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  2. Also, they'd probably want to avoid the early/late switch to handle the crowds (assuming all four tracks are in service).
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  4. I read the bulletin. I know what it states. While I get that it's contract time and that NYCT is under the gun to maximize positive press, it nevertheless marks a departure from anything resembling past practice. Do we have to moderate any faith we have in its power with knowledge of how things are on the front line? Yes, absolutely, but I don't think I suggested anything to the contrary... FWIW, those Glory Days also saw somewhat reasonable dwell times, better train acceleration, more consistent high quality train operation, well designed signals and the like. Many of those positive inputs to the capacity equation have been diminished or eliminated outright, making it all the more critical that what's left is operated well. Does that mean operators shouldn't exercise discretion in the situations you describe in your last sentence? No, but I think we shouldn't lay blanket rules either way. On the issue of fast versus slow, that's a lot more fraught than "it balances out." At stations that have restricted exit speeds like GC, capacity preservation is predicated on a following train following at something pretty close to braking distance into the station, so that the extended exit time is somewhat mitigated by having a follower enter close behind. So running in on yellows may feel faster, but nine times out of ten you'll have just netted a capacity loss. Equally important is being cognizant of what's going on behind you. Close signal spacing with ST cutbacks usually extends only far enough down the tunnel that one train can close in. On a line like the Lex, it's quite likely you'll have someone on your tail; waiting to close will -- and this is very much contingent on signal system intracacies -- likely mean they have to slow earlier, which in creates a cascading speed effect that reduces line capacity. Again, I'm not saying that this should always be done, but there are certainly losses to be had.
  5. @Union Tpke I updated my map of NYC Subway Bottlenecks, but it's still a work in Progress.
  6. BTW for anyone that wants to know, 7061 has no MHV sticker.
  7. Okay, so that makes the transfer to Grand make more sense, since I doubt that Fresh Pond can handle 60-foot buses. Overdue for the Q58.
  8. The enthusiasm of some posters never ceases to amaze me. If they would only stop, take a deep breath and then look at reality I think they would see the big picture. Any plans for new construction are DOA. New tunneling and interlockings appears to be fantasy IMO. I doubt that phase 2 of the SAS will ever be completed. I'm looking at these grandiose plans for the Nassau Street line and it appears that many people have overlooked the obvious. Those tracks and platforms were abandoned because the MTA deemed them unnecessary and a waste of money to maintain. Bergen lower is another location where the MTA doesn't see the need to rehab and re-open. When a few of us asked about the removal of the switches at Freeman St on the WPR line we were told that they were removed to save money, period. Never mind the loss of operational flexibility. Never mind that our old G.O.s took out service from Freeman to East 180 and buses were provided now a G.O. in that area means bus service from Third Avenue to East 180 instead . It's my opinion that many of the posts, however well thought out, will never be considered if they cost money or political capital. My subway posters should pay more attention to the Surface threads. Those folks know the routine. If it's not cost neutral it's not happening. Maybe someone should put a bug in Andrew's ear. He is the only person who can change that mantra. My opinion. Carry on.
  9. A number of these (I'll use some examples off-hand)...I'm not sure there's a school to justify its existence. Some examples include Father Capodanno Boulevard before Sand Lane and Hylan Boulevard just south of Tysens Lane (both enforce a speed limit of 35 mph)...I also wonder about the cameras on Ocean Parkway near Kings Highway (enforcing a 25 mph speed limit) as well as Woodhaven Boulevard near Pitkin Avenue (enforcing a 30 mph speed limit and mounted on a pre-existing street lamp-post). As for the overall problem, it appears to be an issue with the mayor not really caring about enforcing traffic laws...I'll say that at least some of this is out of the control of the MTA, but not all of it. Sending in state troopers to enforce bus lanes and traffic laws should be a priority.
  10. this is absolutely abhorrent. next local 100 union meeting, I'm bringing this up, because in all honesty, i haven't read one piece of literature pertaining to any of this, regardless of the fact that this "restructuring" will affect employees directly in certain cases... I'm pretty sure of the reasoning why this hasn't been addressed as yet, being that certain entities within the union believe Cuomo to be our "friend"
  11. You have to read the fine print, it also includes caveats about being deemed unfit for duty, if the act is viewed as incompetence or negligence or a history of similar infractions. Lots of room for doubt when you're in the department where no one is on your side. Lots of people have gone through the nice press release cycle, the fact that the same entity asking for that trust leaks selective info to paint a negative narrative of the front line Operators as lazy, fraudulent, OT hungry and worthless probably doesn't help engender confidence. Just a totally baseless, outside speculation. I wouldn't be so quick to call it rare, Lexington specifically has 4 of the top 10 customer injury locations. Quick glance shows 77th, Canal, 59th in a 90 minute period all had (passenger related) disruptions that required reroutes around the time of writing, and this is the standard practice from the Glory Days of TA which are the nominal capacity numbers we hope to achieve. I can't say whether or not the Subway environment is any more or less disrupted these days than in the past since there are no reliable records for much of anything pre-2000s, I have a suspicion that things are more or less the same on-balance. As for the specific area you can see the STs turning into solid yellows to confirm that your leader is moving and given the slow speed in the area inching up to an ST and going at full speed knowing where the next signal is balance out. It's hard to explain until you've done it but there are a number of circumstances where going fast actually slows things down. As for holding out for a few seconds I can think of 3 times just this week where not running at the signal and slowing down when I heard problems on the radio kept my train from being trapped.
