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  1. 6 points
    Under the existing system in St. Albans & Hollis south of Hillside, the N-S routes serve Hillside Avenue (for the , the commercial areas, and other bus connections going north or west), while the E-W go serve Jamaica Center/Jamaica Avenue (with the exception of the Q2). There's different options for different folks depending on where they are going. Under the new system, I don't really see why they needed to swap the Q3/Q83 west of Farmers (more or less). However, I would rather have the QT68 go up to Hillside Ave via Archer Ave & Parsons instead of Merrick/168th, that way service to Jamaica Center is at least preserved. Demand from that specific area of Fresh Meadows to SE/SW Queens does not warrant a bus (not the entire area itself), because it's virtually low. Also, the QT73 has similar (it's actually worse during rush hours) headways compared to the Q76, which is really not convenient for transferring between it and the east-west lines. The western portion of the Q17 could do better, because there's more people going towards Jamaica (outside of schoolkids, it still lacks, but it does better than ridership on Francis Lewis Boulevard). In fact, I kinda wish they kept that part intact (or at least reroute the QT64 so it can serve Fresh Meadows Shopping Center, and retain Jamaica coverage). My point about needing Jamaica is more relevant for the Q77 than the Q76. If you think the Q77 does not carry enough towards Jamaica, then cutting off the southern section and sending the northern portion to Flushing via Francis Lewis will garner even less ridership. The Q77 is also pretty busy throughout the day on weekdays, especially when schools let out (can't speak on weekend ridership). I've been on Q77 buses beyond SRO on Hillside. Sending buses across Queens is not helpful if there is not a substantial enough base that will use it. Q77 buses are most definitely not tanking at Hillside & Francis Lewis Boulevard from the south. Also, a specific bus with 3 people is a resultant of many factors, including the specific time of day, where the masses are headed at that time, location caught,bunching/traffic conditions, etc. This is a problem that I have, people see an empty bus once and then they believe that the route must not being operating well. Some people, but not the majority. The majority is just not looking for service to those areas at all. For example, I'm not interested in getting to Little Neck and Auburndale. Under the new network, I'll have easier ways to get to Auburndale and Little Neck. Do I care? No. The QT86 connection to Flushing OTOH, is a different story. Why, because Flushing is a destination I see myself frequenting more than Auburndale or Little Neck. But who in Hollis and Saint Albans is going to Auburndale and Flushing for the ? It's quick, and it'll be even quicker because it will pick up much of nobody. People will have to walk to the east-west routes, but now the Murdock Avenue section of the Q83 no longer has access to Jamaica Center. I wouldn't have a problem with this whole QT73 concept if it didn't outright replace the Q77 and parts of the Q84. People in Cambria Heights and Laurelton taking the Q84 could still get to Flushing from Jamaica, with so many options to choose from. Under the new plan, they're given direct service to Flushing, which is relatively infrequent, and on top of that, they lose Jamaica access, and access to many areas in Brooklyn as well. A lot of people are far from Linden or Merrick Boulevards that walking is just not viable. Yes, because I enjoy outright losing bus lines, losing bus connections, and having literal coverage gaps, and less service hours. That is not a problem at all for me.... Even the most critical of this plan have mentioned stuff about the plan which are actually beneficial. If you choose to be ignorant on that matter, that's on you, but it's out there, so before you go around harping about how people are criticizing any change of the system because their routes are not preserved, I would suggest to at least be accurate on your claim. Travel patterns change over time, but they don't change just because some planners decided to redraw the bus network with crayons. Go tell a Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Glendale, Middle Village resident that losing subway connections and access to hospitals and commercial destinations is not "REALLY as much of a problem". Go tell SE Queens, where more people are likely to be working overnight/odd hour shifts that most outermost neighborhoods losing most 24/7 bus service is not "REALLY as much of a problem". What that also tells me, is that you have no clue about how the Queens network works and what people actually need. You put on this act like this holy grail "progressive" and pin those critical of the plan (and the MTA's intentions with this plan), who are not willing to fall in line with this BS as radicals, framing it as having a mindset that "has stalled our country as a whole", and yet you provide zero rebuttals, and zero substantive counterpoints to any of the specific criticisms you believe are unfair. All your posts have indirectly addressing people, why? Because you have nothing substantive to contribute. Of course you don't have to worry because you in Wakefield will be barely impacted (if any) by this, while us who actually live or commute regularly in the borough actually have to deal with the mess. Gee, if that doesn't sound like modern day politics in a nutshell.
