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  1. It makes too much sense. It's logical. It actually helps people. So therefore it can't be done, or can it? A re-imagined s48, s48 +SBS+ or s98 +SBS+ In my opinion, the s48 would be the best candidate for an articulated bus +SBS+ or +SBS+ Lite or a perma-super Limited. First and foremost it connects with almost every local route in the Staten Island Division. It is straight and flat with the notable exception of the 1/3 portion between the S I Ferry and the western portion of Silver Lake Park. This will definitely be an issue during inclement winter weather. My revised s48 +SBS+ or s98 Super Limited would have the route going straight down Forest and take the straight and logical route to Amazon/Matrix Park. Concurrent legacy s48 will "fill in the gaps" and would trail behind the artic bus and will remain unchanged. Schedules to be mindful of employer start/end times. The existing s40/s90 A ridership survey should be done to determine if ridership is coming from the 1/4 to 1/3 mile of the s40/s90 service (excluding 1/4 mile of the SI Ferry) area to determine what level of ridership is originating from these areas. Using the ridership data the s40/s90 could revert back to its original terminal at the Howland Hook Container Terminal (or whatever they are calling it these days) if in fact ridership is indeed originating from Ferry or riders transferring from other buses. We can safely bet that the busway along Richmond Terrace or any capital project is delayed indefinitely given the delays. Just my personal thoughts. I have another idea that Uncle Jeff could possibly entertain, but I will hold back for now.
  2. -How a spring pick will be done will be interesting since ridership has collapsed. There will be no spring pick for the foreseeable future. - S44 and S59: the northern stop at Staten Island Mall (Macy's) will be skipped. The southern stop will be made as that services Lidl, a supermarket. Makes no sense, we do have people that walk from that stop towards residences on Richmond Hill Road and beyond. -S55 and S56: service into SI Mall starts and ends at Lidl. Makes no sense, this would screw anyone that is coming out of Stop & Shop on Platinum Ave, a significantly larger supermarket (by leaps and bounds) than Lidl. - S62 and S93: Alternate trips to and from Travis, and all S93 service, will start and terminate at Jewett Avenue. (The CSI campus is currently sealed off.) I agree with the concept of alternate trips with Travis being a terminal for both the s62 and s93. S62 trips that are scheduled to meet the ferry will leave Travis at that time and will alternate with the s93. -S79 SBS: One fewer bus per hour. Additionally, all trips will start and end at the Lidl bus stop at Staten Island Mall. No Marsh Avenue service or Macy's stop. No need, we have to turn around and start somewhere. There needs to be something done with the s40/s90 for Amazon workers. I am hearing reports that ridership is still heavy due to the operations at Matrix Park.
  3. Speaking only from a Staten Island Division perspective: - School "pieces" are incorporated into someone's picked run as part of their run line. They appear a lot in express runs, but can be found in local runs and interlined runs. - Each pick that has school pieces haves two lines; lets say run 5/SIM1. There would be 5/SIM1 S and 5/SIM1 C. S = School Open and C = School Closed. Bus Operators will simply adhere to that schedule when we are either school open or school closed. So no "redesign" or intervention by management is needed. - Downsides: Extra service from these school runs means less options at those times for people and bus operators get a pay cut as the school closed runs have less run pay (example 5/SIM1 pays 10 hours School Open, now pays 8 hours School Closed).
  4. As of March 17 , 2020: "Effective immediately, all transportation picks that are being held, or are scheduled to be held, are postponed until further notice.No picking should be conducted until further notice."
  5. I have over three years on out of Yukon on Staten Island. From a SI Division observation: I could have had SS weekends off at the 2.5 year mark at both CA and YU (Extra List). For System Pick 2019 I could have had SS weekends off at CA, FS or SM at Yukon. For those on SI with less than 3-5 years, all SS work is PM work, FS had/has been both PM and hawk (overnight) and SM PM local work. SS almost always goes first, then FS and SM last.
  6. This is the quote on page 17 of the PDF: This almost certainly has absolutely nothing to do with the 10-Day Training program for new bus operators at Zerega. I work out of Yukon Depot on Staten Island and our union, ATU 726 has negotiated with DOB management to have two bi-annual classroom training for SI Division Bus Operators at Charleston Depot so we do not have to go either to Zerega or Spring Creek Depot. This was done for convenience, TWU-100 is likely seeking a similar accommodation for their members.
  7. There are so many rumours and misinformation, fake news, out there. Wait until the departamentals and MOU (Memorandums of Understanding) come out before flipping out. For those in Transit, you can read the contracts in NYCT Today under the Labor Relations in the internal portal.
