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  1. 2 points
    The 14th Street Busway has actually been pretty successful. My questions to you are now this: What ax or vendetta are you grinding here? Why bring up bloggers up out of nowhere?
  2. 2 points
    Sorry, but congestion pricing is needed to break the tide of everyone using cars in NYC. Our transportation system SUCKS. It's unreliable for one. You don't know when or IF your bus will come. That is what is leading to many people giving up and buying and using cars. However, in NYC that is NOT sustainable. There are some people that like to use the excuse that they are transit starved, so they MUST drive, and the solution to that is to PROVIDE MORE transit options in those areas. We don't need trains in every corner of the City that are not as dense. We can use buses, which are flexible and require minimal resources to get up and running. The problem is NYC has been slow to roll out bus lanes and Transit Signal Priority, and the drivers in this City have no respect for public transportation or riders. They don't care. They want to drive and to hell with everyone else. If they insist on having to drive, they can cough up more to do so. We don't have the infrastructure to have so many people driving. It is leading to an untenable situation. Most seniors here in NYC use buses, be it local buses or express buses, and they run very poorly in terms of being reliable. Fix that and the crummy subway service, and you could get more people to use them. They should be CLEAN and reliable, and not packed to the rafters. Some people think that getting on a packed bus or train is fine. That works for some people, but if you're going to get more people to use mass transit, you need to make the situation more comfortable for them. That doesn't mean that they get an entire bus to themselves, but it shouldn't be a sardine can either.
  3. 2 points
    2852: College Point to ECH, scrap
  4. 2 points
    1557 at Meredith Depot. There are 7 Detroit Diesel MCIs left at CP, 2209, 2858, 2859, 2871, 2878, 2897 & 2910.
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    You're not alone in that, believe me. Some days I see what's going on and I go into default Murtaugh:
  6. 2 points
    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)
  7. 1 point
    Just a slight nitpick with your last sentence. Those of us who happened to be born in Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties are Long Islanders, or isn't that taught in school any more ? BTW I understand your point about the bridge across the Sound but that's North Shore politics in my book. Carry on.
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    It appears the 14th Street Busway was inspired by the nonsensical King Street Pilot Project I was mentioning. Do we know if signal priority works on 14th Street, it should be mentioned that 14th Street, like practically all of Manhattan are "contained streets" so to speak. King Street on the other hand is a lengthy thoroughfare. So what happens now with cars that have to turn right on 14th street, do they get their own protected right turn (which would become moot because pedestrians won't follow their signals anyways) I find it interesting that all these bloggers don't use any professional traffic engineering terms, yet we should look to them for advice on all matters. It's the difference between the traffic engineer and the urban planner, the traffic engineer wants to make things work while the urban planner wants to make things look nice to hell with how it will actually function. Do these use any traffic priority, because as I stated earlier, traffic turning right from 14th Street would ideally get a protected right turn would it not? Have you considered that people are driving and not many are using transit right now because of 1. COVID-19 fear, and 2. The shift to working at home. As I stated on here before, I haven't been downtown since the pandemic started, I don't know how many places are closed downtown, but you bet when I do get to go downtown again, it will be back on the subway or GO Train for me.
  9. 1 point
    I don't think tolls that were removed by the Great Depression are hardly relevant today. Cars weren't nearly as widespread back then. And your second statement is ridiculous. Everyone on geographic Long Island is in the same boat with regards to tolls exiting it, meaning people living in Queens and Brooklyn are also free to benefit from the untolled bridges. I would say Long Islanders are even more likely to actually use the tolled TBTA crossings, to avoid the hassle of driving through Manhattan.
  10. 1 point
    But the same endgame happened. When Jane Jacobs came up here, her lobbying stopped the Spadina Expressway from reaching downtown Toronto. This led to a domino effect that got every other freeway cancelled in (then) Metro Toronto. The worst being the cancellation of the Scarborough Expressway which wasn't supposed to run through many neighborhoods at all. They agreed that they would focus on public transit and 50 years later have basically built nothing practical since. Back then, they were against the sort of "Manhattanization" of downtown Toronto by focusing on higher density developments outside the city. Eventually this didn't work and downtown Toronto in the last 30 years or so has had intense construction of skyscrapers. This same Jane Jacobs was also against the concept of the Toronto PATH, an underground network of concourses that connect the various skyscrapers together. She said it would kill street life or something to that matter. Nevertheless, what would become the Toronto PATH happened sort of spontaneously and it serves a great purpose for moving pedestrians around who come in by train into Union Station and the subway stations......also one could say the Toronto PATH is kind of like a freeway for pedestrians, there are no interruptions by traffic signals or anything, just pure continuous flow underneath the streets while the weather outside may be extremely cold or rainy. Nevertheless, Toronto took an all or nothing approach with public transit (and has done nothing since 1971 really), and it appears most cities take that approach these days. The road diet is the go to plan for so many so called "urban planners" these days. In traffic engineering, your goal is to move more traffic, not purposely impede it further.
