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  1. 5 points
    There's always a document on things like this. They're called "bullitens". If your T/O friend is confirming this as fact, it's probably from a bulliten. Which all train Crews are responsible for reading.
  2. 5 points
    Routes that like to bunch? This is where we need that dude Yuki (Endo) right now; notorious for compiling long ass lists of bus routes whenever questions of the sort arise.... If only someone can find the (or, one of his) posts of his in one of those *what's your favorite route* type of question threads/discussions... Dude just about listed every freakin route, even discontinued ones... Like, honestly now
  3. 5 points
  4. 3 points
    Lol at this "source".....quite a lot of us know who that is. No need to be cryptic about it, it's not even exclusive information anymore. Just say that it'll be in service and be done with it, no need to drag it on.
  5. 3 points
    http://gothamist.com/2019/02/06/the_l_still_smells.php So theres been a strong fuel smell in the train tunnels in Williamsburg for days now and I'm supposed to believe that the MTA can properly mitigate silica dust in time for morning rush hour? Please for the love of god, go back to the old plan.
  6. 2 points
    So they installed this fancy new thing at 59/Lex as of today. But there's one glaring thing that's missing that kills it for certain express bus riders...
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    All electric is less expensive in the long run. Buses require much less maintenance. As of right now no one has tested electric buses other than Quill in Manhattan and Grand in Queens (Brooklyn Division). As of right now the buses have been testing for quite sometime and the New Flyer models have received favorable results. There’s no reason it won’t work here as it’s already been proven successful. The only major issue with the Preterras have been brakes not passing MTA’s testing. Mad far as hybrids go, I mentioned over a decade ago that it was a mistake u less they were Allison powered because of wide range our duty cycles. This proved to be corrects and they had to be tuned to keep up with NYC demands. We have good hybrids, they just weren’t made for high speeds. Any new tech or bus is going to have teaching problems. When the RTS was introduced it failed and had major rear door problems and a few other minor issues. At one time MTA was considering the testing of hydrogen-electric hybrid, (XHE40 or XHE60) buses, however they made the decision to go diesel-hybrid, then all-electric across the board. College Point has plans for articulated operations in the future with routes such as the Q25. But if and when this happens it will likely be XE60’s. MTA is no longer interested in long term investments in any buses other than all-electric. It is likely that last diesel and CNG orders have been awarded. MTA Bus will have the next standard procurement for 25 buses with options for an additional 16 options. This is ok the books as a diesel award but will likely change to hybrid and follow the 275 additional buses we have coming starting next year. It could also be converted to electric as well to support the conversion. This is the wave of the future. If the tech hasn’t failed by now, I don’t see it happening in the future. Our leased test buses have been performing quite well, and our first production order is only for 15 buses, so it’s not like the MTA is jumping out the window like they did with hybrids. Then next is 45 standard buses. If they were to somehow fail, MTA has cushion to move to another platform or go back to hybrids. Please note this includes express buses and I’m also getting word that MTA may also opt for a few test buses in the upcoming order which is pending for later this year. NFI is aggressively working on the new D45 CRTe (high-floor) and CRTe LE (low-entry) all-electric versions with tech based off the Xcelsior Charge. Effectively know as the D45 CRTe Charge and D45 CRTe LE Charge, these will be plug-in types and will not have en-route charging capabilities to my understanding. MCI (NFI) is currently in the test phase and want the buses (including the J4500e) to be commercially available next year in 2020. The J4500e prototype is complete and as many may know, the new D45 is essentially a classic D merged with a J. All my sources are telling me that as soon as the first bus is ready, and Altoona certified, it will make its way to NYC.
  9. 2 points
    No BS, my order just came in about 2 mins ago (large fries, sm. chicken lo mein, large chicken/broccoli w. white rice) - and I'll be damned if I'm throwing it at a 35, a 46, or any other bus.... Now only if these buses can come as fast as this... fast food does !
  10. 2 points
    I think he also forgot that SI local buses are the youngest in the system.
