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Everything posted by bobtehpanda

  1. The problems with one-way loops are that they are basically only convenient 50% of the time, which cuts ridership potential. Terminating at Essex would be better and require less construction, since I don't think such a local line needs to be all that busy and need two full terminating tracks.
  2. Putnam and Fairview have to cross paths today, I don't see the continuation of that being a major issue. Alternatively, given that the grid has alternative roads to get to Forest, you could just make all Fairview traffic flow into Putnam and sever the connection to Forest. Traffic looking to exit Fairview onto Forest can use Madison instead, and traffic looking to enter Putnam can use Woodbine or 68th Dr. Putnam isn't continuous across Myrtle and 67th doesn't go past Fresh Pond Rd, so it's not like it would majorly disrupt through-routes.
  3. To me this actually has a fairly simple solution. Between Forest Av and the intersection of Putnam and Fairview, the stubs of Putnam and Fairview to Forest close. The park in between is replaced by a four lane road; the inner two lanes are busway, with bus stops on either side, and the outer lanes carry Putnam and Fairview traffic to and from Forest.
  4. https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/transportation-options-program/commute-trip-reduction-program/ctr-requirements#basicrequirementsforemployers The threshold here is a minimum of 100 employees showing up to a single job site between 6-9am. As far as vacancies go, just tax vacancies at a higher rate than occupied property. With a punitive enough rate landlords will be rushing to fill spaces.
  5. I agree with you on the income limit, hence my caveat of "if the mayoral administration isn't dragging its feet." Seattle has a low income fare program that people qualify for at 200% of federal poverty level. If New York wanted to set the threshold higher, it could. And as I said, another prong to this approach is mandating employer responsibility for their employees' commuting habits so that even if you are above the threshold, your employer pays for it out of their pocket. These are some of many reasons why Seattle was one of the few cities to see sustained positive transit ridership growth over the last decade.
  6. https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2020/02/13/mta-revives-old-proposal-for-busway-underneath-m-train/
  7. Because they didn't build it? The BMT and have jack shit to do with each other in terms of the planning staff common between either.
  8. They can talk to their crooked politicians they donate to. The brokers ain't taking the hit of the new law without a fight.
  9. In Seattle cashless has been a big thing, since businesses want to get out of having to pay to handle cash; getting and transporting money in a secure way costs a non-trivial amount of money. NYC businesses have historically relied on underreporting sales to reduce their tax bills paying some groups of people under the table, which you need to do with under the table money Which is why they love cash.
  10. Don't tax income, income is gameable and easily moved around by changing residency and whatnot. The real big bucks is property tax reform, since right now the effective rate of those crazy billionaire apartments on 57th St is .22%, lower than the lowest property tax jurisdiction in the US: https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/nyc-billionaires-row-could-see-property-taxes-quintuple-under-proposed-system-211864 Heck, slap a vacancy tax on top of that and solve two birds with one stone. ---------- There are major issues with a free fare though. The MTA currently collects $6.2B in fares. The NYC budget is $95B. You can't just hike city revenues by 6.5% only by walloping rich people. The fare does serve to limit trivial usage of the subway. The subway in many parts is crowded, the buses even more so, and free transit will attract lots of new ridership that will need new trains and buses that will cost even more. Some train lines are also maxed out with track capacity, and the cost of new subways to relieve them will cost billions, if not tens of billions of dollars. Some cities have cancelled free transit after their transit system could not cope with demand. From a policy perspective, it turns out that new ridership generated from free fares generally switches from biking and walking, not driving. If you think about it, this makes sense because driving and parking in Manhattan is already either really expensive, a massive PITA or both, so the people doing it by choice are probably not doing it because the subway's too expensive. IMO this is not a productive policy goal. It would be a lot easier to distribute reduced-fare cards based on eligibility for other city benefits like EBT or NYCHA, the way Fair Fares is supposed to work if the mayoral administration isn't dragging its feet. Employers should also be compelled to meet certain drive-alone targets through any means necessary. Seattle has this law, so my employer pays for my monthly regional transit pass and doesn't take it out of my salary.
  11. In general city laws don't affect state entities. It's sort of a grey area but according to the State Constitution the state will always win any pissing match with the city, since the city's rights are defined as "whatever the state didn't take away". It's why, for example, Amazon HQ2 wasn't stoppable by the City Council or subject to its land use review. It's also worth noting that the city law would ban cashless businesses, but the MTA still accepts cash at MVMs, so the law wouldn't apply.
  12. Surprised the mafia running the various taxi companies by the LIRR stations don't have anything to say about that.
  13. Some cities do this in separated busway lanes on highways, but the left-hand-driving is generally only at the stations and buses cross over when entering and exiting, which limits capacity. No one does this in a street with intersections, because it would be extremely confusing to drivers crossing and not expecting vehicles coming from a reverse direction and would be extremely dangerous.
  14. They don't operate at night, usually They might be built as separate tubes with single-tracking, so one track can be worked on without the possibility of a train hitting a worker (Copenhagen) They schedule major shutdowns during holiday periods when people are either not working and traveling (Christmas) or when people are using their state-mandated weeks of vacation (August), with bus bridges for the few people traveling during that time Example: Paris shut down the RER A, the busiest rail line in the Western world, for a month straight in the summer of 2018 https://www.ratp.fr/en/rer-a-summer-work/faq-rer-a-summer-work
  15. It's this kind of mentality that causes the MTA to cause bus ridership to suffer the death of a thousand cuts. If you make service less convenient people will abandon it, which gives more excuses to cut bus service and so on and so forth. Of course, shouldn't expect any less for someone whose handle is managed by a penny-wise, pound-foolish transit company and county.
  16. I don't even think it's likely to save money since all that running between Kew Gardens and Union Turnpike is going to be a lot of wasted mileage. If they wanted to mix and match routes, I think the more obvious would've been leaving most of them well enough alone; QT87 serves southern Q23 and Q64 route the part that continues onto Fresh Meadows should terminate in Forest Hills The QT14 should stop at Kew Gardens The QT11 should be split into a Q23 north route and a Q46 local route
  17. Frequencies are lower in most of Eastern Queens and the coverage isn't better. You couldn't look at a Q46 or Q43 or Q27 schedule today and tell me that frequencies on much of these routes is "higher", and there's also no expanded coverage, so this walks, quacks, and looks like a service cut.
  18. There isn't a bus every block in eastern Queens. Good luck walking the "block" between Union Turnpike and Hillside, or Horace Harding and Northern, or between Little Neck Parkway and Springfield. Do you have any other useless things to parrot which don't really apply to the situation?
  19. IIRC a particular criticism of the BART ones is that they like pincering people's heads, which is a lot worse than walking into a closed door.
  20. They're slow, they're rusty, and they're not particularly friendly to anyone with a stroller, luggage, the handicapped, small children, etc. It makes you feel like you're going to jail instead of going to work.
  21. Should've let the door hit them on the way out. Man, if you thought Nassau County's finances would look bad, wait till you see an independent Richmond County.
  22. Check yourself before you wreck yourself:
  23. To be fair, no one else got to build like they did because they blew the budget so bad the first time around with all the crazy shit they did.
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