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  1. Are there any plans for other elevated stations to get the glass treatment like Astoria, or is everyone else just stuck with the somewhat ugly pre-fabricated station walls?
  2. Provided that someone at the MTA doesn't drag out something bonkers, if they actually want to attempt to fix anything I expect they'll propose some kind of stop-gap service between Nassau and 95th Street; they're probably not looking to turn the entire B Division upside down, as positive as it might be in the long term. It's incredibly unlikely any reasonable service changes will come out of this complaining though. Enjoy the garbage 3-borough local.
  3. Just played catch-up on this thread and the issues at hand. I'm not familiar with the Montague issue and I didn't see much elaboration on it so could someone explain? I assume it has something to do with the reconstruction work that was done after Sandy. After actually reviewing the issues and the proposals, I'd probably say the and the are the best options for the R32s/R42s, although the being a primarily underground route poses its own issues with HVAC failure, the relative isolation allows any disruptions caused from failures to remain isolated to the - not great for those riders but prevents widespread delay in the rest of the system. While these cars have run on the for years, I really don't think it's fair to say that was the best place for them in any remote capacity, considering the maintenance issues as well as the route being entirely underground.
  4. There is more than enough reason to make the connection, but I'd imagine it would be a difficult structural matter to pull off.
  5. Yeah, I'll just leave this one here since it's relevant... http://www.nyctransitforums.com/forums/topic/49021-fantasy-nyc-subway-alternate-history/
  6. This doesn't really tell me anything so I could possibly help you. - (X) (X)
  7. I'm not particularly concerned with how this is done professionally because this works just fine for me. I'm just doing this for fun. Here's a sign I just put together today.
  8. Random historical question... any reason why Jay Street-MetroTech on the (formerly Lawrence Street) has no trackside tile? It's out of the Dual Contracts style to neglect this and there's no real documentation on why this station got passed over. It's especially weird when the mezzanine is completely tiled.
  9. All of the new branding going on does remind me of a lot of European networks where they have branded routes and buses everywhere. Apparently it's supposed to make the buses more attractive to riders but I doubt this is going to cause any serious increases in bus ridership.
  10. for various reasons i think it is best to use a transit related avatar on this site, even if it doesn't reflect the one i use anywhere else

  11. Not the typical thread posted in this subforum. Consider this a bit of a tutorial for those looking to make their own custom route bullets or signs. So, in an attempt to create some signs for my Alternate Subway History, I decided to get a bit into graphical design. My plans require route bullets that obviously are not currently used in the system, so I was in a bit of a predicament as to how to make them. I tried starting with ones that I could simply recolor, but this did not go as well as I'd hoped. Note the clear artifacts on the bullet, as it was an attempt to recolor from the normal 8th Avenue colors that the bullet once bore. Antialiasing on the text made this a pain in the tail, so I ultimately felt it would be easier to make my own. I knew going into this that the uses Helvetica as their font system-wide, so acquiring the correct font was a simple task. I found image editing for this purpose to be extremely finicky and tedious and I wanted a somewhat more precise way to go about it, so I looked into SVGs. Turns out that SVG files are just fancy XML. XML, being relatively similar to HTML, was easy for me to pick up, so I was able to create images using markup code with some experimentation. The process for me went something like this: 1. Create a circle. (I created a 100px circle on a 120px canvas as it is very versatile in scaling, but you can do whatever you feel would work) 2. Set the circle to be the proper color (I pulled official colors from this page on Wikipedia, save for 2nd Avenue and 6th Avenue which I sampled directly from a bullet using the eyedropper tool in GIMP). 3. Add text for the route letter/number. (Helvetica Bold, 70px, should reflect the size of your circle) 4. Estimate x/y alignment for text. Open in an image editor (I used Inkscape since it natively supports SVGs but most anything should work) 4. Readjust alignment if necessary. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the letter/number appears relatively centered. As you can tell, it's a bit of a crapshoot and ultimately the bullets aren't perfect. Perhaps it's a bit more accurate since misaligned bullets are surprisingly common on signs, even ones made today. I think the ones I have made are relatively accurate, and if they aren't, I welcome someone to make the alignments a bit more precise. Here's the same sign above remade with the new bullets: Using XML you can essentially create your own bullets. To help anyone else who might want to do this, I've provided a ZIP file here that has bullets for each letter within (All current official bullets plus a couple for my own fantasy plan. Any unused letters I simply made white on black.) as well as a text file containing the hex values for the colors of all of the current lines. You can edit any of these bullets in any text editor. I would personally recommend Notepad++ if you're on Windows or TextWrangler if you're on OS X. SVG files are great for route bullets because they can be easily scaled without loss of quality, so you can create bullets for use on signs or as avatars. They're also far smaller than normal images since they're just markup text ultimately, so they're also efficient. Here's a bullet which is completely original in letter and color, for the Triboro RX: I should note that I'm not taking requests, mostly because this post serves to help people create their own bullets by themselves. I am open to having this thread be used for people to post things they create in this method. DOWNLOAD THE PACKAGE HERE One last note, I do plan on making diamond bullets soon. It's simply a matter of drawing a rhombus instead of a circle, which isn't difficult in the slightest.
