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  1. 2 points
    This just isn't true. 59 St has some of the fastest switches in the system with a curve beyond that operators are able to take quickly and still is messy enough that the entire B division is scheduled backwards from it. And not for nothing, but the geometry in the Franklin area isn't some walk in the park either... Flatbush is an issue with either alternative, but is easily mitigable whether it be by constructing tail tracks or just routing overflow trains to Zoo Lots. Reading into what is and is not mentioned in an off the cuff engineering study from 2009 is not worth your time. I think it'd be beneficial for the forum to see track maps of what is being discussed, so here you go: Look closely at the Manhattan-bound direction in Alt 6 (the one you seem to want): it doesn't get rid of the 3-way merge. Unless you're willing to add yet another merge to the complex (ie have the and enter Franklin on the same track) you're stuck with all running through the area on a single track -- and now they're all platforming together, too. Mark me down as extremely skeptical that this will come close to the capacity delivered by Alternative 4. Regardless, capacity isn't the only way to measure junction performance: as Jsun alluded to above, one of the big issues with Rogers is that it instantly makes a problem anywhere on the A division's express corridors into an issue everywhere else. The better you can segregate services, the better off we are as a system. These are all tangential points to your main argument, though, and they all have been well established in past discussions. Your main concern seems to be that running Rogers better will...encourage MTA to make service cuts. I hate to break the news to ya, but they can do that either way -- extending the to replace the in Brooklyn is as possible today as it would be with a different service configuration at Rogers. Holding infrastructure improvements hostage for the sake of this sort of paranoia just doesn't cut it. And yes, I know I didn't convince you of anything -- just felt this was worth elucidation.
  2. 2 points
    So this happened on Thursday evening. I don't know the entire backstory to this, but based on gaps in service on bustime and the run number, this bus appeared to be pulled off the Q53 and did two round trips on the Q33 from Jackson Heights. Enjoy! 2017 New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60 6058 on the Q33 at Victor Moore Arcade by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60 6058 on the Q33 at Roosevelt Avenue & 82 Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer "Xcelsior" XD60 6058 on the Q33 at Roosevelt Avenue & 82 Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr
  3. 2 points
    Some new 179's just delivered
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    The Bryant Park station is my best friend. Give myself maybe an extra five minutes to go down and swipe and boom, $2.75 saved. In the morning, I would just jump on a local bus for a stop or two and get off. lol Not too long ago, the wouldn't even accept a regular unlimited Metrocard at all. Now they programmed it to give you that $2.75 credit.
  7. 1 point
    Brilliant! I’ll only need this set up for a short while, but I’m going to take your advice here
  8. 1 point
    I only do that once a year if that when I'm not traveling much, so I would not opt for a monthly pass when I primarily use the express bus. It doesn't make any sense. As I said before, I only get that when I'm taking Metro-North and need to add on a few trips for the express bus. Basically I either now do a weekly express bus pass at $62.00 or a pay-per-ride. Last week I bought two weekly express bus passes for $124.00, and put $40.50 on another Metrocard, which covers me for three days for the express bus. There will be days that I won't travel for holidays or vacation, so I'd rather not give the that money. I've already been overcharged enough where I didn't bother to claim a refund. P.S. A 30 day doesn't cover express buses.
  9. 1 point
    On the rare occasions that I use such a set up, coming home, I just stop at subway, go down, swipe, and then get on the express bus, this way I don't pay the full $6.75. It has been some months since I have bought a regular unlimited, but when I buy a Metro-North pass, I have done that since I wasn't taking the express bus that much, but still needed the shuttle bus.
  10. 1 point
    That is version 2, Bus Number 508. @Snorunts you can record that onto the list.
