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  1. 4 points
    So, some smart ass who decided to say that because their parents (or the like) work for the MTA and says that I'm wrong about how I list the years of the buses on the rosters and on my site. Welp, let me clarify how I find out the MODEL year of a bus because I don't just come up with the shit out my ass. It's called a VIN or Vehicle Identification Number which is a unique code of 17 numbers, including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify individual vehicles. To educate even further, the 10th digit in a vehicle code identifies the year in which the vehicle is modeled. So for prime example, 5FYD8FV07HB052201 is the VIN for MTA's New Flyer Xcelsior #7484. So the code H makes it a 2017 model. Sometimes a vehicles model year will not sync up to the BUILD date. An example of that case would be MTA's New Flyer Xcelsior Artic #6126 which by code is a 2019 model BUT it was built in 2018 or in the reverse case of the C40LFs (#320-569) which are 2011 models built in 2012. On TTMG, for photos, we use model years instead of build dates. On the rosters, specifically depot summary we apply the model year as well but on the fleet summary, we'll apply both the model year and build date. For those of you using Fleet View (and I know there is tons of you), most of the time they use the build date and not the model year. Below is a chart for the model years for that 10th digit. Enjoy!
  2. 3 points
    "The speaker of a different language" You'd think we could make it through even just a joke article on SI Live without some dumb, xenophobic comment–but no!
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  4. 2 points
    The Queens Boulevard local question is essentially why you can’t fix Broadway without reorganizing the rest of the system. Sending just 10-15tph to Forest Hills simply isn’t adequate — not so much on QB local itself, but in LIC, where the locals provide important relief capacity to handle transfers off of the and , as well as (ever growing) LIC O/D traffic. As for what I’d do, you all already know. 168/BPB-CPW local-8th local-WTC, Brooklyn-8th exp-53-QB local, 207/205-CPW express-6th express-Chrystie-Dekalb, Culver/Myrtle-6th local-63-QB express, SAS-Bway exp-Bridge-Dekalb, Astoria-60-Broadway local-Whitehall-4th local. Maxes out capacity and eliminates all merges that can’t be scheduled evenly or are restrictive of overall system capacity. All of this said, I think that we can’t see these reroutings as a panacea. Forest Hills terminal ops alone reduce possible Manhattan-Queens capacity by 10tph. Add in Astoria and you’re down another 15, which brings you to 65tph on the B division’s Queens lines. That’s what we run today; to run more, you have to reform operations and infrastructure before you reform service. Pivoting down to South Brooklyn, you’ve got a similarly operationally driven set of issues. A train every six minutes during the peak (which is what the runs) isn’t unusually bad service for this city — it certainly isn’t the 6tph that skip stops on the get. Do I think that we should have more service there? Absolutely, but I think reducing this issue to just one of service quantity/routing is, well, reductive. What the suffers, in my opinion, is basically the affliction of the system at large, just worse. Timers (+associated operator variability) are an issue everywhere, but the (especially along 4th, in Lower Manhattan, and in the approaches to 60th) is hit with massive concentrations of them, with many set to SLOW speeds. Merges cause delays, but the has to deal with one between two high-dwell stations in midtown, and one in Queens that ties service to general performance on three trunks ( for 8th, for sixth, for Bway). We’re bad at terminal ops, but few places are as problematic as Forest Hills, which stacks up trains down the QB local tracks and cuts capacity to boot. We’re bad at managing dwell in general, but on the , the combination of R46 equipment and bomb-type ridership (ie folks on at Lex-59 and off at Queens Plaza, as well as people dumping en masse at 59, 36 and Barclays along 4th) makes its issues especially acute. And our maintenance policies suck, but it’s the 4th ave corridor that gets hit with extended headways and all-local running after 7:30. Point being, the has it bad, and pure reroute changes won’t necessarily fix its issues (is the , a largely deinterlined route, known for its good performance?) But 4th Ave shouldn’t have 6 min headways, so what to do with that need? I’d argue for Nassau service. Yes, it creates a merge in Montague and sets the need for short turns at Whitehall and Canal in stone, but I’d argue that, considering the IRT’s crowding issues, one of the paramount objectives of routings in Downtown Brooklyn should be to minimize ridership impact on crowded lines — or even to help relieve them. That’s where Nassau comes in, as when combined with Lower Broadway, you’ve bracketed the Lex in Lower Manhattan with service that’s much easier to access for BMT riders while achieving the “more service on 4th” objective.