  2. 4 points
    BREAKING NEWS MTA will delay cuts to express buses between Manhattan, Bronx Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., says plans to slash service have themselves been slashed Posted January 16, 2020 The MTA apparently is no longer looking to cut express bus service between Manhattan and the Bronx, according to borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. JULIUS CONSTANTINE MOTAL / FILE By MICHAEL HINMAN and KIRSTYN BRENDLEN By MICHAEL HINMAN & KIRSTYN BRENDLEN It seems the fight by express bus riders to maintain after-hours service connecting the Bronx and Manhattan has ended in victory, at least for a little while. Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., told his Twitter followers he had just finished a phone call with New York City Transit president Andy Byford and was told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was abandoning plans to curtail express bus service. The changes to routes like the BxM1, BxM2 and BxM18 were part of the MTA's overall bus redesign plan for the Bronx. Because of lower ridership off-peak — and the cost of running the larger coach buses through the city — the MTA had hoped to cut many of those routes midday and evenings, while rerouting two of the buses away from the stops Central Park at Mount Sinai Hospital and Museum Mile, and instead taking the Henry Hudson Parkway. Those changes were slated to go into effect across the board in fall 2020. Now, according to the MTA, only changes to local bus service will be implemented then, while the MTA continues to work out the express bus plan. "We have postponed any changes to express bus service," said Tim Minton, communications director for the MTA. "Nothing is happening imminently, it is postponed." He said Diaz was "absolutely right to take some pride in that accomplishment, which he pressed for, and we worked with him on." But the idea of cutting express bus service is not completely dead. Minton promises the MTA will take another look at it for 2021. "I am thrilled that the MTA has granted a reprieve of the drastic cuts to express bus service, which would have disrupted commutes and exacerbated the transportation difficulties faced by senior citizens, people with disabilities, and individuals in low-service areas," said Councilman Andrew Cohen, in a statement. "Bronx commuters throughout the district have expressed their frustration and dissatisfaction with the proposed service cuts, and there is no doubt that the MTA and President Andy Byford have heard our voices." After the cuts were first announced, Cohen joined other electeds like Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz to bring concerns about the plans from commuters to the MTA. "Hard work and community organizing pays off," Dinowitz said, in a statement. "It is wonderful news to hear that the MTA has postponed their plans to cut express bus service. Our community is disproportionately reliant on express buses to access Manhattan — especially those along the northern and western borders of the Bronx who do not have nearby subways." Vittorio Bugatti, a regular express bus rider from Riverdale who leads an advocacy group designed to protect the service, told The Riverdale Press that the MTA's announcement was "a start." Otherwise, he called it "great news," and thanked news outlets like The Press for their "ongoing coverage on what is such an important issue here in Riverdale, and throughout the Bronx." Dan Padernacht, chair of CB8's traffic and transportation committee, said he wasn't surprised that the MTA decided to hold off on changes to the express bus. "The MTA has embarked on the exhaustive process of redesigning bus service in our borough, and it has been responsive throughout the initiative," Padernacht said, in a statement. "We will continue to work with MTA to collaborate on positive changes and effectively communicate when we disagree with any proposals." The MTA is planning a public hearing on the final Bronx bus redesign on Feb. 20 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, beginning at 6 p.m. The hearing will concentrate on changes to local routes, Minton said, since express changes have been shelved temporarily. Source: https://riverdalepress.com/stories/mta-cut-express-buses-bronx-manhattan-nyc,71004?fbclid=IwAR3GcGTFsLhrBq2ujpe1Fiy8_nZH-nocBPWe5VeZ3qojhe3pnCv6CMs2wQU
  3. 4 points
    I mentioned the because that's the most used of the interborough options , but I never said it was the only option. Downtown Jamaica is very walkable in the sense the places are close by to each other (and the bus routes). If people were really walking once the routes hit Jamaica, a lot more routes would be terminating near 165th Street, Jamaica Center, or Sutphin Boulevard, and there would be nothing traveling on Jamaica Avenue & Hillside Avenues. Huh? So you're going from 'They don't need the service' to 'It is not a service cut'. How do you explain the loss of overnight service on the Q2 and Q4 then? A service cut is a service cut. Those people east of Springfield will see a service cut. There's a loss in network coverage. Doesn't matter if you split it into five routes. You're the one bringing up making a fuss about how people do all this walking to the bus and then use driving distance to make an argument about service being so close to each other, which again, comes off as disingenuous, and also says a lot. Okay, so 10 minutes is not 2 minutes, and that's not even considering people who live further away from Francis Lewis Boulevard (which like you yourself mentioned, is the majority of people) If the buses all go to Jamaica, what's the point of going to Francis Lewis Boulevard to catch the QT73 and waiting for a service passing every 20 minutes, just to go 2 minutes at max? Like, at least make a rational argument with this. Most of them will be forced to walk up to the avenue of the nearest bus, then walk to the bus stop on that avenue (because of the increased stop spacing). It doesn't matter if it was valid, because they wouldn't have saved them under that justification. Again, you're looking at this through your own lens and you're refusing to look at the bigger picture. A lot of these changes are service cuts, and certain areas are hit pretty bad. The MTA doesn't care for a second about subway GOs, because subway shuttles cost less to operate during the year compared to a 24/7 bus line. You're just going along with whatever the MTA proposal, figuring that they know what they're doing, and that they're justified in everything they're doing. You're using every MTA talking point and anything that sticks to defend the proposal and the agencies intentions as a good thing. That's definently not the case overall, and I'm not the only one who's expressing those statements.