  11. 1 point
    If you substituted T/O and C/R for B/O in your post the same basic S, S, and S, was taught in RTO 30 years before 2009. Come over to the Subway forum sometimes and see the constant complaints about speed, schedules, and running time(s). It's as if some people focus all their attention on numbers but are oblivious to the other factors in the real world. In a B/O's case it's obvious that traffic conditions impact your operation, at least to me. In my department (RTO) it's a combination of factors, human, infrastructure, what have you that make each day different. I had a superintendent that constantly complained that I was late on a stretch in the Bronx. Dude had 30 years on the job and was kicked out of the B division because of some improper actions over there. Comes over to my division and decides that the hourlies caused his problem and he wanted to set an example. This question is directed mainly the Bronx residents 30 years old and younger but all are invited to participate. Every Wednesday in the Summertime I was two minutes late heading s/b when I arrived at 149th and the Concourse. I'd be on time at East 180th St at 3:10-12 pm daily. Meanwhile the genius was holed up underground at the Concourse from 2:00 pm or so. One day he opened his mouth ,on the radio, and decided to embarrass me. He didn't realize that there were three TSS's aboard my train and a school car superintendent. I let him run his mouth for a minute and I asked him, politely, " what day is this, sir?" I heard from the tower operator and the dispatcher on duty there that day that they almost choked trying to stifle their laughter. The school car super, who I grew up with, put his hand over my mouth before the profanity could emerge and waved his finger at me. He said that he'd take care of it and left my train. When I got to Brooklyn Bridge the ATD waved at me and laughed and when I got to Bowling Green the ATD came out of the office and pumped her fist. Believe it or not for the rest of my career the dude never spoke to me even though we were both on the the whole time. After we all retired my C/R ran into him at a medical center in Valley Stream and he tried to make small talk. She ignored him. Sorry for rambling on so much but to answer the question I posed earlier. Every Wednesday in the Summertime, back then, the admission to the Bronx Zoo was free. Every camp from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and S.I. would be on their way home about that time. They were so good that they would line up ,backs against the walls, and wait for the doors to open before approaching the train. To this day I have nothing but respect for those teachers, chaperones, monitors, certainly more than any " numbers" guy. Just my experience. I know exactly how you feel EastFlatbushLarry. If Surface is anything like RTO the goal is to spend the least amount of time in that seat as possible. To think that employees are dragging along for no reason at all defies belief, at least where I come from. Carry on.
  12. 1 point
    Hi guys. I heard that one more class will come soon to the school. We have prepared some books to them . Any news who got called in? Don't know exactly when.
  13. 1 point
    Phase 2 sounds like a go...
  14. 1 point
    Mine isn’t in the middle of September also. Took my S&D July 20th. Hope we make the cut for the upcoming phase 1. We will be cutting it real close. Fingers crossed!
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    They fixed the issues on the Train to 145th Street program. They now have it probably announced as 145th Street Bound Trains and Brooklyn Bound Trains via the Line. The exterior readings has also been fixed as well. However about half the sets still don't have the program at all.
  16. 1 point
    "Why should the MTA make service better?" Lmao. Some people these days...
  17. 1 point
    During the PM rush hour especially on the weekends, Sometimes its hard to make that left turn into the Kings Plaza terminal. When the traffic light changes for the buses to make that left turn, vehicles from the other side traffic makes it impossible for the bus to complete the turn unless we force our way through and start blowing the horn to make vehicles at least leave some space so the bus can complete the left turn into the terminal.
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    And I like your automatic assumption that the driver was at fault in every collision between a car and a bike? How many of those cyclists who were killed were to blame for the crash because they took an unnecessary risk? Like speeding up to make a green light, or driving through a red light, or driving on the wrong side of the road, or driving between the two yellow lines, or doing stunts on their bikes, or not having headlights or reflectors at night, and not wearing contrasting clothing so they can be seen at night? I am not saying that cyclists are responsible for most of the accidents. I understand that the biggest hazard is someone opening a car door without properly looking and those motorists would be wrong. But is the driver still wrong if he is checking his mirror and there are no cyclists coming, but he hits a cyclist anyway when opening his door because the cyclist is going the wrong way? Just don't assume that the driver is automatically at fault.
  19. 1 point
    And how many bicyclists have been killed by cars? I understand what you are trying to state, but this is a pretty bad piece of evidence- its like citing Di Fara in an argument to lower business taxes...
