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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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"
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 6 points
    And then NYCT will wonder why people are switching to Ubers / Lyfts, or simply driving.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 5 points
    When the ATS system goes down we can use the old Command Center at 370 Jay as a backup, right ? Wait, what, there's no functional backup ? Local towers and dispatchers, right ? Wow, this hi tech advanced system has me confused. This 21st century whiz bang stuff is amazing isn't it ? Carry on.
  13. 5 points
    You do realize how outrageous that sounds, right? Not only would the backlash by just about everyone would be insanely bad publicity, but that would set up a terrible precedent (hint hint, look who's in the White House). It's a good thing you aren't in charge.
  14. 5 points
    BTW for anyone that wants to know, 7061 has no MHV sticker.
  15. 5 points
    Can confirm it was the taskforce. saw Cuomo in a vest changinge a 'D10' to a 'D13'. Seriously the MTA has had room for consolidation in the Corporate portion, keeping in mind that generally half of each fare on an MTA ticket goes to HQ and support staff. So perhaps SOME of that is needed. Taking away the Presidents power to oversee decisions directly effecting operations reeks of intrigue and the same nepotism the Governor decries every day. Now that Byford is starting to steer things the right way I suppose Cuomo needs a better angle to take direct credit. Politics can really ruin a railroad.
  16. 5 points
    It’s like TSA - it’s the appearance of doing something meaningful so 1) folks shut up/get off their backs and 2) was easier and cheaper than doing something comprehensively better.
  17. 5 points
    The man is ahead of is time, all hail!
  18. 4 points
    Hold on....what do you mean by that they lack of....amusement?? You are kinda out of touch with that statement...... Some employees hate them for the footwork they gotta do with the brake release to get them going, along with the stifled transmission setup that makes them take off slower than the rest of the XD40 fleet. Most transitfans hate them because they replaced their older favorites.....which in itself is a dumb point, but I, and a majority of fans who look past that dumb reason don't like these mostly because they ride like hot garbage with all of the rocking and swaying, and the HVAC isn't as good. Also not a fan of it's transmission setup that makes them take off slower than the rest of the fleet. The 2011s, and the 2017-2019s are much, much, much better than the 7090-7483 batch by far. The only buses I like out of the 7090-7483 batch are the MTA Bus units at LaGuardia, they take off much better, have better seats and AC units. The 7090-7483 batch(except for the MTA Bus batch) is by far some of the worst spec'd Xcelsiors we got.
  19. 4 points
    Most should already know, but if you weren't aware, trains were rerouted down the past Queens Plaza due to yesterday's blackout. While trains would usually terminate at Whitehall during these reroutes, a G.O routing all NB trains via the Manhattan Bridge from DeKalb Avenue to Canal Street prevented this. The trains needed to be sent into Brooklyn. This particular train was originally supposed to terminate at 36th Street, as heard in the announcements in the first part of the video. It is likely that this train would have gone to 9th Avenue, and then be sent back north towards Jamaica. This did not happen because an train occupied the middle track at 9th Avenue. This train was instead sent down the West End Line to 62nd Street. It was supposed to go express from 9th Avenue to 62nd Street, but that didn't happen for whatever reason. 2005-2010 Alstom R160A-2 Car 9548 on the at 36 Street-4 Avenue by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here's a bonus of some train action below Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan (from last week): 1984-1987 Bombardier R62A Car 2075 on the at Bowling Green by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr Enjoy! The and saga continues...
  20. 4 points
    Gonna disagree with those saying management is where there is space for cuts. Management is a shell of what it once was; there are groups that have, because of the hiring freeze, lost over half of their staff. It's getting to the point where we will see real challenges. They need an infusion of new people and a reorganized structure that allows for less siloed thinking and more action, not cuts (except to the consultant payroll). It's worth keeping in mind when reading this report that the big drivers of MTA costs are debt service, healthcare, and increasing payroll costs (both in headcount and in O/T). The first of those is essentially the long term manifestation of capital budget funding deficits and cost escalations, but the rest of them are largely consequences of expanding ranks of middle/lower hierarchy jobs without serious productivity improvements. Certainly worth stressing that a good bit of those costs are self-inflicted MTA initiatives (SAP, deck chair shifting in ops support, etc), but the general issue is that the workforce isn't, in some key areas like maintenance, all that productive even by US standards. But of course the report isn't gonna talk about that.
