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  1. 17 points
    This is quite unfortunate to hear about. Gov Cuomo has a reputation of usurping the very people he has hired to improve the MTA and then 'gives additional powers' to yes men and women on his crony-filled board. Perhaps this form letter can be used when communicating with the various elected (and perhaps appointed) officials who might be able to influence or keep in check the very unilateral moves of Gov Cuomo: Dear Honorable ((name of rep here)): It has come to my attention through an interview of Governor Cuomo by Brian Lerher on WNYC radio that the Governor is seeking to reduce the decision-making and management capacity of NYC Transit Chairman Andy Byford. Mr. Byford has taken many steps to improve the quality of service of the NYC Transit system. He has generally received positive reviews from commuters and MTA employees, alike. Mr. Byford's past work with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has been quite laudable. As a lifelong New Yorker, I'd like to see Mr. Byford continue to make improvements in the NYC Transit infrastructure (in the same way Mr. Byford helped to improve the TTC) without any interference or negative character influence from Gov. Cuomo or his board members. As a constituent in your district, I hope you can help in allowing Mr. Byford to continue his work, while also taking steps to monitor and control any negative activities the Governor or some of the MTA board members might take. I am genuinely concerned about the underlying plans which may come about from outside consultants like Alix Partners in undoing the achievements of Mr. Byford, while also bringing about the possibility of staff reductions and service reductions within the NYC Transit system. It is at this time that I ask you, ((name of rep here)), to monitor, influence and speak up about this matter so the achievements obtained thus far are not lost to the one-sided actions of Gov. Cuomo and his board. Please feel free to reach out to me at ((insert email here)) or at ((insert phone number here)) regarding any additional information you may need from me. I look forward to hearing from you soon regarding this urgent matter. Thank you and kind regards, ((insert your name here))
  2. 15 points
    Sooooooooooooooooo......... I'm currently looking into this, but, we have a 9510 in the system....XDE40. Surely this cannot be the start of the new hybrid order, I'll post more information when I can. -EDIT- So it appears that the RFP was due today(or yesterday), so I think it's obvious that New Flyer got the contract.
  3. 14 points
    At this point I couldn’t care less. Yeah it’s a somber moment but they are 20 and 21 years old. I have one of my own anyway so I’m content. It was a good era. Just means it’s almost time for me to retire. Nothing will ever beat The Master of The Snow. It will definitely go down in history as the most durable bus ever made. Other than the fact that 90% of that article is inaccurate, it is what it is. FYI, Hybrids actually break down at a higher rate than the RTS.... That’s clearly why they are still here..... If it was up to MTA and the engineering department a small reserve fleet would have been here for a while.
  4. 13 points
  5. 12 points
    Thanks Byford ? Been there and done the exact same move 30 years ago . 😁
  6. 11 points
    I get it, the RTS is gone for good, but I swear some of ya act like your parents got shot or something. Its not a big enough deal to make prison threats either.