  5. 1 point
    You can use them whenever you want. You just should only use your SICK days when you're actually sick or have a real family emergency (with doctors lines). Not call out sick to stay home and watch the Super Bowl, or go to the pool on Sunday with the family. I know in other workplaces that's okay, but understand that because of the nature of this job, you should only call out sick when necessary. Also, please: if you're actually sick, definitely stay home. Go get some quick doctors lines. Your health is a lot more important than this job. As for probation, you are on probation for 1 year beginning on your induction date. TWU presence in the MTA? Not in RTO. Only around election time and when its time to pick. Always keep union numbers on you incase you need them though.
  6. 1 point
    the definition of bunching as I've had it explained to me (by General Superintendents and multiple SLD's) over the years is when multiple buses show up at the same time, all being behind schedule. now, on a line like the old B46-Limited and the current 46SBS,"bunching" by definition is not when 2 buses show up at the same time on time. by definition, on time is when a bus shows up exactly at the allotted departure time on their paddle, 3 minutes prior to the paddle departure time or 3 minutes after the paddle departure time. now the technical definition of on time has and still varies, but the general consensus is the 3 minute rule. when I began in 2009, the rule was 5 minutes in TA Brooklyn. when i worked in MaBSTOA depots, i was instructed that 3 minutes was their grace period. now 3 minutes apparently is the systemwide rule.
  7. 1 point
    I have to go find the thread where this was originally posted but I like the idea of: 1. removing the Broadway Line ( ) off of QBL 2. combining the with the from Astoria and moving the to SAS 3. replacing the on Queens Blvd with the , moving the to 53rd and making the 8th Av/Fulton Street Express to Lefferts Blvd 4. connecting Broadway Local (the ) with the Fulton Street Local to Euclid. As a result, the 4th Avenue local would go up Nassau.
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  9. 1 point
    On the M60, some drivers actually do layover inside LGA.... It's usually done at Central Terminal, since the bathroom Is nearby..... Nobody already on the bus gets kicked off, but the b/o closes the door from the outside, so nobody can get in (until he/she comes back).... If they don't do it at Central Term., sometimes they'll do a 5-10 min. layover or whatever @ MAT (which I personally don't care for)..... What M60's don't do is terminate inside the airport.
  10. 1 point
    Certain characters are skipped to not confuse against other characters. The letters I, O and Z are skipped to not get confused with the numbers 1, 0 and 2 as some VIN/manufacturers plates aren't that clear.
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  12. 1 point
    Off the top of my head, some easy targets: -rolling stock (numerous trips have been cancelled over the last couple years because of R46s with issues) -dwell times (also attributable to rolling stock; if you have an R160 in the PM rush and the previous train is a 75 footer, you will catch up to them by 36th if not earlier. The whole segment through Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn on an R46 in rush hour is a disaster) -dispatchers holding trains for unnecessary connections which makes them even more late (one example: holding an train which was already at least 5 late at DeKalb for both a and the following ) -sharing tracks with the from 59th to 36th and that godawful merge at 36th southbound that is the bane of my existence. -sitting in Cortlandt waiting for a to move that's also waiting for the previous to leave Whitehall -34th Street interlocking, nuff said -11th Street cut, nuff said -the conga line at Forest Hills As for weekends, other than the "12 minute" headways I don't have an explanation for how much the sucks other than it's a three borough local. 20 minute waits have become the norm so it's become virtually unusable.
  13. 1 point
    They assigned list numbers to appellants just now. Check https://data.cityofnewyork.us/City-Government/Civil-Service-List-Active-/vx8i-nprf/data
  14. 1 point
    When I spoke to one of the big wigs about it in my meeting, I got the impression that it was more than just the antenna. I was told that they are replacing the antennas but it’s also a vendor problem too. The vendor is Verizon, and I suspect there are issues on their end as well. Even within the MTA’s internal system buses are disappearing and reappearing, and if they can’t see them, then we DEFINITELY won’t be able to see them. A few weekends I went out to take some trips after my meeting. My bus was off of BusTime. I posted about it in my group. Someone saw my post because as we were coming towards the end of the line, I hear the B/O called (I was sitting in the first row), and command is calling him asking if he had signed up his bus correctly and had done his trip and he confirmed that he had. They then told him to check a few things on the bus because his bus wasn’t coming up on BusTime, so clearly it’s more than the antenna. In my meeting, I told them that we get a litany of complaints about BusTime and the Wi-Fi and that’s when one of the big wigs Craig Cipriano admitted that they knew there were issues with BusTime and asked if I could tell folks to not use the other apps because they don’t have any control over those, and I told him I would.