  8. I have a a feeling if you show up at Zerega on Day 0 and you tell them this they will tell you resign and put your name back on the list when you are ready to commit to the full training. You are technically a student from Day 0 until you complete line training at your depot, a process of 6 weeks from Day 0 at Zerega. After you "graduate", will you have *some * limited, flexibility with your schedule.
  9. You will be fine. Don't worry about the E Endorsement.
  10. From post 29224 in BUS - Random Thoughts Thread: Congratulations on passing the 10 Day Training! If you are considering a transfer to Staten Island, you will be driving the 45' coach buses, likely the Prevosts or an MCI bus (Charleston/Castleton) for the first couple of years (after two, if you really dislike express you probably can *probably* pick straight local work). You will receive a separate express line training which will start off with driving through the HLC Tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as doing some of the routes. They have changed the training since I completed it about three years ago, so I cannot accurately advise you of what to expect. There are differences, you have an additional five feet so you will have to take turns slightly differently, the bus is taller so you will have to take into consideration tree branches and signs. Driving express buses will be driving less people, but more distance.
  11. I am answering your questions here in the B/O 7612 Hiring Process topic in the Transit Employment section, where it is more appropriate. The BUS - Random Thoughts Thread is mainly to discuss bus service/random observations/detours or anything about NYCT/MTA Bus.
  12. It would be nice to see the 772 going back to the Secaucus Junction, but I guess it would make the route somewhat unreliable.
  13. Some agency/contractor was doing construction in the immediate area, the sidewalk appears to be new - perhaps they damaged the sign and it needs to be replaced? I continue to service the stop when I do the s57 and s59. FWIW, I await for them to fix the s62 sign at Victory Blvd/Alberta Ave that I suspect (but cannot prove) was deliberately vandalized (due to the tone it emitted (emphasis on the past tense)) and a sign for the SIM31 Drop Off on Bradley and N. Gannon Rd among other things that shouldn't be difficult to address. ICYMI, the Richmond Ave/Signs Road (S/B) stop for the s44/s94/s59/SIMxx buses was damaged, likely some accident (pole completely bent) and fully replaced with correct signage in less than five business days.
  14. My suggestion would be to revamp the SIM9 to provide the service, extended to Columbus Circle. The route will make limited stops to keep it reliable and operate in the peak period only. To compensate for the loss of service on 6th Ave to Union Square, additional SIM7 service would be added. Again, this is my personal proposal from a guy who does not even drive express (this pick) and absolutely nothing below, nada, is being considered by NYCT/Operations Planning to which I have ZERO involvement with: On Staten Island, the route would start at the Eltingville Transit Center and parallel the s79-SBS to Midland Ave making similar stops followed by a limited amount of stops on Midland and FR Cap including the South Beach P&R. In Manhattan it would make the following Columbus Circle-bound stops: 1) West/Carlisle (High Demand) 2) West/Warren (High Demand) 3) West/N. Moore (High Demand) The route would follow our existing Central Park South/6th Ave deadhead route up West St to 14th to 10th Ave and make the following stops: 4) 10th Ave / W. 16 St 5) 10th Ave / W. 23 St 6) 10th Ave / W. 34 St (High Demand) 7) 10th Ave / W. 42 St The route will continue to W. 50 St to 8th Avenue and make the following stops: 8.) 8th Ave / W. 52 St The route will take 8th Ave to the end terminate at Central Park South and Columbus Circle 9) Central Park South and Columbus Circle AM Peak service in Manhattan should be relatively reliable on this route and would satisfy anyone needing a one-seat ride from ETC/Hylan corridor to the far West side. Anyone needing Upper West Side/Washington Heights can get off at Columbus Circle and use the subway. PM service would have some issues that are inherent with the existing Midtown buses. The first stop would be the same AM-drop off. The route would go along Central Park South to 7th Avenue and make its way to 11th Ave via W. 49 St. and continue to West St where it would continue the existing SIM9 route: 1) Central Park South and Columbus Circle 2) 7th Ave and W. 53 St. (former x1 stop) (Possibly High Demand) 3) W. 49 St / 9th Ave 4) 11th Ave / W. 42 St 5) 11th Ave / W. 34 St (High Demand) 6) 11th Ave/ W. 23 St 7) West N. Moore St 8.) Vesey St/West St (WFC) (High Demand) The bike lane S/B on West Street prevents a bus stop near 14th St. Regular existing SIM9 route to Staten Island and extended to the Eltingville Transit Center making limited stops on FR Cap/Midland and similar s79-SBS stops to ETC.
