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  1. 17 points
    Boy, you extreme foamers just love begging for attention. Since when is writing an article about RTS buses and then scrapping said buses a "Criminal Action". Let me just give you a quick and much-needed trip back to reality... 1) MTA's RTS's have been around for 38 YEARS! FAR longer than any other major transit agency (including MBTA, NJT, SEPTA, etc...) 2) Even if that article never came out, these buses were gonna be gone by the end of the year. 3) Not ALL of those RTS's were "perfectly serviceable"...some were on their last legs...(example: the last RTS #5240 died on its last night) 4) Remember when the Orion V's ran for the last time? Sure we were sad, but we've forgotten about them after a few weeks... 5) Buses are not HUMAN BEINGS, you're sounding like MTA and this reporter committed murder or something. Instead of whining and complaining, how about celebrating the legacy that these buses had...and as for the "reporters and transit execs going to prison" thing...🙄 What's next? You gonna say that the MTA execs should go to jail for canceling the L train shutdown? (Oops, shouldn't be giving out any ideas lmao).
  2. 14 points
    5249 was spotted heading to Quill about an hour ago and it looks great!
  3. 13 points
    This is blatantly false
  4. 12 points
    Geez guy I liked the RTS buses too but that reporter does NOT belong in prison lol. It's not that serious.
  5. 11 points
    New strategy for hunting R179s on the ? Just tweet @NYCTSubway, lol
  6. 11 points
    The mockup car does have some functional components, but it is not fully functional. The purpose of the mockup is to prove as many static tests/designs as possible, so HVAC, software, doors, etc. In addition to build quality and TS compliance, the MTA also looks for maintainability of certain components. The mockup does not have propulsion equipment included (no traction motor, no inverter). Only the boxes for where the components would go are included, to ensure everything fits together and can be accessed easily. Just wanted to clear that up in case anyone thinks that car will see service, or run on its own power.
  7. 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.
  8. 11 points
    Absolutely No-One : You :
  9. 10 points
    This weekend I got quite a few shots of the R179s and R32s on the (I mean )... This was the first time that not just the R179s, but also NTTs in general have run on one of the shuttles. The R179s actually looked good running on the shuttle for once. Anyways...
  10. 10 points
    So now we're (opting to) making cuts to two routes that carry well over 20k people a day... Incredible... ...and yet there are still kool aid drinkers in this city that believe the MTA wants to make things right for its riding public.... I don't want to hear or read anybody telling me how progressive & for the people this agency is, because it's a straight up crock of shit.... Improvements should never only have to be made under pressure or to the point where things fester to where you end up in dire straits... You should always be looking to improve.... Instead, cuts, cuts, cuts everytime you look (overtly or covertly) & then on top of it, conveys this public feigning of ignorance as to why ridership is down system-wide in these articles & shit, like the riding public is stupid... Like the riding public doesn't know you, as an agency, don't know why ridership is on a steady decline.... It's insulting.
  11. 9 points
    Yet you're passing this off as a fact....how exactly do you know that they were in bad shape? Even the folks down at the ceremony who have driven and worked on those buses have said that these buses could've lasted for a couple more years.....the frames of those buses were in good shape, so they could have taken more abuse. What made them look bad was just their appearance, that was it. Hell, there were groups of people that preferred those over the low floors(i.e M66 & M72 passengers that complained about the lack of space in the low floors). And a bus shouldn't last as long as an RTS, Fishbowl or any of our old high floors have? I don't think you understand what that means. It's a testament to how well those buses have performed on our messed up streets 24/7/365 during their lifetime. We'd be surprised if any of our low floor buses can last as long as any of those. If they're still in good shape structurally and mechanically after their 12-15 year retirement schedule, they can keep on trucking, and the RTS has technically been the only fleet that has consistently proven that time and time again. Yes, obviously, they needed to go, they were here for 5-10 years longer than they should have been. But they have proven time and time again that they were made for New York City and they were the true workhorses of this city, whether people like it or not. -EDIT- Also, why do you have two accounts?
