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  1. 35 points
    The last thing anyone should be worrying about is the stupid train cars, which can be replaced...
  2. 22 points
    Agreed in entirety. Unfortunately, your words seem to have gone over many people's heads- a crime worthy of federal investigation was committed, an employee died in the line of duty, but no, all they keep asking about is "OMG what happens to the R142s"... Has anyone stopped to think about what will happen to the family he left behind? Un-f**king-believable, really and truly...
  3. 22 points
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  5. 21 points
    After reading through this thread, I'm quite appalled and ashamed at the fact that there are people(particularly the younger transit fans) in this thread that are worried about a train set being repaired/returned to service, along with folks saying that the train was lit on fire because someone didn't like the R142s(which to me, was by far the the most dumbest thing I've read in the thread). Some of you guys seem to forget that trains can be replaced, human lives can not. As both a rider and an enthusiast, my heart goes out to his family and everyone who knew him and worked with him. We're already living in surreal times with this Coronavirus wreaking havoc in our city, and showing its devastating affects on the many employees of MTA Bus, Subway & Rail, this does not make things any better. I pray(and I'm not much of a praying person, admittedly) for the safety and assurance that all MTA personnel can make it through this and return home to their families and loved ones. Please be more considerate when you post, and think before you post. At a time and situation like this, subway cars are the very LAST thing you should be worried about....
  6. 21 points
    I've gotten a LOT of flak from guys, RR employees and non-RR employees about posting this. The only things I feel the need to say in response are the following: 1. I always mind my own business when I'm out there fanning. I don't bother crews, I don't ask for horn shows, I don't jump around and scream like an idiot, and I certainly don't stand out by doing anything like wearing a damn furry suit. I don't even focus my camera on the crews unless they do something to catch my attention, like wave, or yell at me like this guy, which brings me to my second point. 2. This conductor asked for the attention. If you watch through the full video that I am going to post below, you will see clearly that on the first train where he is on-duty, I don't actually pan the camera around until he yells at me. When the M9s come through, (mind you, he is off duty now and deadheading) you can clearly see him pushing his way past the on-duty crew members in the cab to open the window just to yell at me and give me the finger. Again, I didn't even focus the pan of my camera on him until I realized he was yelling at me, and had I not changed the focus of the pan, I would never have caught him flipping me the bird. So with these two facts in mind, I can only conclude that the people defending him, giving him excuses (having a bad day), or just simply ragging on me for exposing him are stuck in a mindset where people shouldn't be held broadly accountable for their actions. This is typically sheep mentality, comparable to cops that side with Pantaleo even though he killed a non-violent guy using a banned technique. Remember that being a conductor on a passenger railroad requires you to be courteous and professional, NO MATTER how sour your mood is. If you are in uniform, you represent the company and what the company stands for. The actions of this conductor qualify as "conduct unbecoming" in the eyes of the company, and rightfully so. I happen to also work in a customer service position, and if anything like this happened at my workplace, you can bet that the guilty party would be shown the door the very same day. Ultimately, it comes down to the fact that I've been asked to stop filming dozens of times by railroad employees who don't know better, but they have for the most part always maintained decorum and professionalism, and we both go our separate ways, no incident. A couple of those encounters I have on camera, therefore on YouTube, but you've never heard about them because like I said, they remained professional. Everything I record, I post. I don't go out of my way to film people breaking rules or acting like jerks, but if it just so happens that this kind of behavior makes its way into my frame, I am also not going to go out of my way to delete the footage to protect the idiot. They should know better. If that makes me a rat/snitch, etc, then so be it. This is me being fair. I know I've made a lot of enemies because of this incident. I don't really care. I have a lot of other people, particularly people who are also railroaders or work in the transit sector who are agreeing with me on this. If you are in the business of being an apologist for this kind of person and behavior, I don't care to know you or take advice from you. We live in the digital age now. Things you probably could have gotten away with 20-30 years ago aren't going to fly today. Better catch up to the times. As one of my RTO friends states, wrong is wrong, no matter who does it.
