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  1. 7 points
    🤓 Stunning, then, the number of CS and EE faculty here on the train in the AM As someone with a reasonable understanding of code and encryption, also network topology and basic electrical engineering: It's way harder than you think. Nearly impossible. The system is actually quite complex. The whole archetecture can be gleaned from this publically available Cubic co patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6595416.pdf Both the turnstiles and the MVM are networked - but not in the way that we think about it today. Serial connections. Strictly point-to-point. All security is on the physical layer. No penetration without physical access. Not happening. You can't breach an MVM without opening the box, end of story. The metrocard itself? I won't link it but the format has been pretty thoroughly explored. It's not a standard magnetic stripe format, so you need to build hardware to read it. Basically, credit cards, and pretty much all other magnetic cards have "timing bits" encoded which are comparable to sprockets in film. The metrocard data is magnetically encoded onto three linear tracks which are read as they pass over a static head in the turnstyle, and as such, the time domain is a key parameter for decoding. Lacking the timing bits, the turnstyle actually has a rotary encoder opposite the head which reports the rate-of-swipe to the magnetic decoding system. Bear in mind, in the same swipe its being read, it's also being written. There are some check bits for which I am not sure if the algorithms of encoding have been derived - I'm not interested in looking either - but lets say hypothetically you could write the correct check bits and add money to a metrocard. You wouldn't get far - stunningly, they've thought of that. The area controllers talk to a central database periodically communicating card serial number, swipe index, and value remaining. That data is also written to the card. So yeah, theoretically: Lets say I have a card, swipe at a turnstile, and have $5 left on the card. I had copied the magnetic data off the card before swiping and now re-encode the card to it's pre-swipe state. I swipe it again, it says $5 left on the card still, whoo hoo! Except: Now it's been transmitted to the database that the card serial number has had the same swipe index transmitted twice, at two different times at two different locations. One of two things happens: 1) the next time you swipe the card, it encodes the balance the database expects 2) the card is simply blacklisted. Also if you're caught you'll be arrested. I guess you could try hacking the central database, but now we're talking felony computer crime for free fares - and nobody outside the agency even knows if that database is connected to the internet. Considering the fact that there's no way to add value to a metrocard online - I bet it isn't even networked outside of the private fare collection network. TL;DR even mr robot still evades fares the old fashioned way.
  2. 5 points
    I've noticed the Eagle team that checks tickets on the Q44 by Union Tpke now has an unmarked green van they sit in instead of the marked van that basically screams "BUY YOUR TICKETS"
  3. 4 points
    Just so you guys know, the times for the 179s are not consistent. Last Sunday, it ended its trip at Far Rockaway and went to the yard around 9:30-9:45PM. This past Sunday & Today, it ended its trip from Lefferts and went into the yard around 8:30PM. And the last thing you guys need to do is bother personnel about the train. When it ran on day one, a ton of fans were bothering line personnel about it....
  4. 4 points
    And yet I can swipe my legitimate card 100 times in a row and still get the "swipe again" message over and over smh
  5. 4 points
    The thing is that I think most of the resistance to el-building comes from the idea that they all look like this: when a well-built el looks like this: Now your actual viaduct cross section might look a bit different if you're not building in the median of a limited-access road, but you could probably build something that would be pretty quiet and not piss people off fairly easily.
  6. 4 points
    None of that has anything to do with the current conversation. Once again, another cop-out.
  7. 4 points
    Since you seem to know so much, how about you work over there and see if you can do better? Since apparently, you seem to know a lot more, and can apparently do a lot better. You haven't given any logical response other than "lol poor management". It's one thing to not fully understand things, but it's another to beat a dead horse.
  8. 3 points
    Clearly you have NO concept or clue as to how things really work within the MTA. CNG coaches were not our thing and it’s irrelevant anyway. It’s just plain stupid for an agency the size of MTA to order CNG express buses that essentially would never be able to be transferred anywhere other than CP or SC. Having family working for the MTA doesn’t mean squat either. I DONT work for the MTA and get almost all information before 98% of MTA employees even hear about it. Being a contractor looking from the outside it’s quite clear MTA has lots of room for improvement. And when WF opened they had 0 CNG buses thank you. So what got converted? Everything starting the day they opened! Duh!!! Then you say nothing is brand new! What??? Are you somewhere under a rock!!?? Like GTFOH with this combative bullshit. Get your facts together before you speak, or go to that other “Chat” board where anything goes. Next Bus Please
  9. 3 points
    IIRC, the system lets you in if you swipe an unreadable card four times (or something along those lines; they've probably fixed that loophole by now) so the trick was simply bending the card so it was unreadable.