  7. 11 points
    No disrespect, let’s leave this area to the professionals and business managers. Who cares how long it lasts? Anyone who knows how to effectively run a business. They were the best buses overall in EVERY category except the wheel chair lift, driver comfort and rear seat comfort. They perform best on the road, had the best suspension, and nothing will ever perform as good in bad weather or torrential rains. They are the most durable and longest lasting buses ever made, and have a higher reliability rating than any new bus to date. They had the most powerful and most optimized engine/trans combo of any coach to date. They are the easiest to maintain, and cost the lowest to maintain. Many of the parts are not made anymore and have not been for a while and maintenance was still the lowest cost of any bus in the fleet. If you were to build a brand new RTS low floor with with new face, and new style it would still outperform anything on the road right now hands down. My person RTS runs circles around ANY bus in the MTA fleet including MCI’s and Prevosts. You may not understand the significance of this America Icon, but we all do, especially MTA maintenance and management. Hence why we still have so many, why there are so many in the fleet, and why it’s the main topic on the Bus IQ Test on every Information screen on all these new buses. The Orion V only had more space for the driver and the in the last row. That’s all. Even though I like them a lot, the structure was trash and they were nowhere near as reliable. MTA likely would have never gotten them if it wasn’t for the Flxible disaster. An upgrade is not always an upgrade. Maintenance records have been unable to match the ones of this to this this day in 2019 and this bus is a 1976 concept. The only other bus that will last ALMOST as long is a Nova LFS and that’s because it uses the exact same body design philosophy. The Cummins will just never last as long as a Detroit Diesel, or be as easy to maintain. I mean the engine leaks oil by design for Christ sake. Pure Detroit genius just like the RTS, Old Look, and New Look buses. Thats a classic era of transit that unfortunately too many of you are too young to remember or appreciate. Sure all these new buses are pretty, but if you knew anything about maintenance and value there would be a different opinion. Another fun fact of the day, Altoona stated publicly that they will miss the bus dearly as it was to date the easies bus ever to test and certify, and maintains the best in-service uptime record, and ease-of maintenance status. And the closing fact, 5249 will go down as the most historic RTS now inducted into the Museum Fleet. Looking pretty in 1999 delivery colors, she was the last model designated the RTS T80-206 ever made. As to modernization, as Lil Wayne would say, “it ain’t broke, don’t break it.” Because it was a fact. The RTS was born from that very bus and later assumed it’s title as best. Sales, satisfaction and maintenance records hail them the King and Queen of transit. What in the word are you talking about? Gleason doesn’t have any buses to spare. Have you been somewhere under a rock? The XN60’s didn’t just come in yesterday, or anytime recently for that matter, and quite a few buses were ALREADY transferred to West Farms from Gleason. Leave this to the MTA and the professionals please, because nothing that you said there makes logistical or monetary sense. Incentivize the NG? You can’t be serious..... But you are serious..... 😴 Not only is it not possible, but it’s also a waste of money. We don’t own any chargers or electric buses yet so they’re is nothing to fill in a gap. These are engineering test buses that do not belong to us, and we will soon have our own anyway. In the meanwhile it’s not just that simple to just up and move chargers like legos or something. Maintenance is not trained on them, MTA mechanics cannot work on them. Any agency/person that leases buses/cars have to have mechanics that are mandated by the manufacturer to perform all maintenance. An entire maintenance program is being designed around these buses because they are unlike anything we have when it comes to the power train and the batteries. We don’t have enough duty cycle data to loan these buses out either. If they didn’t need them why would they have them? You gotta learn the inner workings of these things. Spares, preventive maintenance, scheduled maintenance, unscheduled maintenance, accidents...... Buses don’t just run every day of their lives. They have to be pulled from service. Not to mention we are in the biggest fleet overhaul cycle in a very long time. Buses need to be upgraded to WiFi and have Info screens installed on top of all that. SC for example just got 9 OG’s on loan. The have 56 C40’s to be exact. All of which are needed for service and spares. At rush it’s actually about 42 in rotation which leaves room for only 14 buses to be for spare on in the shop for maintenance. 9 of them are now out of service for maintenance. For example on Friday just past, every bus was in service except 4 C40’s at some time during the day. Yes JG needs all of theirs as well. The B35 requires all its artics and 4 standards. It’s 8pm on a Saturday and there are currently 118 C40’s and XN40’s in active service as I type this. Now ass that up and tell me how many they need at rush. Same for CP, with 73 in service right now out of 157. Not only that, they had at least 3 buses that were road called. That’s unplanned. Now they need to go in the shop and have 3 to replace them go out on the run line.
  8. 11 points
    We're talking specifically about Baisley Park's fleet, they didn't get their fleet until months later. Those buses were delivered all white with no stripe to the facility and was wrapped in the facility. They never entered service in the blue & white scheme out of Baisley Park. They had JFK's 5371 for a while for training. By the way, welcome back, Chris Alleyne.
  9. 10 points
    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...
  10. 10 points
    Might as well go back to the blue stripe paint scheme at that point.