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    For most of history, this has been the case. The East River bridges opened tolled, and before they existed it's not like there was a free gov't subsidized ferry off the Island. Long Island doesn't want a bridge across the Sound, so this is entirely of their own making. Why should folks in Queens and Brooklyn get the shaft and choke on air pollution and traffic they didn't cause, while Long Islanders have their cake and eat it too?
  12. 1 point
    Again, you are being naive into thinking that the city or whoever implements the congestion tax, (or shall we say revenue tool, gotta love that term to avoid saying "tax") will actually use that for transit purposes only. When has a distinct tax actually went directly to funding its intended purpose? Like all taxes it will be part of a general "slush fund". First, you would have to provide true alternatives before one can reasonably speak of introducing a congestion tax, at least that would appear to be more fair. You say it's not sustainable for people to use cars in New York City, are you solely speaking of Manhattan or all five boroughs? How many cars that are on the streets of Manhattan on any given day are actually from the city itself? How do you propose for that to work, do you want to do what we did in Toronto and effectively ban cars from certain streets? As in the King Street Pilot Project, cars weren't "banned" from using King Street but cars once on King Street have to turn right at the next traffic signal they face, while only streetcars and buses can proceed through intersections. In some cases in Toronto, they installed protected right turn phases to get cars off King Street onto other streets, there by delaying pedestrians from crossing the street. (and even worse, pedestrians crossing during a phase where they aren't allowed to) I'll tell you what did happen to King Street though, particularly the section around the theaters in the Entertainment District (and this was before COVID), what did happen was a lot of "FOR LEASE" signs popping up at once were hopping restaurants. Explain to me how does Transit Signal Priority work, I want a solid explanation because it sounds like it does nothing for the most part. For seniors, not all are equal in terms of mobility, many make use of accessible parking permits which brings me back to my point I stated in my previous post that I won't repeat. I wasn't solely also speaking about seniors within NYC itself but those coming from outside the city for specialist appointments for example. Ok then, this is an interesting situation you are mentioning, you wish to alleviate crush loads but yet want to add more riders to the system. How do you plan to do that exactly? Having a system of automatic train control which would require most likely a complete retool of the signalling system which would take years. Making platforms longer to accommodate longer trains.....good luck doing that to every station, and with many of the very old stations sitting right underneath the street, there would most likely be serious disruption to the streets at ground level. The real solution isn't pretty, it requires serious expansion to rapid transit, which is enormously expensive and no one can give a straight reason why.
  13. 1 point
    Very, very good quote, I've said that often too with regards to nefarious actions. Those who don't know, my views are of the balanced transportation approach, having an extreme thought process like Robert Moses or the opposite end of the spectrum, Jane Jacobs doesn't create a healthy transportation system in the end. In other words, the former is roads only, while the latter is no more roads and transit/bikes only. Yet it seems like the approach in any city these days is to think like the latter, I know it's happened in both NYC and Toronto. That being said, I take the belief that cars do have some purpose of being in a high density area like practically all of Manhattan or here, what we refer to as Toronto's "downtown core". We have an older population now, one that wouldn't be as mobile to take the subway. Face it, could you imagine your elderly parents that may use walking sticks, enter the subway, (since we are speaking of NYC, possibly make multiple transfers in a system where there aren't many escalators let alone elevators) upon reaching the destination, possibly have to walk further. Or would you prefer to give them a drive straight to the door. I was once laughed at during a presentation at my university that featured city councilors because I used my elderly argument (especially with the baby boomers getting "up there" in age) as a deterrent as to why a street shouldn't be turned into a pedestrian mall. Factor in that downtown Toronto has 6 major hospitals, 5 of these relatively close to subway stations, one requires transfer onto a streetcar from the subway. So yeah, imagine an elderly loved who has a mobility issue needs to go to a specialist appointment and you live in the suburbs or beyond, how will you get there, like it or lump it, the car is the most convenient option in that scenario. There are plenty of other examples where a car would be more convenient, what about the commuter who lives somewhere in Nassau County and works in Westchester County, correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't that require having to first take a LIRR train into Manhattan and then a Metro North train northbound. And let's not forget about potential first/last mile situations involving getting from home to LIRR station, and from getting to destination from Metro North station. Again, obviously the car would be the best bet for any type of cross regional commuting. You know as well as i do that large transit routes designed to bring people from Westchester into Nassau aren't practical. Now comes the other bad part about congestion pricing which is why I decided to chime in. Obviously, like the obsession of switching to all electronic tolling everywhere (we've had such an electronic toll road here in the GTA since 1997 and you can find all sorts of billing horror stories online) is the unfairness regarding extra charges. If one doesn't have presumably the E-Z Pass then they will be hit with extra "administrative" charges. It's just how these things always go. You may say, whatever. But imagine yourself coming from another part of the country, or anywhere in the world really, renting a car, facing unfair congestion charges, and then because you don't have the transponder in the rental, getting hit by a nasty charge from the rental company. In Toronto, this was always the case involving rental companies and Hwy 407, they purposely tell you to avoid it or you will face huge additional charges, in NYC you have unavoidable electronic tolling situations which would be further compounded by congestion charge zones. Good luck in seeing anything else come to fruition. You guys like us will probably start building light rail lines on some of the avenues in Manhattan, with the outrageous resources it's taking to complete the SAS. Many years, how about many decades.....I am not pessimistic but rather a realist on these matters.
