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  1. 5 points
    You seem awfully familiar.... Ha, welcome back R62ACNG..... Can't seem to live without this place, can ya? With your 5+ accounts.....
  2. 5 points
    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...... 😉
  3. 4 points
    No, the schedules are being put on the ones that work as well, and likely because customers are complaining. The is trying to make bus service like the subways and it doesn't work. We had a huge argument about this in my last meeting. They think it's ok to focus on how long a customer is waiting versus what the actual schedule says, so that means you can look at the schedule and expect a bus to come and maybe it won't because they can't fill the trip. As long as you get A bus that's what should matter, not that the buses on the schedule aren't coming. I told them absolutely not!! There are some lines that are NOT frequent and thus people go by the schedules. This is really them trying to excuse not sending out scheduled service. Unacceptable. I'd be willing to bet that the same crap is happening with the subways too. I see posts all over social media with people that tape particular trains talking about how such and such train didn't come and they know because they take that train every day. Some trains help to alleviate overcrowding so when you see that you start taking that train.
  4. 4 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
    Everyone's covering their asses in case it doesn't happen. Can't be blamed if they were just reporting what someone else told them. Its like CNN with a Buzzfeed article and about just as hilarious.
  6. 3 points
    Yeah, transit enthusiasts of your ilk have to carry around rules to avoid being harrassed (which is all it is), but farebeaters apparently have "free" reign to waltz on MTA buses/subways without any impediment whatsoever..... I mean, that is why I never delved into the photo/video posting aspect of this hobby, and it's quite sad... I'd have no qualms taking pics/vids in some part of the city/region/Metro area most people won't (or can't, for whatever reasons) travel to & sharing them on a forum of this nature.... ....Which in & of itself is ignorant to begin with. Honestly, Ebenezer Herkimer Wilkinson John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is perfectly capable of detonating some explosive or letting off some chemical in some public place, just as much as someone that happens to have my first name (albeit differently spelled, which of course would mean nothing once it's sounded out), that would fall under those parameters of being a suspected possible damn terrorist...
  7. 3 points
    Wow... I'm going to get an answer in my meeting. What likely happens is like the bus shelters, someone handles it but they hire a subcontractor to do the actual work. For example, the DOT is technically responsible for the bus stops, BUT they contract the actual bus shelters out to a vendor who is supposed to clean and maintain them, but then you likely have THAT contractor subcontracting out a part of that work too to some smaller company to do one thing or another like maybe come in and change out the glass panels. Having worked in construction on the insurance end, you'd be surprised how many vendors can be on one job and how many subs hire subs that hire subs, so that before you know, you're dealing with 20+ different vendors. It used to drive me nuts going after those people to get insurance because some of them try to play games and it can also hold up work being done. It becomes almost impossible to follow the trail of people. It's all about cost. It's cheaper to have some other guy do parts of things or maybe the vendor just doesn't specialize in such and such thing. Now the actual bus stops with the lollipops, those the DOT changes out themselves. HOWEVER, the actual schedules at the bus stops are handled by personnel. I've seen people n uniform changing those out at the bus stops. Then you have those SBS countdown clocks (the big ones). Those are federally funded (the lollipop ones and the smaller countdown clocks are not), and I'm not sure who exactly handles the upkeep of those, but I suspect those are contracted out as well. All and all it's a big mess, and that's why it takes so long to get things done when there's a problem. They all play dumb about who is responsible for what.
  8. 3 points
    Such stupidity. @7-express Thanks for posting this. I will use this photo in my meeting if you don’t mind. I’d like to understand why taxpayer dollars are being wasted on these countdown clocks that are often times broken, or if they work, cannot snow the times for ALL express buses.
  9. 2 points
    501 - First Neoplan, 2001 model. PARTS. 508 509 511 512 - DASHBus. 519 523 - PARTS. 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 547 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 - Private Owned. 556 - DASHBus. 557 - DASHBus. 558 559 561 563 565 566 567 569 570 572 - PARTS. Had experimental orange LED's. Involved in accident in November that took it out of service indefinitely. 573 - DASHBus. 574 576
  10. 2 points
    More like his posting habits have become more than obvious.... ....but, that works too.
