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  1. For us folks who take the Yacht to/from the subway:

    I spent a lot of time going to school and working on Staten Island and i always tried to avoid using the ferry. When i had classes in St. George across from the terminal, I still took the S/7 to the S/6 or 111 or 112 as it was much faster as compared with the ferry. When i worked on the island and had to go to Manhattan then i had no alternative as i never knew when the bus would miss the ferry and it was a half hour wait during the non-rush hours.
  2. The comment that the comptroller took too small of a sample seems to be the stock answer from most agencies when they are audited. When I was with the state many years ago and the facility that I worked was audited, the response to the comptroller's report was the same and for the most part nothing changed. The charges here are very serious and are not to be taken lightly or dismissed out of hand. I do not care about the sample size as the most important thing here is that the records be updated and all actions that have to be taken made the top priority of the agency as this affects the lives of the riding public. This is not the time for a response that the sample size it was was too small, it was more of a wake up call and should be taken as such by the MTA.
  3. All this is designed to do is to keep his consultant friends happy and to say to all those Democratic voters that live in the area look what I am proposing for your community. Now vote for me in the primary and the general election so that this project will move forward. That is, until the day after election day when the taxpayers find out that there is a hidden deficit of billions of dollars that has to be addressed immediately forgetting the fact the deficit was there in this fiscal year but like most politicians, the goal to get re-elected transcends telling the truth. Please note that my statement applies to politicians running for office on all levels of government.
  4. MTA Bus Operations: Moves & Transfers

    Thankfully, Flatbush has two SBS routes with the B/44 having the artics and the B/46 having 40 footers. So when there is a storm like this , the B/44 can still run SBS with 40 footers and keep the artics off the streets.
  5. The only reason that Governor Cuomo is proposing the Red Hook Study is that since it is an election year and he most likely will be primaried by a fellow Democrat. he is very concerned that the Red Hook-Park Slope crowd may vote for the other candidate. In 2014 Zephyr Teachout who was a virtual unknown received an astounding 34% of the vote running against Andrew, the emperor. That time, the mayor and him tried to get along as compared with now as both aspire to run for higher office which neither of them deserve to be chosen. (If anyone should be considered for the Democratic nomination, think Sherrod Brown, Senator of Ohio).. There are other more pressing needs of the MTA such as the of updating the signal system and completion of the Second Avenue subway. Both the governor and the mayor better start looking at what is lurking in the shadows which is Washington imposed budget cuts on various programs. The reality is that as long as our representatives fight the president and the Republican controlled Congress and parrot the phony impeachment line (for example), the less likely the city or the state will receive the money for the projects that we need in the future.
  6. MTA Bus Operations: Moves & Transfers

    so was the B/44 SBS starting this morning
  7. Canarsie Shutdown fleet swap thread

    The G line stations are 600 feet long as when the F train is re-routed, they make all the stops so that may be an option.
  8. Staten Island Bus Proposal Thread 2012-2013

    The more things change on Staten Island, the more that they stay the same. Even though I have been on the island once since I retired at the end of September 2010, the more I read here, the more nothing will change. Anyone who proposes artics for Staten Island does not know how narrow the streets are throughout the island. For example; Broadway is a two way street with one lane in each direction. The street is far narrower as compared with other streets in other boroughs where the regular buses run so it is no good for the S/53 artics. By sending artics to the island, it destroys the flexibility that the TA has now with 40 ft. buses as in case of need, you cannot run them on almost all the streets. Try Van Duzer Street or Arthur Kill Road (s/74) or some of the streets on the north shore and Tottenville for example, then the prohibition becomes quite clear. When the TA places artics on a route,, the headways on that route increase (the B/44 is a prime example) and increasing headways on Staten island would be an unmitigated disaster. The S/59 to Tottenville is run to provide service to the schools on Hylan Boulevard and thus the limited hours. At other times, the route operates to Hylan Boulevard as the S/78 could handle the passenger loads. Staten Island (when I went to school out close to 50 years ago) there had the S/6 Grymes Hill shuttle and three other routes that only ran to the ferry during rush hours as the S/6 Victory Boulevard-Jewett Avenue was the all times route to and from the ferry. The routes were the 106 Watchogue Road (later became the S/67),111 Bradley Avenue (S/61) and the 112 Victory Boulevard - Travis (S/62). As the island grew, it became necessary for the routings to be changed (and thank you Brooklyn Bus), two of the three shuttles had their schedules and routings changed to the ferry to provide service at during the day. The exception was the S/67 which retained its rush hour status until it was eliminated. The island continues to experience growth and that is why there is a need for more buses and when I think back to my days on the S/79 right around this time, the S/79 was one big disaster with the crowds. The one hour ride from the Transit Center to Brooklyn took at least an hour and a half and it was stranding room all the way. One last comment to all my fellow posters here on the forum: Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your families.
  9. Canarsie Shutdown fleet swap thread