  12. 9 points
    Above Future ENY OP's pay grade huh?? Alright, chump... Explain... and prove.... in detail.... with specificity, how you come to the benchmark & conclusion that FP "needs" exactly 219 buses & Flatbush "needs" around 250.... Go on, Mr. C.E.NO.... Clock's ticking.....
  13. 9 points
    "The Impeachment" has a nice ring to it.
  14. 9 points
    If you ever paid attention to the signage in 8th Street station, you might have noticed that until recently, there were two types of pillar signs - tall ones saying 8 Street on two lines, and short ones saying 8 St. A bit of time ago, they covered the short 8 St signs with stickers that mimic the taller signs. So, let's see. The MTA spent money on: - Creating the new "8 Street" stickers. - Sending workers to 8th Street station. - The workers putting up the stickers. And multiply this by the amount of stations that received this treatment. 8th Street is just a single example. And the end result is... signage that isn't any better than what was there previously. Who asked for this? Why is the spending money on useless items such as this, when their financial situation is always seen as unstable? Photos:
  15. 8 points
    @RR503 https://jalopnik.com/subway-commute-disrupted-by-clogged-toilet-1834841477 Subway Commute Disrupted by Clogged Toilet Aaron Gordon This morning, some New York City subway commuters experienced an all-too-common occurrence (although less so than it used to be): delays during rush hour. The reason given by the official New York City Transit Twitter account was that nature called upon the train crew. Indeed, New York City’s trains are operated by humans, and humans sometimes poop. Normally, when a member of a train crew has to number 2, they either hold it in until they get to the terminal—where they will then have enough time to take a bathroom break between train runs—or, if they absolutely cannot wait, hold the train in the station as they go to the nearest bathroom. (Yes, the New York City subway has bathrooms in stations. Yes, you should avoid them at all costs.) But today’s rush-hour delay was not an instance of a train crew needing to run to the nearest bathroom. This delay was because of a clogged toilet. You see, it wasn’t the train crew that needed to go to the bathroom, but the tower operator that controls the switches, and they couldn’t use the one in the tower. To understand how one clogged toilet caused delays on five train lines, here’s a quick primer on how the subway works: Most of the subway lines intersect and overlap, moving between lines at particular junctions. For the lines in question (the A, C, E, F, and M lines), many of the switches, which move to send the trains on the appropriate track, are operated by humans in a control tower. And sometimes, those humans in the control tower have to poop. Normally, tower operators needing to use a toilet is not an issue; there’s a bathroom in the tower they can use. (Sometimes, if your train is unexpectedly running local for no discernible reason, it may be because the tower operator had to retire to the throne for a minute so they put the switch to local service for the time being). But, at the Port Authority tower, which controls the switches most critical to the C and E lines, has had a clogged toilet for three days, according to a source familiar with the stench, as well as screenshots from a Facebook group obtained by Jalopnik. So, in this case, the tower operator had to meander into the station itself to find relief. Without a tower operator at the helm, trains can’t run up the local track (the C and E trains) due to the particulars of how that switch works. Further, there’s no one to send the northbound E’s to Queens instead of up 8th Avenue. That’s why NYCT had to divert trains while the tower operator hit the head, instead of merely announcing “delays” on the line, which is what happens when the crews on the train have to run into the station to answer nature’s call. Maybe there was something in the water at the employee lounge though, because a train crew on the same line needed to run to the bathroom at Jay St-Metrotech in Brooklyn, according to the source and confirmed by screenshots viewed by Jalopnik. Anyways, the lesson here is that New York City Transit employees are subject to the same indignities—if not more of them—than riders are due to the inadequacies of the bureaucracy to address our species’ most basic issues. Just ask the people working in the Port Authority tower, showing up to work to make sure you get to work on time... but also have to smell clogged shit for three days and counting. The MTA did not respond to a request for comment before publication. We will update this story if we hear anything back, including on the status of the Port Authority tower toilet.