  10. 3 points
    NJT first got CNG coaches in the late 90s which were recently retired.
  11. 3 points
    Yeah, I skimmed through that PDF already.... It essentially tells me nothing & I am highly skeptical of the "trade offs" section..... Too oversimplified.
  12. 3 points
    I know it’s not my place to say something but I am going to anyway. You have people who know more about these things tell you point and simple things happen, it just does. You act like everything in the world works perfectly, it doesn’t. Your argumentive ways is starting to get out of hand and it’s not rational. You should listen to what others have to tell you instead of just refuting what they said which is factual. Yeah the MTA can probably do things better but in some cases things just simply happen cause nothing is perfect.
  13. 2 points
  14. 2 points
    Agreed... I believe that the chick working on the Bronx express redesign should be in my meeting this week. I'll see if I can pick her brain as to how things are going. She already knows that I'm skeptical of the whole thing. I told her in the last meeting, I said, I think you have a damn good express bus network for the Bronx. Most routes are pretty direct. You DON'T have lots of stops and the street configurations are what they are. Your turnaround points aren't very complicated, so I'm curious to see what you're going to come up with. The room became dead quiet. LOL Then she goes, well the changes are 70-30%. 70% will stay the same and 30% will change. P.S. I see I'm in the one in Riverdale...
  15. 2 points
    You don't need a 401k, medical, or dental? You REALLY think that tier 6 pension is going to pay all of your bills when you retire? People want this job purely for the benefits alone, quite frankly that's a stupid position to take. We get paid every other week. Your medical is "free" with 2% being deducted for retirement healthcare. Dental and vision is lumped into the $30 the union takes every paycheck. Nobody is forcing you to contribute to a 401k but it's stupid not to, and you don't need to buy any additional life insurance or disability above what they offer for FREE. Of all the jobs I had, the benefit contributions are less overall for WAY BETTER than what I ever had.
  16. 2 points
    That and how would that work with the terminal setup? The Terminates at Brighton on the Local tracks? That's a lot of work to reverse. Your only saving 6-7 mins between local and express service from Prospect and BB. It would take longer to reverse the train plus the possible disruptions to the with switch operations.
  17. 2 points
    Y'all are making your points of view from the viewpoints of a railfan. Just because it's technologically possible and sound doesn't mean you'll be able to convince the public. If you don't think that every single business owner or homeowner or landlord or renter or neighborhood busybody would do everything in their power to stop an el at their doorstep, I have a bridge to sell you.
  18. 2 points
    Your overall point is correct, however I need to elaborate on a few of the actual detail of your post @MysteriousBtrain The 110 buses were ordered to shift operations towards the use of more CNG buses, and covert the Bx36, as well as boost artic ops on the Bx15 as well. In the original plan there would have been about 15 diesel artics remaining and thats all. They have 45 now because of the plan changes. The B35 was always considered, but not confirmed until finalization was made for the contract through fleet planning. Then they decided to upgrade Gleason for artic ops. C40’s were never planned for the Bx6+. The reason many of them have replaced Spectrum color signs is because MTA has a settlement with LUMINATOR on all signs that are not the new technology. If one of the Titan signs in a C40 malfunctions, LUMINATOR will replace it with a Spectrum. This makes the signs usable in more buses, and also have common parts. It also would have not been the first route to use all new buses on SBS service. That would be the Q52/53+ when it comes to new branding. Now as far as SBS goes as a whole, it ONLY started in The Bronx because MTA saw Pelham Parkway as the perfect platform to test the new service on. The B46 was the original reason for the inception of SBS. Bronx was first for Artics because of the same thing way back in 1995. If it worked there or failed there it would be low risk. They ended up going the route they did and plan certain routes based on logistics and in-service learning and analyzing of the viability. Q44 was planned years before some of the other routes. They still haven’t made it to the B46 just yet. West Farms actually never got the XD40’s they have because of the Train shuttle. They were scheduled to get 8 in the revised deployment plans for regular service. The only Depots confirmed for shuttle were in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. WF already had XN40’s and MTA just wanted new buses on the route. Now post Train, WF has seen an increase of XD40’s to cover service since there will be enough of them to go around now that the shuttle is off. The overall point for the above poster is “Foresight” doesn’t always matter when pattens change. Back then the B46 was the heaviest line in the city. 4 other routes have now taken that spot at one time or another. You are on point for the overall message though.
