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  1. 8 points
    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.
  2. 7 points
    So it’s no longer worth preserving more pairs of R32s in the transit museum because they don’t have ceiling fans and because the doors aren’t blue anymore?? I’m sorry but that’s a stupid reason. Any car that survives 55+ years in revenue service is worth special treatment in preservation IMO, so I maintain that it would be worth preserving another pair or two to represent the prolonged-life fleet. I doubt they’ll do that, but that’s because of lack of space/funds etc., not because someone thinks they “lost their color” and “aren’t interesting.”
  3. 7 points
    Do I get any credit for getting the design on the nose months ago? LMAO
  4. 4 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)
  5. 4 points
    This is more of a reason to have 14th St style busways in Flushing and Jamaica rather than to de-clutter, whatever that means. This will mostly add travel times for people trying to connect from buses from one end of Jamaica (north and east) and the other (south and west), and also remove countless passengers' connections to the and and AirTrain (coming from the north and east) and the (coming from the west).
  6. 3 points
    I think some of the R143s have these motors and will be expanded to the entire fleet. R142s, 160s: don't know.
  7. 3 points
  8. 2 points
    This is a Queens-specific thing. With The Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn, the routes in general follow more of a grid. With Staten Island, most are already feeders (and many are timed with the ferry, which ends up playing a role in the scheduling). Queens is unique in its heavy mix of grid and feeder routes.
  9. 2 points
    Queens Lawmakers Complain About Proposed Bus-Route Changes MTA’s Andy Byford hears concerns over new stop locations and the loss of Sunday express service The state-controlled MTA is overhauling all of its bus networks borough by borough.PHOTO: ANDREW LAMBERSON FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Paul Berger and Jimmy Vielkind Jan. 14, 2020 6:16 pm ET ALBANY, N.Y.—A top official at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority traveled to the Capitol on Tuesday to hear out state lawmakers unhappy with a proposed overhaul of the authority’s Queens bus network. Andy Byford, head of the MTA’s subway and bus systems, spent more than an hour in a closed-door session with Democratic Assembly members, who aired a litany of concerns about the redesign, which was unveiled on Dec. 30. The state-controlled MTA is overhauling all of its bus networks borough by borough to address changes in ridership and travel demand. Queens is the third borough to undergo the process, and the proposed changes there are the most extensive so far. Some legislators said Tuesday they were concerned about the redesign because they didn’t see it as an improvement. Among their complaints was a loss of Sunday express-bus service, changes in the location of stops, and the shape of existing routes. Several legislators said they were particularly concerned because they voted last year to raise funds for the MTA through a system of congestion pricing—in which drivers are charged a fee for entering Manhattan south of 60th Street—and expected bus service would improve. “A lot of people were very upset,” said Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry, a Democrat who represents parts of the Elmhurst and East Elmhurst neighborhoods. Mr. Byford said he believed the meeting was positive, and stressed that the plan released last month was an early draft. “This is a listening process. We want to get this right,” Mr. Byford said. City buses have experienced declining ridership in recent years, yet still carry 2.2 million riders on an average weekday. Many of New York’s routes haven’t changed in decades. Some still follow former trolley lines or bear no relation to the city’s residential growth and changed commuting patterns. The idea behind the redesigns is to better serve the city, while creating simpler, more direct routes that improve reliability and travel times. MTA officials also promise more frequent service. MTA officials launched a redesigned network for Staten Island’s express buses in 2018. They unveiled a final proposed new systemwide network for the Bronx in October 2019. Both of those changes faced concern from elected officials. But because Queens isn’t laid out on a grid like the Bronx, the MTA’s proposed redesign for the borough is more extensive, with a larger number of altered, eliminated or added routes. Mr. Byford said transportation planners considered a variety of data in designing the new routes, including demographics, ridership counts and the locations of health-care facilities and subway stations. Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, a Democrat who represents Jackson Heights, Queens, asked Mr. Byford to make no changes within his district and said the MTA should have done more to consider existing ridership habits. Mr. DenDekker stormed out of the meeting. “People bought homes and planned on bus routes and put businesses and schools along those bus routes, and to just change them is going to be very difficult for constituents to accept,” he said. Mr. DenDekker added that he was cautiously optimistic the plan would improve with consultation. The Queens proposal has been welcomed by advocates. “It’s rare to see the MTA really get out from behind the bunker mentality and propose something big, bold and ambitious,” said Ben Fried, a spokesman for TransitCenter. “I think the rewards are going to be really substantial.” The proposal adds new north-south and east-west connections. But it also proposes the consolidation of overlapping segments of routes. MTA officials say they must redesign the city’s bus system to stem declining ridership. Between 2013 and 2018, bus ridership across the city fell 14%. The authority attributed the most recent declines to the swift rise of competition from ride-hailing services, such as Uber TechnologiesInc., and to increased road congestion, which has slowed buses. MTA officials will host a series of open houses to discuss the Queens proposal during January and February. They are expected to release a proposed final plan before the end of June that must then be voted on by the MTA board. After Tuesday’s meeting, Mr. Byford said the process doesn’t have a specific end date, and that he hoped developing the plan would be a “model of consultation.” Write to Paul Berger at Paul.Berger@wsj.com and Jimmy Vielkind at Jimmy.Vielkind@wsj.com Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/queens-lawmakers-complain-about-proposed-bus-route-changes-11579043813?redirect=amp&fbclid=IwAR2sjgwkf070oHVeuknKd-pVOrVBM0gADvRQvviD_asQT-Xsd7WDLCplxK4#click=https://t.co/3bhjTcqac8
  10. 2 points
    Swap news #2: As of January 17, 125 of the Coney Island R160s have been transferred to Jamaica, including the former CBTC Test Siemens train (8893-97 and 9013-17). The only left 9100-series Alstom cars at Coney Island are 9103-07, 9113-17 and 9163-67. All other 9100, 9200 and 9400 series Alstoms have all gone over to... THE BORG! Queens Will Be Assimilated...Resistance is Futile (quoth Third of Five)
  11. 2 points
  12. 2 points
    To be quite honest, it carries air, and the Q79 before it carried air. The majority of LNP is a wide broad street with little traffic and only very-low density housing. It probably needs a bike lane rather than a bus for the purposes of local transportation.
  13. 2 points
    The best part is having someone board your bus, tell you they don't have the fare AND there's a subway station at your terminal. Like really?
  14. 2 points
    I'm so confused with this scheme. MTA makes shit so damnn complicated for no reason.
  15. 1 point
    A quarter mile is a reasonable metric to use. However, this proposal actually creates gaps bigger than a quarter mile where it wasn't originally the case just to get to the bus route (such as sections of Middle Village south of Juniper Valley Park). With that taken into account and the increase in stop spacing, walking distance will be much greater than a quarter mile.
  16. 1 point
    Hopefully they do it Bronx-style, since the routes are already fairly gridded. We don't need another Queens mess.
  17. 1 point
    Hey guys good luck to all that are going through the process sorry to here that @Alberto. I went through the whole program and just finished phase 2, Nov. 7, 2019. It was a crazy year had a lot going on in my life while doing the program, but just keep studying it all pays off at the end now I’m a qualified engineer and I’m loving not having to study how I was as a trainee. Any questions guys just let me know I’ll try to answer you guys back as soon as I can.
  18. 1 point
    Free fares would be a logistical nightmare. The trains and the buses are already packed. Making them free will make them more packed. We have no money to build subways or run more buses to free up the packed trains and buses as it is, how are we going to find money to run even more on top of the fact that the buses are free? It's also a dumb policy, because if you look at nearly all of the places where they have done this type of fare-free thing, they are not very large cities with overcrowded transit networks of the new trips that get generated because the bus is free, pretty much all of the new riders come from people who would've otherwise walked or biked. We should spend money on fixing what we have, rather than making the shitty service free, because if a car takes me to a place in 20 minutes and the MTA takes two hours I'm still going to drive whether or not the bus is free.
  19. 1 point
    R211 is an umbrella term for all cars built under this contract. The exact names depend on the design and purpose.
