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  1. Wait, so are these ARBOCs just temporary, or while they remain as part of the regular fleet?
  2. The map is wrong on the PDF. The bus is making a few West Midtown stops plus Hudson Yards, so it wouldn't be a Downtown only bus. The question is if those added stops, plus the additional Inwood stops would bring in enough riders in the long term.
  3. She didn't. She left after she shattered the window. Since the bus doesn't have cameras, there's not much that can be done.
  4. Multiple Impacts Posted: 06/22/2019 3:20PM Manhattan-bound trains are running on the line from Coney Island to Broadway-Lafayette St because of a signal problem at Kings Highway. For service to/from skipped stations, consider using Coney Island-bound train service. Some Coney Island-bound trains will end at Church Av. See a station agent for a free courtesy pass for alternate bus or subway options. Expect delays in and train service in both directions. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Stations Skipped Posted: 06/22/2019 3:12PM Southbound trains are bypassing Bedford Park Blvd while our crews work to correct a switch problem at Mosholu Pkwy. For service to/from Bedford Park Blvd, consider using northbound train service.
  5. https://www.gothamist.com/2019/06/21/cuomo_mujica_mta_board.php Robert Mujica, Governor Cuomo's budget director, and also his new appointee on the MTA Board KEVIN P. COUGHLIN/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO At the end of the legislative session, New York State legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo craft a “Frankenbill” or “Big Ugly”, crammed with miscellaneous tweaks and spending measures. This year’s productive session meant it was smaller than year’s past—more of a “Slim Ugly”—but Governor Cuomo was able slip in language that would, by default (“Ex officio”), make the state’s budget director an MTA board member. What this means is Robert Mujica, a governor appointee, who doesn’t live in the MTA’s service area (which under normal circumstances would make him ineligible for the position), and with barely a public hearing (there was a confirmation hearing Wednesday, although it wasn't to discuss a change in the law), will have a seat on the board of the state transit agency the governor said he wanted to blow up. That puts him in the unusual position of both voting on MTA contracts as well as ensuring at the state level that the MTA gets the money its leaders ask for. “We believe it is inherently impossible for the state’s budget director, who must sign-off on numerous MTA contract and aid agreements, to fulfill his fiduciary duty as an MTA board member,” Rachael Fauss, with the watchdog group Reinvent Albany, wrote in a statement. While Cuomo has done his darndest over the years to gaslight the public into believing that he’s not in charge of what happens at the highest levels at the MTA, he’s also been signaling that now he’s ready to be in charge and in fact willing to remove any decision-making powers from the board. And after arguing that the MTA structure was so convoluted no one could possibly be held to account for anything, he now has a current member of his office sitting on the board, making it increasingly difficult to keep blaming the board for the MTA’s shortcomings. “As budget director, it's totally correct that he should be on the MTA board because it's a state-subsidized authority,” Cuomo said on WAMC Thursday. “I would put his experience with the MTA against anyone's on a personal or—and on a professional level, no one can compare to what he knows about the MTA.” In a Senate confirmation hearing, which is where typical nominations are discussed and voted, Mujica proved his loyalty. “The board runs the MTA,” he said. “The governor doesn't run the MTA.” As for the conflict of interest, Mujica pointed to other appointees who “sailed” through the confirmation process, including two first deputy mayors, a New York City budget director, and current Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. None of these people were responsible for overseeing the implementation of the state budget; they all also lived in the area served by the transit system. “We’ve confirmed them without any questions,” Mujica argued. “Those instances are very similar to this nomination that is here today,” he said, referring to himself. Reinvent Albany pointed to several potential conflicts of interest in having a state budget director on the board: 1. He will decide whether to continue withholding the $7.3 billion dollars in state capital pledged in the 2016 budget to the 2015-2019 capital plan (Mujica said Wednesday the MTA was too slow to spend this money). 2. He is in a position to approve waivers from the MTA if it chooses to not use a design-build contract for projects that cost more than $25 billion dollars. 3. He can determine the MTA’s debt issuance charges or can issue a waiver. 