  12. With the Culver Express seemingly imminent as a new service, I was considering whether it could make sense to have a 3rd 6th Avenue local service to help supplement Culver Local service considering those stations are heavily utilized. Fleet expansion would likely be necessary for this, so it probably wouldn't be able to happen at all until the R211 order, but a possible service that could be implemented is a new route running between Church Avenue and 96th Street/2nd Avenue. This would provide the double service of providing East Side riders with more access to Midtown destinations while also boosting service on 2nd Avenue until the is implemented. After the is implemented however, it could prove to be problematic with 3 services running on a 2 track line. CBTC could help alleviate that. Another issue is the problem of having 3 local services on 6th Avenue. Service would ultimately have to be cut back on the line in order to support such a service as well, which could adversely affect Queens riders. Something to think about though, as the current plan of just splitting headways for Culver Local/Express probably is not going to last.
  13. Why do people continue to acknowledge Wallyhorse's ridiculous ideas when they've been consistently exposed as impractical and foamer-esque? It's bait at this point. Just pay it no mind.
  14. The station is just that: a transfer station. In terms of riders actually using the station to embark/disembark, the ridership doesn't compare with other Midtown stations. If it weren't for its status as a transfer station it'd probably be just another regular station.
  15. Didn't see that part of the post... sorry.
  16. Alright, I have the initial draft of my overhaul plans ready. I will likely add specifics about things or add more changes as discussion goes on. I've also made a map of some of the modified and new routes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13PZFo1cxoDWXAbJSOBpc1-zRTUI&usp=sharing
  17. The schedule has run like this for a while. Between about 9 AM and 6 PM on weekends buses alternate between Flatbush/Nostrand and Downtown... running every 10 minutes overall.
  18. People aren't going to leave the B46 and B44 for the B15... the B15 just doesn't have similar coverage to those two routes and isn't as attractive (not as frequent, no LTD and no SBS). The B43 definitely needs a review, bunching can be an issue on that route. If anything all that's really necessary there is possibly a frequency increase if you want to improve it. The only route worth looking at strengthening as an alternative to the B44 or B46 is the B47... and that route has problems of its own that need correcting. I have my own list of changes I would make to Brooklyn buses, not dissimilar to checkmate's list for SI buses, but I'm still working on some things. Included in it though, are some improvements to the B47 (including adding short runs between Sutter Avenue and Kings Plaza, and limited service). The B15 has its own job to do in serving the airport. Changing its routing will help no one.
  19. So is the MTA planning to convert every crosstown route to SBS? There are a few routes where it probably doesn't make sense (M8, M66, M72), but it seems like that's their plan for the rest.
  20. Question for those more familiar... How are the B2/B100 in Marine Park? Considering they both essentially serve the same corridor, are they both necessary in that neighborhood?
  21. B71 to Manhattan wouldn't have enough ridership to really be meaningful. I doubt it would take a significant amount of riders off of the subway. The routing I proposed could allow buses to actually carry passengers on Court/Smith since there is now a connection to points east instead of mirroring the B61, and the route could provide a new alternative to the B45/B65 for Crown Heights customers. I'd like to keep the B67 and B69 to the same north/south terminals so interlining could be maintained.
  22. Some reworked ideas: S44/94: St. George - College of SI via Henderson/Cary. Takes a minor hit in service since the route no longer doubles with the S59 on Richmond and no longer serves SI Mall. This service would be reinvested into the S59 and the new S77 route (S59 part time service to Tottenville would be eliminated.) S55: College of SI - Perth Amboy, via Annandale/Amboy and Bricktown Mall. Follows current S59 route north of Eltingville Transit Center, then runs via Victory Blvd to the College of SI. Covers service on Richmond lost from S44 and provides a connection to Central Jersey. S56: SI Mall - Bricktown Mall via Woodrow/Amboy. Interlines with the S73 (western half of current S74) on both ends. Rerouted to use the X23 route on Woodrow Road. (Shorter S72/73 means that route is more reliable to cover that corridor on its own). Weekday service only. (Use S55 or S72 for service to Bricktown weekends) S72/73: SI Mall - Bricktown Mall via Arthur Kill. Interlines with the S56 on both ends. Same as checkmate's proposal otherwise. S77: SI Mall - Tottenville/Amboy Road via Hylan. From SI Mall, runs Richmond Hill Rd-Arthur Kill Rd-Giffords Ln-Nelson Ave-Hylan Blvd, covering the southern half of the S54. Takes some service from S59 rush hours to cover eastern Hylan Blvd. S78: St. George - Richmond/Hylan via Hylan. Approx. half of buses turn at New Dorp station. I'll make maps of these later, but this i think should help western SI service a bit better.
  23. This was essentially my original plan... using the new route to take over the southern half of the B62 is an interesting idea. I feel like this new B75 could also be plagued by reliability issues though as traffic on Court/Smith could get really bad. The Court/Smith corridor doesn't need a full route because I know from experience that most residents would prefer to use the or the . Sending the restored B71 to Downtown Brooklyn/Williamsburg would kill the problem of dealing with resident complaints about loss of bus service (which is arguably necessary for elderly and disabled riders since Bergen/Carroll are not ADA-accessible yet).
  24. Slightly off topic but a moderator might want to look into removing the years from this thread... since we obviously aren't in 2013 anymore. A small nitpick but it still bothers me.

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