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  1. 6 points
    How does that make sense. If they run hot, they can get in trouble. Do you not understand that?
  2. 5 points
    Work train speed policy = 25mph max on straights, 15 on curves. Usually they travel less than that, because the equipment is absolute garbage. The issue on 4th avenue is more than just speed. It's also that there just are an insane number of consists staged at 38 St thanks to poor long term yard planning, and that the signal system on the northbound 4th Ave express track is singularly bad at handling low(er) speed equipment. You can certainly have electric work trains (we have a couple of electric locos), the issue is that work zones generally power off the track. There absolutely are solutions to be had here. They set up a work train base in Jamaica Yard partially to support QBL CBTC, and they really have tried to 'innovate' for the shutdown -- moved everything possible to Linden, and they claim they are consisting work trains. If the rest of the system was as much a political priority as the , this sort of thing would have already been looked at.
  3. 5 points
    You need to relax yourself.....Not that serious my guy
  4. 5 points
    Nah, the masses basically pile on at Jamaica Center... The Merrick/Archer stop sees much lesser usage; moderate at best.... With the Brewer routes however, he's right.... There's usually mounds of people waiting for them at any of those stops along Archer.... It isn't anyone else's fault that you continually incessantly whimper about some facet of this anomalous, long distance, multi-legged commute you just have to make known somehow on here.... I personally don't care if you're fabricating any of this or not, but our supposed lack of understanding of the crowding & farebeating on the Brewer routes isn't remotely the issue here...
  5. 4 points
    Don't know if its just me, but I have rarely seen people with luggage on the Q10. I've seen more airport workers on that bus then travelers.
  6. 4 points
    Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 6.18.09 AM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr
  7. 3 points
    Nowhere in these plans mentioned anything about the express buses going peak direction only. Hell, even the SIM routes don't do that!
  8. 3 points
    I think I had a record number of entries in the photo contest this year. All I can say is WOW, some of you are amazingly good photographers and you should seriously consider taking this up professionally. If there wasn't already an excellent NYC Subway calendar I'd like to feature most of those in such a format. But unfortunately I can only go with one front and one rear cover every year. So without any further ado, here are the six finalists for the 2020 front cover, in no particular order. I would ask the photographer for each of these to please send me the highest-quality/resolution of these images so I can do full color printouts on a commercial printer before I can make a final determination. I will post a few more of the runners-up later on as time allows. I hope to make the final determination in a few days.
  9. 3 points
    If I were him, I would have gone running to London where coincidentally the job of Transport for London commissioner just opened up this week. The current head, Mike Brown will be leaving in May to head the renovations of Parliament.
  10. 3 points
    Bear in mind that that's the draft from months ago.
  11. 3 points
    Update: So for some unknown reason, bus operators have been instructed to not serve Bulova. Someone asked if the bus was going to Bulova and the operator said that they were told to not go there. Multiple checks on bustime confirm that. Right now, it is unclear on when service will actually start. On the other hand, the new schedule is out. https://new.mta.info/document/6531
  12. 2 points
    The shuttle buses were at one point targeted to be axed altogether, the and seem to take turns being knocked out for track work every weekend (the is also having a weekend service cut starting next month) and Metro-North is actually more frequent from Fordham than the whenever there's track work on Jerome. One would think that if one mode of transportation is getting cut, at the very least the transportation provider would step up on providing alternative services on its other modes of transportation. Nope. Everything is cut, cut, cut. The only people that are going to be left riding on anything is going to be the homeless people, Showtime, and the basketball teams selling candy.
  13. 2 points
    They changed some of the most egregious parts of proposal, especially the BxM4 part which we threatened a lawsuit on. That is running at least during rush hours, but there is A LOT of problems with this redesigned one. They also listened to our request to keep BxM11 service North of 233rd Street, You see the new proposal extends the BxM5 up into Mount Vernon...
  14. 2 points
    https://new.mta.info/system_modernization/reactivating_rockaway_beach_branch I don't have time to look through it yet.
  15. 2 points
    DMV should give you a paper copy of the permit before the hard copy gets to your house.I took it 2 days before I had premployment and it was already on the driver abstract they look at ,they didn't even ask to see it since it was in the abstract they pull up.
  16. 2 points
    when units are transferred from TA/OA to BC, fareboxes are always removed beforehand. depots keep fareboxes in stock for if/when that unit returns or to utilize on another unit. the only time fareboxes aren't removed are when a unit is moved from a TA/OA depot to another TA/OA depot or BC to BC
  17. 2 points
    NJ Transit’s new 355 express bus to American Dream retail and entertainment complex will cost adults a $9 fare in each direction or $18 round trip, said Jim Smith, a spokesman. Football fans who ride the 351 Coach USA bus between New York and MetLife Stadium pay a $14 round trip fare for the same 20-minute trip. https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/10/the-only-mass-transit-to-the-american-dream-mall-is-the-bus-and-its-going-to-be-pricey.html
  18. 2 points
    Q47 buses are once again not serving Bulova. Maybe this thread should be renamed to read "to (not) serve" instead. This time, there's an advisory posted on the MTA website: I wonder how much longer until they'll pull a Q114 on this one.
