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  1. I decided to take my grandfather out to the West Side Pier. My plan was to give my grandfather the future of transportation by riding the XE40. However, I did some thinking, and I found out that maybe MJQ did not use the XE40s at this time, due to the heat. So instead we rode 7611 on the M42 to the end of the stop at the pier, and come back to 3rd Avenue on 7597 on the same route. For me, 7611 is a beauty because it runs so smooth, and its definitely one of my favorite 40 footers to ride on. Despite not riding on the XE40, it was still an enjoyable day nonetheless. But I must question this? Is the XE40 just exclusive for the M42, and M50 routes? Because I see the XD40s and the XE40s the most on the M42 and M50 routes.
  2. Let's just hope the MTA can keep these 1200s as long as possible.
  3. Wow. I remember riding those buses on the M15 Local before the launch of the M15SBS. It was fantastic. Nowadays, these buses are now becoming a bit worse in quality overtime.
  4. I would agree. They need to repaint these buses because they look kind of ugly to me.
  5. I did not know that. As long as a depot have better maintenance, then probably those buses won't have problems, most of the time. Did you experience in the 1200s, and had any issues with it?
  6. Well, that is disappointing. Thank you for confirming this. The original move for the 2016-17 XD60s were mostly correct, with 5987-6030 going to Stengel. However, 3 years later, the rest of the order was now in other depot besides TU. Currently, Stengel, LGA, MJQ, and Hale has the 6030-6108 batch. Here's a question, would there be a possibility that the 1200s from Gun Hill, and Kingsbridge can move back to Manhattan (Mainly at TU), in the near future? I discussed about my possible moves for the 1200s, in exchange with the 2011-13 LFSAs.
  7. If I can understand, we are still waiting for 62 more 2017 XD60s to TU. However, it may take forever. But I can understand about fleet uniformity. TU mostly has New Flyers, and Novabuses. As for the 1200s, this would make sense since that both Gun Hill and Kingsbridge has the 1200s. Both Gun Hill and Kingsbridge are currently moving their 4700s to Grand Avenue, and Ulmer Park. However, I would prefer the 62 additional 2017 XD60s to TU, and all 90 of the 1200s to TU. Then, move the remaining 2011-13 LFSAs to Kingsbridge and Gun Hill. It would be a style of "old school and new school". You will have a combination of the 2000s decade units, with the 2010s decade units.
  8. In the afternoon, I was on the M102 route to the East Village on unit #6035, and I noticed something unique. That unit has a longer chime than the other XD60s from NYCT. This has to do with the essential service where I think TA decided to edit the chime to make it louder. I'm not sure if this is true if the other units have it, or that it is just me.
  9. For the first time, the Prevost will not only feature the same Hanover signs from the New Flyer and Novabus fleet, but will also be the first MTA Prevost to feature the Cuomo livery. And it will be the first order of X-345 commuter buses with the new redesign, ever built.
  10. May I ask why they renumbered 5299 to 5252? This maybe a similar case where a bus gets renumbered into the same number series. The D60s from 1998 were originally numbered 1110-1111, and then we're renumbered to 5250-5251, to match the 5200 series.
  11. Actually, how about we go back to the pre Orion VII NG order and have just the chime instead.
  12. So today, I was on 5903, a 2012 Novabus LFS Artic based out of OH. During its run on the M103, the third door located in the rear malfunctioned. It took at least 30 seconds before the door was normal. Whenever it does that, the bus operator turns off the vehicle, and turns it back on to resolve the issue. I wanted to ask, since that I rode the LFS Artics most of the time, if there are similar units that had issues like this, or that bus operators had issues with the doors on the LFS Artics? That was not the first time that this happened. I encountered these instances a few times in 2019 on some units.
  13. To be honest, Andy Byford was the best choice for the MTA. When it comes to modernization, Byford had a lot of ideas to improve subways and buses, such as the Fast Forward plan. Also, when he was in charge, subway delays went down, and it was much better. However, thanks to Andrew Cuomo, I think the MTA may fail at some point, however I could be wrong. Cuomo shouldn't go after Byford just because of his spectacular job. Overall, Byford was a great choice for the MTA, and would've begun a renaissance for the system.
  14. Oh. It makes me wonder on why the MTA chosen this exhaust spec, over the D4500CLs. What the MTA should've done, was to keep the same spec as the CLs, that way they can have 126 coaches. But nope, they chosen a spec that can cause a potential safety hazard.
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