  14. 1 point
    .... another bus heading to the scrap yard.
  15. 1 point
    In the process of doing so. 4 were in service yesterday, 7110, 7114, 7117 and 7118.
  16. 1 point
    It was stated by other admins that speculations and other thoughts of bus moves should go to the Bus Random Thoughts thread instead so that posts of actual bus moves are not buried in this thread.
  17. 1 point
    Can we PLEASE move theses conversations to the RANDOM THOUGHTS thread! BUS MOVES AND TRANSFERS ONLY!!!
  18. 1 point
    I'm not completely sure. But last I heard, anything that involves Lead Acid batteries is going to scrap. So the 3900s might go there and then get pushed out by Lithium-Ion units.
  19. 1 point
    My opposition to congestion pricing in Manhattan below 60th has historically boiled down to three or four things. First, the funds will be misappropriated by the politicians to fund other, non-transit related items. They will use it as a cash cow much as they've used other MTA funding sources in the past. Second, it will disproportionately penalize people living in the outer boroughs. Not everyone coming into Manhattan is an Audi-driving yuppie d-bag from Connecticut; plenty of ordinary folks drive in by car from SI or the transit-scarce areas of Brooklyn and Queens. Theoretically, you could get from a place like Rosedale to the Lower West Side by public transit, but the transit system right now is simply not capable of absorbing 100% of car commuters. Until that changes, it's not reasonable to limit access by car, and even if NYC and NYS theoretically got their shit together to put some shovels in the ground and build more subways, it would be years before any potential new lines open, anyway. Third, congestion pricing is a solution that fails to address the real problem of politicians not adequately funding transit in the first place; compared to other places in this country, our local and state governments possess rather vast fiscal revenues. You got 9 million people paying three income taxes (city, state, federal- part of which comes back to us as USDOT funding of course), but our leaders cry broke. Not enough people question where all the existing money goes and how it is spent, which is why I've called bullshit on congestion pricing since the start. On a final note, one can't help but question whether congestion pricing will be used as a political precedent for more radical measures. The city has already banned nearly all vehicular traffic from the north-south roadways in Central Park, capitulated to the bike fundamentalists by screwing up all the major avenues with these ridiculously overbuilt bike lanes (with all the extra curbs and stuff), and turned Midtown Manhattan into an archipelago of pedestrian plazas. What's next? Congestion pricing to enter Manhattan above 60th? Congestion pricing to enter any of the five boroughs from the rest of New York State? Banning cars from NYC entirely? The road to hell is always paved with good intentions.
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  21. 1 point
    Just another quick update. Received the conditional offer email. Looks like the next class will be starting May 10th.
  22. 1 point
    What a good way to start Monday at College Point. 2209 is left. Since 2204 is officially scrap.
  23. 1 point
    2204, 2826, 2843, 2861, 2895, 2905 to Scrap
  24. 1 point
    Smh..... This is just how stupid people are.
  25. 1 point
    Why do people get on the bus, sitdown and THEN ask a passenger not the driver, if the bus is going uptown or downtown and what route it is? Dude got on the S/B M3 asking if it was the uptown BX19. Mind you this happened quite a few blocks NORTH of 145th where the BX19 runs.
  26. 1 point
    Q11 to Roosevelt Island via Jackson Heights! 2011 New Flyer C40LF 188 on the Q11 at Roosevelt Island Station by BM5 Photos 2019-2021, on Flickr Problem solved...(/s)
  27. 0 points
    Yeah and 3048 was reported retired last month and it's in service now on the QM6.
  28. 0 points
    3003 was spotted on the QM20 today...
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