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Cain

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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. Sorry, what does that mean? So the new blue lines in the Queens Redesign Plan (they call it "connecting high-demand areas" service type) are just like Super Limited bus service without the SBS treatment?
  5. I don't know if this is true or not but I've heard rumors that DeBlasio's vision zero also tweaked the signal timings so that cars would not have a "green wave" on many city streets. This in turn prevented cars from having headroom to "speed up". Anecdotally, I have noticed streets that used to have green lights turn to stop and go reds in recent years. Back on topic: Regarding the blue lines in the Queens Bus Redesign, are they meant to be future SBS type bus lines with all the SBS treatments? They shared the same color as other SBS lines but did not have the "SBS" moniker attached to it.
  6. I wonder if this has been mentioned before. The redesign plan and their rush hour times do not factor school children dismissal times. At least in NE Queens, kids of all grades get dismissed around 2:30pm. The PM rush hour according to MTA Bus' definition is from 3/4pm - 7pm. I may have missed the passage in the draft plan but I do not see it expressed explicitly in the schedules. Also for NE Queens, the purple lines (rushing to the subway) should also run outside of rush hours - it is this region that always gets shafted when it comes to public transit.
  7. The QChron article has been blasted for cherry picking good reviews on some FB groups I've been following - mostly by Maspeth and Jackson Heights residents. Makes sense since news outlets tend to report the bad more than good. I will provide a relatively positive data point: Out in the NE Queens transit desert, I live about 5 minutes walk to the intersection of Utopia Pkwy and Francis Lewis Blvd - the plan would likely get me to the 7 train faster via the QT49 (as it would run express on Northern Blvd from 160 St and westward). I have relatives in JH and NE Queens and their commutes would become somewhat easier (either they travel around the neighborhood, catch the 7, or travel to Maspeth from Flushing via the old Q58 (now QT6). Finally having a N/S route on Utopia Pkwy in the QT64 is a nice addition. In the future, if my kids decide to go to Francis Lewis HS, they can finally have a direct trip. This may be my unpopular opinion but I do not see enough outrage for the MTA to change their course significantly. NE Queens has been relatively quiet other than some noise from College Point and Beechhurst where their buses have really changed. Not to mention Express buses being decimated all over Queens. The QM20 which I take relatively often has been reduced to ashes. Now its new analog QMT103 goes to downtown Manhattan and runs a few buses during rush hours only. To catch anything outside of rush hours, I'd have to walk 15 minutes to the nearest Express bus that runs or take one of the green lines. I get why the Express buses are being decimated, off peak buses would run <5 passengers sometimes each way. It's nice but very inefficient. They should have been like the LIRR and lowered fares for non-rush hour travel. The rushing to the subway service (purple lines) in NE Queens only run during rush hours - which is terrible. NE Queens is considered car culture heavy and a bit like the "suburbs".. but it cannot be that people do not use the bus outside of rush hours. The redesign for NE Queens has some positive changes but the bus intervals are AWFUL. It is a huge service cut, through and through. Bus connections which many will be forced to make would be terrible under these new bus headways. The outreach to commuters is close to nil. The only way I would see this bus redesign work at all is if bus headways are 5 min or less on all routes or buses are dispatched in a way where a bus connection will arrive within 5 minutes or less. I just do not see it and if the bus redesign does go through, it will be a bad news field day.
  8. It is sad to know what Byford had to wade through with all of this political BS - and still had measurable success during his tenure. That in itself is a small miracle. A fraction of that mess would cause people heart attacks.
  9. I wonder if TWU Local 100 knows that the Queens Redesign is a huge service cut to local and express bus service throughout the borough. Every line is affected, as far as I can see. I am surprised they are not making a bigger stink of it as I would assume service cuts would also mean less work for bus operators.
  10. I hope I am not too far off my element here but I feel we're in a "chicken or egg" kind of moment with the whole redesign. The current system has its inefficiencies and difficult trips - who is to say new opportunities/ridership will not arise when the changes take place?
  11. Dumb question(s): What does the Runtime metric on the Remix map of the redesign mean? Is that the entire round trip plus the layover time? Layover I assume means how long a bus would wait at the terminus before leaving? How is the Speed metric calculated? It seems really slow to be honest, even during rush hour - for some of the lines.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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