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  1. 8 points
    Anyway, just for shits & giggles, I'll answer that survey: (hopefully the spoiler tag works)
  2. 6 points
    The first doesn’t jibe with the second. Faster & Cheaper =/= Good and right. Suppose those polymers fail the next time a significant storm floods the tunnel? Now a new tunnel wall has to be built AND the cables replaced, vs if they just rebuilt the whole thing and repositioned the cables. Shortcutting a critical piece of infrastructure is no way to get to a state of good repair. It’s like having a leaky oil pan on your car and just putting on gorilla glue hoping you don’t have to replace the gasket. The leak will return soon. Semi-temp fixes cost more in the long run.
  3. 4 points
    Yes?.... 1) I want one people to take a look at the questions and responses, and actually discuss it. 2) If I made a separate thread for it, I would have been asked "Why did you make a whole thread for it? Why didn't you put this in the Subway random thoughts thread"......
  4. 4 points
    You've been making several posts on here about the subway needing to being 24/7 again.... We get it... Much of nobody here disagrees with that. Bringing up what happened to this poor guy though, is not a reason to have round-the-clock service on the subway.... F*ck Sh*t happens on the subways also. Enough already. Thank you. Yeah, safe to say what's going on in the Rockaways during the overnight hours, aren't simply occurring by happenstance..... Somebody (or some group) with enough pull is saying something behind the scenes.....
  5. 3 points
    Older! Looks like late-70s early-80s. Rare sign for sure. It's Akzidenz, for one (the t is nearly as tall as the U), and the 'o' looks a little wonky + the letters are really thick. Means it was probably hand-stenciled. That's what the earliest enamel white-on-black signs looked like. 86th on the B/C had one, but I'm not sure it survived the renovation.
  6. 3 points
    That's good, because perfection won't be necessary for the state of New York to not have you forever be its Governor.
  7. 2 points
    Point being, I don't know how many people have received it, and it might not be available on the MTA site, so I have made it public.
  8. 2 points
    As seen with the Train shutdown, it seems that piecemeal fixes and half baked attempts at 'state of the art' projects is the most NYC can expect for in terms of transportation investment. All unilaterally decided by the governor, it seems as though he would rather choose the easier route and claim he got the project done rather than opt for one that would benefit more people in the long run but take longer to approve and build.
  9. 2 points
    I guess shootings don't exist on subways at all. Guess that was a myth.
  10. 2 points
    As someone who lived in the area, Floral Park will NIMBY against literally any bit of change, ever. They managed to simultaneously be against the gates being down all the time during peak, and grade crossing elimination, so it knows no bounds.
  11. 1 point
    When the R62As and R68/As were linked up in the late 90s, why did the MTA paint over the front rollsign windows on the linkbar cars (as well as the #2 end on the coupler cars)? Why did they not paint those on the R62s? (were they linkbarred from the beginning?) @B35 via Church that was hilarious esp. your response to the reasons to ride the subway more frequently after Covid.
  12. 1 point
    ....Yet a working professional like @QM1to6Ave has to show ID. SMFH.
  13. 1 point
    Let's revisit the train tunnel in a decade before we start praising it.
  14. 1 point
    you guys all say that.... and yet; (clears throat) Your attention please... The 7 is now online from Main Street all the way to 46th/Bliss. Only six stops are left to complete the 7.
