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  1. 6 points
    What frustrates me about all this are the opportunities being missed. We’re deincentivizing car travel, that’s great. But it should be followed up with real transportational reform, not an eclectic combination of subsidies here and service increases there. There should be studies on moving the commuter railroads to POP ticketing, of some honest to god upzoning around train stations, of capturing non-core commutes on transit. It’s all well and good to advocate for things like lower commuter railroad fares and better local transit access, but to do so while bypassing discussion of the root causes of the issue is a disservice.
  2. 3 points
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  3. 3 points
    Enjoy these photos and videos of and trains along the Flushing Line during the beautiful sunset a few days ago. It was really fantastic to get these shots, so I hope you all like them. A local facing into the evening sun at 111 St A terminating at 111 St Light streaming in through the cab of a local, illuminating the car. Taken arriving at 103 St-Corona Plaza Looking down the Flushing Line at Junction Blvd The sky lit up as the sun dips behind a passing cloud, reflecting beautiful oranges and golds off the city below 82 St-Jackson Heights under the setting sun A local sits at 82 St with the sun obscured by a passing cloud A beautiful sky over midtown seen from 74 St-Broadway The sunset reflected off the back of a Flushing-bound local at 74 St-Broadway A Manhattan-bound local faces the sunset at 74 St Deep reds and oranges at 90 St-Elmhurst Av Another reflection of the fading sunlight on a Flushing-bound local at 90 St A Manhattan-bound local arrives at 90 St-Elmhurst Av under a beautiful evening sky Stills taken while recording: A Flushing-bound racing into Junction Blvd under a very bright setting sun A Manhattan-bound local and Flushing-bound express meet at 111 St, both reflecting the setting sun A Flushing-bound arriving at 82 St-Jackson Heights A Manhattan-bound local leaving 82 St under a golden sky
  4. 3 points
  5. 3 points
    Holy shit, there's a LOT OF ERRORS in this post ! Perhaps you should do some "proof"reading, get a clue, and stop hopping the back of that damn B1 bus.... Jesus Christ.... M100 to Randall's Island in any facet, when the M100 is constantly, notoriously late operating along its current route.... The hell is the matter with you?!
  6. 3 points
  7. 2 points
    The QM5s have such a long route before they get to 188th Street that they are often full by the time they do the Fresh Meadows loop. Keep in mind these buses are only made to hold 57 people. The QM1 supplements the QM5/6 during peak times so they are not overloaded. The QM1s, especially in the AM peak, are often 60-75% full by the time they get to Main Street. You can tell the difference when one of the QM1s go missing!
  8. 2 points
    Increased speeds are nice, but they're meaningless if trains have to hold at each station to make up the time saved.
  9. 2 points
    There's already airport express bus service in Midtown to JFK and LGA. The fares are almost three times the price of the express bus though for obvious reasons. https://www.nycairporter.com/
  10. 2 points
    Clearly you don't know what you're talking about. Those studies (and DOT out of all possible agencies) I tend to take with a grain of salt. They usually don't consider other factors which should be considered. Even though barely anyone pays on that bus, those buses do get consistent loads throughout the day, with artics. In fact, service was added a few years back because the buses were getting too full. Why don't you board the M35 and tell people that the bus is useless?
  11. 2 points
    "This is S98 to Limited Street George." is by far my favorite. That and the S79 to "SI [yes] Mall."
  12. 2 points
    Let’s just say the top notch mechanics come from East New York. Bringing buses back to life from other places. I’ve seen the bus recently on the B45 and B65.
  13. 2 points
    If the really put a lot of thought into it, there are so many creative ways to increase EXP ridership through seasonal routes, special cross-promotions with events like you mentioned with weekend getaways on the railroads, etc. It's a real shame they don't do it. All it does is reinforce the stereotype of express buses being for regular commuters who dislike non-regulars from ever riding.
