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  1. 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))
  2. 14 points
    At this point I couldn’t care less. Yeah it’s a somber moment but they are 20 and 21 years old. I have one of my own anyway so I’m content. It was a good era. Just means it’s almost time for me to retire. Nothing will ever beat The Master of The Snow. It will definitely go down in history as the most durable bus ever made. Other than the fact that 90% of that article is inaccurate, it is what it is. FYI, Hybrids actually break down at a higher rate than the RTS.... That’s clearly why they are still here..... If it was up to MTA and the engineering department a small reserve fleet would have been here for a while.
  3. 11 points
    I get it, the RTS is gone for good, but I swear some of ya act like your parents got shot or something. Its not a big enough deal to make prison threats either.
  4. 11 points
    No disrespect, let’s leave this area to the professionals and business managers. Who cares how long it lasts? Anyone who knows how to effectively run a business. They were the best buses overall in EVERY category except the wheel chair lift, driver comfort and rear seat comfort. They perform best on the road, had the best suspension, and nothing will ever perform as good in bad weather or torrential rains. They are the most durable and longest lasting buses ever made, and have a higher reliability rating than any new bus to date. They had the most powerful and most optimized engine/trans combo of any coach to date. They are the easiest to maintain, and cost the lowest to maintain. Many of the parts are not made anymore and have not been for a while and maintenance was still the lowest cost of any bus in the fleet. If you were to build a brand new RTS low floor with with new face, and new style it would still outperform anything on the road right now hands down. My person RTS runs circles around ANY bus in the MTA fleet including MCI’s and Prevosts. You may not understand the significance of this America Icon, but we all do, especially MTA maintenance and management. Hence why we still have so many, why there are so many in the fleet, and why it’s the main topic on the Bus IQ Test on every Information screen on all these new buses. The Orion V only had more space for the driver and the in the last row. That’s all. Even though I like them a lot, the structure was trash and they were nowhere near as reliable. MTA likely would have never gotten them if it wasn’t for the Flxible disaster. An upgrade is not always an upgrade. Maintenance records have been unable to match the ones of this to this this day in 2019 and this bus is a 1976 concept. The only other bus that will last ALMOST as long is a Nova LFS and that’s because it uses the exact same body design philosophy. The Cummins will just never last as long as a Detroit Diesel, or be as easy to maintain. I mean the engine leaks oil by design for Christ sake. Pure Detroit genius just like the RTS, Old Look, and New Look buses. Thats a classic era of transit that unfortunately too many of you are too young to remember or appreciate. Sure all these new buses are pretty, but if you knew anything about maintenance and value there would be a different opinion. Another fun fact of the day, Altoona stated publicly that they will miss the bus dearly as it was to date the easies bus ever to test and certify, and maintains the best in-service uptime record, and ease-of maintenance status. And the closing fact, 5249 will go down as the most historic RTS now inducted into the Museum Fleet. Looking pretty in 1999 delivery colors, she was the last model designated the RTS T80-206 ever made. As to modernization, as Lil Wayne would say, “it ain’t broke, don’t break it.” Because it was a fact. The RTS was born from that very bus and later assumed it’s title as best. Sales, satisfaction and maintenance records hail them the King and Queen of transit. What in the word are you talking about? Gleason doesn’t have any buses to spare. Have you been somewhere under a rock? The XN60’s didn’t just come in yesterday, or anytime recently for that matter, and quite a few buses were ALREADY transferred to West Farms from Gleason. Leave this to the MTA and the professionals please, because nothing that you said there makes logistical or monetary sense. Incentivize the NG? You can’t be serious..... But you are serious..... 