  20. 1 point
    Thanks! Could I also have: 10 Av-34 St Local 150 St-Queens College via Lower Montauk Express NEXT STOP 51 St Stops: 44 St walk to at 42 St 37 St-Javits Center 7-8 Avs-Penn Station 6 Av-Herald Square walk to at 30 St-5 Av Park Av 3 Av 1 Av-Ferry Terminal 5 St-Long Island City (21) 58 St Fresh Pond Rd 73 St-Glendale 80 Rd-Kew Gardens Union Tpke 150 St-Queens College Thank you!!!
  21. 1 point
    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 & 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 Pressthat 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.
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    I really hope they preserve 4 phase I cars. It would be smart to do that.
  24. 1 point
    This will be interesting, as there will have to be some sort of depot swap as well. Not only that, but interesting how the MTA is actually increasing B1 service on Sundays instead of decreasing it. We shall see how it plays on the actual schedule when the time comes. Also, Q58 reductions are just insane from the AM rush. I'm more inclined to believe that people are being instructed to get in through the back, because those buses get slammed. and do bypass people. It's gonna be just like the Q29 reduction in service years ago (which had buses bypassing a greater amount of people than it used to - basically, if you were north of Juniper Valley Park, good luck catching a bus to the subway).
  25. 1 point
    Thanks ! .... Wait a minute am i reading this correctly, i scored 98.75 ( 1 wrong ) and my list number is excellent ( 12x ). I really thought my list number would be more like 85x +. This is amazing ! Now hopefully they actually start calling names from this list so i can get out of my current job lol, i am so ready to go ! Also still waiting on my second pre employment for T/O list number 18xx, but i think i would prefer trackwalker over train operator.
  26. 1 point
    If that were true, we'd see far more people talking about Rockaway Boulevard. The fact that it hasn't been brought up says a lot. This "latent demand" that you're just now spouting (from your ass to save your ass, as far as I'm concerned) has middling support, at best.
  27. 1 point
    I mean, if the MTA is getting paid, I cant complain too much. I don't find the announcements too obnoxious, but the 'stacks' one that goes off every other stop after the stop is made is completely unnecessary, IMO. I don't find the concept necessarily a bad thing, but I feel like if it was expanded to the Bronx, the choices could definitely get crazy. Cardi B could do the door chimes.
  28. 1 point
    Has anyone seen this? There is no date on the site or document to know when it was created. https://www.cityservice.nyc/
  29. 1 point
    Yes some of the times are a bit ridiculous. Does the MTA have Automatic Passenger Counters on their bus? Someone mentioned that in another thread. But, If there are only 5 people on the bus on Sundays... I agree, buses that go to train stations and routes that allow you to avoid those areas if it's unnecessary. The QT84s routing looks like it's to take over the Q25 and Q76 , serve the , Shopping Center on 20th Ave, and connect to Bayside.
  30. 1 point
    3484/85 still in service, seen a picture of it on facebook
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    As of today I received a memo from another co-worker at ENY depot that they are starting construction work for Articulated revision.
  33. 1 point
    Thank You. Looks like I have some reading to do.
  34. 1 point
    Ridiculous how the dispatchers keep holding express trains station after station. held at Manhattan Bridge junction to let a go first. Connected with an at Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center and then waited for a second ! At 36 Street, it held again to connect with that first . Meanwhile, the second that was a healthy distance away caught up to the and was right behind in the tunnel. If the trains are quick, the MTA holds them back. If the trains are slow, they lean back in their seats and congratulate themselves for a job well done.
  35. 1 point
    The whole practice of skip-stop isn't even all that efficient since the same trackage is still shared. Those tight ass turns aren't helping matters either...
  36. 1 point
    Judging by how Queens Blvd looks whenever it rains, they better be floodproof.
