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  1. MAJOR changes in New NYMTA Bus Deliveries... 2021 Nova LFS HEV #9620-9910 Tuskegee 20 (will be first), Kingsbridge 25, Manhattanville 226, Gun Hill 20 2021 New Flyer XDE40 #9510-9619, 9416-9499 Hale 68 (will be first), Quill 92, ENY 25, Grand 25 2021-22 Nova LFS Diesel #8755-8963 Jamaica 60 (will be first), Stengel 79, Queens Village 50, Castleton 20 2021-22 New Flyer XD40 #7851-7989 Fresh Pond 39 (will be first), ENY 40, Flatbush 40, Ulmer Park 20 2021-22 Prevost X3-45 #1300-1628 College Point 82, Eastchester 48, Meredith 50, Far Rockaway 23, Yonkers 39, Spring Creek 25, Bailey Park 8, LaGuardia 22 As always, Subject to Change (as this is the 3rd change)
    16 points
  2. 9624 and 9625 delivered to Manhattanville.
    8 points
  3. It’s people like this who need to pay up. People who equate taking a train or bus to “Communism.” Sorry, driving is a privilege, not a right. Privilege is something you pay for. I really don’t feel sorry for these drivers. I see so much road traffic now, going back to summer. Of all the things about New York to made a comeback, it had to be the road traffic, didn’t it? And if congestion pricing isn’t the answer, then reinstate the commuter tax. Very short-sighted of Pataki to do away that. Why would it cause delays in retiring the R32, SI R44 and R46 cars? Semi conductor shortages are causing the delay in the R211 pilot train getting here, per your post in the R211 thread, no? Delivery of the new trains will play out depending on how well the pilot train does. That’s happening with or without congestion pricing. Where congestion pricing may help is to determine how many option R211s we can get, and whether or not we can get R262 cars sooner rather than later (as opposed to not at all).
    4 points
  4. #1383 in service at ECH along with #1382 and #1384, all three are out at the moment.
    4 points
  5. Lmao the entire Manhattanville fleet. Damn! I mean, two things can be true at once. On the one hand, MV is getting a whole new fleet. On the other hand, MV hasn't seen a delivered-new fleet since 2006, or 15 full years. Has any depot in the system been that long? Maybe Eastchester or some of the MCI express fleets? Can't think of a single local depot.
    3 points
  6. Most of the drivers out here are great. I suspect some have been burned though, and so they figure they have to go by the books. Technically, that is what the wants... They want drivers adhering to the schedules the entire time (even in the drop-off segment, though they usually don't always radio drivers to do that). It really depends on dispatch, and if you get a guy who wants to be a hard ass. I have met some of the dispatchers on Staten Island either at meetings or other events, and most are pretty cool and try hard to provide good service. The only thing that I know that the union is still supporting on Staten Island is the passenger limit, despite the not having one. Some drivers are deciding not to pick up past a certain amount of passengers to avoid overcrowding, so some people are pissed because they are being left behind. Other than that, if there's an issue with crackdowns on drivers to adhere to their paddles during the drop-off segment on Staten Island, that is news to me. What I can tell you is some trips are being held back because the schedules are so poorly written that the guys have wayyy too much time for the pick-up segment. We tried to get them revised before the next pick, but no dice. Supposedly, the doesn't want to change the runtimes for now with everything going on, but we'll keep at it if it remains a big problem. We went directly to the top for that and I heard from my contact about it a few days later.
    3 points
  7. Good luck with that. Something I found VERY strange the other day was a driver telling me how he can't get to Manhattan too early. We had no traffic and the people on the bus wanted stops towards the end of the line so we moved quickly. I always thought once the pick-up segment is done, that's it, you just go. Makes no sense to me. If dispatch is behind it, why in the world would they penalize express bus drivers if they finish the pick-up segment on-time, but finish the trip early? I just asked a driver I know. Blame the . Even though it's the drop-off segment, some guys are being called up by dispatch and told to wait and check their paddles. That is incredibly stupid. I am going to look into this for you. I see no reason why any driver should have to hold at any time point that is along the drop-off segment, and drive slowly after the pick-up segment has been done.
