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  2. Reducing printed schedules in favor of the internet also assumes the internet is working, and there are a lot of factors there You have a functional and working phone (batteries die) You are in an area with functional cell service The MTA's APIs for distributing the data from buses is working (things like Internet outages, bad software updates, etc.) The buses are accurately broadcasting information to the MTA The nice thing about paper is short of physical damage paper doesn't stop working. It's slow and cumbersome but it doesn't break. E-ink that gets updated once in a while reduces paper waste but needs a power source during update, but that's not the worst thing.
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  4. I do recall a Hilton Neoplan #9545 running on the 126 during the AM rush this week
  5. I just got my list number from this. I doubt they'll be hiring that many and i scored a 98.
  6. It was actually a reconfiguration of the switches at Ditmars Blvd that I'm referring to, in order to make the switch design similar to the one at 8 Av-14 St on the . The center track merges into the two outer tracks, then you have a standard diamond cross-over between the two outer tracks with an increased speed limit
  7. Can I get a station sign that looks like this: Forest Hills - 71st Avenue
  8. That's what the MTA status mentioned, but there tends to be additional service changes (usually a train or two) which are not mentioned, either just to maintain the flow of passengers, or for some other congestion measure. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Part Suspended Posted: 08/17/2019 2:55PM Southbound and trains are ending at Bay 50 St because a train's brakes were activated at Coney Island-Stillwell Av. UPDATE: Part Suspended Posted: 08/17/2019 3:14PM Southbound and trains are ending at Bay 50 St because a train's brakes were activated at Coney Island-Stillwell Av. The last stop on some trains will be Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. Some southbound trains will run on the line from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to Bay Ridge-95 St.
  9. I believe everything out of Oradell garage is a guarantee for D4000s. The fort lee routes use MCI on some runs (156,158,159, and the R variants). Fwiw the 153 also uses only older MCI but it has something like 4 runs total a day. Of the GWB routes I noticed the 171 is usually your best bet for an older MCI followed by the 175 but both of those use NABIs too. The 186 to dumont is NABIs now, the 188 used to use MCI regularly but it’s been a while since i last tracked or seen an mci on that route. South Jersey has a few 01-03 MCI left and they are guaranteed to run every weekday (and I think they still do weekends too) so if you hang around there, one is bound to turn up. The south jersey routes are fine as long as you don’t mind walter rand.........
  10. That's a combination of a slope and a curve. The latter is bad, but would be manageable if not for the former (which extends beyond the curve far enough to leave little room between the tracks becoming more level and the tracks breaking away to make room for the platforms).
  11. 8/22 class?? u mean 8/19, u sure ur sworn in for T/O and not C/O?
  12. How come? If you install it right after 30th Av it shouldnt be a problem.
  13. If I'm not mistaken, it was discussed on this forum Months ago that installing a switch there is not feasible. I forgot who said that though.
  14. There should be switches at Astoria Blvd as well to allow some trains to terminate on M track, boosting capacity.
  15. In the short term (providing enough cars are available), the Astoria/QB local to Broadway needs can be satisfied with the current signal setup around City Hall 7.5 from 71 Av (terminate at Whitehall St) 14-15 from Astoria (continue to Bay Ridge-95 St) *Question: What is the capacity in the 60th Street tunnel between Queensboro Plaza/11th St Cut and 57 St-7 Av? Somewhere I saw only 23 trains per hour can be scheduled southbound on the . And can this capacity be increased? Also, there was a study (I don't know where it is) about separating the from the to improve train flow from Astoria to Manhattan and reconfiguring the switches at Ditmars Blvd to allow ~19 TPH to operate to/from Astoria
  16. The majority of your posts do not have anything to do with the R179, post your R42 stuff in the Subways Random Thoughts Thread, not here.
