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    Do not be rational. You will be punished.
  5. 18 points
    Where do i begin.... Thats not how car assignments go. First, whatever trains are used go to any terminal its interval is scheduled for. They do NOT do car assignments based on destination. So 32s, 46s and 179s will go to Ozone, Mott and 116. And I cant stress this part enough: There are no more power issues in rockaway anymore! Theres a power station in broad channel that was added that solved this!!!! Can that "power issues in Rockaway" die already???
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    I'm trying to be helpful here, so don't take this the wrong way. The reason we get pissed off at you is precisely because of these unwarranted philosophical justifications for something you're doing. As far as I can tell, you haven't been called out recently for speculating or anything in this thread, so why write these long soliloquies posing yourself as some sort of reformed victim? No one has been discussing this for a while, making these thoughts wholly unwarranted. Speculating is natural, and sure, it can be repetitive, but you know, whatever floats your boat. I don't think participating in speculation will affect your reputation in any way. What will though is posting stuff like this. It's just uncalled for, and comes across as a bit pretentious. What I would do is just move on. This is a forum; people forget. Just get on with your life, and keep these thoughts to yourself. As I said before, this isn't Downton Abbey.
  8. 17 points
    Hillary Clinton's loss in Pennsylvania or any other state back in the 2016 election has absolutely nothing to do with the Canarsie repairs project. Please keep this to the actual topic at hand.
  9. 17 points
    You have been officially warned. You are not continuously violating the first rule of this forum. No we are going to chat here, because this not a general public discussion. First off, I always use/say bro. You don't know my energy, but you are about to get a crash course right now. And as a matter of fact. New policy starting right now. You have 1 warning to remain on topic and will then be removed from there on. I see I have to go back to being the old East New York I was when I started here 10 years ago. That 25 year old didn't have a filter and would suspend any account without warning for violation of any rules and policies. I want everyone to take a moment. If you want to comment of fleet and depot moves MOVE IT TO A NEW THREAD OR POST IN FLEET & DEPOTS. In addition, I'm going to review every NYCTF user account effective immediately. If anyone has been previously banned and created a new account I will know, and they be suspended indefinitely with no questions asked. If anyone has an associated account (meaning you and your friend signed up for an NYCTF account from the same computer or network) it will be subject for suspension as well. Again, everyone needs to be familiar with the rules, regulations and policies of both NYCTF as well as The Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Effective (immediately) 3pm, Friday September 21st I will be going back to my old ways of automatic suspensions for any rule violations, or posting of material or discussion that violates and MTA rule or policy as well. If your account is suspended, you may or may not be notified. If you cannot sign in, your entire account has been suspended. If you cannot post, that means your privileges have been suspended. Welcome to NYCTF 4.2 The buck stops here. https://www.nyctransitforums.com/guidelines/
  10. 17 points
    It's simple really
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    Supposedly the 10 car 179 will start running on the A line starting Sunday, how do I know? I work the A line. The hours were not confirmed but it MAY be all 3 tours with supervision on board to help familiarize the operating crews. & and when I write "Supposedly" it's because I'll believe it when I see it and things always change in transit. Thank you, have a nice day. edit: Ok it's confirmed that the train will be running on the Am & PM tour coming out of pitkin yard.
