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  1. I saw some Supervisors out on Wednesday the 23rd at Union Turnpike and Main Street and also at the downtown loop for the QM buses in the morning and afternoon. It might have been to make sure buses weren't running hot but I wouldn't doubt it was to get headcounts for service cuts. Queens downtown buses in particular are doing pretty bad right now with ridership. Sometimes I'm the only person on the QM7 I take in the morning and it seems like half the time the driver doesn't pick up any on Union because I see on bustime he goes down Union and then doesn't make the trip into Manhattan. It also doesn't help that The QM8 comes literally 3-5 minutes before the QM7 is scheduled. Interestingly enough, I took the 2:15pm QM7 back to Queens yesterday and that bus had the highest passenger count I've seen since I've been back 5 days a week in July. I've taken QM7s, QM8s, QM25s at various times between 3 and 5:30pm and if these buses have 10 people on them it's a lot. I guess people are trying to get the hell out of the city as soon as possible during the day.
  2. Thanks. You used to be able to view the run sheets on CPs website through some googling but it looks like they’re gone or I just am not getting as lucky with my searches anymore.
  3. Anyone have access to CP run sheets? I’m looking to find out other runs for my QM7 driver 6:40am run. Finally got a good one and I’d like to stick with him through this brutal run
  4. Is it me or are the R160s significantly faster than the R46s? Yesterday I got on an R train at 34th and took it down to City Hall and usually always get an R46 but was lucky to snag an R160. It seemed like the train was flying down Broadway and even some of those sharp turns between Canal and City Hall were taken faster.
  5. This week the CP buses I've been taking back and forth seem to have now only the first 3 rows on each side blocked off. Thanks if you had anything to do with that. I took a ride on 2824 yesterday and was surprised we made it back to Fresh Meadows. The engine just sounds like it's gonna cut out at any minute, the whole bus was shaking, and at one point my wife and I thought the engine was gonna stall when we got into the Midtown Tunnel.
  6. I've been back and forth to the city on QM7s, QM8s, QM2s, QM20s; they've all had the same set up we've been reporting.
  7. QM8 bus 3192 has 5 rows on the right side and 4 rows on the left side folded up. No plastic curtain in this bus yet.
  8. Here here, I've been riding the QM7and QM8 to and from work the past few weeks and they rope all the seats off up to the handicap seats. I've also taken the QM25 out of LaGuardia and they only rope off the first 3 rows. This doesn't surprise me at all because CP has always had that Wild West feel...it seems like there's hardly any rules and less professionalism from those drivers especially compared to the LaGuardia guys. Sometimes I get on CP express buses and the driver acts like he's doing me a favor driving me to where I have to go.
  9. Has anyone heard anything about the Redesign plans? With all the MTA cries for money we'll be lucky if there's more than half-hour peak service left when this is all said and done. You think the MTA will still want to go forward with some of those new proposed routes in Queens?
  10. Looks like service should be expanded if anything. There's clearly the demand for service in Little Neck and along Northern Boulevard. I bet they could attract even more ridership if they added 3rd Avenue service or threw a super express or two into the mix.
  11. Yeah same on Queens Boulevard. Sadly, I don't think Vision Zero and its subsequent DOT changes will go away any time soon.
  12. I know the actual goal of the plan is to curb pedestrian deaths, but that aside, the Boulevard doesn't need to be closed to traffic, it doesn't even need a bus lane. All they need to do speed up service on that corridor is sync up the traffic lights at all times and more importantly enforce the no standing zones on the eastern lanes for the PM rush. 95% of the slowdowns on Northern are due to double parked cars or trucks unloading when they shouldn't even be there in the first place. If that right lane was kept clear, buses would be able to cruise up the right lane and they could go from Queens Plaza to the Whitestone Expressway in 15 minutes. That would be better than putting buses back on the LIE where they'd have to sit in traffic from Van Dam Street all the way until they get on the Van Wyck.
  13. Does anyone know why College Point drivers love to take out the old 2XXX express buses? I’ve noticed multiple drivers prefer to take these buses on their trips every day. I’ve had the same guy for two picks in a row and he does both my morning and even express trip and he ALWAYS takes an old bus.
  14. If anything you would think they would try to attract more ridership by expanding service to Wall Street or 3rd Avenue because that's how you can peel away some riders who take the LIRR. I bet there would be more people willing to take a cheaper, more convenient commute to those areas in lieu of taking the railroad and then getting on another subway train and vice versa, especially in the morning.
  15. It looks like the tide is swelling in Northeast Queens. Cuts to service spans like the ones proposed are outrageous. What's the logic in curtailing Union Turnpike buses to as far as 188th Street on Saturdays? Wouldn't it just make more sense to run the QM6 or a modified combined version of the QM5 and QM6 on weekends so that service can continue for people who live in Glen Oaks, Oakland Gardens, and Lake Success? I see that there is now a delay on Bronx implementation which is great news for those residents. My only concern is that all of this noise in Queens is going to just blow up the entire express bus redesign altogether. I like the majority of the proposed routes and think they'll expand service to areas that need it and speed up commutes for people with some tweaking, but the cuts themselves are egregious and the MTA needs to know that it's NOT okay to turn these buses into commuter only peak service. Even the spread of service seems strange in that the majority of service is early in the morning to get people to work before 8am and the majority of service to get people back to Queens really picks up at 5:30pm. Meanwhile I consistently see 3:30 and 4pm buses that have adequate ridership on lines like the QM7 and the QM25, it really boggles my mind why they think it's okay to slash service the way they did.
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