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  1. 4 points
    Please. I had a meeting with the which also included BusTime issues back in February. To get anything done, you first need the bigwigs to admit there is a problem. I had Craig Cipriano sitting right in front of me claiming that they knew there was a problem with the antennas and that they were addressing the issue with Verizon. That meeting was on February 20th. We are now over four months removed from that meeting and the situation is worsening by the day. They have to have the vendor come on-site to fix the GPS. Ok fine, then set up a system to pull buses and get them fixed with an actual timeline! Are we supposed to wait an entire year or more for them to fix the tracking on their buses? BusTime has been out now for over eight years and the amount of buses (local and express) that appear and disappear at random is absurd. To top it off they try to blame the disappearing buses on people using non apps. Please...
  2. 4 points
    So that this discussion does not get out of hand, the bus involved was 8359. The bus has lot of damage to the right side. However, there is no reason to scrap this bus. Transit will easily be able to procure the replacement parts from Nova. The only way a bus gets scrapped is if there's frame damage and certainly this was a low speed collision. The guys in the shops are quite skilled. I saw a video of the accident scene somewhere yesterday. However I forget where. Therefore I will not be able to show the video.
  3. 3 points
    The simple answer is no. Since I can't touch you, which is assault, a person who doesn't want to be moved can't be moved except by law enforcement people. NYPD, in my experience, are hesitant about using physical methods to remove people unless it's absolutely necessary. The homeless add a health component to the problem. I will admit to using extreme measures back in the day , I was taught by Transit Police, but I wouldn't risk my health and livelihood today. AIDS was the deterrent back then. Today we have the gangbangers and the mentally ill to consider. Completely different ballgame. All you need is one person to upset the whole appiecart.
  4. 3 points
    Latest updates: -Just finished our latest conference call -Discussed express bus corridors and the need for consideration of TSP for express buses. It appears as if no plans were in the works for such a thing, but I have been told that they will have a look at it, as well as the discussion of HOV lanes with DOT. -Discussed possible reinstatement of monthly express bus. This one would have to be approved by the Board, and thus we will likely have to start a petition to get the board to consider a vote in favor of it. -Concerns about changes to the Bronx express buses. We will send those over for review as well.
  5. 3 points
    Vargas again confirmed today there will be an August class. She said she thinks the date is the 19th. And they're not calling anyone more for medicals today--and still at 1067. I asked her if I have a chance at the Aug class with my list number and she said she wasn't sure because she doesn't know how many spots will be open and deferrals and whatnot. But I kinda feel she was just giving me a pr answer and knows this info. But I digress. They're under 50 spots away from my list no and if they need 60+ for August--as I've seen here--then Im good for August likely--along with other 1100s.
  6. 2 points
    Actually your veteran M/M, Trainmaster 5, didn't forget the ending but I'm using a tablet right now and things are going haywire. One post just disappeared, a long reply I wrote, and the option to restore it appeared for a moment and vanished. Better charge the laptop tonight. Carry on. 😁
  7. 2 points
    They take out a couple seats on the buses too IIRC. Of course that doesn’t matter for some routes but some of the SI ones........
  8. 2 points
    If you want to know why there aren’t bathrooms on express buses, look to the ones on the LIRR...
