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  1. 20 points
    I want to thank all of you for the overwhelming support from here and throughout social media. In light of that, and by popular demand I have decided to come out of my ever so brief retirement. I didn’t realize how many people actually still wanted me around. That being said, I have a MAJOR post coming soon that’s going to knock all your socks off!!!!! Stay Tuned! East New York is about to light it like I once did! Y’all are NOT gonna be ready for this one!!! 😁🔥
  2. 19 points
    If Byford goes, that's really the end. Already, most competent folks at MTA are/are thinking about running away. His departure would, IMO, forever shatter the wall between the political and the managerial, and would send a signal to the world that New York doesn't want powerful, independent visionaries. I have my fair share of qualms with what Byford does, but its undeniable that he has done more to shake up NYCT than anyone in a long time. It's just a shame he's come to an agency which has in fact lost so much credibility that a governor can interfere with political cover. NYC is facing a critical period. We have a housing shortage, a transit crisis, an equity issue, a reactive political climate, and the ever present threat of climate change bearing down upon us at approximately the same time. And when I look around, I don't see anyone in power who seems to have a true vision and passion for solving these things. That's scary.
  3. 18 points
    Shoot me a message at followENY@gmail.com I would ask anyone who wants to follow me and this next major chapter in transit. Again I want to thank everyone. My inbox is “full” and I’m ready to make my public announcement. Effective immediately, I will be teaming up with @The Real to create an all new transit information platform that will be unrivaled anywhere in America. This blog will have the original transit enthusiast flare of TTMG, with a new fun way to introduce what’s going on within the industry. Remember the good old days of ENY’s NYCTF Breaking News Exclusives? Well expect that again, and even better! Combined, @The Real and @East New York know ever corner of the transit industry from top to bottom. I have consulted with every major component supplier, transit equipment manufacturing firm, and 47 of the top 100 transit agencies!! I do have receipts and references if anyone need them. So that was my big announcement. Yes, I am coming out of retirement within the next few days. I would again like to thank everyone who co tiniest to support, and I feel like I owe it to some of you to continue what I do, and advocate for better transit for the employees and customers alike. That being said, this will be my final post at NYCTF. If you be placed on the email list for information and invitation to the launch of the new blog, or to just get in contact with me in general, Please shoot me an email at followENY@gmail.com Anyone who recently sent me a PM, please email me there, tell me who you are and what your NYCTF handle is is you have one. I really look forward to this next chapter and want to again thank you all! Its definitely time for a Transit Media outlet for a “Fast Forward” Era. As MTA and other agencies around the country move to new technology, and old buses die, its time 2 of the greatest transit bloggers officially join forces. I mean let’s be honest, who’s gonna provide more accurate information on Transit than @The Real or Myself? Now together under one platform, will be a seamless experience that none of us are used to! I’m excited! I hope you all will join us! With all the new buses coming in and projects planned, you are are going to want to keep up! Bronx and Queens Bus redesigns are among the first topics. Again, please direct any comments, questions, concerns, and blog inquiries to followENY@gmail.com and don’t forget to let me know who you are! Everyone’s welcome!! -ENY out!
  4. 18 points
    That shows how little some folks know about the M35 and the areas it serves. 1. So we are just going to forget that the line also uses 40ft buses too? The only reason artics tend to be out on the line often is because that's what's often available at the depots for pullout. There's a higher spare factor of artics, so they can spare 4 of those or 4 40ft buses for the line. The artics also do not run 7 days a week on the line. You'll often see a mix of both fleets on the line, it's a matter of what they pull out for the line. 2. Where do we begin...... (A): Randalls Island & Wards Island are a lot more occupied than most people think, people actually live and work out there for starters. (B): Homeless shelters, hospitals, a wastewater treatment plant, over 50 athletic fields for training/events, police & fire academy training facilities and much more are out there. Lots of people go to those areas for work and other things. (C): Let's not also forget about the Electric Zoo and the other festivals that occur out there. Yeah, the X80 goes out there for those, but people also use the M35 for that too.... Some of you fans need to stop looking at maps and explore outside of your comfort zone to understand WHY things are the way they are.....most of you fans only come up with these ideas by looking at route and system maps....and that has to stop, quite honestly. That suggestion is basically emulating what the MTA did with the M5....and look at how that turned out. Could you imagine how some of these routes would look if they were all extend based on looking at how short one route is and merging it with another, longer route and by looking at maps? That would be torturous to a degree!