  14. 1 point
    https://www.mcall.com/news/watchdog/mc-biz-bieber-bus-haddad-investigation-20190216-story.html Bieber Transportation Group abruptly went out of business on Feb. 8. But for decades before that, the bus line was associated with reliable service from Reading and the Lehigh Valley to New York and other area destinations. (Melissa Krycia / THE MORNING CALL) Over the past decade, Bieber Transportation Group broke down — gradually at first and then, suddenly. On Feb. 8, unpaid employees driving uninsured buses were told to abandon customers who had given the company the benefit of the doubt. Among those left scrambling were the Easton Area Middle School ski club that a Bieber driver had dropped off on Blue Mountain and Muhlenberg College wrestlers who used Bieber to get to a meet on Long Island. And commuters such as Donna Ross of Coopersburg were left holding hundreds of dollars in worthless tickets. While riders were caught off-guard by the broken promises, Bieber’s financial troubles pointed to an inevitable crash. A Morning Call review of hundreds of public records reveals company president Steven G. Haddad has repeatedly reneged on obligations to creditors, tax collectors and the people he has employed at multiple businesses. Financial problems surfaced more than a decade ago, and a protracted reckoning unfolded over the past 18 months. Since August 2017, Kutztown-based Bieber has been sued for at least $7 million in loan defaults, health care and pension obligations, taxes and more, according to federal, state and county court records. Over the same period, Haddad’s other businesses, including a trucking company called Lehigh Valley Lines that shut down in late January, have been sued for nearly $4 million. Some of Bieber’s recent defaults are on loans it originally obtained following defaults on lines of credit tapped from 2006 to 2009. To the end, Haddad bought time and sold hope. Over and over, he asked creditors for time to overcome “temporary cash flow issues” or to finalize “imminent” refinancing, records show. On the day before Bieber shut down, one of its longest-tenured drivers — who’d seen three consecutive paychecks bounce — said Haddad assured him that everything was going to be OK. Two days before the shutdown, the bus company’s primary vehicle insurance policy had been canceled for the ninth time in 14 months, according to federal records. Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Thursday his office is investigating at least one complaint filed by a Lehigh Valley Lines employee regarding multiple paychecks bouncing. Haddad declined to answer questions or to comment for this story. In a company statement Feb. 8, Bieber blamed reduced ridership and rising expenses for its abrupt shutdown, and thanked customers and employees for their support over the past 72 years. It also told riders seeking reimbursements to email the company. Cycle of loans and defaults For many years, Bieber was a respected and reliable company. It started in 1928 when Carl R. Bieber Sr. launched a trucking company in Kutztown, adding a bus and then multiple buses to meet demand. The company expanded to include charter bus service from the Lehigh Valley in 1946, and began daily trips to New York City in 1971. Bieber’s son, Carl Jr., took over the company in 1976, and commenced daily runs to Philadelphia two years later. Bieber built a reputation on its dependable commuter service and broad options of tour destinations. The company once offered three-day “Mystery Tours,” in which the destination remained a secret until the motorcoach drew to a halt the first evening. Haddad, who had been general manager, took over the bus company in 2001 from Bieber Jr. and his wife, Victoria, who offered seller financing. Bieber Jr. died in 2005, and Haddad and wife, Eileen, paid off the debt in 2006, two years ahead of a scheduled balloon payment and a month after the company and the Haddads borrowed a combined $8.8 million from Sovereign Bank, court records show. The loans were secured with mortgages on real estate and a suretyship agreement from Steven Haddad. The company began exploring an acquisition of competitor Capitol Trailways in 2007. Capitol’s parent company declared bankruptcy the following summer, and in December 2008 Bieber acquired Capitol’s assets for $2.65 million, expanding its service in central and southeastern Pennsylvania. Around that time, the Lehman Brothers investment bank collapsed, marking the unofficial start of the international financial crisis. Bieber Transportation was apparently affected. Records show that in 2008 the company first fell behind on gate fees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Manhattan Bus Terminal. Then as now, the Port Authority debt was indicative of more serious financial