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  1. Along similar lines... The LGA AirTrain is slated to cost 2 billion after all is said and done. LIRR to AirTrain would cost 15 bucks peak and about 12 bucks off peak. Not great but not terrible. Why not use that money to improve the Q70-SBS & Q48 (in the future QT50 which would serve the Bronx and Flushing) buses which would be much more useful & practical. Those buses already service Woodside, Jackson Heights, and Flushing to LGA relatively well. With the M60-SBS coming from upper Manhattan, they serve LGA functionally. They could use the funds to upgrade buses to make them more luggage friendly, make bus lanes, HOV lanes on Grand Central, etc..
  2. That is a shame... although with all of the cuts they are proposing in the Queens Redesign, would that mean I would expect Artics? I have ridden the artics on the Q53 and Q44 SBS routes and it is a thing of beauty when it flies down the bus lane while passing by cars in traffic...
  3. Thanks for this - as for the last part, that would be disheartening. I feel NYC would be better served if it had BRT like service in the city - especially in the outer boroughs. Out of curiosity, would the MTA add more articulated buses to these "straightened" routes? Some of these lines could be better served with more capacity per bus.
  4. Even as a public benefit corporation, that is a shame. Still, I respect what Andy B has been doing and pushing for better transit, even with all of the political BS he has to wade through and the MTA swamp he took over. I'll be honest - this Queens plan is fricken audacious and crazy. Who has the cajones to push forth a plan like that? Now it's up to us riders to make it better and no better opportunity than the present.
  5. Hi - new here from Eastern Queens subway desert. The Queens redesign has created a bit of a stir around these parts but unfortunately MTA will not host a community meeting out here... closest one is in Flushing, which is unfortunate. I reckon the main driver for the cuts in service is more of MTA knowing this will be a long bargaining session with all stakeholders. The reductions are glaring but it is understandable why they mentioned "X minutes or better" for bus frequency. For all riders, folks need to come out in force to make it known - Andy B, along with the MTA seem to be engaged so we should be too. It is a long shot but the only way I see this new grid working is if bus connections are made within <5 minutes. Drivers and riders alike need to have information screens in the bus to know connection times at busy bus intersections - if we are forced to transfer more, then drivers/dispatchers need to work smarter to make the connections work. NYC DOT needs to work even more closely with transit to get this bang on right so buses can make schedule. If folks need to wait for a transfer for over 20 minutes if they just missed the connection - that just isn't going to fly. Here's to hoping they'll listen to our concerns rather than hoping all the planets align. One other concern is this one size fit all time of day frequency. I did not find any passage in the draft plan that expand on this. They do not account for shock loads like seasonal events and school arrival/dismissal days. For example, kids get dismissed before 3pm where bus frequency ramps up but they all get dismissed at once... On a positive note: I do like the new purple lines which speed up access to the main subway hubs - its not perfect but it is a good idea The grid looks much cleaner but again connections need to have reliability and consistency Spaced out bus stops should've been done much sooner but better late than never Things MTA Bus should consider: Make into law a "Yield to Bus" rule for buses re-entering traffic flow Work with NYC DOT to make more parking restrictions (No Standing) during rush hour times and direction on more streets - parking is a luxury, not a right There are some things that MTA got right but still much work to do from management, planners to riders. For those in the forum that have been to European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, they just have amazing transit, bus service is not an afterthought. Also having a more subdued car culture also helps...
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