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  1. Welcome to the boards. Hope you enjoy your stay here.
  2. If you go into the history of Jersey pension system's you would find out that Jersey has been living off those pension systems since the beginning of Whitman's election where the State didn't pay its contribution to balance the books which continued thru McGreevy and Corzine where billions were taken from the Teacher's pension with Teacher's approval for increase in benefits to balance their budgets. So the system is light very light and would of failed in a couple of years except Christie stepped in. New Jersey is stilled screwed up as the State hasn't made its contributions but changed the standards to buy time.
  3. City has been living off everyone else for years and funding the Transit System means some social justice program is going to be gored or the Brooklyn Bridge is going to fall down from lack of maintenance. They own it alright but it gets the heat off the City by saying the Authority owns it. So it becomes a game as each level blames the other for lack of money or doing anything.. The power of the Dems is the city and if the City is stripped from the state New York goes Republican. For practical purposes the City is bleeding money as people are voting with their feet to other parts. Simple terms the upper working and middle classes have been leaving for years. So you are going to have only the elite and the dregs .
  4. Quite true but this is because of the entitlement mentality. I rode the original equipment of the system from IRT LoV to BMT standards and IND R1-9. Even rode on BMT Q cars on some lines. I was happy a train came and the doors opened. To listen to a demand they get new cars on equipment that good as they presently have is something from the farside. Money doesn't grow on trees and they want everything which can't be done. Stuff has plenty of life in it and if something goes wrong they will be using it for another 20 years.
  5. Expect to be taxed out of your socks as real and school taxes are highest in nation.
  6. Why in hell did they buy something that can go 125 mph for a commuter railroad. Hell from Trenton to Wilmington has about 50 local stops which these locos have to service..
  7. They all are designed in Taiwan and made in Red China. Been that way for more years than I can remember. Lot of it is due to EPA regs here which prevent the use of the chemicals used to make the boards.
  8. Buffalo had no industry for the last 30 years and center city business in Buffalo was banking and other service offices which left when the recession hit. That area is entirely empty now. Its economy was based on Canadians buying stuff and that folded with the recession. Rochester was tied to Kodak and bad decisions by them ruined that city. Corning went when it was cheaper to make the glass elsewhere than there. New York wants Green and research centers which they feel will save them only problem is Silicon Valley realizes they need to make money on the bottom line and Texas and Dakota are more friendly. The I-86 project has been going on for over 20 years on 17 and still they haven't completed it. Binghamton and Broom county haven't prospered and the lack of fracking has caused the loss of a number of farms. Its all noise and smoke but no fire. Anti industry is anti-business as you can't take in taxes that which is not made. Just the fact we have lowered taxes to 1968 levels says it all as the State has had a problem but the taxes are too high. and they are still way higher than most of the states. You have no economy for practical purposes for 3/4 of the state. Add in the regulations and you are totally anti-business.
  9. Try looking at Maximum PC website as they rate items of all parts to make a build it yourself PC. Since this is an enthusiast website they give lists of parts based on how many drachmas you want to spend. So you could spend $800 and build one hell of a machine from soup to nuts totally custom as you bought the parts. They also build their own computers for articles and you can get a very good idea of how much firepower you want in this machine.They also can tell you if you need that super video card or not based on what you do.
  10. They had no intent in doing that as that was a show station to aid in the development and investment in that real estate. It was built to serve that area only not for normal people or normal stops. Its a look what the City can do for you. Its part of that center city movement where if you don't live there you can't go there which the city has taken on. Makes no difference as to depth or problems as that is an engineering decision. Too much money went into frills for show as from what I saw in photos its a very high maintenance station.
  11. There was, but it got torn down because it literally collapsed. They were going to do the Westway tunnel (Robert Moses' last grand project) but the environmentalists and the residents stopped it. You can technically still go to West St via Laight St on the first exit and make your way to the FDR tunnel that way. It collapsed for the simple reason they forgot to maintain it like most of the things in the city. Maintenance is the first thing cut in the budget for something else they consider more important. So inspection disappears and the bridge falls down.. Reminds me of Philly with I-95 where Rendell's city government forgot to inspect the highway for a number of years. Someone saw the crack and took a photo which was sent to Harrisburg which caused a State inspector to come out and look and the road was immediately closed. Philly used the Fed Highway money for other things.
  12. The upstate cities are a wreck because of taxation not rust belt.. Why does New York have the massive antibusiness reputation that it has because of taxes. You lost million and half people in population and with that loss in human numbers how much moneywise. did they lose.. Cuomo's Happynews ads for business ten year tax breaks but its restricted to government approved business only which is not talked about. Buffalo collapsed when the great recession happened as it was a depression for that area. The main artery there of the Thruway hasn't been properly maintained for years and Albany's sets of books depending on what they are trying to do have been cooked that many times that I think no one knows the true state of affairs for the state. Texas and North Carolina didn't grow because the weather is nice but because of state tax policy.
  13. Basically almost all motherboards are made in China or elsewhere in Asia. There are a few good quality custom builders. but you have to know what are you trying to do with it. Look at the CyberpowerPC site to get an idea of what can be done. Read the reviews at PCMag of the various standard equipment laptops out there.
