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  1. Why do you need a working machine? There are live clerks at those stations.
  2. The bridge boat traffic is under the control of the US Coast Guard, not the city or the MTA. It's a navigable channel. Boat traffic gets priority.
  3. Since it's the same in all 3 divisional timetables, I doubt it's a typo. What's strange, though, is that there's a detailed description of the 4/14 schedule changes in the February MTA Board minutes, and there's no mention of this change.
  4. East Yaphank stop a waste unless they plan on significantly increasing service east of Ronkonkoma.
  5. Yes and no. Just Friday I traveled from Riverdale to 63rd St and Lex at midday. I would never take the express bus. The scheduled runtime is about an hour, but with 5-minute walk time to my stop, plus 5-minute wait time, plus traffic, it would easily take an hour and a half door-to-door. Instead, I left home in central Riverdale at 11:45, drove to MNRR Riverdale, parked, took the 12:01 train, arrived at GCT at 12:30, took the 4 train one stop and got to my destination at 12:45.
  6. Did you know that about 15 or 20 years ago there was a time when most express buses over the Queensboro Bridge went east on 57th all the way to Second Ave., and then turned left - north - on Second Ave. for the 2 blocks to get to the bridge? How was this possible? They instituted a contraflow lane on the east side of Second Ave. between 57th and 59th Streets, going north, for buses only. I suppose they got rid of the lane because it slowed down southbound traffic. But perhaps your group could look into this again as a possible solution. EDIT -it was actually in 1979. Here's an article. Don't know when it was discontinued. https://www.nytimes.com/1979/01/30/archives/reversetraffic-lane-speeding-buses-to-queens-reverse-lane-is.html
  7. I see you didn't have the coglioni to call me obnoxious to my face. I don't think my tone was obnoxious. But the real issue is that you were the one who said you loved how living in Riverdale gave you 3 transit options - and you then said it was great because THEY ALL WENT TO DIFFERENT PLACES -- while in the same breath knocking the LIRR as an option for the 7 because THEY GO TO DIFFERENT PLACES. On the substance, you say a lot of 7 riders get off on the east side. Yes, they do. Do they all then walk to work? Many do. But many also transfer to other lines. And many of them could get to the same destination by taking the LIRR to the west side and transfering to other lines. Financial District destinations are an example. LIRR riders can even get easily to the great complex of office buildings just north of Grand Central -- by transferring to the E. I personally knew many who did that when I worked on Park and 48th. They can also take the N,Q,R,W. And probably arrive at work faster than by using the 7. So, yes, the LIRR can be a perfectly good alternative to the 7 for a lot of riders.
  8. This is the least important reason against such a change. Many, many route changes have occurred in the past few decades where all the signs at many stations have had to be changed. It's not that hard. They just decal them over with new signs.
  9. I especially like this one, not only for its intrinsic need, but also because the existing two stairways are insufficient as it is. Queensboro Plaza (7)(N)(W) Design Start: Nov 2018 Design End: Mar 2019 (0%)
  10. Today I saw workers on the plats at 168th. I would assume they need light.
  11. You're contradicting yourself. You say the LIRR is not an option because it goes to a different place than the 7. Then you say in Riverdale you have options; if the subway is down you have another option. But you also say the subway and MNRR and Express Bus "ALL GO TO DIFFERENT PLACES." So how is that any different from the 7 riders having the LIRR as an option? And you know, the LIRR and the 7 actually go to the same place - midtown Manhattan. Most people transfer to another line once they get to Manhattan, whether they start with the 7 or the LIRR.
  12. Nope. My examples were all 8-car trains, with all cars occupied.
  13. How do MNRR conductors decide on which cars to open when they stop at stations that are shorter than the train? For years on the Hudson line, it has seemed totally random. Some runs open the first 4 cars of 8 when stopping at Morris Heights, University Heights and Marble Hill. Other runs use the last 4 cars. Today, something I've never seen before - conductor announces that to exit at those stops, you need to be in the MIDDLE 4 cars! Amazing. Must piss off the regulars for those stops. But why?
  14. Why is the Hudson Line in the Bronx so slow-ass slow? Today I took a local from Spuyten Duyvil to Grand Central at 12:40 pm. At the station, it was announced the train would be 5-10 minutes late (a regular occurrence, BTW). Anyway, train arrives 8 minutes late. I figure, OK, we'll make up some time on the way down. But no, we amble along, hitting no more than 35 MPH, most of the time lower, like 15-20. Now, most of the line is straight, with no merges, albeit stations are fairly close. But even on the long straight stretch from Morris Heights to Yankee Stadium, we slow-poke it along. So I assume we'll be even later arriving at GCT. But we arrive there exactly 8 minutes later than scheduled - so, since we left 8 minutes late, this tells me the slow-running is baked into the timetables. But why? Even the northbound trains on the same stretch move faster.

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