  7. 21 points
    I want to thank all of you for the overwhelming support from here and throughout social media. In light of that, and by popular demand I have decided to come out of my ever so brief retirement. I didn’t realize how many people actually still wanted me around. That being said, I have a MAJOR post coming soon that’s going to knock all your socks off!!!!! Stay Tuned! East New York is about to light it like I once did! Y’all are NOT gonna be ready for this one!!! 😁🔥
  8. 20 points
    Shoot me a message at followENY@gmail.com I would ask anyone who wants to follow me and this next major chapter in transit. Again I want to thank everyone. My inbox is “full” and I’m ready to make my public announcement. Effective immediately, I will be teaming up with @The Real to create an all new transit information platform that will be unrivaled anywhere in America. This blog will have the original transit enthusiast flare of TTMG, with a new fun way to introduce what’s going on within the industry. Remember the good old days of ENY’s NYCTF Breaking News Exclusives? Well expect that again, and even better! Combined, @The Real and @East New York know ever corner of the transit industry from top to bottom. I have consulted with every major component supplier, transit equipment manufacturing firm, and 47 of the top 100 transit agencies!! I do have receipts and references if anyone need them. So that was my big announcement. Yes, I am coming out of retirement within the next few days. I would again like to thank everyone who co tiniest to support, and I feel like I owe it to some of you to continue what I do, and advocate for better transit for the employees and customers alike. That being said, this will be my final post at NYCTF. If you be placed on the email list for information and invitation to the launch of the new blog, or to just get in contact with me in general, Please shoot me an email at followENY@gmail.com Anyone who recently sent me a PM, please email me there, tell me who you are and what your NYCTF handle is is you have one. I really look forward to this next chapter and want to again thank you all! Its definitely time for a Transit Media outlet for a “Fast Forward” Era. As MTA and other agencies around the country move to new technology, and old buses die, its time 2 of the greatest transit bloggers officially join forces. I mean let’s be honest, who’s gonna provide more accurate information on Transit than @The Real or Myself? Now together under one platform, will be a seamless experience that none of us are used to! I’m excited! I hope you all will join us! With all the new buses coming in and projects planned, you are are going to want to keep up! Bronx and Queens Bus redesigns are among the first topics. Again, please direct any comments, questions, concerns, and blog inquiries to followENY@gmail.com and don’t forget to let me know who you are! Everyone’s welcome!! -ENY out!
  9. 19 points
    If this is a manufacturing fault, I have to wonder at what point does the MTA just sue Bombardier for a complete breach of contract? How many major incidents must occur before they're held responsible in a fashion more than just giving the MTA a couple more cars? If this decoupling happened in one of the river tunnels or on an incline, this could've been disastrous. Bombardier was paid to produce and deliver a series of train cars that would last several decades and replace the ancient cars that are in service at the time. With the latest major incident, these new cars are once again out of service indefinitely while the situation is investigated. We cannot afford to keep a bunch of 43 ton paper weights lying around unused because they're unsafe to operate.
  10. 19 points
    You have to be one dumb person to believe anything that the Idiot-in-chief says about anything, period. Does anyone inhale the crap he spews? He's going to help Prince Andrew like I'm going to have a threesome with Alicia Keys and Rihanna tonight. I know kittens and puppies that have higher IQs than the clown in DC. He's still trying to con the public. Carry on.
  11. 19 points
    If Byford goes, that's really the end. Already, most competent folks at MTA are/are thinking about running away. His departure would, IMO, forever shatter the wall between the political and the managerial, and would send a signal to the world that New York doesn't want powerful, independent visionaries. I have my fair share of qualms with what Byford does, but its undeniable that he has done more to shake up NYCT than anyone in a long time. It's just a shame he's come to an agency which has in fact lost so much credibility that a governor can interfere with political cover. NYC is facing a critical period. We have a housing shortage, a transit crisis, an equity issue, a reactive political climate, and the ever present threat of climate change bearing down upon us at approximately the same time. And when I look around, I don't see anyone in power who seems to have a true vision and passion for solving these things. That's scary.