😴 Not only is it not possible, but it’s also a waste of money. We don’t own any chargers or electric buses yet so they’re is nothing to fill in a gap. These are engineering test buses that do not belong to us, and we will soon have our own anyway. In the meanwhile it’s not just that simple to just up and move chargers like legos or something. Maintenance is not trained on them, MTA mechanics cannot work on them. Any agency/person that leases buses/cars have to have mechanics that are mandated by the manufacturer to perform all maintenance. An entire maintenance program is being designed around these buses because they are unlike anything we have when it comes to the power train and the batteries. We don’t have enough duty cycle data to loan these buses out either. If they didn’t need them why would they have them? You gotta learn the inner workings of these things. Spares, preventive maintenance, scheduled maintenance, unscheduled maintenance, accidents...... Buses don’t just run every day of their lives. They have to be pulled from service. Not to mention we are in the biggest fleet overhaul cycle in a very long time. Buses need to be upgraded to WiFi and have Info screens installed on top of all that. SC for example just got 9 OG’s on loan. The have 56 C40’s to be exact. All of which are needed for service and spares. At rush it’s actually about 42 in rotation which leaves room for only 14 buses to be for spare on in the shop for maintenance. 9 of them are now out of service for maintenance. For example on Friday just past, every bus was in service except 4 C40’s at some time during the day. Yes JG needs all of theirs as well. The B35 requires all its artics and 4 standards. It’s 8pm on a Saturday and there are currently 118 C40’s and XN40’s in active service as I type this. Now ass that up and tell me how many they need at rush. Same for CP, with 73 in service right now out of 157. Not only that, they had at least 3 buses that were road called. That’s unplanned. Now they need to go in the shop and have 3 to replace them go out on the run line.
  5. 11 points
    We're talking specifically about Baisley Park's fleet, they didn't get their fleet until months later. Those buses were delivered all white with no stripe to the facility and was wrapped in the facility. They never entered service in the blue & white scheme out of Baisley Park. They had JFK's 5371 for a while for training. By the way, welcome back, Chris Alleyne.
  6. 10 points
    Might as well go back to the blue stripe paint scheme at that point.
  7. 10 points
    I just don’t understand why they don’t just look at a line, say “this is everything we need to do to restore its usefulness for 20-30 years”, and then just shut it down and fix everything. Plenty of places have shut down lines for extended periods just to get them as close to brand new - even LA shut down the Blue Line this year to rebuild it after 28 years of heavy service - yet here we do everything haphazard and piecemeal and basically keep construction workers on a single project from hire to retirement. But then, did say it hires corrupt folks just to help straighten them out. So I can only conclude things are how they are here because the folks on top are delusional.
  8. 9 points
    It was taken care of because it was irrelevant to this thread. As per the guidelines of the website, can we please stay on-topic? Thank you...
  9. 9 points
  10. 8 points
    The algo wanted you to see that ad. 😎
  11. 8 points
    You laugh, but little do you realize Wallyhorse is Prendergast, forever exiled to transit forums.
  12. 7 points
    An update on Queens Blvd: they're running CBTC test trains now
  13. 7 points
    Now you know how my C/R and I felt nightly when we had the first R142’s to Utica. We refused to sign them up as to Flatbush so we had Bowling Green destination signs. We had a TSS ride us one time who was critical of our procedure but we told him that we knew what we were doing. When we got to Bowling Green we made manual announcements from there to Franklin Avenue and really poured it on there. Luckily we had a great group of regular riders from the Redbird era who helped us out with those who were confused. IIRC it was a few months before the announcement problem was cleared up. We, too, wondered why it took so long to get corrected. Just my experiences. Carry on.
  14. 7 points
    I don't like the title of this thread. You should know better
  15. 7 points
    Just want to say, I've got no personal axe to grind with Mr. Man. Haven't watched his "videos" or really paid attention to his wandering babbling. But when @Cait Sith calls out a post hyped by Mr. Man that contains Shane's OWN work uncredited and no caveats are offered (even something like, "I'll get back to the creator because that's just not cool"), it says a lot by omission. Yeah, minor shit like that matters to me, reputation-wise.
  16. 7 points
    You know, you just as well could have not replied to this question; this sort of facetiousness adds little to the conversation, and there are indeed people on here who likely could give more information than is available publicly on the Sea Beach renovations if they were inclined to share.
  17. 7 points
    Maybe the folks at Columbia and Cornell can figure something out.