difficulties. By October 2008, both the company and the Haddads were in default of their obligations to Sovereign Bank, according to court records. To avoid paying in full, Haddad’s wife in 2008 signed a suretyship agreement and they mortgaged their Weisenberg Township home, last assessed at $534,000, Lehigh County records show. One of Haddad’s relatives also signed a suretyship and mortgaged a property in Avalon, N.J., last assessed at $2.7 million, according to Cape May County records. The collateral also helped secure an additional $270,000 loan — $120,000 of which Sovereign advanced directly to the Port Authority for delinquent gate fees. Banks continued to accommodate the company. Less than a year after Bieber defaulted on its Sovereign loan, First National Bank agreed to lend the company $1.5 million. That, too, would end with Bieber defaulting. Bieber and the Haddads for a second time defaulted on their Sovereign debt in 2012, and in April 2013, Lehigh County Judge Carol K. McGinley approved a stipulated judgment of $10.2 million. Haddad then sought a new source of credit — and found one that was mostly guaranteed by public money. On the last day of 2013, Newtek Small Business Finance loaned Bieber $2.85 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loan program, which entices lenders to extend financing to small businesses with weak or callow credit profiles. The SBA, backed by taxpayer money, guaranteed to repay Newtek 75 percent of the loan in the event of a Bieber default. That loan also was secured with mortgages on Bieber’s real estate and personal guarantees from Haddad and his wife. The bus company used the majority of the proceeds — $2.4 million — to pay back Sovereign. A few months later, in April 2014, Bieber also obtained a $5.5 million line of credit from Veritas Financial Partners. This loan was secured with liens on Bieber’s vehicle fleet, its accounts receivable, and first dibs on all corporate stock. That May, Bieber satisfied the Sovereign judgment and entered into a settlement to repay First National. Meanwhile, the Lehigh Valley was becoming a distribution and e-commerce hub, and in early 2014 Haddad tapped into that market, launching Lehigh Valley Lines, a for-hire freight carrier. Then in May 2015, he bought a truck parts and repair business, Schumaker’s Sales & Service, and adjoining real estate for a combined price of $2.5 million. The Greenwich Township, Berks County, property along Interstate 78 became the home of Lehigh Valley Lines. Melvin and Elaine Schumaker, like the Biebers, agreed to seller financing with a mortgage but no down payment on the real estate and a security agreement on the parts and repair shop, court records show. The Schumakers also lent the Haddads $200,000 that was secured with a mortgage on the Haddads’ Weisenberg home. Pensions and health insurance ignored In 2016, Bieber’s financial troubles reached drivers, mechanics and wash crew employees represented by Teamsters Local 429 in Wyomissing. That March, the company began missing deadlines for mandated contributions to the employees’ pension and health care funds, according to a federal lawsuit. Citing temporary cash flow issues, Haddad told the funds’ attorney that he “saw the light at the end of the tunnel” and a payment plan was set up. By February 2017, the company had violated the payback arrangement, and the Central Pennsylvania Teamsters Health and Welfare and Pension Funds sued Bieber in federal court, seeking more than $50,000 in delinquent contributions. Federal Judge Edward G. Smith approved a settlement in October 2017, but Bieber began missing payments the next month, according to court records, compelling the Teamsters to expel the company from the health care fund and suspend it from the pension fund in 2018. “The company has consistently tried to make a mockery of the Funds’ attempts to recover the delinquent contributions,” Teamsters attorney Frank C. Sabatino wrote in a February 2018 brief asking the court to hold Bieber in contempt. Retirees continued to get pension benefits, but Bieber employees stopped accruing benefits and had to deal with one headache after another related to their health insurance, records show. Every time Bieber missed a deadline, the Teamsters health care fund administrators were forced to send COBRA notices to Bieber employees and their dependents. Some months the company paid so late that employees and their families actually had their coverage suspended for weeks, according to court records. Bieber employees or their dependents called the health fund at least 10 times from March to July 2017 alone, wondering why they could not get prescriptions filled, according to court records. During that period, the health fund received at least 20 other calls from Bieber