  5. 16 points
    From the FB Group "Transit Photos and Vidoes" via Mr. Edwards. Originally from Kawasaki: Looks like they'll occupy the 4000s.
  6. 13 points
    Good afternoon fellas! After a long hard decision, I have decided to retire from NYCTF for multiple reasons. I’ve been extremely busy lately, and have a business to tend to. I will try to comment here and there and help out with information when and if I can. It’s been a great 11 years, and I want to thank everyone who helped and contributed to making this place what it is today. I did say long ago that I would retire when the RTS did. I guess that time has finally come!
  7. 13 points
    This is actually the non-operational mockup, similar to the very first photos of the R179s that were leaked in 2014. So this particular car won't see service, it's just used to confirm maintainability, build quality, spec compliance, etc. Also, this is the first of three similar but functionally different mockups (this one is for the R211A, and there will be one for the S and T, since there are functional differences between the three classes). Mock-up review for the R211A is underway and continuing through next week. After that comes climate room testing in May. So far so good!
  8. 12 points
    Perhaps he can apply for a cabinet position in the White House. Seems like a job apt for him. Plus, they pay.
  9. 12 points
    MBTA and MTA are in talks to do a fleet swap between the Red Line and Crosstown as CRRC cars are delivered to Boston as a budget move for Fast Forward. R68s will goto Q and W, R46 reefed, and R179s to Franklin Shuttle and H train.
  10. 11 points
    I can't say I'd be surprised if he left. In fact, I've been saying this for a while now. Who wants to work for someone that won't listen to any of your proposed solutions? Or worst, do the exact opposite of what's suggested? That nonsense gets very old very fast. The pay rarely makes up for the headaches and annoyances. The point behind bringing Byford onboard was his transit expertise and his ability to turn a failing transit system around. Even before he started his tenure here in New York, he was touted as the guy that would fix the subway. Now, it seems like every time you turn around, Byford is being sidelined in favor of someone else who Cuomo likes more. What's the point of bringing in the expert if Cuomo's just going to defer to the C&C crew for every solution? I'm not knocking Columbia or Cornell, but when we have a transit expert in our back pockets, why do we keep deferring to outside engineering experts that may not all of the information for every solution lately? The mishandling of the changes to the project is one glaring example of Byford being pushed aside (he was reportedly not even consulted regarding the changes to the project before the press conference). However, this has been an ongoing problem for since Byford's tenure began last year. When he began, Byford laid out his plan for fixing the subway and the cost of doing so, and aside from a couple of token mentions, there has been little to no action in doing anything substantial about actually fixing the myriad of subway problems. It's a hefty cost, no argument about it, but that's what happens when general maintenance and infrastructure upgrades get deferred to the point of failure. I imagine the costs of the major car overhauls and infrastructure upgrades in the 1980s were comparably just as high back then. And if I hear one more thing about ultra-wideband radio signaling as a replacement... I'm all for innovation and being the best around, but when we have proven technology used the world over, forgive me if I'm a little hesitant to be the pioneers on an unproven signal system. We already have an exclusivity problem when it comes to component replacements for signals because our system is one of a kind these days. We don't need to exacerbate this by bringing in another signaling system that no one will be using for the foreseeable future (because most major transit systems have or are in the process of upgrading to CBTC or something else widely used across the globe). The person who needs to go is Cuomo, but the only way that's happening is if he pulls a Weiner. I just hope that, should Byford jump ship, we get someone to head Transit that will continue to challenge the status quo. It's been decades since the first major speed reductions were enacted following the Union Square and Williamsburg Bridge crashes, but we haven't seen any removals of those artificial speed limits in nearly 30 years until just a few months ago. Even when Prenderghast was MTA chairman, there was no push to raise the speed limits where they made no sense being so low. We don't need to revert back to that kind of leadership, not when there are so many problems, both major and minor, that need to be addressed.
  11. 11 points
    As for the fans coming up with conspiracy theories for Flatbush..... Late 2007 into 2008, Flatbush gets selected for their first order of brand new hybrid buses 2008, they receive a couple of 3800s from Castleton for training, they received brand new NGs afterwards. 2009, they got brand new NGs. Late 2009 into 2010, they got brand new NGs. 2011, Flatbush was selected to get articulated buses. 2012 into 2013, Flatbush receives 5800s for training and operation usage, they receive brand new Nova Bus LFS Artics afterwards for Hurricane Sandy shuttle work and B44 service. 2013 into 2014, Flatbush gets selected for brand new buses. 2015, Flatbush gets brand new XD40s for local and SBS service, also got 7483(I forgot what year) 2017, Flatbush gets selected for brand new buses. 2018, Flatbush gets brand new SBS XD40s, sending only 4 year old XD40s onto local service duty. 2018, Flatbush gets selected for brand new articulated buses. 2019, Flatbush receives 6100s from Quill for training and operation usage, currently receiving XD60s to push out 6 year old LFSAs to other depots. So....I must be missing something as to how Flatbush has been treated unfairly as of late, when they've consistently have gotten new buses over the past few years.....not to mention, the only time Flatbush DID NOT receive any new local buses was during the period when the 2003-2007 Orion VIIs were being ordered and delivered.....