  18. 7 points
    Somebody sell me on running the M14 to Chelsea Piers, because I don't see the point.... As far as this current discussion on here goes, running the M12 southward won't help that route & I'm not getting why there are as many people that suggest this.... BPC by itself isn't a ridership gen' & those patrons I don't see patronizing (extended) M12's any more, or near as much as they do the M20 (which isn't exactly saying much... lol)..... At minimum, the thing (M12) needs to be taken off 12th & put on 10th instead.... There shouldn't have been a first one.
  19. 6 points
    @Lance cleanup on aisle 3 please Thank you thats what I was trying to say but I had a brain fart lmao
  20. 6 points
    How ironic that 7090 gets into an accident on it's fifth anniversary in service....it was on this date back in 2014 where it entered service.
  21. 6 points
    That says a lot more about Cuomo than it does anyone else (even Lhota, who should've known better).
  22. 6 points
    LMAO... There's no petition yet, and when there is one it'll likely be me doing it, since the person that is interested in running the service isn't exactly gifted when it comes to grammar. LOL I'm waiting to be provided with a list of the AM and PM stops first, which should happen later this week.
  23. 6 points
    Not gonna listen too long, but 2:00 in is telling. You've got a T/O asking to do the right thing to help his customers, which is wrong rail with caution into 3rd Ave to put a door panel in the station and allow passengers to deboard. RCC says that won't be allowed out of an abundance of caution. I understand their angle, but this is where they should respect and trust T/O judgment. At <5mph creeping, with other trains stationary, the risk isn't that high, and the reward (allowing however many hundreds or thousand-plus people to avoid sitting an hour and a half on a stopped train) is entirely worth it.
  24. 6 points
    Now I'm really hoping for Joe Biden to win the nomination and take Cuomo as his running mate. If anything it'll put a pause on most of his lunacy in 2020.
  25. 6 points
    Fam. Calm down. #carryon Its not like we all don’t go off other sub forums to send replies. You about the 3rd person trying to play police. Before you start playing police brush up on some knowledge and listen to people who know the system. We are all here to learn a thing or two and sometimes rules are meant to be broken.
  26. 6 points
    First off, can we keep this type of discussion out of deliveries, moves, and transfers please. It’s been made clear that the Deliveries, Moves, and transfers thread is solely for just that: Deliveries, Moves, and Transfers. ***Note the next part below is NOT a prediction*** Next, the OG Hybrids at East New York will be replaced by new buses fresh from the factory, and displaced buses from elsewhere. Also, East New York and Grand Avenue are slated to get all of the 2012-13 New Flyer XD60s from Gun Hill and Kingsbridge for the B15, B38, and Q58 respectively (4710 and 4711 made the journey to GA a few days ago, joining 4754, which was already there for a while). It is possible that the 2012-13 XD60s would end up replacing a chunk of the OG Hybrids. As the next hybrid order is coming in as well, 20 of the new XDE40s would be assigned to EN, replacing a smaller portion of the OGs and replacing the rest with XD40s coming back from Ulmer Park, since they are getting their own units as well.
  27. 6 points
    BusTrek offered more info than BusTime did which is the point, and it also shows ghost buses, which BusTime can’t do.
  28. 6 points
    This ole Spacely Sprocket ass mother*****..... Irick has been a real uptight a**hole as of late... His job on the line or something? No, it's not just a bus, joker - it's hundreds of them..... Fully functional ones too. You are the last person I want to hear bitching about bus service; then again, this guy probably doesn't even take public transportation.... Perfectly exhibited snotrag attitude....
  29. 6 points
    There was interesting movement on the train I was on today. The arrived at the local track of Columbus Circle because there was a at the express track. Then the kept running at the local track to 72nd St and used that switch to switch express track instead of using switch at Columbus Circle.
  30. 6 points
    The situation at Kingsborough is unacceptable and Kingsborough needs to fix it. Simple concept.... Biggest elephant in the room.... We can sit up on here & blame the MTA for many things, but AFAIC, this is not one of them..... Have it not be for KCC, there wouldn't even be a need for 2 local bus routes in that neighborhood.