  11. 1 point
    Used to lol. Not many hybrids are plug in these days. Most just have electric systems driven by the gas or Diesel engines now. 500 miles on a single charge in good weather conditions. Extreme temps sill won’t affect the bus even if the charge hold drops a whole 50%. Charge time is 3 hours for 100%. Rumor has it the next award may include electric express test buses. I’m a auto, truck and bus/diesel mechanic, so I’m still learning as well seeing as this tech is still developing. I do however love learning about it. I have also realized that they don’t require much maintenance at all. Not at many moving parts, not as many components need replacing. I should complete my master technician certification buy years end. There’s a whole new class on electrically driven vehicles that I can’t wait to dive into. However, being an RTS owner, Detroit raised, and Detroit Diesel Trained, I’m not quite ready to let go of my engines for this electric stuff. But it is what it is. It’s more efficient, clean, and tons better for the environment. Truth be told, MTS did NOT want to continue forward with any other buses other than the RTS Extreme LF Electric. They just needed MTA to seal the deal for diesel to give them the money needed to start the electric line. MTS tech is much more advanced that what NFI has now, but they just dont have the funding. I signed an NDA with them, so I can’t discuss the all-electric tech they were developing. Let’s just say no-one wants it to actually come out because if it does, NFI will have competition again. They don’t really have any now. Thats all I’m gonna say about that...... 😉
  12. 1 point
    7686, 7687 to EN 6123, 6125 MQ to FB 7711, 7714, 7715, 7718, 7720, 7721 to FP 7716, 7717, 7722, 7725 to GA 5539, 5549, 5554-5558, 5560, 5561, 5563 to GH 0011 NFI Aniston back to MQ via the service center. Specs are now finalized for the XE60’s. Please excuse double posts if there are any.
  13. 1 point
    The source @Lawrence St is talking about is correct. The R179 will start service by then.
  14. 1 point
    Ahh I see, that 4899 is something right, cool. BTW when you quoted me the first time, with the pics....just for future refrence just cut off the pics.....they look like they were reposted again here.
  15. 1 point
    R179 update (as of 2/6/19) East New York 3050-3069, 3074-3149 (96) [12 trains] Pitkin 3150-3197 (48) [6 trains] *Pitkin assignments are temporary*
  16. 1 point
    Put them on the Franklin .
  17. 1 point
    3190-3197 is now in service on the
  18. 1 point
    How about someone forward this to the emperor so he can still tell you off and say his plan is superior? This will either be a wake up call to most or we will still be dense enough to just let politics continue to run everything.
  19. 1 point
    Just wait and see, go out that day if it really bothers you.
  20. 1 point
    Well can the rest of us see a document or paper confirming this?
  21. 1 point
    Who needs a well thought out, transportation solution when you got a hippy expensive streetcar that makes politicians and economic development companies egos bigger? *sigh*
  22. 1 point
    Me too... even when you're on the it's frustrating going to Times Square. Can't do that unless you wait for the and to leave first, then delaying those trains as the passes through.
  23. 1 point
    The earlier 7000s were my most favorites since early 2016(before, I wasn't an Xcelsior fan because of the Orion VII NGs on the very top of my list). but when the 2018 XD40s came by, that's when it takes my attention away from the 2015 units. But, the 2015 XD40s are my most favorite non-cuomofied Xcelsiors(even the cuomo livery schemes don't count). The 4800s are the buses I also like, but they are my last favorites(not least favaorites) making me have the solutions with their rear doors I dislike, no unit numbers at the rear door standing area, and their destination signs are not as sexy as the 2015 units with the orange axion signages. But, #4899 s the best of that series due to the CNG ventilation in the rear to show the significance of an XN40 coming later since 2011(it already happened) . However, I glad it's Navistar engine was replaced because, it creates a distressful noise and doesn't meet the pollution status of the EPA(but it sounds awesome and quiet for a bus). I am also doing a redo of the 2011 and 2014-15 XD40s review on Youtube due to some practical edits I have to clean up and making the vid a bit trimmed. Subscribe to me @King Auto & NYC Transit on Youtube for those review that will upload later this moth.
  24. 1 point
    @NMondi since we don’t know exactly when they will call us why don’t u just go ahead and take the road test so you can get the cdl out of the way? I took this exam too and I just passed the cdl road test last week. U should do the same maybe?
  25. 1 point
    Gotta give credit to the two other baby routes too: Bx46, B84
  26. 1 point
    We won't be tested at the overview. They'll give us the rest of the material to study and the written test will be on March 6th.
  27. 1 point
    Can we PLEASE stop creating useless threads and digging up old ones, it starting to get annoying! You could have easily asked this in 3 pinned threads that already exist!!
  28. 1 point
    I agree. The only time I go north of Post is when I need to take the buses near Castleton Ave.