  12. https://nypost.com/2019/07/15/mta-transformation-plan-is-just-another-cuomo-con/ This seems like a good read... Has Cuomo written all over it, just as he wants.
  13. Well.. When it comes to Kim Jung-Cuomo there is no way to make the system as pleasant, than making it dysfunctional for our fuhrer to get recognized as the man who can make things happen as if he were in a Disney Film. This man is just absurd, he has no regard for the riding public, and rather prefers the system to be in a condition of hell due to the fact that it gives him something to perform lip service on, builds his resume on "achievements" and puts a screen in front of you trying to cover up the truth with some Bullshit. I have read an article this morning which I will post in a new thread, about the new Transformation just looking like a Political Hack. The dirty politics of Cuomo will screw over New York State, man gives 2 flying f*cks about what happens with the because he wants to be known as a savior. If Cuomo lets say achieves control of the agency, if he looses re-election in 2024 (New York State has no term limits for Governor) then it leaves his successor with a living hell. Now this Fare Evasion is seriously under control, it is saddening to hear a Board Member Blantantly state that she sees men in suits at Wall St Station Fare Evading, then there is a crisis. Fare Evasion crackdown is being approached in a wrong manner. Officers Plain Clothed and Uniformed should be riding up and down buses, and blending in with normal customers to stop this. But the Fuhrer is in charge, so this is all about him.
  14. Amen, bro, amen. Busiest DDOT route used to be that way with bunching galore, now it's a very rare occurrence -- and it's just like your MTA routes, with pick-up/drop-off at 98% of the stops the entire length. All about "attitude" all around -- farebeating is tolerated, bus operators don't care because they're getting paid, supervisors look the other way, all the complacency and the "not my job"-syndrome, even when practically everything nowadays centers around customers and retaining them. "Works" at the MTA because, for lack of a better phrase, "they're too big to fail." Let me tell ya, pre-bankruptcy when the DDOT routes got HACKED to death (and then through bankruptcy), customers simply WALKED AWAY -- and it wasn't until Mayor Duggan (who actually ran a bus system--SMART) came in, KNEW how important buses were to a vibrant city, and ADMITTED PUBLICLY how people were let down for things to change. Brought in his successor at SMART to right the system, and made it a PRIORITY that changes WERE going to happen. There's absolutely no excuse for what you're describing to occur, especially at 2pm on a weekday (surmising). Until the MTA simply implodes and someone with REAL experience comes in, it's sad to say but this cycle is not going to end. Today, over 85,000 people a weekday (on average) use DDOT. A mere 4 years ago, it was under half that. That's what happens when the public knows they can depend, once again, on their bus system. (And once you factor in the minor population gains during that time, it's practically ALL from the same residents from 4 years ago to today.)
  15. It depends. And the management only knows that I guess. Signal training will be about 2 weeks.
  16. Yeah your right about one thing I’m not offended one bit, I don’t justify anything I also don’t turn a blind eye to the issues of why people fare beat. Most real New Yorkers don’t care for this 2 bit ran system of fat cats soaking up all the money then crying murder. I don’t follow the smoke I rather see where it starts at which is the Top, Not new to anything when dealing with the MTA or New York period.
  17. With 3258-3267 in service on , R-46 link 5862-5865 was also still there on July 12. It and 5866-5869 would be the next for movement to Jamaica .
  18. Your exact words above, for anyone who missed them. The last sentence gave it away, in my estimation, since you're attempting to justify why people wouldn't pay. Couple that with your second sentence, where it appears you're injecting your own experience. Why else would you just off-handedly "make-up" a scenario such as that when nobody else in the thread related some such personal experience? Hey, if you pay all the time, you got nothing to take offense to. But judging by your reaction (and more importantly, your wording in the original post), I'm smelling something different. And it appeared I wasn't the only one. (Make sure you also consider all the other forum members who might have not chimed-in like I did as well.) Since you're new here, I'll cut you some slack. But it doesn't make any diff to me whether you're a n00b or a senior, if I smell bullshit (and my very experienced nose with all of its years of mileage can get it in not even a half-whiff), I'll call it and let the chips fall where they do.
  19. I'm not surprised that the stats decreased again on a lot of routes. The is lenient and they just don't care about the system enough. Just too many things that are allowed to happen and nothing gets corrected until the issue is big and in their face. It makes no sense that farebeating had to get so bad that you now are cracking down on it. It makes no sense that I have to wait 20+ minutes during the 2pm hour during the weekdays for a Q25/Q34 bus to take me to Jamaica, which is suppose to come every 6 mins. It makes no sense that Lexington Ave bus lines have a bus lane but it's not even strictly enforced. It was only until now when they decide that they are going to paint it and make it strictly bus only. Why wasn't this done years ago. The M101/102/103 are far from what I call reliable routes and they been like that for a long time. Then you have SBS routes that are suppose to be inspected by eagle team members and they rarely do that. You also have a bunch of outdated routes that underperform and don't serve the current demographics like Q31 and quite frankly most of the N/S Manhattan routes). It took all the way to the late 2010s and early 2020s to finally get them to study the routes to eventually redesign them. So like I always say, the causes most of the problems they have, and that's why people are flocking to other modes of transportations faster than ever.
  20. They'll likely cross at 34. It's D20 in both directions, unlike if you did W4 or a combo of Bway Laff and W4.
  21. Was on the B41 today and saw three cops on the bus making sure people paid their fare.
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