employees, health care providers and case management companies about suspended coverage and unexpected COBRA notices. For example, one health care provider called the Teamsters health fund three times in one week in July 2017 to see if it had resumed coverage for Bieber members because the office didn’t want to cancel a patient’s upcoming appointment. But the fund couldn’t guarantee Bieber would pay, so the provider was forced to cancel the appointment, according to a declaration by Teamsters funds controller Kevin McTish, For Arthur Tankalavage, a Bieber driver for 23 years, health coverage was one of the job’s big perks. But by the time he retired in November 2017, he had “enough COBRA notices to wallpaper the inside of my house,” he said last fall. Tankalavage said he occasionally had to pay out of pocket to fill prescriptions. “I was always reimbursed,” he said. “But for a person who had stayed on as long as I did, it was a slap in the face. I felt sorry for everyone I left behind.” Following expulsion from the health fund last March, multiple Bieber employees said they had to pay more for less coverage through new plans the company secured with other insurers. According to court records, Haddad repeatedly assured the Teamsters and Judge Smith that the company would pay its debt to the health care and pension funds as soon as it refinanced. “I believe we have turned the corner,” he said in a December 2017 email to Teamsters fund administrator Joseph Samolewicz. “… We simply need more time for us to get the arrears on pension paid.” Six months later, Smith approved yet another settlement. Bieber agreed to pay the $161,000 it owed the two Teamsters funds by October and an additional $75,000 in attorney fees by 2021. In return, the pension fund trustees agreed to not assess a withdrawal penalty exceeding $1 million and agreed to reinstate the company once it had paid its debts. The company made payments well into the summer, said Jeff Strause, vice president of Local 429. But the payments stopped after the Port Authority evicted Bieber from its Manhattan bus terminal in late July. Since the eviction, Bieber has also stopped remitting membership dues to Local 429, Strause said. A review of an employee’s pay stubs shows the company continued to deduct union dues through December. And several Bieber employees told the union that when the company closed, they were owed two or three paychecks, Strause said. Local 429 filed an unfair labor practice charge Tuesday with the Federal Labor Relations Board. “Most of these guys are living paycheck to paycheck,” Strause said. “Imagine what it’s like to continue working through that.” Truckers also frustrated Matthew Shuman, a truck driver for Lehigh Valley Lines, said he spent the week between Christmas and New Year’s picking up trailers in other states and returning them to Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel of Allentown, which had leased them to Haddad’s company. Before Christmas, Hale sued LVL and Haddad for more than $40,000 in unpaid rent. Shortly after the holiday runs, Shuman’s paycheck bounced. He said Haddad expressed surprise and said he’d work it out with the bank. Then the next paycheck bounced, Shuman said. And the one after that. On Jan. 25, two weeks before Haddad shutdown the bus company, LVL stopped operations. Employees received two days’ notice. Shuman, who said he was one of four drivers left in the end, said this week that he still hasn't been paid for four weeks of work in late December and January. What emergency savings he had are all but gone, and his credit card balance is growing uncomfortably big, he said. Unemployment compensation helps a little but doesn’t make up for the lost paychecks. “I’m a dedicated employee,” Shuman said, “so for us four drivers to stick around to get him through a rough spot, and then have him turn around and burn us the way he did? That’s ugly.” Jennifer Mackiewicz, whose wife was an LVL driver, said the shutdown is hard on families. Her wife, Mackiewicz said, is owed $3,300 after her paychecks bounced. With two young children, Mackiewicz said her earnings as a teacher’s aide isn’t enough to cover the bills. “With the kids, there’s been a lot of, ‘I can’t right now, you’re going to have to wait,’” she said. “This has caused a lot of financial hardship and stress.” Mackiewicz said she and her wife filed a complaint with the Berks district attorney’s office. The Schumakers, meanwhile, are trying to reclaim their Greenwich Township property, which the Haddads stopped making payments on in June 2017, court records show. They stopped making payments on the personal line of credit last August. The Schumakers sued in December for almost $2.8 million. A default judgment was entered Feb. 5 after the Haddads did not file a response to the