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  1. You must've been grinning from ear to ear while creating this thread.
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    Hello From Q Broadway Express!

  3. De Blasio on Cuomo’s MTA budget plan: He’s got to be smoking something NYPOST- Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have been stoned when he proposed splitting the cost of fixing up the MTA with the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio implied Monday. “If anyone thinks that money can be found in the city budget they may be smoking marijuana,” Hizzoner said when asked about Cuomo’s Sunday proposal to take the reigns at the authority while going Dutch with the city on MTA capital costs. “It’s not realistic,” de Blasio continued. “We cannot pay the cost of the MTA.” Cuomo’s appointed state budget honcho Robert Mujica argued Sunday that the “legislature should pass congestion pricing and require the City and State to split any funding shortfall and also give the Governor operational responsibility,” and Cuomo himself took up the argument Monday on the radio. De Blasio has argued that Cuomo “has had effective control for a long time,” because he appoints a plurality of MTA board members and can already veto the authority’s budget — but the mayor said he could get behind the power grab anyhow. “I want to affirm that it’s very important that the state and the governor take responsibility for the MTA,” he said. “That said, you still have to have some kind of checks and balances. I’m looking forward to seeing his proposal, and I think it’s a step in the right direction.” Cuomo previously said the city should pick up half the tab for the MTA’s anticipated $37 billion Fast Forward modernization program. https://nypost.com/2019/01/14/de-blasio-on-cuomos-mta-budget-plan-hes-got-to-be-smoking-something/
  4. Gov. Cuomo Makes It Clear: He Wants Total Control Of MTA NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has upped the ante on fixing the city’s dysfunctional mass transit system. He now says it must be reorganized and that he should have total control. It will also mean more money from the city, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Sunday. The governor’s name is Andrew M. Cuomo. He now wants the “M” to stand for Metropolitan Transportation Authority. To his budget director, Robert Mujica, Cuomo floated a proposal that would give him iron-fisted control over the troubled agency, flushing out what he has only hinted at before. “This year we have to take the bull by the horns with the MTA,” Cuomo said recently. Cuomo’s plans would: Give him a clear majority of the board appointees Bar unilateral budget vetoes from elected officials like the mayor Give him full hiring and firing power “The governor will step up, even if not politically, in his own best interest,” Mujica said in a statement. The governor, who currently shares control of the agency with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and six county executives, also offered a revision to his funding plan for the $60 billion it is expected to take to fix buses and subways — congestion pricing with the city and state splitting any shortfall 50-50. “We have to pass a dedicated funding stream, so the MTA has the funding it needs. Congestion pricing is the only alternative,” Cuomo said. For his part, de Blasio in the past has rejected putting more city dollars into mass transit. During his state of the city speech he again called for the millionaire’s tax. “There are a lot of solutions on the table,” de Blasio said. “Proposals for congestion pricing have definitely improved. Other people have floated other ideas, like a new Transportation Bond Act, or using the proceeds from marijuana revenue.” Meanwhile, Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he’s trying to come up with his own plan to have the city take charge of the buses and subways. “It’s complicated and it’s not easy, so I’m going to put forward a comprehensive, detail-oriented plan on how to do it,” Johnson said. “The exact details on the mechanisms on how to get that done is something I will release in the next 60 days.” The governor is expected to have more to say on mass transit and a whole lot more issues on Tuesday during a speech in Albany. Also on Tuesday, the MTA has called an emergency board meeting to be briefed on the “L” train project. The meeting is open to the public. https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/01/13/governor-andrew-cuomo-metropolitan-transportation-authority-subway-buses/
  5. https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-cuomo-mta-blow-it-up-20190107-story.html
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    Pic of 3200 and 3201. I do not own the photo. https://www.reddit.com/r/nyc/comments/a7uskr/several_times_a_week_there_are_two_flatbeds_with/?utm_source=reddit-android
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    R179 Discussion Thread

    Someone filmed the delivery of 3194 https://www.reddit.com/r/nyc/comments/a76tsd/subway_tracks_are_so_bad_this_car_decided_to_take/?utm_source=reddit-android
  8. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-13/nyc-s-grand-central-terminal-poised-for-35-million-sale-to-mta
  9. Elmhurst

    No more funding for Elmhurst station

    Would've been nice to have that LIRR station back... oh well.
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Images from the crash: https://mobile.twitter.com/NYScanner/status/1043146422059757568?ref_src=twsrc^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed|twterm^1043146422059757568&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpublish.twitter.com%2F%3Fquery%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FNYScanner%2Fstatus%2F1043146422059757568%26widget%3DTweet
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Oh, I should've clarified in the 1st post that I'm referring to anouncements like "Please no littering, smoking, radio playing, etc..." or "The fare is 2.75" or "Assaulting a bus operator is a felony".
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    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Do bus operators activate those pre-recorded announcements or are they automatically played on a timer?
  13. Elmhurst

    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    That makes sense. Thanks for the info.
  14. Elmhurst

    BUS - Random Thoughts Thread

    Today I was waiting for a College Pt bound Q65 at 164th and Booth Memorial, the 1st bus skips my stop while in service, so a few minutes go by and a 2nd bus stops for me and some guy. The driver waves her hand over the farebox as if to say "Not working". So I go take a seat and while I'm doing that, the guy behind me pays his fare in coins. Later during the ride she's picking up more riders and they pay with their metrocards. I'm left wondering what the heck. Sure it was great saving $2.75 but aren't buses supposed to go out of service if the farebox is not functioning?


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