  9. 2 points
    Did my second p/e today. Got on the line outside around 0630. We were allowed in the building around 0700 and I was out by 1030. List number 15**
  10. 2 points
    ....I go on vacation for a few days, and I come back with you wanting to open a West Indies Depot and having celebrity money??? Whatever you are smoking, pass that around! 😂
  11. 2 points
    firstly, I'm an employee that honestly appreciate cuomo at least addressing the assaults on employees, regardless of union, title or seniority. personally, i taken the stance (as I've previously stated in other topics) over the past (now) 10 years that i will never address anyone regarding the non payment of the fare. i press F5 and keep it pushing. with that said, there's personnel in place to address fare beating. whether or not they (the powers that be) choose to utilize said personnel is management's issue/problem. whether or not said personnel is utilized effectively is a tactical problem... again, not my problem, so to speak. that's not what I'm qualified or paid to do. i can make suggestions like anyone else or offer opinions. unless they deploy officers, be it MTA police, NYPD, NY staties, MTA B&T, eagle team (MTA security) whatever... on every run on every bus line or at/in every station, there will never be an end to fare evasion. i understand that may not be the goal (an absolute end to fare beating) and if certain measures can be taken to significantly reduce the amount of fare evasion while preventing employee assaults, I'm all for it. to be honest, anything that can be done to reduce the amount of negative interactions between the knuckleheads and transit employees needs to happen. will it be effective? possibly. but doing nothing or tying things up due to rhetoric and expecting things to magically change is insanity. my issue regarding the subway system is the NYPD's efficiency. for example, NYPD officers being deployed at Euclid Avenue to deter fare beating is all well & good. however, people (criminals/fare beaters) aren't stupid. one stop away, grant avenue, there's rampant fare beating... has been for years. i can't remember the last officer I've seen there. the cops have to be willing to deploy/investigate trends. if incidents of fare beating drop at a station where it once was an issue, logic would dictate that it's migrated elsewhere... usually extremely closeby. do the homework, and be a constant deterrent.
  12. 1 point
    I'm not totally against what the author of the bulletins had in mind but...... In my last 3 years on the road I had occasion to relay my own train at Utica Avenue. A light train with absolutely no one aboard coming from Atlantic. My conductor detrained at Utica Upper. I took my train into the relay tracks. There were at least four times when things felt apart n/b in the IRT in the Atlantic-Nevins area. No service in either direction for a duration of 45 minutes and up to almost two hours. Twice the number 4 relays didn't fumigate and had people ( who shouldn't have been there IMO) who suffered panic attacks. I don't know what your work experience entails but to hear the T/O's on those trains pleading for assistance was painful. I've been caught up in power off and full blackout conditions and I think it's foolhardy to potentially put people in a situation like that. As someone taught our generation of RTO years ago " it's a paper railroad " where everything on paper can be erased or countermanded by someone else with the power to do so. Carry on.
  13. 1 point
    According to my copy of the Tracks of the NYC Subway book, its three yellows to D7 or D8 (the two relay tracks in the middle) if they are partially occupied. Other wise it's just a yellow onto D7 or D8 and its a green to continue on D6 to Jamaica Yard. I'll defer to anyone from RTO if I'm misinformed.
  14. 1 point
    The would run express south of 50th so it's not going to crowd out the . As for the rest of your response, its been addressed numerous times and you clearly won't listen so you can look thorough past posts.
  15. 1 point
    It’s funny if you think about it. It’s been raining so much in the past few weeks, the Q114 has probably been finding itself detoured away from 147th Avenue & Brookville Boulevard more often than not. Guess they decided, “Welp! May as well detour it away from there permanently.” As someone who started using the Q114 to get to/from work regularly a month ago, I am personally all for this service change.
  16. 1 point
    I don’t think you’d see any adverse effects...between terminal downtime and the potential to put a hold or two in, it _should_ be fine. Question would likely be what it is today: how would changed frequencies propagate in scheduling across the system?
  17. 1 point
    I guess they only changed some. Q1, Q2, Q3, Q5, Q13, Q16, Q17, Q20, Q26, Q27, Q28, Q30, Q31, Q32, Q36, Q43, Q44, Q46, Q54, Q55, Q58, Q76, Q83, Q85 I am not doing the rest of the boroughs.
  18. 1 point
    What part of this are you not getting? The would become 8th Av Express, removing the problematic merge at Canal Street. The would move to 63rd Street with the . The would take the place of the on QBL, on 53rd and on 8th Av. The B division is nowhere near capacity when we remove silly merges that go on today.
  19. 1 point
    Something like that now happens at Forest Hills.