4. He can approve legislative earmarks for the MTA’s 2020-2024 capital funds. Other potential conflicts of interest could arise from the numerous other boards that Mujica sits on as an ex-officio member. In fact, he told senators he’s on so many boards he can’t remember the exact number, although he usually sends a designee to meetings in his stead. He said that won’t be the case for the MTA and that he will attend meetings in person and be very “hands on.” “The law has required MTA Board members to be from the MTA service region for a good reason: they should rely on the system they oversee,” Nick Sifuentes, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, wrote in a statement. “There are plenty of qualified, diverse candidates in the MTA region who are actual transit users. They should be considered, too.” Before the final vote on Mujica, State Senator Liz Krueger, who voted “aye” without recommendation for Mujica (essentially approving him), recalled this statement he made in January, which called for giving the governor more power over the MTA. “I think at least we should recognize that if we move Mr. Mujica forward, that’s exactly what we will be doing and just admit that that’s what we’re doing,” she said. The only one of 23 senators to vote no in the Transportation Committee was Gustavo Rivera. Several current MTA board members were contacted for comment, but declined. The governor’s office did not answer questions about why they’re inserting the change of law into a spending bill at the end of the legislative session, why the issue of changing the law didn’t come up for a public hearing, or how Mujica will avoid conflicts of interest as both a budget director and MTA board member. The office also didn’t answer how Mujica, who lives in Columbia County, just south of Albany, will get to the MTA board meetings, which is either a three-hour drive or a nearly three-hour Amtrak ride away.
  6. BTW here's the damage to 4263. It's relatively minor, but it was still necessary to be taken OOS. Window Damage, bus 4263 by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr
  7. Some teenage girl on the S79 SBS (bus 4263) was allegedly hitting people on the bus, and in one altercation (after getting off the bus), she started punching and kicking windows, and shattered one of the windows on the front door of the bus. Bus was taken out at Ebbits Street.
  8. Although Bee-Line does not have too many of these (at least in southern Westchester), ones like this are just plain absurd. Pick your poison: risk getting hit by some idiot driver, or potentially tumbling down onto the NYS Thruway. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Going back on-topic: This should have been the case beforehand for all Q10 trips, especially since short-turns already make (one of the) proposed stops and run along that path as well.
  9. Part Suspended Posted: 06/21/2019 4:20PM There is no train service in either direction between Briarwood and Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer because of signal problems at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer. Based on Subway Time: Some trains are short-turning at multiple locations. These trains will skip 75th Avenue, and make all local stops west of 71st Avenue. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Delays Posted: 06/21/2019 2:14PM You may experience delays in southbound service because trains are running on the express track in Brooklyn while we fix a switch problem at Hoyt-Schermerhorn.
  10. If you use trip planner, the Q114 no longer shows up as an option from the 147 Avenue stops (starting from 6/30). IMO this is a terrible move. There are people who use it along 147th Avenue. The only reason I believe this is happening is because the Q113 buses are so unreliable and MIA, causing the Q114 buses to be severely behind schedule because its dealing with two loads of bus riders. I've been on 114s that took two hours from Jamaica to Far Rockaway because of that.
  11. Trains Rerouted Posted: 06/19/2019 10:22PM There are service changes and delays in train service in both directions between Queens and Manhattan while we request EMS and NYPD assistance for a person struck by a train at 21 St-Queensbridge. trains are running on the line from Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza and then on the line to 47-50 Sts/Rockefeller Ctr in both directions. For alternative service, consider using the , , , , train lines. Expect delays in , , and train service. -- See a station agent for a courtesy pass for continuing train or bus service. Station-Specific Alternatives: - There is currently no service at 21 St-Queensbridge. Consider taking nearby , , or service at Queensboro Plaza. Here are directions: http://bit.ly/2Kun1u8 - There is currently no service at Roosevelt Island. Consider taking the nearby Q102 bus. See http://bt.mta.info/#q102 for real-time bus info. Here are directions: http://bit.ly/2Lt3uY3 - For service between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island, consider using the Roosevelt Island Tram. - There is currently no service at 57 St. Consider traveling to 47-50 St/Rockefeller Ctr, where train service is available. Here are directions: http://bit.ly/2sPObB1 Based on Subway Time: Some NB trains are running on the from Caroll Street to Court Square then via the to Roosevelt Avenue.