  12. 11 points
    And yet, with all this mounting evidence of interference, there are still those that insist that Cuomo does not control the MTA.
  13. 10 points
    Typical. Cuomo just can't let himself look good by being hands off. Him doing literally nothing would be better than this.
  14. 10 points
    So remember how I said: Well... Or go here for a PDF, if you prefer. Right now, the width of a given line is proportional only to capacity. Cars/hour will have to be a different iteration. As always, I'm happy to share my work. Please reuse/distribute as you wish. If you want my data or more info, PM me! Corrections/suggestions/comments are more than welcome, too.
  15. 10 points
    Jesus Christ it's just numbers. It's not a big deal. Do you hear others complaining about where the OGs/NGs go in order to keep them sequential? Buses go to depots that need service. Assignments are not based on unit numbers at all. Swear this is really annoying to read every other day.
  16. 10 points
    Considering that I'm rebuilding 1851 pages on the MAIN site of ttmg.org, Watermarking nearly 25,000 photos all while working a full time job and taking care of two buses... I'd say relax and wait a sec.
  17. 9 points
    If you ever paid attention to the signage in 8th Street station, you might have noticed that until recently, there were two types of pillar signs - tall ones saying 8 Street on two lines, and short ones saying 8 St. A bit of time ago, they covered the short 8 St signs with stickers that mimic the taller signs. So, let's see. The MTA spent money on: - Creating the new "8 Street" stickers. - Sending workers to 8th Street station. - The workers putting up the stickers. And multiply this by the amount of stations that received this treatment. 8th Street is just a single example. And the end result is... signage that isn't any better than what was there previously. Who asked for this? Why is the spending money on useless items such as this, when their financial situation is always seen as unstable? Photos:
  18. 9 points
    Some people just think they can do whatever to us i blame social media where morons with voices are heard all day every day.. The no respect just continues when will it stop?
  19. 9 points
    I wouldn't be surprised if this was an intentional leak. This kind of stuff happens all the time in politics; Cuomo is just not used to being able to deal with an appointee who's even moderately media savvy. That being said, it speaks volumes that Byford probably had a better time working under a literal crackhead.
  20. 9 points
    Really a shame that this is even a thought. So far, Byford's done some great work (like Save Safe Seconds and SPEED), and it'd be pretty sucky to lose him over petty politics, especially considering how much he's tried to avoid getting caught up in it. One can only hope he can reason with the State and/or Governor himself.
  21. 9 points
    Yeah Queens does deserve better, but ultimately the goal of these redesigns is to cut costs and "engage" the public so that the can say "see, we gave people what they wanted".
  22. 9 points
  23. 9 points
    Here's my take on operating the 179 on the A line. The good: 1) The train is a rocket ship, after living on 46's and 32's I had to watch my speed because certain areas where the older trains are doing 40, on the 179 it's going 8-10+ miles faster, great! 2) It's new, so the cabs smell fresh & clean. 3) it's shiny. After being on the A for so long, I'm not used to seeing something new...EVER 4) Smiles...When I enter some busy stations, customers are smiling or surprised the A has some new stuff. The cameras come out, they stare, they mouth "is this an A?" 5) Privacy...The cab windows are tinted, less eyeballs on the t/o's sitting down. The bad: 1) The cab is smaller than the 160's On the 160's there was a cut out behind the seat so the seat can go further back. There is no cut out behind the cab seat on a 179. If the t/o is tall or big, it's a problem. Knees hit the console, of you're a big dude the t/o is so close to the console. 2) The cab window sucks. Those cab windows should slide sideways like a 46 or straight down like a 68. Conductors have been complaining about the latch hitting their chins and making it harder for shorter people to see. 3) The placement of the speedometer is near the ceiling or where the air gauge is on a 160. That is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. speedometer and gauges should be eye level like any other normal transportation vehicle. 4) The master controller...THe MC is terrible, the handle is small and you have to put some muscle into holding it while operating which can start to hurt the hand, especially when the t/o is going express. Can't switch from left hand to right hand...terrible 5) The placement of the master controller. The MC is on the right hand side and it's very uncomfortable to operate while doing a long run. Local trip, fine you can rest your hand between stops, but from Howard beach to Broad channel, forget it. 6) The 179's on the C and probably J line...The operating crews cannot hear the automated announcements in their cabs. They fixed this issue with the A-179 supposedly they are correcting this with the C-179's and whatever 179's that are out there. I have more but it's more technical.