  19. 2 points
    Politics has nothing to do with the scenarios given. The fact of the matter is that the MTA isn't the only agency that goes through these types of issues like unplanned maintenance issues and plans that are put up on the fly such as the Bx6 going artic, which was literally thrown up not too long after the Bx6 SBS debuted. WIth the logic that you are trying to explain, you might as well say that every major agency in the US has poor management because they go through these problems too, which is straight BS. Here's a scenario for you, say you are a janitor and you cleaned up the bathroom floor, and then someone pukes all over the floor after you did your job....is that a lack of effort to do your job? Or was that unplanned? That's practically the same thing that happens with West Farms' fleet almost half of the time. The Orion VII CNGs are terrible when it comes to cold weather. They are most notorious for having problems starting up in temperatures below 35 degrees, which is the cause of some of their shortage issues from time to time. We have 15 left, in which their tanks are not yet expiring. So for them to get the new XD40s temporarily is a much smarter move than sending them older buses to make up for their losses.
  20. 2 points
    The day the police file tickets against their "brothers" is the day de Blasio grows that leftist spine he claims to have. I'm not going to hold my breath.
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    This is the least important reason against such a change. Many, many route changes have occurred in the past few decades where all the signs at many stations have had to be changed. It's not that hard. They just decal them over with new signs.
  23. 1 point
    You're not getting a crappy health insurance exchange catastrophic plan. Of course it covers surgery. You'll find out the particulars when you get hired.
  24. 1 point
    Pension pay out is based on how much you made...they take your top 3 earning years and average them or something...this is why you have old timers packing in the OT to pad their pension. Nobody can calculate how much you're taking home in 25 years after promotions/who knows what pay rates will be like then. You certainly will be better off than relying on social security.
  25. 1 point
    You aren't given your pass until you show up on the first day.
  26. 1 point
    You are absolutely WRONG here. NYCTA since Gleason got converted to CNG way back in 1994-5 with the use of the first 30 Orion V CNGs (317, 581-610). When CO (currently WF) closed for renovations and a new look, but also will have CNG Operations in it, meanwhile, it’s buses moved to WA until 1998. It was predicted that WF would open in 2000, and close WA, but that depot closed in 1998, and got replaced by WS, now MQ. When WF finally opened after the 1st round of 69 O7 CNG buses were delivered to JG, the rest of 191 buses went to WF to be assigned to all other routes except the Bx19, which was converted to Artics the first day of depot operations. Plus, the opening of WF relieved the overcrowding at KB & GH, which at that time wasn’t keeping up with their own maintenance of older RTS buses. Their new Artics were quickly assigned to routes that wasn’t supposed to get them right away. The only easier routes at that time was the Concourse lines, Bx9, Bx12, Bx22, Bx39, & Bx55. The Bx40/42 was converted a week later. The Bx4 & Bx5 saw Artics with missed scheduling until WF opened up.
  27. 1 point
    Lmao oh. My bad I misunderstood. You never know. You may need it but hey that’s up to you anyway. You usually don’t even have to pay extra for disability anyway.
  28. 1 point
    As a new hire with no crazy deductions and a straight 80hr check with no OT, your take home will be about $1300 a check, and that's after all the deductions.
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    Permanent. They aren’t doing provisional anymore. That was before the list went active. I’m sure the provisionals were explained this before they accepted the position.
  31. 1 point
    Provisional also means entitlement from the rest of us
  32. 1 point
    No just working for MTA temporary until they reach your list number...
  33. 1 point
    Those letters was for the Official Eligibility List that was just established 12/12/18 smh makes no sense but ugh
  34. 1 point
    Department of Labor or Department of Finance
  35. 1 point
    Many of us is waiting lol that’s why I ask list number highs or lows...getting close for me and you 😊
  36. 1 point
    Is this your first time going in and is this just for a drug test or PE packet and drug test
  37. 1 point
    Because A. ridership does not warrant this service pattern and B. You cannot have the operate a "full route" while in this pattern because of constant G.O.s that forces lines to share tracks and cut headways, specifically on CPW.
