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  1. 19 points
    Do not be rational. You will be punished.
  2. 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))
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 13 points
    This is blatantly false
  7. 12 points
    Thanks Byford ? Been there and done the exact same move 30 years ago . 😁
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 11 points
  12. 10 points
    Might as well go back to the blue stripe paint scheme at that point.
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 9 points
  16. 9 points
    I have no doubt in my minds that these experts believe that this is the best option. But experts also told us that running the from Euclid to Court Street was a good idea and that overcrowding was the root of subway delays, so....idk. I want to hear that this will work from someone who actually works with the system beyond the tunnel tour level. I think the discrepancies laid out in the replies above speak to that issue perfectly. I also don't trust these claims that they've consulted contractors here. Maybe they sent an email "we're changing the project," maybe they just did it. But given that people at the MTA basically just heard about this today, the notion that their claims of engagement hold any water is laughable. Yes. Change orders exist. But this isn't a change order. This is basically canceling the project and rescoping the whole damn thing. We have no contractual confirmation that the contractor is on board with this, nor have we seen an official change order from the board. Seemingly no one cares about process anymore, but that is a dangerous disruption of the MTA's chain of command, to say nothing of it being a usurpation of the board's power. With the contractor and with the pro bono nonsense, you can't always trust the evidence of your own eyes. There are probably negotiations/deals being made in backrooms that are affecting outcomes.
  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. 8 points
    Yeah, so is Hart island, Mark.... It's not all that crowded out there & the best thing about it is that they don't say much of anything.... They don't call 'em the best neighbors in the world for nothing.... Go live out there instead. I love how some Staten Islanders tend to paint this rosy picture like it's this serene suburb, but at the same time, quick to b**** about how they're always left out whenever something is considered in one of the other 4 boroughs first..... Those types are the main reason why we can never move forward/expand/branch out in terms of public transit.... Tired of these keeping up with the joneses ass suburbanites that (quietly) want city amenities in their hip pocket....
  23. 8 points
  24. 8 points
    Exactly. Can you imagine what would happen if the patchwork repairs fail because Cuomo decided to strong-arm the MTA and force the cancellation of the closure? The inevitable line shutdown that would follow would be more costly and more time-consuming than just letting the original shutdown commence as planned. Also, I'm still baffled on how a line closure here in New York translates into increased / reduced presidential viability. Voters in the boondocks barely care about what happens in NYC. What makes you think someone in middle of nowhere Ohio is going to care about a partial line closure?
  25. 7 points
    How does that make sense. If they run hot, they can get in trouble. Do you not understand that?
  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. 7 points
    Well our system is at a crisis point. There was an article that I posted in my group about how companies are starting to either leave or not choose NYC because it takes too damn long to get anywhere and companies face lost productivity when their workers are constantly late. Given how expensive it is to live here and do business here you would think we’d have reliable transportation.
  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
    LMAO... There's no petition yet, and when there is one it'll likely be me doing it, since the person that is interested in running the service isn't exactly gifted when it comes to grammar. LOL I'm waiting to be provided with a list of the AM and PM stops first, which should happen later this week.
  40. 6 points
    Not gonna listen too long, but 2:00 in is telling. You've got a T/O asking to do the right thing to help his customers, which is wrong rail with caution into 3rd Ave to put a door panel in the station and allow passengers to deboard. RCC says that won't be allowed out of an abundance of caution. I understand their angle, but this is where they should respect and trust T/O judgment. At <5mph creeping, with other trains stationary, the risk isn't that high, and the reward (allowing however many hundreds or thousand-plus people to avoid sitting an hour and a half on a stopped train) is entirely worth it.
  41. 6 points
    It’s kinda what’s supposed to happen when your system has rampant breakdowns. Save the Lex, B-way in the Bx, and Rockaway, EVERY NYC Subway line has a nearby or parallel line that can pickup the passengers that’d be displaced with a total shutdown. Sure, running on 8th instead of 6th will slow commutes down because of switching at West 4th and at B-way/Lafayette, but it can be done. Likewise, wanna shut down Eastern Parkway? Run shuttles to Fulton St and have start at BG. But our ironically named authority is too scared to use its authority to dictate changes to improve service beyond fare increases. I get that they wanna minimize inconvenience, but what’s worse - rampantly delayed trains trying to crawl through repair zones for months or years - to only do it again a few years later for something else, or “No weekend service from 161st to Woodlawn. Take to BPB for bus shuttles to Woodlawn”? The thing I thought was so cool way back in my 20s was how The Weekender showed you this. Folks adapted. The noise made by the few upset about inconvenience should be drowned out by the boots of folks switching to because shutdown and the lack of comment after it’s back up (had the other idiot from Queens not hijacked it).
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 6 points
    BusTrek offered more info than BusTime did which is the point, and it also shows ghost buses, which BusTime can’t do.
  45. 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....
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 6 points
    Citi Field is in the middle of nowhere. Extending a bunch of buses to the middle of nowhere is not going to make it somewhere. You can drive from Flushing to LGA in less than five minutes even with traffic. Why the hell would anyone take the bus to the AirTrain for that trip?
  49. 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.
  50. 6 points
    Is nobody reading the actual article? As @RR503 said, this is not just the second, longer option. This is replacing the work strategy over 15 months with an alternative work model of a more limited scope. [Edit: I see the article has changed and nobody knew the timeline at first publication.] My question--and here I defer to the engineers--is whether this will work as effectively, and if it does work, how the MTA could have been so stupid as to miss it all.
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