  12. I have omitted that question and redistributed the points among the remaining 9 questions. Thanks for letting me know. From what I see, the omission has also helped raise the average score.
  13. How's the ridership on that route? Are people using the stop or is it still a bit early to judge?
  14. Multiple Impacts Posted: 06/17/2019 7:48PM There is no downtown , , or service in lower Manhattan south of W 4 St-Washington Sq because of signal problems near Canal St. Southbound trains are running along the line from W 4 St-Washington Sq to 2 Av on the line and end there. There is no northbound train service between World Trade Center and W 4 St-Washington Sq. For northbound service from World Trade Center, consider transferring within the station to either the and lines or the and lines to continue your trip. Some southbound trains are running local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to W 4 St-Washington Sq and then on the line to Jay St-MetroTech. Some southbound trains are running on the (D) line from W 4 St-Washington Sq and then on the line to Jay St-MetroTech. Southbound trains are running on the line from W 4 St-Washington Sq to Jay St-MetroTech. Expect delays on the , , , , , and lines. See a station agent for a courtesy pass for continuing train or bus service. Station-Specific Alternatives: . There is no downtown or service at Spring St. Consider taking nearby or lines at Prince St for service to lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here are directions: http://bit.ly/2GOi75g . There is no downtown , , or service at Canal St on 6 Av. Consider taking nearby (J), , , , , , or lines at Canal St on Broadway for service downtown. Here are directions: http://bit.ly/2s8iWkn . There is no downtown or service at Chambers St or Fulton St. Consider transferring within the station to alternate lines, such as the and lines, for continuing service downtown and into Brooklyn. . There is no Brooklyn-bound or service at High St. Consider taking the nearby line at York St, where trains are being rerouted to Jay St-MetroTech. Here are directions: http://bit.ly/2GMFVXe
  15. It prevents it only on the same device, but not by IP, unfortunately. Thanks, and glad to hear you're enjoying them! Regarding Question 2 on Queens Quiz 2, I've checked again, and there is only one correct answer for that question. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm releasing four quizzes. Two of them are the Queens bus route history Quizzes, and two of them are Manhattan bus route Quizzes (no history). Queens Bus Route History Quiz 1 Queens Bus Route History Quiz 2 Manhattan Bus Route Quiz 1 Manhattan Bus Route Quiz 2 I'll be working on the Manhattan history Quizzes, plus the four quizzes for each of the other three boroughs left (Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island), so I'll post that along with some stats from the quizzes next time. It'll be some time though, because I haven't started any of those.
  16. I'm not saying that there are great amounts of people looking for Bronx travel, but there's a few areas which would use the service if provided. However, I believe having more than one route currently would be too much. Having one route which isn't too far but close enough to those areas IMO would fill up more, because not only do you have those riders but anyone in East Elmhurst/Northern Jackson Heights that's transferring off buses (either the Q19, Q66, or M60). The only way I see this changing is if the South Bronx area south of 149th gentrifies enough (IDK where they come from, but there's hipster types already strolling around in the area along 138th and Third), and if those people choose to or desire travel towards Western Queens (or from Western Queens to the Bronx). Otherwise, having multiple western Queens-Bronx routes is overkill. Theoretically If two routes were to be created, with one of them being a route like bobtehpanda drew, the other I guess would be either a 21st or 31st Street route (or some hybrid of that) , but then that would need to be reworked into the Queens network. While your points are true regarding an extension up to Fordham Plaza, it wouldn't be such an issue if there were dedicated bus lanes on most or all of Third Avenue.
