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  1. 17 points
    @RR503 @Around the Horn @Via Garibaldi 8 @BM5 via Woodhaven @QM1to6Ave @Lance @S78 via Hylan @LaGuardia Link N Tra @RailRunRob @checkmatechamp13 @DetSMART45 @Lawrence St @RollOver @Calvin @R68OnBroadway @GojiMet86 @Lil 57 @bobtehpanda @CenSin @Deucey @T to Dyre Avenue @trainfan22 @mtattrain @NoHacksJustKhaks @Coney Island Av @B35 via Church @Cait Sith @MHV9218 @Daniel The Cool @MysteriousBtrain If there is ever a time to speak to your elected officials, now is the time. All the progress that President Byford has worked for will go into the trash if this goes through, which seems likely. MTACC is a complete disaster, and transferring planning there, and splitting the buses and planning away from Byford will mean the end of FastForward as the top to bottom modernization of transit and the beginning of Pause while the plan is politicized and changed at the whims of our childish governor. This is why I refused to vote for the Governor like a lot of other Democrats. We need to stand up and let our voices heard. We need to save our transit system and save the leader of the renaissance of transit in the city, President Andy Byford. Fear and loathing at MTA as Andy Byford expected to be stripped of major responsibilities A cost-cutting overhaul is about to shake the MTA to its core, sources familiar with the plan tell the Daily News. Departments will be consolidated, employees will be canned and many expect the changes will undermine one of the agency’s most important bosses: NYC Transit President Andy Byford. Under state legislation passed in April, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is required to produce a money-saving reorganization plan by the end of June. A recent draft of that plan included measures that would drastically reduce Byford’s influence at the agency, say several sources familiar with the recommendations. AlixPartners, the firm hired to consult on the reorganization, proposes separating New York City’s subways and buses into two different operating agencies. Both services are now part of NYC Transit and are run by Byford. The draft plan leaves Byford running only the subways. Byford is also expected to lose control of subway construction projects. If that change goes through, he would no longer oversee big ticket initiatives like upgrading the subway’s signal system or making stations more accessible. Sources said the reorganization plan would move those projects to the purview of the MTA’s Capital Construction department and its head Janno Lieber. Gov. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the MTA in mid-2017, and in January 2018 brought in Byford — who won accolades for turning around Toronto’s transit system — to run NYC Transit. Byford was tasked with putting in effect Cuomo’s $836 million Subway Action Plan, which was meant to rapidly fix the system. This year, as subway on-time performance rates hit five-year highs, he and Cuomo have jockeyed for credit for the improvements, sources with knowledge of the situation told The News. Cuomo’s program to quickly make up for years of neglect — like clearing 10,000 clogged subway drains ― has helped curb delays. Byford’s day-to-day management of the system and his initiative to reconfigure faulty signaling equipment and remove cumbersome subway speed limits have also helped better service. But sources say Cuomo is frustrated by pushback against his rework of NYC Transit’s plan to repair the L-train East River tunnel — and by Byford’s quasi-celebrity status. Some MTA officials fear Cuomo is using the reorganization plan to pull one over on Byford. “There is a strong suspicion that the report was already mostly written by the time AlixPartners came in,” one high ranking MTA source said. Many parts of the AlixPartners reorganization plan — like the consolidation of the MTA’s seven different finance offices, seven legal departments and seven human resources divisions — have been considered by Cuomo, other politicians and agency officials for decades. “We have spoken about it (the reorganization) for months and commuters and taxpayers have had enough delay and the path forward is clear,” said Cuomo spokesman Patrick Muncie. “The Subway Action Plan has demonstrated the system’s failings and the necessary corrective actions.” AlixPartners — which in April was awarded a 12-month, $4.1 million contract to complete the MTA reorganization plan — is well-versed in major corporate overhauls. It oversaw the reorganization of General Motors when it filed for bankruptcy amid the financial crisis in 2009, and has consulted for other large companies like Enron and KMart. But critics say the firm seems flummoxed by the MTA’s Byzantine workings. “It didn’t appear that they (AlixPartners) have a lot of large transportation agency knowledge,” said Lisa Daglian, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, one of seven advocacy organizations who met with AlixPartners this month to speak about the reorganization. “Restructuring Enron and restructuring the MTA are two different animals.” Several MTA officials who have dealt with AlixPartners told The News that its employees don’t understand civil service laws that protect public employees. Breaking up subway and bus services poses a series of legal and logistical issues. MTA buses are run by three separate organizations: Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority and NYC Transit Bus, which run local and select bus services, and MTA Bus Company, which runs most of the interborough express routes. Splitting up the operation of subways and buses would require the MTA to restructure its collective bargaining agreements with its bus operators, who are represented by four different unions. If they attempt to consolidate the three bus organizations, it may also require the state Legislature to amend provisions of civil service laws that would block such a change. [More New York] Boy, 5, stabbed while walking with mom in Bronx, attacker nabbed after cops get tip » “They (AlixPartners) initially didn’t understand the distinction between non-civil servant and civil servant bus operators at the MTA,” a source who met with its consultants. “They thought they were going to be able to create a bus company without regarding that roughly half of the bus operators are protected civil servants, the other half are not.” AlixPartners declined comment. MTA spokesman Max Young defended AlixPartners as “a world class management consulting firm.” AlixPartners is required by law to submit the plan Sunday. It will go to the MTA board for approval in July, and will be posted on the agency’s website by August 31. The plan will be executed by a new “director of transformation,” who will report to the MTA board. Transit advocates and analysts worry about the plan’s lack of transparency and to changes in Byford’s role. “I think the fact that we’re talking about these radical changes and adoption is just days away and no one knows about it speaks to the deficiencies of this process,” said TransitCenter spokesman Ben Fried. “These aren’t decisions that should be made lightly and they need to be deliberated on publicly.” Riders Alliance spokesman Danny Pearlstein said that Cuomo’s main role at the MTA should be to “recruit and retain the people who can get the job done.” “What riders want most from the governor and his MTA is a clear focus on the plan to fix the subway and bus systems,” said Pearlstein. "That means faster trips and more reliable commutes, modern signals and hundreds of new subway cars and station elevators. That’s the real deal. The rest is distraction and noise.”