  11. 2 points
    About a year ago, when I sent in an email complaint about a broken countdown clock machine (which was practically brand new, by the way), MTA told me it's DOT's problem, and DOT told me it is MTA's problem. So ridiculous. Eventually, I happened to be at the stop when this unmarked van pulled up and two Hispanic guys got out and started fixing the machine. I asked them "who do you work for?" and all they said was "No English, no English" LOL
  12. 2 points
    Put them on the Franklin .
  13. 1 point
    R142/As were not designed for CBTC so a new contract was issued to rebuild them to that spec. R160s were always designed for it so it was just a matter of installing the equipment where its designed to go. I'm going assume that what he meant by that was the R142s will go through an upgrade process to R188 specs, not necessarily them becoming R188s.
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  16. 1 point
    I'll keep posting updates here if you guys want.
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  18. 1 point
    Thank you for your warm and friendly answers. I and my wife look forward to visiting your Great city and meeting its Great people !
  19. 1 point
    They already released it. I’m waiting on my copies now! I can’t wait to dive into all that info. Inactive. They are technically still open. Yes Orion was. It’s a shame they were only months away from a public launch of the Orion IX and Orion X Artic. Electric was going to be a focus for those platforms. If anyone wants to take a travel back in time to when we didn’t have as many users and I was just coming onboard as a staff member full time, check the link below. This is how I used to post new program information all the time. Now, if I post it seems as if most people ask all the same questions 2 days later lol.
  20. 1 point
    Here’s the answer: QM1: 16:00, 3196. 16:30, 3125. 17:00, 2843. 17:30, NO BUS. 18:00, NO BUS. 18:30, NO BUS. 19:00, 3125. I’ve been tracking numerous other lines as well. I have QM24 customers that complain about the same thing. Missing buses or they can’t track them on BusTime, and I know for a fact that there were other missing QM buses last Friday, just doing a quick check of the schedules. Amazing how many buses can’t be tracked or go missing entirely. I’m also including other lines tracked today during the rush hour period. The QM24 may have some ghost buses, but I know that not all of the buses came the other day either, so that’s another line that only runs every 30 minutes where they cannot meet the scheduled service. QM1: 16:00, 3196. 16:30, 3125. 17:00, 2843. 17:30, NO BUS. 18:00, NO BUS. 18:30, NO BUS. 19:00, 3125. BxM2: (NB) 16:05, 3087. 16:25, 3112. 16:45, 3084. 17:00, 3109. 17:15, 3221. 17:30, 3106. 17:45, 3066. 18:00, 3353. 18:15, 3082. 18:30, 3095. 19:00, 3065. 19:30, 3105. BxM2: (SB) 16:00, 3066. 16:30, 3082. 17:00, 3065. 17:30, 3105. 18:00, 3087. 18:30, 3099. 19:00, NO BUS. 19:30, 3221. QM24: 15:00, NO BUS. 16:00, NO BUS. 16:30, 3144. 17:00, 3300. 17:30, 3304. 18:00, 3280. 18:30, NO BUS. 19:00, 3281. QM34: 15:00, 3299. 16:00, 3145. 16:30, 3291. 16:45, 3279. 17:00, 3292. 17:15, 3473. 17:30, 3140. 17:45, 3303. 18:00, 3284. 18:20, 3285. 18:40, 3474. 19:00, 3145. Yesterday I had people bitching on my page about how the 08:00 BxM2 didn’t come. Morning rush and the bus only runs every 30 minutes, and that bus is packed too. They had the 08:30 bus start a little earlier. Just ridiculous.
  21. 1 point
    The worst bunching I have ever seen is by far is the B15 with the B8 being a close one too
  22. 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.
  23. 1 point
    Please note that hybrids do not have transmissions. What exactly are you hoping for? The assignments are already posted lol. They are going to quill and a couple will test out of “select depots” in all 5 boroughs. It’s mentions in the fleet review. Manufacturers are going to make what the market demands. They all currently offer some type of all-electric buses anyway. Yes NFI is New Flyer which owns MCI, and no this bus is all-Electric. Our current electric buses are duel-mode charging. Meaning they plug-in at the depot or fast charge along a route or with a mobile charger. All available electric vehicles are plug-in. Not many hybrids are plug-in at all. Only a few cars, but no buses.