  12. 19 points
  13. 19 points
    Do not be rational. You will be punished.
  14. 18 points
    Word is that while the problem that caused the train separation was quickly identified and fixed, they’re doing a more comprehensive analysis to square away any other potential issues so they don’t have to keep pulling them.
  15. 18 points
    This is to EVERYBODY, not only to you Mr. Abba. Too many of you still don't know that NYCT has their own vocabulary. "Normal" to you guys is full service as per the timetable. "Normal" to NYCT is all service running. The B and W came back. That's "Normal" to them. All services are running. But many lines are on a SUPPLEMENT SCHEDULE. That means fewer trains. They don't need all those trains because there are fewer people riding. Many businesses are STILL closed, many people are STILL working from home, there are practically NO TOURISTS. R179's being out of service or not, they don't need all those trains, DESPITE SOCIAL DISTANCING! Finally, they are short crews as the pandemic has hit the crews big time, which has been said MANY times. Got it fellas?
  16. 18 points
  17. 18 points
    New pic of the R211 mockup in Japan... This thing looks SHARP as hell
  18. 18 points
    Boy, you extreme foamers just love begging for attention. Since when is writing an article about RTS buses and then scrapping said buses a "Criminal Action". Let me just give you a quick and much-needed trip back to reality... 1) MTA's RTS's have been around for 38 YEARS! FAR longer than any other major transit agency (including MBTA, NJT, SEPTA, etc...) 2) Even if that article never came out, these buses were gonna be gone by the end of the year. 3) Not ALL of those RTS's were "perfectly serviceable"...some were on their last legs...(example: the last RTS #5240 died on its last night) 4) Remember when the Orion V's ran for the last time? Sure we were sad, but we've forgotten about them after a few weeks... 5) Buses are not HUMAN BEINGS, you're sounding like MTA and this reporter committed murder or something. Instead of whining and complaining, how about celebrating the legacy that these buses had...and as for the "reporters and transit execs going to prison" thing...🙄 What's next? You gonna say that the MTA execs should go to jail for canceling the L train shutdown? (Oops, shouldn't be giving out any ideas lmao).
  19. 18 points
    That shows how little some folks know about the M35 and the areas it serves. 1. So we are just going to forget that the line also uses 40ft buses too? The only reason artics tend to be out on the line often is because that's what's often available at the depots for pullout. There's a higher spare factor of artics, so they can spare 4 of those or 4 40ft buses for the line. The artics also do not run 7 days a week on the line. You'll often see a mix of both fleets on the line, it's a matter of what they pull out for the line. 2. Where do we begin...... (A): Randalls Island & Wards Island are a lot more occupied than most people think, people actually live and work out there for starters. (B): Homeless shelters, hospitals, a wastewater treatment plant, over 50 athletic fields for training/events, police & fire academy training facilities and much more are out there. Lots of people go to those areas for work and other things. (C): Let's not also forget about the Electric Zoo and the other festivals that occur out there. Yeah, the X80 goes out there for those, but people also use the M35 for that too.... Some of you fans need to stop looking at maps and explore outside of your comfort zone to understand WHY things are the way they are.....most of you fans only come up with these ideas by looking at route and system maps....and that has to stop, quite honestly. That suggestion is basically emulating what the MTA did with the M5....and look at how that turned out. Could you imagine how some of these routes would look if they were all extend based on looking at how short one route is and merging it with another, longer route and by looking at maps? That would be torturous to a degree!
  20. 18 points
    Where do i begin.... Thats not how car assignments go. First, whatever trains are used go to any terminal its interval is scheduled for. They do NOT do car assignments based on destination. So 32s, 46s and 179s will go to Ozone, Mott and 116. And I cant stress this part enough: There are no more power issues in rockaway anymore! Theres a power station in broad channel that was added that solved this!!!! Can that "power issues in Rockaway" die already???