  14. Its not going past 34th Street in our lifetimes or going to New Jersey unless someone can make money off of it. It was built for developing purposes of the area over the train tracks not a thing of it being needed. The station looks like the Taj Mahal of stations. built to impress and the question is who. Not the normal donkey who rides the train.
  15. Makes complete sense as they have a station right there which is used for specials.
  16. If the place is split it will be along the Hudson not the Delaware. and you are not going North of the New Bridge at Tappen. You have to keep in mind the liberal policies of the City has reeked havoc upstate. Just on fracking for gas you have petitions being signed to join Pennsylvania from about 6 counties as taxes go down and wages up. Buffalo is a disaster and the same with Syracuse and Rochester. You have to keep in mind the state has lost a million and a half people over the last 25 years.. Lot of people in Delaware and Sullivan counties have no love at all as they remember the antics which the city did to get the land for reservoirs.
  17. What you have to remember there was a West Side highway at one point in existence at one time in that area where you headed towards the Hudson and went elevated to go to the FDR The crazy exiting from the Holland when first set up caused people to be robbed at the light . The 1st precinct parking for everybody is in front of the precinct and why its crazy.
  18. I go earlier than that.. All tunnel traffic was local.. You have to remember the Manhattan bridge had the connection to Chambers street at that time where the West End local terminated but that was a part time operation. Early 60's Seabeach and West End Expresses terminated at 57th Street, 4th Ave and both Brightons terminated at Astoria. All local to express and back was done at 57th Street Brighton Express started at about 6 AM and went to 8 PM.similar to classic rush hours. It was also close to the hours of the Flushing -7 express. Express trains in Manhattan were every approx 15 minutes from either a West End or Seabeach at 2 A>M> with approx the same wait from the local from the 4th Avenue or the Brighton local.. Didn't have all the switching of locals to express tracks or back again as anything which was express in Brooklyn was express in Manhattan . I remember when they opened the the 4th Avenue to Forest Hills IND to increase the local service on the Queens line as the GG(known now as the G) was the only local to Continental Avenue.
  19. Can't run it as a local because of the track setup at 57th St so it has to be an express but the amount of express trains has dropped over the years from what I remember. Broadway line has gone downhill from its hayday.in the 60's. The problem is elimination of lines on the Broadway line from 5 to 3. Of the remaining three two go to Astoria and one to Forest Hills.. Now you take one line to go North on SAS then Astoria loses service.which also effects the 7 line from Flushing.. Now you can't double the amount of SeaBeach's while it would make the Brooklyn passengers happy for increased service but you don't have the cars to spare to do this.because you can't lose them in the Southern division so you reborn the W which gives you local service from Whitehall all the way up the line.to Astoria with a cost of about 60 cars as doubling the SeaBeach costs you additional 120 cars or so.
  20. This is a different situation. Its not an abandoned area as the Freedom tunnel was and darkness. Place is well lit and occupied with workers and restricted access. Where's the boring equipment as not all of this is cut and cover.. Where are you storing the work train as you are going to need it to work the 62nd street south section after the northern ones are done. Crossovers will be built and put in place with the electronics and then the wall broken to the Broadway line done to be made operational as the last step.and final construction.done. Think like a MTA engineer with a security consultant next to you with a lawyer next to him. If someone gets hurt because of Joe Shitz the ragpicker being there the cost in liability is out of bounds. If the ragpicker can get into there so could Achmed the terrorist. If you look at the photos did you ever see a subway tunnel lit up like that no only construction area and the whole area will stay lit until opening day
  21. They could care less about AC. This is about making tax money or the lack of it. If the money is gambled in Queens or Connecticut or Pocono resorts then it isn't doing New Jersey any good. Who runs NJTransit and if this means money for the state then NJTransit will have multiple buslines stopping at the front door including the railroad.
  22. Look they have been doing this for the last 60 years. You didn't need to rebuild Stillwell Avenue except they forgot to maintain it. They did repair the Manhattan Bridge but only after it was going to fall into the river from neglect. Look this is nothing new as this city entirely runs on crisis management. Not a bit of planning but whatever brushfire is burning at the time. You assume because workers use the subways and railroads they care, they don't. Why because most of them don't live in the city to vote. The state does the MTA tapdance every 4 years when statewide elections come up.
  23. Look over the years the Astoria line and the Broadway line of the BMT has been degraded from what it once was to further expand the IND division. Being of some years and having a long memory I can remember the original names of the routes and when the BMT used numbers for the lines. Astoria was serviced by the Brighton line and the 4th Avenue line. The Brighton Beach express went to Astoria not to the Bronx as was express in Manhattan with the Sea Beach Express and the West End Express.terminated at 57th Street Now the Sea Beach goes to Astoria and is local in Manhattan The West End now goes to the Bronx not setting a wheel on BMT tracks til Brooklyn. Look the trains are going where the money is and Astoria doesn't have the cash. The big station is Queens Plaza where 7 Flushing line interchange with the BMT line and people do move. The MTA isn't worrying about the donkeys in Astoria as the State heavyweights could care less about them. Bringing back the W is a stopgap measure at best. What is happening is you are taking an express-local setup and making it totally local. I expect you will have a SAS extension coming out of Queens on the 63rd tunnel to tie in IND lines in Queens because that is the MTA maximum use thinking.
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