  16. 8 points
  17. 8 points
    I think someone forgot to turn the child lock back on...
  18. 8 points
    Yeah, you say you have nothing against me, but you apparently have something against common sense..... Now that I've had this brief dialogue w/ you, now I really see why you catch the flack that you do on here..... I know, I know.... There's no evidence that the subway system as a whole underwent changes in almost 18 years, cleanliness & aesthetics are "very irrelevant" (never mind the countdown clocks & things of that nature), and the exception swallows the rule (as if I said every station has been modernized)..... Got it. Try to take people seriously & this is the result..... The buck stops here with you... Go troll somebody else; I wasted enough keystrokes with this exchange.
  19. 8 points
    I could not agree more. The forums should be "A Place to Stand, A Place to Grow" (If anyone get's the reference it'll make my day). Before I started posting on this forums a couple of moths ago I started by reading through many of the topics I found interesting to see what the environment is like and how I cant adapt my language to fit the mould. That way, when I started posting, I would know how to not clutter a topic and not to ask questions that were previously addressed earlier in the thread. I have many personal and political opinions but they have no place on the forums. For the record I agree that the R62/As are ugly, but that does not contribute anything to the conversation. If you do give criticism, which is perfectly acceptable, please make it constructive. For example, instead of saying "CBTC doesn't make any sense," you could say "I personally do not think CBTC will be effective because it does not address the core operational issues of (insert thing here). I may be new to the forums, but that does not give me an excuse to disregard the SOPs that have been set down over the years. Just my thoughts, disregard them at will.
  20. 8 points
    Again enough with the gibberish. This is for deliveries and moves. Go to the fleets and depots thread for that. ENY had said this numerous times already
  21. 7 points
    There's an old saying that goes, seek & ye shall find.... For SOME of us transit enthusiasts on a site like this that are a little more responsible, I can understand coming upon a hidden treasure like this & keeping shit on the hush hush for our own private consumption.... With that said though, and in all honesty, regardless, the information that was provided on Bustrek should've never been easily & as readily available to the public like that in the first place.... I'm personally indifferent to the MTA's closing of the doors with Bustrek - but in general, this is what you get with impulsive, motor mouth, don't know when to STFU MF-ers.... It is shit like this why I don't share secrets with anything with a pulse, as far as I can throw them.... The general public is stupid.... Way to prove your point "Kitty Kat", Stool Pigeon... So now what? Your bus was late for whatever reason 3 days ago & as a result, there's now one less medium to track "your" bus.... Good job, joker.... Good job.
  22. 7 points
    Actually, South Ferry was paid for in part by Sept. 11th recovery money to revitalize Lower Manhattan following the attacks. Also, the original loop station was built for the amount of service operated at the time. The IRT couldn't possibly fathom running ten-car trains back in 1905 when the station was originally built. @subwayfan1998 I'm glad you're interested and inquisitive here. A problem I'm noting however is a failure to listen to what other people are telling you. Asking the same questions over and over in a slightly different way and expecting a different response will not serve you well here. Listen to what people are telling you and think before you post.
  23. 7 points
  24. 7 points
  25. 7 points
    Forgive my cynicism, but I don’t really see this study doing much in terms of actually bringing subway service down Utica Ave. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if it does lead to it, but given our track record of not building necessary subway lines, I’m not holding my breath that this will lead to anything beyond B46 SBS improvements.
  26. 7 points
    I call them half cuomos.