  15. 1 point
    It’s usually out during rush hour, and it is definitely a ghost bus. I’ve had it confirmed a few times now by one of my contacts or someone in the group.The crazy thing is, they can actually see in their system which buses are ghost buses, as it tells them. The issue is on the individual depot, and how active they are in getting the vendor over to fix problems. Yonkers Depot is top of that stuff. College Point... Please... I’ve had drivers tell me flat out that they (College Point Depot) don’t care if they have the bus go out with duct tape (and I have plenty of photos that I have taken when monitoring service with the overhead areas hanging down or overhead lights with tissues stuffed in them to take them on their word), so yeah, that’s another problem. College Point is a big depot too, so I have to assume that they just have too much going on. Yonkers is a very small depot with fewer buses to maintain, so it’s easier.
  16. 1 point
    I am glad you at least recognize the problem with DOT narrowing the streets. Add to that the hundreds or thousands of parking spaces they eliminated with cutibikes and daylighting that causes people to look longer for parking spaces. Have you looked at Corey Johnson's report? He is asking for a bus lane for every redesigned route, even if the bus runs infrequently. That won't benefit bus riders but only will make traffic that much worse. He is acting as if no one has a reason to drive anywhere and every trip can be easily made by bus subway or bike. He also wants to give the mayor unlimited taxing ability with no oversight from Albany. Don't vote for this guy when he runs for mayor.
  17. 1 point
    Yeah because the 1st and last PE that I've done was back in November of last year and still haven't heard back. I'll call Ms. Vargas tomorrow and ask her for an update and then I'll let you know what she says.
  18. 1 point
    After cycling through this entire thread again, I see a lot of ideas flying back and forth, which is wonderful. However, a few of them are a bit troubling in my opinion. If the idea is to fix Bay Ridge transit, that cannot be done at the expense of other riders, especially when the number of riders impacted is potentially high. I'm not going to delve too deeply into specifics here, but I guarantee you that any plan that puts any Coney Island service via Whitehall during peak periods is dead on arrival. Riders may not be looking for a direct route from Bay Ridge to midtown, but they sure are doing so from the Sea Beach and Brighton lines. To give these riders the shaft to appease the ones along 4th Avenue is a grave disservice to everyone affected.
  19. 1 point
    Assuming that the R42s retire this yr, you can use all numbers ranging from 3950-5000, about 1050 cars able to be used. Then after R44-46 retirement the other main gaps are 100-1100 (1000 cars) and 5201-6300 (1100 cars), not even including the R32s to be replaced as R211s come in. You could make a main order out of one of these consists and put an option order in another if you wanted to like the R142s. Like starting with the R211s, we start with 501-1035, then with the remaining cars we could start the option R211s with 5201 and go up to 6278 (renumber R46s if you have to). (Perfect fit almost with these numbers) Now getting to the R262, the main reason fleet numbers were brought up, 3350-5000 are completely free after the R211s replace the R32s. This is more than 1500 cars so there is a way to use these numbers starting with the 3300's. That's enough basic math trivia with the fleet. Just wanted to share how I saw a way to use these fleet numbers.
  20. 1 point
    I was at Hoyt for the R160s. Interestingly, they did it at my home station, Kew Gardens–Union Turnpike for the R110As. Car: R-110A (Kawasaki, 1992) 8010 Photo by: Doug Grotjahn Collection of: Joe Testagrose Date: 12/5/1992 [THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TRANSIT IMAGES OF ALL TIME – It is my home station, A Division cars are on the B Division, requiring gap fillers, old signage can be seen, including an old sign for the Interboro Parkway, you can see the small Union T'pke signs on the columns, and you can see an old E sign on the express track on the right. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/26222745/daily_news/
  21. 1 point
    Can't you just use imgur, instead?
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  23. 1 point
    3014 was delivered with ads in it way back in 2016, so I don't think there's any "test trains can't have ads" rule. I was always of the mind that the ad spaces on a brand new car type should be used to advertise the features of the new fleet the way other cities have...