  24. 9 points
    Northeast Queens to receive $3 million dollars for increased express bus service Northeast Queens lawmakers announce upcoming transit improvements for outer-borough commuters File photo/QNS A Long Island Rail Road train arriving in Bayside By Carlotta Mohamed/ cmohamed@schnepsmedia.com / Wednesday, April 3, 2019 / 12:30 PM Transit improvements will be made in northeast Queens after state Assembly members Edward Braunstein and Nily Rozic reached an agreement during this year’s 2019-2020 state budget negotiations to offset the impact of congestion pricing on outer-borough commuters. The lawmakers announced on Wednesday upcoming transit improvements including a 20 percent reduction for a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) monthly pass for commuters in northeast Queens, $3 million in funding for increased express bus service, and $6 million for first-mile/last-mile connections. Rozic said relief in the outer boroughs is long overdue for northeast Queens transit riders who are far too familiar with increasing fares and travel times. “As part of this year’s state budget, it was critical for us to ensure that the needs of our communities were not neglected and that our transit system is fully funded,” said Rozic. “I am grateful for Assemblyman Braunstein’s partnership and look forward to seeing these improvements through their implementation.” The agreement includes a 20 percent reduction in the monthly pass for commuters traveling to and from the following stations: Auburndale, Bayside, Broadway, Douglaston, Flushing-Main Street, Little Neck and Murray Hill. A commuter traveling to and from Penn Station will save nearly $50 a month on their monthly pass. The funding for this fare discount was allocated from the Outer Borough Transit Fund, which was created by the state Legislature last year to assist those who live in areas with limited transit options. “A significant number of northeast Queens LIRR commuters pay over $200 dollars for their monthly pass to travel to Manhattan,” said Braunstein. “I am proud to have joined with Assemblywoman Rozic to secure a 20 percent reduction for these commuters, which will result in a savings of over $500 a year.” https://qns.com/story/2019/04/03/northeast-queens-lawmakers-announce-upcoming-transit-improvements-for-outer-borough-commuters/?fbclid=IwAR3gAcJoqPaMnIncYbuzbUD5vxD7nn-xMomvYmycJIx70VD0n6r32gchXUE @QM1to6Ave @T to Dyre Avenue @ViaWaterViaChurch
  25. 9 points
    I have pruned this thread to split out the capacity discussion related to the Williamsburg Bridge into its own thread. To address something, topic drift is okay, but if you notice the topic has shifted drastically from its original purpose, consider starting a new thread on your own volition. If you are hesitant in doing so for whatever reason, please bring the issue to the attention of the mod staff via PM. I'd like to say we're on the forums all the time watching every thread, but that simply isn't the case. All of us on the mod staff do however receive emails for PMs and reported content here and will thus take care of any necessary items if need be.
  26. 9 points
    That's just plain not true. In 1954 the Williamsburg Bridge handled 26 tph in peak. We currently run 18 tph. Also note that it says the upper limit for the bridge is 32 tph. Better operating practices can support that level of service.
  27. 9 points
    It's obvious the incident is being investigated. To make this seem like an epidemic that the agency is ignoring is absurd. Thread locked.
  28. 8 points
    Nah, there's no lack of understanding.... All he's doing here is kissing BrooklynBus' ass like he normally does. "The B9 idea is one of the best ideas anyone has come up with in recent history" - Honestly now This is the 2nd time he's parroting these exact same talking points on here, predicated on falsities, about this latent damn demand b/w the B46 & the B9..... A route that carries over 10k riders a day, we both know is by no means light & the fact that a blatant lie like that has to be conjured up to (further) support someone ELSE's original idea, is truly f***ing pathetic.....