  4. 3 points
    I would like to thank the Riverdale Press for their ongoing support to cover my advocacy group, as well other local media outlets in Queens and around the City. We plan to continue to push the Fair Fares Program for express buses: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/fair-fares-for-express-bus-riders.html?fbclid=IwAR34WRzmny6XN33TLVHbZisNuTC1BSwv3p3271Sc-yWylHuFkUGbz3GO-yA
  5. 3 points
    Kind of R188 related but I noticed the announcements on the 7 sounded different this morning. Turns out, the MTA reprogrammed all of them for 8 days with Awkwafina's voice making announcements. This is part of a Comedy Central paid promo for her new show "Nora from Queens" https://nypost.com/2020/01/16/queens-girl-awkwafina-will-be-making-subway-announcements-on-the-7-train/
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    I'm glad I'm not the only one that gets the thing. I also have a couple questions. I keep hearing complaints about the redesign, but aren't those who complain the main ones you hear from in any situation? Those who are happy aren't really gonna care enough to speak. Therefore, is this redesign REALLY as much of a problem as people think? Is it possible we've actually struck silver? I mean, it would be gold if the absolute max headway was 20 minutes (average wait of 10 minutes) on all routes. Lastly, I wonder how many peoples criticisms come from current patterns, and not patterns based on the new system. Because I see waaaayyy too much of the former. And that's a very flawed way to look at total change. (In some ways, you can say that mindset has stalled our country as a whole)
  8. 3 points
    1) Just because it's a draft doesn't make any more justified to come out with an overall terrible bus network. My area basically loses most useful subway connections, will see less night service, loses bus service completely on several roads, and leaves actual coverage gaps. Most outer neighborhoods in SE Queens lose overnight bus service altogether. The one bus running 24/7 is the Springfield Blvd bus, which wouldn't even go to Jamaica or Flushing. It's insulting to even consider this a draft plan, when all these service cuts are being proposed. And what makes you think they are going to adjust frequencies properly? All they have been doing is cutting bus service in any way possible. 2) Okay, then why did you mention that there people are not staying on buses because of Roosevelt Avenue to begin with? You're contradicting yourself here. Not everybody is going to the subway. Flushing and Jamaica are major commercial areas as well. Plus, there's the connection to other bus routes there. You can't just tell those people to go to Union Turnpike because, they're not trying to go there. A Francis Lewis Boulevard route doesn't make any sense because people south of Hillside aren't going north of Hillside in large amounts. Those that do, are not going to destinations around Francis Lewis Boulevard. Also, the walks to the bus stops on the east-west route aren't necessarily a piece of cake. You need to consider that most people have to walk to Francis Lewis Boulevard. With how they're spacing bus stops on all these routes, they'll need to walk to Francis Lewis Boulevard then walk up, or walk up the avenue blocks to the specific avenue, then walk to the bus stops.
  9. 3 points
    MTA was giving cars in the bus lane the Thanos snap.
  10. 2 points
    I think some of the R143s have these motors and will be expanded to the entire fleet. R142s, 160s: don't know.
  11. 2 points
    Major victory. I might just be a casual express bus rider, but even I know these express bus services are very much needed. I wish you guys the same amount of success in Queens and Brooklyn as well.