  15. I am from Staten Island and take public transport to LGA, which I absolutely loathe flying out from but do so because of the significant price savings vs EWR and being with UA and DL FF (frequent flyer) programs. If I can get a direct connection from NYP to an AirTrain or a subway to AirTrain (and reverse) - I would absolutely take the LIRR or possibly the especially during certain times of the week or day over the bus. Taking the M60-SBS from the Main Terminal back to 125 for the by way of the Marine Terminal is not fun especially if you have to stand. The Q70 is an improvement, but if traffic is bad or there is a detour, I would prefer another option.
  16. Much better last week on the s62. I had about two customers per day tap with their phone or contactless cards, with a majority who prefer the phone. Some of them are concerned about the transfer and are hesistent to "trust" that they will have one and are requesting paper transfers. Another issue is that the tone it makes for a successful tap is not intuitive, at least for me, that payment was successfully made or there was an error. SILive did a write up on the "11 screens of MTA's OMNY system: What do they all mean?" See the 11 images there (I have only seen 3).
  17. Original post added for clarification. Where in my reply did I state this? During PTI, if defects are found they are brought it to the attention of the yard dispatcher (so the bus is not given out) and it is written up for repairs (so they can... ummm... be repaired), defective buses I find are not put into service.
  18. This is not apart of the pre-trip inspection (PTI) process at NYCT. There is absolutely no room in the SI Division depots, for examples, to cycle a wheelchair lift for a coach bus. We do not check off on working items. Items that are discovered as defective during a PTI are brought to the attention of the yard dispatcher and written up for repairs. Defects discovered on the road or post trip are either called in as a road call depending on severity as dictated by procedures or are simply written up for repair upon pull in. We have 8-10 minutes to pull a bus out of the depot.
  19. So far the s62 passengers have not had the best of luck with the roll-out: On Friday, I suggested an out-of-towner try a contactless card on the OMNY reader, which he had. It did not work as the reader was still in test mode. He whipped out a pocketful of coins. Yesterday, Saturday, a lady boards with no balance on a standard PPR Metrocard. She sees that the OMNY reader is active and tries paying with her phone. It did not work at first, maybe because she was still on a call with someone. She ended her call and tapped her phone, but it did not seem to work. And earlier in the week one eagle-eyed customer noticed that a base for the OMNY reader was near the rear door. I think it was 8268 or 8286. I am a B/O out of Yukon, whenever I was assigned a 4xxx series bus, very few had them installed. I hope the PATH contactless-card readers can be retrofitted to read them.
  20. Most of my travels in New Jersey are around Hudson & southern Bergen Counties. Buses I use/d somewhat (aside from the 161): 6, 10/119, 62, 81X, 83, 87, 89, 111, 116, 123, 125 (because I had a pass), 126, 127, 161, 166, 167Q, 167T, 190, 703, 772. My favorites are: 81X (usually a quick ride), 83 (you go from urban to suburban - nice contrast), 161 (obviously), 166 (views from Blvd. East) 772 (ahh suburbia). My least favorite: 10/119 (punishment during peak times from JC to Bayonne).
  21. From a TA bus perspective: Barring extinction-level asteroid strike, nuclear holocaust, alien invasion or something to that effect. You are still required to report to your work location - on time. At TA Buses, the only thing they ask is that you a) report on time and you b) pull out your bus on time. They do not want to hear any excuses and there are very few exceptions for excused absence or lateness. In the event of a snowstorm or other extreme weather event, then, in previous cases you report to the work location closest to your assigned work location. Being late on probation subjects you to a violation, receiving a violation along with other factors may cause probation to be extended or may result in termination. If you expect any understanding or sympathy from supervision/management - this may not be the job for you. Can't remember how many you get, but you get a few. Going out "sick" on probation is a no-no. You don't do it unless it is that bad and have doctor's notes, etc.,. For very serious matters, you may be able to resign and come back if you are on probation. You don't have to worry about running out - because you won't have a job at that point if you are on probation. Lateness (see above). I am represented by ATU726 on Staten Island as a bus operator there. So I offer no opinion on the fine folks of TWU100. Nevertheless, when you are on probation, your "rights" are somewhat limited.
  22. Yep LOL.. It reads exactly that! "SIM33 COMBINATION", with combination written very small. In the rear, it reads, SIM, then 33c. The side destination sign truncates the word.
  23. I replied to your comments in the Staten Island Bus Proposal Thread 2012-2013 (post 1376) as the discussion (appears to) digress away from VG8's original purpose.