  20. 1 point
    This was probably mentioned but I strongly feel the SAS should extend to the Hub at E 149th St and 3rd Ave with a stop at E 138th St before swinging west through Harlem. The DOT could make 125th St a busway or run the lanes down the center greatly improving bus service. It's a short stretch. Buses coming over from the Bronx have to deal with the bridges and limited approaches. The existing subways coming from the Bronx are very crowded. It's also more likely people would transfer to the SAS further upstream. And the redevelopment potential in Mott Haven/Melrose is greater than it is in Central Harlem, with more robust zoning and potential for upzoning.
  21. 1 point
    As it was said earlier, we need to stop advocating or proposing service cuts. We already deal with horrendous service levels on some lines, so why do some posters here feel the need to reduce service as a means of fixing it? The system is far from perfect, however it can and should be improved without eliminating lines as a first choice. Just because someone might think the part time services such as the are “useless”, it doesn’t mean they should be drastically altered, have their service levels reduced, or just discontinued altogether. The lines mentioned above do play important roles.
  22. 1 point
    Hey, I heard back from them about a week and a half after the exam, I got a panel interview for the middle of September. Hopefully I can get into Phase 1 also, and I Hope you get that call my guy🙏🏾
  23. 1 point
    Literally the entire point of supplemental lines is to handle the loads the primary lines cannot sustain alone — they sometimes provide different service patterns, too. The exists on weekends basically because the would die without it. Dunno how much time you spend riding the subway, but if you’ve ever ridden the West Side IRT on a weekend sans , you’ll find that trains are pretty heavily loaded — to the point where ops suffer. The mitigates those impacts, makes the weekend somewhat more operable, and provides valued service to 145 and 148. Generally speaking — and it’s hard to demonstrate this empirically because weekend service is such a shitshow to begin with — service cuts during off peak times don’t save all that much money. The elasticity or demand is such that a service cut has the potential to reduce ridership to such an extent that savings are minimal, if extant at all. The reason MTA is able to leverage savings from the recent round of off peak cuts is because the service doesn’t exist anyway — the lines affected were supplemented into those service patterns anyway, so the MTA can reduce service (=costs) without worrying about an additional revenue impact because those revenue impacts were occurring regardless. A cut to the would not fit the description of a service pattern run all the time in the off peak; the runs most weekends. @Lance may be able to put numbers to this (and also, dear god, provide some much needed moderation in this thread). Generally speaking, we should be looking for ways to realistically efficiently increase off peak service rather than cutting it — there are plenty of ways to grow ridership and revenue — but that’s me. Flagging and productivity reforms, anyone? Also, if I may say so @bwwnyc123, you may be young, but one good skill to learn as you age is to argue respectfully, knowledgeably, and with an understanding that you may be wrong. The people who have responded to you in this thread clearly know more about the issue than do you — maybe you should step back and try to learn instead of acting, well, childish.
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  25. 1 point
    I had my first ride on a 10 car R179 yesterday. Waited at Chambers St. for one in either direction. Got set #2 bound for Lefferts Blvd. Rode back uptown, on the return trip it was bound for Far Rock. I was thinking of staying on, but I had enough for one day. Made my way home from Fulton St. I can't complain. Good acceleration and seemed much faster than the old stuff. My only pet peeve is the set-up of the announcement program. The policy, in both computer and manual announcements, is to announce the termination point once it gets into that borough. So in Manhattan going southbound, it announces "Brooklyn Bound A train" and in Brooklyn it announces "Queens Bound A train". It doesn't say the terminal till 80th St. because that is the first stop in Queens. I will say there are excellent announcements by the computer all the way till Rockaway Blvd. But......if you get on in Manhattan and are getting off past Rockaway Blvd., you want to know the trains' destination. Where you embark, you might miss the scrolling sign on the outside, and/or you may not be entering at a door with the FIND. It would be nice for the computer to be set up with the destination announced from 59th St. on. If they don't want to do that, announce the destination at Euclid, either via computer or advise all c/r's to announce it manually. This would also be helpful to sight impaired passengers. Once the winter comes, it would be more comfortable for passengers to change trains at Euclid instead of Rockaway Blvd.