  29. 1 point
    Hours. Like Trainmaster said some jobs pay more than 8 hours which are known as “penalty” jobs. You get paid for every minute you’re working. Lines like the 2,3,4,5 have a lot of penalty jobs. On the 2 for example you could be working a job that pays for 9:30 mins and then something happens that forces you to clear 1 hour later. Now you just made 10:30 mins of pay, plus you get a bonus of 30 extra mins since they’ll divide the hour in half and pay you for that. The 1 line has a lot of jobs that only pays 8 hours.
  30. 1 point
    To clarify, it’s really the area near Cary Avenue in West Brighton and north of that that’s the pits. In all of my years living in West Brighton, it was known not to venture down there. I only did it a few times early in the morning when the MTA workers went on strike. I walked to the ferry on the first day and headed towards that area, but I wouldn’t do that at night. Aside from that and one other time when the S48 was a no-show, I never ventured down there. West Brighton near Forest Avenue is a whole different vibe, particularly as you head south of Forest Avenue near the SI Zoo. Mainly upper middle class professionals, and one of the wealthiest parts of Staten Island income wise (even more so than areas like Tottenville or Todt Hill which surprised me). Source: https://www.silive.com/news/2016/01/the_wealthiest_enclaves_on_sta.html I can believe that because I knew several people from the area. One was my client of mine and she rode the express bus with me. She was a general counsel at an international company, so I dealt with her for all sorts of legal documentation. I’m sure she earned six figures by herself, and then her husband. Didn’t dress ultra fancy at all. You wouldn’t know it looking at her. From what I heard, back in the day that part of West Brighton was solidly middle class, but that quickly changed with the West Brighton houses and who started moving in. Like most housing projects back in the day, it was mainly safe and consisted of working middle class people. Once the projects went down there, the immediate area went and it suffered for years. No idea what it’s like now.
  31. 1 point
    Alright, bear with me, but this is going to get real crayon-y. BRONX: Swap the and . This Pelham Line cuts from Westchester > 163rd > Westchester. This WPR stays on Southern. Hunts Point Av is a major transfer station on the scale of Jackson Heights. Lexington Av Local - to Wakefield and to Dyre. Lexington Av Express - to Woodlawn and to BPK. Seventh Av Express - to Parkchester and express to PBP. WESTERN QUEENS/NORTH OF MIDTOWN: 60th St tunnel is four tracks. Flushing line is four tracks. They're connected and the entire thing is BMT. Local tracks take over the Whitestone Branch to Malba. Express tracks terminate at Broadway LIRR. 42nd St Line goes to Astoria. 53rd St is four tracks the entire length. The Sixth Avenue Line becomes the Queens Blvd local tracks. All four tracks head under Broadway, there is no express diversion via Northern. 63rd St does not exist in this timeline. Crosstown line terminates at a lower level of Queens Plaza. Queensboro Plaza and Queens Plaza are one station. DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN/DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN Cranberry St tunnel is four tracks. But not in the way you'd think. Express tracks are 8th Av express and local tracks are Broadway local. There are platforms at Atlantic Barclays to connect with the BMT and IRT. 8th Av local goes over the Broadway Line south of Cortlandt St. After Montague there are two branches: the 4th Avenue local and the Myrtle Avenue elevated. Through service from the Nassau Street Line to Myrtle Av does not exist. The Crosstown Line is an el using Manhattan Av, the BQE, and Bedford Av before joining up with the Franklin Av El, which is still ten cars long. EASTERN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS Instead of the Fulton Avenue Line replacing the Fulton El east of East New York, it replaces the Jamaica El. There are four tracks running from Downtown Brooklyn to Woodhaven Blvd. At this point, the express tracks go down the former Rockaway Beach Branch to the Rockaways. The local tracks proceed to Jamaica via Jamaica Avenue. Downtown Jamaica looks very different. There are four tracks underneath Hillside; the Queens Blvd express runs onto the Hillside Av express. The Fulton/Jamaica local is the Hillside local. The Queens Blvd local runs underneath Jamaica Av and ends at 157/Liberty. The Nassau St line runs over the Broadway el onto the three-tracked remains of the eastern Fulton Avenue El. There is no skip stop, but a <J> express from Lefferts Blvd runs during the peak hours. And that concludes this episode of Wallyhorsin Around. Maybe I'll get bored and do a map of this.