  21. 4 points
    6660 and 6670: Manhattanville ➡️ LaGuardia
  22. 4 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.
  23. 4 points
    You do realize that you’re talking with a person who knows all the permutations of the line? 😁 😁😁 . 5:00 Utica to 241st, 3:45 Atlantic to 241st, 3:54 Franklin to 241 st, which returned from 241st as a to Flatbush in the afternoon. The terminal “ cutback “ was done to alleviate the congestion at 241st which was delaying the service and reduce the amount of moves needed to lay up trains up there. That’s why some trains would run express from East 180th to Gun Hill middle and terminate there and line up for yard access. The regular riders knew the routine and they figured out that if they wanted to go to 241st they took the train. Even then, depending on the equipment, a train signed up for 238th would sometimes end up being sent to the terminal if needed. I gather the situation with the is similar. Boils down to the crew assignments and the CED equipment requirements. Maybe it appears confusing to some people but if they read the signs and listen to the announcements 9 times out of 10 they’ll be okay. I say that as a person who made a Dyre to Utica trip every night for 15 years , from the pre-Redbird era to the NTT with a correctly signed up train yet there was always the person who got to Utica and complained about me taking the wrong lineup . My regular riders would point out to the person that signs were right and the correct announcements were made. The real old timers like myself remember when the never went to Flatbush at all. It all boils down to being aware . My experience., YMMV . Carry on.
  24. 4 points
    Something funny came up on the intercom overnight from a Grand Concourse conductor, when he was getting close to Kingsbridge Road on the train, and before I got on the 16 to my place. This is what he said from the intercom that made me laugh out loud: "If for any reason you're dissatisfied with this train, the countdown clock indicates that another one is going to come in the next five minutes." Let me tell you this: I haven't heard this one before from like any conductor.
  25. 4 points
    This is totally unnecessary... Anyway, 7649 is still assigned to the B46 SBS even though its wearing the local scheme.
  26. 4 points
    Sworn in today for Aug 19th. Super exciting
  27. 4 points
    Yet he had no problem expanding the speed cameras, enforcing them when school is out. People are still walking into the street with traffic barreling down at them without a care in the world. Funny how he's so quick to blame cars when people just think they can walk and bike wherever? He can stay in Iowa, for all anyone cares.
  28. 4 points
    Since the rear door boarding is the biggest problem -- somehow missed by all the "smart" people getting paychecks at not only the MTA, but the NYPD/MTAPD -- simplest solution at this point is to actually put two uniforms on the buses to "pop-out" ahead of the crowd from the rear door(s) and basically play sentry duty. Then re-board and go on down the route. Could also be like the DDOT Transit Police from the DPD and have a cruiser actually following the bus along the route. Watch for the crowds, chirp the siren at a stop, put the overheads on, pop out and start taking names. Dashcam/bodycam footage available too. Naturally the fareboxes would go bonkers with all the extra Metrocard scans, and the MTA number-crunchers would be scratching their heads when looking at those reports.
  29. 4 points
    You could guess as to why....
  30. 4 points
    It's about damn time... These people endanger their own pets when they have them in subway and not in a container and then blame the MTA when god forbid something bad happens to their pet. It's ridiculous.
  31. 4 points
    You can't kill the , Bushwick, Ridgewood, etc LOVE the on 6th Ave and would riot if the Brown M was restored.
  32. 3 points
    With the MTA's track record on capital projects, I would not expect to see the 8th Avenue-Nassau Street connection built in my lifetime even if they announced it tomorrow... Any deinterlining scheme would require working within the constraints of the existing track layout in order to be successful.
  33. 3 points
    Why would the turn at Chambers? In theory, if you're running the local (technically there's still overlap, but that could be done away with), you could just do the to 14th with a wrong-rail switchover as happened on weekends for years. The only bottleneck there would be with northbound express service (not that frequent anyway), but if the is local and the timing is right, it wouldn't be too complicated. to 14th would be infinitely, infinitely more useful than 42nd when you consider the and connection possibilities.
  34. 3 points
    The only good thing is the extension, but the MTA even bungled that. There are almost zero service posters on trains or relevant platforms detailing the extension, so if you take a Rockaway train, you'll see every single person get off at Broad Channel and wait for an instead of riding to Rockaway Blvd. and getting off there. C/Os explain nothing to the passengers, so unless you're a transit nerd, you don't know.