  2. 17 points
    This is quite unfortunate to hear about. Gov Cuomo has a reputation of usurping the very people he has hired to improve the MTA and then 'gives additional powers' to yes men and women on his crony-filled board. Perhaps this form letter can be used when communicating with the various elected (and perhaps appointed) officials who might be able to influence or keep in check the very unilateral moves of Gov Cuomo: Dear Honorable ((name of rep here)): It has come to my attention through an interview of Governor Cuomo by Brian Lerher on WNYC radio that the Governor is seeking to reduce the decision-making and management capacity of NYC Transit Chairman Andy Byford. Mr. Byford has taken many steps to improve the quality of service of the NYC Transit system. He has generally received positive reviews from commuters and MTA employees, alike. Mr. Byford's past work with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been quite laudable. As a lifelong New Yorker, I'd like to see Mr. Byford continue to make improvements in the NYC Transit infrastructure (in the same way Mr. Byford helped to improve the TTC) without any interference or negative character influence from Gov. Cuomo or his board members. As a constituent in your district, I hope you can help in allowing Mr. Byford to continue his work, while also taking steps to monitor and control any negative activities the Governor or some of the MTA board members might take. I am genuinely concerned about the underlying plans which may come about from outside consultants like Alix Partners in undoing the achievements of Mr. Byford, while also bringing about the possibility of staff reductions and service reductions within the NYC Transit system. It is at this time that I ask you, ((name of rep here)), to monitor, influence and speak up about this matter so the achievements obtained thus far are not lost to the one-sided actions of Gov. Cuomo and his board. Please feel free to reach out to me at ((insert email here)) or at ((insert phone number here)) regarding any additional information you may need from me. I look forward to hearing from you soon regarding this urgent matter. Thank you and kind regards, ((insert your name here))
  3. 15 points
    Sooooooooooooooooo......... I'm currently looking into this, but, we have a 9510 in the system....XDE40. Surely this cannot be the start of the new hybrid order, I'll post more information when I can. -EDIT- So it appears that the RFP was due today(or yesterday), so I think it's obvious that New Flyer got the contract.
  4. 11 points
    If you all on here believe that professional — rather than political — management of transit systems is worth anything, this is your time to write/speak/call. That, or forever hold your peace. Decisions are made by those who show (or speak) up, folks!
  5. 11 points
    I love acting like a train at home but my mother says to me that "if you want to act like a train, go to Grand Central Station".
  6. 10 points
    Here are the service changes that will go into effect on Sunday, except for SI routes. I was unable to review SI routes because of the MTA decided to go all apeshit on the amount of summer changes, and I pretty much got fed up after Manhattan and Queens. Not only did the amount of routes on summer schedules increase, but the amount of changes/messing around has also increase (just compare the amount of changes below to that of last year). Not only that, but the MTA decided to release these later than usual, without any warning that they were on the new website only. Anyways, here the changes the boroughs I reviewed: The Bronx Bx1: Summer Service Reductions, LIMITED Service Reduced Early AM service will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 6-10 minutes. LIMITED service will start later: at 6:18 AM instead of 5:52 AM (from Riverdale) & at 7:00 AM instead of 6:50 AM (from Mott Haven). Service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 10 minutes during midday hours on weekdays. Service will operate every 10 minutes during the PM peak shoulder instead of every 8 minutes. Northbound LIMITED service will end earlier- at 7:33 PM instead of 7:54 PM. Bx2: Summer Service Reductions, Additional AM service from Riverdale Two buses between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM will originate at W 231 Street & Riverdale Avenue instead of at Fort Independence Avenue. Service will operate every 8-9 minutes instead of every 7-8 minutes during the AM rush. Service will operate every 7 minutes during middays instead of every 8-9 minutes. Service will operate every 10 minutes during the PM peak instead of every 9 minutes. Bx5: Summer Service Reductions All WB service before 7:20 AM will originate in Pelham Bay. Service east of White Plains Road will operate every 6-12 minutes instead of every 10-20 minutes. Frequency West of White Plains Road will operate every 4-7 minutes instead of every 3-5 minutes during the height of the AM peak. Service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 9 minutes during the PM peak Shoulder. Buses will operate every 14-20 minutes during middays instead of every 20-24 minutes east of White Plains Road. Service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 9 minutes during the early evening on weekdays. Service during the afternoon on Saturdays will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 9 minutes. The last bus from Bay Plaza on Saturdays will depart at 12:15 AM trip instead of 11:58 PM. Saturday evening service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. The last bus from Hunts Point on Saturdays will depart at 1:12 AM instead of 12:50 AM. Sunday evening service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Bx12 Local: Summer Service Increases, Through Service to/from Orchard Begins Service will operate every 10 minutes throughout the day on weekdays (instead of every 12 minutes during middays and evenings). The first local bus from Bay Plaza will depart at 9:21 PM instead of at 10:15 PM (Weekdays), and at 8:24 PM instead of 10:00 PM (Saturdays), Increase over last summer. Local Service will operate every 12 minutes during evenings instead of every 15 minutes. The first bus from Inwood will departs at 10:29 PM instead of at 10:55 PM (Weekdays). Weekend service will operate every 3-6 minutes instead of every 12-15 minutes during the day. Certain late AM, midday, afternoon, and early evening trips on weekends will be extended to Inwood. Bx12 SBS: Summer Service In Effect A new 5:00 AM trip from Edson Avenue & Bartow Avenue will be added (weekdays). A new 5:50 AM trip from Inwood has been added (Weekdays). Service will operate every 4-5 minutes instead of every 6 minutes during most of the midday period. Service will operate every 7-8 minutes instead of every 6 minutes during the evening period. The last trip from Bay Plaza on weekdays will now depart at 9:50 PM instead of 10:00 PM. Service in the early AM between Bay Plaza and Pelham Bay will operate every 13-33 minutes instead of every 6-8 minutes (Saturdays). First trip from Bay Plaza on Saturdays will depart at 6:11 AM instead of 6:00 AM. The last trip from Bay Plaza on weekdays will now depart at 10:12 PM instead of 10:25 PM. The first Saturday departure from Inwood at 6:45 AM will be discontinued (first departure now at 7:00 AM). Service from Pelham Bay to Bay Plaza on Saturdays in the early morning will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Service in the AM and PM on Saturdays from Inwood to Bay Plaza will operate every 4-6 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. Service during midday hours on Saturdays will operate every 5 minutes instead of every 7 minutes. The last Sunday trip from Bay Plaza to Inwood will be at 10:30 PM instead of 10:00 PM The last Sunday trip from Inwood will be at 11:25 PM instead of 10:55 PM (Sundays). Bx22: Summer Service Reduction Service during the rush hour will operate every 8 minutes instead of every 6-7 minutes (frequencies double north of Fordham Road in the AM rush). Bx29: Weekday Service Decreases, Weekend Service Increases Weekday service from 5:40 AM to 6:40 AM will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Two trips from City Island to Pelham Bay will be added at 12:15 AM and 12:49 AM on Friday nights. Two trips from Bay Plaza to City Island will be added at 11:51 PM and 12:22 AM on Friday nights. Evening service on Saturdays will operate every 20 minutes throughout instead of every 30 minutes. Bx40,Bx42: Weekday Summer Service Reductions Combined Midday service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 10 minutes (frequencies double for individual routes). Combined late PM rush