  32. 1 point
    Calvin, Per your roster, please add #8232, #8235-8236, #8238-8240...they have bike racks. I saw them as I paid a visit to Castleton today. #8232, #8235-8236 and #8238 were all on the S53 today.
  33. 1 point
    This is also a review(uploaded on 12/09/18) to be poste here. This is where you guys count this bus as a best CNG bus. However, it's not because of it's growls increasing complaints which is why they are my least favorite. Subscribe(Youtube): King Auto & NYC Transit Flickr: Cedric Jean Louis
  34. 1 point
    Me too! Peaceful outdoor transit!
  35. 1 point
    Let me start off by saying this is a discussion for the Fleet & Depots thread. If you made a general discussion post recently and no longer see it here, it’s because I removed it. This conversation will be moved for reference. This is the ONLY conversation that will be moved. All others will simply be removed, and your posting privileges will subject to immediate suspension. At this point these buses (XDE40’s) aren’t being tested. These are production pilot buses for the upcoming order, not test buses. This is actually a direct competition and evaluation between the different hybrid systems. I’m 100% percent sure we will get more XDE40’s, and if Nova drops the price of their hybrids we will get a split order with Nova LFS hybrids as well. Those would/will go to the Bronx and Queens. Quill is getting new hybrids (see hybrid deployment plans on the first page of fleet and depots). When they arrive, they will be assigned Quill, so it makes sense for a couple depots to get and evaluate at least one BAE unit and one Allison unit. What I will be waiting for is Ulmer Park. Theses will be their first hybrids. Nothing was ever mentioned about hybrids, yet this was a given seeing that they will go to all divisions except Staten Island. The original electric plans were for Quill and GA to swap fleets 18 months into testing. When I last checked, this was put on hold due to the the fact that the Proterra has not passed the BTE as of yet. New Flyer on the other hand has, and in the process, test bus 0011 has returned to NFI and now serves as the configuration audit bus for the XE60 order, which will NOT have pilots. The lead buses will be similar to pilots for configuration audit and finalization. One will test in service for 60 days on the M14, then the rest will follow. Once TA has successfully burned all the buses in, finalized testing for outer-borough operations, a couple will start to head out to the other 4 boroughs for testing. MTA has also opted to put on hold the ordering of any en-route chargers for the time being, and will test out M14 the logistics and operational viability of charging them with the existing leased chargers being used for the M42 and M50 runs. After the lease is up, MTA can then purchase chargers and deploy them based on the assignments of the 45 XE40’s that are pending unless Proterra passes the brake test in the next 10 months.
  36. 1 point
    Most employees don’t care how exciting or “boring” the equipment is to operate as they’re paid to provide a service every day.
  37. 1 point
    Don't the 3G's have the same powertrain as the Nova LFS already in the BX? With that being said, I hope 7000 - 7089 stay the rest of their life's in SI... the seating setup in the rear is awful and very hard to exit the HF section when people are standing up there. If they change the seating to how the NG hybrids are then I wouldn't mind them leaving SI lol.
  38. 1 point
    That is, and isn't true. Express buses, they have a lot of pull because the island provides the most service. Local buses.....hit or miss. When the 90 test bus orders of the Orions, Novas & New Flyers came about, they were originally to be the first to receive the first 30 buses of each group, but that changed. QV ended up receiving the first Xcelsiors and the Orions. If some folks had their way, the Island would've been mostly Xcelsiors instead of LFSs.
  39. 1 point
    Gee whiz, if only there was a way to prevent individuals who don't deserve guns from getting them...
  40. 1 point
    Since when do politicians understand anything about transit
  41. 1 point
    Damn it. I knew I forgot something. Thread locked on account of nonsense.