  21. 18 points
  22. 18 points
    I'm trying to be helpful here, so don't take this the wrong way. The reason we get pissed off at you is precisely because of these unwarranted philosophical justifications for something you're doing. As far as I can tell, you haven't been called out recently for speculating or anything in this thread, so why write these long soliloquies posing yourself as some sort of reformed victim? No one has been discussing this for a while, making these thoughts wholly unwarranted. Speculating is natural, and sure, it can be repetitive, but you know, whatever floats your boat. I don't think participating in speculation will affect your reputation in any way. What will though is posting stuff like this. It's just uncalled for, and comes across as a bit pretentious. What I would do is just move on. This is a forum; people forget. Just get on with your life, and keep these thoughts to yourself. As I said before, this isn't Downton Abbey.
  23. 18 points
    And the news I couldn't speak about is finally out! From today's CPOC meeting: "A settlement has been reached between NYCT and Bombardier with respect to liquidated damages. As a result of the settlement, an additional R179 16 cars will be provided as part of this contract, increasing the quantity of 10 car trains from 4 to 12". Source (Go to 24:39 in the video): https://youtu.be/j9zfldErD4Q?t=24m39s This may make some of the things I mentioned regarding these cars make a lot more sense now.
  24. 17 points
    Someone didn't heed this "advice" here in the fleet swap thread, and got himself a 30-day for harassing someone in a private chat. I spend a good amount of time on Twitter and in Facebook groups arguing with trolls and racists, so I understand the emotions behind an argument via pixels. I'm not gonna be like "YOU'RE SERIOUSLY HARASSING PEOPLE OVER TRAINS AND BUSES", but be your best selves here. Everyone here - unless an employee with memos and contracts, an advocate meeting with decision-makers, or other first-hand knowledge, is mostly speculating and opining. Speculation and Opinions can and will end up being wrong. It happens. If being found to be wrong doesn't sit well with you, then research thoroughly and cite sources or don't speculate and opine. But harassing people who show you being wrong is not the way to handle it. If that's how you handle it, then we mods and admins will handle you.
  25. 17 points
    The R179s are out of service indefinitely. Indefinitely meaning not having a defined time period. We use it in place of forever but that's not what it means. The fleet has to be inspected, fixed and cleared for service. Those are the facts. You saying that the fleet may or may not returned based on those two points is your opinion. TA is not going to junk an entire fleet. An opinion is just how you feel about something. Your thoughts are yours but it cannot be passed off as a fact. I'm an admin, that's a fact. Am I a good admin? That's everyone's opinions. Now everyone continue this discussion like grown adults and children because I will be handing out punishments like we're 2. Stop it.
  26. 17 points
    600' G trains are operating since regularly scheduled intervals are not able to be covered due to lack of crews. And who told you that 24/7 OPTO is the next plan for the G 24/7? The fact of the matter is that OPTO is only permitted with trains a maximum of 300' long. In other words, long trains on the G = NO OPTO! It's in the contract! When they did that on the L some years ago the contract was violated. Once the grievance process went thru the steps, the conductors were immediately reinstated.
  27. 17 points
    Thank you for saying this. I was reluctant to make any comment about this incident but after reading the first page or so of comments my blood began to boil. A man lost his life and people are commenting on the condition of some pieces of metal ? Wow, just wow. Nothing more to say. Carry on.
  28. 17 points
    I'm just waiting for the day when the and are entirely R46s and R68s, so that you complain about how the stranded you in Astoria or Midtown, and everyone else can have a good laugh at the idiocy.
  29. 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.”
  30. 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))
  31. 17 points
    Hillary Clinton's loss in Pennsylvania or any other state back in the 2016 election has absolutely nothing to do with the Canarsie repairs project. Please keep this to the actual topic at hand.