  13. 16 points
    As Cait said I’m general artics, should not be out in the snow. However there is a VERY little known fact that I will point out for the first time. New Flyer artics have 10 tires. Nova artics have 8 which provides for a much smoother ride and this will over all make the bus last longer. However, you couldn’t pay me to drive one in the snow. The center axel had 1 tire on each side that is wider than a standard tire. This automatically reduces traction to near 0. On turns, pulling in and out of stops is going to disable these twice as fast as a New Flyer which has a lot more rubber trying to contact the pavement. Boy If you don’t sit your ass down somewhere! Like really? I’ve had it. You are getting out of hand, and what you are doing is considered slander. You are speaking on something which you know nothing of. Prelim reports say the frame is fine. Excuse my language again everyone, but no one asked for your damn non-factor ass OPINION. I however am a mechanic, Transit Consultant, bus owner and business owner. Leave this shit to us professionals please. You don’t even need to comment other than an apology to Novabus and APTA. How dare you. And in the words of the MTA, “It is under investigation.” Carry on and again, excuse my language but I’m done being nice and politically correct. Final warning. Suspension is next. And you will NOT be notified. As far as 9505 I’m sick and tired of those rumors too. Stop with the assumptions people. You all are NOT reading either. I commented on 5477 and 9505 in more than one thread. Who TF started the rumor it was totaled???? I’ve have pics forever, as in from the moment it happened. Several angles, day and night. I just decided to watch, read, take notes, to look at you people make shit up. It stops NOW!
  14. 16 points
    1) I'm amazed at how angry a person you are 2) I'm amazed at how poorly you read 3) I'm amazed at how poorly you write. @I Run Trains JUST SAID he opens the cab door to make announcements when the PA doesn't work, and you try castigating him because some rare conductor didn't say something one time, and now they all deserve to get dragged out the cab and stomped on. Honestly, I hope your number gets called and you fail out. Don't like that? That's my face in my avatar - come see me at Bowling Green uptown side and tell me about your feelings. ==== We can complain about operation frontline staff day-in/day-out - and I have because of one who games the system to get to breaks and another who had shitty judgment. But guess what... IT'S THEIR SUPERVISORS AND THEIR SUPERVISORS' SUPERVISORS THAT MESS UP YOUR TRIP. Signal malfunction? Blame the folks who chose not to invest in the system in the 70s and 80s - staff and politicians. NTT breakdown? Blame the accountant that made the maintenance staff get more miles out of equipment before repairs and replacement to cut costs. MetroCard won't read? Blame the procurement manager who chose to not invest in a better fare system because it'd cost more upfront than budgeted and didn't want to fight the bean counters. Train rerouted or delayed because of police activity or FDNY? Blame the folks fighting, the dogs biting, the politicians who won't get the disturbed into care, the people who get on the tracks to explore, the people who litter or get on the train sick. Mad at the guy on the that throws fits on the PA in AM rush because folks hold the doors trying to fit in 3 sq ft in an overcrowded train that has only 1 sq ft available? Blame the aforementioned for not planning for growth, and the passengers that won't let the doors close. And blame him for his attitude. But not one of them deserve to get beat up because your selfish and entitled self pops off instead of calling your legislators and telling them to give the dedicated funding it needs.
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    My favorite part: 1) You live in Manhattan, where there’s no such thing as quiet. 2) You live by bars and the so noisy hipsters and drunks make noise all night 3) More take to Manhattan than residents take elsewhere. Kwitcherbitchin. If it wasn’t broken then it wouldn’t need extraordinary measures to fix it.
  18. 16 points
    There was an issue found with the B3C valve (conductor’s emergency valve). It was fixed and the cars will be returning to service shortly. Not really that big of a deal honestly. And it wasn’t even Bombardier’s fault, just to make that clear.
  19. 15 points
    Ok I think y’all gotta Put a tracking device on that set or get a grip and understand that there is going to be 13 more sets of those models running in service soon. It’s getting ridiculous every post is: where is this train at? where is it at now ? where is it at now ? where is it at now? Does anyone know where 3010-3019 is?
  20. 15 points
    I saw this in a Facebook group and I thought it was cool "R142 Designers Masamichi Udagawa & Sigi Moeslinger (Antenna Design) With the 1st production 142A model at Kawasaki." I've always loved the design of the front of the R142A (its what first got me interested in the design of subway cars), so its cool to see that there was some sort of photoshoot with the designers and the finished product.
