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  1. I'd think they're aware. The leader of ATU-1056 in Bayside spoke of his concerns in this article: https://www.qchron.com/editions/central/bus-drivers-union-has-redesign-concerns/article_d1b01ede-3979-11ea-bbf6-cbe5c1d8a77a.html An open house in Oct 2019 was held right in the union hall: https://qns.com/story/2019/10/11/eastern-queens-residents-provide-input-on-how-to-modernize-buses-at-oakland-gardens-meeting/ The bigger question is how would the union and commuters fight the pending reduction in service (through re-design) as Cuomo is the DNC governor? Would the GOP put someone up as a transit-friendly candidate? Would a faction on the left develop to fight this? All of this seems unlikely. The best we can probably do is write to our elected officials and 'hope for the best'.
  2. Not certain if anyone posted this, yet (sorry if it's a duplicate post)... https://www.wnyc.org/story/how-one-wheelchair-user-conquers-sometimes-accessible-nyc-transit-system (audio included) https://gothamist.com/news/wheelchair-subway-accessible-nyc-transit-system-mta (text and photos) The article/audio from January 23, 2020 outlines the difficulties a wheelchair-bound passenger may have navigating the NYC subway system. In the links above, a young woman describes her commute from Kew Gardens to LIC (and sometimes into NYC) via subway. Occasionally, she'll need to use the buses to backtrack when an elevator is out of order at a given station. This is very inconvenient for her and other mobility impaired travelers (we should thank God for the ...knock on wood... good health we have). I hope the MTA is aware of the plight that some commuters face due to inaccessible transit stations. I also hope the MTA is aware of how having newly designed bus routes terminate at inaccessible subway stations can further complicate an already difficult trip to/from work/school/medical/leisure/other (i.e. places we all go to in our lives) for those with mobility issues. Maybe some lawsuits based on legitimate ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) concerns to the MTA/NY State would be an impetus to fix the faulty elevators in stations that already have them, add elevators to stations which are not ADA compliant, and re-route buses only to stations with (working) ADA amenities.
  3. I think you might be mixing up the numbers with Pennsylvania. https://ballotpedia.org/Counties_in_Pennsylvania Local government in Pennsylvania consists of: Counties: There are 67 Counties. 7 operate under home rule charters. They are Allegheny, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, and Northampton. For NYS - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_New_York
  4. Quoting directly from the NY Post (emphasis is mine) "No one is irreplaceable or should be — and Byford is not the only person in the world who understands how global subways are supposed to work. The question is: Since it’s obvious that he ran away from dysfunction under Cuomo, will any other global experts take a chance in Gotham?" Here's how I see things taking place: A true expert who has instant name recognition within mass transit rebuilds / value-added reorgs might think twice before seeking to work with Cuomo and MTA Chair Pat Foye. Many might simply pass on the chance and seek to work in a less stressful environment. As for filling the spot, that'll be relatively easy. Foye will probably poach a consultant-type from McKinsey, Alix, Boston Consulting, Accenture, etc. In turn, the older consultant will poach 2 junior consultants with the promise of good career exposure. The younger consultants will then say to themselves, "uh oh, what do we do now?".....the older consultant / friend of Foye will say "start with the run-book" (the 400+ page Queens Bus Redesign). They'll make a few changes where people complained most (ie - the QM6 gets left alone, the Q44 has late night service 7 days a week, the Q53 is somehow preserved as is, but with less service), implement the plan, claim success, update their LinkedIn page as "Senior Transit Engineer Manager", and then move on to the next one (usually back to one of the consulting houses). TL;DR - No true experts will join, but friends of Cuomo and Foye will bring their friends and their work kids onboard for resume burnishing.
  5. Sad to see Andy Byford resign. I don't blame him, though. W/o regard to ones political beliefs, I could see it being difficult to work with Andy Cuomo, unless he really likes him/her. Who knows, maybe Cuomo will appoint a friend of a friend from Alix Partners (the McKinsey-like outfit that finds efficiency through 'reorganizations') to take Byford's place. Shame. As for the bus network redesigns, I could see some minor tweeks to the redesign to give the appearance of caring, but whoever Cuomo picks will most likely operate off of what is already in the 400+ page Queens Redesign booklet. It's awfully hard to start from scratch during a transition (from a designer's p.o.v.).