  32. 17 points
    You have been officially warned. You are not continuously violating the first rule of this forum. No we are going to chat here, because this not a general public discussion. First off, I always use/say bro. You don't know my energy, but you are about to get a crash course right now. And as a matter of fact. New policy starting right now. You have 1 warning to remain on topic and will then be removed from there on. I see I have to go back to being the old East New York I was when I started here 10 years ago. That 25 year old didn't have a filter and would suspend any account without warning for violation of any rules and policies. I want everyone to take a moment. If you want to comment of fleet and depot moves MOVE IT TO A NEW THREAD OR POST IN FLEET & DEPOTS. In addition, I'm going to review every NYCTF user account effective immediately. If anyone has been previously banned and created a new account I will know, and they be suspended indefinitely with no questions asked. If anyone has an associated account (meaning you and your friend signed up for an NYCTF account from the same computer or network) it will be subject for suspension as well. Again, everyone needs to be familiar with the rules, regulations and policies of both NYCTF as well as The Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Effective (immediately) 3pm, Friday September 21st I will be going back to my old ways of automatic suspensions for any rule violations, or posting of material or discussion that violates and MTA rule or policy as well. If your account is suspended, you may or may not be notified. If you cannot sign in, your entire account has been suspended. If you cannot post, that means your privileges have been suspended. Welcome to NYCTF 4.2 The buck stops here. https://www.nyctransitforums.com/guidelines/
  33. 17 points
    It's simple really
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  35. 17 points
    Let's come back to the real world instead of judging a person's appearance as a reflection of his/her intelligence. Prince Andrew, the head, and the head of NYCT are, by themselves, not competent enough to do jack to improve the transit system. Many years ago I had a few conversations with David Gunn who was the head of transit back then. Over a period of 3 or 4 months we conversed by the Grand Central Shuttle dispatcher's office. I remember the first time we spoke. He introduced me to a group of Asian folk he was guiding around and he called me a C/R. I politely corrected him and pointed to a C/R who was standing nearby. He then called me a T/O and his group smiled in agreement. The assistant dispatcher, who was standing there bowed his head and walked away as I shook my head. He took the shuttle to TSQ and returned about an hour later, alone. He explained to me that he was relatively new to NYCTA, especially the different divisions and departments. He was also humble enough, or maybe just being polite, to ask myself and a few other hourlies about our jobs and what he could do to improve things. We invited him into the crew room and he immediately started to sweat. The senior C/R present told him that the office/crew room lacked A/C. It was pointed out that there was no air flow in the area with the only airflow coming from a staircase leading up to Madison Avenue. The cleaner who was present explained about his difficulty getting supplies from GC Tower, the main RTO office, and the shuttle platforms. He said he would take care of what he could. Lo and behold, the next morning cinderblocks were removed from the shuttle office and a brand new A/C unit was delivered and installed. When he came by a few days later we thanked him. He pulled me to the side and whispered in my ear " you're a M/M aren't you.?" From that day forward he'd tell me that he had the title but he learned from the little people whom he spoke to. That's what most big-wigs I encountered in transit and other places fail to do in my work experience. Believe it or not after M.r Gunn had the A/C unit installed the very next morning the /Shuttle Supt. cursed out the assistant dispatcher for having it installed without his permission. When Mr. Gunn, the TA President mind you, heard what happened the Supt. was transferred to Coney Island-Stillwell that same day. I'm making this long post to point out that no one person can turn an organization this size around alone. The big Kahuna is only as good as his underlings. Luckily, when I met Mr. Gunn there were still a few Trainmasters in the system who knew the ins and outs better than the new folks who carried the superintendent title. Mr. Byford's tenure will be judged by who has his ear, IMO. I hope he succeeds in surrounding himself with the right people. Just my opinion though. Carry on.