complaint. Taxes and other unpaid bills Delinquent tax bills have also stacked up for Haddad’s businesses over the last two years. Since April 2017, state and local tax agencies have entered $775,000 in liens against Haddad, his companies and his property. The IRS entered a federal tax lien against Bieber last April for $915,000. Most of the tax debt hasn’t been satisfied. The state Department of Labor and Industry has recouped some of what Bieber owed under four unemployment compensation liens worth more than $150,000 through garnished funds from Bieber bank accounts. The state Revenue Department has been more forgiving. In March 2014, after multiple warnings about unpaid tax obligations, the department revoked Bieber’s sales, use and hotel occupancy tax license. Selling services without a license is illegal and could have exposed Haddad to fines of up to $1,500 or imprisonment up to 30 days. It wasn’t until October 2018, more than four years later, the department cited Haddad for operating a business without a sales license. A hearing in Berks County last Monday was postponed for a third time, to Feb. 25. At its headquarters on Fair Street in Kutztown, Bieber faced a host of other problems. In September, after months of prodding by residents, Kutztown gave Bieber 30 days to remove out-of-service buses parked in a lot by a public lane, violating the zoning code. When Bieber missed the deadline, the borough filed a civil complaint in district court. “We don’t have a choice,” Councilman Richard Diehm said at an October meeting. “How much time have we given this guy?” In January, a Berks district judge ruled in favor of the borough and ordered Bieber to pay $3,600. The company did make good on a debt to the borough’s electric company, which in November had given Bieber two weeks to pay an outstanding $8,000 electric tab that at times exceeded $10,000, according to emails between borough officials reviewed by The Morning Call. In New York, where Bieber’s problems first came to light, the Port Authority has sued for the remaining $120,625 in unpaid gate fees. Entering February, the bus company still owed the city’s Finance Department about $87,000 from tickets and penalties accrued after Bieber lost its Port Authority berth and was picking up passengers at unauthorized curbside stops, according to city records. Despite the company’s violations, the New York City Transportation Department issued Bieber a temporary curbside permit in November and then a one-year permit in late January — a week before Bieber went out of business. Out of time The final straw for Bieber was the cancellation of its primary bodily injury and property damage insurance policy on Feb. 6 by Falls Lake National Insurance Co., which did not respond to The Morning Call’s request for more information about why the policy was canceled. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires carriers to have insurance to maintain their interstate operating authorities. Bieber's licenses were officially revoked Tuesday. LVL’s were revoked Feb. 4. Donovan Shupp, a Bieber driver who left the company in July after three years, said that while Bieber was borrowing and trying to stay afloat, its bus fleet was deteriorating. “The money certainly wasn’t going back into the vehicles,” Shupp said. Riders noticed it, too. Donna Ross, who relied on Bieber to get from Quakertown to her job in Philadelphia, said she resorted to carrying a blanket because she couldn’t be sure if the bus would have heat and once had to call an Uber when the bus broke down on the Schuylkill Expressway. “It’s been getting worse and worse,” she said last weekend, as she scrambled to find an alternative. But federal inspectors raised no major red flags about the fleet. Of the 71 vehicle inspections in 2018, few significant maintenance issued were identified, with the most serious being an inoperable turn signal, a power steering issue and defective axle positioning parts. Its overall maintenance record was above average compared to all nationwide carriers. While the courts sort through Bieber’s debts, taxpayers may end up covering up to $2 million of it, as Bieber stopped making payments last March on its SBA-guaranteed loan, according to court records. The lender, Newtek, sued Bieber for $2.7 in November. A twice-postponed hearing is scheduled for March 6.
  15. 1 point
    The Franklin Shuttle tracks are the local tracks at Prospect Park. There will be way too much delay if you add the to the Brighton Line, especially if it runs express. And the Brighton Line doesn’t need two express services, especially if one of them doesn’t go to Manhattan. And running the local is no better (well, far less merging, but still). That would make it even less useful than it was when it was a Queens Blvd local train.