  29. 8 points
    Fair enough for them to not get any new local buses any time soon, especially when you consider the history I clearly laid out of them getting new buses over the past 10 years. Also, other depots have been getting older buses than Flatbush, ENY has been getting 12 year old hybrids to fill the gaps of the RTS retirement....that makes your point moot. With that logic, ENY should've gotten more XD40s..... They've consistently have gotten new local buses over the years, and the NGs aren't really outdated compared to the OGs.... You want to talk about being treated unfairly? Look at Manhattanville, they haven't gotten new local buses in over 10 years, and here you are complaining about a depot that has consistently gotten new local buses over the years, not getting a small batch of their own. You're making it sound like they've never gotten any new buses since the RTS. And to say that they're being treated unfairly because they're not getting new buses in the local scheme is absurd when you consider that those buses are basically the same thing as the 7300s they currently have.....just without the USB ports that people hardly ever use. Your argument is basically saying that for every new order coming in, Flatbush should always get a piece of it. That's not how it works. After all, I'm pretty sure they'll be in line for the 275 Hybrid Bus order anyway.
  30. 8 points
    Because MTA don't do common sense.
  31. 8 points
    Maybe he's a former B/O that's grown so used to Vision Zero™ he thought it applied to the subway as well.
  32. 8 points
    I wish the MTA could be more transparent with it's customers and tell us that.. it's been 4 years already..
  33. 8 points
    Some dude bought a bunch of plants on the train...
  34. 8 points
    The algo wanted you to see that ad. 😎
  35. 8 points
    Didn't you just make the second account last week? We gettin Fast and Furious in here?
  36. 7 points
    Yall need to stop entertaining @JeremiahC99. Clearly he doesn't understand the system as a whole and only cares about the routes and depot he uses. His opinion isn't gonna change the DOBs placement of these buses so just let him be mad. There's like 2 pages of arguing in this thread now because of his nonsense.
  37. 7 points
    Given the uproar from those in the 179 thread, I'm bringing the issue of Williamsburg Bridge capacity over here. I hope for this thread to also get good use in discussions about system capacity generally. There's a lot to say on both the historical and current fronts. The offending posts in the other thread begin here. I will be back in the not too distant future with a spreadsheet tabulating maximum historical throughputs on all tracks in the system, as well as current statistics.
  38. 7 points
  39. 7 points
    Just wait until you see the front bonnet and the destination signs It's anything but a R160 look-alike
  40. 7 points
    You know, I'm all for frank discussions on the nuances of deinterlining, but this is flat out wrong. Rogers Junction is *the* limiter of IRT express capacity; the fact it can only handle 45tph plays a massive role in the crowding issues seen daily on the . To deny that for the sake of some (valid, albeit parochial and reductive) desire to preserve a one seat ride despite the civic costs is...sad. Advocating for what's best for you underpins democracy, but to do so without leaving any room for nuance is at best to engage in disingenuous discourse. I want to return to Rogers' effects on the lines it serves though. The slaughter of area capacity is well established; allow me to add color to reliability claims. This is going to be stringline intensive; sorry for taking up so much space. This AM rush on the -- note the crazy runtime variability and strangely spaced service heading up Lex: This AM rush on the -- again peep the runtime var: Yesterday PM onto Nostrand, once again, it''s all about runtime variability and long dwells at Franklin. Yesterday PM rush -- note how those long dwells drive runtimes from Atlantic to Franklin up: ...but hey, it's not an issue.
  41. 7 points
    Did a bit of fanning here and there. Photos & videos were taken with my Canon 7D Mark II & my Sony RX100 Mark II. I got some more stuff, but it'll be posted on a different time & date. MTA New York City Bus 2019 Nova Bus LFS 8538 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2019 Nova Bus LFS 8527 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2019 Nova Bus LFS 8530 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2018 Nova Bus LFS 8514 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr Some other stuff. MTA New York City Bus 2018 Nova Bus LFS Artic 5513 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2018 New Flyer XN60 "Xcelsior" CNG Artic 1108 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2018 New Flyer XD40 "Xcelsior" 7572 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 1999 Nova Bus RTS-06 5179 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2011 Nova Bus LFS 8070 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2019 New Flyer XD40 "Xcelsior" 7578 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr MTA New York City Bus 2018 Nova Bus LFS Artic 5571 by Shane Ramkissoon, on Flickr
  42. 7 points
    But this is a failure in scheduling, no? There's certainly much to be bemoaned and fixed in the way schedules are written these days -- flagging being accounted for by placing 5 minute holds in convenient places, merges being made to work via the same, OTP being maintained by scheduling asymmetrical runtimes approaching the terminal -- but schedules should be (really, have to be) more than 'guidelines.' The system falls apart if they're just that; merges are thrown off, capacity doesn't meet its expected value, trains fall ahead/behind creating gaps, TOs and CRs don't know if they're under or over performing, etc. Running an unscheduled railroad with the complexity of New York's is a recipe for congestion and chaos on the operational end, and is a disservice to the commitment to a certain level of customer service that is a schedule on the rider's end. I'd argue that we can absolutely say that today's schedules are frequently garbage, but that we shouldn't say that they should be thought of in that way for the future. Honestly, what they should be doing to the entire system is what they did to the IRT last year: taking a close look at runtimes between every station pair for a given time of day, schedule, say, the 60th or 75th percentile runtime from that, and then adjust merges to fit. For the metrics to not get thrown off, they should then just simply report runtimes rather than OTP -- no risk of padding if the metric is absolute. Something else worth looking into is getting more granular schedules. 30 second resolution makes it hard to work with weird frequencies especially as they ascend, which in turn leads to situations where you're forced to schedule 90 second headways with the expectation that the resulting congestion will normalize it to 110 or 120. Needless to say, this is bad for service, and maybe is something worth looking into.