  37. 1 point
    Full set of changes with NYCT routes, since the MTA does not like releasing all the service changes at once. Also, it's clear they straight up DGAF with some of these reductions. Route, Schedule & Frequency Changes B100 - Sunday Schedule Changes Buses from Mill Basin will depart at :00 and :30 instead of at :25 and :55. Q72 - Rush Hour Reduction of Service Into LaGuardia Airport North of 23rd Avenue will be served by every other bus, instead of every bus. Service will operate every 20-30 minutes instead of every 10-15 minutes in the AM. Service will operate every 24-31 minutes instead of every 12-15 minutes in the PM. This is in effect from 7:00 - 10:00 AM and 3:30 - 8:00 PM. Q2 - Evening Schedule Changes Jamaica-bound buses from 9:59 PM until midnight will depart up to 5 minutes earlier than former times. Q12 - Overnight Schedule Changes, Service Reductions, Erratic Saturday Evening Schedule from Glenwood Street Trips will depart up to 5 minutes earlier than former times. From Glenwood St (Sat Nights) Original: 10:06, 10:18, 10:30, 10:50, 11:10, 11:30, 11:54, 12:24 / NEW: 10:17, 10:19, 10:31, 10:49, 11:07, 11:10, 11:47, 12:12. Adjusted trip times on Saturdays throughout the day. Q28 - AM Rush & Sunday Schedule and Service Changes (Cost-Neutral Practices) (Wkdys) The 7:36 AM trip from Bay Terrace to Flushing will now depart at 7:34 AM. (Wkdys) The 7:40 AM trip from Bay Terrace to Flushing will now depart at 7:39 AM. (Wkdys) The 7:58 AM put-in from Francis Lewis Boulevard & 35th Ave will now originate in Bay Terrace at 7:44 AM. (Wkdys) New trips from Flushing to Bay Terrace will be added at 7:00 AM, 7:06 AM, 7:12 AM, (Wkdys) The 7:10 AM, 7:16 AM, and 7:34 AM trips from Flushing to Bay Terrace will now depart at 7:09 AM, 7:15 AM and 7:33 AM, respectively. (Wkdys) The 7:18 AM trip from Flushing to Bayside High School will be extended to Bay Terrace. (Wkdys) The 7:20 AM trip from Flushing to Bay Terrace and the 7:22 AM trip from Flushing to Bayside High School be merged into a 7:21 AM trip from Flushing to Bay Terrace. (Wkdys) The 7:24 and 7:26 AM trips from Flushing to Bay Terrace will be merged into a 7:25 AM trip. (Wkdys) The 7:28 AM and 7:31 trips from Flushing to Bay Terrace will be merged into a 7:29 AM trip. (Sun) The 6:40 AM trip from Bay Terrace to Flushing will be split into a 6:32 AM and 6:49 AM trip. (Sun) Evening service will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15-18 minutes. (Sun) Evening schedules from Bay Terrace will depart up to 13 minutes later than former times. (Sun) New trips added at 10:39 PM and 11:53 PM towards Flushing. Q30 - Weekday Evening Schedule Changes Departures from Jamaica starting from 10 PM will depart up to 5 minutes earlier The 9:55 PM trip from Jamaica to QCC will instead operate to Little Neck. Q43 Local - AM and Midday Net Reductions, WB Service West of 179th Street Halved in the PM Rush The 5:36 AM and 5:40 AM trips from Floral Park to Jamaica LIRR Station will be consolidated into a 5:39 AM trip. The 6:52 AM trip from Jamaica LIRR to Floral Park wiill instead originate at 179th Street at 7:06 AM. Service from 9-10 AM will operate every 7 minutes instead of every 6 minutes. Service between 179 Street and Jamaica LIRR station during the reverse peak direction in the PM rush will operate every 16-20 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. An 8:22 AM trip from Jamaica-179 Street to Floral Park will be added The 8:27 AM trip from Jamaica-179 Street to Floral Park will now originate at Jamaica LIRR station at 8:10 AM. The 4:04 PM trip from Jamaica LIRR station to Floral Park will be discontinued. Q43 LIMITED - Net Reduction in Service West of 179th Street The 7:38 AM and 7:44 AM trips from Floral Park to Jamaica LIRR Station will be truncated to terminate at 179th Street. The 7:50 AM trip from Floral Park to 179th Street will be extended to Jamaica LIRR Station. PM trips have been adjusted by up to 2 minutes. The 5:33 PM, 5:56 PM, 6:12 PM, 6:33 PM, and 6:58 PM trips from Jamaica LIRR station to Floral Park will now originate at 179th Street at 5:52 PM, 6:13 PM, 6:33 PM, 6:54 PM, and 7:17 PM, respectively. Q77 - AM and Midday Reductions in Service, Extension to 145th Avenue via 225th Street Service now operates to 145th Avenue. Buses will operate along South Conduit Ave to 225th Street, then run south to 145th Avenue, then take 145th Avenue to Springfield