  17. Here's stuff that I've forgot to share, along with some other shots and videos. They range from about a year ago, to about a few days. Better late than never, I suppose. Enjoy! 2007 MCI D4500CT 7156 on the 198 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19076 on the 193 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2001 MCI D4000 7628 on the 197 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19076 on the 193 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2007 MCI D4500CT 7166 on the 197 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19166 on the 194 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19156 on the 193 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19156 on the 193 (New Jersey Transit) at the Willowbrook Mall Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2002 MCI D4500 8235 on the 166 (New Jersey Transit) at Fairview Avenue & Broad Avenue by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2002 MCI D4500 7425 on the 166 (New Jersey Transit) at Fairview Avenue & Broad Avenue by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2018 MCI D4500CT 18115 on the 166T (New Jersey Transit) at Broad Avenue & Columbia Avenue by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2017 MCI D4500CT 17027 on the DON BOSCO service (Coach USA/ShortLine) at W 42 Street & 8 Avenue by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2017 MCI D4500CT 17057 on Line 300 (Coach USA/Suburban Trails) at 42 Street & 8 Avenue by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2010 NABI Model 416 5627 on the 66X (New Jersey Transit) at Broad Street & Academy Street by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2010 NABI Model 416 5605 on the 59 (New Jersey Transit) at Watchung Avenue & East Front Street by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2015 MCI D4500CTH 4038 on the 114 (New Jersey Transit) at Watchung Avenue & East Front Street by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2015 MCI D4500CTH 4013 on the 114X (New Jersey Transit) at Front Street & Terrill Road by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2015 MCI D4500CTH 4013 on the 114X (New Jersey Transit) at Terrill Road & Front Street by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2015 MCI D4500CTH 4008 on the 113X (New Jersey Transit) at Midway Avenue & Terrill Road by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2007 MCI D4500CT 7135 on the 166 (New Jersey Transit) at Broad Avenue & Elm Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19125 on the 166 (New Jersey Transit) at Broad Avenue & Elm Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 20190613055729_IMG_6491 by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2018 MCI D4500CT 18115 on the 166 (New Jersey Transit) at Broad Avenue & Remsen Place by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2002 MCI D4500 8236 on the 320 (New Jersey Transit) at North Bergen Park & Ride by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2018 MCI D4500CT 18111 on the 321 (New Jersey Transit) at the Vince Lombardi Park & Ride by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2018 MCI D4500CT 18111 on the 129 (New Jersey Transit) at Secaucus Junction by BM5 via Woodhaven (Main), on Flickr 2007 MCI D4500CT 7162 on the 192X (New Jersey Transit) at Allwood Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19086 on the 192X (New Jersey Transit) at Allwood Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19086 on the 191X (New Jersey Transit) at Allwood Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19105 on the 192X (New Jersey Transit) at Allwood Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19152 on the 192X (New Jersey Transit) at Allwood Road Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 MCI D4500CT 19181 on the 191X (New Jersey Transit) at Allwood Park & Ride by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr
  18. Some of the comparisons in headway between then and now are insane, particularly in Manhattan. The M10 ran every 5 minutes during the evening back in 1995, which is 300% more service than what is provided currently (24 years later). The M27/M50 combined portion ran every 2 minutes during the rush hour, which is 750% more service than today.
  19. I believe both coverage and connectivity need to be addressed. There are Queens residents who do go up to the Bronx (but there's a lesser amount of Bronx residents going to Queens). Like I mentioned before, it doesn't have to be a local bus route, if it is not going to be point-to-point. It can be a limited-stop route, so that way it doesn't actually steal off riders on the local routes it would run along (and slowing down service), and so that the bus isn't making a whole bunch of stops. The particular route I had in mind would have five additional stops compared to bobtehpanda's route. The main issues with such a routing would for the most part be the area around Steinway & Broadway. I do agree that though that such a route should go past The Hub, if it were to also serve more areas in Queens. I was thinking of having such an alignment run in conjunction with the Bx15 LTD on 3rd Avenue. It would provide 3rd Avenue with additional bus service as well, and allow for connections to crosstown buses.