  11. 10 points
    I just don’t understand why they don’t just look at a line, say “this is everything we need to do to restore its usefulness for 20-30 years”, and then just shut it down and fix everything. Plenty of places have shut down lines for extended periods just to get them as close to brand new - even LA shut down the Blue Line this year to rebuild it after 28 years of heavy service - yet here we do everything haphazard and piecemeal and basically keep construction workers on a single project from hire to retirement. But then, did say it hires corrupt folks just to help straighten them out. So I can only conclude things are how they are here because the folks on top are delusional.
  12. 9 points
    It was taken care of because it was irrelevant to this thread. As per the guidelines of the website, can we please stay on-topic? Thank you...
  13. 9 points
  14. 8 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.”
  15. 8 points
    Do I get any credit for getting the design on the nose months ago? LMAO
  16. 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.
  17. 8 points
    #1 Calm Down, you're hitting the curb too fast. #2 The Depot is not Artic ready yet, It has been stated that next Summer if there are no delays, the B82-SBS will be Articulated.
  18. 8 points
    The algo wanted you to see that ad. 😎
  19. 8 points
    You laugh, but little do you realize Wallyhorse is Prendergast, forever exiled to transit forums.
  20. 8 points
  21. 8 points
    Power for the MTA: An examination of future ridership, service, and electric power requirements for Metropolitan Transportation Authority facilities (1977) I acquired this some months ago, but it was only a few weeks ago that I opened and looked at it. This was a look by the Regional Plan Association at future ridership, and electricity requirements needed by any future proposals, all within the context of declining ridership to the CBD and low oil prices. A lot of the book is about electricity requirements. There were plans for both making new lines and getting rid of many elevateds. There is also some discussion of the very slow pace of construction. I'll scan this at a later date, but here are the fun tidbits: Subway Proposals: FIRST Priority Archer Avenue (as it is, 121 St to Jamaica Center). 63rd Street (built). Queens Bypass (planned; never built). Second Priority South East Queens (extending the IND Archer Avenue to SE Queens; never built). Second Avenue subway (sections were being built). Bronx Bypass (a little unclear just by looking at the map, but it was likely connecting the Pelham line to East 180th Street. If not, then the Second Avenue line). Possible Future Expansions/Contractions: Rego Park Spur (hooking up IND Queens Blvd to Rockaway line; Rego Park to Liberty Avenue). JFK Airport Spur (IND Howard Beach to JFK Airport). 101st Street subway (extension of IND Fulton line to 134th Street and Archer Avenue; getting rid of remaining Fulton El AND BMT Jamaica El east of ENY; have that be the lower level of the Archer Avenue subway). Relocation of the Canarsie Elevated (moving it on the LIRR Bay Ridge line and extending it to Utica Avenue; getting rid of old elevated). Replacement of McDonald Avenue Elevated (Church Avenue to 22 Avenue/Bay Parkway; getting rid of remaining Culver El). Gateway NRA Spur (Spur of McDonald Avenue subway to Floyd Bennett Field). Staten Island Link via Bayonne (Second Avenue line; Water Street to St. George) Replacement of IRT Broadway Elevated with IND 8th Avenue extension (207th Street to 240th Street). Replacement of IRT Woodlawn/Jerome Elevated (above 161st Street to Woodlawn; new terminal at 161st Street and Harlem River). Central Bronx route (replacement of IRT Wakefield line from 149th Street to East 180th Street with subway, presumably IRT, via 3rd Avenue). Second Avenue Bronx extension via Penn Central/Amtrak from Bronx River to Co-Op City). Replacement of IRT Westchester elevated east of 149th Street (new IRT subway extension to Westchester Creek). Northern Blvd Subway (Spur off Queens Blvd line from Broadway to LaGuardia Airport). New Jersey extensions: Extension of IRT Flushing line from Times Square to Meadowlands via Union City. PATH Extension to Patterson, via what is now the HBLR line from Hoboken to Tonnelle and via Erie Railroad's Newark branch. PATH Extensions south to Plainsfield. Bus Proposal: Possible replacement of diesel buses with trolleybuses. Railroad Proposals: Electrification extensions to Peekskill and Brewster; Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, and Babylon. East Midtown rail terminal. Possible joint LIRR and MTA Subway operation to lower Manhattan. IMG_3984 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3985 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3986 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3987 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3988 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3989 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3990 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3991 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3992 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3993 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3994 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3995 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3996 by GojiMet86, on Flickr IMG_3997 by GojiMet86, on Flickr
  22. 7 points
    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.
