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Flatbush SBS Duece

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  1. The sbs units will be found only on the B2, B31 and B41 until they are changed into local scheme. I get them all the time on the B41 and it feels awesome pushing them on Flatbush Ave to downtown bklyn.
  2. Update! Tonight on the B41 they had one articulated bus in full passenger service to Cadman plaza.
  3. Remember ENY is currently under construction just so they can start using Articulated buses sooner or later. Maybe that will be the plan to start retiring the left over OG’s at ENY. The bid was place on the table since the depot was over capacity, but words on the street is that the B49 is in the middle of an possibility it wants to make its way to Ulmer park or a trade for the B3 or B1. But its going to be a tough battle since the union will most likely disapprove the losing or trades. You have to remember by losing a route will cause a big lost of operators remaining at the depot or not enough work flow. The B49 besides the B46 local has the most runs that carries more than 9 - 10 hours shift and some of the top pay operators love these long hour paying work. Right now Flatbush has manage the space and is currently under control since the Ave N yard has been holding up 27-30 buses at night. But because of the rumor about receiving more articulated buses just to convert the B41 will caused more local buses being pushed out the bush.
  4. Exactly! The B44 has SBS running down, The B46 and the B49 also has sbs routes running down the path so to avoid confusion we rather the wrap buses running on local routes that doesn’t have any sbs routes running on the same road. Now with Shuttle work being active lately over the weekend you may see maybe 1 or 2 wrap buses landing on those local route due to whats available at the time in the depot. The bus stops are not 100% ready especially a few I can name off the top of my head that are local stops. But that wouldn’t stop management from not running these bad boys down the line as soon as possible. Maybe......... This is transit we are talking about here. They love making last minute changes. Could be a reason why they’re not wrapping or putting it on local scheme yet. Well we all know by now they are testing the new XE60’s at Quill, and they are receiving a few more batches. Maybe transit has a few load of orders that are being order for fast delivery or maybe they’ll be taking a few buses out of Manhattan and Bronx.
  5. If the plan they have in mind to bring more articulated buses in, most likely more local buses will be leaving. Right now we are trying to make sure they don't touch the 7600's.
  6. Not really....If they have its because there were no more buses available to pull out. The depot union and management wanted them on the routes that doesn't have SBS running near by because they were a few confusing incident that took place with a passenger and a operator.
  7. Flatbush fleet and route related: Recently The Bush received a load of articulated buses due to the SBS46 conversion and caused a mass over flow at the depot with space issue. The bush had to let a few buses go by returning back to their originated home or to depots that needed buses to retire the OG's. Due to space issue Transit management had place a bid on the table to give up one of FB route and buses to accommodate space at the depot, But the union fought back and came up with a better plan by parking buses at night on the "Streets, Inside the depot, the back of the depot and fully use the Avenue N yard " at night. The depot also returned some of the hybrids to Fresh Pond, East NY and maybe other depots that needed buses to replace the old OG's. Today again, rumors are spreading rapidly that MTA wants to send some more Articulated buses to FB and possibility use them on the B41 as part of their next move in conversion. Right now the B41, B2 and the B31 are the only routes at the bush that are allowed to use the 7600's wrap buses for passenger service which some of you may have notice the B41 has been flooded with the wrap buses in passenger service since the new pick started. We all Know ENY is currently under construction for Articulated buses space Ulmer Park also has been thrown in the mix for possibilities Articulated buses service in the future especially for the B1. Currently they have a Grand Avenue Articulated bus park nearby the depot for training purpose. Will this change take in effect soon?, Will more articulated buses be heading to the bush and be used on the B41?.... Only time will tell but I know one thing for sure, Transit is planning to turn some of Brooklyn's major routes into Articulated buses to cut cost and savings....
  8. Same building located at East NY depot upstairs. “Old building” Now they moved into the new building across the street from the depot. All console dispatchers work on the same location just each control their division. Soon the radio communication will be all in one.
  9. Congrats! Welcome to the family! Who was your Supt Instructor?...You can PM me if you would like it to be private.
  10. Ahhh I see.... its been 3 years now since I have been with OA and I was also on the TA B/O list 4600. When they called me the first time I never switch over because I was already a month to go from completing probation. A few weeks ago I purposely reinstated my name on the list to see if the list was still active and I got a call and email yesterday to come to Livingston for 4600 TA B/O. I spoke to my G.S. at my depot and he stated that if I decided to switch over from OA to TA that I would keep my same pay rate now and time serve but would lose 3 years seniority. I've heard that T.A. SLD takes a long time to even establish a list and call candidates compared to OA SLD promotional test which I'm thinking real hard is it worth switching just to take the SLD test for TA or should I just wait for the OA promotional test opens up.......
  11. Yes some of the passengers out there are getting confused, like EastFlatbushLarry stated that some of the passengers are just lazy to even read the destination sign. I will only give credit to passengers that may be visual impaired or have some sort of disabilities. Like yesterday I blew my swing "Break/Lunch" and I was instructed by Console Command Center to do a short trip to Empire Blvd after my lunch break and start back the other direction at my regular time. I swear the destination sign stated in big bold letters "B41 EMPIRE BLVD" and I also pre-recorded on my phone with the Speak4me app onto the bus speakers where each time the door opens the outside speakers repeats 3 times "This is the B41 To Empire Blvd.....Last stop Empire Blvd" and I made sure I put the volume on the speakeasy announcement loud enough that it would just annoyed the crap out of you and I still had passengers asking me if I was going downtown or they all look shock when they find out my last stop is empire blvd. Some of the passengers on the B41 thinks the sbs wrap buses are limited buses only.... All they see a big blue bus with the sbs color scheme and they assume its a limited bus.
  12. My name is on that list, I thought about switching over just so I can take the SLD promotion test, But I would hate to lose 3 years of seniority. I regret that I did not switch over when I was on my 7th month on probation back in 2017 when they called me to switch over from OA to TA but I was afraid I would start all over with probation and etc. If I switch over today I will keep the same pay and benefits, but would lose 3 years of seniority which is a big lost. So I guess I'll probably wait till the OA promotional test comes out.....
  13. As of today I received a memo from another co-worker at ENY depot that they are starting construction work for Articulated revision.
  14. They look great on the B41....... The other day the Depot union wanted the sbs wrap buses onto the B41, B/2/B31 only since the other routes on the depot are causing mass confusion when they're on the local service.. For example a local 46 was using the wrap buses and it caused a major issue where passengers thought it was an sbs bus in service.
  15. So after my investigation in regards to if the SBS buses are Pre-wrap or painted this is what I was able to come up with. IMG_5901 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_E5894 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_5902 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_5903 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_5904 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_5905 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_5906 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_5907 by Duece Drives, on Flickr IMG_5909 by Duece Drives, on Flickr Looks like some are painted and some are wrap.
  16. Soon soon Soon. One more week to go... Jan 19, 2020 will be full in effect. Yeah I kind of figure this would happen sooner or later. But this will only happen when that dispatcher at KP is on duty during the PM hours Sun - Wednesday. He's the only one that actually uses the SBS46 operators to do extra service on the B41 when the 41 is delayed in service. I'm an 41 operator and I have the intention to try to bring the artic out one of these days over there on the 41 if I ever get the chance too, but I already know the yard dispatcher won't take that chance since the route is not program for artic buses yet.
  17. Yes the headway is increased and less buses are out on the route. If the route use to have 37 runs, they would cut back the runs to save money. One articulated buses is consider two buses load.
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