  35. 3 points
    Maybe that has something to do with how rarely those trains have actually run since 2017?
  36. 3 points
    LOL I was just drafting a post on this. I think there's one sentence in here that's extremely telling: No mention of process reforms to reduce impact, none of different GO formats, none of track barriers. Just "see work, cut service." I'm increasingly of the opinion that productivity issues are the next big threat to the system, both given the increase in work volume, and the multi-decades decline in peak ridership in favor of off peak travel. Not that there's much of a chance that these cuts get stopped, but the constant degradation of off peak service is really, really important.
  37. 3 points
    What else is new with him... lol @Harry To answer your question, this protest was planned, and in my advocacy group, we posted that it would happen hours in advance. The had to know that it was happening. That said, neither the City, nor the was prepared. The solution was simple. Re-route the via 5th Avenue buses down Lex that could be. Others re-route them down 7th, which they did do eventually but not for a long while. Then they also did not alert customers about ConEd work happening on Madison. They re-routed the Madison Avenue buses up 3rd but no one knew outside of my group. That also was a notice we posted earlier in the day.
  38. 3 points
    Hey all, i just wanted to let you guys know that I cleared my medical hold today and I am officially hired. Start date is August 19. Can’t wait to meet all those that start the same day. And those whom are almost there, keep your heads up. You got this.
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    1 in 3 Rule or Rule Of Three When you take an exam, pass, and end up on a list, under NYS law a hiring manager can select candidates off the list using the “1 in 3 Rule” which is also known as “The Rule of Three”. There have been many concerns about this practice, but it has been around a long time. Basically, it allows an agency to select one out of three candidates in a particular place on the list, and not have to take the other two of the three. For example, if there were three individuals on a list, with respective scores of 100, 95, and 90, and any of them would take the job if offered, the agency can select the one who scored 90 and can disregard the other higher-ranked candidates. Here’s another example. Say an agency had five openings. A test was given, and a list was certified where one candidate scored 100, one who scored 95, and twenty who scored 90. The agency can skip the 100 and 95 and take their five from the twenty “90” core candidates. I know of several people who has gotten disqualified based on that rule. What people dont know is if you do get disqualified based on that rule, all you have to do is go to DCAS and ask for your name be put back on the list. As long as the list is ACTIVE the agency will have to consider you from a pool of other candidates. You just have to hope there is someone else the agency doesn't want more than you.
  41. 3 points
    I've seen people say that chapter 1 and 2 should be studied asap. I haven't gotten to the signals yet because I know some more guidance via the instructors will be needed to really understand and absorb them. I will still take a look though. Today is my last day at my current job. Then 5 days off and a new beginning. Good luck to everyone starting on Monday.
  42. 3 points
    Same here my dude, July 25th!! 115x
  43. 3 points
    Yeah, but don't get too over excited... You're lucky @B35 via Church did not reply to your reaction. 🤣
  44. 3 points
    You beat me to the punch with your response. Where I come from a lowlife thief is a lowlife thief no matter how one tries to rationalize it. Maybe we should emulate the Saudi or the Singapore methods of punishing the perps. Make an example of a few people and I bet the problem subsides. Just a thought. Carry on.
  45. 3 points
    Let’s not create a high frequency merge at 42nd please.
  46. 3 points
    So I've been noticing a surplus of extra 7000 series buses in service on the island, especially given to drivers who normally operate 8000s. Found out they're updating the screens with transfer announcements.
  47. 3 points
    Lol apparently @Wallyhorse proposed this identify yourself 😂
  48. 3 points
    You're not getting disciplined for anything except for that remark, which my response was justified. My post was aimed at everyone going nuts over Castleton getting new LFSs and going hard with the theories. If you're going to be the one to feel some type of way about that post, then it is what it is. The way folks have been asking for updates these days is giving off a sense of entitlement that most people on here do not like, especially since ENY has left. You guys need to take a chill pill and relax when it comes to wanting updates. It'll come in due time. The last few pages have gotten ridiculous with all of the arguments and theories.
  49. 3 points
    This ad will end soon. By far one of the best campaigns I’ve seen in a long time. If this ad also came in a 30x 240 with headliner or driverside wrap all the bus divisions citywide would of picked it up. A well executed bus campaign.
  50. 3 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.
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