service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 9 minutes (frequencies double for individual routes). Brooklyn: B1: Summer Service Reductions The Weekday 6:08 AM & 7:03 AM trips from KCC to Bay Ridge will now originate at 86 Street & 25 Avenue at 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM, respectively. AM rush service will operate every 8-10 minutes instead of every 6-8 minutes. Additional short-turns between KCC and Brighton Beach will be added during the midday and evening periods Most PM short-turns between KCC and Brighton Beach will be discontinued. Late evening service will operate every 5 minutes east of Brighton Beach & every 15 minutes west of Brighton Beach in the WB direction, instead of every 10 minutes. EB service will operate every 12 minutes during early evening hours, instead of every 10 minutes. B3: Cost Neutral Practices EB AM rush hour service will operate every 6 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. EB PM rush hour service will operate every 9 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. B4: Additional Evening Service on Saturdays Service will operate every 20-27 minutes instead of every 25-30 minutes. B6 Local: Weekday Service Reductions Early AM service will operate less frequent Midday service operates every 12 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. Early PM service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. Evening service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. B6 LIMITED: Service Reductions Service will every 6-10 minutes in the AM rush instead of every 3-9 minutes. Service east of Canarise in the westbound direction will operate every 6 minutes during the AM rush instead of every 10 minutes. Late PM service will operate every 6 minutes instead of every 5 minutes. B7: Trip Combinations and Service Reductions The 6:08 AM trip from Kings Hwy/Flatbush Ave & the 6:13 AM trip from Coney Island Avenue (arriving Flatbush Ave at 6:26 AM) will be consolidated into a 6:04 AM trip from Coney Island Avenue, arriving Flatbush Avenue at 6:14 AM. Service in the early AM will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. AM rush service will operate every 12-15 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. Early midday service will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. PM rush service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. B9: Summer Service In Effect EB service will operate every 7 minutes instead of every 10 minutes throughout the route, instead of every 5 minutes east of 5th Ave/10 minutes west of 5th Ave. WB service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 12-15 minutes during early evening hours. B16: Summer Service In Effect All Weekday Short-turns will not operate. Service will operate every 15 minutes during the AM rush and most of the PM rush instead of every 10-12 minutes. SB service will operate every 12 minutes from 4-5 PM instead of every 15 minutes. B38: Overnight Trip Time Changes Overnight service will depart Ridgewood at :25 instead of :20, every hour. Overnight service will depart Downtown Brooklyn at :06 instead of :35, every hour. B41 Local: Weekday Service Adjustments The 3:47 AM trip from Bergen Beach and the 4:04 AM trip from Kings Plaza will depart their terminals 11 minutes later, at 3:58 AM and 4:15 AM, respectively. AM rush service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. During the height of the rush hour, additional service will be provided between Kings Highway and Empire Boulevard. Midday service will operate every 8 minutes instead of every 10-12 minutes. B41 LIMITED: Weekday AM Trip Combinations and Service Reductions, PM Service Increases The 7:13 AM trip from Kings Plaza to Empire Boulevard & the 7:21 AM trip from Kings Plaza to Downtown have been consolidated into a 7:17 AM bus running to Empire Boulevard. The 7:27 AM and 7:35 AM trips from Bergen Beach to Downtown Brooklyn will be consolidated into a 7:30 AM bus running only up to Empire Boulevard. The 7:44 AM and 7:52 AM trips from Kings Plaza to Downtown Brooklyn will be consolidated into a 7:49 AM trip. AM peak service on the combined portion will operate every 5-6 minutes instead of every 4 minutes south of Empire Boulevard (with more uneven service north of Empire Blvd). AM peak service to Bergen Beach will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. NB PM and evening service will operate every 8 minutes (instead of every 10-14 minutes). B44 Local: Summer Service Adjustments, Addition of an Evening Trip AM service will operate every 7-8 minutes north of Avenue U instead of every 6-7 minutes (frequencies double south of Avenue U). Midday service will operate every 9 minutes instead of every 10 minutes in the NB direction (frequencies double south of Avenue U). PM shoulder and PM rush service will operate every 9 minutes instead of every 10 minutes in the SB direction (frequencies double south of Avenue X). All Fulton Street put-ins will be discontinued. An 11:05 PM trip from Emmons Ave & Nostrand Ave to Williamsburg Bridge Plaza will be added. B44 SBS: Service Reductions Early AM service will operate less frequent. AM rush service between Avenue U and Flushing Avenue will operate every 6-9 minutes instead of every 5-10 minutes (service doubles north and south of those points). AM peak service between Knapp Street & Avenue X will operate every 6-9 minutes instead of every 10-20 minutes. Less frequent service in the evening. B49: Service Reductions Midday service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. Late PM rush service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. Weekday Evening service will operate every 25-27 minutes instead of every 15-22 minutes. The 6:44 AM and 7:24 AM buses on Saturdays from Foster Ave & Rodgers Ave towards Fulton Street will be discontinued. Two new trips from Foster Avenue & Rodgers Avenue on Saturdays (towards Fulton Street) will be added at 5:14 AM and 10:16 AM. The 8:35 AM and 8:59 AM buses on Sundays from Foster Ave & Rodgers Ave towards Fulton Street will be discontinued. Two new trips from Foster Avenue & Rodgers Avenue on Saturdays (towards Fulton Street) will be added at 7:41 AM. B49 LIMITED: Service Reduction The 6:38 AM, 6:46 AM, and 6:54 AM buses will not operate. The 7:03 AM bus from Empire Boulevard will depart at 7:00 AM. Service between 7 and 8 AM will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. B63: Weekday Cost Neutral Practices There will be less frequent service from 7:50-8:30 AM & 4-5 PM in the northbound direction. Service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 15 minutes from 5-6 PM in the northbound direction. Service from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 12 minutes in the southbound direction BM2: Minor Adjustments to Downtown Service Downtown buses will now depart 3-5 minutes earlier from Spring Creek. BM3: Saturday Adjustments Buses on the inbound direction will pick-up in Brooklyn up to 16 minutes later than the current schedule. Up to 15 minutes additional time has been allotted for Inbound trips. Buses on the outbound direction will pick-up in Manhattan up to 15 minutes later than the current schedule. Up to 38 minutes additional time has been allotted for outbound trips. Manhattan M1 Local: Net Service Reductions, Increased Span to SoHo AM rush service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. Service from 9-11 AM will operate every 10-12 minutes instead of every 12-15 minutes. Late midday service in the northbound direction will operate every 10-12 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. PM rush service will operate every 8-20 minutes SB instead of every 5-15 minutes. Evening service will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes start from 9 PM SB/10:35 PM NB. The 6:05 AM bus from the East Village will begin in SoHo at 6:00 AM. The 7:00 PM bus from Harlem to the East Village will be extended to SoHo. M1 LIMITED: Service Reductions Service will operate less frequent (-2 buses in the AM, -1 bus in the PM) M2: Cost Neutral Practices LTD service operates less frequent in the PM rush. Early midday service in the northbound direction will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. NB service from 7:35-8:20 PM operates every 10 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Evening service operates every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. M3: Weekday Net Service Reductions, Service Span Increases/Decreases, Sunday Adjustments A 5:50 AM trip from 125th Street to the East Village will be added. Late AM rush service operates every 10 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. Early midday service and late