  38. 1 point
    Have they been sending out letters that people don't qualify. I though thats how they went from the 30,000 to the 3,000, any idea what number they are up to in final processing. Thanks for any information everyone on here is trying to get the little bit of information that is given out and figure things out and stress over when we will be called or have to show up lol .
  39. 1 point
    The very thought of newly constructed elevated tracks is hilarious, just as no one would think of building elevated highways in major cities anymore. Take the SAS under the water!
  40. 1 point
    For a City that has had influence on many others in the past, I’d consider that some very Backwatds Logic. Heck, it’s almost as if since 1975, NY has completely lost its sense of Logic when it comes to Transit. And that’s a problem. A huge problem
  41. 1 point
    If there is a new EXPRESS bus order than Ulmer Park is definitely on top of the list. I wouldn’t settle with those 22xx buses from Queens Village (keep those there). Just wished that ordered more D4500CT’s back in 2013/2014 or even last year to make up score with the older buses for retirement.
  42. 1 point
    L Project Weekly #10: This week's news, that Court Sq moving walkway, Select Bus Service coming to 14th Street Non-L Project update: Select Bus Service is coming to 14th Street in Manhattan It's not the L Project. Or the L. But it partially would run right above where the L is, so we thought you'd be interested to get the news that we've committed to operating a permanent Select Bus Service on 14th Street in Manhattan. We'll be partnering with NYC DOT on the planning, design and implementation of bus priority along the route including bus lanes on 14th Street. Our next step is to do a proper community input process on our initial proposed route (see above photo), so more to come. unnamed by Union Turnpike, on Flickr
  43. 1 point
    It is annoying because the will eventually shine through with the R211s, not just with the R179s. That and the fact that we have a good 3 to 5 decades to ride them as well as the other current NTTs. That is, unless it is your very first time or better yet, if you only have several more days, weeks, or months to live before you die because of whatever your doctor told you. That is fine and great. Otherwise, why should they care about any of the NTTs when we have the SMEEs getting ready to be thrown out the window as soon as their future replacements take over anyway? They gonna spend so much time taking pictures and videos of the NTTs and then several years later, they wanna cry and moan about the loss of their favorite old cars. They gonna be wondering where all that time went while their favorite old cars were still alive at the time of the phase-in of their replacements and nothing to take pictures and videos of besides the occasional transit events. A forum is designed for discussions, not a tracking-like system. Btw, none of your three suggestions are a good idea and don't really make a difference. At least to me. Back to topic.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    One other thought about all the speed limit bashing. On the roads that everybody whines about being lowered (Queens Boulevard, etc.), I can speak firsthand that absolutely nobody drives at 25mph. Thing to remember about speed limits is that they're set to match the 80th percentile of driver speeds, usually. People are always driving faster. On Queens Boulevard, or even Park Avenue, for that matter, average speed is consistently 30-35mph with empty streets. Drivers continue to modulate based on conditions, and I for one have not noticed any significant difference in speed on some of those roads. [My DOT gripe has to do with making streets a single lane without utilizing the extra space properly. 8th Street in Manhattan is now a single lane, but these morons didn't even use that space to install a protected bike lane, so you just have crippling congestion, bizarrely wide parking spaces, and bikers crashing into all the cars in traffic. But that's neither here nor there...] When it comes to bus speeds, it's totally immaterial, since buses were never breaking 35mph on city streets (limit +5), and they are rarely hitting 30mph (new limit +5). We might appreciate that as fans, but ops know they're on the hook if they're caught at speeds like that. So the limit just confirms the existent speeds.
  46. 1 point
    I’m going to stop you right there. I’m a commercial driver. Like MTA drivers most commercial drivers (myself included) must adhere to traffic regulations. If that means stopping on the yellow than so be it. At the end of the day it’s al about safety. I’ve taken a the yellow to speed up. However, when i have no freight in the van stopping distance is totally different when you have considerable freight. I understand as a commuter you want to get to your destination in an efficient manner. However, the driver is NOT going to risk of safety if others to please you. I say this to you. The next time you board a bus and the driver stops on the yellow it simply means in lingo. STOP 🛑.
  47. 1 point
    Ill take a bacon egg and cheese and hold back the chicken.
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    The buses stop every two blocks. They've been hittin reds for as long as I can remember.
  50. 1 point
    Thanks for all of the info. I was hoping to be able to carry a pocketbook one last day. Guess all those girly things will be tossed aside for now. LOL!
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