  24. 1 point
    The source @Lawrence St is talking about is correct. The R179 will start service by then.
  25. 1 point
    It tells you what type of train it is, too (M3, M7).
  26. 1 point
    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.
  27. 1 point
    We definitely don't have a maintenance efficiency problem...
  28. 1 point
    Yay, more money for consultants... This proposal needs to be left to die. Like now. That 7.2 million could be much better spent on bus lanes or service increases...
  29. 1 point
    I'll let Lewis Dodley from NY1 tell you:
  30. 1 point
    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.
  31. 1 point
  32. 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!!
  33. 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.
  34. 1 point
    Honestly, if I were going to do this there are so many things I'd do that they'd take up a full page; the big one, though, would be turning any and all at-grade junctions into flying junctions, and reconfiguring all junctions such that trains didn't ever have to cross in front of each other
  35. 1 point
    BIG upvote here. Try having those interactions with a name that lightly presses the "is this guy a terrorist" buttons, too...
  36. 1 point
    Exactly, (on a non-related note) I wish that railfans didn't have to get questioned by the police and T/O's so frequently every time they take photos, I was last week and would've gotten into more trouble if I didn't pull up the MTA rules on a whim. I wasn't really causing any problems to begin with, it's been happening for years as well.
  37. 1 point
    I would put the Nevins st-Atlantic Ave. interlocking between Court Street-borough Hall and Hoyt Street so the trains can stop at Hoyt street. In addition to that, have the court st. station on 1 level with a single island platform.
  38. 1 point
    Make the segment under 149th street in the Bronx into 3 tracks instead of 2. Build a second "flyover" north of east 180th street so that the and tracks never have to cross each other during PM rush hours.
  39. 1 point
    I've been down here since last April. I don't recall needing to elaborate during final processing. The firing was 8.5 years prior to that point, and I had another job about three weeks later. Their concern during final processing is more about accounting for any lengthy gaps between jobs. My husband had to explain some when he came on as a conductor once upon a time many moons ago. As long as you can explain what you were doing with yourself you're fine. It's just important that you put it down so when they decide to fully investigate your employment history they can't throw it in your face that you didn't disclose it and then they fire you over something that stupid. The final processing "interview" is not a tell me your life story and sell yourself to us on why you would rock this job traditional interview. They literally make sure that DCAS packet is filled out and they have all the documents they need from you. That's it. And god forbid I get labeled a party pooper again, be prepared for multiple trips down to 180 to pee in a cup and produce the same papers over and over again before you do FINAL processing. They're literally only up to about 500something between off the street hires and converting provisionals to permanent. Your 90 days could elapse and they'll call you...just to come back again for the pre-employment charade.
  40. 1 point
    As promised, to round out the original sign curtains found on the 68s, here are the head end route curtains: Used on: R68s As with the destination signs created, this is the last curtain that would contain route options that the trains themselves could not easily access. The only exception to this would be the route curtains on the 44s and 46s, which also contain the Eastern Division routes. However, since these curtains were ordered and created in bulk for all of overhauled 40s - 46s, this can be excused. This would also be the last curtain to contain the diamond N route option as subsequent sign curtains would be created following the N / R terminal switch in May 1987, eliminating the rush-hour N short-turns at Whitehall St, which were labelled as such on maps and trains.
  41. 1 point
    Well, 6 years later and I finally found one. Taken in 1985.
  42. 1 point
    Damn it. I knew I forgot something. Thread locked on account of nonsense.
  43. 1 point
    Car assignments are a function of car capability, maintenance simplification, and operational requirements. An example of the former is the need for the to have the widest possible doors to reduce dwell; of the middle, the preference to consolidate fleets at common shops; of the latter, the need to switch signs at Flatbush. That's how A div assignments are made. The need 142(A)s, which means the need 142(A)s. The needs 188s. That leaves the 62(A)s for the . Done.
  44. 1 point
  45. 0 points
    Preparing for the cuts in MTA Bus express service.
  46. 0 points
    No 530, 630 or 7 PM QM1 buses today (2/7). Why can't the run service on this route?
  47. 0 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...
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