Boulevard Some buses during the AM and PM hours on weekdays and Saturdays will continue terminating at South Conduit Avenue & 221st Street. Weekday and Saturday service from Jamaica after 8 PM will not be extended to 145th Ave and will terminate at South Conduit Avenue & 221st Street. Q88 - Elimination of Saturday Evening Trips The 9:00 PM trip from Queens Village to Elmhurst will be discontinued. Riders will need to use the 8:40 PM or 9:20 PM trips. The 9:46 PM trip from Elmhurst to Queens will be discontinued. Riders will need to use the 9:31 PM or 10:05 PM trips. S46 - Slight Reduction to Teleport Service, Addition of Saturday Trip The 7:08 PM weekday trip from West Shore Plaza to St. George via Teleport will now depart at 7:10 PM and bypass the Teleport. Riders from the Teleport will need to use the 6:57 PM or 7:27 PM trips. A new 8:01 PM Saturday trip from St. George to West Shore Plaza will be added S53 - Net Weekday Service Increases Brooklyn-bound service from 4:45-6 AM will operate every 6-8 minutes instead of every 10-12 minutes. More frequent service will operate during midday hours. Brooklyn-bound service from 7-8 PM will operate every 15 minutes instead of every 20 minutes. SI-bound service from 8-9 AM will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 8-12 minutes. Service during the PM rush to SI will operate every 6-8 minutes instead of every 6-10 minutes. SI-bound service from 10-11 PM will operate every 20 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. S93 LIMITED - Net Increases SI-bound service from 6:45 AM to 8 AM will operate every 7 minutes instead of every 8-10 minutes. Brooklyn-bound service from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM will operate every 10 minutes instead of every 12 minutes.
  38. 1 point
    Not sure what routing you're thinking of, but something going Fordham <> Pelham > Williamsbridge > E. Tremont > current Q50 towards Flushing, could catch on for Bronxites... They would have to space out the stops similar to what they're doing with these BRT-like blue colored routes in this Queens draft plan though..... I would rather have that, than to [introduce the Q44 to the mini-network/bus hub that is Fordham Plaza] & [transform the Q50 into an airport route].... The Q48 should be eradicated without anything taking its place.... Q48 usage to the airport from Flushing & points east have long been lethargic... The Q70's been a success, so continue to advance it.... Nothing can convince me otherwise..... I still think they want to eventually phase out local service altogether along Woodhaven/Cross Bay blvd.... They don't have to necessarily accomplish that right now.... The whole Q21 LTD/Q52 project set the groundwork for it, having Q21 locals run up to QCM to complement the Q11 (which didn't need one).... It was kickstarted with the declination of local service & the overabundance of LTD (now SBS) service.... This QT88/QT83 IMO is a further step in that gradual process..... I was with you, up until that very last sentence.... Running a whole SBS service between Arverne & Rockaway Blvd is excessive - especially when that side of the wye already has full-time subway service.... I'd say either they: do away with the Q52 altogether (and leave the Q53 alone in the Rockaways), or... break up that QT88 & extend the western portion down to Arverne (while still leaving the Q53 alone in the Rockaways)
  39. 1 point
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  40. 1 point
    Yeah, same here.... Something I noticed with those maps on remix, is that for some routes, the stops shown along them did not correspond with the stop lists of that of the MTA-released PDF.... An example I can pull off top is the BM5 (BMT155 IIRC).... The illustration on remix had a stop on Pitkin/Cross Bay & Atlantic/Woodhaven - but on the PDF, they have the BMT155 making no stops along Woodhaven or Cross Bay.... At that point, it's like who/what am I supposed to believe.... That, and the map was rather slow-loading for me anyway....
  41. 1 point
    It's called actually using the bus routes in question consistently and observing (your and others') ridership habits. It's not rocket science. That is the most effective way by far to understand ridership levels and where people are going. The traffic counters they have on the bus don't even do that, all they do is jot down how many get on/off at the stops.