  21. 15 points
    I think this is also important. Canarsie would have been painful, but it would have showcased a different approach to transportation. On the surface level, we would have been actively and drastically restricting car access along key corridors. New Yorkers would have been able to experience efficient (albeit) crowded bus service pretty much for the first time in history, along with gains in pedestrian and bike access. Underground, NYCT was being forced away from its highly linear approach to transportation. The Canarsie shutdown plan was a study in the way our system can distribute loads through its redundancy. Instead of the usual 'lines exist in isolation' mantra, we would have seen NYCT confront the fact it operates a network. Now, they could have done more in this regard, but such is life. NYCT would have also been forced to operate the system *well*. You basically had single point failure on the WillyB and on the ; dispatchers would have had to get crafty with loads, frequency, variability, and service management. And they would have learned from all this -- to the benefit of the rest of the system and city. Today, we lost that opportunity. The engineers consulted have, as far as I can tell, zero experience with NYCT. MTA was basically not clued in on all this. I'm generally skeptical of the conclusions of remote academics and 'big thinkers' who use the word 'innovative' when talking about safety-critical maintenance, and the lack of detail, dissonance in message (is it just the benchwall or the whole track/tunnel structure) and the startling lack of NYCT personnel on the team just reinforces my skepticism. Was this a kangaroo court?
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    Jesus Christ guys, leave it with the bullshit about Ephraim. I see you all on the FB group too making a scene like a bunch of middle-schoolers. You heard him say it: the dude is autistic, that means not everything that seems exactly normal to us will be to him and vice versa. Expect better from this site, absolutely embarrassing watching everybody pile on. Know when to drop it. Miss me with that.
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  26. 14 points
    After careful consideration, I've decided to form an express bus advocacy group, which I will be leading. While it's in its infancy, our core mission is the following: -To represent all express bus riders across New York City to advocate for better service. This means that when the agency proposes service cuts, instead of allowing them to vote without anyone speaking against them, they'll be a group out there speaking at the board meetings and at other events to remind the agency of why express bus service exists and its importance to the various communities around the City. We feel that the agency has become obsessed with meeting its fiscal obligations while sacrificing on service, and we cannot stand by and allow this to continue as hundreds of passengers face longer commutes, more time away from their families, and higher and higher costs by way of fare increases, and having to take cabs and the like to get to and from work, school and other events on a daily basis. This is a critical time for transportation in NYC, and the fact that the economy is booming along with the population, and ridership continues to decline shows a serious problem with service across all platforms. Since our group is just launching, I will be posting more particulars later. You are free to PM if you are interested in joining. We understand that people have other obligations, and this is why I will be the one doing most of the grunt work (speaking at meetings, contacting elected officials, etc.) since I have experience doing these things from previous projects I've undertaken, but we appreciate anyone joining who wants to assist where they feel that their contributions will work best. That's it for now. I want to also state that the purpose of this thread is to encourage positive discussion on the aforementioned topic, so I will not be responding to any negative comments or anything that is going to throw the thread off into something that it shouldn't be, nor any personal attacks, as I don't have the time for it. Via Garibaldi 8
  27. 14 points
    To clarify, the Nova LFS buses are going to replace the first of the hybrids. They will later be replaced by hybrid and electric buses in the future. I would also like to remind you that if you want to have any discussion about the fleet, depots, and/or details, please do so in the Fleet & Depots thread. This many be a hobby for all of us, but for some of us this is actually our job. The top contributors are either transit personnel or transit consultants like myself. I am the one who fed everyone this information because I know what is happening. They were simply telling you that it was only 10 buses on the first hybrid order. I greatly appreciate when NYCTF members/users actually take initiative and engage in conversation as well. This way, some of the rest of us can do our jobs. So if people in here can read you should have already known that the first of the OG's weren't going anywhere other than MTA Bus at the moment.......... 🤔🙄Pot calling the kettle black a bit? You are the one who got all sensitive when addressed. So I'm a bit confused... Where was your humility? First off, you sir need to calm down and relax a bit. You are the one who actually came in here all "hype" as you say. For a new member that's not really a good look because they were only trying to fill you in on what is going on. Many of us here are quite aggressive with our language, and if that's too much for you, this may not be the forum for you. So before you tell someone to watch your mouth, please check yours first. Im arguably one of the most aggressive people here, so if I noticed that about you, it's something you may want to take a look at. This isn't an attack on you, but I am letting you know how things work here. I am The Senior Moderator and Community Manager of this forum as a whole. I am also not part of the new generation either, so please watch YOUR mouth, and practice what you preach and we will all get along just fine. Even if and when we don't agree. That's what humble is my guy. Feel free to DM me if you would like to continue this discussion. Furthermore, this discussion does not belong here as I said and will be moved as soon as I get the chance. Carry on.