  20. 1 point
    https://new.mta.info/sites/default/files/2019-06/qm020cur.pdf https://new.mta.info/sites/default/files/2019-06/qm001cur.pdf https://new.mta.info/sites/default/files/2019-06/qm004cur.pdf EDIT: NYCT LOCAL Schedules are up
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    4134 to ENY, it's on the B82 right now! Still has FLA stickers though
  23. 1 point
  24. 1 point
    So 6445 seems to be once again with QV? That said MV 6651 was scrapped, brought back to NV, then scrapped again without seeing service. So I’m just putting this out there for anyone who cares but it probably won’t see service again despite being with QV (for now).
  25. 1 point
    The QM20 schedule change consists of increases in runtime by 1-2 minutes during the AM rush, so nothing major.
  26. 1 point
    Just want to harp on this again: there is nothing inherent in relay terminals which says that they have to be major delay generators. Forest Hills and Church Avenue are bad because we made them bad through our refusal to get operations in a line, not because they have to be that way.
  27. 1 point
    K. If that's the case, can you please do us a favor and post in this thread from now on? As per the guidelines, one of the things we ask our members to do is to "post in the relevant forum," since it doesn't make sense to make multiple threads for the same topic. Plus, as a result of this incident taking place, you're not the only one who's waiting to get hired off of the 4600 list, respectively. Thanks!
  28. 1 point
    A lot. The lower level is completely bare-bones with only a minimalistic set of platforms and one access point via the in-service upper level platform. Unlike Bergen St, in which the lower level actually did see active service for some time before being abandoned, City Hall was never actually placed into service as the plans changed during construction. Only the tracks are well maintained to facilitate post-rush hour layups. In order to get the station completely passenger-ready, those platforms would have to be completely rebuilt and new exits would have to be installed for better passenger flow. All of this would have to be ADA-compliant as this would fall under a major renovation. It would be much more likely that the lower level would just be used to relay trains terminating at Canal St, but that would just replicate the problems of Forest Hills, where through-running service gets trapped behind terminating trains, so that's ill-advised in my opinion. That was intentional. The MTA corporate scheme of the late '60s onwards was implemented on the buses and trains to illustrate the unification of the various transit systems under the MTA umbrella. The purpose of the extended M is to provide alternate service during the partial Canarsie closure, not to provide additional 6th Avenue service. If the L is running its normal route, under these circumstances, there's no reason for the M to run to midtown.
  29. 1 point
    I think the turnout was EXCELLENT. People are very angry and they should be. We need reliable transportation in our City. We can’t continue like this.
  30. 1 point
    This is really key. The is barely competitive with the for Jamaica to Lower Manhattan. For Woodhaven/Richmond Hill however, the is almost competitive with [bus]- - anywhere in Manhattan, the impediment being long headways. Fix that, and you’re then really competing. The real crime with that rebuild was the signal system they installed and the fact they didn’t fix the damn curve. I’ve always been a bit on the fence on 3rd track over the bridge. There are other bottlenecks that scream for fixing before it — Myrtle, the Marcy curve itself, the platforms at Essex. Something to think about for the future, but maybe put a pin in it for now...
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    How many trains can the WillyB handle per hour? I’ve been looking at a lot of these proposals to have split express/local service between Marcy and Broadway Junction, but upon further examination, I realize that you can’t really do that unless you want to give Jamaica Av riders only slightly better service. Now to talk about skip stop service. I seriously doubt that a good portion of people are taking the from Jamaica to lower Manhattan; those people are either a) taking the and transferring in Manhattan or b) taking the to Broadway Junction for the to Jay for the . Skip stop to me is more or less an excuse by the MTA to run fewer trains since the runs for such short periods. The ’s poor ridership is a result of its poor frequencies which combined with the frequency of other lines leave everyone ditching it for the . Killing skip stop would actually decrease travel times for riders as you could run double the trains which would be great for enticing more riders to use the to the vs Q52/53 to .