  42. 1 point
    Just because someone is planning bus routes with the idea of what is best for the passenger, does not automatically mean they are not considering what it would cost to operate these proposals. I have always kept cost in mind when formulating proposals. The difference between my philosophy and the MTA’s is I believe to attract more passengers, you have to increase your investment in the system. That’s how most business that want to grow operate. I believe there is a direct relationship between ridership and revenue. The MTA is taking the opposite approach. They don’t want to grow the bus system. They want it to contract to force more people into the already crowded subways. They have traditionally believed there is no relationship between ridership and revenue. That the market is fixed, so the way to maximize profits or reduce losses is to provide less service so that’s what they are doing here, by eliminating bus stops and cutting routes willy nilly, it by using the data. No plan will please everybody, but the objective is to help more people than you hurt. Where is the analysis that shows with these new routes, more riders will require fewer transfers? How do we know that more will require increased numbers of transfers? We don’t because the MTA is ignoring the most important variable which is passenger trip time and have not set up any criteria in advance to measure the success or failure of these proposals. No matter how many riders are lost or how much longer it will take for most to make trips, the MTA will still declare success by finding a few favorable statistics like buses are now traveling an average of 1.3 mph faster, which isn’t hard to accomplish if you eliminate 30 to 50 percent of the stops. They say they have t eliminate stops because buses are too slow. I don’t see how an average of 8.3 mph when you have stops, traffic lights, and a speed limit of 25 mph is “too slow” I only average between 9 and 11 mph in my car if I don’t use the highway without making any stops. The planners also never ride the bus, so they have no idea why riders choose to take a bus instead of a train when there is a choice. They don’t realize how many use a different route in one direction versus the other because they consider factors like being able to get a seat, something the MTA ignores in its planning. And why do you feel just because someone is passionate about something, they can’t also be objective?
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    First of all, nice analysis! Second, believe it or not, I live in the Northern part of Queens, just off of the Clearview. Therefore, although I did not "quote" everything you typed, one of the things you need to consider is the ridership levels, both currently and historically. Just like with the current Q26, one of the primary reasons why they cut the bus service during the day was because no one was riding it! Same thing for the current Q12. During the day you'll see the articulated buses, and during the overnight you'll see the regular 40-foot buses. As far as the Q30 is concerned, since the ridership past Springfield Blvd. wasn't that impressive, every other Q30 weekday bus now goes to QCC, which is nice for those college students coming from Jamaica. During the Spring and Fall semesters, there are quite a few people on those buses, which puts a smile on my face. As far as the weekday bus bunching is concerned, when going towards Jamaica, that's a different story. Third, if you've ever been to this portion of Queens, one of the other things you need to realize is that most of us have access to an automobile, compared to other portions of Queens, such as along the Queens Blvd. corridor or off of the line, or along Union Turnpike, Hillside Ave and Jamaica Ave. where this is not the case. As a perfect example, when I donate platelets on the weekends, I have a choice of either a 15 to 20 minute drive to the Lake Success Donor Center in Nassau County, or a 45 - 60 minute commute to the Upper East Side Donor Center in Manhattan. The reports that are at the top of this webpage reflect this as well. That's all for now...
  44. 1 point
    The MTA officially unveiled the XE60's on the M14D this morning so keep an eye out for those
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  46. 1 point
    Yeah, probably right, though CBTC on Lexington would be great for the line and should be accelerated. What about, then, adding new IRT cars to the R211 order? Yes, A and B Division cars are different dimensions, but could be built with identical or near-identical characteristics otherwise - like the R124A and R143. It would be a good way to kill two birds with one stone, and the MTA could simultaneously upgrade the R142s and R142As to the standards of the 211s. And the open gangways would help out with the crowding conditions on much of the IRT.
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    Im not sure how we possibly can, his last few proposals have been LOL at best, and were not even being respectful trying to argue with him ! Unless his next few proposals make up for this joke, Im calling it
  48. 1 point
    I see the runs a peak service in this map. But make it skip stop east of the junction or you'll ruin frequencies The and should be stopping together between Euclid Av and Rockaway Blvd. Since only the 2 local tracks can be used. The middle track is relay only. @NoHacksJustKhaks your response was funny as s*** Last but not least where's phase 2 of SAS.
  49. 1 point
    Keeping that A extension I see...
  50. 1 point
    Here is revision 2 of my 2028 subway map:
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