  16. 1 point
    I’ve thought about that too. Seasonal BxM8 off peak service to City Island would also be a hit. In the past, Command allowed travel between Midtown and Downtown at a reduced fare in order to fill seats. That practice ended with the MTA takeover. Problems with express service have nothing to do with closed-door service or different equipment. Other cities with express service have similar setups. The issue is that the buses may not be useful outside rush hours which make them empty, unproductive and expensive to run. They might be good for going to work, but what about weekend shopping? Museum visits? Dining? Bars? Nightlife? Beaches? The Bronx expresses get it right in this department and they carry because of this. They’re popular because you can take them to work, but also to a museum, the park, bars, the zoo and almost everything else mentioned above. The opposite end of this are the BMs. I love taking them, but even I can admit it can be better. Peak ridership is strong, but apart from some Fifth Avenue shopping, there isn’t much of a reason to take them off peak. There’s a small but dedicated core ridership who take them because they do not want to or cannot take the subway. Maybe running off-peak service through the East Village along First and Second Avenues instead of the FDR Drive would entice people to use the service for non work trips. Plus, it would be a new market for express bus service. Heck, follow the X27/28 via Sixth Avenue and you’d still hit NYU, Union Square and nightlife activity. Case in point, whenever the is suspended, everyone and their mother in Flatbush and Midwood mobs the express bus. The hoards of young professionals moving in are up for paying more to get around. They’re willing to take the bus if it goes where they want it to conveniently. Solve that and ridership will go up.
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    Taking this moment to mention that in Paris, RER (commuter) and the Métro all have the same fare and free transfers between each other...
  19. 1 point
    MTA Planning wont be able to fudge O/D/trunk line load level statistics anymore with tap out. 1 time Reduced Fare was reduced to a metrocard from a GO "bus" transfer. I've seen metros in europe with tap in+gates, but must keep fare media, even if paper QR "tokens" to the end of the ride. Making NYers do that without tapout will be hard. St George used to have 2 way turnstyles in 2000s, now its just 50/50 directional split turnstyles without a "ratchet" effect, I guess they didn't want to keep parts on hand for the unique 2 mag readers on each turnstyle that used to be at St George. Also booths would have to issue 1 time use fare cards for comped rides, no buzzed in anymore, if onboard checks+tapout.
  20. 1 point
    I don't really find that to be surprising. In general, very few people think going to Atlantic Terminal is worth it, as it ends in the vicinity of Downtown Brooklyn instead of Midtown. Moreover, you can't get it unless you're at certain stations.
  21. 1 point
    Sad to see that the Atlantic Ticket program seems to not be doing as well as expected. Truth is, I have seen very little advertising for it, and I actually use it and CIty Ticket fairly often! And, if they now have $50 million to spend, is this really the best place to spend it? I'd rather then focus on infusing it into the existing subway and bus systems, get them up to par, and then worry about all these other plans.
  22. 1 point
    If you wanted to see 24/7 overnight service on another express route, my SIM4N that I explained at the top of this thread would be a better choice. The SIM3C has many local alternatives while the SIM4N goes on a route with little to no alternatives along the route.
  23. 1 point
    Seems like someone is more interested in drawing lines on a map and making hypothetical fleet rosters without paying attention to what is actually needed or how things work.
  24. 1 point
    All its is a just a blue 40 foot version of 5531+ (all blue with the back being all yellow)
  25. 1 point
    Randalls Island service needs a complete overhaul. For its completely simple: the M35 route, which circles the island to and from Harlem, would be eliminated. In its place, the M100 bus along 125th Street would be extended to the Island, with layover at the Southwestern corner of the Island (around the Charles Gay Loop). Service would run every 6 minutes, providing more frequent service to the island. For overnight service to the Island, there would be M100 shuttles running from the Island to Amsterdam Avenue, every 20 minutes, with holding lights installed at intersecting subway stations to hold M60 SBS, M100, and M101 buses for arriving trains, allowing for seamless service to the island. In fact, with any overnight bus network, holding lights would have to be installed at every overnight subway hub such as St. George in Staten Island, Flatbush Junction in Brooklyn, to name a few, to ensure seamless connections between subways, SI Ferry (for St. George), and buses during these times.