  12. 2 points
    1. Every 5 seconds is quite a reach..... 2. The problem with your QT67 argument is that you don't consider that the Q112 already connects with the & (J), I left out the LIRR on purpose because literally no one from Liberty Avenue is looking for the LIRR. So that in general is not much of a positive when it's going to literally do the same exact thing as the Q112, just with a slight route change. It's more of a negative because they're inherently merging two already inconsistent routes to make the entire route even MORE inconsistent and possibly even more unreliable. On top of that, folks who currently take the Q41(especially to/from Rockaway Blvd) avoid the Q112 because of its problems along Liberty Avenue, even though it's a straighter line. Yes, the QT67 gets them within walking distance to the terminal, which isn't exactly ideal especially if you're trying to make connections(as you are praising to the core) to routes at that terminal along with NICE Bus. People west of Sutphin Blvd lost direct access to 165th, and that's a big deal. 3. Electchester in itself isn't much of a big problem, congestion does happen, but between Electchester and Kew Gardens is where the worries begin. Not only will it lump riders west of Union Turnpike onto the line, but there's also crowding concerns between the two areas, and with 7 minute headways, it will not address the crowding concerns UNLESS they short turn buses at Kew Gardens and send every other bus to Electchester.....the way they planned out that extension, they essentially screwed over both the Q64 riders, and the Q10 riders. Again, the way you and a few others speak about this plan shows a clear lack of knowledge of the majority of the current day Queens routes.
  13. 2 points
    So you’re telling me the Q46 LTD doesn’t go to Leej Hoss and that the Bx12 Plus doesn’t go to the Jacobi Hoss on Websterav where you can transfer for a Nehave train?
  14. 2 points
    I saw that, laughed, and then said to myself "really? They paid some graphic designer to make this video, but they can't bother to correct the problems with the automated announcements? Priorities..."
  15. 1 point
    I just wanted to say that the response from Queens residents has been incredible. My advocacy group has received over 100 requests in the last few days alone from Queens express buses riders. The word is definitely getting around and I am hopeful that residents will demand that the rescinds these proposed service cuts.
  16. 1 point
    7106 has version 3 screens, announcing stops that was on the B45
  17. 1 point
    1. So we're just gonna ignore the fact that headways on the from Lefferts is every 20 minutes, and then turns into a shuttle during late nights? You would really take that over the ? You would seriously subject yourself to that? Hell, even I don't subject myself to that and I live near Lefferts Blvd. Also, how is the QT67 any faster? On a regular day, just to go from 111th to the Van Wyck can take about 15-25 minutes with all of the traffic on Liberty Avenue. The whole route is estimated to be roughly 70 minutes long from end to end without traffic. The Q112 is roughly 32 minutes without traffic, with traffic, it can be upwards to 45-50 minutes. The Q110 doesn't see as much traffic as the Q112(at least from my experience), but I can guarantee that the majority of people will sit on a bus from Eastern Queens to Lefferts Blvd to go to Manhattan or Brooklyn will be minimal at best, especially since that in itself will end up being an hour-long trip on a regular day. You will still see more people from Jamaica heading to Liberty than anyone along the Eastern Queens portion of the route. 2. I'm not sure what you're trying to convey by pointing out the Nostrand Avenue and LIRR stations, but usage between the two isn't that high. More people make transfers to the subway(especially the 2/3/4/5)at Atlantic Terminal than at Nostrand.
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    The fight in Queens is just starting. I have been in contact with some of the co-ops and condos. Le Havre is having a meeting tomorrow with Senator Liu on the proposed service cuts in Beechhurst. We will continue to have our express bus fliers circulated as well.
  20. 1 point
    1....but who in Eastern Queens is looking for the train, when the masses already take the and the (J)(and in most cases the (F)!? There is literally zero demand for train access from anywhere east of 168, and those folks who need Downtown Brooklyn service already take the LIRR.....the merger is nothing more than a cost-cutting excuse. Also, logically speaking, going from that part of Queens to the (E)/(J) will get you to Manhattan far more faster than going all the way to Lefferts for the (A), so I don't see the logic as to why they did this..... 2. That's still not the point. Riders west of Sutphin had at least two routes that directly serves the terminals. With this plan, there will be none. That will adversely affect the vast amount of elderly and disabled riders that use both the Q8 and Q41 to make connections at 165th. Walking doesn't solve everything for everyone. Not true, especially within the past few years.