  28. 14 points
    And you wonder why 90% of the members in this forum have a problem with you......you CLEARLY do NOT LIKE to READ or listen to anyone or anything!!!!
  29. 14 points
    I've been a member of this forum for six years, a period of time over which a lot has changed in my life. Good to know that no matter how unstable things get in the real world, I can always rely on Flushing Express to be fat shaming a subway car on the internet. In a way, it's almost comforting to know that some things never change.
  30. 14 points
    Before anything else, I'd suggest you do some research on autism and ASD; perhaps you'll gain a slightly better understanding of matters. But anyway: we're a community of people with one very specific - and not especially common - shared interest. The reality is that for many people with ASD, these forums and the railfan community in general, has provided a safe space in a world largely intolerant of those with mental differences. This is something that we have to accept, and, beyond that, something that we should really be embracing. We should be proud of the fact that our community is one that includes and welcomes people with ASD and various other differences. I understand that we're frustrated over "having" to refute - which we don't - the proposal to extend the in Far Rockaway, but @EphraimB's willingness to table what he sees as an improvement to the transit system is something that at the most basic level should be applauded. @RR503 wrote about this last time we (you) worked ourselves into a tizzy over the aforementioned proposal - but the process of transit proposal (and urban planning or design on a broader scale) is something that should be more democratic; it is something that anyone who has an experience with transit or the built environment should be able to contribute to. I'm confident and optimistic that we will be able to have civilized and productive discussions with anyone on this forum. I'd love to discuss transit improvements in the Rockaways; it's an area that certainly should have better connections, and while extending the beyond its current terminus isn't the solution, @EphraimB's (and others') own experiences as Rockaway residents should guide our discussions in this. This is what we should be talking about, not reiterating the same things every time we see this idea pop up. That's not going to make anything better. I'd like you to think about you own experience here, @Coney Island Av: we've dealt with several unproductive discussions involving you. I'd think to think that's been placed solidly in the past, and that we all learned from said discussions. So why are we doing this all over again? Let's talk proposals; that's what we're all here for, and we all bring something to the table. If you don't agree, suggest differently, but yelling and calling for the mass-ignoring of a fellow forum member isn't the way forward here.
  31. 14 points
    Subway trains below the ocean. Now that's a new one...
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    Preliminary Upcoming Moves, Purchases & Retirements until FY2022... MTA Bus Transfer Twenty-Four (24) 2004-05 DaimlerChrysler Orion 07.501 Gen-II Hybrids by 2019 from NYCB. Transfer Thirty-Three (33) 2006 DaimlerChrysler Orion 07.501 Gen-II+ Hybrids by 2020 from NYCB. Order 25 New 40-foot Buses for 2021 delivery. Order 53 New 60-foot Buses for 2019-2020 delivery. Order 257 New 45-foot Commuter Buses for 2021 delivery, with the first 174 arriving in 2020. Retire all 1996 Nova Bus Model T80206 RTSs by the end of 2018 Retire all 2002 MCI D4500 Commuter Coaches by the end of 2020 Retire all 2004 MCI D4500CL Commuter Coaches by the end of 2020. Retire Two Hundred-Thirty Seven (237) 2005 MCI D4500CL Commuter Coaches by the end of 2020, with 154-units going by the end of 2019. NYC Bus Order 275 New 40-Foot Hybrid Buses for 2021 delivery, with the first 77 arriving in 2020. Order 45-60 New 40-Foot Electric Buses for 2021 delivery, with the first 6 arriving in 2020. Order 50 New 45-foot Commuter Buses for 2020 delivery. Retire last 2 1997-98 and all 1998-99 Nova Bus Model T80206 RTS by the end of 2019. Retire all 2002-04 DaimlerChrysler Orion 07.501 Gen-I Hybrids by the