  36. 16 points
    There's nothing you've said here that warrants being rude to you.... I was never bullied, but for some odd reason, I was the kid that the kid who was bullied latched on to.... Nobody I knew of in school was interested in public transit & I didn't make (any of) my hobbies public knowledge to anybody either (didn't care to, didn't try to fit in with anybody).... While everybody was off doing whatever it is they did, I was too busy analyzing maps & joyriding around the city.... I'll never forget the one time my mother yelled at me for some reason, and I stormed out of the house & took it upon myself to finally see just what the hell "Wakefield-241st" was.... I knew all the end terminals of every subway line, but since the was my quote-unquote home line, I finally took the chance to ride the thing to its end terminal.... Probably a stupid thing to do, but I did it anyway - I was around that age at the time (12/13) & this venture was dead in the middle of a blizzard (back when the subway system wasn't shut down, when a little something called snow started falling from the sky ).... This was also the first time I saw a Bee-Line bus (which made me want to learn more about Westchester county's bus system).... I wasn't even worried about getting jumped, mugged, or anything like that (this was during the early 90's, mind you)..... I started getting worried about the return trip home, and if the train were to break down or something along WPR (or anywhere along the elevated/"outside" portion of the )..... Ah, the good old redbirds Going on all these joyrides I guess, taught me how to learn to deal with people & to be observant as f*** when you're out & about.... But yeah man, whilst on the train amongst family, I would sit & announce the next stop (akin to how a c/r would... before the automated announcements sucked all the fun out of that... and yes, I made a few c/r's smile doing announcements too) & what not.... Although I never knew the contract numbers/R-designation of the rolling stock at that age, what I could tell you is what type of train ran on what subway line (I had my little way of describing distinguishable differences)..... Long story short, people need to stop ragging on others for taking up a hobby that isn't quite in line with their own.... Yeah, humans are said to be created equal, but something else a human being is, is diverse.... It would quite frankly suck IMO if EVERYBODY had the same interests, same thought processes, same beliefs, etc etc..
  37. 16 points
    The same guy that brought the B99 to our attention on here (that doesn't post all that much on here anymore), is now going to all of a sudden blatantly lie about the creation of 2 more routes of the type? I don't see it. What exactly's supposed to be the motive? Forum praise? Give me a break.... It's a wonder that we even have the MTA workers that post on this MF-er that still do, with ungrateful attitudes like that.... Don't try to pass your impatience off as someone on the inside concocting bullshit, because quite frankly, that's bullshit.....
  38. 16 points
    That is ridiculous. There is more important issues such as lack of elevators, terrible working environments etc and you're going to sue the agency over the car assignments? Yeah something is wrong with that.
  39. 16 points
    Legally: Wait for a late night train GO where the trains are being rerouted to Wall Street on the Lex and reverse direction to BG and use the loop to go on 7th Avenue (or vice versa.) Illegally: Get two friends to the new South Ferry and push two shopping carts, one in each pocket track, while you wait at Cortlandt Street for a downtown train. When they start rerouting the trains, pray they don't kick you off at Rector. Also, make sure you have enough cash on hand to bail your 2 friends out of jail.
  40. 16 points
    From the FB Group "Transit Photos and Vidoes" via Mr. Edwards. Originally from Kawasaki: Looks like they'll occupy the 4000s.
  41. 16 points
    Supposedly the 10 car 179 will start running on the A line starting Sunday, how do I know? I work the A line. The hours were not confirmed but it MAY be all 3 tours with supervision on board to help familiarize the operating crews. & and when I write "Supposedly" it's because I'll believe it when I see it and things always change in transit. Thank you, have a nice day. edit: Ok it's confirmed that the train will be running on the Am & PM tour coming out of pitkin yard.
  42. 16 points
    As Cait said I’m general artics, should not be out in the snow. However there is a VERY little known fact that I will point out for the first time. New Flyer artics have 10 tires. Nova artics have 8 which provides for a much smoother ride and this will over all make the bus last longer. However, you couldn’t pay me to drive one in the snow. The center axel had 1 tire on each side that is wider than a standard tire. This automatically reduces traction to near 0. On turns, pulling in and out of stops is going to disable these twice as fast as a New Flyer which has a lot more rubber trying to contact the pavement. Boy If you don’t sit your ass down somewhere! Like really? I’ve had it. You are getting out of hand, and what you are doing is considered slander. You are speaking on something which you know nothing of. Prelim reports say the frame is fine. Excuse my language again everyone, but no one asked for your damn non-factor ass OPINION. I however am a mechanic, Transit Consultant, bus owner and business owner. Leave this shit to us professionals please. You don’t even need to comment other than an apology to Novabus and APTA. How dare you. And in the words of the MTA, “It is under investigation.” Carry on and again, excuse my language but I’m done being nice and politically correct. Final warning. Suspension is next. And you will NOT be notified. As far as 9505 I’m sick and tired of those rumors too. Stop with the assumptions people. You all are NOT reading either. I commented on 5477 and 9505 in more than one thread. Who TF started the rumor it was totaled???? I’ve have pics forever, as in from the moment it happened. Several angles, day and night. I just decided to watch, read, take notes, to look at you people make shit up. It stops NOW!