  17. Courtesy of Mass Transit Magazine: BUS PACE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF PULSE MILWAUKEE LINE Pace announces launch of Pulse Milwaukee Line Pace Suburban Bus AUGUST 8, 2019 Tweet Share 0 PACE SUBURBAN BUS Pace is launching its first Pulse rapid transit line, the Pulse Milwaukee Line, with operations starting August 11. Passengers traveling along Milwaukee Avenue between the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Jefferson Park Transit Center and Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles will soon benefit from increased service, state-of-the-art stations, and improved customer communications with real-time bus tracker signs at every boarding location. "Pulse represents the next generation of Pace service," said Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski. "The frequency and affordability of this service will improve access to jobs, education, medical care, shopping and entertainment for the residents we serve." Modern purple buses branded with the Pulse logo and equipped with WiFi and USB charging ports will serve completely accessible stations featuring raised platforms to facilitate faster boarding, prominent vertical markers with local and regional maps and real-time bus arrival information, heated shelters with seating, snow-melt pavement and bike racks. All stations will feature community expression elements designed in partnership with the communities and businesses along the route. "A lot of hard work has gone into launching this service," said Executive Director Rocky Donahue. "I would like to thank our dedicated staff and all of the agencies, organizations and communities that had a hand in this, including the village of Niles, city of Chicago, Regional Transportation Authority, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and HNTB. There are also several business and property owners along the corridor who deserve a big thank you. This wouldn't be possible without their partnership and support." Pulse service will operate on weekdays between 5 am and midnight with 10-minute frequency during rush hours, 15-minute frequency during non-peak hours until 10 pm, and every 20 minutes from 10 pm until midnight. On Saturdays, Pulse service will begin at 5:30 am and on Sundays it will start at 6 am. Service on both Saturday and Sunday will run until midnight. On weekends and holidays, Pulse will run every 15 minutes until 10 pm when it will transition to every 20 minutes. As Pace finishes work at several stations this fall, passengers may have to use a temporary bus boarding area in some locations after the August launch. The launch of the Pulse Milwaukee Line corresponds with a reduction in frequency on the mostly-overlapping Route 270. Route 270 will continue to make all local stops.
  18. Courtesy of the Sacramento Bee paper and shown on Mass Transit Magazine: TECHNOLOGY FARE COLLECTION CA: SACRAMENTO CITY STUDENTS SOON WILL RIDE BUSES FOR FREE. WILL SUBURBAN STUDENTS BE NEXT? CA: Sacramento city students soon will ride buses for free. Will suburban students be next? Tens of thousands of students living in Sacramento or attending school in Sacramento will soon be able to ride buses or light rail trains for free any time under an agreement between transit and city officials. TONY BIZJAK AUGUST 14, 2019 THE SACRAMENTO BEE Tweet Share 0 Aug. 13--Tens of thousands of students living in Sacramento or attending school in Sacramento will soon be able to ride buses or light rail trains for free any time under an agreement between transit and city officials. The Sacramento Regional Transit board on Monday approved what district officials say could be a groundbreaking student free-ride program, beginning Oct. 1, boosting ridership and helping families with what is often a daily logistical headache: How do parents get to work and get their kids to school if the children attend a school that isn't within walking distance? The change allows families to save as much as $240 a year per student, based on the savings from no longer having to buy a $20 monthly pass. Sacramento City Unified School District officials say the free rides should boost school attendance. "We are very excited to partner with SacRT so students won't have that challenge getting to school," school district spokesman Alex Barrios said. "We have a high concentration of absenteeism rates. A study we conducted showed transportation is one of the major barriers to attendance." An estimated 100,000 city of Sacramento students are eligible. The city of Sacramento has agreed to compensate SacRT up to $1 million to subsidize the program for the first year. The program will be called "RydeFreeRT," a name devised by a group of students working with SacRT. Transit officials are putting together a promotional campaign. Schools will have stickers this fall to put on student IDs. SacRT officials say they hope to extend their free-ride program to students in the agency's entire service area, which covers most of Sacramento County. Transit officials say they are in talks with other cities and school districts in hopes of getting funding agreements to expand the program. "I think it going to make a significant difference in the lives of a lot of our families in our community," said SacRT board member Jay Schenirer, a city councilman and former city school board member