  15. 1 point
    The Better Buses Program is in jeopardy. My comments are in the Riverdale Press: City bus improvement plan halted by pandemic, cuts Posted May 24, 2020 A sign hangs in front of a roped-off section of a bus informing passengers that buses citywide are for essential travel only. The city’s bus network is one of the hardest hit areas of the MTA since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen ridership plummet. Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to defund the Better Buses Action Plan, intended to speed up bus service. JULIUS CONSTANTINE MOTAL By PATRICK LINDO It was a project intended to boost average bus speeds by as much as 25 percent through improvements and new construction of bus-only lanes, including a planned lane on Broadway through Marble Hill. But it seems the coronavirus has claimed yet another victim as Mayor Bill de Blasio has put the brakes on his Better Buses Action Plan as the city scrambles to make up for budget shortfalls caused by the current economic turmoil. When asked by reporters about his decision to defund the Better Buses program, despite previously saying that he would draft a plan for car reduction, de Blasio reasoned that priorities have shifted. “The most basic things are health, safety, food (and) shelter,” the mayor said during an April 16 coronavirus briefing. “So, we’re going to focus there first.” de Blasio acknowledged that such programs like Better Buses were necessary — especially when the city tries to return to normal — but basic necessities were far more important. But that doesn’t mean Better Buses is dead. It could be part of a post-pandemic world. “There’s no question that a lot of the other things are very important,” de Blasio said. “That’s why we put them in the budget to begin with, and they will continue as we have more resources in the future.” The mayor might be looking for money that he can shift around in the city budget, but not everyone is happy with better transit becoming a victim, like Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents the area around the stretch of Broadway that was supposed to get a bus-only lane. In a letter, Rodriguez reminded the mayor how bus services power the city’s emergency response, shuttling frontline “essential” workers such as doctors, nurses, EMTs and grocery workers. And then there’s the inevitable reopening of the city, the councilman added. Many rely on buses, especially in low-income communities, immigrant neighborhoods, and among the elderly and mobility impaired, all of whom Rodriguez says would be disproportionately impacted, as they have throughout the pandemic. “Having access to reliable and frequent bus service will help bring racial and economic justice to bus-dependent communities,” Rodriguez said in his letter. Vittorio Bugatti, founder of the Express Bus Advocacy Facebook group, also stressed how important it is the city’s transportation system remains focused on reopening. Bugatti — who still depends on express buses from his Riverdale home, even during the coronavirus crisis — says the city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should be looking to entice riders back onto buses, especially as many say it might be a long time before they feel safe from disease on mass transit in the wake of the pandemic. “It’s extremely important that we maintain it,” Bugatti said of the plan. Some observers fear many might turn away from buses and trains when the city reopens, and instead rely on cars and services like Uber to get around. Drawing commuters back to buses will likely be a top priority, Bugatti said, which is why programs such as Better Buses needs more advocacy from the mayor’s office rather than funding cuts. More cars mean more congestion, Rodriguez said, creating environmental and health concerns. With cars off the road right now during the statewide stay-at-home orders, air quality has substantially improved. But if and when the city reopens, without better preparations, the councilman fears an environmental relapse. “The city should plan for an increase in automobile traffic that could be worse than pre-pandemic levels,” Rodriguez said, “leaving millions of riders in endless traffic, and destroying air quality — making millions more vulnerable to respiratory illness. Danny Vaughn, a member of Bugatti’s transit advocacy group, said that while he’s still concerned about unsanitary conditions on buses, a better, quicker, more reliable service would be a boon to the city. Changes like those detailed in the Better Buses plan, he added, are necessary to achieve it. de Blasio unveiled the Better Buses Action Plan a year ago, with an eye to speed up buses by 25 percent by the end of 2020. Those plans include not just bus-only lanes, but also a mix of improvements to the system overall like new routes, better accessibility to bus stops, real-time schedule information, enforcement of bus lane rules, and improvements to buses themselves, including a push for all-electric vehicles. Source: https://www.riverdalepress.com/stories/city-bus-improvement-plan-halted-by-pandemic-cuts,71865?
  16. 1 point
  17. 1 point
    I would give this some time before it’s officially declared a transfer. I know someone mentioned spotted working the , but there have been times where cars moved and then returned to its original yard.
  18. 1 point
    3146 and others are on the I don't know the reason but that came from ENY yard.
  19. 1 point
    ......... ......... I don't see the problem here.... You're acting like the dude copied & pasted it off a website or something......
  20. 1 point
    @BM5 via Woodhaven In the Draft Plan on page 45 (47/434 on the PDF) it mentions that "The QT1 is proposed to cross the Pulaski Bridge to connect Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, The Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Downtown Brooklyn". However, I don't think that actually means it will stop within the Navy Yard itself (they could've just said Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, but I guess they wanted to emphasize the proximity to the Navy Yard)
  21. 1 point
    Are you a moderator? No you're not.
  22. 1 point
    They need to have buses spaced apart better instead of having ops riding each others ass
  23. 1 point
    I feel like people approved of the fix because Cuomo stuck it to the and now that he's using that same unilateral authority for his own political convenience (as was the case before) a lot of the ole same folks are getting a taste of the ole Albany boot laces.
  24. 1 point
    Cuomo is an egomaniac in similar ways to Trump. However, Cuomo is typically more meticulous with how he achieves certain things. The fact that Cuomo has high favorability during this time period simply because he does these conferences says a lot. You would also think given Trump's policy record, people would actually look to vote for people who actually will work for them instead of someone who the media promotes based on "electability" and tone, but I digress. However, he did at the eleventh hour overriding what was already going to be set in place, and even then the MTA board (full of Cuomo appointees) in general even went with it, which was in stark contrast to previous studies saying that the method in particular could potentially expose people to silica dust. All for him to score brownie points with his interests (mainly real estate), while duping regular people to make it look like he's working for them. Since this new option wasn't studied again after the initial study, we don't exactly know what will be the long term outcomes and impacts of this project(and not just the tunnel itself). If anything happens and is notice, it'll likely be when he's long gone.