  26. 1 point
    💪💪💪 lets go. We in there
  27. 1 point
    Ms. Chestnut called me as well!
  28. 1 point
    @QM1to6Ave So since March 15th, you've had your evening service... 6 out 7 trips... That 5:30 trip is still MIA though.... I'm sure Irick got that letter by now, so I'm going to follow up if that 5:30 keeps going missing. --- Latest updates: -Gathering feedback from BM1, BM2, BM3 and BM4 riders regarding how to provide faster service while not providing less service along the current corridors.
  29. 1 point
    The worse part is that the Babylon Branch is the only the branch stopping there, and it doesn't stop there at all times. For some abbreviated branches, its pronounced based off of that abbreviation, which sounds pretty dumb. Also some runners up in pronunciation: "This is Q32 to Northern MINUS 81 via Revolt" "College P-T Boulevard" (Q58, Q88). "via Madison via Buey" (M4; If you know Spanish you'll find some humor in this one). "Metropolitan Avenue & Toys-R-U-S" (Q38).
  30. 1 point
    "A few stops off" is an understatement lol! l assume they meant the Kew Gardens LIRR stop? It is so infuriating that the MTA spends money on this expensive tech, and then seems to spend all of 3 minutes actually programming it. No one gives any attention to details! Half of the stops are still terribly mispronounced, there are some spelling errors...it is ridiculous. It's hard to have any faith that any significant improvements can ever be made in the system since so much of those improvements depend on having people who care about details and nuances. Grr...
  31. 1 point
    It's the engine fans. The fans are driven by belts connected to the engine. So as the engine revs up, so do the fans. Sometimes the fans are stuck on and even in cold weather, they should be operating in normal conditions to keep the engine from overheating.
  32. 1 point
    That 5065 is a beast....I don't know what ENY did to it, but it is 100x better than when it was at Quill. I need to catch it before it goes to the scrap heap. 5584 & 5591 enroute to Quill.
  33. 1 point
    Each garage has gotten two buses with the Cummins X12 engine (the 2017 EPA compliant nextgen of the old ISX-12 engine, and possibly standard equipment on the 2020 buses) as demos/test buses. Wayne - 19104, 19119 Ironbound - 19120-19121 Howell - 19122-19123 Meadowlands - 19124-19125 Newton Ave. - 19126-19127 19136 and 19137 are eluding me and they might be X12 engines as well, possibly for Wash Twp or EHT (they don't have any X12 test units yet); I don't see their VINs (KP015376-KP015377) with history no matter what engine code I put in there, and I don't yet have inspection/registration data. They may not be NJT buses...?
  34. 1 point
    You can attempt to make your announcement as as audible possible, it doesn’t help when these trains are 30+ years old with broken PA’s. I wish your fellow riders would take their frustrations elsewhere, it’s not our fault they’re broken nor do we have any way of finding out unless it’s reported to us (and in this case it would obviously be too late) OP skips happen everyday, especially during rush hours. When you have lines like the 1 and 6 which run tight 4 min headway’s it’s imperative that things run smoothly. When people constantly hold doors it delays that train and others behind it. The system isn’t perfect by far, but I’m willing to bet that a large percentage of skips during rush hours are caused by passengers.
  35. 1 point
    Latest developments: -Former Board Member Allen Cappelli has joined our group. -There are some riders that remain pissed with the for poor express bus service and are pushing us to push for a laywer to consider a lawsuit. We are open to the option and are currently seeing if we can locate a lawyer to consider the case and take it from there.