who championed the program. The new program represents a major reversal. Two years ago, SacRT had one of the highest student pass rates in the country at $55 per month. That was reduced in 2017 to $20 per month. Transit officials say they hope the program will boost paid ridership longterm by introducing a young generation of Sacramentans to bus and rail ridership. Sutter Health has signed on to conduct a study of the effects of the program. "We are trying to create lifelong riders," Schenirer said. Sacramento's school year begins Aug. 29. Students using buses will have to purchase a pass for the month of September, before the free pass program kicks in in October. The agency will launch a major overhaul of its bus routes beginning Sunday, Sept. 8. For information on the new routes, go to www.sacrt.com/forward. ___ (c)2019 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) Visit The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.) at www.sacbee.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
  19. Courtesy of the Colombus Dispatch newspaper and shown on Mass Transit Magazine: TECHNOLOGY FARE COLLECTION OH: MORE DOWNTOWN WORKERS TAKING THE BUS BECAUSE OF CPASS OH: More Downtown workers taking the bus because of Cpass More Downtown workers are choosing not to drive to work because of a program that provides them free rides on Central Ohio Transit Authority buses, a survey shows. MARK FERENCHIK AUGUST 15, 2019 THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Tweet Share 0 More Downtown workers are choosing not to drive to work because of a program that provides them free rides on Central Ohio Transit Authority buses, a survey shows. CJI Research surveyed 2,655 Downtown employees and 129 employers in May and June about the Cpass program. According to the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, researchers found that: • Bus ridership among the survey group grew from about 5% before June 1, 2018, when the Cpass program started, to between 10% and 14% in June 2019. • 68% of those surveyed said that Cpass was the reason they started riding COTA buses; an additional 26% said it helped motivate them to use COTA. • 52% of surveyed companies reported that employees had relinquished parking spaces because they began taking the bus. • New riders are generally younger: 35% of those switching are 32 or younger, and 83% are younger than 55. Cleve Ricksecker, the special improvement district's executive director, said the program has done what he and others thought it would: shift people toward transit. The program has enrolled more than 422 Downtown companies, according to the special improvement district. Ricksecker said 30,000 to 32,000 workers in the district are eligible. Cpass members take about 25,000 trips each week. Get the news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and evening newslettersAccording to the survey, the highest rate of Cpass adoption was among people working Downtown for less than a year, at 31%. Also, 34% of the companies surveyed said that Cpass helps them recruit and retain employees, and 17 companies said it played a role in their renewal or signing of a lease in a Downtown building. "I think from COTA's standpoint, it is what we wanted to see," said Michael Loges, COTA's senior economic-development project manager. "The whole goal was to make it easier for people to work Downtown, more affordable to work Downtown." The program is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2020; property owners are to decide late this year whether to agree to fund the program beyond that. "They need to weigh the value of the program versus how much they will pay," Ricksecker said. "I'm really proud of the Downtown property owners," he said. "They took a risk and are being rewarded for it." Property owners pay a total of $2.5 million through assessments for the Cpass program. Another $2.5 million in federal funds comes through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. Business people and property owners in the Short North, the Discovery District just east of Downtown, and the RiverSouth area along the Scioto River are interested in the program being extended to serve their areas. "We're having conversations with COTA now," Ricksecker said. "I do think employers should be paying for transit." Some Downtown business managers say the program helps them attract and retain workers. "It definitely has helped our associates in their ability to get to and from work," said Geri Lombard, who manages the Hotel LeVeque, which employs a little more than 100. "It is a hiring incentive. Not all the Downtown areas have that incentive." Juan Laginia, manager at the Crowne Plaza, said the Cpass program offers a benefit to employees who have to deal with scarce parking. Laginia said the hotel does not offer free parking to employees but subsidizes it for some managers. Downtown companies such as State Auto and Root Insurance pay for employee parking. The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Columbus Foundation funded the $25,000 study. mferench@dispatch.com @MarkFerenchik ___ (c)2019 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) Visit The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) at www.dispatch.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
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