  42. 1 point
    Thanks. I shared this with the group yesterday. Other updates: -We have a date in February now for the next meeting with the and the DOT. The updated agenda covers the following: DOT/MTA collaboration projects: -Request for double bus lanes on 6th Avenue with enforcement. Where they would start is the question. They can certainly run from 34th to 59th, but we’ll discuss this further in the meeting. Consider no right turns on 5th Avenue as a oilot during rush hours or at a minimum more enforcement. Request to complete double bus lanes on Madison Avenue during non rush hour periods, so as to minimize the impact on express bus commuters. -Transit Signal Priority for numerous corridors or key intersections (6th and 34th, 6th and 57th, 5th, Madison, 23rd and Broadway, Ocean Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, Hyman Blvd, Queens Blvd, Woodhaven/Cross Bay Blvd., Northern Blvd, etc.) -Request for HOV lanes as well as extending the operation of the current ones (Gowanus - elected officials are already working on this one, but we’re bringing it up to put more attention on it as it needs to happen once the City DOT takes over from the State DOT, Bruckner, Cross Bronx, Major Deegan, Horace Harding Exp, etc.) -More Bus shelters and countdown clocks. We would like to see an expansion in both Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Countdown clocks will be more complicated as that is usually funded by elected officials, but the DOT can work on the bus shelters. Where old bus stop signage exists especially in Queens, we would like to see more updated lollipop signs. -Change the timetables to show the arrival of each bus along the X27,37, 28, 38 lines MTA segment: -Revisting OTP (on-time performance) and discussing how the MTA plans on making service going forward and addressing the large number of missing scheduled trips in both Queens and Staten Island. -Request to adjust run times for all QM lines so that they are realistic. Too many buses running 20-40 minutes late both to and from Manhattan and often times during off-peak hours when service is limited and there’s no traffic to speak of. -Additional discussion of X27, 37, 28, 38 service. Solutions to address ongoing overcrowding. Request for later weekend service on the X27 and X28 to Brooklyn. -Request for additional BxM10 trips to Morris Park/Williamsbridge (21:45 and 22:45 respectively) during the week. -Restoration of the QM2 00:00 to Bay Terrace during the week. -Request to study expansion of QM15 to Sundays and express bus service to Rockaways. -Discussion about Staten Island restorations (X14, X18), as well as SIM2 off-peak restoration (some service MUST be restored). There is more, but these are the key things that will be discussed. With those proposals, all express bus riders would see service improvements, either faster service and/or more service. And yes, BusTime and Wi-Fi WILL be discussed. Too many complaints about this in my group. DAILY problem.
  43. 1 point
    Density by census block group, broken into deciles. Black = LIE, blue = Jewel, green = Union Tpk. This pretty much speaks for itself, but take a good look at the Lefrak area, and keep in mind that the low density area just east of Flushing Meadows is QC, which I'd imagine would be quite the ridership draw. Now, you're right that highway-running transit isn't as friendly to development as routes under normal roads, but I frankly see this as an opportunity to change that. A lot of the LIE in that stretch is sunken in cuts -- given that we're already constructing an AirTrain style el, why not just deck over some sections? Make a park or, more housing. Again, I think Jewel is, all else, equal, a better route (maybe lower density than LIE, but walkshed contains more developable land), but the cost, IMO swings this in favor of LIE.
  44. 1 point
    It would be nice if you stopped spamming threads with pointless posts.......if you're gonna post in a thread, make it relatable to the discussion.
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    When it comes to lower density areas, buses and light rail are king. I don’t understand why NYC is so allergic to light rail. It’s so much cheaper and quieter and less likely to get public pushback.
  47. 1 point
    Actually no, MTA mentioned that there will be a 30 day passenger test for the 10 car train.
  48. 1 point
    The actual local density around stations is atrocious, though. On the northern side, it's only three or four blocks before you hit Kissena Corridor Park, and an entire quarter of the walkshed at 164th is a graveyard. Honestly, I see light rail as the solution for Union. Light rail from LIJ to Kew Gardens and then down to Kennedy, replacing the Q46 and Q10.
  49. 1 point
    Let me just say that I’m definitely in favor of having a subway line located somewhere in between the and the . Horace Harding Expressway is roughly midway between both at Main St (the station of the same name and Briarwood on the ). But I’d be more in favor of bringing back the V as a service on 2nd Avenue. I firmly believe the 2nd Avenue Subway should not have only one service south of the 63rd Street Tunnel. Having three 6th Ave local services coming from QBL is a bit of an overkill. Also frequency of this V service would be severely limited by having to share with the and in Queens and the and in Manhattan. Maybe if you move the to Astoria (which in turn would displace the to the SAS north of 63rd), then you’d be able to run this V service on more acceptable headways. With regards to locating subway on Horace Harding, in order for it to truly be effective and user-friendly, it would need to be located off to one side, perhaps running below one of the service roads, which would likely require a stacked tunnel with platforms for both directions on the same side, one above the other. That would require there to be only two tracks instead of three, but there really is no need for three, since the V would be sharing tracks with the on QBL, the in 63rd Street and the on 2nd Avenue.
  50. 0 points
    Please... The people involved may not even be here legally. Start with that first...
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