  27. 7 points
    Flatbush Update: Yesterday morning a few of articulated buses were OOS "LFSA and XD60's " for maintenance. Some of the operators throughout the day had to pull out the xd40's sbs buses in order to start normal services on the SBS44+. Bus #6130 operator seat had issues where the seat would not go back all the way compared to the other XD's buses. I made sure the yard dispatcher contact the maintenance department to take a look at the seat. "Reminding me of an RTS operator seat situation" Bus #6134 Starting to make Automatic Announcements and the Interior Screen is currently working on the SBS44+. I believe some of the XD60's that was OOS and at the shop yesterday were probably being updated for automatic announcement service on the bus. Grand Ave, Fresh pond, and Yukon NG buses that has been transfer to the bush are all out in service throughout the Flatbush depot routes. So far I have operated both the 5300's LFSA and the XD60's in service on the SBS44+, and I can say that based on my experience, The XD60's have a tendency to roll back a little bit when you first accelerate either at a traffic light or after disengaging both the interlock or parking brake. The LFSA 5300's operator seating position seems be much more comfortable compared to the XD60's, but the LFSA is a lot more heavier when operating through traffic and can cause the right knee discomfort after awhile. Backing up the XD60's is annoying, since every FT the bus rolls back the brakes automatically locks in. The passengers rear doors on the XD60's opens outwards towards the curb side and its very hard to tell when passengers are on the curb still trying to board versus on the Nova LFSA the doors opens from the inside and you can see everything on the mirrors on the curb side.
  28. 7 points
    Nice note ending with the random a**hole at the end...
  29. 7 points
    If that 1998 is indicative of your year of birth, you seriously need to grow some thicker skin & toughen up. No one likes meeeeeeeeeee...... Honestly now, this is not a popularity contest & from the few posts of yours I've stumbled across on this forum, you don't exactly make it easy on yourself.... So this forum should be something what sounds like something that was said on Reading Rainbow or Mister Rogers Neighborhood ?
  30. 7 points
    You’re acting like one dude, chill out. You have rights to your opinion but your commenting on a PUBLIC forum. Some of the content you share may be offensive or downright banter. Here we hold a bit of a higher standard with relevant and coherent thoughts and sources, or suggestions. So please chill, read some threads, research MTA history and politics, understand that this here is also a community. Thanks.
  31. 7 points
    I’m gonna be blatantly honest here. All that subwayfan1998 kid does is spend most of his time on the forums bitching about anything old and he has been doing this ever since he first showed up on the forums. That’s what I’ve noticed from 66% of his posts. He needs to grow up. Even the , for example, admitted in their full report of the and lines back in December 2015 that older cars are the least cause of delays on both lines and had more to do with aging signals and tracks that date back to the time that the three corridors (which both lines currently operate on along their routes) were first open. The kid has a whole lot to learn during his stay here.
  32. 7 points
    And in other bombshell news, rain is wet and Homer Simpson likes beer!
  33. 7 points
    An entire analysis & report was needed to come to this conclusion!?!
  34. 7 points
    Give it a week and it'll get the Staten Island treatment.
  35. 7 points
    Dear train riders: Welcome to our world. Sincerely, Jerome Avenue and Dyre Avenue line riders
  36. 6 points
    He might get one last big hoorah from me this month, as I have a few words for him and the board about express bus service.
  37. 6 points
  38. 6 points
    The R211 mock up looks like it coming along nicely
  39. 6 points
    Lmfao he tweeted it to the official MTA account no less! I'm dead. The hell did he think was gonna happen? These foamers don't even think.
  40. 6 points
    It was sarcasm with a touch of truth (I always take the over the since all the crazy sh*t always happens on the )
  41. 6 points
    Imagine if they did that with that Sandy money when they were rebuilding that bridge...
  42. 6 points
    This ole Spacely Sprocket ass mother*****..... Irick has been a real uptight a**hole as of late... His job on the line or something? No, it's not just a bus, joker - it's hundreds of them..... Fully functional ones too. You are the last person I want to hear bitching about bus service; then again, this guy probably doesn't even take public transportation.... Perfectly exhibited snotrag attitude....