  21. 1 point
    Liberty is always an adventure (lol), but I don't bother with the Q112 because the Q41 is simply more accessible in more (key areas) of Jamaica..... I almost always take it out of 165th & yesterday was no exception (used it to catch the Q53).... The Q41 has its problems, but (for me at least), it deceptively gets you to Cross Bay from Jamaica faster than expected.... Yeah, because they're snake oil salesmen.... (Welcome to the forums, by the way)
  22. 1 point
    Hi - new here from Eastern Queens subway desert. The Queens redesign has created a bit of a stir around these parts but unfortunately MTA will not host a community meeting out here... closest one is in Flushing, which is unfortunate. I reckon the main driver for the cuts in service is more of MTA knowing this will be a long bargaining session with all stakeholders. The reductions are glaring but it is understandable why they mentioned "X minutes or better" for bus frequency. For all riders, folks need to come out in force to make it known - Andy B, along with the MTA seem to be engaged so we should be too. It is a long shot but the only way I see this new grid working is if bus connections are made within <5 minutes. Drivers and riders alike need to have information screens in the bus to know connection times at busy bus intersections - if we are forced to transfer more, then drivers/dispatchers need to work smarter to make the connections work. NYC DOT needs to work even more closely with transit to get this bang on right so buses can make schedule. If folks need to wait for a transfer for over 20 minutes if they just missed the connection - that just isn't going to fly. Here's to hoping they'll listen to our concerns rather than hoping all the planets align. One other concern is this one size fit all time of day frequency. I did not find any passage in the draft plan that expand on this. They do not account for shock loads like seasonal events and school arrival/dismissal days. For example, kids get dismissed before 3pm where bus frequency ramps up but they all get dismissed at once... On a positive note: I do like the new purple lines which speed up access to the main subway hubs - its not perfect but it is a good idea The grid looks much cleaner but again connections need to have reliability and consistency Spaced out bus stops should've been done much sooner but better late than never Things MTA Bus should consider: Make into law a "Yield to Bus" rule for buses re-entering traffic flow Work with NYC DOT to make more parking restrictions (No Standing) during rush hour times and direction on more streets - parking is a luxury, not a right There are some things that MTA got right but still much work to do from management, planners to riders. For those in the forum that have been to European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, they just have amazing transit, bus service is not an afterthought. Also having a more subdued car culture also helps...
  23. 1 point
    Explain how someone coming from SW Queens or Brooklyn is supposed to use the . You're refusing to see the bigger picture with this entire thing, and are only viewing stuff from your lens. The isn't the only train from Jamaica. People are also using the and to make connections to the buses as well. Whether the bus terminates at Springfield Blvd or further along the route, the bus operator is still paid for layover time. So if the same cycle time can be achieved by sending the buses further out, then it makes no sense to eliminate those portions of the route. However, with the combination of the Hillside Ave and Merrick Boulevard local, it's clearly a cost-cutting measure. There's literally no service past Springfield towards Jamaica on the Hillside and Merrick route during the overnight hours, and no between those corridors going to Jamaica except for the QT67. Do you really think having people walk up to 2.5 miles or so to catch a bus to Jamaica is appropriate? Like come on now. Most people needing a bus between Merrick and Hillside would need to do a walk between 1-2 miles to either the QT18, or QT67, or QT68. Which is not happening if you're reducing Jamaica access. Once again, people are not just going to Jamaica for the subway, and more specifically, for subway access to Manhattan. People are actually going to Jamaica (for destinations along Hillside Ave and Jamaica Ave), or are connecting for subway service to Brooklyn. What two cross routes in that area are within 2 minutes of walking distance from each other? Three avenue blocks, which are approximately two street blocks wide. So that makes 6 street blocks. Plus, this doesn't account for people who come from south of 120th Avenue. The MTA considered cutting the B25 and Q56 back back in 2009. They've proposed cutting the Q53 outright and partially replacing it with the Q52 and another Broadway route in this redesign "draft" plan. These are all literally cost cutting measures, because all three of those routes carry riders. You can't just assume that a service cut means that the route performs poorly, especially with this agency, which is eliminating service from where they can, even on the workhorses. Look at what they're trying to do with the Q44 in terms of service levels.
  24. 1 point
    Lol... At this rate, SEPTA will follow, then DART, then LANTA, then BARTA.....