PM rush service operates every 12 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. Late evening service south of 125th Street operates every 34-37 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. The last bus operating south of 125th Street departs at 11:02 PM instead of at 11:19 PM (from St. Nich & 125th). The last SB bus will now depart Fort George at 1:10 AM instead of 1:26 AM. The last bus from the East Village will now depart at 12:30 AM (instead of 12:00 AM), running to 125th Street. (Sundays) More frequent service in the AM (Sundays) The last bus from Fort George will now depart at 12:55 AM instead of at 1:04 AM. M4 Local: Weekday Trip Combinations, Cost Neutral Practices, Increase in Service in Upper Manhattan The 6:28 AM trip from Central Park North to Midtown will now originate in Washington Heights at 5:45 AM. The 6:02 AM and 6:09 AM trips from Washington Heights will be consolidated into a 6:05 AM trip. Service in the early AM, late AM rush, and midday hours will operate less frequent Evening service between Washington Heights and Manhattanville will operate every 5-7 minutes during the evening instead of every 8-10 minutes. M4 LIMITED: Service Reductions Service will operate less frequent (-1 bus in the AM, -1 bus in the PM). M7: Weekday Service Reductions, Service Extended to 14th Street AM rush hour service will operate every 10-15 minutes instead of every 8-12 minutes. Less frequent midday service will be provided. PM service will operate every 10-12 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. Early evening service operates every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes in the SB direction. Service south of 18 Street (previously discontinued due to construction) will be reinstated (not shown on timetable). M14A/M14D: Introduction of +SBS+ Service, M14A Late Night Branch Discontinued Buses will be converted into SBS operations, with all-door boarding. M14A overnight buses will no longer serve Chelsea Piers, all service will terminate at Abingdon Square at all times. Redistribution of late night M14A service will occur so combined service on 14th Street is an even 10 minutes throughout the night. M31: Elimination of Trip on Saturdays The 9:36 PM trip from Clinton to Yorkville will be discontinued. Alternatives are either the 9:28 PM trip or 9:51 PM trip. M55: Weekday Service Reductions AM rush service operates every 20-30 minutes instead of every 15-20 minutes. Midday and early evening service operates every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Late evening service will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. M101 Local: Weekday Trip Truncations, Service Reductions, and Service Span Increase The 5:02 AM trip from 125th Street & Lexington Avenue to the East Village will now originate at 100th Street & Lexington Avenue at 5:07 AM. Service between 125th Street & 100th Street will run approximately every 20 minutes instead of approximately every 10-12 minutes between 5:30 AM and 6 AM The 5:37 AM trip from Fort George towards the East Village will become a LIMITED trip (see below) The former 5:47 AM LIMITED trip from Fort George to the East Village will become two local trips: a 5:51 AM trip from Fort George, and a 6:44 AM trip from 100th Street An 8:28 PM trip from Fort George to the East Village will be added (former LIMITED trip). Service south of 96th Street towards the East Village after 10 PM will operate every 18-27 minutes instead of every 10-20 minutes. The 4:51 AM and 7:06 AM trips from the East Village towards Fort George will now begin at 97th Street at 5:08 AM and 7:51 AM, respectively New put-ins from 97th Street to Fort George will be added at 8:08 AM, 8:33 AM, and 9:07 AM. Two new short-turns will be placed from the East Village to 97th Street at 7:54 PM and 8:21 PM. All local bus service departing the East Village between 8:30 PM and 9:00 PM will be converted into LIMITED trips. M101 LIMITED: Weekday Net Trip Eliminations, Service Reductions A new 5:41 AM trip has been added. Late AM rush service will operate every 10-12 minutes instead of every 5 minutes north of 96th Street, and every 10 minutes south of 96th Street. PM service will operate approximately every 8-9 minutes instead of every 6-8 minutes. Additional service in the NB direction will be added from 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM M102: Weekday Service Reductions, Overnight Service Changes Service during the AM rush operates every 10-15 minutes instead of every 8-12 minutes. SB service during the late PM rush will operate every 15 minutes north of 96th Street instead of every 7.5 minutes. Evening service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. Overnight service after the 1:12 AM departure from the East Village will depart at :02 instead of :12. Late evening service will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes in the NB direction. M103: Weekday AM and Midday Reductions, Net Increase in PM Service The 4:20 AM and 4:40 AM trips from East Harlem towards City Hall have been consolidated into a 4:34 AM trip. A 4:53 AM from East Harlem to City Hall will be added. The 5:03 AM and 5:15 AM trips from East Harlem toward City Hall have been consolidated into a 5:09 AM trip. Slightly less midday and PM shoulder service. Service operates every 12 minutes instead of every 15 minutes during the PM rush. Service between 9-10 PM in the NB direction will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. M116: Weekday AM Trip Consolidation The 7:27 AM and 7:32 AM trips from the Upper West Side have been consolidated into a 7:30 AM trip. Queens Q3: Overnight Service Improvements, Summer Service Reductions Buses will operate every 30 minutes overnight, departing Jamaica & JFK at :10 and :40, instead of operating on a 35 minute headway, daily. Less frequent AM rush service will operate on weekdays. All put-ins from 179 Street will not operate. Q5 Local: Weekday Summer Service Reductions AM service from 4:00 AM to 5:30 AM will run approximately every 12 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. AM service from 8-9 AM will run every 10 minutes instead of every 7-8 minutes. Combined Midday and early PM rush service will run every 8-10 minutes instead of every 7-8 minutes. PM peak service will operate every 7-8 minutes instead of approximately every 3-5 minutes. Weekday overnight trips will operate up to 5 minutes than current times. Q5 LIMITED: Summer Service Reductions Service from 5:58 AM to 6:36 AM will operate approximately every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. Service from 7:00 AM to 8:43 AM will operate every 10-12 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. Service during the height of the PM rush will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 7 minutes. The last bus from Jamaica will depart at 8:03 PM instead of 8:43 PM. Q7: Weekend Trip Adjustments The 4:22 AM bus on Saturdays from Euclid Avenue Station will now depart at 4:16 AM. Trip times have changed/elongated by up to 10 minutes. Q20: Weekday Service Reductions, 14th Avenue Branch Span Reduction Combined AM rush service operates every 7-10 minutes instead of every 6-7 minutes (frequencies on each branch are doubled). Combined PM rush service operates every 9-10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes (frequencies on each branch are doubled). The last Q20B from College Point to Jamaica will depart at 10:05 PM, instead of at 10:35 PM. The 10:35 PM Q20B trip from College Point will be converted into a Q20A. Q26: Cost Neutral Practices A new 5:10 AM trip from Fresh Meadows to Flushing will be added. Service from 7:20 AM to 8:14 AM will operate approximately every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. The 9:06 AM trip from Fresh Meadows to Flushing will be discontinued. The 3:20 PM trip from Flushing will now depart at 3:10 PM. Service from 4-5 PM will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Q27: Weekday and Saturday Reductions, Sunday Service Improvements Service towards Flushing will operate every 10 minutes from 4:00-4:30 AM instead of every 15 minutes. AM peak service will operate every 6-7 minutes throughout the route instead of every 3-5 minutes north of Horace Harding Expressway (and slightly less frequent service south). Midday service south of Jamaica Avenue will operate every 6 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. PM peak service operates every 6 minutes north of Horace Harding Expwy (every 12 minutes south) instead of every 5 minutes ( & every 10 minutes south of HHE). Early evening service operates every 12 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. Reverse-peak service in the early AM hours