end of 2019. Retire all 2003-04 DaimlerChrysler Orion 07.501 Gen-II CNGs by early 2019. Retire all 2005 DaimlerChrysler Orion 07.501 Gen-II Hybrids by 2020, with the first 158 retired by the end of 2019. Retire all 2006 DaimlerChrysler Orion 07.501 Gen-II+ Hybrids by 2020. Retire all 2007 DaimlerChrysler Orion 07.501 Gen-II+ Hybrids by 2021, with the first 75 retired by the end of 2020. Retire all 2008 Daimler Orion 07.501 Next Generation/Gen-III Hybrids by the end of 2022, with the first 158 retired by the end of 2021. Retire all 2002-03 New Flyer Galaxy Articulateds (D60HF) by mid-2019. Retire all 2002 MCI D4500 Commuter Coaches by the end of 2020. Retire all 2007 MCI D4500CL Commuter Coaches by the end of 2022, with the first 28 retired by the end of 2020.
  35. 14 points
    Next time I'll DM you for your approval. /Sarcasm
  36. 14 points
    Good morning! I hope everyone had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. My initial update which was scheduled to begin over the weekend was changed due to some major developments. On the list for discussion this week will be the following: 1.) Total fleet review for all buses and depot operations. 2.) The New Express bus test & evaluation program and the status of Alexander Dennis DD #0022, and the confirmed in-service testing of MCI D45 CRT LE #0023. 3.) The continued operation of Manhattanville depot for the foreseeable future. 4.) The acceleration of the the 40 foot Electric order and confirmation of the XE60 electric artic program. 5.) The acceleration of the the 40 foot hybrid (XDE40) order and the status of the 10 XDE60's. 6.) The New Jamaica Depot plans to begin construction in July of 2022. 7.) The conversion of the B46+ to artic operations. 8.) Update on the status of the B82+ and confirmation that ENY depot will not begin artic operations until 2020. 9.) The confirmed closing of Casey Stengel Depot. 10.) The 5 Borough Bus Route Redesign Project. 11.) Digital information Screen contract has been awarded to the lowest bidder pending the required documentation is received by the MTA. 12.) NYCB/MTAB Operations merger update including new timeline to have new Bus Command Center completed by August of this year. Operations are set to begin with a soft launch next year with full operations expected by 2020. The brand new unified digital radio system is scheduled to be installed in all buses by January 2, 2021, with a pilot program scheduled to begin on Staten Island with 200 buses starting in August of 2019. 13.) The MTA Bus Company award for 25 standard buses now pushed back to 2021. Also note the title post on the very first page of this thread has been updated and is about 80% complete. The revised assignments for the new XD40's will be completed later on today as well.
  37. 14 points
    You keep using that word. I don't think you know what it means.
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    This is very accurate. As I mentioned before, the marginal delay impact of MDBF differences between fleets is very small, and only becomes worth considering when the relative difference between the MDBF of two fleets is over ~150K. Besides the ability to handle crowds, there are some other factors, like electronic vs. non-electronic signage and shop familiarity with car classes that go into the decision-making process. However, the main goal is usually to maximize throughput, with all other factors being secondary, subject to cost considerations. A good example was the decision to place the R62As on the 6, rather than the 4, in order to not "contaminate" the entire Lex express service with the empirically-demonstrated increased dwell times of the R62A fleet in areas of high station crowding. I'm sure that this has been repeated before, but the term "overcrowding/insufficient capacity", while used as a delay "cause", is more accurately a definition of a symptom of a delay. Many operational factors, including the relative impacts of car assignments, can have an impact on this "bucket" of delays. I'm sure you (RR503) know that, but I think it deserves explicit clarification for others. To put it simply, overcrowding is often a symptom of other operational issues, rather than a discrete cause of delay.