  23. 7 points
    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?
  24. 7 points
    How does that make sense. If they run hot, they can get in trouble. Do you not understand that?
  25. 7 points
  26. 7 points
    4950 (XE60) is in NYC limits. Have fun, kids.
  27. 7 points
    An update on Queens Blvd: they're running CBTC test trains now
  28. 7 points
    Now you know how my C/R and I felt nightly when we had the first R142’s to Utica. We refused to sign them up as to Flatbush so we had Bowling Green destination signs. We had a TSS ride us one time who was critical of our procedure but we told him that we knew what we were doing. When we got to Bowling Green we made manual announcements from there to Franklin Avenue and really poured it on there. Luckily we had a great group of regular riders from the Redbird era who helped us out with those who were confused. IIRC it was a few months before the announcement problem was cleared up. We, too, wondered why it took so long to get corrected. Just my experiences. Carry on.
  29. 7 points
    I don't like the title of this thread. You should know better
  30. 7 points
    Just want to say, I've got no personal axe to grind with Mr. Man. Haven't watched his "videos" or really paid attention to his wandering babbling. But when @Cait Sith calls out a post hyped by Mr. Man that contains Shane's OWN work uncredited and no caveats are offered (even something like, "I'll get back to the creator because that's just not cool"), it says a lot by omission. Yeah, minor shit like that matters to me, reputation-wise.
  31. 7 points
    You know, you just as well could have not replied to this question; this sort of facetiousness adds little to the conversation, and there are indeed people on here who likely could give more information than is available publicly on the Sea Beach renovations if they were inclined to share.
  32. 7 points
    Maybe the folks at Columbia and Cornell can figure something out.
  33. 7 points
    Personally, I hate it. I think it looks visually... messy. One navy or yellow stripe could look nice, but both is too much. It looks tacky to me. Stainless steel looks sleeker to my eye. It's even worse on the inside. All the blue and bright yellow on the inside of the public R211 mock-up gave me a headache. I'd much prefer white and stainless; it looks far cleaner, brighter, and more relaxing. Also, stainless doesn't need to be repainted every few years. I suspect these stripes are going to look like garbage 10 years in. MTA will probably realize that paint is more trouble than its's worth and go back to stainless, like SEPTA did recently with its BSL (orange line subway) cars.
  34. 7 points
    Somebody sell me on running the M14 to Chelsea Piers, because I don't see the point.... As far as this current discussion on here goes, running the M12 southward won't help that route & I'm not getting why there are as many people that suggest this.... BPC by itself isn't a ridership gen' & those patrons I don't see patronizing (extended) M12's any more, or near as much as they do the M20 (which isn't exactly saying much... lol)..... At minimum, the thing (M12) needs to be taken off 12th & put on 10th instead.... There shouldn't have been a first one.
  35. 7 points
    No, you cannot ride a bus from The Bronx through Manhattan through Brooklyn and into Queens..... I'd feel sorry for the poor bastards that'd have to operate such a route...
  36. 6 points
    @Lance cleanup on aisle 3 please Thank you thats what I was trying to say but I had a brain fart lmao
  37. 6 points
    How ironic that 7090 gets into an accident on it's fifth anniversary in service....it was on this date back in 2014 where it entered service.
  38. 6 points
    That says a lot more about Cuomo than it does anyone else (even Lhota, who should've known better).
  39. 6 points
    Point taken, but that just isn't true boss. All of the incidents of the past few weeks have been cyclists mid-block hit by vehicles that weren't paying attention to them. That's just the facts, not worth speculating that it's about stoplights being skipped. "Cyclist selfishness" is not causing the problem and we have a lot of evidence about that fact, you can see it if you read the news stories about these incidents. Trucks that didn't look, cars that didn't look, etc. Where is the accountability for these drivers?