  19. 2 points
    it never works that way. if you've ever driven any vehicle period, weight always adversely affects speed... speed can never counterbalance weight, and in this instance, if the HVAC is overweight as stated, just like any vehicle ever, when you are carrying too much weight (passengers/cargo, seats, engine, etc) it will cause malfunctions. this is a clear oversight/blunder on MTA's part regarding the sheer physics of this (or any) vehicle.
  20. 2 points
    Here is a mock-up of a light rail that could run along the west shore. I made it using Enmodal and a paint application. I chose light rail because parts of the right-of-way are on busy urban roads and there wasn't much room to create a new path for heavy rail to pass through. The line starts in Tottenville and shares rail tracks with the SIR until Richmond Valley where it will now have new tracks laid out for it to run on. It follows the West Shore Expressway up until it reaches Arden Ave and goes east towards Richmond Ave. Then for a while it goes on it's own reserved road on Richmond Ave until it turns left on Forest Ave and goes on the Bayonne Bridge. The line terminates on 8th St in the same place as the HBLR starts. I think this proposal is solid because it crosses over most major shopping centers and business areas on the west shore, it provides connections to multiple other transit options such as the SIR, many local and express buses, and even the HBLR to continue your commute into New Jersey and Manhattan. Looking at the map, both the WSLR and the SIR cover a large portion of Staten Island and final give residents in the west shore some better and faster transit options. I would like some opinions on this mock-up if anyone thinks a better path could be chosen.
  21. 2 points
    I ride the Q60 from time to time, and I say the Queens Blvd doesn't need them. It runs smoothly during off peak hours and overnights. All of the delays are caused primarily by people getting on/off along Queens Blvd. There's also long boardings at Union Turnpike, 71st-Continental, QCM, Rego Center, and traffic on the approach to the bridge consider. Lots of people use it as a means to avoid the and trains because they can be unpredictable and unreliable due to a signal malfunction, or if the is down due to repairs, or signal malfunctions.
  22. 2 points
    It's easier to use the PW Branch to get into Manhattan than wait for the three QM3 trips on Northern.
  23. 2 points
    The problem with express tracks is the cost; boring 4 tracks is a lot more expensive than doing it cut and cover the utility; an express would be useless pretty much until Phase I-IV was built out and extensions even farther, and possibly an even longer timeframe; it took a few decades for Sixth Avenue's express tracks to be put into service. At this point, I only think Lower Second Avenue is useful as part of a new two-track line eventually heading down Northern, or the Queens Boulevard Bypass, separate from 63 St.
  24. 2 points
    They can't do that. Politicians would lose campaign material and advocates would lose income.
  25. 2 points
    @RR503 At 142nd St Junction trains were scheduled as N/B and S/B trains passing each other at the same time and the same thing for service. When we ran the shuttle train it would arrive at 135th St. before the , relay south of the station and proceed north back into 135 middle. We would wait for a N/B to leave , then proceed north and make a reverse move back into the northbound platform and pick up passengers and head back to Lenox Terminal. There was a time when the s/b was delayed at Allerton Avenue in the Bronx by a skating rink crowd and we operated the shuttle down to 96th St so riders could catch the . At the time the shuttle train was only 4 cars and we only opened up one car for service so you could imagine the load. I heard that the four car shuttle actually went down to Times Square one Saturday night. What I’m trying to point out is that there are schedules but good dispatching can overcome the unforeseen circumstances. Carry on.
  26. 1 point
    What game? The Yankees are eliminated.
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    It's as if they've succumbed more to whatever backlash they received regarding the original proposals for the local buses, to go full retard with that for the express buses (the not considering the implementation of that troll-worthy suggestion of a route [BxM17] is by no means any victory here)..... They're adopting the peak direction model for the Bronx expresses (akin to most of SI's exp. routes), with a minimal amount of overlap.... Brooklynites & Queens patrons (Queens-ites sounds stupid) may as well prepare themselves for the same ordeal..... I still feel some type of way about the Henry Hudson BS.... I would say I can't wait for that shit to blow up in the MTA's face, but this primarily affects the riders, not the entity themselves....
  29. 1 point
    Yukon and Charleston both have this wrap. Saw them today on Hylan Blvd. I've yet to see them at Ulmer Park; right now its a lot of Postmates wraps with some Casper wraps.