  24. TA/OA and MTA Bus Company (Spring Creek) are two completely and totally different business entities under MTA . The Michael J. Quill depot, its buses and bus operators, surface line dispatchers and maintenance teams have absolutely nothing to do MTA Bus Company. Personally, I disagree that MTA New York City Transit should operate interstate service. The economic benefits are for New Jersey, not New York. New Jersey should run it, subsidize it (DOT grants, corporate subsidies etc) if it so desires to or bless it (a la any necessary permits -if any etc). As we know, there was only one (or two) private carrier, Red & Tan (a Coach USA "entity" (as I am unclear of their affiliation) in the last 20 years that ran scheduled interstate coach service between Staten Island and Hoboken/Jersey City, which ultimately led to the creation of the s89. As I have said previously. The s89 serves a dual purpose, a somewhat faster ride, being limited service along Richmond Ave with additional capacity for school kids in the AM as well as the commuter purpose. For the most part, except for the long-standing detour onto the Dr. MLK Expressway, the s89 works as intended. As we have seen with the Staten Island Express Bus Realignment - Nobody seems to like or want to transfer. So selling a three system transfer (to Manhattan as many people do) does not appear likely. Getting back to interstate service and NYCT, with respect to the s89, there are only 8, high seniority runs. The runs are straight, they do not interline with anything else meaning, a guy/gal won't do 5 round trips on the s44 and do a round trip on the s89. The folks you see driving only operate the s89. This is because of federal rules, DOT FMCSA (Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) which strictly dictates the hours of service (actual driving and "on duty" time) for that individual - (this also entails a separate medical exam as well). Having only eight folks do these runs keeps things manageable. However "issues" arise when you have operator availability issues such as a B/O having an accident, going out sick or simply going AWOL. Now when these operator availability issues arise, the crew dispatcher than has to utilize a resource, such as an "Extra List" operator, lets say YU XL 64, who was previously not subject to federal DOT regulations, but instead of the somewhat more generous (with respect to hours of service) NYS 19-A laws which all NYCTA/OA/BC operators are subject to (regardless of state of residency) to make service. Given the various complexities of federal law, this will now limit YU XL 64's activities for the rest of the week and this is monitored by the Department of Buses. Further complicating this , while many Yukon B/O's maintain the federal certifications (NJ/PA residents, by default) many NYS residents may not. Living on Staten Island for 30+ years, i don't see these SIM4x and SIM5x proposals gaining any traction, especially for Middlesex service. Maybe an entrepreneur can start something near the hotels along the West Shore Expressway and have both a long-term parking/kiss and ride for EWR service. Workers can use the street/service roads. As I addressed previously: - The 10 (Operated by Academy/22 Hillside), certain trips can be extended over the Bayonne Bridge to either Forest & Richmond Avenues or a "Bridge Plaza" stop and turnaround for connection from Staten Island to Journal Square. - The new Goethals Bridge now has a pedestrian walkway, which will open sometime in the next year or so, while very undesirable given it's proximity to a sewage treatment plant and whatever is being cooked up along the aptly named Chemical Coast, people do have an option. Perhaps Coach USA which has dominance in Union & Essex County could look at starting a service with a sole SI stop being at Forest & Richmond. This could also solve or at least provide help to a long-standing problem for Bayonne and Jersey City residents who rely on public transportation need to travel between Hudson & Union Counties without a trek to Union City if the above is implemented. - I strongly feel that there should be something over the Outerbridge Crossing. Ideally, something that goes to Woodbridge Mall area to the ETC would be good. Again Academy Express which has dominance in Middlesex County as the NJT's contract carrier for the 8xx routes would be best suited for this. Even outside of NJT and the big name PBL's. As I have said previously, nothing, absolutely nothing outside of the requisite federal requirements (unless NYS based (then see NYS Article 19A requirements) prevents anyone with a minibus, coach bus or a van from starting a interstate service. Paterson/Passaic, Hudson Counties still deal with the "jitneys" that traverse their roadways and front run NJT's scheduled service essentially "poaching" fares. For 2018, they appear to have been on their best behaviour as I am not aware of any high profile incidents or accidents that they have been involved in. Every now and then the Port Authority, Fort Lee PD and certain specially trained NYPD units (near the Lincoln Tunnel) will do spot checks on vehicles for the usual safety and license checks - separate from the actual service they provide.
  25. The Huguenot SIR Station P&R is completely full with people taking the SIR to Downtown (via Ferry), we even see vehicles with New Jersey license plates - they are not getting on buses. However, there may be more people now using the P&R due to miscreants who think the public parking spaces in front of their homes on public streets are theirs and causing issues for people who feel the need to drive to the bus stop - but overall that number using that specific P&R for buses is very small. (I live in the immediate area for 30+ years.) The reversion back to Arthur Kill and Arden between Arthur Kill and Woodrow makes total sense as the various townhouse developments are where many riders originate. Specific to the SIM4c, an off-peak extension to Woodrow & Bloomingdale could be beneficial and at minimal cost as the buses return to Charleston Depot. Going anywhere further on this route and making loops is unnecessary. But we can always converse about the scheduling.
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