  6. With Byford gone, the Queens Bus Redesign lacking in many areas, as well as a tendency for decriminalization of certain activities by some of the DA's, is it possible that the gray market shuttle vans (and maybe the dollar cabs) will return to areas of Queens that haven't seen them in years? I'm thinking of the beat-up Chevy's that used to ply the Q65A [Q64] on Jewel Ave. and Kissena Blvd picking up passengers. This was before the metrocard, but still, when one has to get somewhere w/o delay, two dollars is not much to ask....just look at the vans in Hudson County [I know - they have their issues, but they're authorized to have stands at the Port Authority-owned terminals in NYC (PABT Gate 51) and Jersey City (PATH JSQ)]. Who knows, I see many buses with MASS plates parked near Cunningham Park, Kissena Park by the LIE, etc - maybe those will become ad hoc express buses if the service levels (headways) aren't maintained at under 10 min during the rush hour. People will usually look to find ways to adapt.
  7. This is good news.....NST is an active / persuasive voice in politics within NE Queens. Hopefully the QM6 will remain intact as it is. I was surprised the bus service was drastically reduced within the redesign, given that it serves NST, LIJ Hosp, St. Johns Univ. and it's a straight shot down Union Tpke. It seems US House Rep Tom Suozzi has already written to Andy Byford (and will hopefully liaise with Cuomo et al....anyone really who could stem the cuts). - - As for the open houses, that's good news, too. According to info on https://new.mta.info/queensbusredesign, the additional open houses will be held at: Korean Community Services - 203-05 32nd Ave - Bayside, NY 11361 on Feb. 20, 2020 (Thursday) from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Cross Island YMCA - 238-10 Hillside Avenue - Bellerose, NY 11426 on Feb. 27, 2020 (Thursday) from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
  8. I also didn't see anything on bustime. This Google streetview from Aug 2018 shows the actual stop. https://www.google.com/maps/@40.732829,-73.7396195,3a,15y,277.95h,94.69t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxirf05sbzoVdg-hFw3jfYg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en With that said, I can't say for sure if the Q1 is used a tripper from Martin Van Buren HS.
  9. Here's a link from the RPA that provides some context to the 'rationale' behind the plan for NY Penn (Penn Sta South). It contains a decent graphic showing some of the different parts of NY Penn). http://fourthplan.org/action/penn-station
  10. http://web.mta.info/nyct/bus/schedule/queens/q001cur.pdf https://new.mta.info/document/6256 The Q1 appears to have a tripper from Martin Van Buren HS at 231 Street and Hillside Avenue as indicated from the top of the map on page 12 of 12 of both schedules (Jan 2019 and Sept 2019). Not certain if it heads towards Jamaica or one of the branches south of Hillside Ave.
  11. SJU will need to update their info on shuttle service. https://www.stjohns.edu/life-st-johns/student-services/shuttle-bus-service Curious to see who will run it in the near future....maybe Peter Pan again?
  12. Let's go all in....free bus and subway service between 8pm and 6am M-F and all day Sat and Sun. Ditto for LIRR and MNRR w/in the city limits. It'll get cars and cabs off the road and reduce DWI's. I'd love to see those lines for buses at 5am and after 8pm. Come on Cuomo, make it happen (if you're thinking about 2024). As for the real reason Oddo is proposing it, he probably saw other cities do and figured he could get ahead of the curve (and win some votes, too). A better, more realistic idea would be to have free service for maybe 3 days out of the year as good will gesture (kind of like how all bus and subway service was free on the Friday post-Hurricane Sandy back in 2012).
  13. Gotta disagree. There are many people who rely on seamless express bus service along the QM5 and QM6 east of 188th St. I've taken the first QM5 of the day on weekdays and Saturdays and there will already be 20-25 passengers onboard before getting to 188th St. In one instance, most of the boardings for the first Manhattan bound QM5 on a Saturday took place east of 188th St (then a few passengers boarded on 188th, with only 2 or 3 passengers boarding west of 188th while traveling along Union Tpke). Also, in the rush for the MTA to try to claim efficiency by having full utilization of a given service, did it ever occur to them to have some redundancies in the event of bad weather, breakdowns, blackouts, etc (bad things happen - it's nice to know they're an alternative route)? Case in point - In the new design, the Queens Blvd and 78th Ave ("Kew Gardens"...it's really Forest Hills) stop will no longer be served by Midtown express buses (unless I'm missing something). At present, there are a few buses that serve as a back-up when the E/F are having issues (I've used the X63, 64, 68 and QM18 when there were subway delays). It would be ashamed to lose some of what we already have. Like many on here, if I really had to be somewhere, I'd rather drive or use Lyft than depend on the 'modern, cost-efficient' new design the MTA is giving us.
  14. @EphraimB - Can't help you there. I'm content when the trains show up on time and the ride is uneventful. I don't think they even run the M9's on the Port Wash branch (at least I haven't seen one). I happened to like the older trains from the early-mid 1980's with the red and blue seats. Those trains bounce a little bit when going down the tracks. It lets you know you're headed somewhere. Stay safe.
  15. I think there's a typo on the schedules. The schedule says "west bound" for the detour, but the detour is eastbound (well, technically northeast).
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