will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 7.5 minutes. Saturday service between 9:20 PM and 10:58 PM towards Flushing will operate every 12 minutes throughout the route, instead of every 10 minutes north of Jamaica Ave (and every 20 minutes south) The 11:19 PM trip from Jamaica Avenue to Flushing will be discontinued. Alternatives are either the 11:09 PM and 11:29 PM departures. Evening service from Flushing will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 9 minutes. NB evening service south of Jamaica Avenue on Sundays will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. Q28: Weekday AM Service Adjustments, Reductions Trips between 4:12 AM and 6:00 AM towards Flushing have been adjusted to operate up to 22 minutes earlier. Buses in the AM reverse-peak direction approximately every 4-6 minutes instead of every 2-4 minutes. Q30: Weekday Service Reductions There will be less frequent service from 7-8 AM. Midday service will operate every 9 minutes instead of every 7.5 minutes. Early evening service will operate every 10-12 minutes instead of every 9-10 minutes. Q31: Weekday Summer Service Reductions Service operates every 15 minutes during the height of the AM rush and during the PM rush, instead of every 10 minutes. Evening service will operate every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. Q43 Local: Summer Service Reductions Overnight trips will depart terminals up to 5 minutes earlier than the current schedule. Less frequent service during the early AM on weekdays will operate. Local service will resume earlier in the morning, at 8:41 AM instead of 9:00 AM. Service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 9 minutes during the late midday and early PM rush hour. Q43 LIMITED: Summer Service Reductions Service between 5:54 AM and 6:46 AM operates every 7-8 minutes instead of every 3-5 minutes. The last bus in the morning to Jamaica LIRR will depart Floral Park at 8:37 AM instead of 8:55 AM. The 4:02 PM trip from Jamaica will not operate. The alternative is the 4:07 PM trip from Jamaica. Service from 6-7 PM will operate every 6-7 minutes instead of every 4-5 minutes. Q44 SBS: Net Addition of Short-turns on Weekdays Less frequent service south of Flushing from 3:30 AM to 4:30 AM. Trips from 39th Avenue to Bronx Zoo will be added at 5:45 AM, 6:09 AM, 6:50 AM, 1:41 PM, and 2:11 PM. Trips from Jamaica to 39th Avenue will be added at 6:27 AM, 9:26 AM, and 9:46 AM. The 5:57 AM trip from Whitestone to Jamaica will be discontinued. Alternatives are the 5:49 AM or 6:06 AM departures. Q46 Local: Weekday Reduction in Service Service operates every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM (frequencies double on the branches). AM peak service will operate every 9 minutes instead of every 5-6 minutes from 6:00-6:45 AM. Reverse peak service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. Service will operate every 6 minutes instead of every 5 minutes during the height of the rush hour. Service will operate every 6-7 minutes instead of every 5 minutes during the PM rush. WB service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 10-12 minutes during evening hours. WB service will operate every 20 minutes during the late evening hours instead of every 15 minutes. An LIJ trip during the evening will instead originate in Glen Oaks at 10:23 PM, towards Kew Gardens. Q46 LIMITED: Cost Neural Practices Service will operate every 5-6 minutes during the early AM rush instead of every 8-10 minutes. Service will operate every 7 minutes instead of every 4 minutes during the height of the AM rush. Two later AM trips to Lake Success will be added at 9:43 AM and 9:58 AM. PM service will operate every 6 minutes instead of every 3 minutes from 4:30 PM to 5:40 PM. Service after 7:48 PM will operate every 6-7 minutes instead of every 5 minutes. Q54: Net Service Reductions, Additional EB Midday Service All WB non-evening short-turns on weekdays will be discontinued. Service will operate every 10-15 minutes during the AM rush instead of every 7-10 minutes. Service will operate every 15-20 minutes during the late midday hours instead of every 12-15 minutes. Additional put-ins will operate from Fresh Pond to Jamaica during midday hours. More frequent service will be provided from 6-7 PM. The 1:27 AM trip from Jamaica to Williamsburg will depart at 1:23 AM and will be extended to Williamsburg Bridge Plaza. Q58 Local: Net Service Reductions Early AM service (before 6 AM) will operate every 15-25 minutes instead of every 7-10 minutes. More frequent service from 8-9 AM. Less frequent service in the PM rush. Late evening service will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. Q58 LIMITED: Span Increase, Service Frequency Reduction Service will operate every 6-10 minutes during the AM rush instead of every 3-5 minutes. Service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 12 minutes during the post-AM peak. An 11:07 AM trip from Ridgewood to Flushing will be added. An 12:18 PM trip from Flushing to Ridgewood will be added. Flushing-bound LIMITED service between 3-4 PM will be added. Service in the PM rush will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 9 minutes. Service between 7:53 PM and 8:25 PM to Flushing will be discontinued. Q76: Summer Service Reductions AM rush hour and PM reverse peak service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. Service during the PM shoulder will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 12 minutes. Q83 Local: Service Reductions, PM Short-turn Path Revision Service operates every 10-12 minutes in the early AM hours instead of every 7-8 minutes. Local service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 6 minutes during the AM rush. Evening Service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. PM short-turns now terminate at Murdock Avenue & Springfield Boulevard instead of at Colfax Street & Springfield Boulevard. Q83 LIMITED: Service Reductions Service will operate every 8 minutes instead of every 6 minutes during the AM rush. Service will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes during the PM rush. Q85 Local: Summer Schedule Service Reductions Overnight departures will operate up to 5 minutes earlier. Trips between 5:19 AM and 7:00 AM from Bedell Street will now originate at 243 Street & 147th Avenue in Rosedale. AM rush service will operate every 12 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. Service throughout the midday and afternoon will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 8-9 minutes. Q85 LIMITED: Summer Schedule Service Reductions AM service operates every 6-10 minutes instead of every 4-8 minutes. PM service between 2:30 and 3:50 PM will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 10 minutes. PM rush service will operate every 7-10 minutes instead of every 6-8 minutes. Evening service will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. Q114: Service Change in Rosedale (Schedule Not Out Yet) Service along 147th Avenue and Brookville Boulevard will be discontinued. Service will run along Rockaway Boulevard in both directions. Use Q111 service for 147th Avenue.
  7. 10 points
    I'm not going to wade through the myriad of proposals and instead just touch upon the actual service change announcement. For those complaining about the extreme limitedness of the service, I'm surprised no one has realized that this is the intention. Transit knows this service will fail, which is exactly why they plan on implementing it as such. Few people if any are going to rearrange their schedules and commutes to catch one of the two inbound express trains during the AM rush or the outbound ones in the afternoons, because as we all know, railroad style scheduling does not work on the subway. Transit also knows that they cannot run additional express trains without screwing over Windsor Terrace, Gowanus and Carroll Gardens. When this inevitably fails due to low ridership similar to the Jerome pilot back in '09, Transit can "truthfully" say they tried, but cannot do much else without negatively impacting service elsewhere.
  8. 10 points
    ARE YOU FOR REAL? WHO THE f**k ARE YOU TO ADDRESS IN ANY SHAPE, FORM OR CAPACITY? It wasn't a prediction, assumption or outlandish fantasy bullshit like you repeatedly do on here, cocksucker. unlike you, I'm speaking and have been speaking from a place of knowledge, bitch. get on my level hoe, and make sure this is the last time you ever address me. eat a dick
  9. 10 points
    I love this so much. This is a community speaking LOUD AND CLEAR that they will not let the steamroll them and take advantage. They had petitions circulated accordingly and were very organized.