  30. 1 point
    St George Ferry Terminal SIR has the bases installer. Just checked while in my commute to college.
  31. 1 point
    Very informative video. We don't hear about subway car maintenance too often.
  32. 1 point
    This is New York, where anything can happen (or not happen). I believe nothing until it actually happens.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    You would think they'd run as many trains as possible to get people off the overburdened and trains in Queens, as well as to get some people off the ... Nope. 125% capacity or bust.
  35. 1 point
    I honestly fail to see how it should be $2 billion for that tunnel. I’ve seen posted on SubChat that there may actually be a connecting tunnel in place. I myself can’t vouch for the extent of said tunnel, but if there is a significant amount of tunnel already there, then that crazy high $2 billion figure absolutely needs to come down. Even with having to dig under the LIRR Main Line and up to a portal near Fleet Street. Yes, why the need for a new service? One that will force a reduction in existing and service. I’m sure Bushwick and Bay Ridge riders would absolutely love that. I think it would be better to route the down the RBB, replacing the current as far as 63rd Drive (the would be displaced to Astoria, in turn displacing the to 2nd Ave).
  36. 1 point
    6173 and 6174 officially at Flatbush. 5337, 5340, 5342-5343, 5346, 5349, 5352 are all left.
  37. 1 point
    I wonder if the Q10 will be next in line for luggage racks on their XD-60s.
  38. 1 point
    7430 was almost cut in half and its engine was ripped out when the tour bus crashed In to it.
  39. 1 point
    Hey y’all, Just finished my last road posting today. Got my final tomorrow and road practical on Friday. Will be on my own next week. I hope to see all you super conductors out there on the road soon.
  40. 1 point
    flatbush used to have wildcat runs like that back in the day.... 44 short signs to fulton that would dropback to Franklin for a southbound 49 trip... 41's to empire that would dropback to bedford for a southbound 49 trip... the weirdest one i knew of was a 44 short sign to fulton that would deadhead to cadman plaza for the 41... the list goes on. Flatbush used to be funky & quirky that way, especially with school runs on the 41, 44 & 49. the 46 & 47 (and going back further, with the B7 & B78) weren't all the way included in the madness.
  41. 1 point
    Actual data would probably be a start. Lots of people in the field in any industry have ideas about what would make their job better. That doesn't mean that they're good ideas. Take the average worker in a field and then realize that 50% of the field is worse than that. You don't have to be good at your job to be leader of a union, the venn diagram of "union leader responsibilities" and a job description is pretty much just two separate circles.
  42. 1 point
    I don’t get why they don’t just fundraise for a few years and then just spend some months or a year with a full shutdown and rebuild. I understand not doing that on Lex or B-way past 207th St, and QBL, but if the system’s old and decrepit, why not do the full rebuild and buy 30 years of life instead of this haphazard and expensive piecemeal stuff.
  43. 1 point
    Didn't notice any other MTA buses; just some Port buses. That's not to say they weren't there, but the XE60 stuck out like a sore thumb since it was raised up on the biggest tow truck (flatbed?) I'd ever seen in my life.
  44. 1 point
    Given how crap weekend service is, I'm surprised the line past Rockaway (and especially RPK) even has ridership at all... should be rather telling that the ferry to Fulton Street is faster than a direct subway ride to that very same place...
  45. 1 point
    3317 sighted completed at Plattsburgh.
  46. 1 point
    Things may change. He's also said multiple times that they need a lot of operators. So it isn't the end of hiring. There just isn't anything scheduled right now.
  47. 1 point
    The total for the has 44 trains but, it may change to 46 total b/c of the . Anyways, the R160 total is around 30-32 (75%) with 14 R46s (25%).
  48. 1 point
    Even if it is beneficial, it's hard to see it being worth spending a large portion of $1.13 billion. Even worse, as I said before, those ramp connections are almost brand new (built as part of the previous bridge rehab). So it's really not a good value.
  49. 1 point
    Let me illustrate my point using Canal St. A southbound entering there usually gets a short route into the station, but faces a red home signal at the leaving end of the platform. That red home does not indicate a conflict so much as it does a lack of an established route all the way through the interlocking; a train tripped by it would likely overshoot onto the local track without any issue. Aside from the weird approach locking time thing that happens north of the station, operators enter in these conditions as if everything were normal -- they may brake a bit more conservatively because they're facing a red, but they do not act as if they're entering a stub-end terminal. CBTC, however, would enforce that level of safety. If my understanding of NYCT CBTC architecture is correct, a stop arm is considered a fixed obstruction, and therefore becomes the endpoint for a safe braking curve which, in turn, forces trains to enter interlocking areas at restricted speed -- imagine the entering 8th Ave, or the entering Main.
  50. 1 point
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