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  1. There isn't enough capacity on the 6th Avenue local tracks. (And the track layout does not allow the to run via 6th Avenue express). The theoretical limit on the local tracks is 30 tph without CBTC; the runs 14, and the current runs 10. So there's theoretically 6 left, which would underserve Queens Boulevard and make all three services unreliable. Not to mention, 6th Avenue local doesn't really need 30 trains per hour. You can take a look at the track map here: https://www.vanshnookenraggen.com/_index/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/NYC_full_trackmap_194.pdf
  2. The data looks fine, but I think it'd still be better to wait some amount longer before evaluating whether the busway has been a success. There's plenty of factors that could be affecting the ridership, such as all the publicity it was given before its start.
  3. At the same time, I'm not sure if it should really be a focus. According to the quote above, Crosstown would be able to run 18 tph instead of 15. But it barely runs 10 tph of 300 foot trains at its peak right now, and it's unlikely that ridership will increase to the point that 15 tph would become necessary. So unless the current signals are very unreliable, CBTC won't really make a difference on Crosstown other than being able to better handle occasional reroutes.
  4. I'm not incredibly familiar with the spatial layout of ESA, but I was always under the impression that it's just 1 story below the current lower level. If that's true, wouldn't it just be the time it takes to get to the lower level + a few minutes for the extra stairs?
  5. Imagine you run a business on a major commercial street, and the state wants to take that away and demolish it. The natural reaction is to oppose it, unless the payoff is actually really good. I'm not defending the quality of the businesses on Utica (I don't even really know what's over there), but I'm saying it's not an unreasonable reaction to have.
  6. Flatbush has side platforms (and no crossover/crossunder), so it's not easy to just go to the other side if the train turns out to be there. (Unless you wait at the southern end of the platform, and I doubt the MTA wants that area to be crowded). So it makes sense for people to organize themselves based on which train they need, the location of which is predetermined. At Astoria, it doesn't really matter what track the train is on, since the platform allows access to both tracks.
  7. Regarding the crawling under the -- maybe the DOT could make up a setup with small bus lanes next to the curb at each bus stop, so the buses have their own separate area. (Basically repurposing the areas that are currently pedestrian-only zones). Then they can have a special traffic signal for those lanes, allowing the bus to pull out a few seconds before general traffic moves. Of course, this is all moot if the bus can't clear the El's columns to change lanes right before the bus stop. I rode the B1 recently and felt that the entire Ocean Parkway-Avenue X segment was kind of a drag, which is why I suggested it follows the B68 till Shell Road. In my experience, Shell Road moves quickly, as it's a wide road with not too much traffic. At Avenue X, the southbound limited could stop with the B4, but the northbound B4 stop is kind of in an awful place so a bit more effort would be required in that direction. In terms of choosing between 25th and Stillwell, I'd personally lean towards 25th, as it gives patrons easier early access to the going northbound. 20th indeed doesn't need to be a stop. I originally suggested it due to the station, but that's really not a great reason since there's subway connections at 18th, Bay Pkwy, and 25th.
  8. I've always thought that an AirTrain-style el could reasonably be built over that part of I-95, extending the to a new elevated terminal (with tail tracks for higher terminal capacity). The only major issue is that the station house at Pelham Bay Park would need to be modified, but the same would apply to any other extension proposal.
  9. Does the B1 get a lot of through ridership between non-adjacent neighborhoods? If it does, would a B1 LTD help the route run better? Here's a possible stop list for a limited: Oriental/Mackenzie Oriental/Falmouth Oriental/West End BB Av/CI Av BB Av/Ocean Pkwy *turns right on W5, left on Neptune, right on Shell* (stops at Neptune/W6) 86/McDonald 86/W8 86/Stillwell 86/25 Av 86/Bay Pkwy 86/20 Av 86/18 Av 86/14 Av 86/7 Av and all local stops to the terminal at 87/4 Av. One of the flaws with this routing is that it entirely bypasses the hospital, but I honestly feel like it would still have enough service via the B1 local, B4, and B36. This isn't meant to be a super serious proposal; I was just thinking of how getting between Bay Ridge and Brighton Beach/Sheepshead Bay could be made a bit less tedious.
  10. Not everything supported by users here is actually a good idea. Being the NYC Transit Forums, there are many individuals here who are incredibly knowledgeable about the subway and bus systems. But, from paying attention to certain users' posts, it appears knowledge of driving and road design aren't really their forté. Okay? I-95 was completed in New York in 1957, so I'd say it's fairly cemented by now. And DC is a bit too far away to be part of a discussion about a 2.5 mile stretch of the highway in The Bronx. Fun fact: The Hutchinson Parkway has a functioning drawbridge over the Hutchinson River, which I suspect is at least slightly not in adherence with Interstate standards. By the time you're done replacing that bridge, and upgrading the rest of everything to the standards (which would be quite a lot of work), you'll wish you had just built the two bridges for I-95 just north of Exit 12 instead.
  11. The Sheridan Expressway is more or less useless due to the existence of I-87, and I-81 has an alternative in Syracuse (although I disagree with its removal). Neither of those applies to I-95, which is a major commercial route at the section next to Co-Op City. Something that's much less insane than suggesting its removal, is building a bridge over it (or bridging it over a new connecting road). Just from a cursory glance, it looks like there's a decent amount of space around Donizetti Place.
  12. The sign on the west side is decently visible (above the set of doors), but I haven't seen any such signs on the east side (which has the glass block wall). In traffic on either Union Turnpike or the Parkway, it probably wouldn't be too hard to take a photo, although you'd need a camera that's good in low light situations.
  13. No, you didn't. The thread title is "Update on Plan to move Q60 stops to the Median", and what you actually wrote doesn't indicate anything about bike lanes. There is no way anyone reading the thread could glean that you are "furious" specifically about the bike lanes. If you're trying to imply that I'm against the bike lanes, nice try. I am ambivalent about them because I do not visit Queens Boulevard enough to know of the traffic dynamics there. Either way, this isn't the place for that discussion. My original question was "What are the benefits of moving the bus stops to the median?", because I was under the impression that you had some benefits in mind. If you have nothing further to say about that topic, there is no more discussion to be had.
  14. Yes, and I was asking you why you're "furious" about that. I tried to find a list of benefits of moving the bus stops to the median, given the link. The DOT presentation says "New...amenities - shelters, benches, leaning bars and bike racks" as well as "Install more shelters & benches to create more comfortable bus stops for transit riders", neither of which are significant enough to warrant the move. Therefore, I asked you (as the person who seems to have a strong opinion on this) what the main benefits are. The Gothamist article says absolutely nothing about bus service, so you still haven't done anything to explain your position. If (and I hope it's not true) your main reason for being "furious" is the bike lanes not being extended yet, then it was quite misleading of you to drop this in the New York City Bus forum coupled with the statements you made.

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