  43. 7 points
    Personally, I hate it. I think it looks visually... messy. One navy or yellow stripe could look nice, but both is too much. It looks tacky to me. Stainless steel looks sleeker to my eye. It's even worse on the inside. All the blue and bright yellow on the inside of the public R211 mock-up gave me a headache. I'd much prefer white and stainless; it looks far cleaner, brighter, and more relaxing. Also, stainless doesn't need to be repainted every few years. I suspect these stripes are going to look like garbage 10 years in. MTA will probably realize that paint is more trouble than its's worth and go back to stainless, like SEPTA did recently with its BSL (orange line subway) cars.
  44. 7 points
    Considering all the other crap that makes it onto the subway, this one's relatively tame. At least he's somewhat considerate. Free oxygen for when the train's emergency brakes go off.
  45. 7 points
    Yes, the totally needs to meander over to Reads Lane just to serve a grand total of one person. There are useful proposals, but that's definitely not one of them.
  46. 7 points
    There are some misconceptions about the relationship between speed and capacity that I’d like to clear up. First of all, what happens between stations isn’t nearly as important as what happens immediately around stations. Think about it like this: you have 2 trains running 2 minutes apart on some track. Train one stops at a station and dwells for 45 seconds — now trains 1 and 2 are at most 1:15 apart. What determines how long it will be until train 2 gets in the station (and thus your headway) is how fast train 1 can exit the station, how fast train 2 can enter the station, and how long the signal system’s enforced separation between them is. In essence, the signal system around stations generally has the most impact on operational performance. (Of course, merge/terminal capacity play a big role too, but station limits are most relevant to this conversation) This isn’t of course to say that interstations are unimportant. When you’re dealing with a conga line or some other irregular operational situation, you want a signal system capable of moving things along well. But for normal operations, unless your interstation signals are incapable of handling 2 min train separations (which is extremely rare) you’re fine. This brings me to my next point: slow speeds don’t *necessarily* mean less capacity. Signal systems are designed to simply enforce adequate train separation so that a train traveling at maximum area speed can stop. Thus if a signal system is designed around some enforced slow speed, train separation in the area will be less, which basically preserves your capacity. Where speed issues arise is if enforced slow speeds are retrofitted onto signal systems that were designed for higher speeds. Then you lose capacity. Bringing this back to the Williamsburg Bridge, the capacity issue isn’t so much the timers on the bridge — the signals are spaced per the timer limits — it’s the signal design at the ends of it. Trains are held too far back from the stations given the ridiculously slow speeds entering Marcy and Essex (10mph to both). Fixing that probably means resignalling or changing those stations’ configurations, but it’d definitely be worth it.
  47. 7 points
    @whz1995 The WillyB has been underutilized for years due to speed restrictions as we have mentioned, so seeing bikers win is little surprising at this point, and the side effect of years of operational inefficiency. *Additionally, this discussion on the train and WillyB should probably be moved to the random thoughts or proposals thread. This thread is for R179 developments when it gets back on topic.
  48. 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.
  49. 6 points
    You have quite the imagination lol. Reminds me of rumor that the R32s were going to Nigeria..
  50. 6 points
    Are you out of your mind?! "faster service north of Church Avenue for Southern Brooklyn without the inconvenience to Carroll Gardens and Boreum Hill passengers the express service inflicts on them" Not having the at 4th Avenue and Carroll Street is a HUGE inconvenience and I shouldn't even have to explain why this is a terrible idea but here we are...
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