  31. 6 points
    Topic - B103 1. Why is this route so indirect going a very long And bendy route 2. Why is there only limited and no local service, was it always like this ? 3. Why is this line one of the highest frequency lines in Brooklyn? Why wasn’t it ever considered to be come an articulated route ? 4. Is this line ever going to to considered for select bus service? 5. Why is the placement of stops so weird for not stopping in front the Q station at cortelyou rd 6. Why is the 103 just so weird
  32. 6 points
    HTT has (***theoretically***) been abolished, which is good. Generally, while it’s important to keep in mind that there are reasons for ops to go slow (GTs, weird schedules, toxic disciplinary culture, etc) it’s also important to recognize the impact speed has on service. An single op (or CR) on the or who is moving too cautiously can throw an entire rush hour through cascading congestion; a slow crew at any time of day can cause gappy service and kill merges, and these are things that we have to be cognizant of. We shouldn’t encourage risky practices or complain about legitimate slowing and we should recognize that most variability is a function of the ridiculously punitive managerial culture in NYCT, but we also should remember that there are very real operational consequences to be had in low speeds/long dwells. This has sadly become one of the driving pieces of logic behind CBTC — management does not trust the people of RTO to operate a consistent rush hour railroad at any respectable throughput.
  33. 6 points
    A really interesting presentation on work train CBTC compliance in Toronto. https://www.apta.com/mc/rail/previous/2017rail/presentations/Presentations/Palmer, Mike.pdf Toronto’s legacy signal system was essentially a copy of NYC’s and their original CBTC plans paralleled ours in waste. Their successful redesign of installation processes to minimize the need for AWS and the fact that Tomlin/Byford are at NYCT now gives me hope...
  34. 6 points
    Citi Field is in the middle of nowhere. Extending a bunch of buses to the middle of nowhere is not going to make it somewhere. You can drive from Flushing to LGA in less than five minutes even with traffic. Why the hell would anyone take the bus to the AirTrain for that trip?
  35. 5 points
    The 7th<>Church segment is scheduled 1 minute longer s/b thanks to the endless GT35s, and the Jay<>7th segment is 1.5 longer thanks to the fact that you really can't build speed/have to crawl out of Jay s/b. So runtime is 11 southbound and 8.5 northbound. Don't look at Kings Highway. The gets a 4 minute hold there essentially to pad the schedule -- they wanted to add runtime to reduce late clears and simplify crewing, but couldn't retime the entire line so they instead just put time at Kings Highway. It's doubtful that hold will be observed. Looking at 18th Ave, the 16:22 179 to KHF is 3 mins behind the 16:27 179 to STL , which had been 3.5 behind it at Jay. The real flaw in the schedule is, as I remember @RTOMan saying a few months back, that it creates massive gaps in Coney Island-bound service on Culver local/south of Church. Looking at the PM rush southbound schedule along the local (which, fwiw, is a not significant trip origin -- am using Bergen as my timepoint here) there's a 20 min gap where the first express used to be, and a 23 min gap for the second one. You can use the KH trains and the to reach the s, but even when you add those back in, you're looking at a 15 min gap following the first express at 18 Av, and a 17.5 min gap following the second. Definitely suboptimal. http://transitfeeds.com/p/mta/79/latest/stop/F30S/20190916 (18 Av) http://transitfeeds.com/p/mta/79/latest/stop/F20S/20190916 (Bergen) http://transitfeeds.com/p/mta/79/latest/stop/A41S/20190916 (Jay) Also, if anyone happens be fanning the northbound , may I humbly submit a request for a RFW? I'm out of town for a while, and haven't ridden B4 tk. north of 4th Avenue in a long time -- I want to reconfirm that the GTs going downhill from the viaduct towards Jay St are 2 shot 35s, becoming 30s and then 25s just before Bergen lower. Help here would be much appreciated.
  36. 5 points
    The subway just brings out the best in people.
  37. 5 points
    These ideas are great and all, but here's a proposal that's probably really pressing - stop running trains every 12 minutes because no one is willing to wait around that long. The solution is a bit harder to pinpoint but probably involves overhauling the existing work and flagging rules.