  39. 14 points
    Update of new NYMTA Bus Deliveries: 92 Nova BUS LFS Artics (5439-5530): Projected 58 buses in service by the end of April 2018 Actual 62 buses in service by the end of April, placing this order ahead of schedule 10 New Flyer Xcelsior Hybrid (XDE40) (9500-9509): Projected 5 buses in service by the end of April 2018 Actual 0 buses in service, placing this order behind schedule 110 New Flyer Xcelsior CNG Articulated (XN60) (1000-1109): Projected deliveries to start in May 2018 with 3 buses, and major deliveries to push starting in June 2018. Actual 0 buses delivered at press time. 367 New Flyer Xcelsior (XD40) (7484-7850): Projected deliveries to start in May 2018 with 22 buses. Actual 2 new buses delivered at press time, 7616 and 7617.
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    And this is why ridership is decreasing. You "just" have to time yourself. As if you have nothing to do in life but sit there and wait for the exact moment when you should leave the office to catch the train. What if your boss needs to talk to you for 5 minutes? What if you want to run an errand on the way back? Sure, you can "just" time it or "just" wait the extra 30 minutes, but you know what else, you can also "just" start driving or taking Uber or taxis.
  41. 14 points
    Thanks Harry for starting this thread. It's given me a reason to stop posting my occasional history lessons, lol . Since our subway system expansion plans always stall because of financial shortcomings let me propose something way outside the box. How about The Amazon Queens Bypass The Apple SE Queens Extension The Microsoft/ Walton Third Avenue Bronx line The Berkshire Hathaway Utica Avenue line The Google SAS Bronx Connection I actually thought that if Barclays thought it's worthwhile to have naming rights why not go all in with the idea . Every other plan failed due to money problems so I figured I'd go with the biggies 😀 . Carry on.
  42. 14 points
    I work with the delay data almost daily and have an intricate understanding of it. Delays caused by car equipment and right of way (track/signal) problems are dwarfed in magnitude by delays whose root cause is poor operating discipline, miscommunication, grade time signals, etc. It just so happens to be that delays caused by reliability problems are more readily noticed because they're associated with incident notifications and also tend to affect multiple trains in a row. Furthermore, ridership, especially peak-hour ridership, has been decreasing in the last year or so. At the same time, car equipment and right of way delays have stabilized in the last few months. But overall delays have been increasing. Guess what the biggest contributor to that increase is, and has been, for some time? It sure isn't car equipment and MOW reliability issues! The marginal delay impact of a car class's reliability on a specific line is so small that is doesn't factor into car assignment decisions.
  43. 14 points
    So you're both concerned that too many people will try to use the service and that the stations are too far for people to actually use the service. Both statements can't be true at the same time.
  44. 14 points
    @Via Garibaldi 8 Let's play a game where I present the problem and you bring the solution. Here we have a tunnel ravaged by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012, which either damaged or destroyed critical key components in said tunnel. The only way to bring those components back to a state of good repair is to close the tunnel for a period of time in order to facilitate those repairs. Riders are presented with two options, a partial closure lasting three years or a full one that will only take half the time. With a shorter timespan, riders overwhelmingly take to the latter choice, opting to rip the Band-Aid off quickly so to speak than deal with a lot of stops and starts. Obviously, with a complete lack of train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, riders still have to get around, especially those along 14th Street who would now be without crosstown subway service. How do you do that? Do you keep 14th Street and the other nearly roads open to regular traffic and hope for the best, or do you close the streets to all non-essential vehicles to facilitate better crosstown movement? There's going to be a massive influx of buses along the street either way to make up for the lack of subway service, so that also must be taken into consideration. What do you do? For the record, I'm not against the ADA component of the suit as far too often, the MTA tries and succeeds at weaseling its way out of adding accessibility to fully rehabbed stations, but let's be real for a minute. This suit only includes the ADA concerns because the other claims all reek of blatant NIMBYism and the whole thing would be tossed. The concerns for a lack of accessible stations somewhat legitimizes an otherwise frivolous case.