  43. 6 points
    Dude is the same age as me?! Yikes
  44. 6 points
    Did you read what I quoted? Seems like you missed what I quoted here is the piece I was referring to: This isn't the first time subwayfan1998 has said this, so please read the quotes to understand why I said what I said my post. Obviously. It's a SMEE, not an NTT train that can be equipped with CBTC equipment. Does the run on 8th Avenue between 59th St and Jay St? No they do not. Do the 68/As need to leave the then? No they do not, as they won't be affected by 8th Avenue CBTC. In case an issue happens on 6th Avenue, and s have no choice but to run via 8th Avenue, can they still run via 8th Avenue? Hell yes. A MAJOR misconception of CBTC is MTA is installing it in a way that prevents trains that are not CBTC-compatible from running. R179s have already visited Canarsie Yard for a wash, hell even 32/42s were a common sight to see heading to/from Canarsie Yard during off-peak for a wash, and they are not CBTC-equipped for the . The garbage train on the ? A set of 62As, and the entire line has CBTC active. So yes, 68/As should be able to run on 8th Avenue after CBTC has been installed and activated, especially during emergencies. Trains not equipped with CBTC still have to use the track anyways, whether they are revenue service trains or maintenance trains. Lastly, what is CTBC? For someone who quotes Communications-Based Train Control over and over again, and uses it as their evidence to support their point constantly, you would think you can spell the acronym correctly by now.
  45. 6 points
    Legal tender on express buses? Not anymore Posted April 28, 2019 Steve Black drives a BxM2 express bus in North Riverdale, part of a fleet that no longer accept coins as a form of payment. Riders will have to use either a pay-per-ride or a weekly express bus MetroCard to board JULIUS CONSTANTINE MOTAL By HEATHER J. SMITH Have just $5 on a MetroCard? Forget about using a handful of quarters to make up the difference to the new rate of $6.75 on the BxM2. Express bus riders better have their MetroCard loaded, because coins are no longer being accepted for fare. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been quite open about its planned fare tweaks — including a 25-cent increase for express bus rides. But the new policy eliminating coins from the longer-range buses was tacked on without much ado. Now, riders must pay their total fare with a MetroCard, or get left on the curb. Eliminating coins stemmed from fare hikes, said Vittorio Bugatti, the founder of an express bus advocacy group that has worked closely with the MTA to improve service both here and on Staten Island. Group members report delayed and missing buses to the agency, letting them know when riders in the outer boroughs are being let down. “When they proposed raising the fare, they began talking about eliminating coins,” Bugatti said. “Their reasoning was that roughly 1 percent of express bus riders use coins.” MTA officials did not respond to questions behind the change, but Bugatti said it came down to saving a little time and money. Many Bronxites rely on express buses to take them to and from Manhattan. Large swaths of the Bronx have fewer or no subway stops close enough to make them reliable travel options, Bugatti said. Express bus routes allowed those in so-called “transportation deserts” a fast and direct commute every 10 to 30 minutes. They also are a lifeline to the elderly and the disabled, especially since there are so few handicapped-accessible subway stations citywide. Doing away with the fuss of counting coins would theoretically make routes more efficient. But Bugatti feels the MTA didn’t consider that, in order to fill a MetroCard, a rider needs to be close to a train station with kiosks or a store that sells the passes. “Most of us are not close to a subway station,” he said. “Taking myself as an example, the nearest station would be a 20-minue walk. I have to assume that, once at that station, the MetroCard machines will actually work. Sometimes they’re all down.” Some stores sell MetroCards, but Bugatti said they are frequently sold out, leaving riders turning to their trusty standby — a pocket full of quarters. “Let’s say I have some sort of balance on my MetroCard and I can pay the difference with coins, well then I don’t have to go through all that to put more money on the card,” Bugatti said. “I can just get on the bus, dip my MetroCard, and use coins to pay the difference.” But not anymore. Now regular express rider Mike Hudson has to be diligent how much money is on his MetroCard. “Since most of the BxM3 commuters live far from the subway, it’s not easy for us