  10. 10 points
    ....I go on vacation for a few days, and I come back with you wanting to open a West Indies Depot and having celebrity money??? Whatever you are smoking, pass that around! 😂
  11. 10 points
    The R46s in their original paint were far and away the best looking cars ever run in the subway. I wish we had that level of design on contemporary orders. Thanks for cross posting!
  12. 9 points
    None of this crap involving the injection of more artics into the system is about addressing overcrowding capacity... What I've long been sick of, is the bullshit disposition that these changes year in & year out are being made to increase customer satisfaction.... The MTA does not care about you, Mr./Ms./Mrs./Miss NYC public transit commuter.... Embarrassingly enough, you can't tell me about "customer demand" when you don't know (or care to know) the riderbases for each & every route you operate, either..... Ever notice in the "alternatives" sections of these changes, the mere inaction of "Do Nothing" is almost always present - and on top of it, is the most expounded upon alternative to some initial proposal/upcoming change (if it isn't the ONLY alternative listed, mind you)? They are trying to reduce manpower & resources & they are doing it as gradually as they can (much like with anything else).... That's all this shit is & that's all that it's been about....
  13. 9 points
    If only @East New York was still here. He's probably viewing from a guest POV and laughing at us all sitting here confused and anxious while he knows exactly what switched up and what will be the final outcome LMAO.
  14. 8 points
    In the IRT I can almost guarantee which generation of school car instructors taught a T/O by how they operate a N/B express train from 33rd St into Grand Central. My class of M/M, T/O s were taught to knock off the controller just north of 33rd St and let the timers clear just before you passed them. The idea drummed into our heads was that a yellow signal, whether timed or not, is a restrictive signal with no guarantee that the following signal is going to clear for you. If you operate SMEE equipment vs NTT there's a slight difference because the vantage point on SMEE equipment is not the same as NTT. The cab window/ trip cock metric are not the same. You want the yellow signal to start to clear as you pass it and if you timed it right each following signal will (should) clear as you enter the curve into the station.. S/B from 51st or 59th st ,, and M/M/ T/O s were taught a different procedure especially when ST was activated. Basic school car instruction said to use the ST signals to close in on the train ahead of you. The big exception was on the Lex corridor traveling s/b north of Grand Central. The fly in the ointment there was the location of the home signals and the switches. We were taught to never close in on a train at that location unless you were following that train for some distance, say 125th on down, so you had a feel for the movement of your leader. That location, GC s/b in the rush was notorious for creating major delays. The main reason was that as the follower you had no idea of what your leader was doing. The ST would be lit up, you would cross the interlocking and the switches and whammo. Your leader had a pulled cord, brake pipe rupture, or a 12-9. I've listed the problems from bad to the worst. By closing in on your leader, an accepted practice, you have locked out either the local or express track. You have followed a general practice but it backfired because the M/M, T/O, had no way of knowing if his/her leader was actually moving. GC , aka, the Diagonal station, is located on a curve and the signal system doesn't account for that location. We were taught to hang back at the interlocking signals north of the station leaving ourselves, the Tw/O and the dispatcher the option to line up a route around the blockage. Don't forget that my school car instructors were M/M before 59th St became an express stop, so any trouble at GC jammed up express trains from 86th St on down. When I was on work trains I used to hang out with the midnight Tw/O and he used to ask us why everyone wasn't taught the way we were and we couldn't answer it. He, in turn, became the PM GC dispatcher, and finally the line Supt. so when something would go wrong myself and a few others would tell him that we had stopped and stayed at a particular interlocking so he could either re-route us or turn us back from whence we came. Makes me wonder what's going to happen when there's more service added to the Lex with nowhere to go to relieve the inevitable jams. Carry on.
  15. 8 points
    7649 is unwrapped from SBS service, with only a teal triangle for SBS all door entry. I have proof: Taken from inside King’s Plaza Level 3 of the Primark/JCPenny/Burlington complex part of the Mall.
  16. 8 points
    It was taken care of because it was irrelevant to this thread. As per the guidelines of the website, can we please stay on-topic? Thank you...
  17. 7 points
    100º and no AC is a tough sell -- even for fanners like myself. Not to mention that half the community has problems with deodorant on a good day!
  18. 7 points
    Ten bucks says this dies by this time next year. I just don't see a path to success for a service that runs at 2tph frequencies on a line with the reliability issues of the . People will look at the clocks, see the train they thought would arrive in 5 will arrive in 15 and just take the local.
  19. 7 points
    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"
  20. 7 points
    For those that are keeping score, here's what haven't been delivered to any depots yet. 2019 Nova Bus LFS: 8504-8507, 8642, 8646, 8698-8699, 8701, 8715-8754 2019 New Flyer XD40: 7786-7787, 7848(supposedly at Zerega), 7850-7905 2019 New Flyer XD60: 6126, 6129, 6161-6162, 6166-6182, 6190, 6193, 6195-6196, 6198-6199, 6202-6233, 6235-6286 2019 New Flyer XDE40 9510, the latest XDE40 is still in the system. 8698-8699, 8701, 8715, 8717, 8719-8720, 8729, 8736, 8740, are at the New Jersey Service Center. 8504-8507, 8642, 8646, 8721, 8723-8725, 8728, 8730-8734, 8737-8739, 8741-8754 are up at Plattsburgh and various locations upstate, some of which are at a graphics vendor nearby. 8726 is currently at Northeastern Bus Rebuilders, likely getting the new paint and decals. Most of the New Flyers are either up at the New Flyer plants or at the vendor facilities.
  21. 7 points
    Castleton is getting 25 buses from Yukon's batch. You guys can stop with these conspiracy theories now. Get a hold of yourselves.
  22. 7 points
    Drivers aren't gunning after these bicyclists; it's a false ass narrative.... Bicyclists tend to ride like they're in their own world & then whenever they get into some unfortunate accident, it's the motorist's fault because he/she bears ALL of the responsibility in the matter..... The only blind spots that matter are their own, not the ones they tend to dive into of some motorist from out of nowhere.... The one thing I will say though is that they are using the bike lanes a lot more.... But that does not mean you get to dive out of the bike lane whenever you want to turn down some side street, and I'm just supposed to stop on a dime because I'm the motorist in the situation.... Ped's (pedestrians) tend to think the same way too, when they're crossing the street on a green (light), incl. jaywalking..... The concept of sharing the road goes both ways, not the sole onus of it having to be on the driver.
  23. 7 points
    They were pulling people off of the express buses this morning as well, some who had Metrocard problems and giving them a summons. That I don’t agree with. A malfunctioning Metrocard is not farebeating.
  24. 7 points
    de Blasio has failed repeatedly to demonstrate any actual concern for pedestrian or bike safety, and his daily car commute to the Y represents in perfect terms his deranged commitment to life in an SUV. I attended the die-in tonight and I hope others did as well. The mayor has failed, as has Polly Trottenberg. In a progressive city, these people would actually be held accountable. I have shifted from optimism about Vision Zero to grim recognition of the failure that it is. The DOT has ruined streets that were functioning properly, slowed traffic and increased driver anger, and failed to reduce pedestrian injuries or bike safety along the way. Everybody here is culpable. What a sad, embarrassing state of affairs. I never thought I would credit Bloomberg for anything, but he did an infinitely better job in improving city street infrastructure and modernizing the city. de Blasio's legacy is the death of bikers and the rise of circling, polluting Ubers and Lyfts. Add to that the collapse of bus speeds and the decline of transit use. Shameful.