  40. 6 points
    Fam. Calm down. #carryon Its not like we all don’t go off other sub forums to send replies. You about the 3rd person trying to play police. Before you start playing police brush up on some knowledge and listen to people who know the system. We are all here to learn a thing or two and sometimes rules are meant to be broken.
  41. 6 points
    First off, can we keep this type of discussion out of deliveries, moves, and transfers please. It’s been made clear that the Deliveries, Moves, and transfers thread is solely for just that: Deliveries, Moves, and Transfers. ***Note the next part below is NOT a prediction*** Next, the OG Hybrids at East New York will be replaced by new buses fresh from the factory, and displaced buses from elsewhere. Also, East New York and Grand Avenue are slated to get all of the 2012-13 New Flyer XD60s from Gun Hill and Kingsbridge for the B15, B38, and Q58 respectively (4710 and 4711 made the journey to GA a few days ago, joining 4754, which was already there for a while). It is possible that the 2012-13 XD60s would end up replacing a chunk of the OG Hybrids. As the next hybrid order is coming in as well, 20 of the new XDE40s would be assigned to EN, replacing a smaller portion of the OGs and replacing the rest with XD40s coming back from Ulmer Park, since they are getting their own units as well.
  42. 6 points
    BusTrek offered more info than BusTime did which is the point, and it also shows ghost buses, which BusTime can’t do.
  43. 6 points
    There was interesting movement on the train I was on today. The arrived at the local track of Columbus Circle because there was a at the express track. Then the kept running at the local track to 72nd St and used that switch to switch express track instead of using switch at Columbus Circle.
  44. 6 points
    Topic - B103 1. Why is this route so indirect going a very long And bendy route 2. Why is there only limited and no local service, was it always like this ? 3. Why is this line one of the highest frequency lines in Brooklyn? Why wasn’t it ever considered to be come an articulated route ? 4. Is this line ever going to to considered for select bus service? 5. Why is the placement of stops so weird for not stopping in front the Q station at cortelyou rd 6. Why is the 103 just so weird
  45. 6 points
    HTT has (***theoretically***) been abolished, which is good. Generally, while it’s important to keep in mind that there are reasons for ops to go slow (GTs, weird schedules, toxic disciplinary culture, etc) it’s also important to recognize the impact speed has on service. An single op (or CR) on the or who is moving too cautiously can throw an entire rush hour through cascading congestion; a slow crew at any time of day can cause gappy service and kill merges, and these are things that we have to be cognizant of. We shouldn’t encourage risky practices or complain about legitimate slowing and we should recognize that most variability is a function of the ridiculously punitive managerial culture in NYCT, but we also should remember that there are very real operational consequences to be had in low speeds/long dwells. This has sadly become one of the driving pieces of logic behind CBTC — management does not trust the people of RTO to operate a consistent rush hour railroad at any respectable throughput.
  46. 6 points
  47. 6 points
    Politics has nothing to do with the scenarios given. The fact of the matter is that the MTA isn't the only agency that goes through these types of issues like unplanned maintenance issues and plans that are put up on the fly such as the Bx6 going artic, which was literally thrown up not too long after the Bx6 SBS debuted. WIth the logic that you are trying to explain, you might as well say that every major agency in the US has poor management because they go through these problems too, which is straight BS. Here's a scenario for you, say you are a janitor and you cleaned up the bathroom floor, and then someone pukes all over the floor after you did your job....is that a lack of effort to do your job? Or was that unplanned? That's practically the same thing that happens with West Farms' fleet almost half of the time. The Orion VII CNGs are terrible when it comes to cold weather. They are most notorious for having problems starting up in temperatures below 35 degrees, which is the cause of some of their shortage issues from time to time. We have 15 left, in which their tanks are not yet expiring. So for them to get the new XD40s temporarily is a much smarter move than sending them older buses to make up for their losses.
  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    That was cold and heartless, Six times! He shot him six times over something stupid. Guy needs to be thrown underneath the jail. It's scary because you never know what the person next to is carrying.
  50. 6 points
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/nyregion/mom-subway-stairs-death-malaysia-goodson.html The MTA's blatant disregard for ADA accessibility rules has now resulted in someone's death. Despicable.
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