to refill our card,” Hudson said. “This no-coin policy has further made my commute worse. “I have no way to refill my card when going to Manhattan. I can’t dip in two MetroCards to pay for the difference, because it takes the full fare off of both.” He’ll now have to take the Bx9 local bus to the subway station to refill his MetroCard before taking the 1 train to 42nd Street in Manhattan — all of which adds an extra half hour to his daily commute. Many regular riders depend on unlimited ride express bus cards, which now cost $62 and are good for one week. “But if we are not able to buy a new card — or if the machines are down, or the card does not work, or we lose our card — we have to pay money to get on the bus,” said Judith Kardos, a daily BxM1 rider. “How else will we be able to get to work if we cannot use money or cash?” The express bus advocacy group wants the MTA board to reconsider the no-coin policy, Bugatti said, until it completes a rollout of the new electronic fare payment system, OMNY, or One Metro New York. In that new system — which isn’t expected to roll out until 2021 — riders can pay fares with their smartphones instead of adding value to a physical card. The new system is being piloted in select subway stations, but is still a few years off from being implemented wide scale on buses. “We didn’t think the board would vote to (eliminate coins) until they installed the new system,” Bugatti said. “Now there’s a scramble as people realize this is happening.” The MTA’s solution to the coin problem is the EasyPayExpress MetroCard, linked to a rider’s bank account and refills automatically once the balance falls below a certain amount. But some riders would rather walk than give the MTA direct power over their money. “The reason why is because EasyPay refills it to a big amount, and it does it automatically,” Hudson said. The card requires a $30 minimum deposit, and then automatically refills another $30 every time the account dips below $20. “I’d rather do it myself and in person so I can keep track of my transit purchases and refill it only on what I need since I use a mix of single fare and subway unlimited,” Hudson added. Even some riders who do use EasyPay lament its flaws. Carol Radel signed up for the special fare card to pay for her daily express bus commutes, but it’s not a perfect system. She has two EasyPay cards just in case one is lost or damaged. “A few weeks ago I forgot my card, so took out that regular card, went to pay, and it had expired,” Radel said. “There is nowhere nearby to get a new card. So even as prepared as you want to be, sometimes you have an emergency where you need to pay cash.” Implementing the no-coin policy on express buses but not local buses is a slap in the face to taxpayers who have waited patiently for the MTA to provide for their transportation needs, Bugatti said. Taking away payment options will have a real negative effect on the community. “We have a lot of elderly, senior residents in Riverdale who aren’t necessarily the most mobile, and getting to stores or a subway is a problem,” Bugatti said. “And those are the people who are going to be the most impacted by this plan because they are going to want to pay using coins when in a bind, and they won’t be able to.” Source: https://riverdalepress.com/stories/coins-no-longer-good-for-bus-fare,68769?fbclid=IwAR3cOOTmKNa3bleg3c4bk--_qFCxeGVSNbHr0Mnqr4Gi8hD0Kw3nbMYL2jA
  46. 6 points
    1. It's too early to tell for sure. 2. Suck it up or take a different route until the replacements arrive.
  47. 6 points
    Kid, they're not gonna put the newest cars in the system on the least used lines. The Rockaway Park shuttle is likely going to stick with R46s until they are fully retired by the R211s. Don't make a big deal out of a lowly used line like the shuttle. Give me a break.
  48. 6 points
    A friend of mine has been working on a stringline viewer for the subway for the past few months — you’ve seen some charts from it in my posts recently. Today, he’s making it public. https://pvibien.com/stringline.htm Each line represents a train; the flat portions are in-station time (which isn’t exactly dwell — it’s when the clock says the train is in the station which usually begins when the train is just outside the station) and the diagonal parts inter-station time. Data can sometime be crappy, but an extremely useful tool. Enjoy! If you have feedback, I can pass along.
  49. 6 points
    (This assuming that the FF plan remains intact, and phased as per today -- both very open questions) Also, hate to be that guy, but copy/paste across 4 threads? Really?
  50. 6 points
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