    The 32's will not go to the B as if there is a problem on the southern end, it cannot go through the Montague Street tunnel. So it will be the A & C.
  10. CSX’s Hunter Harrison Dies

    It seems that the Wall Street Journal charges $1 for two months and when I tried to get the full story, I was prevented from seeing the entire item. The only time that I read the Wall Street Journal in the library was for its book reviews as I get my news from other sources that are on the internet. In this case, it is not the money, it is that that there are better sites with better content that I have been able to access on a daily basis compared to the WSJ. The Toronto Star has posted on the net a complete biography of Hunter Harrison just recently and it is a very good source of news on various topics including tomorrow's opening of the subway to Vaughn. The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) has the complete list of changes in terms of bus routes and what is notable is that the routes that used to have service north of Steeles Avenue will be replaced by YRT (township of York Rapid Transit) routes. Check the Transit Toronto website as it will have the list of those changes as well and the changes to the TTC routes and their histories as they will be updated.
  11. CSX’s Hunter Harrison Dies

    The Wall Street Journal requires a subscription fee to look at the article. i did a search using his name and found a short paragraph on his death at www. globe and mail.com/report on business/hunter harrison-former-head-of both-major-canadian railways has died. The Globe and Mail is Canada's national newspaper and I was able to read the article there. This was the only posting that i found in a quick glance other than the Wall Street Journal at the time that I am posting this comment. i checked the Toronto Star and as of this time there was nothing posted and I am awaiting a posting from Trains Magazine Trains.com. He was a darling of the stockholders and the question now becomes what happens next at CSX?
  12. SUBWAY - Random Thoughts Topic

    When I do go to Manhattan during the week (which is quite rare), i will take the B or the Q. Returning home, I always make my way back to the Q as I know how fast the B is cancelled without any notice. I remember standing at Columbus Circle waiting on a Friday evening for a B train for 45 minutes and not hearing anything so I finally took the D to the Q. After that, it was (and is) the Q to get home. It seems that the B is annulled very frequently for the reasons that the TA gives us all the time. The question then becomes would it not be better if the B was rerouted via either the N or D to Coney Island where (if the problem was resolved) the trains could be rerouted back to the Brighton Line? This is the question that I asking of the MTA.
  13. [Austria] Vienna Streetcar

    Thank you for posting the interesting pictures and for providing a word picture of what we are seeing.
  14. Lower Montauk Branch Discussion

    I have to agree with RR503 on this one especially if the industrial buildings are being underutilized at this time then it presents a great opportunity for developers to start the process of renovating these buildings for residential purposes. What developers are always looking for is to find that undiscovered neighborhood and buy in to it before it becomes popular. Just the mention of some sort of mass transit service could start the process and then watch what happens. New York City government is quite friendly when it comes to developing properties in areas such as this so it quite possible that some sort of transit service would be provided on the rail line once the projects get rolling.
  15. Rockaway Beach Branch

    What is being proposed here is similar to how the 8th Avenue Subway replaced the Pitkin Avenue (Fulton Street) elevated line in the mid 1950's. Liberty Avenue (Replaced Hinsdale Street and Pennsylvania Avenue) Van Siclen Avenue (same on both lines) Shepherd Avenue (replaced Linwood Street and Montauk Avenue) Euclid Avenue (replaced Chestnut Street and Crescent Street- Liberty Avenue) Both of the elevated structures were built at about the same time in the 1880's and therefore the station spacing is about the same. The difference is that while the Pitkin Avenue elevated structure was replaced by the 8th Avenue Subway, the proposal to replace the Jamaica Avenue elevated never really got off the ground.


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