    3 points
  8. 2021 Nova LFS HEV #9620-9910 Tuskegee 20 (will be first), Kingsbridge 25, Manhattanville 226, Gun Hill 20 so the way I look at this one is depot number 1 would get 9620-9639 depot number 2 would get 9640-9664 depot number 3 would get 9665-9890 depot number 4 would get 9891-9910. If that’s the case, GH would have the highest number on the fleet.
    2 points
  9. It has been noted several times on Social Media that the hand-me-down-NG's to MTA Bus are temporary until they get a new bus order for themselves.
    2 points
  10. It's not new. Actually the driver I asked a little while ago had that happen to him on the BxM4. Called him up during the drop-off segment and told him to hold there and follow his paddle. Passengers were pissed. It just doesn't happen often, and thank God for that.He's a good guy and will only hold if he is called up. Remember that other guy? The Hat? He would stop at green lights. I took him once to Woodlawn years ago. Never again. I had to be in Westchester for something and was late. Person picking me up had to wait almost 30 mins.
    2 points
  11. Because there was an error on my math and I thought I fixed it. But Its Quill, Quill is getting 76 not 92. Also, 1607-1628 are the options on the Prevost, I had to double-check but the paperwork I see says 1607-1628, not 29, which means they only took 22 options and not 23. Nonetheless, the options have been taken but have not been assigned.
    2 points
  12. That is a typo on my part, Spring Creek is getting 35.
    2 points
  13. As far as mayors go, DeBlasio, Bloomberg, and Giuliani were/are arrogant pricks who have done more harm than good. Dinkins, Koch and Beame were a buch of sleazy schmucks who spent more time dishing out patronage perks to cronies than actually trying to competently manage the City administration. Lindsay was a bumbling bleeding-heart who was in way over his head as the person who's supposed to be in charge. This city has not had a decent mayor since Robert Wagner; everyone who's occupied Gracie Mansion since then has been garbage.
    2 points
  14. 1 point
  15. they'll find a way to get into that lockbox, We are NY state at the end of the day, over taxing people and stealing funds for personal pet projects while people go broke or move out in droves.
    1 point
  16. You obviously didn't get my sarcasm. We are a City that has accepted mediocre public transportation for years instead of being more vocal. That is the real problem, and even people that work at the tell me nothing will change. I've said it for a long-time. I think workers should also be forced to take public transportation. How is that we have so many workers that DRIVE to work? I don't want to hear that BS about many of them not living in the City, because plenty of them live in the five boroughs. I think that's absurd. That's one thing I would change. You'd see service improve considerably that way alone. My uncle worked for the for over 20 years and he commuted back and forth to the depots he worked at using public transportation. Keeps folks humble and they provide better customer service. He drove to work on occasion, but not every day. The funds would be in a lock box, so they would be for transit only.
    1 point
  17. If so, I highly doubt they will be delivered in the SBS scheme since articulated buses have already been tested on the route.
    1 point
  18. MTA Bus local routes really got screwed, they really about to get a bunch of hand me down NGs from NYCT. Gonna be weird to see the Q35 and Q22 be mostly NG. I know that Flatbush B/O that posts here is gonna be really happy about those 40 XDs going to FLA. Finally B44 local, B46 local and B49 riders will get to experience the Cuomo scheme buses. It was stupid to paint those ex SBS B46 buses in the SBS scheme thus limiting their use at that depot. I have a feeling ENY XDE40 batch will be for the B82 SBS thus bumping the XD40 at ENY in the SBS scheme to local service.
    1 point
  19. To be honest, earlier on the drivers were going crazy about the run times because with Vision Zero, the trips were taking longer than in the past. The unions made a big stink about it, and then the changed the run times on a number of lines. I think part of it is the current uncertain situation - that's how it was explained to me when I asked and in a way it makes sense to a degree. We don't know if traffic will pick up and we'll need to have these run times again, so they would prefer not to make any big changes for now, perhaps until we're back to normal. It definitely sucks because I have been on buses where we had to sit a good 10-15 minutes because there was no traffic. As for DOT, I can ask. I now have a contact who I've been dealing with for other things that I can call up. She is very nice. I forget which department she is in, but she's been helping me with a number of things. I have to find her phone number since I need to ask her a few other things. She recently helped me get a bus stop moved and is doing some other things for me. I had another guy I was dealing with, but he is not always available and is hard to reach. I agree with everything that you said though. It makes everything a mess because you have some drivers leaving 10+ minutes late. Some leave on-time. Been this way on Staten Island for years. It's the same thing every time I go back out there, and what's crazy is the drivers have more eyes on them now than ever before, but as I said, if they go by the book, then yes, part of that means dragging the line in some cases. That won't be changed either. The 's motto is safety first...