  25. 1 point
    The most vocal points within my area in particular(other than 101, that entire stretch is literally PISSED about the QT5) I've been hearing are these. -Being forced to make extra, unnecessary transfers just to get to 165th Street Bus Terminal, which is big considering the ridership to/from that terminal on various lines such as the current Q8 & Q41...a clear example of them not taking ridership patterns into account. -Merging & extending routes(QT67) without addressing the underlying problems as to why the current routes(Q112 & Q110) have problems to begin with. -Q10 via 130 customers being forced to take the Q37 to get access to the train, along with airport workers living along that section losing access to the airport and having to make yet, another unnecessary transfer. -Current Q10 riders worried about the Electchester extension screwing them over and reducing the overall reliability of the route. If you compare my neck of the woods(from Atlantic Avenue going South) to western and northern Queens, we got screwed over pretty badly..... Speaking as someone who lives within walking distance of where the QT68 will start and end....that line will be completely useless west of Merrick. For one, most hospital passengers are looking for areas more westward than eastward, which will resort to people taking the QT56 or the to the instead. The way that the QT68 is structured, it has no business going to the hospital whatsoever.... That in itself is still inherently not true. There's far more people boarding/departing buses at 74th than at 82nd. I'm in full agreement with BM5 via Woodhaven on that notion. Also, the way you speak about the redesign shows a clear lack of knowledge of how a lot of the current day Queens routes function along with their ridership patterns. Just saying that so-and-so redesign route will provide connections and such won't help matters when a lot of areas are seeing pretty significant reductions of service or no service at all after a certain time.....
  26. 1 point
    1) Buses during late night are not going to fill up the way daytime buses do. That's consistent throughout the entire system, and not just limited to SE Queens. I'm pretty sure wouldn't be advocating for subway cuts during overnight hours, because some subway lines currently have considerably low ridership during late night hours. Sure, there might be less people going to the outer neighborhoods, but does it make sense to completely strand them if the existing system can get them to where they need to go and they carry other passengers as well? It's one thing to suggest eliminating one route, but it's another thing when Cambria Heights, Laurelton, and parts of Bellrose, Floral Park, and Rosedale would all lose overnight bus service, because the QT18 does not go past Springfield Boulevard or 231st Street. The QT7 would only have 24 hr service on weekdays, and it and the QT73 do not go to Jamaica. Out of the routes you mentioned, only the QT45 serves one of the outermost neighborhoods in SE Queens, and even then parts of that neighborhood is still far from that bus. Not necessarily an issue of the QT45, but it's an issue of the outright slashing of service to those neighborhoods. Also, do you realize that for some you would need to make additional transfers and go out your way, even if you make a walk to/from an overnight bus? You cannot tell me areas east of Francis Lewis Boulevard (in Laurelton) to Springfield Blvd is any easy walk. Springfield to Francis Lewis Boulevard is far enough to begin with, especially during overnight hours when you have to time yourself the bus. This doesn't even take into consideration any safety issues at night. If you make night service unusable or non-existent at night, you will lose your ridership base because many are just not going to walk in fear of their safety. 2) Well, that's false. Like I said, there's many more people going to 74th Street. The QT18 or the LTD service on Hillside would be useless for those people, because the buses I've been on (with standees on and everything) use the bus along Francis Lewis Boulevard (and to be more specific, places south of Jamaica Avenue). I don't see many people in Little Neck and Auburndale caring about going to location in Queens east of Main Street. You can't say that job locations are more accessible just because new routes are redrawn, that's a rather disingenuous point. Those job locations along the new route are now accessible, but if most people have jobs elsewhere and the new system takes them longer to get to their place of work because it doesn't take them to the necessary connections they need, then you just made all those job locations less accessible. You're playing with people's livelihoods just to experiment on a new route structure. Well those people complaining about the and combo using that point either do not know what they are talking about, or (with respect to railfans) doing for more selfish reasons and using any talking point they think sticks. The major complaint I've heard regarding that route was whether to use or . Others didn't mind the new route, but like Ridgewood in particular, wasn't with the designation. Yes, and of those using the Q77 (which would be replaced with the QT71 and QT73) and the Q84 west of Springfield, how many would now need to walk even longer to one of the east-west routes going to Jamaica, for connections to SW Queens, Brooklyn. How many would have a longer bus ride to the for Manhattan, which outside of the rush, is all local, and only serves a portion of Midtown, compared to the existing ride to the , which runs express in Queens and serves much more of Manhattan than the does. You're reaching with the connectivity argument. Just because you have multiple connections available and more connections accessible, doesn't necessarily mean anything, because if most people do not want those connections, they're useless. Literally no one in SE Queens is seeking Douglaston Shopping Center. Queens Center Mall can still be reached under one fare under the existing system, since the Q88 goes to Springfield, and if the route doesn't connect with the Q88, they would be able to take the subway. The only difference that in some cases, the transfer location changes, and for others, the trip is done with two buses instead of bus + subway combo. Similar thing with locations along Union Turnpike (Some have direct access already and will continue to have it). When the benefits of the new connections provided are significantly outweighed by the difficult in other major connections, the bus is essentially a personal chauffeur. Again, if the Q77 existed in some form (and the Q84 as it does today, for the most part), and the QT73 also existed together, I would not have so much of a problem with this whole thing. But having the QT73 essentially replace the Q77 and the easternmost part of the Q84 (and make it harder for those getting to Jamaica) is simply something I can't agree with.