  33. 1 point
    August September okay sounds good to me, more time to solidify all the defs, signals and indications 🤓
  34. 1 point
    The day you own a bus depot in NYC is the same day I pack up my sh*t and leave NYC for good
  35. 1 point
  36. 1 point
    Speaking of that, I also have a dream to open up a bus depot(with my celebrity money). And my dream depot would be made to hold 650-700 buses and will be strictly electric New Flyers(mainly Xcelsiors, if it's production of those didn't stop), plus a CMF . And I would name it, maybe...."West Indies Depot"(mascot of West indies with an Xcelsior in the middle, "Clement Depot"(with my uncle's face to honor his future retirement or death in later years), or "Paul Walker Depot"(mascot of Paul Walker's face). That depot will be between Brooklyn and Queens(somewhere in the border).
  37. 1 point
    This is devastating information to hear, hopefully this plan will be more of a pesky rumor. And much less reality, since the museum is really iconic of the modern MTA
  38. 1 point
    The old R46 paint reminds me of the LIRR M1/M3. Looks fly.
  39. 1 point
    The R46s in their original paint were far and away the best looking cars ever run in the subway. I wish we had that level of design on contemporary orders. Thanks for cross posting!
  40. 1 point
    There's a great SubChat post here (http://www.subchat.com/readflat.asp?Id=1516664) with some old images of R46s during their delivery and early stages of their career Some of my personal favorites: "At Ditmas Ave. on the line. (July 1979)" "Not a reroute, but a "dead head" move to Coney Island yard. Location is Avenue H on the Brighton Line. (July 1979)" "Ready for their journey to Coney Island yard, up pops a put-in of R-32's on the . Stored on the lower level 9th Ave for the PM rush hour. (July 1978)" "Delivery by LIRR Bay Ridge Br, Parkville Jct and McDonald Ave to Coney Island. I passed by on the yesterday and it seems an apartment building is going up on or near Parkville Jct. Is that a red Plymouth Valiant or Dodge Dart ? (April 23, 1975)"
  41. 1 point
    I love acting like a train at home but my mother says to me that "if you want to act like a train, go to Grand Central Station".
  42. 1 point
    Your observations are consistent with what I was taught 30 odd years ago. From what I’ve been reading lately one major difference in operations is that work trains have been given equality or priority over road (passenger) trains in many instances. Back then the road trains always had priority.I’ve seen complaints about the work train staging on the 4th Avenue BMT but my former work train colleagues say that it’s about time. If your work area is Midtown Manhattan and the consists have to be spotted in a particular order IMO you don’t stage your equipment at CI yard or Pitkin for example. By the time those trains reach the site you’re wasting half your allotted time before work starts. In our case imagine an IRT work train or trains traveling from Westchester yard to Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn or 168st on the nightly. 240th or Livonia couldn’t accommodate that equipment. Instead of a project taking a week or so before completion you’ve stretched it out to a month or more. I am reminded of 55 hour G.O.s at Nevins St where those necessary consists traveled from Westchester in a particular order to arrive onsite and commence work. God forbid if one consist had to be flagged at 10mph or less all the way there. I had a Trainmaster intercede with the work train dispatcher at Westchester one night because he wanted us to flag a train from there to Nevins and I suggested looping it around Bowling Green. I won the battle that night and my Trainmaster and my rabbi made sure that I never had to go back to Westchester again. The dispatcher held a grudge for years I was told. You seem to understand that longer consists create even more problems than they’re worth. If the present regime, and the public, want this work done in a timely matter there will have to be some accommodating done. Just my opinion. Carry on.