  25. 7 points
    They're here for service. 8695, 8702, 8704, and 8706 pulled up.
  26. 7 points
    You know, you just as well could have not replied to this question; this sort of facetiousness adds little to the conversation, and there are indeed people on here who likely could give more information than is available publicly on the Sea Beach renovations if they were inclined to share.
  27. 7 points
    I didn't know 20 makes me a grumpy old man LMAOOOO
  28. 7 points
    I just don’t understand why they don’t just look at a line, say “this is everything we need to do to restore its usefulness for 20-30 years”, and then just shut it down and fix everything. Plenty of places have shut down lines for extended periods just to get them as close to brand new - even LA shut down the Blue Line this year to rebuild it after 28 years of heavy service - yet here we do everything haphazard and piecemeal and basically keep construction workers on a single project from hire to retirement. But then, did say it hires corrupt folks just to help straighten them out. So I can only conclude things are how they are here because the folks on top are delusional.
  29. 6 points
    And then NYCT will wonder why people are switching to Ubers / Lyfts, or simply driving.
  30. 6 points
    These discussions need to be moved to the "Random Thoughts" thread. It makes it difficult to weed out the actual bus moves. Thank you.
  31. 6 points
    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.
  32. 6 points
    While you are correct on that, some of y'all were going waaaaaaaaaaaay too hard with Castleton getting 25 buses and were trying to solve the case like an episode of Law & Order SVU. As for that little snarky remark.... I, along with a bunch of others on this forum(especially ENY, who also left to take care of things revolving around his own life), have lives to live. We can't provide information to you guys at all times of the night and day when we have other things to worry about. Lance has also left the forums to focus on things with his life. I haven't been on that often these days and some people have noticed. So yeah, is it hard? Nowadays, yes, especially when I don't have the time like I used to to post things and share updates. Some of ya'll need to stop being so impatient and rabid when it comes to wanting more updates, you can figure things out if you just let it work itself out. When the information comes, it will be posted in due time when some of us also have the time to post..... No one is also entitled to getting updates on anything, so you guys better appreciate it while you still have it coming.
  33. 6 points
    Not only do I not agree with it, I personally think it's a chicken shit move to target those that are more likely to pay & then hit those with a metrocard issue with a farebeating charge as some sort of a "gotcha" moment..... Target the sons of bitches that are deliberately skipping out of the fare on these local buses.
  34. 6 points
    I'm surprised the TBTA cops' union didn't put up a fight about this. I didn't know they had jurisdiction outside of bridges and tunnels. TBTA seems to be a pretty sweet gig...sit in the car all day by the entrance to the tunnel and do nothing. Almost as hard working as the court officers that watch movies in the jury duty room all day
  35. 6 points
    You can't kill the , Bushwick, Ridgewood, etc LOVE the on 6th Ave and would riot if the Brown M was restored.
  36. 6 points
    Point taken, but that just isn't true boss. All of the incidents of the past few weeks have been cyclists mid-block hit by vehicles that weren't paying attention to them. That's just the facts, not worth speculating that it's about stoplights being skipped. "Cyclist selfishness" is not causing the problem and we have a lot of evidence about that fact, you can see it if you read the news stories about these incidents. Trucks that didn't look, cars that didn't look, etc. Where is the accountability for these drivers?
  37. 6 points
    That's exactly why when I was informed about the ATS system I immediately told my rabbi and another superintendent that the whole concept was bogus. What it ultimately became in my last few years was a way to eliminate some field dispatcher jobs and some tower operator positions. I actually had a job where I reported to no supervision because the job was eliminated and one hand never informed the other. Every now and then a TSS would drop by but he knew the deal and never reported the situation. I don't remember how many times I would get south of Franklin Avenue and the ATS system would identify my train as a 4 instead of a 5. Before the advent of ATS every gap station from 125 south to Franklin could identify my train by sight. My rabbi and his partner explained the deal to me when I was entering the Joralemon tube n/b. By the time I entered Wall Street I opened my cab door and told them that only an idiot would believe that concept. As it was explained to them, and later to me, the ATS system would allow for more trains to run on Lexington closer together. They both smiled when I pointed out the obvious flaw in that reasoning. Without ripping out the whole signal system , especially on the Lexington corridor, and relocating every existing signal it would be impossible. Ever try to squeeze 16 ounces of soda into a 12 ounce can ? I said that without signal relocating and CBTC there couldn't be any more trains squeezed in. They both laughed and said that if I could figure the flaws in two stops who were the idiots who signed off on the idea. I actually prayed that one day I would turn on the television and see the signees doing the perp walk. I told a few people in supervision that if I was in a room where someone proposed such a plan I would physically beat the crap out of the person for thinking that I was dumb enough to accept the proposal at face value. I always thought that money changed hands somewhere along the line. Just my opinion. Carry on.
  38. 6 points
    And if you think Hylan Blvd is any better for buses I have a bridge to sell you...
  39. 6 points
    It’s kinda what’s supposed to happen when your system has rampant breakdowns. Save the Lex, B-way in the Bx, and Rockaway, EVERY NYC Subway line has a nearby or parallel line that can pickup the passengers that’d be displaced with a total shutdown. Sure, running on 8th instead of 6th will slow commutes down because of switching at West 4th and at B-way/Lafayette, but it can be done. Likewise, wanna shut down Eastern Parkway? Run shuttles to Fulton St and have start at BG. But our ironically named authority is too scared to use its authority to dictate changes to improve service beyond fare increases. I get that they wanna minimize inconvenience, but what’s worse - rampantly delayed trains trying to crawl through repair zones for months or years - to only do it again a few years later for something else, or “No weekend service from 161st to Woodlawn. Take to BPB for bus shuttles to Woodlawn”? The thing I thought was so cool way back in my 20s was how The Weekender showed you this. Folks adapted. The noise made by the few upset about inconvenience should be drowned out by the boots of folks switching to because shutdown and the lack of comment after it’s back up (had the other idiot from Queens not hijacked it).
  40. 6 points
    Now I'm really hoping for Joe Biden to win the nomination and take Cuomo as his running mate. If anything it'll put a pause on most of his lunacy in 2020.
  41. 6 points
    I got this yesterday: Screen Shot 2019-06-30 at 8.18.17 PM by Union Turnpike, on Flickr
  42. 6 points
    Just wanna throw it out there: the vast majority of Broadway local stations are within a block of a 6th or 8th local stop. Throw in the chance to transfer to Lex local at Lex/53, and you’ve covered the entire service area. I understand that there being more than one viable path between two points is a truly radical idea (we’ve had two pages of ATH and LGA presenting cogent arguments to that end only to be addressed with “but muh Broadway service” and “there is nothing wrong with rush hour service,” after all), but I think this is something worth adding.