  43. 16 points
    1) I'm amazed at how angry a person you are 2) I'm amazed at how poorly you read 3) I'm amazed at how poorly you write. @I Run Trains JUST SAID he opens the cab door to make announcements when the PA doesn't work, and you try castigating him because some rare conductor didn't say something one time, and now they all deserve to get dragged out the cab and stomped on. Honestly, I hope your number gets called and you fail out. Don't like that? That's my face in my avatar - come see me at Bowling Green uptown side and tell me about your feelings. ==== We can complain about operation frontline staff day-in/day-out - and I have because of one who games the system to get to breaks and another who had shitty judgment. But guess what... IT'S THEIR SUPERVISORS AND THEIR SUPERVISORS' SUPERVISORS THAT MESS UP YOUR TRIP. Signal malfunction? Blame the folks who chose not to invest in the system in the 70s and 80s - staff and politicians. NTT breakdown? Blame the accountant that made the maintenance staff get more miles out of equipment before repairs and replacement to cut costs. MetroCard won't read? Blame the procurement manager who chose to not invest in a better fare system because it'd cost more upfront than budgeted and didn't want to fight the bean counters. Train rerouted or delayed because of police activity or FDNY? Blame the folks fighting, the dogs biting, the politicians who won't get the disturbed into care, the people who get on the tracks to explore, the people who litter or get on the train sick. Mad at the guy on the that throws fits on the PA in AM rush because folks hold the doors trying to fit in 3 sq ft in an overcrowded train that has only 1 sq ft available? Blame the aforementioned for not planning for growth, and the passengers that won't let the doors close. And blame him for his attitude. But not one of them deserve to get beat up because your selfish and entitled self pops off instead of calling your legislators and telling them to give the dedicated funding it needs.
  44. 16 points
  45. 16 points
    My favorite part: 1) You live in Manhattan, where there’s no such thing as quiet. 2) You live by bars and the so noisy hipsters and drunks make noise all night 3) More take to Manhattan than residents take elsewhere. Kwitcherbitchin. If it wasn’t broken then it wouldn’t need extraordinary measures to fix it.
  46. 16 points
    There was an issue found with the B3C valve (conductor’s emergency valve). It was fixed and the cars will be returning to service shortly. Not really that big of a deal honestly. And it wasn’t even Bombardier’s fault, just to make that clear.
  47. 16 points
  48. 16 points
    Do you realize how heavily used it is?
  49. 16 points
    Here's some recent pictures of random trains that I've taken over the past couple of weeks. 2018-01-13 07.59.14 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-13 08.32.16 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-13 04.41.59 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-13 10.57.41 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-13 04.30.02 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-05 12.06.10 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-05 04.40.43 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-06 11.08.44 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-12-27 02.48.58 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-12-10 08.39.12 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-12-12 06.22.04 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-12-12 06.40.36 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-12-09 05.08.37 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2018-01-05 04.06.36 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-12-07 06.09.43 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-11-27 11.16.11 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-11-29 05.38.35 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-11-25 07.07.13 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-11-29 04.45.52 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr 2017-11-16 04.44.03 1 by MTA Bus, on Flickr
  50. 16 points
    Contrary to unsubstantiated rumors otherwise, the R179s have passed their 30-day test!
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