  45. 14 points
    Going, going and GONE! Corona is now 100% R188.
  46. 13 points
    Word of advice; Don’t believe everything you hear.
  47. 13 points
    Just to clear some things up - some people have extrapolated some small bits of information to make various conclusions about how the car assignments will look in the future. Furthermore, a select minority of these conclusions have been attributed to me when that isn't really the case. Some of these extrapolations are fairly well done, but I should make it clear that the resultant detailed numbers and other info from them may in some cases be inaccurate. In short, I can't really comment about the accuracy of the claims made here because they are not official plans, and I think it would be incorrect to characterize any of those conclusions as coming from myself.
  48. 13 points
    If anyone's wondering why three pages of content is missing, it's because some of you don't know how to move on. You could've left it alone after the first couple of responses, but a few of you chose not to. We strive to be a welcoming community of transit enthusiasts here some of the recent posts in this thread do not give off that vibe. It was a dumb idea, I'll give you that, but it did not require over 30 posts to convey that message. And it certainly did not require rehashing the same points and counterpoints after the initial discussion was finished. We have to be better than that. There's one rule everyone should follow both on this forum and offline: don't be an a**hole. And on a side-note, guys, it's just trains. Don't let it rule your lives.
  49. 13 points
    Just my random bus moment and thoughts for the day: How much I miss the variety in NYC, and am thankful that as a modeler I can keep a bit if this history in my living room. 😎 Work, play, and hobby. That means buses for me all day everyday! I also have to admit that even though this is a career for me, NYCTF, TTMG made me appreciate the fan side of it. I may come off strong at times and a few may not care for me much but you all here are the reason I am who I am. You all created ENY, and MTA personnel gave me the nick name and I have to thank you all for that because it has been a blessing. I've also learned to appreciate the opinion of you all and the rest of those who are on the other side of the industry, meaning the transit fans and everyday riders. I did not understand you people prior to the internet! Lol So for those that may not care for me much, I apologize if I ever offended anyone. I'm just a Brooklyine who pationate about what I do, and do not play when it comes to facts, information, or my career within this industry. Thanks for all of you guys support over the last decade! Also, please respect what we do and remember we take time out of our regular careers to provide fans, the average rider, and fellow industry employees information that was not available to even us once upon a time. We are not under any obligation to provide the general public of internal information and I was once repremanded for providing info here prior to MTA Brass authorization. For those that don't know, I posted MTA would award Standard Test Bus Orders to Nova, NewFlyer and Orion, and would then simultaneously resurrect the C40LF because the neither the Xcelsior nor the C40LFR were approved for MTA ops, and I would later explain why when I introduced the Bus Test & Evaluation Program. At my time of posting, MTA had not notified any manufacturer of these pending awards except for Orion. This caused major issues as all the manufactureing firms and MTA Brass read NYCTF. I posted a were earlier than I was supposed to, and MTA had to issue an emergency statement validating my claims which I was accused of lying about from everyone from regular posters to SEPTA, to multiple MTA employees who did not know about the pending plans. I almost lost my entire career providing you all exclusive information, and it bothers me sometimes when people here think they are entitled to this information that we provide. Appreciate what we do, because we won't be here forever, and we didn't have anything remotely close to this as children. We didn't even know people shared the same passions and thought we were weird. There's too much negativity in this community at times, and many have gotten so used to this information, and complacent, that they have become ungreatful for it and have even used it against the MTA or myself and filed complaints for one reason or another. God forbid we all just decide to quit one day, shut down NYCTF and TTMG, then privatize MTA.... Rant over. -ENY
  50. 13 points
    So let me get this straight: you want the comforts of commuter rail to be reserved for you and your friends? I honestly don't care what something is supposed to be. If it can be used in more than one way, let it be so used. I think that the MTA doing a better job at providing transportation in NYC is a good thing.
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