  24. 1 point
    But that 153k would be on streets trying to go to North Brooklyn and Queens - making congestion worse (especially since DOT will always find a reason to signalize as many intersections as possible). It was NBD to remove the Embarcadero Freeway in SF - the thing collapsed in 89, and the bulk of Bay Bridge traffic went south while the Embarcadero went to the SF north shore. And for folks that want to avoid SF local traffic, they can go on 101 to 280 and take Highway 1 to the Golden Gate Bridge, or bypass SF altogether and take 580 in Oakland to Marin. Brooklyn and Queens dont have alternate routes like that. BQE is a necessity for interborough travel. Tunneling it may be expensive, but it's an option that should be explored - even if it's a cut-and-cover. It reconnects the waterfront with the interior, and removes an eyesore.
  25. 1 point
    Not to mention that removing it really would make traffic worse - since there's no cross-Bk highway to Long Island, and it'd make FDR and Bk-Q roads worse because there'd be no "expressway" connecting the two boroughs. Great for congestion charges; bad for quality of life and air quality. I'd be okay if they put it in a tunnel like the Big Dig in Boston and that one in Seattle - Alaskan Way (?).
  26. 1 point
    By disagreeing, you're actually making my point. Very few are riding from 95th St to 42nd St on (R) - they're typically switching to (N) at 59th or (D) at 36th St. Or they're taking the express bus. Or, gasp, driving. So recreating old BMT services is fairly pointless, as is attempting to create a route that captures Manhattan fares, since the problem is that the service frequency along 4th Av is unreliable. But because the unreliability part is not because of 4th Av - it's because of QBL delays, or the merges on Broadway in Midtown, or even route length, the focus should be how to fix the issues that make 4th Av local stations intolerable. That doesn't necessarily mean a new through-route - that could mean doing a split of one route, or doing a rationalization. But putting your (K) onto the Nassau Line and/or Jamaica just causes more issues since now you have it held up by terminating (J) (Z) trains at Broad St; holding up (J) (Z) trains at Broad St or Chambers, or even at Essex St blocking (J) (Z) and (M) . Reconnecting Nassau to the Bridge now delays (N) (Q) because of not just diverging switches and DeKalb; you now have a level crossing. And you still have the 57th St issue, (R) 's length, and you haven't fixed the reliability issue - you've spread it to more areas. That's a solution, but not a viable one IMO; rationalizing the services patterns and proper operation of the infrastructure is a more viable one.
  27. 1 point
    @Engineer Thanks, that picture confirms what you said as well as my description of what I assumed you were talking about. In hindsight, I should have worded my response better - I feel a bit silly asking you to confirm something you can clearly see with the globe right in front of you, so I apologize if you might have taken any offense from that. Regarding the lighting, if you plan to use it in your room, your typical residential light bulb is probably sufficient. Just make sure it fits through the hole and that the bulb is omnidirectional. But if you're interested in the bulb that NYCT used, I can tell you that they are using either a high pressure sodium (HPS) or metal halide (MH) lamp; the drawing shows an outline that indicates they use that kind of lamp, and the LED bulb they use has specified that it is meant for replacement of those aforementioned lamps. MH lamps can go as low as 3000K (which is a warm white color that is a bit whiter than the capsule CFLs used to light up the subway tunnels), and HPS lamps are really warm to the point where they look orange-ish (street lamps used the same thing before NYCDOT changed to LED). The diameter of that divider is going to be the determining factor in what bulb you can use; a quick look online gave me a 2.125 inch diameter for HPS lamps and 2.5 for CFLs, so see what works for you.
  28. 1 point
    After the test they will grade them. They will either call you to sign paperwork about not being able to take S&D for a year or call you into a room to explain the next step which is the basic skills class.
  29. 1 point
    This is what really pisses me off about the gohdamn 4C. Honestly I'd use that motherf****r if it ran into WP proper. Took it one time back in 2010, we get to Hardind av, B/O is like, last stop, then that cold-arse walk into downtown WP, I said never again, ain't been on it since.
  30. 1 point
    We created a culture where nobody wants to do that anymore. Tell kids for the first twenty years of their life that trades are dumb and they won't go into trades. ================================================================================================================================================= Part of the issue is that unemployment is at record lows, and driving a bus has more onerous requirements than other blue-collar work (customer service aspects, different licensing, etc.) In Seattle, where I am now, a major issue is that drivers here have a probationary training period where they get paid less. That same person could go to any construction site and get a high-paying blue-collar job on the spot. Why would anyone voluntarily take the worse job?
  31. 1 point
    a similar problem exists in the trades too (plumbers, electrician)..there is something about the millennials that do not want to work in these fields
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