution to the NYCT ops budget has declined precipitously over the years. Really, ever since the '70s fiscal crisis, NYC (and NYS) has been pursuing a strange brand of neoliberalism-pretending-to-be-progressivism. Economically, those policies probably saved NYC (especially given the federal government's reluctance to help with budgetary relief), but there has been a failure to create a vision for a post-austerity government, and equally a failure to reinvest the fruits of growth into the public services that enable it. So what we have today is a strange jumble of piecemeal governmental structures, agencies, laws and regulations, each very much products of their era and none altogether functional, while the city's greatest public infrastructures (subways, parks, bridges, schools, hospitals, public housing) lie underfunded/poorly managed and without vision for their future. NYC government has the potential to be -- and really should be -- a massive force for good within its mandate. But again, it needs leaders.
  9. LOL that guy on the right thought he could do something... guess not
  10. If MTA had continued the local tracks of the Broadway Line under Central Park , where do you think it would’ve went
  11. I had a Similar response to what you're saying on Twitter. The only good thing I see out of reactivating Lower Montauk for Passenger Rail is the potential (re)Development around the ares that it would serve. An Example would be to redevelop Atlas Park so that it can be a more attractive point of Interest. This in my opinion, should be done in addition to TOD which can also allow for better connection to Neighboring Bus Routes along the ROW. However, the Lower Montauk is just short of a few connections to the , and Lines and thus, faces similar issues to RBB, which can also fall under this RX-like system that you speak of. You can read that here: http://ltvsquad.com/2015/10/28/a-better-plan-for-queens-transit-needs/
  12. You could blame all that construction with the Department of Environmental Protection and contractors installing pipes all over East New York and Canarsie. So buses on that side will continue to run like hell.
  13. Distance is not the issue Babylon gets a train in each direction every 30 minutes during off peak hours, no other line gets that Babylon is completely elevated. No other line gets that Babylon is getting a lot of it's stations overhauled. Not a single Far Rock/Long Beach Branch station has been so much as touched I could go on, but I won't.
  14. What are You saying? Are you speaking for Flatbush depot? Let me remind you that each depot is different from one another. If one depot has somewhat amount of buses that they have to retire, then that new order will be assigned. They will not grant one depot an entire fleet of buses just because one says so. The only company that should get HMDs are those from BC. Sorry to say this but some depots could have one designed fleet (40/60 ft buses). Example: JG has all NFs but they have more Old school but upgraded engines than the Xcelsior CNGs. CH has all Novas for locals but have Prevost, and MCIs on their express roster. MV has all Orion 7s but split OGs and NXGs so if you was lucked out of that old Spaceship looking bus from 2009, wake up! This isnt BK!
  15. But Cuomo himself keeps saying that he doesn't actually control the MTA.
  16. Um...that happened back in 1990-1991 and look how that turned out. In 1991, two-way streets yet again!
  17. For those of you doing Road Ops after your second signal exam, if you get a 68A or 160 on the Brighton line, very important you practice going in hard and taking a strong brake last minute. Yes, I am telling you to slide out of the station, particularly at Ave M and Ave J. Know what it feels like to have no control in a controlled environment. It will help you later on when you take a train in inclement weather.
  18. Aside from being wholly unqualified based on my nonexistent credentials (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually studied law), I won't even be eligible to be governor for several years. As for someone else who I think would be a good fit, no one comes to mind.
  19. Meadowlands should also have 18117, correct? 18118-18119 are at Saddle River, and I think those are lavs too. Egg Harbor also has 18120-18125...?
  20. They pretty much end there as it is, but on a more logical (and accommodating) route. Cue the width being a greater issue than at the next street north, not to mention that not everyone is trying to reach the . Oh, okay, so Linden Place is magically wider than Union Street in order to handle the turn without conflict. Good to know. Perhaps it would be better to take a good look at Union Street and Kissena Boulevard before making that conclusion. Then close Main Street to cars while allowing buses and trucks to use it. Not only are cars better suited for those smaller spaces, but they literally do not need to enter Flushing from Northern Boulevard, especially since they're not large vehicles on fixed routes.
  21. Be the change you want to see in the world, or convince other people who you think might be a good fit. A bartender upset the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House.
  22. Q17/27 - ends at former Union St muni garage. Q65 - early left onto Union from Sanford, use either Northern (today's route) or 35th to reach College Point Blvd. This actually reduces the amount of turns on the route. Q25/34 - Union > 35th > Linden. None of this is particularly challenging. In fact, Main St might be a more challenging routing, given that it just dead-ends at Northern; if you're willing to put buses on 35th, making a left turn at a less congested crossing is easier. Main St and Barclay are both 54 feet wide curb to curb, as is Union St at Roosevelt Av. Union St narrows south of Roosevelt Av, but is no narrower than Kissena, which also has two moving lanes and two parking lanes. The streets are just configured differently today, but that doesn't preclude changing the street lane layout. And there are left turns - so what? There are left turns today, at Northern and at Main/Kissena. There is no way of increasing bus priority on Main St short of actually closing Main St to cars, which is far more radical and also probably not feasible given the fact that the next north-south through road from the LIE to Northern is 1.5 miles east at 162nd.
  23. That pinned comment was taken down, another person commented as an edit, and it was pinned.
  24. Lengthy story from The New York Times: https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/nyregion/cuomo-andy-byford-mta.amp.html?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From %1%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2019%2F04%2F19%2Fnyregion%2Fcuomo-andy-byford-mta.html
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