  38. 5 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.
  39. 5 points
    The 24/7 service excuse is an exceptionalist red herring. It isn’t like other subways are working on every inch of their track overnight, and they really only have a few productive hours to boot. In NYC, we shut not insignificant portions of the system for 55 hours at a time on weekends and put together long/extensive overnight shutdowns and still struggle to get the work done — NYCT has a higher ratio of maintenance employee hours to vehicle revenue hours than most American transit agencies, which is hardly a high bar...
  40. 5 points
    Wow, someone should tell NJT that it is important to care about whether bus stops are safe, and you shouldn't have stops on the shoulder of highways LOL
  41. 5 points
    BOTH are jackass ideas, Jackass. - One involves the use of a circulator, who's usage would be 100% reliant on anyone coming off the subway & ALL of the buses that would be bastardized to have them truncated to terminate at Barclays... Dumping thousands upon thousands of people that are coming off of a myriad of bus routes throughout all of Brooklyn at Barclays is NOT "good", nor sustainable for the short OR any long term...... - The other idea involves the use of a 100% redundant circulator that much of no one would use, with the current bus routes still intact..... ....and f*** your punk ass link. He actually believes that induced turnover amounts to direct access .... Much like his existence, I needed a good laugh.
  42. 5 points
    The bigger story here is the staffing situation in the system. We have towers run by one person controlling key interlockings here and elsewhere -- Hoyt Schermerhorn, for example. They need a break? Service dies. FWIW, this is yet another reason that upgrades to our dispatching infrastructure are necessary. 42nd St North still runs with an ancient GRS Model 5 interlocking machine and controls a tiny piece of territory. Centralizing to a master tower (as they plan to do for CBTC) gives you redundancy without having to pay someone to provide coverage for the small portion of each day that the primary Tw/O is not at their station.
  43. 5 points
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  44. 5 points
    Just a reminder folks: any realistic scenario that fixes 4th Avenue service and the will likely come with little to no new construction. We might see some work done at Whitehall St and Chambers St / Essex St to better facilitate terminal operations if necessary, but any new tunnel construction, even for one of a relatively short distance, is wishful thinking at best. That also applies to the belief that any immediate fixes to the will result in an almost complete rearrangement of the B-Division. I appreciate the enthusiasm, but this isn't the proposals thread and every time I see a new post here, I'm actually interested (perhaps others are as well) to see if there's been any movement from the MTA / elected officials on this problem.
  45. 5 points
    Take a look at this video around 3:41. Seems like the new platforms would take up this space:
  46. 5 points
    This is really starting to become an issue. @Lance attempted to trim these kinds of off-topic discussions from this thread as they hold little to no relation to the R179s whatsoever. It's actually irritating to come here looking to find relevant updates on the R179s only to find things like this.
  47. 5 points
    So it looks like part the work on the QBL express is recalibrating some of the timers mentioned in the SPEED press release. Saw some dark signals being tinkered with between Woodhaven Blvd and 63rd Dr on the e/b express track
  48. 5 points
    This plan spells delay across the board. Not only do you create a bigger merge on Broadway at Canal St, you overuse that switch point to the point where it will fail. The only other way I see what to do is this: Forest Hills to 9th Avenue or Bay Parkway, rush hours some trips end at Canal St or Whitehall St. JC to 95th St This preserves some service on 4th Avenue while giving 4th Av riders a one seat ride to midtown. Nassau has such Potential and yet is never used to its fullest extent.
  49. 5 points
  50. 5 points
    Y'all are making this much more complicated than it needs to be. The simplest solution is to extend the or to 95th Street to provide additional service. I would advocate for the because extending it would mean that Williamsburg is a simple cross platform transfer away from all of the BMT Southern Division lines. Creating a stub line in this case would be simply wasteful. I read at some point that 95th Street is restricted to turning 10 trains per hour. Since the is scheduled at that, any additional service would require some kind of change at the terminal, assuming the restriction is true. It could be false information for all I know, though.
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