  43. 1 point
    If you mean in aggregate, technically yes that is correct. But say we have 3 Work trains, an engine and 5 cars each, putting them together induces a number of other problems. The brake pipe on a 15 car train reacts much more slowly which requires more conservative train handling. Other complications include spotting the train becomes more difficult, trains spend more times in curves (automatic speed reduction per rule) and often work sites require certain cars in order, or multiple work sites within an out of service area. So a longer train would require switching on the main line, yikes! As far as train handling, small segments of grades can be challenging but doable if you are set up, the persistent and prolonged grade especially if you have to enter the grade with brake on because of another speed restriction or worse...a timer is where you get killed. Hitting hills like that at 14mph vs 17mph can be all the difference in making it. Other segments do not prove much in limiting operations which is why I specifically used the term ruling gradient.
  44. 1 point
    Bus stops and bus shelters remain a HIGH priority for the Express Bus Advocacy Group. Happy to see this sign up: We look forward to further improvements for express bus riders, be it safety or shelter from the elements. We have a conference call next week to discuss our monthly express bus pass being restored, the status of bus stop and bus shelter requests among other things.
  45. 1 point
    Thanks to @SevenEleven for confirming that Bus will also be receiving 257 new express buses in addition to the 50 for Staten Island. Glad that this is proceeding accordingly!!
  46. 1 point
    In that case, the newer R188 had to be compatible with the older ones so yeah they had to be nearly identical.
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    Come on mayne you really taking a post from a kid railfanner on YouTube as a credible source!?😆
  49. 1 point
    Ok folks, here we go. I'll do my best to explain everything anyone wanted to know about conductors but were afraid to ask. Yes, there is the obvious, collects tickets, make announcements and operate doors. That is only a small portion of the overall responsibilities. First and foremost all Metro North conductors come out of roughly 10 months of training as a fully certified conductor based on the Federal Railroad Administrations requirements. All Metro North conductors are required to be qualified on the operating rules and physical characteristics of the territory they operate on. The operating rules include: -knowing all the signals (some 30 to 40 of them) -how to operate with a train control apparatus failure -how to perform a brake test with the engineer -how to trouble shoot problems with the train such as brake issues or propulsion issues -how to make a back up move. -knowing the FRA hours of service requirements Physical Characteristics include: -Knowing the tracks and what rules apply to what parts of the territory whether it's interlocking rules, centralized train control rules, cab signal system rules, or MBS rules. -Must know all of the passenger stations and lengths of the platforms. -All of the control points (interlockings) -All of the highway grade crossings and what kind of protection each have. -What tracks have third rail or catenaries. -know the yards to the point that you have to label all of the yard tracks on a map of any given yard and know who is in charge of each of the tracks (yard master or mechanical foreman). Know the speeds in the yards, etc. The different types of conductors: Passenger conductors - are on passenger trains Yard conductors - responsible for switching out individual cars from consists, usually for equipment being shopped. Conductor Flag - They work with third party contractors and make sure they get the proper protection in the even they have to foul tracks. Every passenger train has a minimum of one conductor (the "boss" of the train). Some have one or more assistant conductors. While the assistant conductors are fully qualified conductors, they report to the conductor and carry out the duties given to him or her such as lining a train in or out of the yard. Set up a train for service which includes setting up the ASI, taking care of door through switches. Positioning themselves with the engineer and calling out signals when needed (such as in GCT). This is only an overview of the duties and responsibilities and what the passenger sees is a very small part of the big picture. Do conductors get paid well? Yeah, I won't lie, they do. Those working as assistant conductors get paid a little less but have less responsibility. Regardless, as well as we get paid, it comes with a price. Missed holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The railroad doesn't stop on holidays. If you're required to work on a holiday, you're expected to work. The trains aren't going to stop running to see your kid opening up their presents on Christmas morning. Also railroaders have a relatively high divorce rate. In many cases a railroader will have days off that don't fall in line with his or her spouse. One thing conductors do not do is "operate" the train. That job is reserved for the engineer.
  50. 0 points
    One more thing I've noticed about the SIM23/24 routes. As well as not being on BusTime, GTFS data doesn't exist for those route. According to Google maps, those routes don't exist, which discourages ridership even more.
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