    1 point
  20. Some of those 39xx buses might end up at MTA bus since they have over 270+ Orion VII OG’s that need to retire.
    1 point
  21. ^^^^^^^^^THATS a Native New Yorker right there! 😉😉😉
    1 point
  22. One other error I forgot to fix on my math and I thought I fixed it. But Its Quill, Quill is getting 76 not 92.
    1 point
  23. The rumored plan is to possibly go with a fleet swap. Transferring the 10 sets of R179’s from East New York to 207th in exchange for 150 cars of R32’s to East New York.
    1 point
  24. 3840, 3880, 3882-3883, 3885, 3890, 3893 - Version 3 3922 - No Screens - Version 3: 3800-3803, 3805-3807, 3809-3811, 3814-3819, 3821-3826, 3828-3830, 3832-3858, 3860-3880, 3882-3888, 3890-3908, 3916-3919, 3921, 3938-3940, 3943-3948, 3951, 3953-3959 No Screens: 3859, 3909-3915, 3922-3937, 3941, 3949-3950 Unknown: 3804, 3808, 3812, 3813, 3820, 3827, 3831, 3881, 3889, 3920, 3942, 3952
    1 point
  25. By the time he became mayor, crime was already on a downward trend nationwide, and NYC was no exception. In fact, he threw Bill "Broken Windows" Bratton out for hogging the spotlight (read: jealousy).
    1 point
  26. To be honest, even pre-pandemic I was wondering how long it was going to last. When I went while I was visiting for the holidays, it seemed like there were a lot of people visiting, but not buying anything. And I don't know how long it would be that New Yorkers and tourists would stay excited about yet another department store, particularly one with no historical connection to New York.
    1 point
  27. THE SUBWAY IS NOT A HOMELESS SHELTER, NOR IS IT A ROLLING HOTEL. That is all.
    1 point
  28. In October 2018, I visited southern China, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces. October was a very exciting month for transportation projects in the Pearl Delta region, which includes Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Macau (Special Administrative Region). Although I had the opportunity to, I skipped out on the new Hong Kong/Kowloon Express Train which links the city to the rest of Mainland China that had commenced operation in September 2018 as the existing public transport services were sufficient for me. Another completed project was the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai mega bridge which links the three cities together. I did try, but to no avail to travel from Macau to Hong Kong for a day trip without having to transit through Zhuhai. Potentially having to complete three entry/exit border formalities was a major turn-off and other first day of service issues prevented me from doing so. Yangshuo Station (阳朔站) Track 2 - Awaiting Train D2972 (Guangzhou South to Sanjiang South). China Railway High-speed (CRH) CRH CRH2A-2393, Harmony CRH2 Electric EMU. Maker CZQQ Qingdao Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., Ltd. This train was D2972, on Track 2 at Yangshuo (Guangxi) Station originating at Guangzhou South in the direction of Sanjiang South. f Standard CHR train ticket. As foreigners we cannot generally buy direct in advance. Foreigners need to go through a travel agent and get a code, which along with our passports from the ticket office at any Mainland train station. I recommend getting tickets in advance both in terms of making a reservation and getting the actual ticket prior to departure, they sell out fast and expect huge queues. The ticket will have your name, a truncated passport number (removed here for privacy reasons). Seating is allocated the moment you reserve, like an airline ticket. Some trains have three levels of service, first, second and standing. This particular ticket, I was going from Guilinbei or Guilin North to the southern city of Zhuhai which neighbours Macau. I chose this specific ticket because if you look at the corner right, it informs you to wait in Section 4 of the Guilin North station. Yeah, I scanned a snack box, mainly fruits. I honestly did not know what I was eating. In the first class carriages of my train from Shenzhen North to Yangshuo, they gave this out. In addition food and beverages were available for purchase.
    1 point
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