  20. I've made two new quizzes, both on current Queens bus routes (to see how it compares to the mixed quiz). I'll be releasing two purely historical quiz soon as well. Queens Bus Route Quiz 1 Queens Bus Route Quiz 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi, here's a little update regarding the other quizzes: Brooklyn: Out of 42 responses, the average is 22/100. The highest score is an 88. The hardest question is Q7, with 7% right, and the easiest question is Q9, with 36% right. Bronx: Out of 26 responses, the average is 32/100. The highest score is a 79. The hardest questions is Q10, with 8% right, and the easiest question is Q1, with 58% right. Manhattan: Out of 17 responses, the average is 34/100. The highest score is a 67. The hardest question is Q2 with 6% right, and the easiest question is Q5, with 71% right. Queens: Out of 25 responses, the average is 32/100. The highest score is a 48. The hardest question is Q6 with 0% right, and the easiest question is Q9, with 68% right. Staten Island: Out of 18 responses, the average is a 36/100. The highest score is an 78*. The hardest question is Q1, with 6% right, and the easiest question is Q2, with 72% right. *The highest score went down because I deleted the previous high score because that person went again and tried again after getting it wrong. Please don't try to cheat, I can tell when one quiz score is low the first time, and then the very next time get almost everything right in less than a minute. I can also compare I.P addresses just to confirm as well, since it gives that info as well.
  21. A bunch of stuff I haven't posted from previous months. Enjoy! 2015 New Flyer XD40 7453 on the Q70 SBS at Roosevelt Avenue & 75 Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2018 New Flyer "Xcelsior" Articulated XD60 6117 on the B44 SBS at Nostrand Avenue & Avenue H by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 1999 Nova Bus RTS 5239 on the M42 at East 42nd Street & Madison Avenue by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2011 Nova Bus LFS 8080 on the M55 at 5th Avenue & E 41 Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2016 Prevost X3-45 2725 on the SIM2 at Broadway & Fulton Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2015 Prevost X3-45 2637 on the SIM32 at Broadway & Barclay Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 1999 Nova Bus RTS 5219 on the M21 at Columbia Street & E Houston Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2016 Nova Bus LFS 8389 on the Bx9 at East Tremont Avenue & Boston Road by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2019 New Flyer XD40 7737 on the Bx21 at East Tremont Avenue & Boston Road by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer XN40 703 on the Bx6 SBS at Yankee Stadium by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2006 Orion VII Hybrid 3572 on the Q47 at Woodhaven Boulevard & LIE Exit 19 Ramp by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer XD60 6075 on the M15 at Whitehall Street & Water Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2018 New Flyer XD40 7579 on the M66 at West 65th Street & Broadway by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2011 Nova Bus LFS 8073 on the M20 at Columbus Circle by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2014 New Flyer XD60 4796 on the Bx12 SBS at Wilkinson Avenue & Bruckner Boulevard by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2007 MCI D4500CL 4324 on the SIM31 at 5th Avenue & W 42nd Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2008 MCI D4500CT 2227 on the SIM33C at Park Avenue & E 21st Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2002 MCI D4500 2902 on the BxM10 at Madison Avenue & E 26 Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer XD60 6111 on the M14A at East 14th Street & Irving Place by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer XD60 6109 on the M14A at East 14th Street & 4th Avenue by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer XD60 6097 on the M14D at East 14th Street & Broadway by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr 2017 New Flyer XD60 6097 on the M14D at Grand Street & Columbia Street by BM5 Photos 2019, on Flickr
  22. I disagree with having the route be point-to-point. The route isn't just about Jackson Heights. There are other communities (parts of Astoria, LIC, Woodside) which would also be interested having a faster trip towards the South Bronx (at the very least). The to NB (and the reverse) is a more common transfer scenario than one would think. With the unreliability of the (especially on weekends), having a bus essentially compete with the can work. Plus, it makes it easier for those residents to catch said bus. There's demand from Western Queens for Bronx travel, but it isn't necessarily concentrated in certain areas like in eastern Queens with the Q44. Demand levels also aren't as high, so having a point-to-point route would essentially make it inconvenient for potential users because it's far from them, or still requires a bus ride (where the bus frequencies aren't the best). Ideally, you'd have to serve as much as possible, without being slow or too circuitous.
  23. You can upload your picture to an image hosting service (like Flickr; you would need to make an account if you don't have one), and then share the image link.

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