  26. 1 point
    Even before the 2015 audit (and vision zero), transit has been saying one thing to the workforce and another to the customer base. when I began in 2009, any instructor you spoke to at Zerega preached Safety, Service & Schedule... emphasis on safety first & foremost. meanwhile, to the general public, the powers that be put emphasis on improving reliability & schedule, all the while knowing the twain shall never meet. this is one of the biggest dividers between employees & customers, and why customers have such a negative opinion of us, calling us slackers, lazy, not being worthy of our salaries, you name it. oh, and the ever-present assaults from overzealous extremists, who attempt to blame frustration on lateness. divide & rule tactics have been utilized by the powers that be for quite some time now, and it'd be truly nice if we could all get on the same page... I'm not saying that the current paddles are as stringent/horribly unreasonable as NICE (I've heard the horror stories and Lord, i feel bad for TWU Local 252) but aside from the "modified"/new(er) SBS paddles (I'm being extremely kind by saying that) majority of these paddles do not reflect current road conditions day to day... that is/has been a fact for quite some time now, and needs to be thoroughly addressed. if they truly gave a damn, then there would be case specific paddles for each day of the week, depending on the lines & roads they operate on... there's no way the m103 should be operating off the same paddle on a Tuesday afternoon & a Friday afternoon northbound for instance. i could name a handful of lines that share the same dilemma, but I'll leave it at that for now.
  27. 1 point
    No shit. Thanks for that insight. When a new set is getting prepped for entry into revenue service, it has to pass a simulated revenue test run which involves stopping at each station and opening the doors on the wrong side. There are also “R-179 TEST TRAIN” posters placed on the door windows in a futile attempt to get the public not to try and board the train once it stops. That is what I was referring to.
  28. 1 point
    Yes, because every pedestrian and cyclist should wear high-vis vests and helmet flashlights so that the poor drivers can focus their tunnel vision elsewhere. This is 100% legal. There are many reasons why one might not use the bike lane; perhaps there's a pothole or debris, a car is parked in it, the bicyclist wants to make a left turn, etc. People change lanes. Perhaps if one were to drive at a reasonable speed, then they could slow down in time once actually seeing a driver. If you're on a poorly lit road at night you shouldn't be driving very quickly anyways.
  29. 1 point
    It’s not that bad, you just have to put in the time, trust if you’re not retaining the information at all the TSS’s will definitely pick that up, they will address you whether it be one on one or during group activities! I seen it first hand! Again if this is what you want you will get it done, I can’t imagine them investing all this paid training, uniforms just to try and fail you!
  30. 1 point
    Thanks for all of the info. I was hoping to be able to carry a pocketbook one last day. Guess all those girly things will be tossed aside for now. LOL!
  31. 1 point
    Did our Yard Practical yesterday at Coney on R32s. I passed. And there was much rejoicing.
  32. 1 point
    Took an R68 on a joyride from Coney to Concourse. I operated from 125 St to 167. It was great. My Instructors were pleased with my operation. I also got to live a childhood dream. I operated over the West End from 18 Av to Stillwell Terminal. I feel like a little kid.
  33. 0 points
    Has anyone here from list number 110X and beyond, received a rule 4.7.1 (c) letter (1in 3 rule) in the mail? Took my PE May 24th...told to wait for medical.... received letter yesterday August 22nd....Has an X marked by #2....which states "you were considered and not selected for appointment in accordance with rule 4.7.1 (c), of the Rules and Regulations of New York City personnel director".... it further states that if an X is marked by the #2....it is only at the agency's request that I can be recertified to the agency again. I cant understand why this decision could not be made during or before the PE stage...I have plead guilty to numerous tickets as they advised this position has NOTHING to do with drivers license but that they still required me to have nothing pending...so like most would to invest in this opportunity I plead guilty, paid over 800 dollars in total to abide by their policy...only to be told I'm not selected....now I cant get a driving job if my life depended on it which was my profession all of my life....its absurd and very upsetting. It feels very wrongful. I've invested DEEPLY to pursue this position, for this level of disregard. They've seriously interrupted my life and ability to feed my family behind that. ridiculous.
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