  36. 1 point
    In Manhat I've swiped in on unlimited to avoid rain or cold or pedestrian crossings without ever boarding a train. 7/8 Penn station and GCT/Shuttle Platform/7 platform and TS/PABT are good complexes that can be used to avoid rain.
  37. 1 point
    The did this pre-construction days on the Sea Beach. It would delay so much in 4th avenue that it would only stop at 8th avenue then New Utrecht and then Kings Hwy, which is so annoying because everyone and their mom gets off Bay Parkway! But because Kings Hwy is an "express" station it will only stop there. Everyone will get off and you can see the Manhattan bound packed. The should really make Bay Parkway the unofficial express stop based on demographics.
  38. 1 point
    Oh it's been happening regularly. I had it happen some weeks ago on an uptown train. We crawled crawled and crawled. Then at 175th street an inaudible, garbled announcement was made which at least half the car couldn't hear and NOT repeated. Doors were closed and then BOOM, no stops until 207th street. Myself and several other people were FURIOUS. Of course we had to take the same stupid train back to where we were getting off. All of that made me 20 minutes late!! If they're going to do it, make AUDIBLE announcements. Worst off is when they say they're going from express to local only to then go back to express when you've gotten off of the train. Just ridiculous...
  39. 1 point
    Was on a that went BIE at W4 because the windows to the doors inbetween cars were missing
  40. 1 point
    With respect to Manhattan, I think adding overnight service on current routes would be much better than devising a whole separate overnight network with a new set of routes.
  41. 1 point
    Not without work though. Right now, the lower level is in no shape to act as a terminus for anything except relaying trains, meaning some service would discharge on the tunnel platforms at Canal St and relay down to the lower level, possibly creating a Forest Hills-type situation there. We're in agreement here in regards to the PCAP recommendations. I was just putting forth the idea the MTA would be likely to consider based on what they did for the Culver line, mostly because it's apparent they never had any intention of actually implementing express service there. Put forth an idea nobody likes and let the people decide for themselves that the current service is "better" than the alternative. It's a well-worn playbook. Maybe I'm mistaken, but aren't a lot of the complaints in regards to non-rush hour service? The tends to run fairly smoothly during peak periods when maintenance and construction work are minimal. Off-hours is a different story, what with the scheduled 12 minute weekend intervals on top of slowdowns due to continuous Queens Blvd work. Bringing back the Nassau St as a rush-hour only route will be ineffective if the problems are outside that time window. The returning back to Queens Blvd as a replacement for any service there is a non-starter. The only reason why the stuck around as the primary Queens Blvd local for so long was due to a lack of available options. 53rd Street was maxed out by the and express service while the Broadway-Queens Blvd service was normal hours only until 1987. With three river crossings connecting to Queens Blvd today, riders will not put up with a non-Manhattan service that replaces a much more usable line.
  42. 1 point
    Rather vague answer, but regardless, then the question becomes: Why does there have to be a combination of routes for there to be some specific overnight bus network in SI (or any other borough)? The routes themselves exist & the issue with overnight service has very little to do with coverage... The issue, at best, are shortened spans on the current routes.... I would look into increasing the spans on some of these routes that aren't 24/7 that could perhaps use overnight service, instead of drumming up a network specific to overnight service that involves d*cking around with the current routes & being cute with route nomenclatures for them..... That's just how I see it...
  43. 1 point
    I'd say we should already focus on phase 2, 3, 4 more at this point considering how limited funds are to begin with. We could try fixing out of city lines/problems without these costly expansions.
  44. 0 points
    A lot of the transfers are shown a stop before the actual transfer point on the local routes. Also, they don't care about the S57 stops, the damn thing freezes up in both directions once you leave Seaview Hospital, making the thing useless for half the trip. Every once in a while you'll have a B/O that manually resets it, but people should know where the stops are, especially at night on a route that goes in the middle of a forest. Also, some routes don't have codes past a certain stop. Never knew the S53 ended at Port Richmond/Harrison, the S57 ended at Post/Port Richmond and that the S59 ended at Port Richmond/Albion😑
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