  27. 1 point
    You certainly induce more motorists on the roads & passengers utilizing for-hire vehicles though Who cares about current ridership patterns (that they have no real knowledge of in the first place), when it's simply easier to re-draw the whole network...
  28. 1 point
    The problem I have is that the MTA seems to be completely ignoring current ridership patterns. You don’t create new riders by throwing away your entire old ridership. some examples Those Jackson Height route- Ok fair enough, now there’s a bus north of Roosevelt that goes to QCM. It could’ve been done by extending the current Q47 south. But they decided to extend that route to Columbus Circle. Q49- That new Q74 will carry air when people realize it’s faster to walk to 90th than wait 20 min for a bus. That’s the time it takes to walk from Astoria Bl! One of the busiest and most efficient route, gone, just like that. Q33- No one gets on/off at 82/Roosevelt. Most people want the E/F, like the 49 example, people are simply going to walk to 82nd if they can’t get a bus direct to E/F. If they have to take the 7 anyways, might as well walk it. People in that area takes the bus because of laziness. They could and will walk to the 7 if things goes awry. By taking away the direct option to 74th, I would estimate that 80% of the current ridership will be gone. Could you get that back at QCM? Those Flushing Routes They talk about having a grid system like we are in the middle of nowhere and no one takes the bus. All of hose zoned express runs Rush hours only which means, during other time, to get to Flushing, passengers will have to transfer to QT85/84/17. That and the new Q65 will no longer go to Flushing, I think QT17 will get completely slammed with passengers. There ain’t no way those three routes are able to handle the current load of passengers, at least not at the frequency they are proposing. Im not complaining about change, I’m complaining about the complete disregard of the present travel patterns, and telling commuters to suck it and deal with it. I’m all for change, but I think some of this plan is completely flawed. sticking strictly to theory is not how to design a bus system.
  29. 1 point
    The bold part. It doesn’t make no sense at all. Those Brooklyn OG’s won’t be hitting the scrap yard anytime soon.
  30. 1 point
    The problem is there are more cuts than additional services. You have a handful of stops being discontinued for no reason (QT5), headways cut for no reason (QT44), express service getting cut once again, certain routes getting merged and rerouted for no particular reason except for "connectivity purposes" (meaning serving a section of Queens just to look like service is being retained and /or added, again QT5 comes to mind, also the QT41 is another great example of this), etc.
  31. 1 point
    The is currently mainly dominated by R46 for regular passenger service.
  32. 1 point
    I saw one on Wednesday actually. I think they just reduced them down to 1-2 sets now.
  33. 1 point
    Add 8301 to the list from Wayne garage. I saw it on the 190E this week. So in total Wayne has 3 2002 D4500 buses left. Again they are coaches #8294, #8301 & #8304
  34. 1 point
    There's no reason to go to 74th, when the Q29 is available at 82nd Street. Yes, the trip is now direct for those people going to QCM, but a significantly greater amount of people are impacted now that they don't have access to the or . You can't assume that everyone is going to the just because it's the nearest train in that area. There's no need for short-turns on that end of the Q33 either. They need to all go to 74th Street. No one in that part of the Fresh Meadows area is even looking for service to SE/SW Queens like that. Their demographics and where they typically travel to are virtually different. I'm not talking about commercial Bayside though, I'm talking about the loss of direct access to major commercial areas and hubs like Flushing and Jamaica, where more people are going. I am also specifically talking about your point regarding people going to the east-west routes to get to Jamaica. I don't have a problem with the QT71 route-wise, so that's irrelevant. My problem is with the QT73 and how it's supposedly replacing both the Q76 and Q77. The vast majority of Francis Lewis between Horace Harding and the GCP is parkland. Much of nobody is getting on buses between GCP and Hillside Ave. The QT31 also covers some parts of the section between Horace Harding and Northern Boulevard. So only a small portion of people that are not near Northern Boulevard, or Hollis Court Boulevard would benefit, while people going to Jamaica on both the Q76 and Q77 (which is far greater) would be negatively impacted.