  25. 1 point
    There's more that can be done to reduce the impact of track maintenance in the subway. I saw something on twitter that was about the . Service often gets replaced by shuttle buses during construction because it's only a 2 track line and the current signaling system is uni-directional, so single tracking isn't possible on a large scale. CBTC signals can be bi-directional, so with the addition of a full crossover at Bergen Street, the line would have 3 zones where single tracking could be done during overnight 20 minute headways. CBTC alone is not enough though. Flagging rules need to be looked at to allow faster service in the single tracked area, or it just doesn't work. I've mentioned before that physical barriers could be installed in some locations to separate the tracks. I doubt it would go over well in the union to suggest increasing speeds without additional safety measures. This should be implemented on any 2 track line where it isn't already. For 4 track lines, I have a different idea. In this scenario, Track 1 = southbound local, Track 2 = southbound express, Track 3 = northbound express, and Track 4 = southbound local. In normal late night service, 1 and 4 are active, while 2 and 3 are unused. To access 1 or 4 for work, a directional station bypass service change is typically used. If track 1 is out, southbound trains would run express on track 2, and northbound trains would run local on track 4. Track 3 would not be used. This means the active tracks are not adjacent. I think it might be preferable if the active tracks were adjacent, allowing work to take place on two adjacent tracks at once. That means in the same scenario, southbound trains would run express on track 3, even though that's actually the northbound express track. Northbound trains would still run local on track 4. If it's planned to always work on the two adjacent tracks at the same time, then the barriers I mentioned above would only need to be installed between the two express tracks.
  26. 1 point
    When I lived uptown, I would see people (typically tourists and transplants) standing on platforms, letting trains and trains go by because they were waiting for the /.
  27. 1 point
    Interesting that all the goodwill he earned from the COVID Conferences and being educator/consoler-in-chief is being squandered with the authoritarian BS a la Trump.
  28. 1 point
    I'd say its high time that we get rid of Skip Stop as its not a viable alternative to the whatsoever.
  29. 1 point
    The problem is that both NYC and NYS governments have such strong executives that basically require the second coming of the Messiah to function properly. But a ConCon was rejected the last statewide elections and the next one is up in the 2030s so y'all are gonna have to live with it.
  30. 1 point
    The transit experts should hold their own conference and tell people to "forget Cuomo". Then escalate the dispute to the appropriate medium if need be; WWE or whatever...
  31. 1 point
    looks like the is running express in Manhattan today at least according to the website. If you go on the website and click on service status for the , the local stop disclaimer that states the runs local in Manhattan while the is suspended is no longer there. Also if you click on the local stops at 28 St, 23rd St, 8 St-NYU, and Prince St, only arrival information for the is available. Definitely an odd change, leaving Broadway Local on a 12-minute headway (assuming the is coming on-time)
  32. 1 point
    I've been trying to think of something constructive to say about this all morning but I just keep going back to: par for the course... The facts are that New York (city and state) have become the fiefdom for two incompetent morons who have a power complex and no competent leader of his or her field would want to come here and want to deal with either of them. It has become painfully clear after watching live cameras, train rides and night walks of other cities around the world during this quarantine that our city and state is nowhere near world class in anything and we are the quintessential example of resting on our laurels. The best chance to fix this was just driven across the Atlantic Ocean by a megalomaniac who somehow receives positive press even after completely botching the response to this pandemic and then boldface lies about it on multiple occasions, scapegoating anything he can think of to avoid casting any blame on himself. Good luck New York, you'll need it.
  33. 1 point
    I'm inclined to agree with you with your time frame. I can foresee a return of the but the is a neutered in my way of thinking and the is just a with different signage to me. The latter two wouldn't be needed any time soon. Just my thoughts. Carry on.
  34. 1 point
    So now advocating assault and homicide? COVID is really showing the world people’s true colors.
  35. 1 point
    But it’s a Chevy - you’ll be back on the bus waiting for that replacement tranny to show up, get installed, and work close to properly.
  36. 1 point
    The extent to which people forget there's a whole world outside of the US that's already figured this out is troubling.
  37. 0 points
    This is becoming ridiculous. More and more mentally unstable homeless people riding the express buses. Got another one tonight on the QM21. Walked right on without paying. Stinks to high heavens, and clearly is not stable. People on the bus are rightfully pissed.
  38. 0 points
    Was it really necessary to post the entire survey on here...
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