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  1. LOL that guy on the right thought he could do something... guess not
  2. https://www.amny.com/transit/nyc-bus-speeds-1.29963791 Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning changes to 24 streets around the city in hopes of improving the city's abysmal bus service. As part of his lofty bus plan unveiled earlier this year, the mayor outlined details Thursday to redesign two dozen corridors, rolling out features like new bus lanes and altering traffic lights to communicate with moving buses over the course of 2019. The ultimate goal is to improve bus speeds by 25% over the year. “All of this is about helping people get around. All of this is about improving quality of life; all of this is about reducing the stress and helping people get where they need to go on time so they can really experience all the good in this city,” said De Blasio at a news conference at the 92nd Street Y. “This is something New Yorkers deserve. We want this to be the fairest big city in America.” MTA bus service is the slowest in the nation and averages about 7.5 mph citywide, the city comptroller found. The service has been shedding ridership every year since 2014, but it still serves almost two million commuters a day — primarily riders with lower-incomes and typically people of color. De Blasio was hopeful that the recent passage of a congestion pricing blueprint at the state level can help him achieve his bus improvements, as well as several other transit upgrades under the city’s control. The plan includes changes for buses running on major Manhattan avenues, like stretches of Lexington and Madison; Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens and Broadway in the Bronx. “It’s going to open up a whole series of positive options for us going forward,” said de Blasio on congestion pricing, which he called “a victory for all New Yorkers.” Two of those options: more pedestrian space and less disruptive truck deliveries, according to de Blasio. The mayor also announced plans to pilot a new pedestrianized zone in lower Manhattan this year as well a goal to triple the number of businesses involved in the city’s overnight and off-hour delivery program, from 500 to 1,500. “It’s time to take another step to experiment with pedestrian priority zones — areas that are devoted just to pedestrians — so that we can give people an easier time walking around,” de Blasio said. “We are probably the number one walking city in America.” While the state controls the MTA, which operates bus service, the city manages the streets on which those buses run. Much of de Blasio’s bus strategy revolves around painting new bus lanes, giving buses priority as they approach traffic lights at 300 intersections and redesigning intersections in an attempt to keep buses from getting snagged in traffic. The mayor has also targeted enforcement to keep drivers from blocking bus lanes. The city has towed 432 vehicles as part of the strategy since it was announced at his State of the City address in January. Community opposition to the loss of driving lanes or parking has helped weaken bus improvements over the years. De Blasio said there would be room for residents’ input, but that changes are necessary. “I want to be clear that we must speed up our buses, so one way or another we’re going to get there,” de Blasio said. Nick Sifuentes, the executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, which was part of a larger coalition that pressured the mayor to focus on bus fixes, was supportive of the plan. He said the biggest question mark will be the fate of a proposed bus-only corridor on 14th Street. De Blasio said he was finishing hearing out locals on that project and will have an announcement ready next week. The key to the mayor’s plan, Sifuentes said, is that it helps makes the improvements easier to advocate for. “We’ve been kind of beating this drum for a while now — that everyone needs to de-parochialize these fights and look at bus improvements as a citywide fight,” he said. “That’s an incredibly important technical and rhetorical thing they’re doing.”
  3. I don't think Phases 1 and 2 are getting third tracks. Phases 3 and 4, however, still have possibility...
  4. I don't understand why they thought this was a good idea. What's wrong with placing punch boxes there? Furthermore, it interrupts (what was supposed to be) an artistic display that riders could enjoy on the NB tracks at the original Myrtle Av station. Now, it's used as a stopping point for trains, and you can barely even notice the artwork there.
  5. http://web.mta.info/mta/news/books/pdf/180122_1400_CPOC.pdf Capital Capital Program Oversight Committee Meeting January 2018 There are 2 options being considered for more cars after the base order, adding an additional ~500 cars for each option IF exercised.
  6. I agree partially, but don't forget the suffers from issues that do stem from dwell times as a result of the car it's using... which leaves 4 Av Line riders to be met with 20 minute headways at times when the service should be running 10tph. R160s can help also, but I feel as if they're trying to do the "kill two birds with one stone" tactic since the R46s on the will get replaced anyway, although I can't speak for them so I'm not so sure. That is the base order. Eventually, 940 R211s would replace the R46s, if the and Kawasaki do carry out their original plan for 2024-25.
  7. There should be some extra cars to handle running service on other B division lines while the R46s get replaced. The and in particular are high ridership lines that could benefit from the switcheroo process.
  8. Seeing how this convo is going though, I don't know if they will try to come up with actual creativity. Anyway, you can say goodbye to your Q42s and Q67s.
  9. A route from Forest Park to Flushing would be nice, and I believe @LaGuardia Link N Tra proposed something similar (from the Q23 terminal). Even if it doesn't save that much time (you never know), it still is better than taking 2-3 buses other long-winded routes you may think of.
  10. Long-term, extensions of the have been proposed to create a line via Ogden or University Av... as for how that would tie into the rest of the system, I'm not sure; short term I think Harlem-148 is an OK terminal
  11. Random thought... why does the PA system never work? (or at least, 50% of the time)
  12. I don't know if it's really necessary. You already have 2 services there: the B1 and B49, and it seems like the B44 SBS is suited to a different demographic, and would make the total runtime on the B44 even longer. I think it would just be better to establish a simpler connection between Manhattan Beach and the B44, although that doesn't necessarily mean running 3 services to Manhattan Beach, especially when some residents there don't take the local bus anyway (I'd assume people would walk via Ocean Av Bridge to reach Sheepshead Bay for B44 or B4 > B44, if the B4's headways aren't actually crap)

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