  43. 6 points
    Fam. Calm down. #carryon Its not like we all don’t go off other sub forums to send replies. You about the 3rd person trying to play police. Before you start playing police brush up on some knowledge and listen to people who know the system. We are all here to learn a thing or two and sometimes rules are meant to be broken.
  44. 6 points
    First off, can we keep this type of discussion out of deliveries, moves, and transfers please. It’s been made clear that the Deliveries, Moves, and transfers thread is solely for just that: Deliveries, Moves, and Transfers. ***Note the next part below is NOT a prediction*** Next, the OG Hybrids at East New York will be replaced by new buses fresh from the factory, and displaced buses from elsewhere. Also, East New York and Grand Avenue are slated to get all of the 2012-13 New Flyer XD60s from Gun Hill and Kingsbridge for the B15, B38, and Q58 respectively (4710 and 4711 made the journey to GA a few days ago, joining 4754, which was already there for a while). It is possible that the 2012-13 XD60s would end up replacing a chunk of the OG Hybrids. As the next hybrid order is coming in as well, 20 of the new XDE40s would be assigned to EN, replacing a smaller portion of the OGs and replacing the rest with XD40s coming back from Ulmer Park, since they are getting their own units as well.
  45. 6 points
    So that this discussion does not get out of hand, the bus involved was 8359. The bus has lot of damage to the right side. However, there is no reason to scrap this bus. Transit will easily be able to procure the replacement parts from Nova. The only way a bus gets scrapped is if there's frame damage and certainly this was a low speed collision. The guys in the shops are quite skilled. I saw a video of the accident scene somewhere yesterday. However I forget where. Therefore I will not be able to show the video.
  46. 6 points
    There's a great SubChat post here (http://www.subchat.com/readflat.asp?Id=1516664) with some old images of R46s during their delivery and early stages of their career Some of my personal favorites: "At Ditmas Ave. on the line. (July 1979)" "Not a reroute, but a "dead head" move to Coney Island yard. Location is Avenue H on the Brighton Line. (July 1979)" "Ready for their journey to Coney Island yard, up pops a put-in of R-32's on the . Stored on the lower level 9th Ave for the PM rush hour. (July 1978)" "Delivery by LIRR Bay Ridge Br, Parkville Jct and McDonald Ave to Coney Island. I passed by on the yesterday and it seems an apartment building is going up on or near Parkville Jct. Is that a red Plymouth Valiant or Dodge Dart ? (April 23, 1975)"
  47. 6 points
    If you mean in aggregate, technically yes that is correct. But say we have 3 Work trains, an engine and 5 cars each, putting them together induces a number of other problems. The brake pipe on a 15 car train reacts much more slowly which requires more conservative train handling. Other complications include spotting the train becomes more difficult, trains spend more times in curves (automatic speed reduction per rule) and often work sites require certain cars in order, or multiple work sites within an out of service area. So a longer train would require switching on the main line, yikes! As far as train handling, small segments of grades can be challenging but doable if you are set up, the persistent and prolonged grade especially if you have to enter the grade with brake on because of another speed restriction or worse...a timer is where you get killed. Hitting hills like that at 14mph vs 17mph can be all the difference in making it. Other segments do not prove much in limiting operations which is why I specifically used the term ruling gradient.
  48. 6 points
    Sounds like normal S79 service. Sounds like normal S79-riding teenage girls.
  49. 5 points
    I'm gonna put this out here and then you posters can have a go at it. I don't want to put current B/O s or RTO people on the spot but they are welcome to chime in. About 30 years ago some folks in management ( lower) explained to me and a few others that the MTA was losing money on every rider, especially the buses. In other words the fare box recovery wasn't enough even with the subsidies that the MTA received from various sources. As my S.I. union friend has probably heard before elsewhere cuts must be made somewhere. In my department, RTO, a new system called ATS was introduced. Many frontline employees were reassigned or not replaced when they retired. In the Station Department many booths were closed and the personnel reassigned to other duties. In the Surface Department along comes SBS. Subsidized at introduction by the feds. I think Deucey, DetSmart45, B35, BrooklynBus, and a few others have figured out the endgame already. A few years ago the MTA and much of the local media were on the warpath about the labor costs in the agency. Public outrage over some of the salaries and benefits. Old time New Yorkers and union members have seen this show before. Let's rile up the public and pit them against the workforce. Did the new ATS system speed up the train service on the IRT mainline ? No but it did allow us to shed some of the workforce. In my old borough of Brooklyn did the original SBS line, B44, make an appreciable difference in most people's commutes. Unless you traveled from Sheepshead Bay to Bridge Plaza I'd guess no. I still think some SBS service is nothing more than a Trojan horse to cut service in the long run. With the way bus service on Staten Island seems to be operated according to many posters it appears that they want bus service to deteriorate while driving many folks to the Express bus or their own cars. Guess what? The MTA may lose ridership but they'll make it up with congestion pricing. Less local bus ridership will lead to service cuts and less B/O jobs in the long term. Less labor costs, health benefits and pensions. Increase disciplinary action against the B/O who runs hot and that will invariably make the others slow down. I can see the Surface mgt. increasing running time so that buses arrive at the ferry 5 minutes after the yacht departs Deucey, I've been a union man for most of my life but in Transit I have seen some cozy relationships between some reps and management. I was lucky to have a rabbi whom everyone respected for his knowledge. He, in turn, knew people in the upper levels of Transit and the MTA. As he often points out to me my United States Senator and the Speaker of the New York State Assembly spoke to NYCTA before my employment. Both gentlemen told my parents what day I was going to be appointed to the agency. One month before Transit I never had to use the politicians names during my career because my rabbi and his people had the clout. Eventually the old guard retired and became consultants I don't have much faith in the newer people in the agency or the union because I don't think their priorities coincide with the ridership or the present workforce. When one hears statements from management lamenting how much they lose per rider or how much each worker costs my guard goes up. I can remember when my cousins started working as bank tellers. When the new ATM was going to make the banking experience better. Luckily they listened to our older generation and got civil service jobs. I think that's the ultimate goal of the MTA, buses, subways, and railroads Drive everyone to use their cars or the express bus and shame on those who don't have the luxury. I've become an old cynic. Just my opinion. Carry on
  50. 5 points
    Your last sentence summed up the whole problem in a nutshell. The sentence preceding it should provide an answer to those theorists who claim to know what it takes to speed up terminal operations. One person can't fumigate a train quickly. Two T/Os can move the train but if there's a sick person or an unruly passenger(s) onboard all bets are off. NYPD officers aren't assigned to help fumigate and relay trains. No one is going to risk his/her life to speed up a relay. I've personally had problems doing single end relays at Utica Avenue. Weapons displayed, female, and male , anatomy exposed, panhandlers, what have you. When I had an officer respond to the young dude with the weapon we found the weapon was fake, a replica, but I didn't know that at the time. Back then relay people didn't have personal radios to call for help so in that case if the young man had personally threatened me something bad would have happened to one of us. BTW if I or any of my fellow retirees felt like it we could screw up Bowling Green or Utica just for laughs and nothing would be done to us old, slow moving folks. 😁
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