  35. 1 point
    I applied but didn't receive a letter yet. I think they said to contact them if you don't receive a letter 4 days BEFORE the exam date
  36. 1 point
    I wouldn't say that. Atlantic Avenue (for the 2/3/4/5) and DeKalb (for the R) are both very useful transfer points, since not everyone on Brighton is going to 6th Avenue or Broadway. The only other stop is 7th Avenue, which has good ridership, so there isn't really a problem with all the trains stopping there.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Million dollar question in that regard is - What are they using as a basis as to who they're so proclaiming they're making trips more direct for? I'm sorry, but they are throwing out that term way too loosely; almost as if the word "direct" is being used as a nothing more than a mere buzzword to try to get folks to be on board with the plan.... The (final versions of the) routes will roll out whenever they will & the riders will eventually, actually determine whether the routes will be more direct for them... As far as opting to making a grid out of Queens' network, well until we get more subway stations panning east of Flushing & Jamaica, opting to deconstruct the existing feeder networks based out of those 2 aforementioned areas, simply will not fly for far too many people....
  39. 1 point
    the confusion lies with people being LAZY. lazy minded individuals don't bother looking at destination signs or even the actual color scheme of the bus. people just see a large vehicle, translate it in their mind as "BUS! must be the one i need, so I'm getting on, and it better be going where I need to go..." not all, but some.
  40. 1 point
    I'm not sure why you are praising this plan, when it calls for considerable service cuts. There is no way that people should be forced to wait ONE HOUR during RUSH HOUR for a bus, when they may wait every 20 - 30 minutes currently. That is not an improvement. You are looking at just the routes. I am looking at the cuts to the service spans AND the frequencies and the fact that there are NO alternatives in some cases. Cutting bus service at 9:30pm back to Queens is absurd, when buses currently run until 12:30am at night. That's a three hour cut to the span of service. You also talked the need for more direct trips. Well riders will be forced to make more transfers under this plan, thus elongating their trips, so I'm not sure how this plan makes service more direct. The routes will be more direct, but service won't be more direct for the actual passengers.
  41. 1 point
    Wasn’t that one reported? I have it on my personal list, not sure if it was mentioned here. BTW, keep an eye out for these JG units: 253, 255, 263, 354, 361, 367, 420, 424, 431, 434
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    They’re working in conjunction with Bombardier to revamping the door motors as the ones you notice on the R142/A equipment. Means the doors will open quickly and close with force.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Let's wait and see. These cars are being inspected and any cars that pass the inspection will most likely go back in service, but those that don't, will have to be repaired before going back to service. I wouldn't be surprised, in the best case scenario, if a few r179's go back to service some time this week. Fingers crossed!!
  46. 1 point
    Best as I can understand the 16 R-32s removed from the fleet last week have and will not be put back in service. Stripping work had already began on Monday. 3454/55 was in the line to go on the chop shop too but was inn another track then returned to Inspection and the yard then was still available. That would get the Brightliner fleet back up to 204. Probably all there will be but will watch. So, it would seem doubt there will be any MORE R-32s retired anytime soon, Mhhhh?!?!?
  47. 1 point
    All I can say to begin with is this quote: "One flew east, One flew west. One flew over the cuckoo's nest." Ain't it grand?!?
  48. 1 point
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  49. 1 point
    The MTA officially unveiled the XE60's on the M14D this morning so keep an eye out for those
  50. 1 point
    According to my union chairman at my depot, it looks like the sb46 will be fully articulated buses runs. But of course if there isn't enough articulated buses to pull out for service since they are splitting buses with the sb44, Sometimes you may see some of the 40ft wrap buses in service for both lines. Most of the 40ft wrap buses will be unwrapped and thrown into local service. Words are rapidly spreading around at the depot with managements last week regarding changing Flatbush fleet into Articulated fleet only since majority of the routes are straight forward except for the B2 and B31 that are short. This week we used only articulated buses for the J , Q, and A shuttle. I know myself the other day I pulled out the new Nova articulated bus to do the J shuttle from Broadway "Williamsburg" to Manhattan Essex Street. We had 12 Articulated buses together riding down Utica avenue/Malcom X Blvd deadheading to the starting point Hewes Street and Broadway in Brooklyn. "Yes we were able to make that left turn from Malcolm X Blvd into Broadway."
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